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Soloing it in Highland Bowl

Allyn Harvey

Ozone, straight down the middle of Highland Bowl, is skiing awesome.

Our On the Hill correspondent said the situation Tuesday at Aspen Highlands was ideal for anyone who dreams of owning their own private ski area.

He was alone in Oly Bowl, alone in Kessler’s Bowl, where he kind of wishes he hadn’t gone, and all but alone in Highland Bowl. “You hiked with a few people, but once you dropped in you were all alone.”

An afternoon venture into Highland Bowl yielded large swaths of unskied snow. That’s “freshies in the pow pow,” in powderspeak. (Or, better said, geekspeak.)

The temps were a little chilly, but nothing a walk to the top of the mountain couldn’t cure.

Almost everything was really soft, except for the runs like Kessler’s that face east. They were crunchy underneath from the morning melt and nightly freeze.

The snowpack continues to build on the mountains a little at a time. At Snowmass, 2 inches of new snow fell in the last 48 hours, 8 in the past seven days. At Ajax, 1 inch fell in the last 24 hours, 3.5 inches in the last 48 hours, and 11 inches in the past week. Aspen Highlands got 1.5 inches in the last 48 hours and 13.5 inches in the last seven days. At Buttermilk, it was 1 inch in the last 24 hours, 3 inches in the last 48 hours and 9 inches in the last week.

The cold temperatures have kept the snow intact and soft, making for great skiing and snowboarding any and all days of the week.

Overshadowed by the X Games was the National Ski Area Association’s National Safety Awareness Week. Nationwide, ski areas held contests and thought up gimmicks to promote safety.

Last year, the Aspen Skiing Co. won the competition for best gimmickry and is hoping to capture the top spot again this year. The judges should finish making their minds up sometime this spring.