December 6, 2006
Imagine a place where anything is possible.A place where diverse people and cultures gather in gondola cars and on streetcorners. A place where one’s pursuit of happiness and contentment is uniquely personal, but is inevitably linked to others in close proximity.A place where athletes push the boundaries of their mental and physical fortitude on some of the world’s most demanding terrain. A place where a Mexican immigrant can chase his version of the American Dream. A place where an 82-year-old painter and former 10th Mountain Division soldier can reflect and derive inspiration from nature. A place where many discover their true identities. Where is this place? It’s right in our own backyard. A multifaceted Aspen comes to life in the new film “Mountain Town,” which natives Brendan Kiernan and Frank Pickell produced in conjunction with RattleCan films and the Aspen Skiing Co. The movie chronicles the lives of 11 people who embody the town’s true archetype, said Steve Metcalf, Skico’s senior marketing director and a producer on the film.There will be free screenings of the film will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and again at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wheeler Opera House. The Silvertree Hotel in Snowmass will also show the movie at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. There’s something about this place, something one can’t put a finger on, said Isabelle Falardeu, a snowcat driver and rail fabricator featured in the movie. Is it the snow. Or winter? Ask a group of people and undoubtedly their answers will all be unique.Travis Moore, a teacher and nordic coach at Aspen High School, perhaps said it best, in the film: Aspen just feels like home. That’s something upon which we can all agree. Avalanche report Avalanche danger is moderate at all elevations. Colder weather and lots of clear skies during the last few days have resulted in the formation of plenty of faceted snow and surface hoar on top of our snowpack. Our biggest concern for the next few days will still be the shadier NW- and NE-facing slopes, where plenty of weak faceted snow and depth hoar exist at the base of the snowpack. This layer has produced both natural and triggered avalanches around the valley in the last week and has the potential to cause some large avalanches. It is more of a concern where the snowpack is shallow. The Aspen area and its surrounding valleys have seen more avalanche activity on this layer than areas like Marble and McClure Pass, where the snowpack is a bit deeper. Breaking trail and backcountry riding conditions have both improved as the snow from the last storm has bonded and gained some strength. This stronger snow at the surface can be misleading, though. For more information, visit http://www.rfavalanche.org or geosurvey.state.co.us/avalanche. The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.