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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.

World Cup course worth its salt

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As temperatures rise into the sixties this week, World Cup officials are concerned about degrading course conditions. But so far, firm snow is holding, thanks in part to a variation of table salt.

“So we throw it on the snow and it turns into a briny mixture, so basically salt water," said Pat Callahan, the event's chief of course. "But the snow from underneath is still below freezing, and so over time, like 15-20 minutes, the coldness from underneath will refreeze that water."

And the wet snow becomes ice. For Wednesday’s downhill, crews salted the course between the men’s and women’s events.

Afternoon work involves filling in snow on the course and side slipping to smooth it out for the next morning.


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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