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El Niño Delivers into January

Photography by Matt Power


When January arrives in Aspen everyone is usually a bit nervous about the traditional, month long high-pressure that has even the most patient skiers biting their nails in anxious anticipation for new signs of snow. Although December was a really snowy month for us, an unexpected storm brought in the new year with over a foot of fresh snow to Aspen Mountain, surprising locals and tourists alike. Naturally, Adam Moszynski, Chris Davenport, Matt Power and myself set out to snap a few photos. After all, snow in January in Aspen has been a very rare occurrence over the last several seasons. And honestly, who knows when we’ll be returning to those typical sunny and cold January days and month long stretches of high-pressure. So we’ll take advantage while we can!


Photo by: Matt Power

Photo by: Matt Power


El Niño delivering again. Photo by: Matt Power

El Niño delivering again. Buried Truck.
Photo by: Matt Power


Out into the backcountry on a beautiful, cold, January morning.

Out into the backcountry on a beautiful, cold, January morning.


A shot of Matt Power getting the shot of Chris Davenport.

A shot of Matt Power getting the shot of Chris Davenport on Independence Pass, Colorado.


An incredible morning in the Aspen sidecountry.

An incredible morning in the Aspen sidecountry. Photo by Adam Moszynski


The snow was every bit as good as it looks.

The snow was every bit as good as it looks.


After an incredible start to the new year, I think we were all feeling a bit lucky to have gotten as many great days on the mountain over the holiday as we had. So when the inevitable high-pressure returned, and long term forecasts showed more than a full week without precipitation, I didn’t feel too anxious to hunt for powder, but I did have a couple friends out in Utah and I’d heard they were still getting great snow, so I made a quick trip out.


On the road, Utah bound.

On the road, Utah bound. 4 hours to go…


Walk down memory lane.

Walk down memory lane.


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Ryan Bailey getting one in the Wasatch Backcountry.


High Boy laps all day at Alta.

High Boy laps all day at Alta.


Ryan and I were both surprised to see how much the Wasatch has changed since we lived there six years ago. With everything in the back country farmed wall-to-wall, we traded in our touring setups, broke out the alpine gear, lapped Alta and sipped beers at the Peruvian Lodge. Not a bad way to spend a couple days between January storms.


Stormy Morning at Aspen Highlands.

Stormy Morning back at Aspen Highlands.


After a few days in Utah I returned to Aspen surprised to see the forecast had changed and snow was again on the horizon. This week I was joined in Aspen by my Patagonian amigo Inti Fernandez. He’s been touring around North America working on a project for an extreme sports program on Limite Sur, a Patagonian TV station. It’s safe to say Inti brought the snow with him as El Niño returned with a series of storm days and beautiful bluebird powder mornings.



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Inti Fernandez taking in the few of the Elks from the Highbowl Ridge Line.


Highland Bowl always delivers.

Highland Bowl always delivers.


Now we’re half way through the month of January and well, none of us are really sure if that month long high-pressure is going to set in at all. Last year we received a dismal 5 inches of snowfall in the month of January and with a little luck, the continuance of El Niño should blow the worst January on record out of the water.


Back in Aspen just in time. Photo by Matt Power

Back in Aspen just in time. Photo by Matt Power


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Bluebird Powder Day on the Kästle BMX115


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MLK Powder


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Been awhile since I did something like this…


Photo by Matt Power.

Photo by Matt Power.


Big Thanks to Matt Power for his contributions to this blog. Check out his work here: https://www.instagram.com/mattpower/

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