No April foolin’ |

No April foolin’

Catherine Lutz

The new snow was about a foot and a half deep on the east-facing slopes on Aspen yesterday. No, this is not an April Fool’s joke. It was knee deep in Walsh’s, even deeper in Pandora’s and Powerline. Let me repeat – this is not an April Fool’s joke: It was face-shot city on Aspen Mountain yesterday. Anyone who stuck to the groomers, Bell Mountain or the lower part of the mountain would never have known; seems like we had some pretty good wind-loading action on Wednesday night. And since only a dusting coated Aspen’s streets that morning – or perhaps locals’ minds are already on the beach or in the desert – those powder fields were blissfully untouched.On the Hill sources report similar experiences at the other mountains. Conditions in Highland Bowl were described as epic, though the Epic flag didn’t fly (perhaps the patrol gang was still a little fuzzy from its epic patrol party the day before). How good was it? Try knee deep in G5 and totally untracked at 11:30 a.m. Face shots, too. Meanwhile, the lower part of the mountain may have fooled many, with just a little bit of dust on crust.Total winter conditions were reported at higher elevations on Snowmass, with about 6 inches of fresh powder on the Burn and at least shin deep in the Wall, more in the trees. And something that hasn’t happened in a couple of weeks at Snowmass – fresh tracks midday in Hanging Valley. Anything from the Knob on down, however, is crunchy, except the terrain park and superpipe, which are still riding really well.In the backcountry, it was knee deep in Little Annie’s and up to 2 feet deep on the Difficult (east) side, giving a few happy locals plenty of reason to grin.OK, so we’re not in Utah, where the most recent storm closed Little Cottonwood Canyon and Alta for a day, allowing about 400 totally psyched skiers and riders to do untracked laps off Snowbird’s tram all day long. But it’s still good here. No foolin’.

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