I was so tired after yesterday’s powder day that I could only muster the energy for a four finger Martini for dinner with a marathon of Gilligan’s Island thrown in for the evening’s entertainment. My body and brain hurt from so many top to bottom laps. It snowed throughout the day and the sun finally tried to peek out around 2pm. I started my day with the usual zero lift line 8:55am jump on an empty gondola car to get to the top of Aspen Mountain.
My M.O. today was to try and ski some of the lesser known spots around the hill to keep it interesting. In addition, I thought I would see if some of the areas that need larger amounts of snow are ready to ski yet. Here is my tale of the three hour tour.
First run, a tree stash that I must have skied by 1000 times over the years before I peeked in one day and found that’s it’s really fun in here. I don’t even know what this is called but it’s located to the skiers left of Midnight at the bottom of Buckhorn. Here is a shot of the entrance. Notice it follows the power lines for a bit. You can break off at any point in here and take it all the way down to Pump House.
Hey, what are those tracks leading to? Check it out.
Here is another tree run on the Ruthies side. This entrance is located just skiers right of Aztec. It’s a cut in the trees three feet wide and now that you’re reading this, you may be able to find it.
Third run of the day. A newer area to the skiers left of the upper entrance to Kristies. The entrance is called Hidden Treasure but once inside you’ll find runs named Black Mamba and Cobra. I tried to capture the very steep pitch but was unable to.
I can’t forget about showing you Cone Dump. Once again, rarely opened but some of the best skiing in the valley when patrol drops the rope in here. The sign says it’s only opened on the best days for a backcountry like experience. Keep in mind once it’s been chewed up, the patrol shuts it down. Keep your eyes peeled on the board up top for openings.
Now I’m off to bed to dream about Mary Ann….or maybe Ginger….stay tuned.