Aspen’s Olympian homecoming will wait until atheltes are done with season
Aspen Skiing Co. officials are planning a welcoming event to celebrate the valley’s Olympians, but when that will happen is anyone’s guess.
Deric Gunshor, senior event marketing manager at Skico, said some of the athletes are still abroad competing in other events so it’s difficult to know when they will all be home.
Aspen resident Alex Ferreira took the silver in the men’s halfpipe in Pyeongchang last week. His teammate, Basalt’s Torin Yater-Wallace, finished ninth.
Aspen native and skier Wiley Maple finished 30th in the Olympic downhill, and New Castle resident Alice McKennis took fifth in the women’s event. Aspen’s Simi Hamilton and Noah Hoffman also competed in cross-country events.
It’s unknown at this point what form the celebration will take, Gunshor said. When Aspen native Gretchen Bleiler won the silver in the snowboard halfpipe in 2006, the community had a parade at the end of March.
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An unwelcome but familiar weather pattern in the Aspen-area mountains has created conditions that are once again ripe for avalanches. The early, ample snow in October was followed by dry periods. That resulted in a poor foundation for the snowpack. Steep slopes on north to east aspects pose the greatest threat.