What an amazing first day of skiing! We decided to start things off with a run at Aspen Highlands mountain. The Highland Bowl looked fun.
First though some easier runs to start off the day, my first in 5 years now. Cruised some nice long blues around the Cloud Nine lift.
At the top of the lift there is this fantastic spot in the picture below, to take in the view of some great peaks and have some snacks and beverages. So beautiful!
Another nice groomer trail below just to get warmed up this one just by the Loge Peak chair lift.
In the afternoon after lunch we decided to hike up to Highland Peak and drop into the Highland Bowl. Definitely the main feature to this particular mountain. From the top of Loge Peak chair, it took about 30-40 minutes to get to the peak. You can see the entire journey in the photo below. We were at the starting point, and the highest point in the photo is the drop in location. Totally, worth the hike up. Stunning views in every direction perfect to take in while you catch your breath at the top.
Here we are working our way up…one step at a time. A local tip – take off your hat, jacket, or at least open it up…because it gets hot. The sun was strong and warm today. This is what makes skiing here in Colorado so perfect, the weather is almost always stunning. You will find that is true unless it is dumping snow, and even still it is almost always a very comfortable day.
Below, is a look at some of the biggest peaks (Pyramid Peak and Maroon Bells) in the state surpassing 14,000 vertical feet.
This next photo is a bit fuzzy. That is because we are getting closer to the top and the fuzziness is clouds. They were hanging just down in front of us.
You can’t look down too long before you want to dive in, and that is exactly what we did. This was some steep terrain and was incredible. Nothing like flying down a steep long pitch.
The next thing we knew…we were at the bottom…ready to take a break, and take it in. So nice to be in nature!
After a day like this, I’m a happy guy.
So, there you have it day 1 at Aspen Highlands. Tomorrow, moving on to Snowmass!