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  1. Jason Buchheim

    Jason Buchheim (December 07, 2010, 05:01AM )

    Aspen Highlands has become most famous for the Highland Bowl and other experts only terrain. However, the Bowl wasn't completely opened until 2002. Most of the mountain's terrain flows off of the narrow ridge extending from Highland Peak. Aspen Highlands was founded and the land developed in 1958 by Aspen legend Whip Jones. In 1993 Jones donated it to his Alma Mater, Harvard University. Harvard sold the resort to Houston, Texas developer Gerald D. Hines for $18.3 million. It later became part of the Aspen Skiing Company. The Highland Bowl Since 2002, the Highland Bowl has been the crown jewel of Aspen Highlands. Most of the terrain is accessed only on foot, although a snowcat can cut the distance by a third. The Highlands ski patrol monitors the Bowl and conducts avalanche control for skier safety. The Bowl faces primarily east, towards Aspen Mountain. Generally, the best snow to be found is in the north-facing G-Zones ("G" corresponds to green ski wax, for the coldest temperature snow). The B-Zones (for blue wax) face east and descend down the center of the bowl from the 12,382 ft (3,774 m) summit of Highland Peak. The south-facing Y-Zones (yellow wax), are the steepest, with slopes as steep as 48 degrees, according to Aspen Highlands trail maps. These can be skied without hiking if one rides the snowcat. Until recent chairlift improvements, a run down the Highland Bowl was followed by the Grand Traverse, a long, flat catwalk back to the Loge Peak lift. The Highland Bowl also offers access from the summit into the steep and highly avalanche prone backcountry Five Fingers Bowl. On March 31, 1984, ski patrolmen Chris Kessler, Tom Snyder, and Craig Soddy were doing avalanche control work in Highland Bowl. The three set off explosive charges near the top of the Bowl. Their bombs yielded no sign of danger. With tragic false confidence, the trio skied closer to the middle of the Bowl, and into the midst of a vast avalanche path. They threw more bombs. The second explosion triggered a slide below the men. Then before the three could escape, a gigantic avalanche fell from above them. All three were killed. A monument in their memory has been erected near the top of the Loge Peak lift above the ski runs named in their honor (Kessler's Bowl, Snyder's Ridge, and Soddbuster). [edit] New Terrain Open for the season 2005-2006 is the new fixed grip triple lift "Deep Temerity". The $2.7 million project eliminates the lengthy trek out from the bottom of the Highland Bowl, the Temerity glades, and Steeplechase. 180 acres (0.73 km2) of new terrain accompany the Deep Temerity lift for the 05-06 season, with the ultimate potential for 270 acres (1.1 km2) of new terrain. This will push Aspen Highlands' total area over 1,000 acres (4.0 km2).

  2. handi pan

    handi pan (December 07, 2010, 04:49AM )

    This is a separation of the previously posted combined views. The 3D viewing software was not liking the 18 Gigapixel image, but does not mind the 9 Gigapixel images of the left and right views. The reason for so much blue sky is that it works best in the virtual reality viewer to have as much scene above the horizon as below.