Off season’s here, and now that Aspen has effectively shut down, anyone with free time enough to get away has been packing up and leaving town.
This spring, that ever-present drive to hit the road has us heading to Canada to keep the ski season rolling for a little while longer. I’ll head up to Calgary on Monday to meet Sean who will be coming out from the Battle Abbey Hut with a group of friends from around here, and we will hit a laundry list of ski spots in the greater Banff and Jasper area.
After a week with Sean, he’ll head home and I’ll hook up with Christy, Dirk, Art Burrows and Art’s friend and local guide, Greg Franson in Golden, BC, and we’ll head out on an 80 mile ski traverse from the Bugaboos to Roger Pass. It’s pretty safe to say it’ll be a good time.
Part of getting ready required me to replace my expired passport and after getting my hands on it the other day, a quick glance confirmed that, as it’s been for some time now, one of the prominent mountain scenes in the little navy blue book is still that of a fairly obscure 12,700+ foot peak about an hour from Aspen called Chair Mountain.
Identifying background peaks on postcards, automobile commercials and magazine ads has always been an obscure skill of mine, and betting fellow friends that Chair Mountain actually graces the U.S. Passport has actually won me several gentleman’s bets through the years. Better yet, Christy and I recently got to ski up on Chair, spending a weekend at Al and Ruthies new cabin there. It’s quite the spot.