It’s time to do the snow dance
High pressure, go away. Come again some other day.It’s time for bonfires, circle dances, incantations and anything else locals can conjure in the name of another big storm.It’s gotten mighty firm out there, folks. The coverage is still good, but even the high-elevation, north-facing steeps are feeling fast and unforgiving. We’ve had too much sun and too much warmth, and skiers and riders throughout the valley are hankering for the return of Old Man Winter, big and cold and full of fury.On Saturday at Snowmass, the snow softened up as the day wore on, but most of Hanging Valley was bumped out and nearly bulletproof. Reports from Highlands indicated similar conditions there.Sure, it was one drop-dead gorgeous weekend. All of central Colorado’s high country was on view from the top of the local mountains, and it was mighty nice hanging out on the deck of whatever on-mountain eatery you prefer, drinking cold beer and mowing down chili. It was a fabulous weekend to carve big S-turns on wide swaths of corduroy, or to weave through the tree trails with your kids.According to some around here, it was a great weekend to play golf in Grand Junction – in a T-shirt, no less. (Anyone for mountain biking in Fruita?)But it didn’t feel like midwinter in the central Colorado Rockies. Anyone mistakenly dressing for mid-January weather these days will surely find themselves overheated, sweaty and sticky before noon. And don’t forget the sunscreen, or you’ll wind up looking like a pomegranate.So start the chants. Stomp, clap, get primitive. If we try hard enough, maybe we can coax Old Man Winter back for a snowy encore before the month is out.Bob Ward’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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