On Friday the perfect quintessential spring skiing day awaited me but I got briefly sidetracked as it was a date that only happens once every centennial. If you’re a math geek like myself, you were rejoicing in the fact that the the date lined up perfectly for the first time in 100 years if you’re a PI fan. It wasn’t just March 14th, but March 14th, 2015….3/14/15. Or if you will, 3.1415. PI taken to 4 digits. PI is the ratio of a circles circumference to it’s diameter and goes on indefinitely. It’s been used as a value for 4000 years and was first thought to be used by the Babylonians in mathematics. (say that with a Cliff Claven voice for added effect) OK, where was I….enough of that and on to the skiing. The sun was out and the temps hovered in the 50’sF in town making for a great spring skiing day. Let’s start with some pics and then I’ll give you the necessary hints on how to survive a deep corn day like we’ve had in the last week or so.
The soft snow that has melted in the sun all day turns rock hard over night in the freezing temps. As the sun rises the next morning, it starts to re-melt that snow and turn it all soft and mushy again. Put simply, the early morning skiing is a challenge as the runs are solid ice. Have a leisurely breakfast and get to the mountain around 11 and ski until close.
However, there’s one caveat to this statement. You need to follow the sun as it’s rays melt the eastern facing runs first then as the day progresses, the western facing slopes follow. So start your day skiing runs like Tourtellette Park, Red’s, Ruthies, The Dumps and Walsh’s. As the day progresses and the shadows take over those runs then switch to the Face of Bell and Gent’s Ridge.
Ruthies side of the hill with town in the background. The snow was melted perfectly making those bumps as soft as a down pillow. Spring skiing just may be better than a full on powder day as it’s warm and you can see. Two huge bonuses.
As it was later in the day, you can see the shadows already have the Dumps in their grasp. I’m standing on Gent’s Ridge taking this photo and those western facing runs are basking in the full glow of the sun. And yes, they are all kinds of soft and mushy all the way down to Copper.
This was taken very late. Almost 4pm. As you can see, it’s fairly busy here in Tortilla Flats. It is spring break after all. If you look closely at Chair 3 though, you’ll see maybe 20 people in that lift line. Yup, ski right to the chair. Welcome to Aspen Mountain.
There is still a month of skiing to be had. Make those plans to come on out. As you can see, there is still plenty of snow left.