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Going deeper

Tim Mutrie

Dude, sorry. Yeah, you, the guy whose skis I ran over yesterday.In the midst of the Temerity rope-dropping at Highlands, say 10:20 a.m., I was swept up in a stampede of ski-town humanity and you suddenly turned your skis perpendicular to the charge. I couldn’t stop myself – literally, peloton conditions, bro. So sorry.And, you see, my buddies and I had just realized what was about to transpire: a Redcoat fiddling with the rope and then raising a glove to the sign; us standing just shy of the unloading area; a herd of people closer to the rope than us but without the runway we were about to exploit.”I guess this is where we say, ‘See you at the lift?'”Instinct just set in.As it turned out, there was absolutely no need to rush around anywhere at Aspen Highlands on Tuesday. The snow was plentiful, good and deep. There were only what seemed like a few groups of friends out ravaging it at every turn.And it dumped, and all-day Hollywood-style.Four runs in Temerity served up waist-deep pockets and fountains of face shots.”Whaddaya think Oly Bowl’s like?”So over to No Name for a few reconnaissance-by-force ops. Then blindingly deep snow and a few dents underfoot to go with wandering eyes for 100-inch-base zones (when we’re only at 80 inches, as of the 1:33 p.m. Tuesday online Skico snow report).Lower sections of Highland Bowl opened midday and the affair was apparently brief, field correspondents said. For skiers and riders who caught the opening, however, reports indicated it was as if they’d been scooped up and whisked into some kind of skiing dreamland. Not the usual reality for around here, anyway. The dream.The Epic flag wasn’t flying, curiously, but Captain Insano’s was.Wednesday, 5:30 a.m. It is dumping in Aspen. Aspen Highlands is reporting 19 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, Snowmass has 14, Aspen Mountain has a foot and Buttermilk is sporting another 10 inches.


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