On the Hill: Carving Corkscrew
“Ahem.”There’s snow on the hill – all of the hill.Just stand in town, anywhere in town, look up at Aspen Mountain and enjoy the view. The Big White. Snow Central. Dump City.Is it time to break out the rock skis? Maybe. I can imagine my friend C.L. breaking hers out. In fact, I’d be surprised if she hasn’t before Wednesday.For many, it’s time to rush to the gym and begin the annual ski-conditioning program. Some will pay for the privilege of having a way-too-in-shape 20-something yell at them. Others will begin lifting weights and riding stationary bikes alone and in earnest. And, no doubt, a number of those who are already well-conditioned will come to gym this offseason and chuckle at the Homers as they try to make up for that extra slice of tiramisu.Skico did not issue a snow report Monday (nary a word on its website). But On the Hill’s on-the-hill reporter reported about 6 inches at the bottom of the Gentleman’s Ridge chair. There were signs of a snowcat and snowmobiles. He also reported fresh, untracked boot skiing down Copper Bowl.According to Colorado Ski Country USA, Breckenridge was reporting 24 inches of snow on the mountain. Copper and Keystone reported 18 and 17 inches, respectively. This week’s storm marks the beginning of the race to open between Loveland and Arapahoe Basin, each of which received about a foot of the real stuff and are reportedly making the fake white as fast as they can. On the Hill’s odds-on favorite to open first this season is Copper, which in just a few days will be hosting pros.Colorado Ski Country USA also reported that people were already making turns in the defunct mining community of Silverton, where a backcountry operation has been stealing turns down the steeps for several years. C.L. doesn’t need to drive all that way, however. Look up today, and you might see her carving down Super 8 or Corkscrew.
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A management plan for the Marolt Open Space guides the city to largely leave it alone, although a feasibility study will be done for a potential bike park on the south side of the property.