Winter of our content |

Winter of our content

Brent Gardner-Smith

It’s the last dance. The final go around. The culminating event.

It is the last weekend of the 2002-03 ski season in Aspen, Colorado. And what better way to take note of that fact than to go up and make some turns on Ajax, the last of the four sisters to still offer lift rides this season …

The weekend should be offering up a classic springtime weather mixture.

Today is to be cooler and windy and mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain or snow. Highs should be in the 30s to mid-40s with winds out of the west at 25 to 35 miles per hour.

Saturday should be mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of snow with highs in the lowers 30s to lower 40s.

Sunday should be mostly clear with lows in the teens and highs in the 40s.

By the way, here are some of the standout days of this season (there is a more complete listing in this week’s Aspen Times Weekly):

Saturday, Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 10: Opening weekend at Snowmass.

Friday, Nov. 15: AVSC Day on Ajax. Pow-pow.

Saturday, Nov. 16: The Couch Rebellion on Ajax.

Thursday, Nov. 28: Opening day at Snowmass, including the Wall, and 1,500 acres in all.

Wednesday, Dec. 18: The first big powder day in Highland Bowl with the G-Zones open. Mid-thigh powder and tales of near delirium abound.

Thursday, Feb. 6: One in a series of powder days in early Feb. Skico CEO Pat O’Donnell makes his inaugural run down the bowl on a board.

Tuesday, March 4: The “epic” flag flies at Highlands for the first time this season. The flag is flown at the bottom of the mountain, signifying the entire mountain is indeed epic.

Wednesday, March 5: “Big Wednesday.” Two feet of fresh snow drapes the mountains. Aspen Mountain Manager Steve Sewell says “the comment I heard numerous times from a lot of old-timers was it was the best day we’ve had in a very, very long time.”

Thursday, March 6: The whole bowl opens up and hundreds plunder the untracked booty in the Gees.

Tuesday, March 18: Another foot of snow falls. The epic flag flies again at the entrance to the bowl.

Thursday, March 27: Another foot of snow. The epic flag goes up for the third and last time at Highlands.

Sunday, April 6: Closing day at Highlands. Great local energy adds to the excellent skiing.

Monday, April 7: A winter’s day with a foot or (much) more of snow. Light, dry snow on top of a deep snowpack and hardly anyone out makes for an incredible session for a bunch of stoked locals.

It was a good season. The winter of our content. May it begin anew in November …

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