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All of Aspen’s a stage this weekend

We can gripe and moan about new ordinances, higher taxes, price gouging, the sterilization of this and the gentrification of that, but maybe this weekend’s World Cup will put Aspen back in its proper perspective.

Aspen was a ski town way before it became a stomping ground for the rich and a ticket to wealth for real estate brokers and developers.

So let this weekend be a celebration of Aspen and what it truly is ” a ski town.

The action kicks off today at 11 a.m., when the women’s downhill (weather providing) takes place on Ruthie’s Run. Gates to the stadium-style seating open at 10 a.m.

At 2 p.m. today, the Aspen Gondola Plaza will play host to an apres-ski style street party, with music and entertainment on hand.

Saturday the stadium opens again at 10 a.m., with the start of the women’s super G set for 10:45 a.m. Again there will be a street party, and the Hyatt Grand Aspen will play host to a holiday skating party from 4-6 p.m. at the Silver Circle Ice Rink.

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After the 6 p.m. awards ceremony at the Aspen Gondola Plaza, jam-band icons Blues Traveler will hit the stage at 6:30 at the same venue. At 8:30, a fireworks display will be held on Little Nell (make sure to warn your dogs).

On Sunday, the World Cup event wraps up with a 10 a.m. race start at Strawpile. The stadium will open at 9:30 a.m.While having a good time will be the top priority for many locals, there are a number of people who have been busting their tails to pull off the World Cup event for us to enjoy. They deserve a toast from us all.

Also, while the parties and hoopla that surround the events illustrate the good energy in Aspen this weekend, try to make it to a race or two, or even three. After all, Aspen will be on stage for all of the world to see. Our unyielding support for the events, no matter what the weather conditions, will send a message that Aspen is still a ski town, and a ski town first.

It only will better our chances of having the World Cup return to Aspen for a seventh straight year in 2008, cementing one of this town’s many reputations, which actually is deserved.