Roses and Thorns |

Roses and Thorns

Roses to the ski patrols at Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk for putting in extra effort early last week to get the steeps open so we could enjoy the deep.

The prime terrain opened each day at the resorts during the big snowstorm. Patrollers at Snowmass reported for duty at 6 a.m. to get Hanging Valley and other terrain open soon after the ski area opened. Patrollers at the other mountains were on the hill by 6:30 a.m.

Additional roses for the lifties and lift-maintenance crews who reported early to help get the patrol up the mountains.

Thorns to the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority for its handling of the bathrooms at the multimillion-dollar, new and improved Rubey Park. It’s one thing to close the bathrooms and install porta-potties during the X Games. Maybe — just maybe — that decision is justifiable.

What cannot be justified was the condition of the men’s bathroom on the evening of Jan. 21. The handicapped stall was covered in vomit, and the toilet paper dispenser was nowhere to be found in the adjacent stall.

Come on, RFTA. Budget a few extra bucks to properly maintain your spiffy new bathrooms.

A bouquet of roses for all the good Samaritans who stopped to dig, scrape, shovel and push out cars stuck in the snow during last week’s storm. Weather can’t shut down a city where neighbors watch out for one another like that.

Thorns to the city of Aspen for jacking up parking prices this summer. While we understand this decision is to reduce traffic into town during some of the busiest months of the year, raising the prices smacks of a sin tax for some people who simply need to drive their cars into town every so often. Not every Aspen resident is fortunate enough to live the idealistic lifestyle in which bicycles and public buses are all they need. It will be interesting to see if the seasonal spike in parking rates translates to fewer motorists on the roads.

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