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Immortal skiing

Brent Gardner-Smith
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Wind and cold temps over the weekend kept the upper mountains locked in winter’s embrace, although no one was complaining much about Sunday’s blue skies.

Today should be partly cloudy, with highs in the lower 40s and some light winds.

For Tuesday, look for a bit of wind under partly cloudy skies, with highs in the lower 40s.

On Wednesday, it should be “very windy” with cloud cover.

Heard the skiing described as a bit tricky up in the steeps over the weekend, with the snow a mixed lot.

In the backcountry, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center noted Sunday afternoon that “one large slide [was] reported SW of Aspen on a sub peak (Ski Hayden) of Hayden Peak. Six feet deep at the crown, 2,000 vertical feet and 500 feet wide.”

We’re interested in hearing more about that in the days to come …

The Denver Westword newspaper tossed some recognition our way in their March 27 “best of” edition, naming “the whole bowl” at Aspen Highlands as the “Best Mountain Makeover for Extreme Skiers.”

“An in-bounds backcountry experience awaits at The Whole Bowl, a new area at Aspen Highlands. Seventy new acres of north-facing, gladed and steep mountainside – we’re talking up to 45-degrees-looking-straight-down-1,400-vertical-feet scary steep – opened this year to anyone willing to hike an additional 45 minutes from the top of the Loge Lift. The perfect place to practice for a ski week in Tibet.”

That’s something to yak about …

The paper also named the Crazy T’rain park at Buttermilk the “Best Mountain Makeover for Boarders.”

“Shredders, rejoice: As-pen’s Buttermilk Mountain, home of the 2003 Winter X Games, wants you to come ride the Crazy T’rain, billed as `the world’s longest terrain park.’ This stellar park includes two miles of rolling hills, more than 30 rails, a superpipe with its own sound system, and an X Games slopestyle course, among other adrenaline boosters. Now’s the time to get on board.”

But can we lose the term “shredders” forever?

And The Independent newspaper in London on March 29 ran down a list of “immortal” travel destinations, and Aspen got the nod as an “Immortal Ski Resort.”

“The Rockies’ most celebrated resort easily won this category, helped by Holiday Autos’ Clive Jacob: `It’s not just a ski resort – it’s a great town in its own right. Great skiing, better choice of restaurants and nicer shops than any other ski centre in the world. A very special place.'”

Especially this winter …

[Brent Gardner-Smith’s e-mail address is bgs@aspentimes.com]


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