Every skier has a home mountain. It’s where you’ll find them on a powder day, becoming friends with lifties, having beers with the locals and the first ones there when the season starts and the last ones coming down the hill on closing day. Last season, I tried to spend every possible moment at Aspen Highlands, but due to a constant travel schedule at Freeskier and the often grueling drive from Boulder I was only able to be there for about 50% of my ski days. This season, I’ll be living a mile from the lifts of this magical place.

Welcome back, Winter. See you in a few weeks, Highlands.

Photo by Jeremy Swanson.