On the hill: Just 90 minutes … | AspenTimes.com

On the hill: Just 90 minutes …

Bob Ward
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Ninety minutes is all it takes to get my nose back in joint.

Newspaper work can be a grind, and with deadlines looming every day it’s almost as though every day is an emergency. It can be hard to step outside and get away.

But that’s precisely why I always feel 10 times better when I can wrench myself out of the office and up on the mountain – even for a mere hour and a half.

On Friday I came in extra early to get a few things done while the office was quiet. By getting slightly ahead of the workload, I was able to escape onto Aspen Mountain for a quick decompression session, starting at 9.

Up Lift 1A, up Ruthie’s and then down FIS through a few inches of light new snow. Then up Chair 6 for a shot down Short Snort (snow is always good on the far skier’s right) to Spar to Niagra to Little Nell.

Back up the Silver Queen (sunny day, big views) and down Hyrups, then to Gent’s Ridge, down Jackpot (righteous), across the mountain to Slalom Hill and up 1A again.

From the top of 1A it was lower Reardon’s to Corkscrew Gully to Fifth Avenue and back down the old lift line to Willoughby Park, where my car was parked.

It was a short little snort, but it shifted my axis for the rest of the day. The sting of the sun and snow lingered on my cheeks and a little slide show of the morning’s best turns kept running in my brain.

I don’t quite understand how those little slide shows never distract me; they just buttress my mood and help me to focus. As it turned out, I finished my work a little early and went home in a great mood.

Ninety minutes is all it takes.


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