X Games http://aspenpublicradio.org en Safety Efforts Ramp Up At Ski Area Terrain Parks http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/safety-efforts-ramp-ski-area-terrain-parks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After seeing the tricks, flips and crashes at last week’s Winter X Games, it’s hard to understand why someone would take such risks. And yet, terrain parks with similar, but smaller features are ubiquitous at ski areas around the country. Education around how to be safe in these parks is growing. And, as Aspen Public Radio’s Marci </span>Krivonen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports, the efforts are also meant to draw more people to snowboarding, which has seen a drop in popularity on the slopes.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:05:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 13481 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Safety Efforts Ramp Up At Ski Area Terrain Parks Road to Sochi: Aspen's Torin Yater-Wallace Preps for Olympic Games http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/road-sochi-aspens-torin-yater-wallace-preps-olympic-games <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Aspen athlete </span>Torin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Yater-<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wallace</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is heading to the Olympics next month and, he’ll be ushering in a new discipline: Ski </span>Halfpipe<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The 18-year-old has been a standout ever since he began training with the local ski club in grade school. This season, he’s coming back from injuries suffered early in the season but, he says he’s feeling confident about the Olympic Games. Aspen Public Radio's Marci </span>Krivonen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 04:17:24 +0000 Marci Krivonen 13458 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Road to Sochi: Aspen's Torin Yater-Wallace Preps for Olympic Games Valley Roundup - January 24th, 2014 http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/valley-roundup-january-24th-2014 <p>Good afternoon and welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in Aspen and beyond.</p><p>We are joined today by Carolyn Sackariason, Editor of the Aspen Daily News, Andy Stone, a columnist fro and former editor of the Aspen Times and Michael Miracle, Editor of Aspen Sojourner magazine.</p><p>The X Games are upon us and the word is that ESPN will continue them in Aspen for another five years.&nbsp; The games bring a younger crowd to town.&nbsp; Today we consider what Aspen looks like to a 20-something visitor.</p><p>Basalt is organizing a crowd-sourcing urban planning process.&nbsp; The town wants residents to look ahead and imagine a future town.</p><p>Aspen will soon have an empty art museum to repurpose and the ideas for the space are rolling in.&nbsp; The city wants a public service that will engage the community.</p><p>And on the Download with Rob St. Mary - Netflix could be ready to press subscribers into the battle over net neutrality.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:29:00 +0000 Roger Adams & Rob St. Mary 13307 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Valley Roundup - January 24th, 2014 Snowmobile Freestyle Goes On, New Safety Precautions May Have Already Made a Difference http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/snowmobile-freestyle-goes-new-safety-precautions-may-have-already-made-difference <p>One year ago today, Caleb Moore crashed during the Snowmobile Freestyle event of the X Games. He later died from his injuries. The crash led to some changes in how that event was run. Still, despite the inherent dangers, the Snowmobile Freestyle contest goes on.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Editor’s note: below is a transcript of reporter Elise Thatcher’s story.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Announcer: “It all comes down to the score… oh my gosh! He’s going to pick up where he left off, the gold…”</span></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:07:38 +0000 Elise Thatcher 13286 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Snowmobile Freestyle Goes On, New Safety Precautions May Have Already Made a Difference Aspen to Locals: X Games Concerts = Some Road Closures http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/aspen-locals-x-games-concerts-some-road-closures <p class="p1">This month’s Winter X Games will mean more road closures in Aspen than in previous years.&nbsp; That's because the city wants to make way for music concerts downtown, in Wagner Park. Aspen is taking pains to make sure businesses and residents know what to expect…including a recent meeting at City Hall.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2">&nbsp;</p><p><i style="line-height: 1.5;">Below is a transcript of Reporter Elise Thatcher's story:</i></p><p class="p5"><a href="http://www.axwell.com/" target="_blank"><i style="line-height: 1.5;">Axwell: “Center of the Universe”</i></a></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 01:33:03 +0000 Elise Thatcher 12613 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Aspen to Locals: X Games Concerts = Some Road Closures