Roses and Thorns |

Roses and Thorns

A rose to Jazz Aspen Snowmass for luring some top-notch performers — Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Trombone Shorty and Steve Winwood — to its upcoming June festival. Here’s hoping they can match that level at the Labor Day fest.

A thorn to Aspen’s iconic Popcorn Wagon, which boasts a sign saying it’s closed for the offseason. It certainly doesn’t look like offseason on the streets and slopes of Aspen these days. Maybe the Popcorn Wagon could use a status update.

Roses to the late Aspen Times editor and owner Bil Dunaway, along with his wife, Barbara Allen Dunaway, for their $1.2 million gift to the Pitkin County Library. The funds will be used for the creation of a new community meeting room as part of the upcoming library renovation.

A rose to the Aspen Chamber Resort Association for its 12 Days of Aspen, a great way to promote in-town events during one of the busiest times of the year.

A rose to Prosecco for making the holidays bubbly for those of us who can’t afford real champagne.

A thorn to the operators of Vail Mountain, which raised the price of a single-day lift ticket to $139. Last week, we gave a thorn to Aspen Skiing Co. for raising its peak-season walk-up rate to $124. (Again, we know that discounts are available for advance and multi-day purchases.) The two ski-area operators appear to be engaged in a battle over who can charge the highest price for a few runs on the slopes. When will it end?

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