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For a ski rental shop at the base of Aspen Mountain, winter means big business when the resort opens. But right now, it’s pretty hard to say exactly what challenges will come with a mid-pandemic ski season.

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Tuesday night, Snowmass Town Council discussed the latest plans for a redevelopment of Snowmass Center. This week’s meeting focused largely on parking. Some council members, including mayor Markey Butler, said current plans don’t include sufficient parking. 

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Learning to ski can be awkward. After squeezing into a tight pair of boots and waddling to the lift, a first trip down the bunny hill can be full of challenges. But once you start getting the hang of things, there’s that unbeatable rush.

“Your heart starts racing,” said 18-year-old Alisha Geary. “Your mood changes, your attitude shifts. It's just amazing. You kind of have to experience it yourself, you know?”

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On Monday, the Snowmass Town Council got a look at the size and location of buildings that would make up a proposed overhaul of Snowmass Center. Richard Shaw, a landscape architect working with Eastwood Snowmass on plans for the renovations, led a tour for council members and residents. 

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The Tom Blake Trail, Anaerobic Nightmare Trail and Government Trail 1980, all in the Snowmass area, are closed until June 21 to protect elk-calving habitat.

 

Cow elk are hungry after the long winter and need a quiet place to nurse their young.

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

The Zoppe Italian Family Circus brought acrobats and clowns back to Snowmass last weekend.  

This week Wallace and Bell discuss the importance of the scholarship program that brings high school students from downtown Chicago to the Rocky Mountains. 

An instructor who rejects formal structure Niki Haas, of the Haas Brothers, explains  how they grew organically and what his wood working students can expect. 

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With summer season warming up, area wildlife agencies are reminding people to respect trails that remain closed.

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Aspen Skiing Company wants to make some changes to the Sam’s Knob area on Snowmass.  The U.S. Forest Service is now taking public comment on the plans.

Lisa Hancock is a member of the Aspen Hall of Fame board, she is also the Vice President and curator at the Aspen Historical Society. She shares the importance of understanding our history and how the Aspen area has evolved into what it is today. 

Jeanette Darnauer is the founder and co-president of the Aspen Hall of Fame. She discusses the organization's origin from in the 1986 / 1987 ski season, and how the it has evolved into what it is today. 

Patrick Fort / Aspen Public Radio

The Snowmass Concert series finishes tonight on Fanny Hill. This summer, most of the shows have avoided the anecdotally present rain that seems to have interfered in previous seasons. The series featured music industry veterans like Taj Mahal and newcomers like Jamestown Revival.

Art nonprofits up and down the valley are handling interns in different ways. The Aspen Art Museum typically tries to work with locals who might be staying with family or who are home from college for the summer.

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The first ever Wild West Fermentation Fest starts later this week in Glenwood Springs, featuring 30 beer and spirit and cider makers from the West.

Skiing Legend's stories shared at celebration of life

Apr 11, 2016

About 200 people gathered in Elk Camp on Snowmass Mountain Friday to celebrate Aspen skiing legend Stein Eriksen, who passed away in December.  Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts has more.

Snowmass Village looks to expand recreation

Mar 16, 2016
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Residents of Snowmass Village want more opportunities for recreation and town officials are listening. Morgan Neely has more about the town’s strategic plan for expanding its offerings.

Skiing icon, Stein Eriksen, passes away at 88

Dec 28, 2015
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Stein Eriksen was an icon in the Aspen skiing community. He was an Olympic and world champion. He was the first male ski racer from outside of the Alps to win an Olympic gold medal. He also started some of the first skiing schools here.  Eriksen passed away this weekend at the age of 88.

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“Finding Place” is a show about being able to put things in order. To find that one space where you can feel comfortable with life and your place in it.

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The Aspen Art Museum will be opening some of its new exhibits this week. The contemporary art space is opening multiple installations through the course of this month, including painting, sculpture and video works at various places.

Week in the Arts - October 26th

Oct 26, 2015

Halloween is upon us! This spooky edition of the week in the arts will send chills down your spine.

Japanese artist’s work graces 2015 lift tickets

Oct 14, 2015

 The work of Takashi Murakami has been chosen to be printed on Aspen Snowmass lift tickets this fall.

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Jill Sheeley is a children’s author and has been living in the Roaring Fork Valley for many years. She is the author of the series, “Adventures of Fraser the Yellow Dog”. Now, one of her books has found itself on the best-seller list at Explore Booksellers in Aspen. More than a decade after its release.

 

Soaring in the Snowmass Balloon Festival

Sep 21, 2015
Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio

The 40th edition of the Snowmass Balloon Festival wrapped up this past weekend. Balloonists from across the country come to the Roaring Fork Valley to float above the the peaks of the Rockies. The accompanying wine festival has allowed the weekend to become one of the most popular ones of the summer.

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The 40th Annual Snowmass Balloon Festival kicked off this morning.

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Now that the leaves are changing, weather officials are releasing forecasts for the upcoming winter. The jury’s out on whether the strong El Nino pattern that’s expected will bring heavy snow or dry conditions. Marci Krivonen spoke with two forecasters about their predictions. First, Joel Gratz of Open Snow. It's a weather service for skiers and riders.

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Giovanni Zoppé is kind of in charge of everything. The permits. The booking. The logisticky, boring of stuff.

 

But in his 49 years - all spent in his family’s circus - he says that he wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

 

“I joke now...I’m 49 years old and I still never left home. I’m still here with my family and I have zero intention of going anywhere.”

 

Snowmass concert series ends sunny Summer season

Aug 13, 2015
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Taj Mahal grew up listening to Thelonius Monk and Charles Mingus. After he moved to California in the ‘60s, he started playing his own version of the blues.

Snowmass government wants to hear how its doing

Jun 23, 2015
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  Town of Snowmass Village officials want to know how it’s doing, so they are asking residents for their opinions. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason has more.

Earlier this year, the Town Council made improving communication with the community one of its top priorities. Yesterday, the town sent out a survey for residents, guests and business owners. Questions range from satisfaction with Town services to preferences for slowing down traffic.

Valley Roundup - April 24th, 2015

Apr 24, 2015

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the top news stories in the valley in the past week.

We saw the end of the 2014-15 ski season when Aspen Mountain closed last weekend but why was it a ghost town at the base?

The City of Aspen just bought more wind power so it can operate on 100 percent renewable energy.

Meanwhile, the switch for the largest solar array in the valley was flipped this week.

The town of Snowmass is investigating why high levels of fecal matter are testing positive in a stream near a high-profile hotel.

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