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Nate Peterson
Aspen, CO Colorado

First you went home for five days. Then your parents and your younger sister took over your quaint, one-bedroom apartment on East Hopkins Avenue for another three. Their stay abutted a three-day visit from two childhood friends from Boulder, up from the Front Range for some snow­boarding and New Year’s shenanigans.

By the time Tuesday rolled around, you felt like the overcooked piece of beef you ordered for New Year’s Eve dinner.

You wondered, how much binge drinking, dancing, early-morning snowboarding, hair-of-the dog bloody ­Mary-swilling, rich-food eating and double-shift working can one 27-year-­old take?

You spent the first morning of the new year in bed, had a late lunch with your girlfriend, half-watched some of the Rose Bowl and then, at the exact right time, snuck off to the one place you knew you’d be able to get your head back on straight.

You caught the gondola just past 3, and once up top, blast­ed over to the nook of trees between Seibert’s and Knowl­ton’s. The place was deserted, as you’d hoped, and there was still plenty of fresh snow to be had.

Somewhere, in the middle of an effortless, stress-free pow­der turn, you felt like yourself again. Just like that. After near­ly two weeks of being surrounded by people and noise ” family, friends, coworkers, obnoxious tourists ” you finally found the space you’d so desperately craved.

It was just you, the warm sun overhead, the surrounding trees and your always-wondering mind.

It’s funny, the little things that reboot your internal hard drive. You’ve learned it doesn’t take much. Just some self­awareness, and the keen ability to seize those rare moments of blissful solitude.

Sometimes the best company is none at all. Sometimes the sweetest noise is rare silence. And, sometimes, in the midst of an often-confusing life, you find those moments when everything clicks into place and it all makes sense.

You just have to look hard to find them.

The Aspen Skiing Co. reported 2 inches of new snow at Snowmass in its Saturday morning report. Aspen Mountain picked up 1 inch over the past 24 hours. No new snow was reported at Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk.

The Coloorado Avalanche Information Center report for the Aspen zone on Saturday: You will find pockets of considerable avalanche danger on steep, wind-loaded or cross-loaded slopes and terrain features, on all aspects near and above treeline.

Steeper terrain with recently formed wind slabs should be avoided at this time. In these areas, natural avalanches are still possible and human triggered ones probable. In less wind-affected areas near and above treeline, and on all slopes below treeline, the avalanche danger is moderate.

If you are out traveling in or around bigger terrain, that weak layer of snow at the ground on many aspects should be taken into account in your decision making process. They may be hard to trigger, but the potential for large, full-depth avalanches cannot be ruled out. Increasing snow and wind this weekend will make this layer more of a concern.

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