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A big crowd in Traynor's Glades, a gated area near the bottom of Ajax (Aspen Mountain) below the Ruthie's lift.  I think this is T3.  The slot we did a few days earlier (probably T2) was pretty skied out, so we moved down one.

According to hillmap.com, the slope of most of that pitch is around 33 degrees, and the steep part is near 45.
Good work, gang.
 
By the way, did you notice what happens around 1:40?

The exchange between MDSkier and DanoT was hilarious!

The (reverse) kick turn a friend taught me few years ago always comes handy... But I'm horrified at being so whiny!
post #122 of 163

"Geothermal vent?"  what the candidate meant to say was "creek".

But there were some pretty big holes just to the side of where everyone was skiing.  (I think skiNEwhere jumped over them.)

 

I'm doing a lot of huffing and puffing, too.  Got to breathe quieter or hold the camera further from my head.

post #123 of 163
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So looking through my iPhone photos, it’s clear I’m not going to add much to the many great shots already posted.   However, QCanoe, Crank and Tim Gedney, I have video of you – PM me if you want me to send it to you.   Likewise, MattS or Matchstix – I have photos from the top of Highland, so let me know if you want those.

 

This was an absolutely awesome trip.  The Gathermeister completely nailed it.  I remember hearing the pitch from Mike last year in Jackson Hole and thinking “that sounds pretty cool, but it won’t be that good for us”.   But it was – Aspen is an awesome destination and the first week of Feb is a great time to be there.   Every day I kept thinking about how busy a similar quality day would be in Vermont – there would be lines back to the Massachusetts border.   Meanwhile, we strolled onto the lifts and cruised down empty, velvety trails.

 

Highlights for me

  • Ski patrol chasing us down Burnt Mountain Glades in Snowmass
  • Oh so nearly nailing the drop-off into the powder on that same run (tighten those bindings, damnit), followed by the Kokopelli dance practice, as Tony put it…
  • Mach 1 first run down super-smooth corduroy at Highlands
  • The hike (that I would never have done by myself) up to Highland Peak, followed by 2,000 feet of goodness coming back down
  • In the restaurant at Aspen Mountain, walking up to an empty table looking out over Maroon Bells at 11.45 on a Saturday lunchtime 
  • The views in general.  When it comes to mountain vistas, Aspen makes Summit County look like Kansas
  • The morning commute on the bus to Highlands or Snowmass
  • The vote for next year.   Just awesome to be in a room with people who get so psyched about where we should ski next.   I would happily have gone to any of the suggested destinations (in fact, heading to Stowe this weekend :))
  • The softest, bestest bumps in the world on Olympic at Highlands
  • The company. You guys are always so much fun and so welcoming.  Nuff said.

 

Thanks again to the Gathermeister and everybody else for contributing to a great trip.  Looking forward to Whistler!

 

Here you go, @Needham photo of you in the trees at Highlands.

 

post #124 of 163
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By the way, did you notice what happens around 1:40?

 

So what happened around 1:40? Didn't see anything unusual. The inquiring mind wants to know. 

post #125 of 163
@JohnL on lower Long Shot at Snowmass


Steep and wide under Temerity lift at Highlands


How the other half lives


@JohnL, @SKI-3PO, and @northeasterner



The wheels on the bus go round and round - @cgeib smile.gif
post #126 of 163

Talking about a small world. Meet @Riad at the voting party on Saturday night and skied Highlands with him  on Sunday at the gathering. Ran into Riad and friends at the Hyatt on our way out of SLC to Big Sky. They were going to the bird and then Jackson afterward. Thumbs Up  

post #127 of 163
Aspen gathering was so good for the lungs and oxygen carrying capacity: unintentionally set Strava personal record (by 20% improvement in time) on a short 9.7% climb after not riding for 3 months!!! Caveat: recreational not competitive rider.
post #128 of 163

Hey Bruce,

 

It was nice meeting you guys. Yes, very small world indeed. We skied in snowbird on Stuarday, was OK. The Mineral Basin was great and one had to do some traverses to catch good snow. Most of the resort was icy though. We skied Jackson today. The runs in the trees on the North Facing side were great with lots of fresh snow. groumers were scrapped for the most with big ice sheet all over. They forecast about 5'' of snow overnight and I hope we will have good skiing and very likely riding with @MattSmith as well !

 

Cheers,

Riad. 

post #129 of 163
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... I expect good skiing from you.  ...


Uh Oh, Should I be worried? Some days it's just delusions of grandeur. :ROTF

 

Sorry we missed you Dchan.  We should get together.  I miss bumping into you. 

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Don't know if you guys rode some chairs with Vince and got to talk to him.  After about 25 ski days as a season pass holder at Snowbird this winter he has some interesting observations about good eastern skiers vs. good western skiers.  Western are sometimes weaker technically, but stronger tactically.  He keeps buying new skies every couple of months, each wider than the last:D

That happens. Then you go back the other way when you have a few bad snow years ;)

 

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Talking about a small world. Meet @Riad at the voting party on Saturday night and skied Highlands with him  on Sunday at the gathering. Ran into Riad and friends at the Hyatt on our way out of SLC to Big Sky. They were going to the bird and then Jackson afterward. Thumbs Up  

That's what this is all about.  Community and getting together with people we've come to know and care about. 

Looking forward to our next reunion. :D

post #130 of 163

You'd think I would have learned by now that the downside of taking 1900+ photos is that it takes me two weeks to get through them.

I've culled them down to 183 so far, now to edit them all :D

 

In the meantime here are the panoramas I processed while going through all my shots - the full resolution images are on my Flickr here and Imgur here.

 

 

 

Highlands Bowl from Ajax on the first day

 

The Gathermeister laying down the plan at the start of Day 2 at Highlands.

 

Highlands as seen from Ajax on our second day there

 

And @crank expressing how I think we all felt after our second run down KT Gully (?) on the last day. (I was sure feeling it!!)

 

Many more to come!


Edited by Matchstix - 2/15/16 at 4:43pm
post #131 of 163

Full Report for the Week (WARNING: Long)

 

@drewder and I left Columbia at 1:30 AM in hopes of beating a snow storm that was going to hit the High Plains on Monday, February 1st.  We were mostly successful as we made it to our destination in plenty of time, but we did encounter some challenging conditions along the way.  It started snowing while we were still in western Kansas.  Things were pretty slow-going from Limon, Colorado all the way to Basalt, Colorado, our home base for a week of skiing at the world-class ski resorts of Aspen.

 

We arrived in snowy Basalt on Monday afternoon and were able to check-in to our lodgings at the Aspenalt Lodge before heading to the rental shop to grab our gear.  After getting settled into our lodgings for the week, we crashed early as we were exhausted from our long road trip.  We were getting a one-day head start on the Gathering as we had to leave on Sunday, February 7th.

 

Day 1: Snowmass

We woke up to 20" of new snow after 40" had fallen in the two days prior.  This was going to be some of the best skiing conditions I had ever experienced.  I was trying out a set of Super 7 powder skis.  We started at the Elk Camp Gondola and then hopped on the Quad to the top of Elk Camp.  Our first run was Bull Run which was groomed but had a nice layer of fresh snow on top and lots of snow along the edges of the run.  We then hit Sandy Park and Gunner's View down the other side of Elk Camp and made our way down to the Alpine Springs lift.  We rode the Alpine Springs-High Alpine lift combo and came down the black groomer known as The Edge which spilled into Lunkerville all the way back to Alpine Springs.  We rode the lift back up and then took a lunch break at Gwyn's High Alpine Restaurant.

 

After lunch, we headed to the Big Burn for a couple of laps there (Whispering Jesse and Sneaky's) and then skied the length of Slot in the Sam's Knob/Campground area.  Slot was also groomed but had plenty of snow on it.  We then did runs on Max Park to Trestle to Coffee Pot to traverse back to the other side of Snowmass.  We made another trip down The Edge and headed back to Elk Camp where we started the day to see if Long Shot was open.  It was!

 

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Long Shot at Snowmass

 

Both drewder and I were licking our chops at the opportunity to ski the length of the longest ski run in the country at 5.3 miles.  Long Shot proved to be a little more than we bargained for on our first full day in the mountains as the short hike took our breath away (literally!) and then our poor legs had to deal with 5 miles of very deep powder.  We were also disappointed not to get much of a view from the top as it was snowing and there was virtually no visibility.  Despite all of that, we very much enjoyed the beautiful glade and found Long Shot to be somewhat of a unique experience though neither of us cared for the long runout at the bottom of the Two Creeks area.

 

We took a break at the Two Creeks Café before catching the lift back up to the Elk Camp mid-mountain area.  We ended the day by coming down Adams Avenue to Slider to Funnel Bypass.  Favorite Run: The Edge.  Vertical Feet: 25,500.

 

Day 2: Aspen Mountain

Got on the gondola right at 9:00 AM for the trip to the top and warmed up with a run down Silver Bell.  After a quick ride back to the top on the Ajax Express we hooked up with @jgiddyup and then took Copper Bowl all the way to the bottom.  The snow was soft and the freshly groomed run with 3,200 vertical feet was a great way to kick things into gear.

 

 

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Horribly crowded slopes at Aspen Mountain

 

After riding the gondola back up to the top, we explored the upper portion of Aspen by lapping the Ajax lift skiing such runs as 1 & 2 Leaf (easiest run at Aspen), Pussyfoot, Buckhorn, Midway Road, Tourtelotte Park, and Gretl's before stopping at the Sundeck for a brief lunch break.  We then skied down Spar Gulch to the base, and hopped on the bus over to Buttermilk.

 

While I had skied the Aspen area three years ago, I had never been to Buttermilk before.  I was pleasantly surprised with what the small area had to offer.  The leftover powder at Buttermilk was shocking.  After a quick introduction to Buttermilk down Westward Ho, we then found more than enough powder on the beautiful Buckskin trail.  jgiddyup had been at Buttermilk the day before and was showing us around to where all the powder was.  It was pretty much everywhere. 

 

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drewder considering what line to take through the powder at Buttermilk

 

I then skied Javelin and Timber Doodle Glade before taking a break at Buttermilk's Cliffhouse Restaurant.  We finished up the day by skiing Teaser, Savio to Columbine, and then Bear to Columbine.  Buttermilk had plenty of fun stuff to ski and I enjoyed every run there.  I was pretty tired as I'm just not used to skiing so much powder.

 

Favorite runs: Gretl's (Aspen), Javelin (Buttermilk).  Vertical Feet: 23,000.

 

Day 3: Snowmass

drewder and I started the morning by taking the Village Express lift up to Sam's Knob and then skied the entire Campground run.  jgiddyup and I followed that up with a run down Bearclaw which looked like it had nice powder, but it was a bit crusty for my taste.

 

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The View from Campground at Snowmass

 

We made our way over to the Big Burn where we lapped that area by enjoying Dallas Freeway, Mick's Gully, and then Sheer Bliss.  It was absolutely shocking how few people where in this area as we had the gentle intermediate terrain all to ourselves.

 

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Dallas Freeway (all to ourselves)

 

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Mick's Gully (again, to ourselves)

 

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Sheer Bliss (gorgeous run with no one enjoying it)

 

As you can see, we pretty much had the whole Big Burn area to ourselves.  The sun had softened up the snow and everything was skiing very nicely.  We took the Alpine Springs lift up and stopped in at Gwyn's for lunch.

 

After lunch, drewder and I hooked up with @marznc and @dbostedo.  We began the afternoon by skiing Green Cabin from the top of High Alpine and then took the Cirque lift all the way to the top of Snowmass.

 

 

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View from 12,500 feet

 

We took a leisurely path down Rocky Mountain High and Sheer Bliss all the way down to Alpine Springs.  drewder and I split off from the other by taking two lifts back up to High Alpine so that we could ski down The Edge.  drewder called it a day and headed down Adams Avenue to the Snowmass Village Mall while I ended up skiing all the way down to the bottom.  Though I was tired and it was getting close to the end of the day, I took one more ride up Village Express and came down Ute Chute which feeds into all of the lower green runs.  That's when I saw where everyone was.  My goodness...it was a madhouse down there.

 

Favorite Run: Sheer Bliss.  Vertical Feet: 23,700.

 

Day 4: Aspen Highlands

On my first trip to Aspen, I fell in love with Highlands.  This being my second trip to the area, I wondered if Highlands would be as magical as I remembered it.  Well...it was.  It's difficult to say exactly why I like this particular mountain so much, but I think it's a combination of factors all of which culminate in a very satisfying ski experience.  Highlands has breathtaking scenery, incredible ski runs for all abilities, and virtually no crowds.  When I'm on a ski vacation, those are the things I am looking for and Aspen Highlands nails them all.

 

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Clouds obscuring the Maroon Bells at Aspen Highlands

 

A group of us (drewder, marznc, dbostedo and I) started out the morning by warming up on the green run Prospector and then stepped things up with a blistering run down some pristine corduroy on Golden Horn and Thunderbowl.

 

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Golden Horn at Aspen Highlands

 

jgiddyup joined us and we then headed all the way to the top of Highlands and enjoyed cruising down Kandahar.  We pretty much hit all parts of the mountain through the course of the day and even stopped to take in the amazing scenery along the way.  Some of the runs that I skied were Robinson's Run, Suzi Q., Upper Stein, Alps, Meadows, Hayden, Scarlett's Run, Deane's, Grand Prix.

 

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Here I am navigating the moguls of Scarlett's Run (thanks to jgiddyup for the photo)

 

I had intended to hike the Highland Bowl, but chickened out due to my less than stellar hike up to the top of Long Shot earlier in the week.

 

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Pyramid Peak from the Ski Patrol Deck

 

Favorite Runs: Golden Horn and Scarlett's.  Vertical Feet: 26,100.

 

Day 5: Aspen Mountain

I got a bit more ambitious at Aspen today which allowed me to really appreciate this mountain.  I knew I was wanting to try out some of the runs on Bell Mountain, but the day ended up being more than I expected as I also spent some time in the glades off of Gentleman's Ridge.  drewder, dbostedo, and I started the day going top-to-bottom on North Star to Copper Bowl and then I hit Back of Bell #1 on the second run all the way down.  The moguls on Back of Bell #1 were fairly soft and made for some fun skiing with enough challenge to make me want to come back for more.  But before I was going to tackle some more difficult terrain, we headed over to the Ruthie's side for a couple of laps down that legendary run.  There we ran into @Jamesj and @Living Proof.  All of us skied both Ruthie's Run and Roch Run before heading back down to the bottom to catch the gondola back to the top for a lunch break at the Sundeck.

 

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View of the upper half of Aspen Mountain from Ruthie's Run

 

At lunch, I agreed to ski with @lady_Salina who was looking for a little challenge.  We hit it hard by doing the Bell to Gentleman's combo, starting down Seibert's and then skiing down Glade #1 off of Gentleman's Ridge.  lady_Salina gave me a number of pointers on things I needed to do to improve my technique which I did my best to implement them on the spot.  On our next trip from the top, we were looking for the Shoulder of Bell, but ended up going down the Face of Bell (which I loved!) down to the FIS lift.  We then picked our way down International and turned off down Short Snort, a fairly steep run with gigantic moguls which feeds down into Spar Gulch.  I noticed that my legs were wearing down, but I took one more trip up to the top with lady_Salina.  We skied a very nice combo of Knowlton's to Gentleman's Ridge to Jackpot.  I really enjoyed Jackpot, but wish my legs had held up a little stronger as I felt like I didn't ski it very well.  I was done for the day and I am grateful for lady_Saline pushing me to ski some stuff I wouldn't have done otherwise.  Aspen has some pretty nice terrain and I grew to really like what it had to offer.  And those views just never get old.

 

Favorite Run: Face of Bell.  Vertical Feet: 21,800.

 

Day 6: Aspen Highlands

 

It was our last day of skiing and drewder and I were going to hop in the car and drive home from the slopes all the way back to Missouri.  As a result, we wanted to have fun but not exert ourselves too much.  We spent the day exclusively on groomers as we worked on honing our technique from some of the things we had been working on the day before.  (drewder had spent the previous afternoon with @Old Boot who really gave drewder some great advice as I could immediately see that drewder was skiing the best he had all week.)  We lapped the Loge Peak lift a number of times as the snow up top was just about perfect, sticking to the different blue runs under that lift and a few under the Cloud Nine lift.  It was a gorgeous day and I took advantage of it by taking a few nice shots of the surrounding mountains.

 

 

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Maroon Bells from Aspen Highlands


It was a great last day to an outstanding ski trip.  I left feeling satisfied and encouraged that my skiing showed some signs of improvement over the course of the week.

 

Favorite Run: Hayden.  Vertical Feet: 20,200.

 
Random Thoughts
I had a great time at Aspen, but on this trip spent very little time in town.  Even though Aspen is known for its night life and aprés scene, I was there for the skiing and it certainly delivers lots of great skiing at the four unique mountains.
 
Much to my surprise, staying in Basalt was great.  I was very pleased with the accommodations at the Aspenalt Lodge and thought Basalt was a nice little Colorado town with plenty of personality.  I had dinner at the Riverside Grill on the banks of the Frying Pan River almost every night and felt like it provided good food and a nice atmosphere for about what I'm used to paying back home for similar fare.
 
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Frying Pan River from the Riverside Grill Restaurant
 

I had made a makeshift Bucket List for this ski trip which consisted of: (1) Hike and Ski the Highland Bowl (Highlands), (2) Ski one of the Back of Bells (Aspen), (3) Hike and Ski Long Shot (Snowmass), and (4) Ski one of the Cirque runs (Snowmass).  I did (2) and (3), but not (1) and (4).  Oh well, it was still a great ski trip and maybe I'll hike the Highland Bowl on my next trip to Aspen.

 

After my first day, I swapped out the Super 7s for a pair of Rossignol Sin 7s and still consider this to be my favorite all-around ski.  It really does perform well in everything.  I haven't found a ski that even comes close to it.  The Super 7s felt bulky and didn't seem to provide any better help in the deep stuff.

 

This was my first Gathering and I really enjoyed the fellowship with people who love to ski as much as I do.  I want to thank jgiddyup for showing me the ropes in the deep stuff and to lady_Salina for helping me in the steep stuff.  It was great meeting people in person who I had previously only known "online" such as marznc, Jamesj, and the legendary @KingGrump.

 

It was truly a special week of skiing.  My heart is full.

post #132 of 163
Great report. Sorry conditions in the Cirque were not suitable. Sounds like you are close to making the breakthrough to chasing the rest of us crazies around the mountain.
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Great write up and I think I'm still catching up on my sleep (even though I didn't have to drive!).  I'm currently trying to sell my wife on the advantages of Buttermilk for my teens first ever ski trip.

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This was my first Gathering and I really enjoyed the fellowship with people who love to ski as much as I do.  I want to thank jgiddyup for showing me the ropes in the deep stuff and to lady_Salina for helping me in the steep stuff.  It was great meeting people in person who I had previously only known "online" such as marznc, Jamesj, and the legendary @KingGrump.

 

 

 

Wow, I'm flattered. The only place I'm a legend is in my own mind. 

Must personally commend the spin-meisters on my personal marketing team. Best part - I'm not even dead yet. :D

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This was my first Gathering and I really enjoyed the fellowship with people who love to ski as much as I do.  I want to thank jgiddyup for showing me the ropes in the deep stuff and to lady_Salina for helping me in the steep stuff.  It was great meeting people in person who I had previously only known "online" such as marznc, Jamesj, and the legendary @KingGrump
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Wow, I'm flattered. The only place I'm a legend is in my own mind. 
Must personally commend the spin-meisters on my personal marketing team. Best part - I'm not even dead yet. biggrin.gif

Not only are you legendary online, you are even better live! I doubt if K&I would have had a ski shot if not for the honor of sharing it with you.
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Wanted to post a final blast of photos before this wonderful gathering becomes a distant memory.  (Matchstix, I want to see one of those indoor photos of the three pairs of fathers and sons.)

 

L-R:  LadyS, VinceK, Old Boot, Steve/Bluestreak?, DanoT, skiNEwhere at Snowmass

 

skiNEwhere with some interesting body language at Snowmass, Hanging Valley glades

 

Right three:  skiNEwhere, Jamesj, VinceK.  Photobomber on left was a super gung-ho mentally disabled skier, no lie!  He insisted on being included in our group photo on Longshot trail because he knew it would improve our steeze factor.:)

 

DanoT then Old Boot on the Big Burn

 

 

Lift riders

DanoT, skiNEwhere, VinceK at Snowmass

Bill, Philpug, MarzNC

 

MarzNC in Hang Valley, Roberto's run?

 

again

 

Unpiste with near nyquist looking on in Hanging Valley

near nyquist

 

matchstix in hanging valley glades powder

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skiNEwhere with some interesting body language

 

Surely that's a double-jointed Stein Eriksen!

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I decided to follow Vince into the trees, so not sure I ever made it to Roberto's.  Snow was certainly a lot softer in the trees then out in the open.  Was my adventure run for the day since it was the first time that Bill and I had been in the Hanging Valley.

 

Only took a few stray pics.

 

@Jamesj considering the possibilities before we followed mdf out towards Hanging Valley

 

Lofcaudio and drewder heading down after riding the Cirque poma for the view

 

Lofcaudio on Aspen Highlands lower mountain

 

A busy slope at Highlands

 

Olesya having fun on blue bumps at Highlands

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My housemates and I decided to head to Snowmass on Sat since it was our last ski day.  We'd started our ski trip with a long weekend at Alta and left on Sun.  Was a good day for Long Shot.  We drove in together from the VRBO house in Carbondale so parked for free at Two Creeks since we had qualified as a carpool car with 4+ people.

 

Didn't have time to take pics, but got a chance to check out Powderhorn with Jason at the end of the day.  Snowmass has so many long trails!  Discovered that it's just possible to get from the base of the Campground lift to the gondola in just under 30 minutes.  We just made it to the gondola before the gates closed at 3:30 in order to go ski to Two Creeks to meet up for the ride back to Carbondale.  I still have plenty of Snowmass terrain to explore but have ridden all the lifts at least once.

 

Heading up to Long Shot 

 

 

Olesya, MC, MarzNC

 

Bill, Olesya, MC, Jason

 

View of Mt Sopris from VRBO house above Carbondale

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On the first day, I had a fun time skiing with mgiddyup at Ajax and Buttermilk.  Great place to warm up for a flatlander.  The backside greens are long and mellow.  The bonus was that it was relatively warm on a sunny day with no wind over there.  There is some fun black terrain after a powder storm at Buttermilk.

 

mgiddyup after skiing down from the top of Ajax

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Last batch:

 

Cool shot of Jenny up in the Bowl at Aspen Highlands, she loved this place.

 

skiNEwhere kicking up some spray in Oly Bowl

 

Ms Tucker in Oly Bowl

MattS in Kessler's off Deep Temerity

Northeasterner

 

lunch at Ajax: Gary, Tony, Mark and Mike

 

Needham in Copper Bowl at Ajax, bonus style points for the smile

Tim

 

Gary, glade 1 or 2 ? at Ajax

 

MDskier, loves him some Highland Bowl

 

MDskier again, Sodbuster, Deep Temerity.  When you're going to be 70 next season this qualifies as BIG AIR.  

 

 

world's greatest patrol shack, Aspen Highlands

 

Big thanks to our Aspen Gathermeister!!!

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So after running off to find the elusive black groomers during the Sunday Highlands day (spoiler, there was only one), I eventually saw a group of bears while riding the Temerity lift.  I went unnoticed on this ride and was able to photograph them in their natural habitat.

 

@Mdskier @mdf 

 

 

@Riad Mrs. @KingGrump

@MattSmith@lady_Salina

 

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So after running off to find the elusive black groomers during the Sunday Highlands day (spoiler, there was only one)

 

Face of Oly?  Does that even count?

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Don't know if you guys rode some chairs with Vince and got to talk to him.  After about 25 ski days as a season pass holder at Snowbird this winter he has some interesting observations about good eastern skiers vs. good western skiers.  Western are sometimes weaker technically, but stronger tactically.  He keeps buying new skies every couple of months, each wider than the last:D

I simply call that experience. Westerns just have more opportunity to experience the various conditions out west. 

 

In the east, we have but 3 different conditions: ice, blue ice, boiler plate ice. :D So when presented with various different consistency of deep snow, easterns aren't always sure how to deal with. 

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Face of Oly?  Does that even count?


I think we skied Face of Oly more than any other run all week. LOL

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I liked @Dryheat's photo, SD o I hope you don't mind me retouching it a bit
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Face of Oly?  Does that even count?
Aspen Ski Co says it does
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I think we skied Face of Oly more than any other run all week. LOL

 

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Aspen Ski Co says it does

 

But it did seem to be a black diamond run possibly designed so that people like me could say they skied a black diamond run. :o :rolleyes :) 

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I honestly had a hard time differentiating the few groomed blacks from many of the blue runs.  They skied just as well imo and I though relatively easily.

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Highlights for me

  • Ski patrol chasing us down Burnt Mountain Glades in Snowmass
  • Oh so nearly nailing the drop-off into the powder on that same run (tighten those bindings, damnit), followed by the Kokopelli dance practice, as Tony put it…
  • The vote for next year.   Just awesome to be in a room with people who get so psyched about where we should ski next.   I would happily have gone to any of the suggested destinations (in fact, heading to Stowe this weekend :))
  • The softest, bestest bumps in the world on Olympic at Highlands
  • The company. You guys are always so much fun and so welcoming.  Nuff said.

 

Thanks again to the Gathermeister and everybody else for contributing to a great trip.  Looking forward to Whistler!

Ah, remember the Burnt Mt glades well. Was kind of unraveling at that time with falls due to visibility and binding release

problems      Ski Patrol doing sweep just behind us suggested I get help down :rotflmao:

Switched eyeglasses and caught my second wind passing everyone.

 

Thanks again to mdf for a great gathering.

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