Massive powder day yesterday, too bad I didn’t get to ski it

I had to settle for sloppy seconds today as yesterday’s storm left over a foot of new snow on the hill and today all I got were the table scraps!  Judging by the smiles on the faces of people departing from the gondola plaza yesterday, it sure looked like an epic day on the hill.  Today wasn’t too bad but you sure had to hunt high and low to get a few untracked turns under your belt.  I did find them and you can too, just keep looking.  The first place I found some untracked was the skiers right of Hyrup’s.  It usually wind loads in there and while most everyone salivates over Walsh’s, just one run over and it’s still fresh.  I took that down to Gent’s and hugged the boundary rope all the way to Glade 3 and low and behold, it was pretty soft in there as well.

Last night we saw some very fierce winds which loaded all the eastern facing slopes and pummeled the western ones.  Temps today were the coldest of the season and I’m sure it was well below zero F with the wind chill.

DSCN0567One of the first runs of the day was in Back of Bell 2.  Loaded up and still soft a day after the storm.  I took this all the way to Copper Gulch and then took a sharp left hand turn onto the Ridge.  Followed the tree line down the left hand side all the way to Grand Junction.  Hit the gondie, time for another.

DSCN0565I took this at the bottom of the worm hole near Gretl’s.  As you can see, or not, the vis today was rubbish and it was hard work to make out what was in front of you most of the day.

DSCN0571A peek through the trees at the bottom of Back of Bell.

DSCN0563More delicious powder.  Today I took out my pair of super fatty powder skis I picked up second hand this fall.  I found out they have a fair amount of sidecut and actually rip everywhere on the mountain.  I like them so much I’m taking them out tomorrow.

DSCN0561I can’t even remember where I took this .  Still horrible visibility though.

DSCN0556Here is the start of Hyrup’s.  Down to the left was the uncut and off to the right is Walsh’s.

Check back soon as I plan to ski both tomorrow and Christmas day.  We have another storm moving in for Christmas and the weather service is calling for another foot or more.  I wish everyone a happy holiday and hope to see you out here sometime in the new year.

Merry Christmas everyone!  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.