Mr. Glock’s run
February 25, 2004
Meet Michael Glock.
He’s a liftie.
He’s “clocked up a few seasons in Aspen and Whistler/Blackcomb in search of fresh snow and the elusive life of a ski bum.”
And yesterday, he was Aspen Mountain’s “Run of the Day” guy.
The run of the day is part of the daily mountain report that the Aspen Skiing Co. photocopies and passes out at the lifts each day.
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The report includes a list of groomed runs, sorted by chairlift; the temperature at 7:30 a.m. at the base and summit, and the predicted highs for the day; winds and weather forecast; a new snow report; bases and surface conditions (packed powder these days, with a little slush on the eastern exposures); lift- and trail-opening information; and, of course, the run of the day.
So what was Mr. Glock’s run of the day for Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004?
North Star to Glade 1 to Gent’s Ridge, all double-black-diamond runs, covering a total of 21.5 acres.
Comments Glock: “If you’re looking for something fresh and fun on a powder day, try this. There’s a little ridge line on the skier’s right on North Star that’s perfect to hit.”
Powder has been elusive lately. A sprinkle here. A shower there. Nothing to write home about (unless you’re writing On the Hill). No new snow in the past 48 hours; 10 inches or less over the past week.
The map on the National Weather Service’s Web site portends well for more snow, with colorful storm systems churning toward Colorado through Nevada, Idaho, Utah and Arizona. But that’s probably saying too much, given this column’s lack of prescience when it comes to the weather.
The official forecast calls for a 50 to 60 percent chance of snow today, tonight and tomorrow. Snow is considered likely on Friday night and Saturday.
But, inch by inch, the springlike conditions of the past few days have eaten away at the base on all four mountains. Snowmass and Aspen Highlands each have 68 inches on top; Ajax has 53 inches and Buttermilk 43.