Party for pow |

Party for pow

May Selby
Catherine Lutz presents the K2 Phat Luvs, a highly sought after item in the silent auction.

Local nonprofit Powder to the People formed several years ago as an advocacy group dedicated to backcountry safety, etiquette and equal access to public lands where some of Aspen’s best backcountry skiing exists.The group hosted its inaugural Summer Pow Party on Monday, Aug. 28, at the Crystal Palace. For a $50 donation, guests were invited to enjoy a gourmet dinner, great wine and a silent auction and to learn about ways to pursue equal access rights in the backcountry.

Approximately 60 supporters attended the benefit, enjoying a four-course feast prepared by Crystal Palace executive chef Brad Smith, a founding board member of Powder to the People.In attendance were skiers, snowboarders and backcountry enthusiasts including Brian McCall of the Roaring Fork Avalanche Center and Ross Douglass, who produced the upcoming film “Inside Disabled Skiing,” starring Sam Ferguson and Dennis Murray. Even the local “Ski Madonna” whose image graced the Skico lift tickets last season made an appearance at the benefit.Powder to the People describes itself as a developing group of skiers who like to use snowmobiles for backcountry access, primarily on the backside of Aspen Mountain. Through public process, they hope to secure rights to travel on U.S. Forest Service lands with over snow vehicles.

They are pursuing the effort for equal access to the Richmond Ridge 7.1 intermix area, where private interests are threatening to force them out. To secure the rights for equal access, they encourage the public to join them in sending comments to the White River National Forest in response to its Travel Management Plan, which will govern roads, trails and usage throughout the forest for many years to come. The 90-day comment period ends on Friday, Oct. 27.Visit for news and information pertaining to the Travel Management Plan, links to avalanche reports or to support the organization.

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