I love bluebird days….but I sure would like some new powder!

With X Games in full swing and the town full of millennials fueled up on angst and Monster drinks, what’s one to do but go skiing on the very mountain where they’re not, Aspen.  As we haven’t had a flake fall from the sky in a fortnight, fast groomers and hardpack bumps are what I like at the moment.  And since it’s white and I can ski on it, I’m not one to complain.

DSCN1109I took this moments after my ingress into the Silver Queen Gondola.  I popped open the window and shot this on the move.  As you can see, not a cloud and very few tracks at 9am.

DSCN0946Another shot from a moving gondola.  As you can see, the entire upper mountain is in good shape and still skiing quite well.  As I mentioned earlier, the bumps are firm and getting larger by the day but if you still look around, you can find little hidey holes with good snow.

DSCN0960I took this standing on top of Sunrise.  Bumps and more bumps.  If you’re not a good bump skier when you get here, you will be when you leave.

DSCN1000I’m not sure what this little hit is called.  It’s right under the Ruthies lift and you can see it on your right just as you load up and take off.   It’s only 20 turns or so but I haven’t hit a rock or seen an errant blade of grass poking through yet this year.  It’s also a tricky double fall line making things more interesting.  If you take this around the bottom of the Ruthies lift, it brings you over to Spring Pitch.  The skiers left line is still in good shape and the bumps are reasonable.

DSCN1316Continuing down 1A, you’ll find these two runs.  At the top is Corkscrew and then you’ll come to  a road. (Can’t really tell in the photo)  Just past the road is Slalom Hill.  If this doesn’t test your legs, then how about Face of Bell for you?

DSCN0941Silver Dip.  Ends up in Deer Park.

Please do a snow dance for us at home as I don’t see any flakes in the long term forecast whatsoever.  Even though we haven’t had snow recently, the local fishwrap reported today we’ve had as much snow this year as last.  Doesn’t seem possible, but OK.  As you can tell from the photos, the skiing is still above average and the warmer temps make for some really nice ski days.  If you’re planning on coming soon, don’t fret, you’ll have terrific skiing.

I’m 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.