Mountain Mayhem: Aspen Elks Ski Picnic

May Selby
Mountain Mayhem
Janis Nark with her flaming flamingo friend. Janis has been an Elk since 2004.
Aspen Elks Kevin Hagerty, Brandon Hilt, Todd Wehse and Ray Politowski work the grill at the West Buttermilk picnic.
Buttermilk Mountain Manager Travis Benson (currently a candidate to become an Elk) with current Exalted Ruler Diane Spicer, upcoming Exalted Ruler Bryan Larsen and Sara Haneman who runs the volunteer committee.
Bill Von Stocken, Noelle Daugherty and Katherine McMillan.
Beth Brandon, Lissa Ballinger, Tripp Freeman and Mike Faas.
Joel Nunez-Smith (who just officially became an Elk on March 9), MJ and Mike Faas and Julie Gillespie.
Stylish friends Alli Miller and Stephanie Thurston.
A bluebird day for a West Buttermilk picnic.
Jennifer Bennett, KK Fletcher and Naoma Gleason.
A handsome herd of Aspen Elks.
Bryan Larsen, Diane Spicer and Barry Bromka.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks 224 hosted their annual ski picnic at West Buttermilk on Sunday, March 13, on a beautiful bluebird day.

Open to members of the Aspen Elks and the public, the tradition – which was greatly missed the past couple of years – was a welcome addition to the social calendar this spring. Known for being engaging members of their communities with service as a hallmark of each lodge, the Elks are doers, movers and shakers, which was visible with all the volunteers who made the picnic a possibility. I recently joined the Elks and am most excited about exploring ways to give back through the various volunteer opportunities they orchestrate from welcoming veterans to town to decorating the lodge for the holidays to lending a helping hand at events.

The best part about each lodge is the role it plays as a place “where neighbors come together, families share meals and children grow up,” as described by the national Elks website.