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Kudos and Kindness

Props to Skico

Congrats to Aspen Skiing Co. brass for recognizing their loyal employees; most companies would love to have employees like these. Never forget what makes this company go. Keep it up.

Gerry Bohn


Nordic at its best

As the nordic season winds down on the valley floor (thank you for a great season, Nordic Council), the cross-country skiing at Ashcroft is superb.

A huge shout-out to Pine Creek and Ashcroft touring and grooming team: 25 kilometers of perfectly groomed trails, great unparalleled views — a Euro vacation 20 minutes from town! Go and enjoy this best-kept secret.

The Mallory Berko family


An Aspen treasure

Writing on behalf of Carbondale Middle School students, we would like to thank the Aspen Youth Center for allowing us to spend time in its facility during a recent field trip to the Aspen Recreation Center. This organization provides youth with a no-fee entrance into its facility on a daily basis. Our valley is truly blessed to have this valuable resource for teens. Most towns could only dream of having an organization like this!

The Aspen Youth Center is a welcoming, safe and fabulous space for teens. This organization provides a structured setting for them to learn interpersonal skills, gain confidence and be in a secure environment. The members of the staff are positive role models and have caring personalities and patience for every teen who walks through the door. Our students had a tremendous amount of fun playing games with one another and made connections with both Aspen Youth Center staff and students from other schools.

If you are reading this, please consider making a donation to this treasured program right here in our backyard.

Sara Porter and Carbondale Middle School teachers and students


Skico enriches lives

On behalf of more than 400 elementary school students throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, I would like to extend a huge thanks to Aspen Skiing Co. for its support of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies’ winter snow science program. For several winters, elementary school students from Glenwood Springs to Aspen have joined ACES Ed and the Aspen Mountain ski patrol to explore winter adaptations, snow science and skier safety on top of Aspen Mountain. Each year, Skico has generously provided foot passes for students, teachers and parent chaperones to ride the gondola to the top of Ajax Mountain. Additionally, Aspen Mountain patrollers volunteer their time to share information with students about skier safety, snow science, avalanche safety and rescue (including everyone’s highlight of having the rescue dogs find and “retrieve” one of our snowbound second-grade students).

We at ACES cannot thank Skico enough for the tireless support of our local children’s education. From the gondola lift operators helping load dozens of 8-year-olds to the Sundeck employees graciously providing shelter on the cold and snowy days, to Skico’s Sustainability Director Matt Hamilton for coordinating this all — a huge thanks for helping enrich the educational experience of so many children from the Roaring Fork Valley.

Arin Trook


Thanks, Aspen Youth Center

Spring break marks an opportunity for families and those of us who work with kids to take a break and recharge. For the employees of the Aspen Youth Center, however, spring break is a week busier than most. The youth center can fill a large void for students whose parents work and are left with “nothing to do.”

Many of the students with whom I work had an opportunity to visit the Aspen Youth Center on March 21. Cathy Rusnak graciously welcomed the students from Carbondale Middle School, many of them first-time visitors. I’m grateful to Keith Berglund and the entire staff of the Aspen Youth Center for providing the opportunity for kids to have access to fun programming, support and supervision.

Aimee Brockman

Teacher, Carbondale Middle School

Hoops coaches lift Basalt youth

Basalt Recreation would like to extend a thank-you to all of our wonderful volunteer basketball coaches who dedicate so much of their time through the winter to teach our youth the game of basketball during the Instructional League season. Thank you to Kat Fitzpatrick, Debbie Reardon, Karen Baxter, Eric Vozick, Mike Glen, Tim Bauer, Ben Allen, Mitch Levy, Michael Geiser, Bree and Scott Lindsey, Gregg and Catherine Adams, Robert Peters, Bob Daniel, Lucas Lizotte, Bill Toney, Greg Hoffman, Lori Rapaport and Peter Dolan. We also would like to thank all of the assistant coaches and parents who helped out with games and practices. Thanks to the players for a great, enjoyable season. Finally, thanks to our referee coordinator, Tucker Jenkins, and our referees for bringing their expertise to the games.

It was a fun season!

Dorothy Howard

Basalt Recreation Department