Plenty of soft snow, but we’ll take more |

Plenty of soft snow, but we’ll take more

Well, conditions are quite soft out there, and more snow is predicted for today. Forecasters were calling for 2 to 4 inches today and tonight with winds out of the southwest at 10 to 20 mph.

Doesn’t sound like a bad day to be out on the mountain. Snowmass is sporting an 82-inch base at the top, Highlands boasts 64 inches, Aspen Mountain is at 56 inches, and the ‘Milk is offering 49 inches.

A recent safety tip offered by the Aspen Skiing Co. was to avoid stopping under a chairlift. Not quite sure why, except, perhaps, the possibility of people dropping skis, poles or themselves onto your noggin. So keep that in mind next time you’re either showing off your skills to the people on the chair, or entertaining them with repeated facial diggers.

Wondering where to go? We all have a few sacred powder stashes that would be a sin to disclose … and never mind what your mother told you about sharing. But one skier did find some fresh, untracked powder on Slider at Snowmass. After you get done having some fun on Naked Lady, look for this run to the skier’s right.

And all you medium-grade skiers, if you haven’t experienced the sheer enjoyment of the Snowmass Poma taking you to the top of the world, get on it. It’s not open often, and at 12,500 feet, it offers sweeping views and a neat blue run, should you not be up to taking a plunge into the double-blacks of the Cirque Headwall.

Here’s a look at the conditions at ski areas that maybe you haven’t thought of in a while, if ever.

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