Is it possible?! After 2 feet of snow yesterday…today might even be better!

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Yesterday will go down in the Aspen annals as one of the biggest one day dumps since the silver mines were shuttered and Fred Willoughby built the first boat tow ski lift on top of Aspen Street.  With over two feet on the ground in one day, last night we saw another 8″ to make it even better.  On another note, the temps last night dropped and the cold really squeezed the moisture out of the snow making it truly blower cold smoke today.  When I arrived at the gondie at 9:30am, there was no line and I jumped right on.  The day started out windy and snowing but as the morning went on, the sun came out and with sight came vision.  It was terrific to be able to see the entire mountain and how good it really was.  The last three days I’ve stuck to the trees and the sides in order to see and with the sun..well, you know.

DSCN0124I didn’t start taking photos until the sun came out.  Here is a little stash right next to Chair 6 in the trees.  Yes, it’s as good as it looks.

DSCN0116I took several runs down the Ridge of Bell and Back of Bell.  Check out a series of pics from the spine.  Here I am in Back of Bell 2.

DSCN0113More Ridge of Bell on the spine.

DSCN0111Yea, we could use a little more.

DSCN0110Getting ready to drop into Keith Glen on Back of Bell.  I took this down to the Elvis road and then descended right under the gondie on the Ridge to Copper. Notice the amateur with the camera creating a shadow at the bottom of the pic.

DSCN0120Standing on the Ridge looking up towards the top of Aspen Mountain.

DSCN0109More obscene ski porn on the Ridge.  It was so good up there, I can’t remember how many laps I did.

 

The mountain was fairly empty today and I never waited in one lift line.   I skied all over searching for the best snow on the hill.  I found two places I couldn’t believe were still untouched.  First surprise was Super 8 to the skiers right of the gully.  I had to rub my eyes as if it were a mirage.  Not one track in there after two days of snow.  Man was that deep.  The second area that wasn’t as much of a surprise were the rarely opened Cone Dumps.  I entered Cone 1 and found myself salivating over Cone 2.  Both were epic runs towards the end of my day.  After 4 hours on the hill, my legs were shattered and it was time to call it before I wrecked myself.

DSCN0127Super 8 towards the end of my day.  This area stays in the shadows almost all day this time of year.  I elected to take a photo of the left side and town as opposed to the more attractive right side where there were few if any tracks.

DSCN0131Cone Dumps.  If you can get in there when it’s opened…this may be the best skiing on all four of Aspen’s ski areas.

Stay tuned for more later….over and out. BBB

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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.