Yes, even intermediates can enjoy Aspen Highlands

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When people see me on the mountain they’re always asking about new runs or mountains.  I’m always trying to get people over to Aspen Highlands.  However, one of the most common things I hear about the Highlands is ‘it’s too hard for me’.  They’ll say, ‘I think I’ll head to Snowmass instead’.  Oh, but you would be making a very big mistake.

DSCN0026Standing at the bottom of Mouse Trap just under the Loge Peak chair.  This is the main way down if you’re not heading to the bowl or down Steeplechase.

So, I was at the Highlands doing gate training this week for an upcoming race this weekend and had a few moments for a few free skiing runs.  Thanks to locals like Eric and his Bowl Blog, there is that side of the hill the locals rave about.  The ‘Highlands Bowl’ that is hike to only, Steeplechase and the Oly side.  All worthy opponents if you’re in the upper 20% of skiers with the ability to really enjoy these runs. If you’re like a large majority of skiers, you’ll take your cruisers and nice long groomers on a crisp sunny day and be very happy.  Here are some photos of my favorite Highlands blue cruiser runs.

DSCN0019Meadows ski run under Loge Peak lift.  Taken at 11am.  Anyone, anyone, Bueller?

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Almost to the top of the Exhibition Lift.  Merry Go Round restaurant is to the right of the water shack.

DSCN0031Taken at noon in Thunderbowl.  Yes, corduroy at noon!

DSCN0029More mid mountain blue intermediate runs.  I think this is Kandahar.

DSCN0006Taken from the Exhibition chair.  This is the bottom of Nugget.

As you can see, there are copious amounts of nice wide open blue cruisers at Highlands.  Next time someone asks you to head over and explore, remember, there are plenty of runs that you can have fun on.

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 four 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.