Corn and wine are the perfect pairing |

Corn and wine are the perfect pairing

Aspen, CO Colorado

Who ever would have imagined that the spectacular snows of winter 2007-08 would allow Aspen Mountain to reopen in June after even Arapahoe Basin has shut down for the season?But thats exactly what has happened, and were stoked.Sunday was the last day of lift-served skiing this spring at A-Basin the resort with the famously long seasons, even in low-snow years and various Colorado newspapers reported the closure on Monday morning. Mere hours later, the Aspen Skiing Co. announced what the local rumor mill had been reporting for the last week Chair 3 on Ajax would open for Food & Wine weekend, June 13-15.According to Skico, 3 feet of snow remain on top of the mountain. It wont be 3 feet of January powder, but itll be a whopper of an almost-summer novelty. Suppose all those celebrity chefs and high-brow foodies will suit up for a few runs? At the least, theyll have to ride the gondola to the Sundeck to enjoy a glass of sauvignon blanc while gazing out over Castle and Conundrum valleys and watching the skiers go by. This is going to be a hoot.Perhaps more important than the sheer amusement on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, of course, will be the marketing mileage that Aspen can expect out of this. With all kinds of print, broadcast and electronic media in town for the 26th annual Food & Wine Classic, the fact skiers still are carving up the spring corn on Aspen Mountain cannot escape the notice of journalists and readers around the world. And a glimpse of the snowcapped Elk Mountains in June is bound to attract more future visitors, both winter and summer.It was a clever move by Skico to seize yet another opportunity for some unexpected fun and positive exposure for Aspen.