Mountain Mayhem: Scenes from summer |

Mountain Mayhem: Scenes from summer

Hot mamas Danielle Noto and Jacqueline Duba at Rock Bottom Ranch.

Yet another sensational summer in Aspen has blown by in a blur, filled with a seemingly infinite stream of cultural events, community gatherings, charitable benefits and riveting adventures.

Among the highlights — Anderson Ranch’s 50th anniversary summer, dotted with discussions with special guests, resident artists, their Auctionettes, picnics, exhibitions and more.

The Aspen Institute’s summer series of conversation always inspires and engages the mind, even more so during an election year. Walter Isaacson’s discussion with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and his wife Sherri, followed by a rap from their friend, hip-hop star and social activist, Common, was among my favorites.

Programs from organizations such as the Aspen Science Center provoke thought and creativity from kids, as well as their parents. They also offer an opportunity to witness “experiments that shouldn’t be tried at home,” said guest scientist/comedian Doktor Kaboom, a popular presenter at the Aspen Science Fair.

Looking ahead to ski season at an event this summer, the Aspen Chamber’s annual Afternoon Blend, held Aug. 18, featured ski industry greats speaking to the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals coming March 15 to 18. Panelists Alpine Ski World Cup Founder Bob Beattie, Aspen native Bill Marolt, now retired from his posts as athletic director at the University of Colorado and President of the U.S. Ski Association, reigning Olympic, World Cup and World Champion slalom skier Mikaela Shiffrin and Olympic ski racer Christin Cooper discussed the return of these races to the historic site of America’s Downhill. Like ski racing, “an individual sport that takes a whole team to make it work,” to quote Cooper, this event will take a communal effort to ensure it’s the grand success it’s poised to be. To learn about volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, email

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