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Monday mourning

Nate Peterson

Monday at Snowmass was like nearly all my Mondays this season – quiet, sunny and uncrowded.I just can’t believe it was the last one. Monday, in my opinion, is the best day to have off all week. It can be a drag working on Saturdays, but it’s worth it when Monday rolls around and everyone else is headed off to work while you’re headed off to enjoy the mountains for yourself.That is, of course, after sleeping in. It’s funny, having a love affair with the one day most people loathe. Monday is supposedly the longest day of the week, yet I always feel like it comes and goes too fast. You hear the “Office Space” jokes about a “case of the Mondays.” For me, a bout of the Mondays this past season has meant no lift lines, empty buses and untracked snow for hours. Was it me, or did it seem like there were more powder days on Monday than any other day this season?The first bluebird powder day came on a Monday back in December, then it just seemed to snowball from there. One of my favorite Mondays came at Crested Butte, when it felt like there were all of 12 people on the mountain. I also had a memorable Monday at Monarch while on the road for a story. Eight inches of fresh powder greeted me in the morning, and it snowed the whole time I was there. I stayed in the trees most of the day, with only my thoughts to keep me company. That’s really why it was tough saying good-bye this week. Monday, more than anything, has been my day to re-energize. I love turning off my cell phone and disconnecting myself from the world, if just for a short while. There’s something special about heading out the door with no place to be and no one to meet.There are still five days left at Ajax and Snowmass, but Monday – for me – was the formal goodbye to a great local season. And with a crisp blue sky and great spring snow, I couldn’t have asked for a better day.Avalanche reportThe backcountry avalanche danger in the Roaring Fork Valley is low near and above treeline. Below treeline, the danger is moderate.There may be a few isolated areas where human-triggered avalanches can still happen. Good routefinding and some safe travel techniques will help to minimize these risks. If the sun comes out, look out for some quickly warming temperatures, especially at lower elevations. Crusts below treeline will be thin and melt rapidly with an increase in radiation and temperatures.Avalanche danger details provided by the Roaring Fork Avalanche Center. For more information, visit http://www.rfavalanche.org. For conditions around the state, call the Colorado Avalanche Information Center at 920-1664 or visit geosurvey.state.co.us/avalanche.


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