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A run equals a day

Does a single top-to-bottom run down Buttermilk count as a day of skiing?

If at the end of the season, you can only reach your goal of 100 days of skiing if you count that run, do you count it?

“Absolutely,” declares a former Skico rookie of the year. “In fact, you have an obligation as a season pass holder to do that at least two times during the season.”

All around local Pepper Gomes, on the other hand, says: “You’re trying to use it for bragging rights? Nada chance.”

Basalt Mayor and ski pro Rick Stevens said a single run definitely counts as a day of skiing: If your pass is scanned, it counts.

For the working stiff, a single run is often all that’s possible, whether its from the top of Ajax or the top of Buttermilk. And, truth be told, it is never a mistake to spend 45 minutes outside, on the hill soaking in sunshine or riding through a blizzard. It can turn even the most miserable of days into something better.

On the Hill agrees with the mayor: One run counts ” in a big way.

Yesterday at Buttermilk, skiers were treated to great conditions. The base on top was 27 inches, and halfway down the hill the base was a respectable 26 inches. Not a single rock was seen on that lone run down Lover’s Lane, Midway Avenue, Bear and Columbine.

Aspen Highlands has a 47-inch base on top, 37 inches at midway. Snowmass boasts 43 inches on top and 30 inches at midway, and Aspen Mountain has 33 inches covering the ground on top and 27 inches at the midmountain measuring point.

The National Weather Service is predicting that today will be mostly cloudy. The white stuff isn’t supposed to show up until Saturday night, however, when the chance of snow is pegged at 40 percent. On Sunday, with high temperatures only reaching the 20s, the odds for fresh snow improve to 50 percent.

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