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Sick skiing

Joel Stonington
Aspen, CO Colorado

MARBLE, Colo. ” I took a trip into the Marble backcountry on Friday and felt terrible. I was a bit dizzy, like I was still a kid and having an asthma attack again (at the gentle age of eight, when I wore huge silver frame glasses and carried an inhaler everywhere).

Even so, the skiing was great. The pit we dug was 210 centimeters deep, a significant amount of snow for early January and it was stable enough, though that has clearly changed since Friday.

Anyway, by the time I got home I knew I was getting sick and had developed a 101 degree fever by about 8 p.m.

I felt somewhat better on Saturday after sweating the fever out that night, but not much. However, when I woke up Sunday morning and listened to the snow report, I knew I didn’t have any choice but to hit the slopes.

I dragged myself out of bed, shivered a little when I put on my gear and grabbed the snowboard out of the garage (figuring it was something a little less strenuous than my usual telemarking).

The usual powder line at the gondola was excruciating, so I put on some music and leaned on my snowboard as much as possible. Of course there was some problem or other that prohibited the lifties from getting things going at 9 a.m.

But of course, it was worth it. Just one untracked run down Silver Queen would have been enough, but after a second one, I knew that staying in bed would have been one of the worst decisions I have ever made.

For those who did stay in bed, I’m sorry, it was glorious.

Regardless, any time I stopped, I felt sick to my stomach, dizzy and like I was about to cough up something serious. So on the gondola I focused on keeping my eyes closed and my head in one place. No matter, the turns were good enough to warrant far worse pain.

It’s tough to remember a time when the mountain has skied this well this early in the season. Everything from Trainors to Perry’s to Jackpot is perfect, without rocks, with little drops in the perfect places and with tons of snow.

Unfortunately, it looks like I’m going to need to get well soon because Monday is looking good. In fact, since it’s supposed to snow all week, I think I’ll just declare myself well and call the skiing sick.

The Aspen Skiing Co. reported 10 inches of new snow over the past 24 hours on Aspen Mountain in its Monday morning snow report. Snowmass and Aspen Highlands picked up another 9 inches and Buttermilk got 7 inches.

An Avalanche warning is in effect for the Aspen zone through Tuesday at 6 p.m., according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. According to the CAIC, the avalanche danger is high on all aspects and elevations. Natural and human-triggered slides are likely.

Go to http://avalanche.state.co.us/ for more information.


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