New lift, runs, same old fun | AspenTimes.com

New lift, runs, same old fun

Tim Dudley

It was long, it was crowded, it was called everything from “freaking unbelievable” to “hippy flypaper.”Skiers swarmed to Saturday’s opening of Highlands and its new Deep Temerity area, and by most accounts the long wait was worth it.The runs were endless and steep, covered with soft snow and interrupted occasionally by feisty roots or rocks. The crowds of eager skiers – some who’ve been waiting decades for this new terrain – reminded some of a day at Breckenridge, but complaints were rare. Except from maybe the guys digging for a lost ski under the new lift most of the morning.For many, much of this winter is going to be spent poking around Deep Temerity in search of favorite new lines and stashes.Which will work out just fine for the rest of the mountain. Some of the best skiing Saturday was found on the other side of the hill. Can Deep Deception be next, please?Deception was chock full of soft bumpiness, and skiers who ventured over had the run to themselves most of the day. Just don’t bypass it and head for Aces & Eights. A decision like that could cost you a raise, at least if you’re skiing with your boss, and your boss is the Ski Grinch from last year’s Highlands opening.Another year wiser, the Grinch avoided rocky Snyder’s Ridge this time, and should be singing a different tune about this opening day at Highlands. Stay tuned.Back at the bottom of Deep Temerity, a smiley skier who waited for patrol to open the main gate on Highland Bowl reported face shots on the new extended version.Thanks to Skico for opening this expensive new playground, one that some say won’t bring in any new customers and cash. We’ll see about that.