The deep pow |

The deep pow

Joel Stonington
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” The skiing on Wednesday up on Aspen Mountain was terrible. As in, terribly awesome.

It was, in fact, what I would consider the true start to the season and a joyous experience. The skiing was such a far cry from my first day (sheet ice, two runs open) that I could hardly remember those trying first turns.

I wrote an article about it that might have convinced a few locals to keep their skis in the garage another day or two, though with the snow Wednesday, that was poor encouragement.

Some memories of that first day, however, were brought back to me when I got back to the office and checked my voicemail.

That was when I found a message from Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle, who asked why I had been so “grumpy” after my skiing experience and offered lessons from Skico President and CEO Mike Kaplan.

Sports reporter Jon “the Hammer” Maletz heard the message and jumped at the offer, so we may be getting tips from the skier-in-chief sometime soon.

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Fortunately, Kaplan won’t be teaching us how to carve slalom turns on the previously glassy surface of Silver Bell. Now that some snow is falling, he can teach us how to shred the pow on Buckhorn.

In all seriousness, it was pretty sweet getting first tracks of the year on a few Ajax runs as they opened up with what the Skico reported as 10 new inches of snow at the top of the mountain.

For those who haven’t picked up their passes yet, do it before you get stuck on Pussyfoot in your SUV ” you wouldn’t want to miss another powder day.

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