A little bit of everything…
March is one of those months…warm temps, sunny skies, the coming of spring and the occasional 2-foot powder dump. That’s why we all love March in Aspen, Colorado. You never quite know what you’re going to get, and we like that, the mixed bag, because we’re ready for it and it never bores.
The beautiful thing about March is that rising temperatures and valley rainfall keep all but the most curious skiers from emerging from the comfort of their warm beds and out onto the slopes. Knowing that a light drizzle in town certainly means snow in our higher locations around Aspen and that most people are staying tucked away under their down comforters, my daily routine is the early morning wake up, followed by 25 minutes of buses to Aspen Highlands from my house. With my eyes set on the bowl, a few Steeplechase laps hold my attention until patrol drops the ropes on the real objective for the day. A couple laps down the north woods and you’ve all but forgotten you’re in Colorado. Heli drops in interior British Columbia perhaps?
A typical March day, complete with deep turns, untracked snow and continual snowfall. It’s always worth getting up early for days like these on Aspen Highlands.
Of course, you can’t forget about the ski touring in March. Big days, small days, and everything in between…The constant refresh from small storms allowed us to continue to explore into the Elks and put bigger objectives into our minds.
As the snow continued to fall and wintery days were followed with sunny cold mornings, we took full advantage of incredible backcountry conditions. Easter was particularly great!
Easter Sunday celebrated in the best way we know…a ripping run down Maroon Bowl.
We revisited past locations from early in the year, hoping for better snow, in search of an extraordinary run with extraordinary conditions. Unfortunately, we were greeted by heavy winds, thick wind crusts, and adventurous survival skiing. Oh well, not every day can be the best day of your life, but we still enjoyed the turns.
Well, you can’t really ski great snow if you’ve never experienced bad snow. One simply doesn’t exist without the other. So after a succession of pretty mediocre days in the backcountry around Aspen, another sleeper storm rolled in and our patience was rewarded with a beautiful storm day.
All in all March brought the goods, tThanks El Niño! I know for those of us not ready to put on the flip-flops and board shorts April could be just as good. We’ll just have to work for it a little more. #notoverit #skiperu2016
Big thanks to Matt Lanning, Tom Zuccareno, and Jeremy Swanson for photo contributions to this blog post! And of course all my ski partners for getting out there with me. Cheers guys!