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|Nick DeVore abides: Tuesday was a good day to be in Highlands Bowl.|
Well, it's winter again in the old mining town and winter means skiing. Some things have changed, but skiing? You either get it or you don't, and I do. We were up at the Highlands last Thursday for the Powder Posse. The north sides were holding. And what with the foot of new on Monday, we were going left and right. Sean and Brian kicked the uptrack. I got in three in G8. If there's a better run at any ski area in the country, I'd like to see it.
The patrol up there (along with the bootpacking crew) did their usual impressive job of early season boot-compaction, and I was reaping the benefits of their hard work! Thanks guys and gals; I owe you a cold one. That was Thursday when a handful of us had Highland Bowl to ourselves. Then on Saturday, my favorite ski hill opened for the season; the central portions of the bowl were open as well as the north side. I love the B zones, steep and sometimes technical, sometimes absurdly easy. Saturday was a technical day, but by Monday, after another foot, it was as good as I remembered it. Today the Ozone had that smooth creamy texture. Steeplechase has also been very nice. I know every rock in there and haven't hit one yet. Yup, it's ski season again and my legs, lungs and heart are reminding me once again why I live here (and it's not because of the money, dope or the women). Signed, "Dominic DiDuca"