By Heather Burke, Boston.com Correspondent
This is not intended to make my East Coast ski friends jealous, truly. There is so much snow in Colorado. So you should consider a trip west, soon. We skied first tracks in fresh soft powder at Aspen Mountain, Ajax to the locals. The next day we hiked and got freshies in Aspen Highland Bowl – amazingly steep snowy terrain at 12,392’, already wide open, with blue sky and beautiful views. Today we skied Aspen Snowmass, it dumped snow all day and we skied everything from perfectly spaced aspen glades to wide wonderful groomers with a delightful 4 inches of fluff on top, to a 3,200’ vertical side-country Long Shot adventure.
Aspen has four ski resorts, all on the same ticket, all well-blanketed in early season snow, and more big snow storms coming. And yes, Aspen also has one of the best ski towns anywhere, high octane après ski, and beautiful skiers’ lodging properties like Limelight Hotel in Downtown Aspen Village and Viceroy at Snowmass, both near the lifts.
It’s too late for a White Christmas for New England skiers, but I highly recommend considering a January trip to Aspen for high elevation skiing, wintry conditions (no green grass here) and amazing skiing on 5,547 acres at Aspen, Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk. Don’t be green with envy, go to the snow, it’s in Colorado.
By Heather Burke, Photos by Greg Burke