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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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Extra, extra read all about it. In case you missed the teletype and the frantic Morse code that went out, we just got a powder dump that we haven’t seen since Madonna was a virgin.  If you also missed every weather forecast for our area in the last three days let me sum it up.  Yesterday we received 24 inches in 24 hours! Today we probably got another 8 inches or so and as of this writing, it’s still pounding out and we’re supposed to get another 6-12 inches tonight.  How does that translate to today’s skiing experience….get a load of this.

DSCN0088A little tree shot that I tried really hard to show just how much snow there was today.  This shot still doesn’t do justice to how deep it was today. The snow depth here came to my thighs!  I’m 6’4″!

I rolled up to the gondie just before 9am this morning and I was greeted to the largest line I’ve seen since opening day.  It stretched down the stairs and to the street.  I was surprised by the number of people in line.  Actually, I wasn’t, as this was the biggest powder day we’ve had in a long time.  To put this one day dump into perspective, I’ve been here 20 years and would put this in the top 5 of biggest days I can recall.  And I haven’t missed to many big days.  The line went fairly quickly and once up top, everyone spread out and normal service was resumed.

DSCN0084The skiing today was challenging and not for the reasons you would expect.  The hardest part of today was getting to the steep runs.  There was so much snow on the flats that you had to break through 3 feet of pow just to get to the good stuff.  To put this much snow into perspective, Pump House didn’t have enough pitch!  I had to ski straight down and not make a turn to get to Tortilla Flats.

DSCN0082The bottom of Summit around noon.  Pretty cut up but that was ok as it didn’t have enough pitch keep your speed.  Check out the sides of the run.  Deep.

DSCN0093Face of Bell.  Earlier in the day when this was untracked, you could just point your skis towards Spar and barely make a turn.  Face shots all the way down.

DSCN0079Looking up towards Ruthies about ready to go down Spring Pitch.

DSCN0092More Face of Bell.  Notice the poor visibility.  That’s because it’s still snowing so hard you can barely see your hand in front of your face.

DSCN0087More porn.

DSCN0075Even more gratuitous shots of our snowfall.

Today was one of those days we rarely see as we do get pretty good dumps but not at this level.  Keep in mind this is Colorado dry powder and not that nonsense they get in the Sierra or out East.  Usually the moisture gets squeezed out once it hits the Wasatch range in Utah and we will get a good parade of several snow days in the 6 – 10 inch range. However, every now and then we get one of these whoppers.  Tomorrow should be another truly outrageous day and I will be there with my Polaroid camera and flash bulbs to capture the action.  Stay tuned.

Over and out, BBB

 

 

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When I went to bed last night it was supposed to start blizzarding around midnight.  According to some of my friends who get up at ungodly hours to plow snow, it wasn’t even snowing at 3am.  When I got up this morning to find around 6 inches on the driveway of my secret lair, I was giddy with anticipation of what was to come high up on the mountain.  Keep in mind we haven’t had nary a snowflake in the air for a fortnight, so everyone was really looking forward to some new fresh pow.

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If you peek into the slot that used to be the old lift line between Reardon’s and Roch’s, this is what you’ll see.  Rarely skied but always a tricky double fall line treat hidden in plain sight.

DSCN0065Standing midway down SilverQueen.  I haven’t been in here too much this year but as you can see, it’s in really good shape.

 

Today I was supposed to train for an upcoming race this Saturday but promptly blew that off for powder instead.  I think tomorrow will get the same treatment because as I’m writing this, it’s totally pounding snow outside to the tune of an inch an hour.  The weather forecast is calling for at least a foot tonight.  I don’t think they’re pulling our chains because this afternoon there was at least a foot on the ground that wasn’t there this morning.

DSCN0055I skied some of my favorite hidy-holes today.  Here’s one in the trees just off the front side road to Face of Bell.  That single track you see before you is mine and it was so good I came back for another about two hours later and guess what….that was still the only track in there.

 

Speaking of crowds, or lack thereof I should say; today I had Aspen Mountain all to myself.  It was a ghost town and I was still getting untouched snow at noon!

DSCN0061Face of Bell.

DSCN0072Dumps.  I think this is Last Dollar.  I took this around 1pm and it was really starting to get deep at this point of the day.  I wish I had more in my legs as the mountain was really skiing well as the afternoon went on.

DSCN0054This is a pic of my first run today. One of the groomers under Chair 3.  As you can see, the visibility is still fairly good and there was a few inches to start the day.  Right after I took this, the heavens opened up and Ullr commenced making product.

DSCN0047I took this leaning out the window of the gondie.  This is a shot of the upper mountain late morning.

Check back tomorrow for more as I’m dropping my son off at Grandma’s so Daddy can get some face shots!  Over and out.

 

 

 

Sunday Funday

We’re spoiled by sunshine and beautiful weather here in Colorado, so when it’s cold and snowy we have a hard time motivating and getting up on the hill. Let me tell you, if you skipped skiing/riding this past Sunday you really missed out on something awesome. Continue reading

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It just keeps snowing up here at Aspen/Snowmass. This past Friday we were hammered with another big storm, so we sent the #ContentCrew out on Aspen Mountain with local photographer Jeremy Swanson to get you these shots.

Conditions are amazing right now, have a look at this gallery and make your plans to pay us a visit. We’ll save you some pow. Continue reading