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Break out a blue dress

Allyn Harvey

Instead of staging a parade or requiring employees to wear masks of their favorite president, the Aspen Skiing Co. is celebrating the likes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and, of course, William Jefferson Clinton with a Monica Lewinsky look-a-like contest.

You might say its a celebration of the women behind – and in front of – the men who would be president.

And the company is pulling out all the stops for its President’s Day extravaganza. Monica might show up. Linda Tripp, or some reasonable personification of her, will judge the contest. And anyone – male or female – who goes all out in their quest to look like Monica will get to ski free all day.

Ski and Snowboard School Director Rich Burkley sent a letter to Monica herself on Feb. 9, inviting the accommodating former White House intern to come for the weekend. “Each year we have a patriotic and somewhat irreverent celebration where members of our community dress up as either presidents or the people associated with them. Meaning no disrespect, I would love to have you here for our party,” he wrote.

Burkley offered to pay her airfare, accommodation, meals, lift tickets and lessons. He even offered to arrange for a security detail. What Burkley neglected to include in his letter was the fact that Lewinsky is at the center of the company’s celebration.

As for the judging, the Skico brass is promising an appearance by Linda Tripp, the ex-friend of Lewinsky’s who taped their girl-to-girl conversations and convinced the intern to save the stained Blue Dress “just in case.” And just in case Linda can’t make it, Skico Chief Operating Officer John Norton has promised to doll himself up as a fill-in.

“I think the contestants will definitely be interviewed by Linda Tripp, who might happen to look a little like John Norton that day,” said ski patroller and contest organizer Joey Woltemath.

Woltemath also said the company would give free lift tickets to anyone who spends the day looking like Lewinsky. She emphasized that simply wearing a wig isn’t enough to earn a free ticket, but declined to set minimum style requirements to qualify.

To see if you’ve got what it takes, stop by the ticket pavilion at the Snowmass Village Mall Monday morning.

The judging will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the bottom of Coney Glade lift on Snowmass Mountain.


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