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"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: Jennifer Belmont

Jennifer Belmont Lift Lines
Kaya Williams
Aspen Public Radio
Skier Jennifer Belmont rides the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain on Dec. 28. Belmont, who lives in Aspen, is already more than a quarter of the way to her 100-day pin.

We’re a little over a month into the ski season, and if your New Year’s resolution is earning a 100-day pin in 2023, it might be time for some calendar calculations.

Skier Jennifer Belmont lives in Aspen and is already more than a quarter of the way to her pin. Wednesday marked day 26 on the slopes for Belmont, who was riding up the Silver Queen Gondola on Aspen Mountain for some turns before work.

That puts her pretty close to the 30-ish days she used to get in a season when she lived in Napa and drove up to the Lake Tahoe area to ski.

Belmont said the conditions here in Aspen are looking “fantastic” for this time of year, even compared to the super-snowy Sierras.

“These are like conditions in Tahoe in January, like peak season,” Belmont said.

Several inches of fresh snow on the mountain on Wednesday made for soft skiing conditions at Ajax, and the fluffy white stuff wasn’t sticky or heavy.

So, what is it like in Tahoe this time of year? There’s rain in the forecast for the basin after a warm Christmas weekend of some variable conditions.

Here in Aspen, we’re due for some slightly warmer temperatures too, but the National Weather Service says we’ll still see snowflakes falling out of the sky.


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.