The time is now to get on the hill
December 1, 2005
Has everyone gotten up on the hill lately? If you haven’t, then you should.Not just because the snow’s been good, not just because high season hasn’t really hit yet, not just because the lift lines are short. Now’s the time to grab all the fresh powder you can, to enjoy all the terrain openings you can, because the crowds and craziness of Christmas and New Year’s are less than a month away. And for most of us – at least those affected directly by huge influxes of guests – the time available for carefree skiing and long après-ski afternoons shrinks drastically when ski season begins in earnest.A month from now, we’ll all be scrambling to wait tables, drive vans, answer questions, carry bags, teach skiing or do whatever it is we do to make ends meet. Here at the Times, we’ll be publishing some of the biggest papers of the year, which means selling more ads, designing more pages, taking more photos, writing more stories.A month from now, facing another winter of long hours and inevitable headaches, Aspen will have its “game face” on – hopefully a face that’s eager to please and patient with demanding customers.It’s not easy to don that game face and keep it on through the season. Which is why it’s important now to clear your head, get up on the mountain and make a lot of turns.The wintry quiet that you’re enjoying these days is short-lived. The relative peace of early December won’t occur again until April, and by then the snow will be slushy and you’ll be planning trips to warmer climes.So get out and enjoy all this early season snow, more of which seems to be on the horizon. Your high-season game face may depend on it.