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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: Kaitlin Speck

Kaya Williams
Aspen Public Radio
Kaitlyn Speck, a self-described Buttermilk “lunch lady” has been sliding on snow since she was 2 years old, and finds plenty of reasons to keep heading out to the mountains.

Self-described Buttermilk Mountain “lunch lady” Kaitlin Speck has only been in the Roaring Fork Valley since November, working in food service at the ski school.

But it’s hardly the 25-year-old’s first winter on skis.

Speck has been sliding on snow since she was two years old — mainly at East Coast ski areas — and finds plenty of reasons to keep heading out to the mountains.

There’s “the adrenaline,” for one thing, and “the people,” she said in an interview on the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain last week.

“And then .. I feel like it's the opportunity,” Speck said. “My mom gave me a lot of opportunities to ski, so that's what made me continue. And then obviously, once I got old enough to make my own choices, just the people, how fun it is. … This was like, my first love.”

Another thing she appreciates about the sport?

“Just the feeling it gives you: how, when you're skiing, you don't think about anything else,” Speck said.


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.