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Marci Krivonen

High school students from around the valley got a lesson on drought and water scarcity in the West Thursday. The organization Ecoflight brought in experts, and college students just returned from a flight over the Colorado River basin. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more.

Japanese artist’s work graces 2015 lift tickets

Oct 14, 2015

 The work of Takashi Murakami has been chosen to be printed on Aspen Snowmass lift tickets this fall.

An Aspen Skiing Company executive has been chosen to help build a new statewide effort around Colorado’s multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation industry. Auden Schendler was named to an advisory committee for the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. Schendler is the SkiCo’s Vice President of Sustainability.

Auden Schendler is the Aspen Skiing Company’s Vice President of Sustainability. Last week he was named to an advisory group for the new state office. 

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Ahead of ski season, The Meeting is returning to to Aspen for its 11th year. The event starts tomorrow and features the latest ski and snowboard films as well as big-picture discussions around the winter sports industry.


Skico ponders how to satisfy millennials

Sep 10, 2015

  The Aspen Skiing is looking differently at how to lure new customers to the slopes. Today, the company and the chamber of commerce are hosting a keynote speaker at the Sundeck who knows what the young people want. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason spoke with Skico’s David Perry about what the business community can expect to learn.

He, along with other industry officials, will speak Thursday afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the top of Aspen Mountain.


Mountain Edition - August 27th, 2015

Aug 27, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Will Carbondale get a new City Market? The development proposal is laid out at a packed public meeting.

Changes are in the works for an overcrowded midvalley intersection.

The Aspen Skiing Company is hoping to attract visitors from countries where more people are spending money on winter sports, like China.

The number of hospital beds for the mentally ill is dismal, especially on the Western Slope.

A Denver-based musician known for his contemplative folk songs visits Aspen.

As summer winds to a close, the Aspen Skiing Company is looking ahead to winter. They’re counting on international visitors from typical players like Australia and Brazil, but also new countries. Ski-Co Director of Worldwide Sales Kristi Kavanaugh says international visits make up 30 percent of the company’s annual revenue, and the community benefits. She spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen.

Kristi Kavanaugh is Managing Director of Worldwide Sales for the Aspen Skiing Company. Last year was the Skiing Company’s best year ever for international visitation.

A significant chunk of workers in Aspen have high blood pressure.That’s according to data from health fairs last fall, coordinated by the five biggest employers in the Upper Roaring Fork Valley. They’re part of the Valley Health Alliance, a new nonprofit aimed at improving health in the Upper Valley.

Jury considers lawsuit against Skico in first day of trial

Jul 8, 2015

A trial involving a homeowner who is suing the Aspen Skiing Company got underway at the Pitkin County Courthouse Tuesday. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason reports.


  Andrew and Maralee Safir filed suit against the Skico after a mudslide violently crashed through their Buttermilk home in May of 2011. They claim it did $2 million in damage and that Skico is liable because it cut a water diversion ditch near a ski access road above their house, causing the slope to fail.

Aspen residents celebrate same sex marriage decision

Jun 29, 2015
Marci Krivonen

Friday’s Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage a right in all 50 states, was cause for celebration in Aspen. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen caught up with revelers at a party at the base of Aspen Mountain.

The feeling at Ajax Tavern Friday was one of relief. Kevin McManamon of the non profit AspenOUT helped organize the party.

"This is very impromptu. We didn’t know if it was going to be a celebration or a wake, we weren’t sure, but we’re very pleased it’s a celebration," he says.

Facebook/Jerry Young

The man who died after he fell out of his kayak on the Fryingpan River, was a part-time ski instructor for the Aspen Skiing Company. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, Jerry Young was 63 years old.

It’s unclear where Young fell from his blue inflatable kayak but, he and a friend began their float at Seven Castles, just outside of downtown Basalt. Britt Queer and his girlfriend were on a restaurant patio along the Fryingpan when they saw the empty kayak and Young’s body.

The numbers are out for this past ski season [2014 - 2015]. More than 7 million people visited Colorado’s ski resorts. That’s down slightly from the record-setting season one year before.

Forest Service visitor center opens at Aspen Highlands

May 26, 2015
Marci Krivonen

The White River National Forest’s newest visitors center officially opens Tuesday. The Forest Service moved the center from Aspen to Highlands to make visits more convenient for the public, and to save money. 

On Friday visitor information specialist Mateo Sandete was putting finishing touches on interpretive signs. Visitors trickled in over Memorial Day weekend for a soft opening. Sandete says the new location is advantageous given the nearby Maroon Bells.

Forest Service visitor's center moves to Highlands

May 19, 2015
White River National Forest

There will be a new Forest Service visitors’ center at the base of Highlands starting next week. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.


The new center will be in the Highlands ticket office. It’s aimed to better serve people going to the Maroon Bells —

Aspen Skiing Company is planning a makeover for the top of Aspen Mountain. Ski Co attracts summer visitors with mountaintop yoga, lunch and hiking, as well as concerts and other events. Now the company wants to do what it calls enhancements to the area, including making it more kid friendly.

“Phase 1 is going to consist of some Rocky Mountain flower gardens, picnic areas, new signage,” says Ski Co’s Assistant PR manager, Tucker Vest. “[As well as] kids play features such as hay bales, bean bag toss.”

Work has already started. In summers past there’s been a sharp contrast between the amenities of the Sundeck and uneven, bare ground nearby. Ski Co is planning a Phase 2 project, but what it will entail and when it is scheduled is not yet known.

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

The City of Aspen municipal election made history this week, with voters stripping some power away from their elected officials. And, two candidates vying for an open council seat are headed to a runoff election in June.

A prominent downtown Aspen landlord is eyeing more properties and has two more under contract to buy.

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

We saw the end of the 2014-15 ski season when Aspen Mountain closed last weekend but why was it a ghost town at the base?

The City of Aspen just bought more wind power so it can operate on 100 percent renewable energy.

Meanwhile, the switch for the largest solar array in the valley was flipped this week.

The town of Snowmass is investigating why high levels of fecal matter are testing positive in a stream near a high-profile hotel.

Aspen Skiing Company

  The lower part of Aspen Mountain was closed for a big chunk of Thursday. Aspen Skiing Company did avalanche control work early that morning morning, causing several unusually large slides in the “dumps” on Ajax. So much snow came down, Ski Co. says it took until mid afternoon to clear off the run leading to Kleenex Corner, as well as the intersection of Spar and Copper. Skiers and boarders had to download on the gondola for most of the day. This is possibly the first time that kind of closure has happened in decades.

Mountain Edition - March 19th, 2015

Mar 19, 2015

Welcome to Mountain Edition.

Elected leaders in Aspen choose a brewery - slash - small business incubator to fill the city-owned Old Power House.

Unstable snow on local ski slopes prompts the Aspen Skiing Company to temporarily close terrain.

A professional cross country ski racer is home from the World Championships. Aspen’s Simi Hamilton looks back on his season.

There won’t be a sentence for a fatal highway 133 crash for another month.

We hear from the head of Colorado’s largest oil and gas organization about why she’s leaving her post.

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

On Tuesday, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center released a more detailed review of what happened during a slide on New Year’s Day. Aspen Mountain Powders Tours had a tough day on the first day of 2015. The company, operated through Aspen Skiing Company, had a ski guide injured in an avalanche, and was one person away from injuring a client.