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Rose-colored world

Brent Gardner-Smith
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Tease, tease, tease.

Today should be mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 20s to upper 30s.

And that’s all you get for today. Mostly cloudy. So, better make the best of it and try some rose-colored goggles.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy yet again, with a slight chance of snow showers overnight and winds out of the southwest, which is a change.

Thursday will be breezy and … mostly cloudy … with a chance of snow showers with highs in the mid 20s to mid 30s.

Thursday night. Hey, its going to be mostly cloudy and with a chance of showers.

On Friday, snow is likely with highs in the mid 20s to upper 30s.

Saturday is to be mostly cloudy and breezy with a chance of snow showers. And Sunday, well, on Sunday, there’s a slight chance of snow showers.

I don’t know what to make of it. Do we hope for snow and end up disappointed? Do we banish the thought of any flurries from our mind and then become pleasantly surprised when it snows? Do we book a trip to Mexico?

No. We get our skis and boards tuned and head back out onto the snowfields and do the best we can with what we’ve got. Just like our mothers told us to.

And we also invite our friends up to slide around with us.

There’s a new deal with the Aspen Ski Plane that includes an overnight alternative instead of just a quick one-day flight up and back.

For $299 per person (if you’ve got two people), per night, you can fly from Denver, get two days of skiing in, and stay at the Sky Hotel (the former Aspen Club Lodge). It’s probably a $1,000 weekend for a couple, but hey, if you got it, use it to flee the city and come up here to our mostly cloudy paradise.

Flights to Aspen leave Denver International Airport via United Express every day at 8:20 a.m. and return to Denver each evening, departing Aspen at either 6:15 p.m. or 7 p.m. The Aspen Ski Plane must be booked 48 hours in advance through Stay Aspen Snowmass.

Some inspirational news out of Bend, Ore., where X Games women’s snowboard halfpipe champ and Snowmass Villager Gretchen Bleiler won her fourth consecutive contest on Sunday at Mount Bachelor.

The event was a U.S. Grand Prix event, just like the one coming to Aspen/Snowmass in April, and she picked up $10,000 in prize money.

She also successfully completed two “cripplers,” which is a flip along with a one-and-a-half spin into a blind landing, in the same run, which may be a first in women’s snowboarding.

Go, Gretchen, go.


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