Surely the new totals must be a misprint?!

It started snowing yesterday around noon and continued through the night.  When I woke this morning I had at least 4 inches on the driveway of my secret lair in Basalt. I was thinking if I had this much here, how much is there up top?  I had one of my henchmen shovel as I didn’t want to be late for my powder day.  Of note, there is over a 5000 vertical foot difference in elevation from my lair to the top of Aspen Mountain.  The report from the mountain said 2 INCHES!  Surely you must be kidding?!  How can that be?  However, when I arrived with my powder skis at the summit of Aspen Mountain, it really was only two inches.  And that was using Vail’s rubber ruler.  A bit optimistic for sure.  However, not to be uppity, I skied it with aplomb as you can never have too many powder days, no matter the amount.

DSCN0541Being that it’s still before Christmas, the Ridge of Bell is looking really nice.  I didn’t hit anything in here today, however, the Face of Bell is an entirely different matter.

DSCN0545Before you is Back of Bell 1.  As you can see, it’s in good shape.  You can make out our “2 inches” on top of the bumps.

DSCN0548Back of Bell 1.5 in the trees. 

DSCN0555I skied all over the upper portion of the hill today taking in runs like Blondie’s, Red’s, FIS and Pussyfoot.  The runs just kept getting better and better as the day progressed.  After some warming up, I started to do top to bottoms hitting Bell first.  I’d have to say the best snow on the mountain was Back of Bell all the way over to the Ridge.  It was so good I skied BOB twice trying new lines each time. I eventually made it over to the Ruthies side and hit the Dumps as they just opened in the last couple of days.  Still hollow in spots, if you kept to the previously skied lines, you could still find yourself having a good run.  Above is Perry’s Prowl.  Look hard in the background to see lower Face of Bell near the Shoulder.

We’ve had some cold nights lately getting into the teens F squeezing the moisture out of the snow and giving us that perfect Colorado cold smoke.  Today’s high temp was in the 20’sF on top combined with sunshine giving us a great ski day.   The forecast calls for a couple days of sun and clouds then another strong storm moves in this weekend.  The weather service is calling for a good dump Sunday and Monday.  Stay tuned for amounts and photos.

DSCN0549Standing on Ridge of Bell looking into town in the background.  Gent’s Ridge off to the right in the photo.

Start planning that ski trip as your legs are not getting any younger and the snow keeps adding up.  I’m out.



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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.