A final toast to a great season | AspenTimes.com

A final toast to a great season

Jon Maletz

While people are cramming in their last few runs of the season Sunday, I’ll be far from the slopes.In fact, I’ll be having Easter brunch in Redstone – they better have waffles. I didn’t think twice about the date when my mom said she was booking a trip to come out and visit, probably because I wasn’t paying attention. But now, while people will be raising a glass and toasting the end of an amazing season, I’ll be passing the butter while trying to loosen the collar on my shirt. I just know Pam’s gonna make me wear a tie.She’s flying in on Thursday and said I “could” go skiing, even though she refuses. I’m not as dumb as I look, however. This weekend is all about family time (aka shopping).I really shouldn’t complain after a year like this. I logged more ski days this season than in every other year combined. There were some years when I managed to ski only four times; now, I can do that in a week or less. I have enough experiences to talk about for the entire summer. If only the dents on my helmet could talk. I’ve had days where powder covered my boots. Days when I was the only one on the chairlift and would look off in the distance and not see another soul. I’ve had spectacular falls. Close calls. And I enjoyed every moment of it. Except maybe for the bloody nose and lip I suffered on Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club ski day. It did, however, make my pass picture a one-of-a-kind. I’m looking forward to seeing a familiar face. After all, I haven’t seen my mom since I left her at the airport on Sept. 6 after we made the 2,000-plus-mile cross-country trek together. I’m even looking forward to brunch and to catching up. I’m certain a day of skiing couldn’t really compare with that.I’m also certain we’ll be toasting this season for weeks, even months to come.Avalanche reportBackcountry avalanche danger in the Roaring Fork Valley is moderate at and above treeline but considerable at treeline with sun and high temperatures. Below treeline, avalanche danger is considerable.Plan your backcountry travel carefully. Though it may seem crazy, starting your tour at dawn isnt a bad idea. Expect a very quick warmup today. Wet snow that will not support the weight of a skier is a sign that a wet slide is possible on that slope. Avalanche danger details provided by the Roaring Fork Avalanche Center. For more information, call 920-1664 or visit http://www.rfavalanche.org. For conditions around the state, visit geosurvey.state.co.us/avalanche.

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