…And it got better and better as the day went on!

When I went to bed last night it was supposed to start blizzarding around midnight.  According to some of my friends who get up at ungodly hours to plow snow, it wasn’t even snowing at 3am.  When I got up this morning to find around 6 inches on the driveway of my secret lair, I was giddy with anticipation of what was to come high up on the mountain.  Keep in mind we haven’t had nary a snowflake in the air for a fortnight, so everyone was really looking forward to some new fresh pow.


If you peek into the slot that used to be the old lift line between Reardon’s and Roch’s, this is what you’ll see.  Rarely skied but always a tricky double fall line treat hidden in plain sight.

DSCN0065Standing midway down SilverQueen.  I haven’t been in here too much this year but as you can see, it’s in really good shape.


Today I was supposed to train for an upcoming race this Saturday but promptly blew that off for powder instead.  I think tomorrow will get the same treatment because as I’m writing this, it’s totally pounding snow outside to the tune of an inch an hour.  The weather forecast is calling for at least a foot tonight.  I don’t think they’re pulling our chains because this afternoon there was at least a foot on the ground that wasn’t there this morning.

DSCN0055I skied some of my favorite hidy-holes today.  Here’s one in the trees just off the front side road to Face of Bell.  That single track you see before you is mine and it was so good I came back for another about two hours later and guess what….that was still the only track in there.


Speaking of crowds, or lack thereof I should say; today I had Aspen Mountain all to myself.  It was a ghost town and I was still getting untouched snow at noon!

DSCN0061Face of Bell.

DSCN0072Dumps.  I think this is Last Dollar.  I took this around 1pm and it was really starting to get deep at this point of the day.  I wish I had more in my legs as the mountain was really skiing well as the afternoon went on.

DSCN0054This is a pic of my first run today. One of the groomers under Chair 3.  As you can see, the visibility is still fairly good and there was a few inches to start the day.  Right after I took this, the heavens opened up and Ullr commenced making product.

DSCN0047I took this leaning out the window of the gondie.  This is a shot of the upper mountain late morning.

Check back tomorrow for more as I’m dropping my son off at Grandma’s so Daddy can get some face shots!  Over and 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.