Slopes of love |

Slopes of love

Aspen Times StaffAspen, CO Colorado

OK, call it corny, if you must. Nevertheless, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we wanted to share what trips our trigger on the slopes. Happiness is:• riding Lift 1A on a sunny afternoon.• skinning hard and fast enough on Tiehack so that your fingers thaw out when the temperature is minus 5. • staring down an untracked glade without a single soul in sight.• taking that first telemark turn down a blue mogul run after a burger-and-beer lunch, and realizing that, even in your mid-50s, you can still do it – and the beer actually helps.• finding that perfect combination of well-spaced, deep-powder moguls and a long, steep slope on a sunny midwinter day.• the satisfaction of getting to the peak of a local ski area after skinning up and turning the tips downward for a few leisurely telemark turns back to the bottom, where the lifts take over from your weary legs and you head up again.• sunny Monday mornings at Highlands with the whole mountain to yourself.• the Winter X Games leaving town.• putting exactly 40 mini marshmallows in your cup of cocoa during an afternoon ski break, packing them down with your glove and enjoying the sugar rush.• walking to work after a big snowfall, when the sound in town is muffled but you hear the squeak of your shoes in the fresh snow.• fresh corduroy and the glide of your newly waxed skate skis.• having your 7-year-old look you in the eye after her first day on Aspen Highlands and saying, “Daddy, Highlands is my favorite mountain, too.”• skiing tree trails at Buttermilk with your kids, and watching them shred as you sweat.• the view from the top of Highland Bowl on a clear day.• fresh powder in the Temerity woods.• sunrise from the top of Tiehack, and the fast corduroy all the way to the bottom.

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