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Around Aspen: Aspen firemen

Mary Eshbaugh Hayes
Aspen Times Weekly
Jess BatesLeft to right at the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department party are Greg Wisener, Bill McEnteer and Willie Wilson.

The Aspen Volunteer Firemen (and Firewomen) held their annual Christmas party and Awards ceremony on a recent Saturday night in their new fire station. Since my daughter, Jess Bates, makes the sterling silver pins and buckles for the volunteers who are awarded for their years of service, she attends their party and takes the photographs.

In town for the holiday parties is Ron Krajian, who now spends the winter in California. He will also return in March for spring skiing.

You need to try to catch this. The September 2010 issue of Outside Magazine included an article titled “Twin Freaks” about Steve and Mike Marolt. The Aspen identical twins, sons of Betty and Max Marolt, have become two of the most accomplished high-altitude skiers alive. All told, the Marolts have six ski descents from above 7,000 meters, doing it without supplemental oxygen and they carry their own gear. The twins also are both accountants who work in Aspen. The article was written by Nick Paumgarten and the photographs are by Bryce Duffy … a particularly wonderful photo is of the twins dressed as old-time bookkeepers in front of an old mining cabin. They are fourth-generation Aspenites from a distinguished ski-racing family … their father, Max, was an Olympic skier and their uncle, Bill Marolt, is a former Olympic skier and is director of the U.S. Ski Team.

I always get such a kick when I see another advertisement using a photo of Maroon Bells and Maroon Lake. The latest is for a full-page ad for Stetson Men’s Cologne.

Undercurrent … In early morning, the snowblowers send billowing and reassuring clouds of snow up the mountain.

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