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Rotarians hit the slopes in Aspen/Snowmass

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Some 150 Rotarians from around the globe are hitting the slopes of Aspen and Snowmass this week, hosted by the local Rotary Clubs in the two resorts.

The International Skiing Fellowship of Rotarians has brought attendees from seven other countries plus 24 states in the U.S. to Aspen/Snowmass for the first time for its annual meeting. The week-long event opened Sunday.

Tuesday begins with a powder tour at Aspen Mountain and Highlands, and concludes with the ISFR annual meeting at the Wheeler Opera House in the evening.

On Wednesday, skiers will take part in a Peak to Valley Challenge at Snowmass. The general public is invited to join the Rotarians as they make a pledge for the amount of vertical they ski; proceeds will go to the ISFR Foundation for its adaptive ski program. Half of the funds will be donated to the local clubs for a contribution to Challenge Aspen.

The public is also welcome to join the Rotarians at a barbecue lunch at the Wine Cabin at Snowmass on Wednesday, but must RSVP at ski@aspenrotary.com in advance (register to take part in the Peak to Valley Challenge, as well). In addition, the public is welcome at apres ski from 3:30 to 4:30 in Base Village.

Anyone interested in the ski day at Snowmass should meet at the end of the Snowmass Mall at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

On Thursday, the action moves to the Aspen Cross Country Ski Center, while non-skiers spend the day in Glenwood Springs. The group reunites in the evening for scotch tasting at the Dancing Bear in Aspen.

Friday is free skiing with lunch at Cloud Nine at Highlands. The day closes with a sleigh ride, cross-country skiing or snowshoe hike for dinner at the Pine Creek Cook House.

The gathering closes Saturday with a gala at the St. Regis, featuring live and silent auctions, dinner, lives music and dancing. Go to http://www.isfrski.org/skievents.htm for more information.

The ISFR gatherings challenge members to raise as much money as they can in a week of skiing, not only for the foundation but to help local adaptive programs, according to Marilyn Branch, tour director and a Telluride Rotarian. At past gatherings, the federation has raised between $10,000 and $20,000 for adaptive ski programs.


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