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11:05 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Safety Efforts Ramp Up At Ski Area Terrain Parks

Orange ovals mark the entrance to "Large" terrain park features at Snowmass. These jumps and rails are meant for advanced skiers and riders.
Marci Krivonen

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 Krivonen reports, the efforts are also meant to draw more people to snowboarding, which has seen a drop in popularity on the slopes.

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APR Local News
5:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Avalanche Forecaster: Making Good Choices… Or Getting Lucky?

Screenshot of the Aspen backcountry avalanche forecast.
Courtesy CAIC

The Aspen area has a high rate of avalanche accidents. And this winter there’s a new avalanche forecaster to help bring those down. Blase Reardon is with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, and gave a talk last night. That was at the Limelight Hotel, and coordinated by the group Powder for the People. 

 

Editor's note: below is a transcript of reporter Elise Thatcher's story.

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APR Local News
11:39 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

City Council Creates New Commission On Keeping Young Residents

Aspen City Council often hears from local groups on issues about zoning or preservation. Now, leaders will also focus on the concerns of a specific age group: Aspenites under forty. Councilors approved the Next Generation Commission at a meeting on Monday, January 27th. The main idea is to figure out what issues are most important to residents between eighteen and forty… and how to best tackle them.

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Road to Sochi
9:17 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Road to Sochi: Aspen's Torin Yater-Wallace Preps for Olympic Games

Aspen's Torin Yater Wallace found out this month he's heading to Sochi for the Winter Olympics.
Credit ESPN

Aspen athlete Torin Yater-Wallace is heading to the Olympics next month and, he’ll be ushering in a new discipline: Ski Halfpipe. 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 Krivonen reports.

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First Draft
3:29 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

First Draft - Alan Lightman

Alan Lightman is the author of six novels, including Einstein’s Dreams, which was an international best seller and The Diagnosis, a finalist for the National Book Award.  He is also the author of two collections of essays and several books on science.  A theoretical physicist as well as a writer, he has served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities.  He lives in the Boston area.

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