Summertime in the high country offers an abundance of outdoor activities. For mountain bikers, riding the renowned trails such as Government, Tom Blake, Cross Mountain and the Rim in Snowmass Village; Hay Park in Old Snowmass; the Prince Creek Trails at the base of Mount Sopris; and all throughout the Hunter Creek Valley are oftentimes epic experiences. Top-rated road-biking routes range from climbs and descents to Ashcroft, the Bells, Old Snowmass Deaf Camp and Monastery, and along the Frying Pan, not to mention the newly completed bike path stretching from Aspen to Glenwood. For the jet ski set, cruising through the waters at Ruedi Reservoir along with the sailboats and powerboats pulling waterskiers and wakeboarders is the perfect solution to beat the heat on a hot summer day. The Elk Range has some of the finest hiking trails in the state, leading to high alpine lakes and six 14ers. Running groups organized throughout the valley, from Independence Run & Hike in Carbondale to the Aspen Running Club, provide a great way to stay fast and fit with friends and participate in the many footraces throughout the area. For lower elevation activities, tennis is definitely growing in popularity. During the US Open Tennis Tournament that starts in New York next week, get into the spirit locally at the Labor Day Classic at the Aspen Golf & Tennis Club. The weekend- long tournament is open to every level from beginner to bad ass. To register, call 429-2869. A couple of upcoming biking events to keep in mind include the 5th annual Aspen/ Snowmass Ride for the Cure on Sat., Sept. 6 and the first annual 12 Hours of Snowmass on Sun., Sept. 14. The Ride for the Cure has become a popular late summer event with the majority of the net proceeds funding local community grants. Sign up for the century or a choice of three other distances 64, 33 and 10 miles, online at http://www.2008aspensnowmassride.kintera.org. The 12 Hours of Snowmass is sure to be a fast yet grueling event benefiting the Aspen Youth Center. The sevenmile loop includes singletrack and jeep roads on Snowmass Mountain. For more information, visit www. 12hoursofsnowmass.com. For an extensive list of activities rounding out the summer and heading into the fall, visit the events page at http://www.utemountaineer.com.
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Last week, The Aspen Times ran an article about limiting home size in Aspen and Pitkin County. One might think that climate change is finally poking at the Aspen bubble.