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Game of inches

Steve Benson

While the latest little storm didn’t deliver quite as much as advertised, it did fulfill one objective – smothering the crust with a thin layer of butter before the next system, which is right around the corner.Flakes should begin falling again this afternoon, and snow could continue through Tuesday. An inch or two may fall by sunset today, with the National Weather Service calling for an additional 4-8 inches by Tuesday morning.This is typical, as I’m getting my wisdom teeth removed on Tuesday and will be walrus-mouthed and drugged for the better part of 48 hours. So that means it will probably be a pretty good storm that I’ll miss.All right, enough feeling sorry for myself. Besides, another system is expected to march in Thursday night and last through the weekend.As for the current conditions, it’s amazing what a couple inches can do to the snowpack. Aspen Mountain was skiing pretty well Sunday morning, especially the Walsh’s area. Creamy, untracked shots in Kristi and Hyrup’s taunted us as we worked our way down Lud’s Lane. Paragliders were taking off above us.Highlands was skiing great, even late in the day. At 2 p.m., fresh tracks still existed in some narrow, hidden gullies in Oly Bowl. And the parallel universe of Highland Bowl was skiing beautifully.As of 2:30 p.m., powder junkies were still getting thin strips of untracked in the G-Zone trees. Let me repeat that: fresh tracks shortly before closing time on a weekend powder day. Where else does that happen?B-Fore, which is donning a decent little cornice, was phenomenal as usual. Actually, on second thought, it was crappie. Avoid it at all costs.As I write this, the sun is setting on Independence Pass, which is glowing like a fat pink whale. Barring a heat wave similar to the one that hit last March, the backcountry corn harvest should be mighty sweet and plentiful this summer.


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