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Your Evening News - November 28th, 2014

Nov 28, 2014

Winternational Comes to Aspen

Aspen Skiing Company is hosting two world cup races this weekend. Starting tomorrow, some of the top skiers in the world will battle their way down Aspen Mountain.

For the first time since 2012, Ajax is hosting the slalom and giant slalom races. Aspen Skiing Company has moved public access one street over... and rearranged the main viewing area... in hopes of improving safety and making spectating more fun.  The TV audience is also important. Jeff Hanle is with Ski Co.

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

Guest host this week is Loren Jenkins.

This week ski season starts and there’s excitement around that, but there’s also excitement and concern, depending on whom you ask, about a developer buying up over a dozen buildings in Aspen. Meanwhile, Aspen city hall could be on the move soon. The state has taken its first shot at a unified water plan on diversions and other projects as Glenwood Springs continues to figure out how to mend fences over a new proposed bridge.

Skiers and riders will get their fix a little early thanks to mother nature. The Aspen Skiing Company announced today it’s opening Aspen Mountain Saturday, five days earlier than planned.

A snowstorm that blanketed the Roaring Fork Valley over the weekend brought more than 21 inches to Aspen Mountain. The Aspen Skiing Company says it will open Saturday with the most vertical feet in the country and top-to-bottom skiing and riding over 120 acres of terrain.

CBS

There’s a lot of concern over avalanche danger in Colorado’s backcountry right now. That includes the Aspen area. But skiers and boarders also have to keep this in mind: avalanches can occur inside ski areas… and if they do, the resort isn’t necessarily at fault. That’s a new ruling by the Colorado Appeals Court. 

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.

Elise Thatcher

For the first time in seven years, snowboarding phenom Shaun White did not take home the X Games gold for Super Pipe. The Flying Tomato decided to save his legs for the Olympics in a matter of weeks… and Danny Davis took home the gold. That was the last event for this winter’s X Games… and early signs are that it may have been successful

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

[Sound of snowboarder landing on the ice in the SuperPipe, during men’s finals.]

Elise Thatcher

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.
 

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

Announcer: “It all comes down to the score… oh my gosh! He’s going to pick up where he left off, the gold…”

If you’ve skied one of the four Aspen Skiing Company’s mountains, you’ve probably seen the common safety warnings. Signs range from “slow” to “no straightlining.” Now, Ski Co is part of a month-long effort by the National Ski Areas Association to drill that message home. 

 

When you get off the Elk Camp Gondola at Snowmass, there’s a tent with tantalizing free cider, stickers and Clif bars… that is if you can first pass a quiz about safety.  Tackling that issue  on the slopes is a multifaceted affair. Level one is, well, skiing more slowly. 

Elise Thatcher

It’s been called a Swiss cheese mountain—that’s Aspen Mountain, and it’s filled with holes from a history of mining. Some caverns are ten stories high. Telling stories about them--and other tales of years gone by-- is all in a day’s work for History Coach Mike Monroney. He hosts ski tours for the Aspen Historical Society. Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher clicked into her skis and joined the Aspen Mountain tour last week.

Below is a transcript of reporter Elise Thatcher’s story.

Valley Roundup - January 3rd, 2014

Jan 3, 2014

Carolyn Sackariason and Andy Stone join us to talk about the big news this week including the Silver Queen Gondola on Aspen Mountain.  Right at peak ski season the lift blew a wheel bearing - a big one.

The grounded ski lift appears to have had little effect on tourism in town.  It is shaping up to be one of the best Holiday season’s in recent years.

Also today we look at Colorado’s mark on history.  You can now walk into a store, buy some ganja, fire up the bong and toke it up…and it’s all legal.  This is such a big story that Colorado’s biggest news paper hired a marijuana editor to handle the news flow.

Its all head on today’s Valley Roundup.

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