Are you cool?
Aspen Times Staff Writer
All four resorts picked up a little dusting at the beginning of the weekend, making conditions a little softer than they’ve been over the past week, and more snow is in the forecast.
The National Weather Service is calling for a slight chance of snow this afternoon and tonight, with a better shot at accumulations Tuesday. Additionally, the weather is expected to remain unsettled throughout the week, with a number of storms brushing the Aspen area.
As for the skiing, Snowmass was phenomenal Saturday. I was fortunate enough to hook up with a group of young rippers known as “Chicks on Sticks” from the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, and they led me to the goods. The Chicks ” half a dozen 9- and 10-year-old girls ” and their partner in crime, instructor Shannon Roberts, took me to the Cirque Headwall, where the snow was creamy and soft, and later to Hanging Valley Wall, where the conditions were similarly good.
The Chicks bomb the mountain, and I felt good when one of them told me she thought I was cool. Then she told me what cool stands for: Constipated, Overrated, Overdated, Loser.
Nonetheless, this “cool” guy had a great time.
Aspen Highlands is reporting excellent snow in both Steeplechase and Oly Bowl, with steep but grippy bumps. Similar conditions can be found on Aspen Mountain, particularly in Walsh’s, the Ridge of Bell and north-facing tree shots off the Shadow Mountain lift.
For those looking for cruisers, all four mountains have an abundance of groomed terrain. Buttermilk leads the way, grooming nearly 70 percent of the mountain every night.
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Virtual X Fest is an immersive, interactive environment (a sort of fantasy version of Buttermilk) aimed at giving a taste of the on-site X Games experience to fans that isn’t available this year.