After yesterday’s snow, normal service now resumed

I awoke this morning from dreaming of moose drinks and goose drinks and listened to the ‘weather forecast’ on the radio as I was coming out of my slumber. The report was for 1″ to 6″ inches of snow starting early morning lasting throughout the day.  Well, that report was a bust because I skied in bright sunshine until noon.  Just as I was calling it a day, that ‘weather forecast’ kicked in as it started to snow in the early afternoon.  As of this writing, it’s still snowing hard and we should have a decent powder day tomorrow.

DSCN0519A ride up chair 6 over to the Ruthies side.  After our last snowstorm, more and more of the mountain is opening daily.

DSCN0504A shot of the Ridge of Bell with FIS and the Ruthies Lift in the background.

DSCN0527Here is a photo from the upper part of Ruthies.  In the background are the eastern runs of Deer Park and One and Two leaf.  Notice the gondola back there as well.

DSCN0533Face of Bell is finally open.  I found a few rocks today and my skis are at the shop paying the price for my tomfoolery in there.

DSCN0522I made it to the Ruthies side to check out Reardon’s and Roch’s.  The best snow on the mountain today was that little stash that you can see to the left in this photo just under the lift.  I don’t even know what it’s called but the powder was still light and not set up like on the rest of the hill.

DSCN0528The aforementioned Reardon’s.  Little beginner bumps and soft snow.  A great early season combo!

As I mentioned early in this post, more of Aspen Mountain is opening every day as the conditions improve.  I did a few drive by’s Walsh’s and Kristie’s to see if patrol dropped the rope but that wasn’t in the cards today, maybe tomorrow.  However, areas like Face of Bell, Back of Bell, Gent’s Ridge and most of the 1A side are open.  After another series of storms, the mountain should be mostly open.  I skied the Highlands yesterday and that is looking good as well.  All four areas are now open for skiing and only getting better with every storm.

Check back tomorrow for more pics and updates.   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.