The fortunate few
Looking out the window Wednesday, one couldn’t help being jealous of all the lucky saps who made it up on the hill.The snow kept piling up outside. It was coming down hard and fast all day. And it was cold enough to suck the moisture out of those flakes, so we all knew it was light and fluffy. At The Aspen Times, Thursday is a huge work day because Friday’s papers are usually our weightiest. With deadlines of noon and 3 p.m., it’s hard to fit any skiing in.But that snow just kept coming down. It was torture for just about all of us here who wished we could be skiing but were unable to cut the umbilical cord for a few hours.Even by Skico’s parsimonious measurement standards, there was plenty of snow on Aspen Mountain this morning. Ajax was reporting 7 inches of fresh over the last 24 hours, and 6 over the previous 24. That’s 13 inches of fresh powder, according to the official source. As always, there was more on the ground than the company was reporting.So what to do?Too bad for the unfortunate teachers in the Aspen School District who had to spend their days educating the youth instead of taking face shots in the dumps, like many of their students were. As two Aspen High truants noted, their plans didn’t include missing turns through the softest powder of the season. At The Aspen Times, at least two editors showed up at 6:30 a.m. so they could spend a few hours working instead of sleeping, and then, beginning at 9, spend a few hours skiing instead of working. Second and third tracks in Bear Claw glades. First tracks down Last Dollar. Early enough tracks down Walsh’s and the Ridge of Bell. Untouched snow at the bottom of Jackpot. Two fantastic runs down Norway Slope. Second and third down T1 on Trainors ridge.The fortunate few. That’s all of us – even those who spent the day in the classroom instead of on the hill.
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A ski season surrounded with uncertainty kicks off on Wednesday. The six inches of new snowfall Tuesday will allow opening of an additional 62 acres on Aspen Mountain, bringing opening-day total to about 160 acres.