More snow last night, more powder skiing today.

Today had promise and was shaping up to be a spectacular powder day.  There were several inches of new snow on the ground this morning but as the gondola edged higher and higher up the mountain, it became clear the wind had a different story to tell.  In fact, it was so windy it was really putting a hamper on the powder skiing.  Visibility was poor, even in the trees, and the wind was taking away all the fresh powder.  I did ski some runs up top but it became clear early on that the best skiing was mid and low mountain today.

DSCN0279The first run of the day down Midnight.  You can see how the wind has filled in the bumps.  What you can’t see is how they were wind crusted and a tad difficult to ski. 

After a couple of hours on the hill, the clouds started to give way and the sun peeked out every now and then.  It did this for the rest of the day and it made the skiing fun because the sun would appear and I would make a break for runs where visibility was key.   When the sun popped out, I also had the camera handy to take some photos.

DSCN0287Here is what I’m talking about.  The clouds would break for just three minutes or so, then all of the sudden you couldn’t see your hand in front of you.

DSCN0284A little stash in the power lines next to Chair 3.

On a side note, here is my rant of the day.  While I’m not judgmental of the new marijuana laws here in Colorado, I did have to endure a conversation in the first gondola ride of the day….and all I have to say is……damn!  These three stoners mumbled incoherent stories that were devoid of facts and any tangible attributes what so ever.  They talked about hitting the pipe at breakfast and how cool it was that the lettuce was finally legal.  If the State Congressmen and State Senators that voted for this legalization rode with these three this morning, they would most certainly repeal this law…post haste.  In a way, it was funny to listen to them…kind of.  Back to skiing.

DSCN0294Tree stash to the skiers left of Sunrise/Sunset.  You’ll ski by the entrance 100 times if you’re not looking for it.

DSCN0285I found this today and have never skied it.  I was exploring mid mountain and was skiing the edges of Spring Pitch heading over to Corkscrew Gully.  I noticed where the net ends there was no rope indicating a closed area.  I peeked my head over the edge and here is what I found.  As you can see…yea, no further explanation needed.


 Lower mountain on the 1A side.

DSCN0301Looking up while entering Corkscrew Gully.


Corkscrew Gully. 

More snow is predicted for Saturday and Sunday into Monday.  I get to ski on Monday so check back for the storm count.

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.