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To every season …

Nate Peterson

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'” – Robin WilliamsBeginnings and endings. Endings and beginnings. Both impel us to celebrate, although for different reasons.On Sunday, the closing of Highlands was cause for wistful revelry. Underneath a too-blue sky, we got in our final powder turns of the season on our favorite runs, then headed to the bottom to savor the company of friends, the refreshment of a cold beverage (preferably one with a lime) and the memories of a season too perfect to dream. There was laughing and hugging, and plenty of kissing – preferably with that cute guy or girl you just met. There was also hooting and hollering when the Highlands patrol made its final run down the mountain.It wasn’t just one thing that made the day special, but the amalgamation of a bunch of things, each linked by a collective appreciation of a great, great season and the magic power of fresh snow. It was, indeed, the perfect way to say goodbye.Monday was a day to celebrate, too, but for other reasons. It was a day to look ahead, to greet a new season with optimism.Such is always the case with Opening Day – even when you’re a Rockies fan. At Coors Field, there was plenty of reason to dream of an improbable run to the playoffs. Starter Jason Jennings pitched a one-run game through seven innings, Todd Helton drove in the tying run in the eighth, and the Rox eked out a dramatic win in the 11th when Matt Holliday beat a throw home.The hot dog and the two $6 beers were great, as was singing “Take me out to the Ball Game” with some 50,000 sun-baked fans. Even better, however, was the collective sense of hope. There’s nothing like Opening Day in baseball. Then again, there’s nothing like the closing day of a phenomenal ski season, either. I still can’t believe the two have fallen on consecutive days for the past two years.Avalanche reportThe backcountry avalanche danger in the Roaring Fork Valley is moderate above treeline. Near treeline the danger is moderate, increasing to considerable with warmer temperatures. Below treeline the danger is considerable.A wet and very weak snowpack is on all aspects below treeline. Watch out for triggered and possibly some natural avalanche activity throughout the day. At higher elevations, keep an eye out for those pockets of soft slabs that could be triggered on steeper terrain. Recent avalanche activity has mostly occurred on E and NE aspects.Avalanche danger details provided by the Roaring Fork Avalanche Center. For more information, visit http://www.rfavalanche.org. For conditions around the state, call the Colorado Avalanche Information Center at 920-1664 or visit geosurvey.state.co.us/avalanche.


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