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Aspen snow count was tough, but ski season still was pretty sweet

April 2, 2018 —

For the past five months, I've been listening to the people around me talking smack about this ski season's lackluster snow. I wish it had snowed more, too. And I wish I had gotten out there more. But the times that I have gone up have been quality experiences.

Even when I went to Vail to catch up with old high school friends over Presidents Weekend it was a fairly quality experience (those blackout dates on the Epic Pass work pretty well).

But there were still hundreds of people standing in the lift line at the base, and 20-minute waits on the mountain. So in order to hang with my friends, I had to abandon my policy of not standing in lines (except for a Widespread Panic show or a Pronto Pup at the Minnesota State Fair).

My overall skiing experience in Vail was a positive one. I forget how vast those bowls are. Vail also has public decks at various places on the mountain, some with grills so you can B.Y.O.M.

But at the end of the day, nothing can beat the skiing here. Our product is vastly better than anywhere else. And we owe that to Aspen Skiing Co., its stellar snow management crew, ski patrol and just our general way of life here.

We are spoiled with hardly any lift lines and on-mountain crews who bend over backward to accommodate us. Last Friday, Skico kept the lifts running until 6:30 p.m. on Aspen Mountain. I was one of the lucky ones to get fresh corduroy at 4 p.m. on Upper Buckhorn and North American. And with no lift line at chair 3, I was lapping it up. Thanks for doing that, Skico.

Earlier this year, on one of the few powder days there were, I made an unprecedented decision to stop for free "powder pancakes." I went into the Sundeck to get some around 10:45 a.m. The website said they were available until 11. The look of disappointment on my face when I learned they cut that off at 10 a.m. was enough for the guy in charge to buy my friend and I lunch. He didn't have to do that, so thank you.

I've been to three cabin parties on Ajax this year, and the accommodations given by patrollers have been above and beyond. They schlep food and drinks down to the Buckhorn Cabin via toboggan, then take your trash, and sometimes intoxicated guests, with them.

The nighttime snowcat drivers also will pluck up a random drunk skier when the party went a little longer than it should have. These on-mountain professionals don't have to do these tasks. So the next time you see one of them, thank them for going out of their way to make our experience better than anywhere else.


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#AspenOnTheHill-Saturday, April 15

April 15, 2017 — Sending off our On The Hills for the season on this Saturday here on Aspen Mountain. Anna Stonehouse enjoys the spring slushy conditions in today’s edition of #AspenOnTheHill.

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#AspenOnTheHill-Thursday, April 13

April 13, 2017 — Spring conditions are in full force on Aspen Mountain. Anna Stonehouse heads up and enjoys the sunshine, groomers, and slush. See for yourself in today’s edition of #AspenOnTheHill.

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#AspenOnTheHill – Hot spring

April 12, 2017 — Happy Wednesday, Aspen! Spring-like conditions exist today on the hill, with temperatures in the high-50s to low-60s, slush and some bare spots over on Shadow Mountain. This is it, folks; time to soak in the finals days of an awesome winter season.

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#AspenOnTheHill-Tuesday, April 11

April 11, 2017 — Anna Stonehouse was just cruising along this morning up on Aspen Mountain. The sun was shining with fast conditions this morning with spring slush this afternoon and warmer temperatures. See for yourself in today’s edition of #AspenOnTheHill.

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#AspenOnTheHill-Monday, April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017 — “Wooo hooooo; let’s go for a ‘shoe! Testing Eva, the world’s first EVA foam snowshoes on Maroon Creek Road,” says Erik Skarvan, local athlete and owner of Sun Dog Athletics.

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#AspenOnTheHill – Friday, April 7

April 7, 2017 — Happy Friday, Aspen! It’s a beautiful, quiet day on Ajax, with temperatures in the low-60s and overall awesome conditions for the end of the season. We recommend sticking to the top half of the mountain for the best snow. Get on out there and enjoy it while you can;

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#AspenOnTheHill-Thursday, April 6

April 6, 2017 — Sunny Thursday out on Aspen Mountain today. Anna Stonehouse takes a couple of runs on this bluebird day and finds a couple of leftover powder stashes but recommends the fast groomers until this afternoon. See for yourself in today’s edition of #AspenOnTheHill.

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#AspenOnTheHill – 7 inches at Snowmass!

April 5, 2017 — Good morning, Aspen and Snowmass! Erica Robbie mixes it up this morning and joins Snowmass Tourism’s Sara Stookey and Rose Abello for a few powder-ful turns at Snowmass. The ski area received 7-inches of snow overnight so conditions today are excellent. Temperatures are in the low-30s; the sky is blue and the sun is

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#AspenOnTheHill-April Powder

April 4, 2017 — Powderrrrrrr Dayyyyyyy!!! 5″ of fresh snow was reported but it’s much deeper in spots on Aspen Mountain. Anna Stonehouse heads out for some fun powdery turns out on Ajax. See for yourself in today’s edition of #AspenOnTheHill.

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#AspenOnTheHill-April 1

April 1, 2017 — Happy April Fools Day! Anna Stonehouse heads up Ajax to enjoy this beautiful Saturday morning. See for yourself in today’s edition of #AspenOnTheHill.

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#AspenOnTheHill – Aspen shred szn

March 31, 2017 — Happy Friday, Aspen! Shred season is in full force today, with icy, spring-like conditions on the hill. Temperatures are in the low-30s, winds are high in some areas and the visibility varies. Bonus: Few people out on the slopes! Erica Robbie has your #AspenOnTheHill report today.

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#AspenOnTheHill-Partly Cloudy Thursday

March 30, 2017 — It’s a tough day to pick the proper lenses out on Aspen Mountain since it will be partly cloudy all day. Anna Stonehouse takes a run on the back of Bell Mountain only to discover that area will be better in the afternoon. See for

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#AspenOnTheHill – Fresh snow with a side of glorious weather

March 29, 2017 — What a gorgeous day on the slopes! Not to mention fresh snow from Tuesday’s rainy, snowy mix. Overall awesome conditions for the end of March. Check it out in today’s edition of #AspenOnTheHill.

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#AspenOnTheHill-Not ready for summer

March 28, 2017 — Anna Stonehouse thought that she was good and ready for summer to be here. It turns out, those 2″ of powder were really fun this morning. The snow continued to fall throughout the morning and it got a little sticky but she had fun nonetheless.

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#AspenOnTheHill-Monday, March 27, 2017

March 27, 2017 — “Let’s go for a ride! Early season base miles are key,” says local athlete and Sun Dog Athletics owner Erik Skarvan.

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#AspenOnTheHill-Braaaaping Around

March 25, 2017 — Anna Stonehouse and Jeanne McGovern explore a new adventure out snowmobiling with Western Adventures Inc. in the Lenado area. See for yourself in today’s edition of #AspenOnTheHill. https://vimeo.com/209680743  

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#AspenOnTheHill – 6 inches of fresh!

March 24, 2017 — Thank you, Ullr, for the six inches of fresh snow! Need we say more? Check it out in today’s edition of #AspenOnTheHill.  

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#AspenOnTheHill-Thursday, March 23

March 23, 2017 — This Thursday started out sunny but will it bring snow? Anna Stonehouse takes a lap out on Aspen Mountain and recommends sticking to the groomers today. See for yourself in today’s edition of #AspenOnTheHill.

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#AspenOnTheHall-Fast Tuesday

March 21, 2017 — Anna Stonehouse is back on the slopes this Tuesday! The groomers were running very fast this sunny morning on Aspen Mountain but see for yourself in today’s edition of #AspenOnTheHill.

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