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.
Another 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.
I’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.
Continuing 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?
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.