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Fire in fresh snow

SNOWMASS VILLAGE --Hundreds of lights moving single-file down the mountain is quite a sight to behold.

It's also a fun tradition in which to participate.

Two-hundred-fifty skiers and snowboarders rode in this year's annual Torchlight Parade the night of Dec. 27, this reporter included. We started from the mid-station of Village Express lift and slowly snaked down to Base Village. Gliding down the hill in the falling snow, flare in hand, was a very peaceful experience - albeit not for my gloves, which will bear the marks of some rogue embers forever.

The evening remained quiet, since the snow prevented the scheduled fireworks display. However, anyone who got up the next morning to ride couldn't complain much as the storm dropped a fresh coat of powder on the mountain. And stay tuned, because Snowmass Tourism says it will reschedule the fireworks for another day.

Living in Aspen/Snowmass has presented me with a lot of unique opportunities. If you've never skied in the Torchlight Parade, I highly suggest it. I'm excited to see what it looks like from the base next year, but some things should be experienced by doing, not watching.

jbeathard@snowmasssun.com


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