After a little break, time to start free skiing again.

I’ve been hitting the ski racing circuit for the last month and while I did have some strong late season results, it’s time to start free skiing again.  I picked a good time to get back into the swing of things as it keeps snowing here in Aspen.  My body is partly ready for spring as we’ve had a couple of sunny days that warmed up the bones, but while the lifts are still open, I’m skiing!  Yes, the bicyclists are out and my buddies that ride are asking me to join them but I figure I have the entire summer and fall to ride but only have three more weeks to ski….that’s not even a tough decision.

I got on the mountain yesterday and found some mixed snow conditions.  Up top it was hammering like Thor and down low the sun was almost out.  Yes, spring for sure.

DSCN0347Up top the conditions were a little suspect but you could still find nice snow near the trees and on the groomers.  Here is a shot of Gretl’s behind Bonnie’s Restaurant.  Yes the vis is as bad as it looks.

DSCN0350Here is the visibility a couple of Chair 3 laps later.  As you can see, it’s starting to improve.  A few new inches on top made for soft conditions.  This is a perfect example of why you need to stay out on a day like this because you don’t know when the weather will change.  There were a lot of people who bailed after one run yesterday.  Too bad for them, good for me.

DSCN0354Ruthies side.  Oh yes, that powder was nice.  I did a few over here as I was all alone for the most part.

DSCN0355I called it a day around noon and here is a shot of town as I’m coming down the 1A side.  Still a little smattering of powder on top but the amazing part is the lack of tracks over here at this hour. 

Yes, this is a great time of year to come ski.  One, it’s still winter, Two you get the place all to yourself, Three, you don’t need dinner reservations and best of all….April is bargain skiing month.  You can come to Aspen and ski at a fraction of the cost compared to the rest of the season.  Since it’s been snowing all winter, it’s also the best snow conditions.  There are still three weeks of skiing to be had….don’t get out the bike yet!



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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.