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