Happy, Snowy Holidays!
At this point, I think it's safe to say that the season is off to a great start. With over six feet of fresh snow over the past two weeks, we're now over 100 inches for the season, slightly ahead of last year's record-setting pace. Better yet, the seven-day forecast is predicting the kind of Christmas that Bing Crosby made a living crooning about.
After dutifully field-testing the powder, I can confidently say it meets Colorado's high standards in lightness and in forgiving landings. So far, my season highlight has been hiking the Highlands Bowl. It hasn't been open much this year, with avalanche crews working hard to cope with the abundance of early-season snow. Earlier in the week, I was at Highlands with Chris and Craig, two of my esteemed Aspen Square colleagues. We saw that the Bowl was open and spent the next 30 minutes huffing and puffing our way skywards, our heads bowed to the heavy snowfall. I was just starting to wonder who between the three of us would be first on the menu should our legs fail us, when through the clouds, the radio tower at the summit came into view. After a bit of twitching and wheezing at the top, we made our descent. The snow was amazing. No matter how much your legs and lungs complain, 2000 vertical feet of untracked powder is always worth the effort.