February 19, 2004
How do you know it’s Presidents Day week?
Safety-conscious parents can be seen freaking out at the bottom of Snowmass after their adventure-seeking 9-year-old takes off for a few runs with his buddy after ski school.
On the Hill has to side with the adventure seeker in this case. After all, life’s short, even for a 9-year-old. And how often does a little ripper get a chance to carve a few turns without some grown-up telling them what to do or where to go?
There are other signs of a big holiday in the lines at the bottom of Fanny Hill and the half-full Snowcat grinding up to the gate to Highland Bowl in the middle of the day in the middle of the week.
Temperatures were in the upper 30s yesterday, creating sketchy conditions on every run with a hint of south- or east-facing slopes.
But the north and the west were still skiing extremely well.
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In Highland Bowl, high winds didn’t deter one of On the Hill’s missionaries. If anything, the breezy walk up got him more charged for the ski down, as snow from the Maroon Creek side of the ridge was loading into the skiers’ side.
There’s a cornice at the lip of Before and soft turns all the way down Ozone, he reports.
Despite the warm weather, all four mountains are reporting respectable bases. Snowmass has 65 inches; Aspen Highlands has 63 inches, Aspen Mountain has 49 inches and Buttermilk has 41 inches.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Aspen, with a 90 percent chance of precipitation. Both snow and temperatures are expected to drop.