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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Snowmaking in the city: Aspen preps for World Cup

Carolyn Sackariason/Aspen Public Radio News

The City of Aspen and Aspen Skiing Company took advantage of cold temperatures this week to make piles of snow … in Wagner Park. City officials said this in preparation for the alpine skiing World Cup finals.

Wagner Park will serve as a sort of World Cup village in mid-March, hosting tents for sponsors, a live stream of events and concerts. The City of Aspen wants at least a foot of snow covering the turf to prevent damage to the grass when large crowds arrive.

Matt Kuhn with the city’s parks department said that given variable snow conditions in March, the city made the decision to make extra snow in the park this week, with freezing temperatures and ideal conditions. He said they can’t use plowed snow from recent storms because it has debris like sand, dirt and trash.

Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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