Paul E. Anna: High Points |

Paul E. Anna: High Points

Paul E. Anna
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

It’s been a little strange. This winter has seen few big dumps, but we have had just enough snow at just the right times to keep us in business. In fact I would call it a good, though hardly epic ski season. Especially when compared to the last two years.

Earlier this past week, for the first time, the snow – especially down low began – to feel like maybe this was the end. Soft mashed potatoes made turning a test on the knees. While we still had coverage, the high temps and, perhaps even more important, the brutal winds began to break down the snowpack

And then boom. A new Pacific front blows in and it looks like we may be in for a fine powder day Friday morning. That would be an April powder day, mind you; one of the best three-word combinations I can fathom. And a look at the weather maps show that we may be in for another bout of accumulation on Monday, with perhaps even another storm later next week. It would seem that we are in the groove for April.

All of this comes as the Skico issues a flurry of press releases giving us a little more time to take turns. The big news of course is that Aspen Mountain will be open for two extra weekends on April 17-18 and April 24-25. That is four more days or 28 more hours to get some turns in.

There are those who would prefer those extra days come at Highlands, as they have the last two years. But personally I like the idea of having folks come to town for spring skiing. It will make for a good vibe at the base for a couple of extra weekends.

Speaking of good vibes, Friday’s powder day also will get an extension from Skico as the gondola stays open until 6 p.m.

This is in conjunction with the moonlight dinner at the Sundeck. Those who skied late last month said it was one of their best days of the season. It may be the kind of day to get up early, ski the powder, nap in the afternoon, and come back for a few runs in the early evening.

And then there is the lure of the Sunrise Service this Easter Sunday at 8:30 a.m. The gondola will begin running at 7 a.m. for the service, which, while not exactly at sunrise, will still offer worshippers a beautiful way to greet the day. Bobby Mason and a passel of musicians will perform at what is always a perfect harbinger that spring has arrived in the Rockies.

Yes, many of us are ready for a change of season and are looking forward to get-away day when we head for the sun, but in the interim we still have a few weeks to get in what may be our best turns of the season.

No, it’s not over yet.

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