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Get it while the getting’s good

Tim Mutrie

The base at Aspen Highlands crept up to 69 inches yesterday.Over the course of the last week, 32 inches of snow fell at Snowmass while 28 inches were deposited on Highlands.The skiing is good. Believe it.Powder day? Try week.And it’s only supposed to continue. The National Weather Service was calling for another 4 to 7 inches last night, another 2 to 4 today, another 1 to 3 tonight and another (up to) 2 tomorrow.But who’s counting anyway?On The Hill correspondents reported “cementlike” snow at base elevations – “stuff so thick and heavy, it’s not going anywhere till spring” – and copious quantities of the goods up high.”Oly Bowl was giving,” one snowboarder said. “Giving.”Sections of Highland Bowl opened with Sunday’s freshies – but only below the Fundeck gate in the Y-zones, apparently.”Most folks ended up with a few scars underfoot from rocks up top, but once you got into it, it was smooth sailing,” one bowler said. “Not super dry. It wasn’t thick, but it wasn’t champagne. More of a decent chardonnay, I suppose. As you went down some of the Y’s, you could definitely feel it getting thicker the closer you got to the bottom.”Just about everything seemed fresh [Sunday]; freshly tracked up, too, since I wasn’t out there early,” the skier continued. “Even the Wall was in awesome shape. There were a half dozen bamboo sticks in there, sure, but it was skiing great.”


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