Kudos to the Skico
November 21, 2002
I’d like to offer my perspective on last Saturday’s events on the mountain.
First of all, the gondola started running ahead of schedule at 8:45 a.m., and by getting up there early I started my day with two pristine runs down Walsh’s.
Then Chair 7 broke down, but the decision to let us go down Jackpot was reached fairly quickly. Result, first big benny of the day.
The afternoon breakdown of that chair was a bigger problem, but again management and the ski patrol acted as quickly as possible to release pressure by opening Spar. The fact that this then opened up the Face was the second benny of the day.
For the next hour or so, we had mass mutiny around the Ridge of Bell, mainly because there were closed signs coming around on the backside catwalk, whereas the sunnyside cat walk provided open access to the Face of Bell.
Shortly thereafter, the ski patrol had ropes up to keep people from going down the Back of Bell and into Copper, which to me was obviously not open, so I didn’t venture in that direction. All in all, a great day on the hill.
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But here is my point. Telluride did not open. Crested Butte did not open. Taos did not open. Jackson Hole did not open. They all have good snow.
Our ski company opened what they could, with limited staff, snowmaking plans, World Cup obligations, etc. Not to mention last weekend at Snowmass, which was terrific skiing/boarding as well.
So we were inconvenienced for a while on Aspen Mountain. Big deal. Short of driving to Fruita to mountain bike, what else were we going to do that day?
I want to thank the ski company for its decision to open early, to let us use our passes, and when things got a little ugly, to open up more terrain and let us have at it. It was a great day.