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On the Hill: Packer backer

Nate Peterson
The Aspen times
Aspen CO, Colorado

ASPEN ” On the ride up the Loge Peak lift Saturday morning, you gave a shout out to the bootpackers below you slogging up and down through a tract of waist deep snow.

If you didn’t hear me the first time, let me say it again: thanks, ladies and gents, for all the hard work.

It certainly didn’t go unnoticed by any of us who logged our first powder turns of the season on some of our favorite steeps in Temerity and Steeplechase.

Yeah, there were some burly rocks out there. And some ankle-biting tree branches. But, hey, no complaining from me. There was plenty of snow ” on the ground, in the air ” and more promised throughout the weekend.

Riding the singles line, everyone I caught a chair with was in good spirits. Knock on wood, but thus far, this season’s been a welcome encore to last winter’s perma-dump.

The economy may be in the tank, the local job market is tight, and the office holiday party may be a little less lavish this year. In my humble opinion, though, there’s still plenty to be thankful for.

That’s always the case when there’s powder turns to be had, and willing locals and patrollers out there doing the hard work to make it all happen.

I know I’ll be back out there today, and I won’t hesitate to give a thumbs up to my favorite employees in town.


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