Any Given Sunday
On any given Sunday around these parts, there are countless activities in which to engage on the athletic and social fronts. This past weekend’s weather was prime for mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding and concert-going.After a brief bout of rain on Saturday, with temperatures dipping into the 30s, Sunday’s glorious weather was a welcome respite. Enjoying the warmth of mid-day, a pack of friends set out for a single-track mountain bike ride through the Hunter Creek Valley. Leaving from town, the group rode via Smuggler through the meadow, past the Hunter Creek lookout, onto the Hobbit Trail, into the woods to the Four Corners junction, and continued to various trails from there.”The conditions are perfect today,” said Basaltine Colleen Clare, who got agro on her new full-suspension Gary Fisher bike. “We’ve got some sun, a little shade and cool breezes.”Across the valley in Snowmass Village, others spent the day at the popular Chili Pepper & Brew Fest. The first annual event was deemed a success by event-goers for its music, brews and food. Spanning the mall and onto Fanny Hill, local attendance at the three-day festival was notable (many appreciated Sunday’s free admission).”It was great for all of us Village people to have this fun weekend here in Snowmass,” declared Preston Dodge as the event came to a close on Sunday afternoon. “Now that it’s over, we’ll probably filter into the local watering holes and keep it rolling.”Among the highlights of the festival were the International Chili Society-sanctioned Cook-off, live music performed on the slopes for three straight days, a vendor village and brew fest staged on the mall, and themed dinners at surrounding restaurants. The brew fest on Friday and Saturday featured 25 microbreweries presenting the public with samples of their various flavors, as well as private tastings of their reserves. “I’d say this weekend has been a total success for us and everyone here,” said Jim Schwab of Idaho Springs’ Tommyknocker Brewery. “For a first annual event, that’s a lot of kudos to the many people who organized everything.” “It has been a great three days,” echoed Tim Warn, of High Point Distributing, the supplier of roughly 85 percent of the beer for the brew fest. “We’re thrilled with the event and we’ll absolutely be a part of it next year.”
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