‘Tis the season
Once Warren Miller’s annual ski flick has been featured at the Wheeler, the first snowstorm has struck the valley and fresh tracks can be spotted on the slopes, it’s safe to say ski season is on the way.Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club marked the onslaught of winter with a Board Member Introduction Party on Thursday, Nov. 10. Aspenite Bob Bowden generously hosted the event at his home in the Five Trees neighborhood near AVSC’s clubhouse. Catered by Piñons, the intimate reception honored past board members and welcomed incoming ones as well as new staff.Next up on the club’s calendar is its annual Ski and Snowboard Day on Wednesday, Nov. 23. In partnership with the Skico, AVSC will kick off the season with a pre-opening day invitation to ski and ride Aspen Mountain. Lift tickets can be purchased at the gondola ticket office starting at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Adult lift tickets will be offered for $30; for ages 18 and under, tickets will run $10 each. Another option is to become a member of AVSC for a $50 donation ($20 of which is tax deductible), receiving one adult lift ticket and the ability to purchase additional $20 adult lift tickets for that day as well as a miscellany of other benefits.
Last Monday, Nov. 14, the Steak Pit opened its doors to ski and snowboard enthusiasts for a heli-skiing slideshow and raffle. Reid Christopher of Selkirk Tangiers Helicopter Skiing in Revelstoke, British Columbia, was the representative for the evening, presenting a film and slideshow on the Canadian outfit.Christopher recognized quite a few faces in the crowd from trips over the years. Several members of the audience attested to the sublime experience of skiing the Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges surrounding Revelstoke.Mike and Robin Kelly of Aspen have been six and 20 times, respectively. “Don’t go,” Robin advised. “Once you start, you’ll never stop.””I went seven years ago – it was the trip of my life,” said Mikey Wechsler of the Steak Pit.Situated five hours by car from Calgary, the Selkirk Tangiers home base covers 1,600 square miles and receives approximately 800 inches of snow annually.Though The Hillcrest Hotel base lodge is only perched at 1,500 feet in elevation, the actual skiable terrain reaches another 5,500 feet into the sky. “Our longest run is over 7,000 vertical feet,” Christopher noted. “That’s two major ski resorts stacked on top of each other.”Images of wide-open glacial terrain, tree skiing and bluebird weather clearly appealed to everyone in the room. One of them was fortunate enough to win a three-day heli-skiing adventure this winter. “I’ve always talked about going – now I have to,” said Ann Ware whose name was drawn for the door prize.”Don’t forget – if you get a group of 10 friends together, the 11th one goes free,” Reid added.For more information on AVSC, visit http://www.teamavsc.com. For details on heli-skiing around Revelstoke, Canada, check out http://www.selkirk-tangiers.com.
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