It probably won’t be Roll Over and Barf
The Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol is getting plenty of help coming up with possible names for the showcase trail in Highland Bowl.
Patrol director Mac Smith set up a telephone hotline June 1 so people could call in with their suggestions for a trail now known as B-Zero.
“I was really surprised. I thought I’d get maybe 20 suggestions,” said Smith. “I’ve gotten over 120.”
The contest was publicized by The Aspen Times when Smith started it.
Smith was reluctant to share many of the suggestions, since he is going to enlist a panel of Aspen Skiing Co. employees and other locals to help with the selection.
“I don’t want to pollute it,” he said of the process.
But he was willing to share a couple that probably won’t make the final cut. “Roll Over and Barf” was suggested by one of the creative minds at the Aspen Daily News, according to Smith.
“Apogee,” which means furthest or highest point, was a good suggestion that might be more appropriate for a different trail in the bowl, said Smith. He hopes to save that one for a few seasons until the Skico hopefully gets the entire bowl open. That would be an appropriate name for the run farthest into the southern portion of the bowl, Smith said.
B-Zero is scheduled to make its debut next season, weather permitting. It is the trail that starts at the highest point in the bowl. It’s a special trail, so Smith figures it deserves a special name.
“This run will be as famous as any run in the country,” Smith says on the hotline message.
It will be the longest of the double-diamond trails in the bowl. Its steepest pitch is about 44 degrees while the average is 40 degrees.
Smith will accept suggestions for a trail name through Monday, June 26. The hotline number is 544-3051.
About 80 percent of those who have submitted entries haven’t left their names, Smith said. So the world may never know who came up with the winning moniker.
All the suggestions will be compiled next week. Then Smith will have between 20 and 25 people, from within and from outside the Skico, take a look at the entries.
“We’ll see if anything kind of boils to the top,” Smith said. “Like if 10 people select the same one or two.”
Once the committee pares down the possibilities, the short list or favored name will be reviewed by Smith and Highlands mountain manager Ron Chauner for final approval.
Smith’s goal is to have a name selected by early July, before the Skico’s trail maps for the 2000-01 season are printed.
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