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On The Hill: Powder still abounds on the day after "Big Wednesday"

VIDEO: Yesterday is destined to become “Big Wednesday” forevermore in skiing Aspen lore, with knee to hip-deep champagne powder inundating Aspen Snowmass. Today the sun is out, the sky is blue, and untracked powder still awaits the intrepid adventurer who enjoys skiing the trees. Aspen Times mountain correspondent Corby Anderson even finds freshies on Buttermilk this morning.

On the Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.

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ASPEN SKI COMPANY OFFICIAL REPORT: 0″ in the past 24 hours, 11″ in 48 hours and 43″ in the last 7 days. High of 36°, low of 9°. Snowmass is reporting 66″ in the past 13 days!

ASPEN TIMES FIELD REPORT: Beautiful day, if a bit chilly. But blue skies, minimal crowds, and powder still abounds everywhere. Get sum!

And now, an Ode To Big Wednesday

by Corby Anderson:

This town walks funny in February. The local cops, musicians, waitresses, brew hall retirees, journalists (especially the journalists) and the like possess the gait of cartoon cowboys sauntering out to the middle of a mud-rutted road a minute before noon.

The soft shocks and swivels of their hips and knees have been replaced temporarily by redwood burls and 1959 Bluebird bus brake rotors. The pliable cartilage that serves to hurl them down steep mountains in smooth sweeps and great, smoky leaps turned to iron by, of all things, champagne powder.

Give these fused fornicators a tub of boiling water, enough beer, a pile of meat and a sprig of kale, a glimpse of the other sex sans-base layer, a midnight blizzard, and a good, clean four hours of sleep and they refresh in shocking fashion, running into dawn light, headed Back Up, going right back to their noodle-legged ways.

LIFT LINE STATUS: Ski right up and jump on!



  • Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. West northwest wind around 5 mph.
  • Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. South southeast wind around 5 mph becoming northwest in the morning.
  • Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon.
  • Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.

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