Here’s the spotlight on the first day of skiing in 2014, more specifically the hike up to Highland Peak, at Aspen Highlands Mountain.
You see, I like to push things to the limit.
And so, on the first day of skiing why not go up as far as the lift will take you and then climb up an additional 717 vertical feet, and see where you stand?
Yeah, let’s do it!
Take me to the top!
Here’s me at the bottom, ready to go and rip it up on my new skis…Nordica Hell and Back Vagabond’s…they said these would suit my needs.
Here’s me enjoying some après-ski time. What a great first day!
But let’s get back to the hike up Highland Peak at Aspen Highlands Mountain.
I’m pretty happy I went to crossfit 3 times a week as a habit while in Toronto for the 11 weeks before arriving in Colorado.
You can tell because I am smiling in the picture below, as I march up the hill. Crossfit workouts are intense and last anywhere from 5-20+ minutes. The local shuttle bus driver said he could do the hike in 22 minutes, I imagine it took us about 30-40 minutes.
There I go…up up and away…
The best approach is to just accept you will be there soon, and take some time to think about life.
Yeah, it’s far, but no big deal.
Soon, I will be over there, cruising fast down some steep terrain, and loving every second of it.
I’m getting closer to the top, and still smiling.
On the way up we got a great look at Pyramid Peak which stands tall at 14,018 feet.
And in this shot, you can also see Maroon Bells proudly standing tall at 14,156 feet.
The scenery was spectacular!
At last we got to the top, you can see the clouds are now below us.
And so, here we have the view from above…
And here, we have the view from below…
If you happen to find yourself at Aspen Highlands, I highly recommend doing the hike up to Highland Peak at Aspen Highlands. You don’t necessarily have to do it on day 1, but it is truly a satisfying experience so go for it!