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Apr 2010 04

Day 84
Location: Aspen, CO
Resorts: 40 out of 50

It’s not every powder morning you see a dude in a dress dropping a sick line down a 48 degree bowl, but if you get to Aspen Highlands on closing day, you might get your chance.

The Highlands Bowl is the crown jewel of this local’s hill. With nine inches of the fluffy stuff and the sun peeking out, I wasn’t only the one who wanted to get to the top. Hundreds filled the single file ascent, not only to party at the top of the world, but to get one last shot at the best steeps in Aspen.

I found my best turns on the north side right where the wind starts to drift into the trees. Then a ride up the brand new Deep Temerity lift. I cheated on the second hike and caught the free snowcat that takes you a third of the way up. Another quad burning run and then I was off for some easy mid-mountain runs.

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The hike up Highlands Bowl

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The last stretch

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The reward is well worth it

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Two hikers on The Five Fingers

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Party time at the Highlands Bowl

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100 Days of Winter at the top

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Random pond-skimming underwear guy

Apres-Ski Report:

Even in Aspen, you can still dig up happy hours deals like the ones found at Bad Billy’s. Order some delicious $2.50 sliders, tuna tacos, and cheap pitchers of beer.

The Cheat Sheet

Aspen Highlands
1600 Maroon Creek Road
Aspen, CO 81612

Bad Billy’s
508 East Cooper Avenue
Aspen, CO
‎ 81612

Mountain Stats

Snowfall 300 in (762 cm)
Top Elevation 11,675 ft (3,559 m)
Bottom Elevation 8,040 ft (2,451 m)
Vertical Drop 3,635 ft (1,108 m)
Area Size 5 lifts | 118 trails | 1,028 acres (416 ha) acres
Night Skiing No
Terrain Park No
Halfpipe No

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