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Skadron: Upward we go

Upward we go

I am pleased to announce the city of Aspen is moving forward with its goal to work toward creating an uphill economy with our first event this weekend. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Aspen Gondola Plaza we will have uphill equipment demos, a dedicated uphill lane on the mountain, a ski swap benefitting Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club and a free raffle to win a full alpine touring setup. From 4 to 5 p.m. at the Ute Mountaineer we are offering a free short movie about Aspen’s uphill history and a talk by Blase Reardon, of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, about backcountry travel and safety. These events are in celebration of what an active uphill economy can mean for Aspen. The city is partnering with top companies in the field, including Dynafit, La Sportiva and Scarpa, who all will offer demos. What I am most excited about is an industry dinner that I have organized to have a formal meeting with government representatives and top executives in the field to discuss the future of this burgeoning segment of our economy.

Representatives from the state of Colorado and Sen. Michael Bennett’s office are expected to attend as well as the Acting Consulate General of Italy, the Consulate General Legal Advisor, the Italian Trade Commissioner, marketing, guiding and ski-operation specialists. We will come together to discuss how to transform Aspen into the new home for summer and winter research, development, engineering, training and education for established brands and fledgling entrepreneurs in the uphill industry. Diversifying Aspen’s economy and building new opportunities that speak to our historic mountain town culture will strengthen the entire Roaring Fork Valley as well as the state. The opportunities this presents is beyond Aspen’s boundaries and can provide meaningful and positive change. My hope is that the events and the meeting will facilitate idea generation and conversations that will develop tangible next steps, particularly attracting businesses and jobs that speak to our ski roots. Please come and enjoy and celebrate our uphill culture, can-do spirit and the new economic opportunities we can create together. Upward we go!



Steven Skadron

Mayor of Aspen


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