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Spent a beautiful day yesterday up in the Castle Creek Valley near Aspen. The fall foliage colors might have been at their peak — combined with bluebird sky it was so stunning we had to pull over on the side of the road a few times to take it all in.
My old ski buddy from Aspen, Bob Perlmutter, was getting married to Sue Shufro, with festivities up at the Pine Creek Cookhouse at the end of the valley. It was a beautiful and touching wedding, with a backdrop of golden aspen trees and looming peaks, incredible!
|But hey, what’s a day up Castle Creek without some skiing? We needed our September turns for TAY (turns all year), so we brought our Jeep upvalley and 4-wheeled to Montezuma Basin near Castle Peak. The skiing was incredible — as Louie said, "like frozen ocean during a hurricane" Nonetheless it was better than August because the surface had a nice coating frozen corn that kept us off all the summer rocks and dirt. DONE! 12 months in a row of skiing every month, (a few more months and we’ll have skied every month of 2005, that’s not our main goal, but will be cool as well).|
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.