Amazing…ly bad skiing | AspenTimes.com

Amazing…ly bad skiing

Joel Stonington
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” I took my first turns of the season on Aspen Mountain on Sunday. It was amazing.

As in, amazingly bad. In fact, it reminded me of how it was two years ago, when I had a season pass at Catamount Ski Area, on the border of Massachusetts and New York. There, ice was the norm, and there were two decisions for runs off the chair ” right or left.

I skied on razor sharp slalom skis and enjoyed runs of 40-50 seconds, with a corresponding ride back up of 20 minutes. With nothing else to choose from, I was happy.

When I first moved to Aspen and went to my first opening day at Highlands, I took those slalom skis.

On that first run, I aired off the lip going down into Steeplechase, just below the Loge Peak chair and promptly ejected out of the slalom skis. Then I spent the next 10 minutes searching for the boards in the powder, though they’ve been in the garage ever since.

On Sunday, however, I wanted to dust off the slalom skis and see what they could do. With the top of Ajax a mere two runs of sheet ice, I felt like I was back at Catamount.

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Of course, after two years of taking powder runs down Highland Bowl and hitting face shots on Bell Mountain, I’m a little spoiled. So maybe I can handle some eastern skiing for a while before the big dumps start again.

It doesn’t mean I won’t join the rest of Aspen and complain, just a little bit, while I’m downloading on the gondola.