Spectacle on Ajax
I’m fairly certain Kris Kringle retreats to his estate in the North Pole after a long night delivering Christmas presents to all corners of the globe. But where does the Easter Bunny go to wind down after leaving a trail of chocolate eggs and cellophane grass?I found out Sunday. He was skiing Ajax. I watched him climb out of a gondola car. And he was not alone. In fact, Aspen looked more like the set of some bizarre Hollywood movie than a ski resort.There was a women dressed as Scooby Doo snowboarding alongside a man in a Dalmatian outfit. I saw a guy dressed as a werewolf and another wearing a Ghostbusters jump suit. For one day, polyester outfits outnumbered Gore-Tex. There were skiers donning leisure suits from head to ski boots. There were women – and unfortunately a handful of men – wearing dresses. I spotted a local baseball coach, who will remain nameless, wearing a skin-tight, yellow Taco Bell shirt and matching bell-bottoms. It was a classy ensemble tied together nicely by his hot pink vest. I’m certain my sister had one of those in the late ’80s. I’m hoping some photos surface in the next few days. Something about the holidays and the end of a ski season brings out the best – or the questionable taste – in people. I saw a man standing in line at the Sundeck wearing a pair of Daisy Duke jean shorts. I was curious how he managed to turn in those things. It must’ve been one breezy ride to the bottom.Sunday was as much about the celebration and sheer hilarity as it was about skiing. While I didn’t bring my skis to the mountain, I sat and enjoyed the sights while sipping a beer with my mother and cousin. The spectacle more than made up for missing out on a few last-minute turns.I can’t wait to look at the pictures.Avalanche reportBackcountry avalanche danger in the Roaring Fork Valley is moderate at all elevations, but increasing with warm-up at and below treeline. Once again, timing in the backcountry will be important for safe travel. An early start and an early finish will be necessary to avoid the wet snow avalanche activity that could start up again. All aspects below treeline and the steeper sunny slopes near and above treeline will be suspect for avalanche activity as the sun and warm weather return. Also be looking for some instability and a few soft slabs at higher elevations from recent snow. Avalanche danger details provided by the Roaring Fork Avalanche Center. For more information, call 920-1664 or visit http://www.rfavalanche.org. For conditions around the state, visit geosurvey.state.co.us/avalanche.
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