On the Hill: Still in love | AspenTimes.com

On the Hill: Still in love

Nate Peterson

Man, it’s great to be back “On the Hill.” There’s that old adage about mountain towns – you know, the one about how you move to them because of the winters, then actually end up staying because of the summers.You’re not buying that for a minute.Yourself, you moved to Aspen for the snow and the cold. You moved here for the face shots at Highlands, the seemingly endless tree runs at Snowmass and those park sessions at Buttermilk that make you forget you’re slowing inching toward 27. You moved here so you could step out your front door, walk the four blocks to Ink Coffee, then be on the gondola with your paper and Cafe Mocha within 10 minutes.Summer? If you wanted summer, you’d be in Maui. Or Bermuda. Hell, Arizona even. But not here. Not where “the beer flows like wine and the women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano.” You moved to Aspen because you believe the place still has “ski town” soul, regardless of how many handbag museums they cram into the downtown core. You moved here because working nights and evenings in an office sucks most everywhere else, whereas in Aspen, during the winter, most people are convinced you have one of the coolest jobs around.Really, would you rather write about sports someplace else, like say Buttermilk, Kansas? Or, do you want to write about Gretchen Bleiler soaring above the walls of the superpipe at Buttermilk, Aspen/Snowmass?Don’t kid yourself. The summer was great. You hiked and biked, played some softball and spent a lot of time around the grill in the back alley of The Aspen Times. But now that ski season is officially here, you’re keenly aware of how much you missed it.And suddenly, all over again, you realize why you fell in love with Aspen in the first place.The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.