Overheard Thursday on Aspen Mountain:”They were different than those designer drugs that have been the choice of the last two generations.” Chatter at the Sundeck between a massage therapist and client.”It rains about once a year.” Lift supervisor to one of his employees.”This is the best! This is soooo muuch fun!” Two women standing near the top of FIS.”Thanks for your help.” Said spitefully as I bolted from the gondola at 3:25 p.m. by a man who apparently expected me to retrieve his skis from the rack of the car I rode up on. He’d been incapable at the bottom of loading the skis in his gondola car – one ahead of mine – requiring a liftie to take control and load them on my car. Apparently he expected someone to take care of his s— at the top, too.”It’s like they leave it in there to torture you.” A patron staring at the pizza oven in the Sundeck waiting (apparently too long) for his slice to heat up.”Congratulations, Rich. It’s been a great season – good job.” An acquaintance of Rich Burkley, who was recently promoted to Aspen Skiing Co. director of operations.”I try not to take too much credit for it, because I know I’ll get blamed when it goes the other way.” Burkley, jokingly, on how he’s only willing to take a small bit of credit for all the snow we’ve had this season.In other news from the Aspen Skiing Co.: Everyone is invited to join in the Wintersköl torchlight descent on Aspen Mountain tonight. Participants need to be at the base of the Little Nell lift ready to load by 7:30 p.m. They will be required to sign a release and we recommend they wear old clothing [that can be permanently charred]. Those under 18 need to have an adult sign the release for them. Children 12 and under will be given a battery torch. Participants should be at least intermediate skiers or snowboarders. Call 925-1220 for more information.
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