© 2023 Aspen Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
"Lift Lines" is a new series from Aspen Public Radio that shares the joys of winter sports, broadcast throughout the week as part of our morning ski report. Reporter Kaya Williams brings her microphone to the chairlifts, gondolas and trails of the Roaring Fork Valley to ask people why they love sliding on snow.

Lift Lines: Drew and Daniel Wielgus and Sam Falk

Wielgus Lift Lines PHOTO.jpg
Kaya Williams
Aspen Public Radio
Sam Falk, Daniel Wielgus and Drew Wielgus stand at the top of Aspen Mountain on a frigid Monday morning on Dec. 19. The Wisconsinites said the cold temperatures didn’t bother them much on the ski trip to Aspen.

Temperatures on the mountain have been in the single digits for the first runs of the last few days, but the frigid weather didn’t keep a few Wisconsinites from hitting the slopes.

Drew and Daniel Wielgus and Sam Falk from Madison were more focused on tracking vertical feet than worrying about the thermometer on the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain on Monday.

Drew Wielgus attributes that to the “thick blood” of midwesterners used to this kind of cold.

“We’re from Madison, Wisconsin, so this is nice, this is great,” he said with a laugh. “It’s funny, I have local friends over the years I’ve met and they won’t even show up unless it’s at least like 30 degrees. And I’m like, ‘C’mon dudes, it’s a great day out, let’s go.’”

He’s been coming to Aspen for close to 25 years, first hooked on the slopes during a road trip about two and a half decades ago. This week, Drew’s hitting the slopes with college-aged Daniel Wielgus and Sam Falk, who didn’t seem fazed by the cold either.

“I found myself with my coat off the last couple of days even though it’s been negative temperatures, so I’ve had no issues with it,” Falk said.

For Drew’s son Daniel Wielgus, now at University of Colorado Boulder, skiing is “just addicting,” and “probably a bad habit,” he jokes.

He’s hoping to ski as many days as he can this season, “while maintaining good grades.”

Ditto from Falk, who goes to the Colorado School of Mines.

Reporter Kaya Williams spoke with the crew for our “Lift Lines” series, where we ask skiers and snowboarders why they love sliding on snow. 


Kaya Williams is the Edlis Neeson Arts and Culture Reporter at Aspen Public Radio, covering the vibrant creative and cultural scene in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. She studied journalism and history at Boston University, where she also worked for WBUR, WGBH, The Boston Globe and her beloved college newspaper, The Daily Free Press. Williams joins the team after a stint at The Aspen Times, where she reported on Snowmass Village, education, mental health, food, the ski industry, arts and culture and other general assignment stories.