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Mr. Hand and W.

Allyn Harvey

Some questions:1. Why is it that Buckhorn (on Aspen Mountain) is icy about 80 percent of the season, no matter the weather? We can get a massive dump and the wind inevitably blows all the snow off and scours it to an icy sheen. If we have 50-plus degree days for two weeks, the chilly nights inevitably turn the soft, late afternoon slush into ice that holds until about 20 minutes before the lifts close. Call it Buckrock, Rockhorn, or maybe … Suckhorn. 2. Why is it that North American (accessible via Buckhorn) is always the softest groomer in the entire resort? It can snow a foot-and-a-half of righteous pow-pow overnight, and somehow, some way the run is perfectly groomed without a speck of powder to be found. And then there are those late spring days, two weeks of 50-degree-plus temps, when North American skis as if it were a mid-winter morning – perfectly soft, perfectly groomed. Weird science.3. At around 3 p.m. Friday about 20 percent of the gondola cars were filled with people – skiers and snowboarders, mind you – riding down the hill. Down the hill? That’s not showing much respect for the gargantuan effort Big Daddy O’Donnell undertook to slather a strip of uninterrupted ice from top to bottom on Aspen Mountain. (Actually, it’s not that bad.)4. Why aren’t more people skiing in their blue jeans? Like they say: Old school is the new new school, dude.5. When will the Skico finally get around to opening Deep Deep Steeplechase?6. Isn’t it time, finally, to cancel Thanksjibbing and shave Glen Plake’s head?7. Who would you rather drink a beer with, W. or Mr. Hand?8. How’s your NEP [s]sa?

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