The Bowl Blog: Mondays; some of the most fun days!

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After a very blustery Sunday, the cloud cover began to break mid-day today on “the stairway to heaven” with blue skies & winds to our west & a cloud clinging to Highland Bowl like a glorious cotton ball below us to the east. With 9 in. of new snow reported, this promised to be a sweet Monday adventure.

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Just past the Rock Out, a crew gets set to drop into the Mosh Pit. The coverage is decent, but the rock bands & consequences can put a damper on the line, if one doesn’t know it.

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A snowboarder drops into Boxcar and feels the float in 8-12 in. of the freshness. The snow was slightly wind affected, but gorgeous medium-weight pow, as you can see. It was actually hard to see at times, with thick clouds moving in and out.

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Met some boys, visiting from my home state of WI, as the three of them were getting set to drop into Steep ‘N Deep. I said, “A little bigger than the 500 vertical ft. of ice you’re used to huh?” “How big IS this line dude?” one of the cheesehead boarders responded. “It’s 2500 vertical and looks pretty good at the moment guys!” As I resumed my hike, all I heard was hooting as they made their first turns in the cool whipped cream.

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Buffeted by the wind, I rapidly hiked my way to the peak and found some great boot high pow pow in the Northwoods; one of my favorite little lines to the lower G Zones. Being a Monday, there were only a few others around. Usually you would just hear them gliding through the trees. The wind turned to calm, as I caught my breath. It’s moments like these, when all I hear is my breathing, that are magically peaceful and healing.

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After bounding over the powder like the snowshoe hare, I took a break towards the bottom of G2.  Fresh tracks, to be had after 1:00, are yet another fabulous feature of Highland Bowl. You don’t really have to race for it; like an aggro powder day on the other ski areas. Mondays are especially nice, for the lucky ones who are on vacation or locals who are wise enough to schedule the day off; just for these kind of Highland Bowl adventures!

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About Erik Skarvan

After vacationing in Aspen with my family in the 70s, I made one of my best life decisions and moved here in 1982 on my 21st birthday. As a hotel/restaurant major, I worked local hotels, including the famous Sardy House (4 star Victorian B & B hotel) for over 12 years. I took time off to bike race full time, then embarked on a career in health and fitness, which I've been able to enjoy for over 18 years now with locals and guests from around the world. I founded Sun Dog Athletics "Aspen's Adventure Sports School" in '96 & innovated numerous adventure sports programs, including Fat Biking this past year. More at www.sundogathletics.com. I'm not that guy who skis 3 hrs. a day every day. But, I am that guy who gets in Highland Bowl 3 days a week, hiking and skiing it till my legs fall off! I love the incredible skiing, solitude, escape and spectacular beauty. It's a great pleasure and honor to share that through The Bowl Blog each week!