Beathard: Spring break is over
The plot has shifted, folks.
Not that long ago, I was writing a column to the tune of “It could be worse…” Now, I’m ready to say that we’ve hit a new peak.
I am, of course, talking about the snow, which has been some of the best of the season over the past week. Powder-day rules were in effect at most local businesses last Monday, but even so, most of the runs on Aspen Highlands were untracked until lunchtime.
From then on I skied at least a couple of runs every day before work, culminating in the “sleeper” powder day, as one person called it, on Friday, when we found soft, knee-deep pillows on High Alpine and Sheer Bliss even up to last chair. By this weekend, I was tuckered out and didn’t even go up — I know, I know, and I missed out on a redo of the Wall, but lucky for us, it’s still good.
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Meanwhile, winter has returned across the rest of the country, too. There was snow on the ground in every state except Florida on March 1, according to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Even Hawaii had snow on its peaks.
Last Monday, the day I basically spent half the day on the mountain, I called a friend in Dallas who was whining about his drive home. I made fun of him. Granted in Dallas, like anywhere, it’s more the other drivers you have to worry about in that type of weather, and in Dallas, the other drivers are terrible in these situations. But it was still a pretty stark contrast to the winter we were suddenly experiencing again.
Turns out it wasn’t just him complaining though. On social media, Dallasites took to the hashtag #sleetpocalypse on social media to explain their reasons for hiding out indoors for the night. Bars encouraged residents to hunker down on their stools, while some establishments announced closures. Some people didn’t even go to work as they had to stay home with their kids, most of whom had a snow day — how do you build a snowman out of sleet?
Spring break came early this year, and now it’s January again. I hope it doesn’t snow till June — or maybe I do?
Jill Beathard is the editor of the Snowmass Sun. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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