It started snowing yesterday around noon and continued through the night. When I woke this morning I had at least 4 inches on the driveway of my secret lair in Basalt. I was thinking if I had this much here, how much is there up top? I had one of my henchmen shovel as I didn’t want to be late for my powder day. Of note, there is over a 5000 vertical foot difference in elevation from my lair to the top of Aspen Mountain. The report from the mountain said 2 INCHES! Surely you must be kidding?! How can that be? However, when I arrived with my powder skis at the summit of Aspen Mountain, it really was only two inches. And that was using Vail’s rubber ruler. A bit optimistic for sure. However, not to be uppity, I skied it with aplomb as you can never have too many powder days, no matter the amount.
I skied all over the upper portion of the hill today taking in runs like Blondie’s, Red’s, FIS and Pussyfoot. The runs just kept getting better and better as the day progressed. After some warming up, I started to do top to bottoms hitting Bell first. I’d have to say the best snow on the mountain was Back of Bell all the way over to the Ridge. It was so good I skied BOB twice trying new lines each time. I eventually made it over to the Ruthies side and hit the Dumps as they just opened in the last couple of days. Still hollow in spots, if you kept to the previously skied lines, you could still find yourself having a good run. Above is Perry’s Prowl. Look hard in the background to see lower Face of Bell near the Shoulder.
We’ve had some cold nights lately getting into the teens F squeezing the moisture out of the snow and giving us that perfect Colorado cold smoke. Today’s high temp was in the 20’sF on top combined with sunshine giving us a great ski day. The forecast calls for a couple days of sun and clouds then another strong storm moves in this weekend. The weather service is calling for a good dump Sunday and Monday. Stay tuned for amounts and photos.
Start planning that ski trip as your legs are not getting any younger and the snow keeps adding up. I’m out.