I’ve always said that Aspen Mountain punches way above it’s weight. For a ski mountain with just under 800 acres, it skis much larger than it’s size and for it’s relatively small size, has more little hidden stashes than you can count. I’m always amazed when I’ve been skiing around and trip over another hidden run that I hadn’t seen before. This happened as I was skiing on a nice warm sunny day looking for runs I haven’t been on in awhile. I started the ski day on North Star and noticed a stand of trees to my left between it and Lazy Boy. The trees had been gladed out with some tracks in there to boot. I’ve probably skied by this stand a hundred times and never noticed it before. On my next lap I took Lazy Boy above North Star and found the tree runs. It was great skiing in there and glad I was looking around when I went by.
Another little stash I found taking the low road to Sunrise and Sunset. If you look left immediately after you enter the road, you’ll see the trees open up and evidence that skiers have been there. It’s short but rarely skied.
Here I skied waaaay out on the spine of Pump House. I can’t say I’ve ever been out this far as it’s a shorter run out here. I usually ski right down the gut where those bumps are. Today I ventured out here as the snow seemed softer and less skied. It was a good call as it was.
That’s the back of a restaurant that doesn’t exist any longer at the bottom of Ruthies run. I took this photo standing under the 1A chair looking back at Ruthies. Currently the 1A chair is down for repairs as the chair’s gear box needed a new gear. The SkiCo reports it will be up and going by the middle of the week. Since it’s down, the skiing on this side has been fantastic as less people have ventured over here. Some of the best skiing has been on this side like Super 8, Aztec and my pick of the day, Corkscrew. I skied down the left hand side near the trees which held the best snow on the mountain. The fact that it’s a double fall line adds to the challenge of this run.
The last few days have been chamber of commerce nice with temps in the mid 30’sF at the base and bright sunshine all day. I do like the fact that each and every day we add a bit of daylight making those chilly mornings that much better.
The weather service is calling for snow the next 3 days or so. We’ll see how much falls. Stay tuned.