We have not yet worked out the details for the bootpacking program this season. In this year of the CO_VID 19 virus, some extra planning will be required to adhere to protocols and procedures for social distancing and group sizes etc. etc.
This highlandspatrol.com website still has the information from last season, regarding the bootpacking program. We anticipate the program will operate in a similar manner as it has the past few season. We will post the details about the bootpacking program for this season on this website, when the details have been hashed out.
In the meantime, if you are interested in receiving information via e-mail, when it becomes available, click on the “BOOTPACKING” tab and complete the registration form.
The weather forecast for tonight calls for one to three inches of snow at higher elevations. However, unless September 2020 yields as much snow as September 1961, the details for the bootpacking program will not be finalized until early October.
Thanks for your interest in the bootpacking program. Keep checking back to this website for any updates. We will also send out e-mails to last years participants when we know the details for this season.
Aspen Highlands Snow Safety
We will bootpack on Friday December 6, 2019.
We also plan to bootpack on Monday December 9, 2019, Tuesday December 10, 2019, and Wednesday December 11, 2019. Bootpacking may well be winding down by next week. Most bootpackers will have reached their target number of days by next Wednesday. If there is still interest in continuing bootpacking after next Wednesday, we may consider extending bootpacking. We will re-evaluate our plans next week.
Thank you for all of your help so far.
We plan to bootpack Monday through Thursday this week and possibly Friday as well. (Friday will depend on how much we have left to do to get the mountain ready for opening day on Saturday.)
So bootpacking is scheduled for Monday December 2, 2019 through Thursday December 5, 2019.
Thanks for all your help.
We plan to bootpack on Friday November 29, 2019.
We plan to bootpack Monday November 25, 2019, Tuesday November 26, 2019, and Wednesday November 27, 2019.
We will probably also bootpack on Friday November 29, 2019…the final decision regarding Friday will be made next week and posted on this website as soon as the plan is finalized.
Bootpacking is planned for four days next week.
Monday November 18, 2019.
Tuesday November 19, 2019.
Thursday November 21, 2019.
Friday November 22, 2019.
We plan to bootpack on the following days next week:
Monday November 11, 2019
Tuesday November 12, 2019
Friday November 15, 2019
Today is the first day of bootpacking this season. We have 31 bootpackers.
We now plan to bootpack Thursday and Friday this week.
November 7th and November 8th 2019.
Check in on the level below the escalator at Aspen Highlands.
Be ready to go out the door at 8 am.
Thanks for your help.
We have plenty of snow to start bootpacking. The challenge has been to find a way to get up the mountain to the snow. The lifts have been undergoing their annual load tests and going through the certification process.
We plan to bootpack two days this coming week.
The first bootpacking day will be Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
Most likely the second bootpacking day will be Friday Novmber 8, 2019. (We will update this posting when the second day is certain).
We will meet and check in on the lower floor below the escalator as usual. Arrive early if you still have to sign the waiver for this season.
We want to be ready to go at 8:00 am.
Wednesday and Thursday this week are scheduled ski patrol training days and we do not plan to bootpack on these days.
We hope to see you Tuesday.
Recommended Bootpacker Meeting and Gear Swap
When: Wednesday October
Room in the Locker Room Level at the base of Aspen Highlands (follow the signs).
Time: 11:00AM or 5:30PM
It is time to start preparing for the
2019-20 bootpacking season.
have scheduled our annual meeting to inform everybody about the bootpacking
program, sign releases, answer questions, and buy and sell gear at the
swap. This meeting
is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for all participants, even those who have participated in
the past, as this is when the necessary waivers and releases are signed. We will make the meetings as
short as possible as we understand everybody has a busy schedule.
Please sign up on the highlandspatrol.com
web site to get your information entered into the bootpacker database for this
The Gear Swap
The Gear Swap is an
opportunity for bootpackers to acquire some of the necessary gear at an
affordable price. We understand that things get expensive quickly and do
not want this to deprive anybody the chance to bootpack. Please come
prepared to buy or sell bootpacking related gear such as avalanche
transceivers, Vibram soled ski boots, warm clothes, backpacks, or anything else
you think make one more comfortable when they are cold and tired. Affordable is
the key word here, if your goal is to make lots of money this may not be the
proper outlet, and again only bootpacking specific gear please, this is not a
general ski swap. All gear to be sold at the swap should be dropped off
by 10:00AM as it will have to be tagged to make sure you get your money at the
end of the day. All gear that does not sell has to be picked up by 6:30pm
or it will be donated to the packing program.
Thanks we look forward
to seeing you on October 16, 2019.