‘Finish your powder!’
December 19, 2007
ASPEN ” People have been mourning the death of the ski bum for years now. But the last few days on the hill proved to me that everyone in Aspen is too busy chasing the filthy lucre to make turns in fresh snow.
We haven’t had significant dump for more than a week now and I’m still finding fresh tracks.
I’m not complaining, mind you. It just means more for me.
Granted, I was searching the nooks and crannies of the Dumps and a few little stashes longtime locals showed me last year. But still, somebody should’ve hit that!
Just like a mother might scold a child for not finishing their dinner, I want to yell at the whole town, “Finish your powder! There are kids starving for real snow in China and Pennsylvania who would give anything for those freshies!”
OK, so when the hoards arrive next week and the mountains are crowded, I’ll be eating my words. But I wonder what the old ski bums must think about the sad state of affairs.
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I can’t help but think that leaving powder untracked is a symptom of a sick and suffering ski town. Where have all the ski bums gone?
And what’s with this young generation? They’re industrious, career-minded and completely responsible. Pathetic.
When I’m being eulogized, I want people to say, “He lived life to the fullest” ” not “He was very punctual.”
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s Wednesday report for the Aspen zone: Above treeline the avalanche danger is moderate on all aspects. Near and below treeline, danger is moderate on slopes facing west, northwest, north, northeast and east. The danger is low on other aspects. Unstable, windloaded slabs are possible on most steep slopes. High-elevation, shady slopes may have a weak layer at the bottom of the snowpack at a perfect depth for human-triggered slides.
Go to http://avalanche.state.co.us/ for more information.