After 20 years skiing on Aspen Mountain, I just found another new run!

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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.

DSCN0644Here’s the stand of glades I found near North Star.  North facing means the snow is in the shade, staying in great shape even after some sun.

DSCN0653Another 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.

DSCN0655Here 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.

DSCN0662That’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.

I’m out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Bobby Schafer

My first introduction to skiing was at a little mom and pop ski area tucked into a small corner of Rocky Mountain National Park. This was my second year of college. After graduation with a couple of bachelor degrees firmly in hand, I would regularly find myself daydreaming at work of being the next Scot Schmidt or Glen Plake. After a year of working a 'real job', I had had enough and decided to pull the pin and find a ski resort where I could ski every day. I sold everything I owned, loaded my favorite K2 TNC's on the roof rack and started driving my old Cherokee towards the Rockies. I had no idea where I would end up and after a month of driving around, I found Aspen. I've now surpassed my 20th year here in the Roaring Fork Valley and still love this place as much as I did on day 1. I had a good run as I was able to figure out how to ski 5 to 6 days a week by working evenings. I did that for 17 years. Things have changed a bit now as I have a family and priorities change. I'm currently on the mountain a few days a week with one of them dedicated to skiing with my five year old son. With so much time on our four mountains in the last 20 years, I would like to share my knowledge and insight with you as you plan your ski trip to our mountains. I hope you can ski vicariously through my camera lens and enjoy Aspen/Snowmass as much as I do.