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post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by bunion View Post
That is awesome. Make the most of the class and above all have fun doing it. Who is the L-1 with?

my wife made the arrangements but I assume it is with Dick Jacksons outfit
post #32 of 44
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Originally Posted by skugrud View Post
but still had a ball skiing their left overs.
I like skiing the tracked up powder too. Especially in the moguls. Around here all the locals leave about 1:00p when all the obvious powder is tracked up but there's still plenty of fun to be had.
post #33 of 44
The Highland Bowl is a very large alpine/sub-alpine bowl. There are many intricate features such as gullies and ridges and spines. The aspect(the way it faces) ranges from east to north with a little bit of south on a couple of ridges. The prevailing winds tend to be westerly and there can be considerable crossloading of gullies on the lee(east) side. Though the entire bowl is bootpacked in the early season, constant and vigilant avi control is imperative. Even so, there is the possibility of a tender spot which can slide locally. There are signs posted prohibiting traversing across the bowl from run to run once in the main body of the bowl. You are expected to ski your chosen line from the top. This is not to say that you can't traverse slightly within a chosen line. Even if not forbidden, traversing across the various gullies and ridges would be ill-advised due to wind scouring of snow on the windward side, and wind loading on the lee sides. The more northernly lines near the summit, such as White Kitchen, Be One, Ozone, and Full Curl usually offer reliable winter snow. Beyond the summit the G zones offer great north-facing steep trees. Happy Trails!
post #34 of 44
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Originally Posted by Shen View Post
what is the deal with the backside of the bowl/ridge in that pic, looks awsome why is it not tracked?
post #35 of 44
Maroon Bowl. Extreme avalanche hazard. Not Controlled!
post #36 of 44
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Originally Posted by donnyb View Post
Maroon Bowl. Extreme avalanche hazard. Not Controlled!
hmm what is aspens boundery policy? it seems like that would get skied quite often especially in the spring when avalanches are less likely (and all winter by those too stupid to care).
post #37 of 44
Its gated open boundary, but you better know what the fk you’re doing there. We've lost a couple of friends in that area.
post #38 of 44
What Shredhead said. If I am not mistaken, Maroon Bowl is actually in the Aspen Highlands permit area. The avi issues are huge, so consequently it sees very light use. Persistant weak layers are a way of life in the central Rockies, and Maroon Bowl is no exception.
post #39 of 44
aspen is on my to-do list, somehow, sometime i will get there. could someone give me a comparison to the amt of expert terrain in aspen, snowmass and highlands.
post #40 of 44
There is a lot at all three areas. Adam took some nice shots of early season conditions.

http://tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71335
post #41 of 44
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post
There is a lot at all three areas.
Last season I spent a few days following a born-and-raised Aspen local at Snowmass. We skied all the expert stuff and some semi-backcountry that we accessed through gates. It was very good. Highly recommended.
post #42 of 44

Aspen's grand

Highlands is kind of a big ridge - there are really long steep expert trails off each side - Steeplechase comes to mind and I forget the other side but we did em. I never got to HB but that is supposed to be a classic high alpine bowl (steeps, pow etc). The mountain skis 3000+ vertical. There are runs where you can look down 1000+ vertical feet and wonder if you fall if you'd keep going : I really liked Highlands, second only to Snowmass.

Snowmass has over 4000 VF and is the largest - probably a little less amount of expert terrain percentage-wise, but it still has a lot because it's so big. There are cliffs and such there too. At the top there's a rope tow where we skied a gentle snowfield with fresh pow each day. This is at over 12000 feet. Also off the top is a bowl and some chutes (Cirque Headwall). There's hanging valley wall area, which as I remember is really a cliff in places, and people do jump off (not me if I have a choice, chutes are about as crazy as I get . There's a wide variety of terrain and more than a few distinct areas - the Burn is nice, kind of rolling upper intermediate trails near the tree line. There's a lot of groomed near the bottom (say the bottom 2K vertical - as much as most resorts).

Ajax has a high percentage of expert terrain and moguls (much less groomed than say Snowmass). Kind of like Highlands with ridges and steep trails. It's probably the best setting of all of them - you can ski right down to the town of Aspen and multimillion dollar condos and such.

One thing that I saw when in Aspen is just how different the weather can be top to bottom because of the vertical. It was spring when we went - late March. We saw some freezing rain near the bottom one day which turned to snow further up. This was most drastic at Snowmass as it was really warm at the bottom, with peanut butter slush and fresh pow in that field at the top and a thunder storm in the middle at one point - great to ski through the seasons on a single run
post #43 of 44
Well, thanks everyone for all the great info. I will be skiing this areas with the ESA group (Snowmass being the base mountain) so I am glad to have received so much good information.

Today I skied in bright sunshine and spring corn. The local hill is struggling to stay open with 4 runs! While I had a great time, I still feel like pulling my hair out when I watch the absurd amount of snow Colorado has received, while here we have nothing. I sure hope that I will get some powder when I come to Colorado.
post #44 of 44
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Originally Posted by TomB View Post

Today I skied in bright sunshine and spring corn. The local hill is struggling to stay open with 4 runs! While I had a great time, I still feel like pulling my hair out when I watch the absurd amount of snow Colorado has received, while here we have nothing. I sure hope that I will get some powder when I come to Colorado.

Today, I skied lap after lap of knee to thigh deep in Highlands Bowl. It didn't suck.

Hopefully its even better for your trip. Enjoy.
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