The start to 2017 in Aspen has been action-packed — no argument there. From the 40th anniversary of Aspen Gay Ski Week from Jan. 15 to 22 to the Women’s Ski & March on Jan 21 in peaceful protest to the changing of the guard in D.C. to X Games’ 16th winter in Aspen from Jan 26 to 29 and more, participants, pros, organizers and spectators came out in droves for a cross-section of events.
5Point Adventure Film Festival kicked off a year long 10th anniversary celebration on Jan. 21, at the Wheeler Opera House with its On the Road show, a sold-out winter benefit with about a dozen adventure shorts and guests including Aspen local Jesse Hoffman and adventure skier Brody Leven.
Musician Brett Dennen was in town as part of his Lift Series ski town tour, which includes an opportunity to ski with him, take a role as an environmental steward, plus hear him perform. He played on Jan. 21 at Belly Up then followed that up with a free acoustic set the next day at the Sundeck. Another standout performance last month was the record-setting snow totals with more than 100” recorded, according to OnTheSnow.com, one of the few times that much has accumulated in a single calendar month in Aspen.
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Many locations on Basalt Mountain were barren as recently as two months ago. However, nutrients unlocked during the Lake Christine Fire and a wet winter have sparked a remarkable recovery. Aspen Center for Environmental Studies is leading fire ecology tours to discuss the changes.