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The 66th annual Warren Miller film is premiering in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House this weekend. “Chasing Shadows” follows groups of skiers as they travel around the world. The common theme they all share, though, is an effort to keep the history and tradition of skiing alive.

Skiing icon, Stein Eriksen, passes away at 88

Dec 28, 2015
Courtesy, Aspen Historical Society

Stein Eriksen was an icon in the Aspen skiing community. He was an Olympic and world champion. He was the first male ski racer from outside of the Alps to win an Olympic gold medal. He also started some of the first skiing schools here.  Eriksen passed away this weekend at the age of 88.

Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands to open Saturday

Dec 10, 2015
Dan Bayer

The Aspen Skiing Company will open Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Saturday (12/12/15), along with additional terrain at Aspen and Snowmass. 

More than 700 acres will open at Highlands - that’s 70 percent of the mountain. Open runs will include front-side intermediate blue terrain and the expert “G-zones” on Highland Bowl. The SkiCo will also unveil a $1 million remodel of Cloud Nine Bistro. Buttermilk will open 235 acres of terrain and three lifts. 

Lift 1A hotel proposal draws a crowd in Aspen

Dec 3, 2015
Promo Communications

It was standing room only at the Limelight Hotel, where the development team gave its pitch. Gorsuch Haus would be built at the historic Lift 1A site. It's a two-acre parcel owned by the Aspen Skiing Company. The group Norway Island LLC has a contract to purchase the land and develop it, building a multi-level building with a 61-room hotel, restaurant and lift plaza. The plaza, near a new chair lift, would include a ticket office and a space for the local ski club. The building would be located along a ski run and would include 75,000 square feet of floor area.

Aspen a fresh start for Resi Stiegler after knee injury

Nov 26, 2015
Mitchell Gunn/ESPA

One of the U.S. women competing at the World Cup races in Aspen is coming back from a knee injury. This season Resi Stiegler of Jackson Hole is working to again be among the best racers in the world. 

Stiegler will race in slalom over the weekend. It’s among her first competitions after ACL surgery following a crash during a January training run. Last season, her best competition was at the World Cup in Aspen, where she placed eleventh. She says the Aspen race course is one of her favorites with its rolling hills and curves. She wants a solid race here.

Aspen Journalism

Pitkin County is drawing up comments for the Forest Service on a proposed replacement of Lift 1A on Aspen Mountain. 

When winter comes, so do changes for the arts scene

Nov 18, 2015
Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

Lots of people are coming into town now that skiing is back. Hotels are going to be running at full capacity soon enough, but the arts scene also has to ramp up for the high-season.

Torin Yater-Wallace in first round of X Games invites

Nov 17, 2015

 

Valley native Torin Yater-Wallace was included in the first wave of athlete invites to X Games Aspen 2016, to be held at Buttermilk Mountain from Jan. 28 through Jan. 31.

Yater-Wallace, who’s been skiing since he was a toddler, gained notoriety when he won a silver medal in the superpipe at his X Games debut in 2011 — when he was just 15 years old. He’s since won two gold medals at Winter X Games Europe, represented the United States in the Sochi Olympics and won multiple world cup events in the halfpipe.

Ajax to open early

Nov 11, 2015
Courtesy of Aspen Skiing Co.

  Mother Nature has come through enough for Aspen Skiing Co. to start the season 12 days earlier than scheduled. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

 

Aspen Journalism

The Aspen Skiing Company is getting a jump on a plan to replace an aging ski lift in case an update is possible before a major competition is held on one of its ski areas. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen explains.

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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. 

tosv.com

Snowmass Town Council may vote Monday (9/21) on a resolution that would move forward the next phase of development at Base Village. The recession stopped construction at the base of the ski resort. With council approval, it could restart in the spring and include a new hotel, retail spaces, condos, affordable housing, a health clinic and a town-owned building. That building could become a museum to show off the town’s fossil find. Marci Krivonen spoke to Julie Ann Woods, Community Development Director for the town.

Mountain Edition - September 17, 2015

Sep 17, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

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Now that the leaves are changing, weather officials are releasing forecasts for the upcoming winter. The jury’s out on whether the strong El Nino pattern that’s expected will bring heavy snow or dry conditions. Marci Krivonen spoke with two forecasters about their predictions. First, Joel Gratz of Open Snow. It's a weather service for skiers and riders.

Marci Krivonen

The Castle Creek valley just outside of Aspen is becoming increasingly popular to recreationists like hikers and cyclists. Pitkin County and the White River National Forest are taking comments from the public on how to best manage the area. 

aspensnowmass.com

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.

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Glenwood Springs resident Alice McKennis is having a great spring. The professional ski racer and twenty-five-year old won a national title at the US Alpine Championships in March. She took first in the Super Giant Slalom. It was a strong finish to what she calls a good season. McKennis talks with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher about what it was like earning first place, after a long road to recovery following two broken legs.

Aspen/Snowmass

The Aspen Skiing Company closed the last of its resorts Sunday. Thousands of skiers and riders flocked to Aspen Mountain for late season powder. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen got a debrief from Ski Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle.

Now that the season’s over, the Aspen Skiing Company's workforce will shrink from 3500 people to 600.

On today's show, Shirley Tipton and Jim Salan from the Aspen Elks Lodge on the lodge's volunteer efforts with the Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.

Also, Rob St. Mary with Laura Thielen and George Eldred from Aspen Film on this year's Shortsfest, April 7-12th.

This week, Snowmass Village is hosting a police skiing competition. The North American Police Ski and Snowboard Championships is an international gathering. Officers from Europe and North America are battling it out on the slopes. 

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