Scenes from the season
I think most locals would concur that the 2003-2004 winter season was an unforgettable one on various levels. Boasting one of the best snow years in the last decade, all four ski areas seemed to amass more powder by December than they accumulated all season over the past few years. Consequently, the 6-inch rule went into effect on what seemed to be a weekly basis for some local workers ” just another perk to living by these peaks.
Events that took place throughout the season, from Thanksjibbing to the X Games to HBO Comedy Fest, contributed to the energetic atmosphere around the valley. The announcement of the X Games’ return for the next three seasons also made an impact around town, contributing to the economy and the overall mood.
The lively vibe at Aspen Highlands was restored with Iguana’s hosting apres-ski parties throughout the winter and into spring.
It was hard to miss the loss of the Double Diamond as our central venue for live music, but the return of the Grottos was well received by bands and fans alike. The closing of Whiskey Rocks at season’s end with virtually no notice came as another blow to the nightlife, though.
This summer and next season, I hope the community can revive the music scene and develop an adequate venue to accommodate a crowd numbering a couple of hundred at least.
So as we head off for offseason adventures, everyone can enjoy a little downtime, since summer’s action-packed schedule will be here before we know it.
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