Wind blows Aspen flights off course |

Wind blows Aspen flights off course

Strong wind forced the cancellation of eight flights at Aspen/Pitkin County Airport on Wednesday, the eve of the Food and Wine Classic. “Every year it’s something,” said Christina Grdovic, vice president and associate publisher of Food and Wine Magazine. “It’s Aspen in the summer: one year it’s wind, one year it’s snow, one year it’s weight. All is well. Alternative plans are being made, and it’s well worth it when they get here.”With tents throughout town and celebrity chefs flying in from around the country, the Food and Wine Classic is one of the first big events of the Aspen summer. Though more than half of the 14 daily commercial flights into Aspen were canceled, planes were able to land at Sardy Field in the morning and evening. Jim Elwood, the airport director, said passengers took buses to Aspen after flights were grounded in Denver. An 18-wheeler was bringing luggage.The National Weather Service on Wednesday predicted gusts of up to 35 mph today and 25 mph Friday. Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is

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