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Mountain Mayhem: Let It Snow!

May Selby
Mountain Mayhem
Georgia boys bringing style and snow to the slopes: Mark Wasserug, Josh Ratner, Josh Marks, Evan Lot and Kurt Wassursug. Jason Seltzer photo.
Janelle Patrick and Dominica Devaney on a winter picnic on Aspen Mountain.
Ski instructor/former World Cup alpine ski racer Wiley Maple with guest Jonathan Thompson on a shrine tour on Aspen Mountain.
Chris Davenport, suited up and ready to teach skiing. Dav has been called "one of North America's top 25 skiers” by Skiing Magazine and is a two-time extreme skiing world champion, making for a top instructor this winter.
Julie Hardman with her pup, Bronx, on a wintry walk. Recovering from a knee surgery this season, she gets her fix on the slopes by skinning uphill and downloading afterward.
Charles Remington relishing the chance to explore Snowmass Luminescence, an interactive art and light display.
Mo Mitchell is all smiles en route to the top of Highland Peak. Charles Lucarelli photo.
Lea Tucker takes in the light in The Tunnel at Snowmass Luminescence, an immersive walking path on snow connecting the Mall and Base Village.
A group of Georgia gents on their 4th annual ski trip to Aspen. Not pictured: Gary Chase who came later in the week and Jonathan Arkin who had to skip this year to care for his father. Courtesy photo.

Last week’s snowstorm brought a much needed boost to both spirits and the slopes, blanketing town and the mountains with up to two feet of fresh powder. A group of guy friends from Georgia arrived just in time for their fourth annual Atlanta boys’ trip hosted by Mark Wassersug who has a house on the East side of town.

According to one of the Georgia gents, Josh Marks, “Winter operations were super smooth at Aspen Snowmass despite COVID. And it didn’t hurt that we brought a ton of snow with us,” he joked. “Restaurant ops were very well organized and we have to give a special shout out to Snowmass Elk Camp lifties for having killer classic rock tunes and trivia questions. Every lift base should have such a strong set list! And it was great having restaurants open for inside dining just after we arrived.”

If you haven’t yet visited Snowmass Luminescence, you still have time. The interactive art and light display presented in tandem by Snowmass Tourism and Aspen Snowmass, runs through February 28 from sunset to 9 pm. It’s not only free, but you have the option to walk or ski through and around it, making for a great first date or a family-friendly outing. I especially enjoyed The Tunnel, an interactive series of LED illuminated walkways and arches that ignite your senses. Additionally, there are two large-scale interactive LED installations by acclaimed artists, Submergence by Squidsoup and Prismatica by RAW Design in collaboration with ATOMIC3.