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Buddies get a taste of Buttermilk

Joel StoningtonAspen, CO Colorado
Paul Conrad/The Aspen Times

ASPEN – The cuteness factor was overwhelming Sunday when more than 90 pairs of big and little buddies showed up at Buttermilk for the annual Buddy Ski Day. Lizette Arbolle, 8, and her big buddy, Sara Broome, were hiking up Panda Peak for 100-foot runs. Lizette was rocking the snowplow and getting the basics of turning down.

“Nice job, girlfriend,” Broome yelled, watching Lizette as she cruised away. Every year, The Buddy Program – a valley mentoring organization that pairs adults and kids – provides a ski day for as many pairs want to sign up. It’s a group effort. Organizers said the Aspen Skiing Co. helped out with a bundle of free tickets, and a number of instructors donated their time. Really, though, it was all about the buddy pairs getting out on a bluebird day.

Heather Hicks, a program coordinator with the Buddy Program, was out skiing while her buddy, Liliana Ayala, 15, was on a board.”She keeps asking me to hit the jumps,” Hicks said. “She likes the mini jumps.”So Liliana and Hicks spent a good deal of time in the terrain park at the top of the Milk. It was standard business for buddy pairs, which span many ages and skill levels. Some pairs were over in the halfpipe and others were at the bottom.

“It’s really awesome for big buddies to take a day and come out to ski with their little buddies,” said Buddy Program coordinator Kaitlyn Archambault. “And the little buddies love it.” Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is jstonington@aspentimes.com

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