It hurts so good
Reports of 3 inches of fresh snow from the Aspen Skiing Co. might have been a touch on the optimistic side, but however much fell was enough to soften the groomers and put a little puff into the crud.
Not a lick of ice to report down the skier’s left on Aspen Mountain yesterday. Ruthie’s was skiing as well as it ever has. The bottom tenth of Roch Run had an almost spongy quality to it. Hardly a sound under ski down Strawpile, the birthplace of ice. And a smooth finish under the bottom of Lift 1A.
Tip: Don’t ski down Aspen Street to your car from the bottom of 1A, unless you’re on your rock skis or a pair of skis that you want to turn into rock skis. The dusting they’re calling 3 inches doesn’t cover the asphalt.
From the department of “Hurt So Good”: After a 10-day hiatus from any and all snow sports (skiing, specifically), stepping into ski boots for the first time is comfortably uncomfortable.
Ten long days without allows one’s feet to return to their preseason softness, unused to the uncomfortable pinch of a ski boot that doesn’t fit quite right. But when you feel that pinch for the first time in so many days, it hurts so good.
By Day 9, in fact, it’s not just your feet that are soft; most of the purpose to your life has drained. It feels like you’re Jack Nicholson’s character in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” after he has a lobotomy.
The discomfort of 10 days without skiing (or snowboarding or snowmobiling or whatever winter action sport floats your boat) far exceeds the wrong rub of a ski boot.
And now the numbers: Snowmass has taken the lead for the deepest base, with 58 inches on top and 41 at midway. Aspen Highlands comes in second with a respectable 55 inches on top (though I bet there’s more in the Bowl) and 46 midway. Aspen Mountain’s boasting 42 and 35, respectively. And Buttermilk, aka Winter X Games Central, aka The Milk, has 35 on top and 33 midway.
Since winning her first X Games medal in 2019 — slopestyle gold — the now 21-year-old Kiwi has become the most dominant force in the discipline.