On the Hill: Back to the future
ASPEN ” Longtime locals are always telling me how great Aspen used to be.
I’m inclined to agree with them. On Monday and Tuesday last week, with the gondola out of commission, I took a trip back to 1985.
There was no DeLorean, no flux capacitor, no plethora of mullets, headbands and onesies.
Going gondola-less on Ajax was a trip, though.
The only thing missing from my Bell-to-Nell trip up the mountain was some Huey Lewis and the News pumping through the headphones of my Walkman.
That, and some skis. If this really would have been 1985, me and my shred stick would have been 86’d before we even made it on the lift.
Some older locals, I’m sure, would argue that the only thing worse than the original Silver Queen Gondola going in before the 1986 season was the day they let knuckledraggers on the mountain in 2001. Bunch of fascists.
As for no gondola, though, I’m all about it. The thought of riding the rickety Bell Mountain chair sure kept a lot of people away last Monday, providing wide-open slopes for the rest of us. It left me wishing that the wind would have shut down the gondola Tuesday, when there was a rush to get to all the fresh snow.
Especially since I had to suffer through an agonizingly long “editorial” meeting until 11 and found only the leftovers of a great powder day by the time I got to the top of the gondola.
I should’ve invoked the 6-inch rule and skipped out. That, or maybe it’s time to look into investing in an old DeLorean and some Stephen Hawking books.
Space-time coordinates: Dec. 10, 2007.
I’d sure love to do last winter all over again.
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