In Jon’s memory |

In Jon’s memory

Dear Editor:Our hearts go out to Jon’s loved ones. We are the Wednesday-morning skin crowd. For years now, about 10 of us have skinned up Tiehack at dawn. We assemble ourselves in the parking lot at 6 a.m. Jon’s Honda Element is parked in its usual place, closest to the snow, but not in the ambulance zone. It is dark, and we are silent as we click into our bindings.The sun breaks the horizon about halfway up. Some days Jon and his lit-up dog Tenny whiz past us on their descent. Other days, we arrive atop together and chat for 10 minutes. We think we are up early and quite motivated, but Jon is always ahead of us. “Why so early?” I once asked. “Because I want to eat breakfast with my girls,” he answered.My last conversation with Jon before he left for La Grave was last week. I skinned up alone and found him on top. We talked about risk with skiing and the beauty of skinning up Tiehack where there was no danger. He spoke of his wife and daughters, and how lucky he felt to live in the town of Aspen. He said he was very happy.We miss your silent but bright spirit, Jon. Yesterday, Wednesday, we skinned in your memory.Kirsten NewhardBasalt

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