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Wake up, already!

Jon Maletz

The beeping began, soft at first, then progressed in pitch as I rolled over, blindly reaching for the snooze button. It was 8 a.m. One hour until the gondola opens.I stretched the legs, then stood up. Moving toward the window, I pulled back the curtain. Low-lying clouds covered much of the mountain. The inside of the pane was cold to the touch; I could hear the wind gust.It was at this moment that the internal debate was waged. To go or not to go, that was the question. I had never regretted any one trip to the mountain, but the flannel sheets were so inviting. I hadn’t left work the night before until 11, and I had skied five times in the last week. I had no plans for the morning, but the extra rest was a legitimate excuse. At least I thought so.Plus, I was only a few months removed from my college days, when waking in time to see the sun set was a modest, sometimes unattainable goal. I hadn’t quite adjusted to the new schedule.For consecutive days, I chose sleep over skiing. Everything was peaceful. Until I woke up. It was then that the anguish set in.Bright sunshine filtered into my room. I again went to the window, and this time watched water drip from the roof as temperatures climbed. The sinking feelings started to set in. This is just the start of another year of laziness and bad habits. These are the days I will regret most when April rolls around. And what excuse would I have when confronted by co-workers who have notched as many days on the slopes as there are on the calendar?To make matters worse, as I sat on my couch watching college basketball, I could see skiers taking turns on Ruthie’s Run. I had a perfect view. A perfect, torturous view. For the entire day I lamented the choice. I had a sinking feeling that I was missing out – and I was. One thing’s for certain: I’ll be joining in on the fun tomorrow.Avalanche reportLarge natural avalanches were spotted on Haystack Mountain in the West Snowmass Creek drainage and on Porchester on Highland Ridge; a human-triggered slide was reported on an east aspect from Richmond Ridge.The current avalanche danger is considerable at and above treeline, which means natural avalanches are possible, especially on N-E-S aspects; human-triggered ones are probable in those lee and cross-leaded areas. 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, call the Colorado Avalanche Information Center at 920-1664 or visit geosurvey.state.co.us/avalanche.


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