December 11 to 18, 2007
On the Aspen trip, the adventures started even before the members of the West Long Branch Ski Club reached the ski slopes. We were traveling in several different groups. Those on the first flight in landed at Aspen Airport without problems, but then the airport closed. So those on later flights either waited in the Denver Airport for five hours, then took a six-hour bus trip to Aspen, arriving at about 1:30am, and then waited for their baggage to arrive around noon, or stayed overnight and flew into Aspen in the morning.
Once everyone had finally arrived, though, we all had six days of great skiing, thanks to a two-foot dump a week earlier and several scattered inches during our stay. Because it was so early in the season, some areas on the mountains had not yet been opened, but that lack was compensated for by a remarkable absence of crowds; many people reported never once having had to wait in a lift line, even on the normally busy weekend.
Particularly noteworthy were:
- Untracked powder in the back areas at Buttermilk
- Long runs of powder moguls at Snowmass
- Below zero temperatures early on Saturday and Sunday, mitigated by brilliant sunshine
- Nice mixtures of groomed and ungroomed slopes
The newly renovated Aspen Hotel provided dueling hot tubs, varied breakfasts, and an incredible afternoon buffet with wine, beer, a choice of soups, snacks, and cookies.
Monday night’s pizza party brought a festive close to a great week. Thanks again to Harriet and Jerry for once again running a great trip!