It’s hard to imagine that only 3 weeks ago we didn’t have a flake of snow on the ground and the temperatures were more reminiscent of September than November. How things have changed in the last week. In fact, Aspen Mountain received so much snow from one storm they managed to open 6 days early and have top to bottom skiing to boot. That one storm also produced enough quality snow that the women’s World Cup race course was in perfect shape with a week to spare.
I wasn’t able to get on the mountain on opening day as I work Friday through Monday for the next month, but I was able to go up 3 days mid week. It was a blessing in disguise as it kept snowing on Tuesday and the crowds were minimal at best. The above shot was taken from the gondola around 9am. As you can tell, abundant snowfall has our early season conditions looking pretty good.
On Wednesday and Thursday the sun came out and warmed things up making for great skiing in the sunshine. Once again, the crowds were fairly thin considering the open acreage right now and since there were no lift lines, the legs failed in no time flat.
The final run of the day. My legs were feeling second hand at this point and I had a go down FIS. That’s Bell Mountain in the background and it’s yet to be opened. One more good storm and there should be enough coverage to open it up.
….and one last thought. As I was on the chair lifts last week, I overhead several different conversations about skiing technique. People kept droning on about ramp angle under the binding, 1 degree of boot cant here or there, over rotating the hip and how if affects the turn and so on. Here’s the deal, don’t get caught up in the minutiae of skiing and just ski. Those people are missing the point. It’s about having fun, getting some fresh air and feeling invigorated by the sport. Don’t over think it. Just ski.
…And that is all, I’m out.