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On the hill: Powder days are here again

ASPEN – Oh, delightful powder, how do I adore thee? Let me count the ways.

You coaxed me out of weekend slumber with the promise of something special – and you delivered.

The mystery of your ways kept me guessing – heavy and rough on Saturday, light and gentle on Sunday.

You opened lines on Aspen Mountain this weekend forgotten since last March, and you buried the blemishes that marred the majestic mountain’s face throughout the season.

You helped Jackpot live up to its name, with pockets of knee-deep fluff.

You made the Dumps worth skiing again.

You made me forget about January.

You refreshed my memory about why I am so grateful for a fast, top-to-bottom gondola. And while riding the Silver Queen, you made me think of 101 different combinations of how I could get back to the bottom while partaking of some of my favorite trails.

You made the Flying Couch seem excruciatingly slow on rides between the trifecta of Walsh’s, Hyrup’s and Kristi.

You brought out Roaring Fork Valley residents in force and helped them forget their woes, at least temporarily.

You let a lot of really good skiers strut their stuff, from bombardiers heading straight down the Cone Dumps to female telewhackers dancing through the bumps on the Face of Bell to the fearless monoskiers tackling the tough terrain of Hyrup’s.

And, best of all, you made me work hard enough that I could pig out on the signature apple strudel at Bonnie’s without feeling guilty.


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