Posted on March 3, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Powder in the Rockies
The chair to nowhere? An early morning start at Aspen Highlands to catch fresh powder in a clearing storm delivered this view high on the mountain. Empty chairs, empty slopes and plenty of fresh snow.
SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s been a few years since I had the pleasure to ski in the Aspen area, and with all the powder that’s been falling over in the Roaring Fork Valley (and the rest of Colorado), I thought I would revisit the area vicariously with a short photo essay. Dylan and I skied there when he was in his last year of elementary school, with the awesome Colorado Ski Country USA fifth-grade passport that gives Colorado kids a chance to sample most of the ski areas in the state at no cost — Who says nothing is free? We actually base-camped in Glenwood Springs and started our mini roadtrip with a day at Ski Sunlight, with fresh powder and blue skies. The next day, we set out to ski all four of the Aspen areas in a single day. We fell a little short, skipping Ajax, but only because the skiing at Aspen Highlands was so good that we lingered longer than we should have.
Classic Colorado view at Aspen Highlands. As the storm cleared out, we knew we'd have to make the trek up to Highlands Bowl.
On the cat, headed toward Highlands Bowl.
Heading up the ridge.
A strudel break.
Powder bumps at Sunlight. PHOTO BY DYLAN BERWYN.
Alpine vistas at Aspen.
Don't miss the Glenwood Springs hot springs. It's a treat, day or night!
Dropping into some steeps at Highlands Bowl. PHOTO BY DYLAN BERWYN.
The burgers at Vicco's in Glenwood Spring might be the best in all of Colorado. Click on the photo for more info.
A local at the Woody Creek Tavern near Aspen shows us his "body art."
The Jerry Garcia shrine on Aspen Mountain, hidden in the woods.
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