On the hill: Fast times on Ajax
March 1, 2010
ASPEN – Ah, Ajax on a weekday.
I had two of them last week. Both times were incredible. You can’t beat starting off the week with a “bluebird” powder day on Aspen Mountain. What a nice way to spend a Monday before going back to the harsh reality of covering a City Council meeting.
Hoping to get more of the white stuff, I snuck out of the office Thursday morning for a few “quickies.” I wasn’t disappointed. A few inches had fallen the night before, and there was enough accumulation to find some stashes.
The call of the day was Corkscrew, where skier’s left had some untracked snow all the way down. In fact, the whole front side of the mountain was skiing really well.
I guess the only good thing about the cold weather we’ve had is that it’s keeping the snow in excellent condition (as is the Aspen Skiing Co.’s snow management efforts).
Being able to take a few runs in the middle of the work week reminded me of why I live here. And then throw in some good old-fashioned ski racing on the famous America’s Downhill World Cup course and I smile at the fact that I live in a ski town.
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I headed over to Ruthie’s Run, where the women’s and men’s Nor-Am races were going full-bore last week. I watched slope-side from the other side of the fence as the U.S.A.’s up-and-coming ski racers flew by me.