Less is more, right? | AspenTimes.com

Less is more, right?

Tim Dudley

What happened to winter?After showering most of Colorado with all the snow anyone could ask for in December and January, Mother Nature decided to throw a change-up this month.Gone are the knee-deep runs, the no-two-days-without-snow weeks, the frigid mornings, the cloudy afternoons.In their place are warmer, sunny days that have On the Hill thinking about bicycles for the first time in months. The sidewalks and most of the streets are clearing, icicles are melting, grass is even visible in some places. (No reports of any tree buds or flowers poking through yet.)The Aspen Skiing Co. reports that in the past seven days, it’s snowed 11 inches at Snowmass, 14 at Ajax, 18 at Highlands and 12 at Buttermilk. Those could have been daily numbers earlier in the season.Still, it’s not so bad. The sun feels good, it’s nice to be able to be able to see more than 10 yards ahead, and no one’s had to thaw out after only a couple of runs. And it’s actually kind of fun to ski on harder snow for a change. That sounds pretty spoiled, but it’s true. You have to have bad days to have good days. Skiing powder every day would get boring. OK, no it wouldn’t, but there’s a lesson in there somewhere.Still March, often one of the snowiest months, is still ahead, so enjoy what we’ve got and look forward to what’s to come.Next chance of snow, according to the National Weather Service: Tuesday and Wednesday.