Mountain Mayhem: Gratitude |

Mountain Mayhem: Gratitude

May Selby
Mountain Mayhem

The fourth Thursday of November presents a time to step back, reflect, give thanks and give back.

This year in my household, the morning of Nov. 25 began by watching the 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV with its highly anticipated return to the streets of New York. The spectacle’s abundance of entertainment included the giant character balloons from Snoopy to Star Wars, floats, marching bands, performance groups, clowns and, of course, Santa Claus.

What also stood out to me was seeing cause marketing in its finest form. According to the parade’s website, ever since the parade started in 1924, philanthropic efforts have been a key component to it. In 2021, the organizers made floats available as NFTs in a holiday auction benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and developed a partnership with Meals On Wheels to deliver Thanksgiving feasts to seniors, along with a host of other charitable endeavors.

While several of our friends headed out on a hut trip in the morning, pulling sleds to haul all the fixin’s for a turkey dinner, we embraced the start to lift-served skiing, taking turns on opening day on Aspen Mountain, covered in fresh and machine-made snow.

That night, instead of cooking dinner as usual, we booked a reservation at a restaurant in town to enjoy a traditional holiday menu and were grateful to get to spend the evening with a great group.

Over the weekend, one way to burn some steam was taking in DJ Lo_G’s show at Belly Up where the local talent played to a full house with a high-energy set, kicking off ski season with a bang.

A Thanksgiving roundtable at Caribou Club filled with friends Christy Mahon, Mike Kapsa, Ted Mahon, MarySue Bonetti, John Rowland, Sheena Cameron and Sarah Broughton.
Local DJ, Logan Garrison a.k.a. Lo_G, plays to a full house on Nov. 27 at Belly Up.
DJ Lo_G takes a moment to thank the crowd at his Belly Up set on Nov. 27.
A jam session at Marolt Ranch’s music studios with longtime friends lead guitarist/vocalist Gary Moore, guitarist Peter Thomas and bass player Paul Boneau. Missing from the sesh: drummer Chris Lanter.
Stephanie Ryan and her daughter, Quinlan, on a Thanksgiving ski tour. Courtesy photo.
Ken Ryan leads the way on a family outing for Thanksgiving. Courtesy photo.
Cole Ryan and Reggie Lewin take in the views on their Thanksgiving hut trip. Courtesy photo.

Opening weekend on Aspen Mountain.

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