On The Hill: Skiing Buttermilk on X Games Saturday; the pinnacle of winter in Aspen

VIDEO: The Saturday of X Games is really the pinnacle of winter here in one of the worlds great ski towns. With events happening on the hill and in town all day and night long, it is good to take morning hot laps and keep perspective of why all of this pomp exists – the sheer joy of sliding down a mountain.

Aspen Times mountain correspondent Corby Anderson takes a run from the top of Buttermilk’s Summit Express to test the snow, and checks out the bustling base for a peek of the X Games on Saturday 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, 0″ in 48 hours and 4″ in the last 7 days. High of 34°, low of 16°.

ASPEN TIMES FIELD REPORT: It is nice and (relatively) warm today, with high scattered clouds, which means changing light and visibility. Buttermilk has a pretty nice base, which is helping to keep things covered during this extended snowless period since the new year began. It’s still slick underfoot, and beware the trees, where it may look fresh and powdery, but could very well be grabby crust.

LIFT LINE STATUS: Summit Express chair SOLO on Saturday of X Games. Unbelievable!

LISTENING TO: Chromeo “Jealous”

SNOWCAST: is reporting:

  • Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. West northwest wind around 5 mph.
  • Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. West wind around 5 mph becoming south southwest after midnight.
  • Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 41. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming northwest in the morning.
  • Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 16. South southeast wind around 5 mph.

* is lamenting the massive high pressure ridge out west. According to Cory, their forecaster, that ridge has to move out before moisture can stream into the Rockies.

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