Bronanza! |


Nate Peterson
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” You’re often amazed that you and your two brothers came from the same mother. Your older brother is the competitive one, the wild one, the ringleader whose nickname ” Party in a Box ” needs no explanation.

Your younger brother, nine years younger than brother No. 1, is the contemplative one, the planner, the one who at 21 seems to have all the secrets in his back pocket when it comes to navigating the meandering road of life.

In both age and attributes, you find you’re somewhere right in the middle. Over the years, you’ve learned that it’s a great place to be. Especially during a weekend like the one you had earlier this month, pre-X Games craziness, when you and your brothers had the run of the town for a few days together.

As always, there was a crew with your older brother: two close pals with girlfriends in tow and, of course, your brother’s beautiful wife.

The last time the same gang was all in town, your older brother and his beloved were married under a golden umbrella of shimmering Aspens and a too-blue autumn sky.

This most recent weekend wasn’t as momentous, but it was arguably just as exhausting. And exhilarating.

You charged powder until the lifts stopped running, cooked feasts in your quaint kitchen that fueled rowdy dinner-table debates, told stories on one another and laughed until your sides hurt.

Saturday night, tired legs be damned, you rolled nine deep to a packed Club Chelsea wearing ridiculous wigs that drew stares all the way down Hyman Avenue. The ensuing dance party didn’t top your older brother’s wedding reception, although it certainly wasn’t for a lack of trying.

If that wasn’t enough, you had your best run of the season on the last day everyone was in town. You hiked Highland Bowl just after the gate opened before dropping into more than a foot of untracked powder on a morning too perfect to dream.

Sadly, that’s how you usually feel after your brothers have left town ” that it was too good to be true.

Thankfully you have the pictures to remember it all.

The Aspen Skiing Co. reported 7 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours at Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain in its Saturday, Feb. 2 morning snow report. Buttermilk picked up 6 inches.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center report for Saturday, Feb. 2:

The avalanche danger in the Aspen zone is considerable on all aspects near and above treeline today. Slopes facing north to east to south at these higher elevations continue to pick up more wind deposited snow. This increasing load will make them especially tender. Below treeline, the avalanche danger is an overall moderate. Stronger winds last weekend did create areas of wind slabs below treeline as well. Keep an eye on these slabs as they will be the most likely area for human-triggered avalanches. With a series of storms lined up through the weekend, don’t expect the danger to decrease anytime soon.

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