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A chill in the air

Brent Gardner-Smith
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Did I call yesterday a powder day?

My apologies.

I was like an overanxious kid on Christmas Eve. As night came and it started snowing, it was if I was watching Santa come down the chimney with a giant present.

I thought there was a new bike in that box. I thought the evening snow shower meant it was going to be not only a white Christmas but also a powder day.

But as I got out on the hill early Christmas morning, I quickly found out that the new bike, that the powder morning, was only a cowboy outfit, was only a dusting of snow.

There was almost 2 inches of fresh snow at the top of Highland Bowl, however, so that made me feel a little better.

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But no, it was not a powder day.

It was a cold and beautiful morning with sparkles in the air and swirling clouds below Highland Peak. And it was empty in the bowl early, with nary a skier taking in all that lightly coated expanse of skiable terrain.

“Nice morning for a hike,” said a patroller as I worked my way up the peak, the first pilgrim of the day.

“It’s beautiful,” I said. “Merry Christmas.”

“Merry Christmas.”

It was serene and peaceful and magnificent, as all Christmas mornings should be.

And as I explored the new G Zones on the far side of the bowl, I quietly thanked the patrol and everyone who has worked on getting the expansive and impressive area open.

The Zones are truly a wonderful gift for Aspen.

But let’s look toward the new year, shall we, and put all overly optimistic oversights behind us …

That chill in the air is not going away just yet, and today should be partly cloudy with highs once again below 22.

Tonight will be chilly, and Friday is to be breezy, partly cloudy and a touch warmer, with some temps in the 30s. Saturday should feel balmy, with temps between 25 and 35 under partly cloudy skies.

There is a slight chance of snow on Sunday, with the high temps dropping back into the 20s. Monday and Tuesday will be cold again, with highs only in the teens.

While the forecast looks like we may get a few isolated snow showers, like the type we got on Christmas Eve, there is not much snow in the forecast through the weekend.

The skiing will still be good, but it will be tad firm as the below-normal temperatures continue to thicken up the snowpack we’ve got.

The Aspen Skiing Co. has 4,580 acres of skiing open now with a a 47-inch base at the top of Snowmass. So all’s well this holiday week, at least in terms of skiing.

And if you spot a lift line, please report it immediately to the proper authorities.