Photo Journal: Winter Returns // Photos by Matt Power and TJ David
Just three weeks ago it looked like winter was coming to a unwelcome end.
A lack of snow following Christmas has kept athletes dodging rocks, skiing hard pack and really enjoying those “dustings” of new snow that were all but a precursor for the end of February. Guys like Andrew were still not afraid to leave the ground.
Little did we know that the continual drought was all about to end.
Snow up high and clear down low. This time of year storms are so dependent on altitude and temperature. This sleeper powder day at Aspen Highlands was the first sign that things were about to change.
A week out NOAA predicted snow. Three days later it was a winter storm warning. Would winter reemerge?
The first day we received over a foot of fresh snow. Our mountains were blanketed and fierce winds loaded some great spots for inbounds skiing.
The new snow completely transformed our spring landscape into a winter wonderland.
As the snow kept accumulating we didn’t waste anytime and found some great, low angle terrain to sample some of the goods just outside the resort. More storm riding on Aspen Mountain ensued and Matt Power was there to capture the moment.
There is nothing better than storm riding after six weeks of no snow.
One storm leaves and another moves in.
When storms stack up in Aspen there are few other places I would rather be skiing.
The Aspen Mountain side-country offers great opportunities to find fresh snow and we took full advantage. However, the comfort of close proximity to the resort doesn’t mean the area is immune to avalanche risk and we tread lightly. Especially when skiing on new storm snow. Be careful out there.
And then the sun came out
The sun came out and it seemed spring was coming to push our brief reemergence of winter away from Aspen again. We didn’t sit idly.
5.5 feet of snow in 3 weeks