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No soup for me

Nate Peterson

It was raining Tuesday night when I walked out of The Aspen Times. Great, I thought, somehow we skipped March and moved right into April.But then there was a heap of fresh snow outside my window in the morning, which put me back into snowboarding mode, instead of sit-around-and-watch- “SportsCenter”-while-eating-Cheerios mode.I quickly put on my snowboarding garb, grabbed an orange and a granola bar, and ran out the door to catch a bus.Much to my chagrin, the snow at Ajax was more chowder than powder. The wet, sticky new stuff – mixed with the crusty, uneven old stuff – made for a lousy recipe. I sought out some of my favorite spots – Back of Bell, Ridge of Bell, the glades underneath Copper Connector – but I never really found that one great run.Rather, I found myself speed-checking often because the crust underneath the snow made me wary to really let it rip. It also started to warm up as the day wore on, which made the snow even stickier. I called it quits after about two hours.Oh well. They can’t all be great powder days. At least that’s what I’m trying to tell myself after an unforgettable January and February.March may well be the month we all get brought back to reality. Instead of face shots every other day, it might be slush skimming and sunburns from here on out.I’m still holding out for one final epic powder day, but if it doesn’t happen, no big deal. I’ve had enough this year to last me well into next season.Avalanche reportThe backcountry avalanche danger in the Roaring Fork Valley is moderate near and above treeline. Below treeline the danger is low. There are variable conditions in the backcountry. Below treeline the wet snow conditions should begin to refreeze and gain strength, but be aware of anywhere these conditions still exist. Steep terrain with moist snow can be triggered easily by backcountry travelers. At higher elevations be careful of steep, wind-loaded terrain.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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