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One week left

Jon Maletz

There’s only one more week to go.One week to strap on the ski boots and savor every last run of what has become a season of epic proportions.One week until those purple skisuits with a hand-stitched tiger on the back (I honestly spotted one of these a week ago) see the inside of the closet instead of a gondola car.One week to hit all of your favorite haunts for the last time. You can run into me in Snowmass’ Powerline Glades or, you guessed it, in the trees on the back of Bell Mountain – I’ve spent nearly four months perfecting my routine and there’s no reason to depart from it now. One more week to roll out of bed eagerly each morning and check the weather report. Today’s going to be partly cloudy and windy. It’s looking like sun and 50-degree temperatures Wednesday. Trust me.One more week to park the skis outside Cooper Street after a morning on Ajax and head inside for a Fat Tire and some chicken fingers. Unfortunately, things are going to be different next winter.One more week for the entire town to share at least one thing in common. For one more week I can talk with ladies at the bar about a day on the slopes; I doubt they’ll be as impressed when I chime in a few weeks from now about my weekends spent eating Fritos in my underwear and watching the Red Sox on the Internet. Needless to say, the end of this season is going to affect my social life – if I really had one to begin with.In one more week, I’ll need to find myself a new hobby. I’m thinking hiking, biking, maybe whittling or even macramé. There’s always sudoku.Avalanche reportBackcountry avalanche danger in the Roaring Fork Valley is moderate at and above treeline but considerable at treeline with sun and high temperatures. Below treeline, avalanche danger is considerable.Plan your backcountry travel carefully. Though it may seem crazy, starting your tour at dawn isnt a bad idea. Expect a very quick warmup today. Wet snow that will not support the weight of a skier is a sign that a wet slide is possible on that slope. Watch for wet slides on all aspects at low elevations below treeline, especially as the day progresses. Also beware of wet activity on E-S aspects at treeline. Above treeline it may be possible to trigger unstable slabs on N-E-S aspects.Avalanche danger details provided by the Roaring Fork Avalanche Center. For more information, call 920-1664 or visit http://www.rfavalanche.org. For conditions around the state, visit geosurvey.state.co.us/avalanche.


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