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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: Victoria Alexander

Lift Lines: Victoria Alexander
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Skier Victoria Alexander from Houston rides the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain on Jan. 2. Alexander has been coming to Aspen since the '90s, when she became determined to learn how to ski.

The Roaring Fork Valley is home to plenty of first-chair fanatics who get up early and hit the snow before the lifts even start loading.

But thanks to all the recent snowfall, you can find smooth turns and even some fresh tracks late into the afternoon this week.

Victoria Alexander, from Houston, was just heading up the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain for her first run on Monday around 3 p.m.

On a good day, she says she’s on the mountain before noon, but New Year’s Eve celebrations and a few late nights turned into late starts, too.

Alexander has been skiing here since the '90s, when some friends encouraged her to take the trip to Aspen.

She had “never skied before, had no clue what a snowy mountain was like” when she made that first trip, but that didn’t deter her from the sport.

“I was afraid of freezing, I was afraid of falling, but I took lesson after lesson after lesson,” Alexander said. “I was determined to learn, and I love it.”

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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.