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When you’ve got it good

Nate Peterson

I can’t believe it’s come to this. With all the snow we’ve had this winter, recently I’ve found myself nitpicking about certain things on a powder day. Yeesh.On Thursday, with 3 new inches at Snowmass, I was complaining about how cold it was as I rode up the Village Express lift. On Sunday afternoon, when it started dumping at Highlands, I was griping about the flat light.I didn’t have any complaints about Monday – the first bluebird powder day of the season. But I’m sure I’ll find fault with something the next time there’s fresh tracks to be had in the morning. Maybe I’ll complain about how slow the Gentleman’s Ridge lift is at Ajax while watching from above as all the fresh snow gets chewed up. Or I’ll bitch about the wind. Or the Cirque lift being closed at Snowmass (like on Thursday) when the snow above looks prime.Petty, I know. But after 37 powder days this season in Colorado, I think we’re all getting a little spoiled. During the holidays, my two visiting brothers were in awe of all the fresh snow. After one memorable day we spent making laps under the new Deep Temerity lift at Highlands, my older brother argued that it was one of his best days ever. “Really?” I said, smirking. “It wasn’t even as good as a day I had last week.”A couple of friends of mine didn’t even make it out Thursday, and they didn’t seem to mind.I didn’t think anything of it. It was just 3 inches. Ho-hum. Then again, there were times two years ago when 3 inches of fresh would have been motivation to wake up before 8 to catch first chair.Which is why maybe I shouldn’t be writing this. When you’ve got it so good, it’s easy to forget the rough patches.Hopefully the snow keeps up. If it doesn’t, then there’ll really be something to complain about.Snow reportLocal slopes picked up 1 inch of new snow over the past 24 hours and 4 inches in all over the past 48 hours, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.’s snow report of 5:22 a.m. today.Avalanche reportThe backcountry avalanche danger in the Roaring Fork Valley is moderate with pockets of considerable at and above treeline. Below treeline the danger is moderate.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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