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Aspen Skiing Co. provides details on future of Gent’s Ridge, Bell Mountain lifts and on-mountain huts

December 14, 2018 — Aspen Skiing Co. has laid out greater details for lift alterations, rehab of Ruthie's Restaurant and the possible addition of ski huts on Aspen Mountain in a master plan update submitted to Pitkin County. The biggest revelations concern skier circulation once a new lift is

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Georgia on my mind: Aspen locals to give presentation on their ski trip

December 13, 2018 — First descents, possibly illegal border crossings into Russia and plenty of Chacha — a questionable Georgian alcohol — made for a one-of-a-kind ski trip for a group of Aspen locals this past spring. Wanting to share this experience with the community, members of that crew

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Sildaru slays slopestyle at Dew Tour, Silverthorne’s Purdy second in adaptive

December 13, 2018 — BRECKENRIDGE — Freeskier Kelly Sildaru was showered with praise from chief rival Cassie Sharpe at last week's World Cup halfpipe event at Copper Mountain Resort. Sildaru, a 16-year-old from Estonia, returned with a vengeance Dec. 7 with that halfpipe win at Copper. Then, during the

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Aspen’s Hollander, Basalt threesome named first team all-state in football

December 13, 2018 — Four local high school football players were given first team all-state honors on Thursday when the teams were announced through CHSAANow.com. Earning the recognition for Class 2A was Aspen senior Noah Hollander, as well as Basalt seniors Jake Reardon, Jake Reuss and Trevor Reuss. Earning

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AVSC’s Clubhouse Chronicles: Aspen Supports Kids — truer more than ever

December 13, 2018 — Last week, 350 kids from all over the Roaring Fork Valley (and beyond) flocked to Gorsuch and D&E/Four Mountain Sports to pick up their equipment for the season. They waited patiently until their name was called, drinking hot cocoa and eating cookies until it was

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Cops defend traffic response to snowstorm during Aspen rush hour

December 13, 2018 — Aspen police had a traffic plan and threw all available resources toward trying to keep vehicles moving during Wednesday's snowstorm, an official said Thursday. However, there's only so much officers can do when the temperature drops, roads freeze and traffic volume hits maximum, rush-hour levels,

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Southeastern water district clings to conditional water rights in Holy Cross Wilderness

December 13, 2018 — A recent engineering report prepared for the Southeastern Water Conservancy District concludes that the district can probably divert up to its agreed-upon limit of water from the existing facilities in the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project without building diversion dams on six streams in the Holy Cross Wilderness.

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RFTA adjusts property tax mill levy to honor campaign promise

December 13, 2018 — One of RFTA's first tasks for 2019 was to give property owners within its boundary a temporary tax credit so it lives up to campaign promises made during the November election. The bus agency's proposal to create a new property tax was approved by regional

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Upper Colorado River basin states approve drought-management agreements

December 13, 2018 — LAS VEGAS — The Upper Colorado River Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to execute three agreements designed to bolster Lake Powell's and Lake Mead's water levels, which have been falling due to persistent drought and encroaching aridification in the Colorado River system. The members of the

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Summit for Life ascent a grueling challenge

December 13, 2018 — I couldn't believe the words came out of my mouth last Friday when I said to our publisher, "I can't wait for Monday." I just wanted Saturday's Summit for Life to be over and not hanging over my head any longer. It's been several weeks

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Motio sculptures considered for extended display in Basalt

December 13, 2018 — Five sculptures featured in Basalt's first crack at a public art installation likely will get extended display time in 2019. The Basalt Public Arts Commission wants to make Motio 3.0 a focal point of its efforts next year. Five sculptures in the Motio series were

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County Commissioner Rachel Richards to run again for Aspen City Council

December 13, 2018 — Rachel Richards would have liked a bit more time after she leaves her post as Pitkin County commissioner next month to relax and maybe clean her house. But with city elections moving from May to March next year there was no time to lose in

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High Country: Hello, Beboe

December 13, 2018 — For a cannabis company The New York Times coined as "the Hermès of Marijuana," it makes perfect sense for its first wave of interstate expansion to land in Aspen. Launched in Los Angeles in 2017, Beboe has since set the standard for what luxury cannabis

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Mountain Mayhem: Gingerbread Workshops

December 13, 2018 — For more than 40 years, the Buddy Program has been serving youth in the Roaring Fork Valley community, empowering them through mentoring experiences in order to achieve their full potential. One of the most engaging experiences all year for Buddies is the Gingerbread House Workshop

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Gunner’s Libations: In the Limelight

December 13, 2018 — You know you’ve met a true mixologist when a salad inspires a cocktail. "It was just so good," says Carrie Williams, food and beverage manager at the new Limelight Hotel Snowmass, "I knew I could re-create the flavors in a drink." The salad sounds ordinary

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Wine Ink: From vine to table and what happens in the middle

December 13, 2018 — It's a Monday afternoon in mid-November. A quiet time in most ski resorts, just a few weeks before the lifts begin to roll and the tourists arrive for skiing, dining and, of course, drinking. In a large ballroom in the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, tables

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Food Matters: Pro tips for assembling a holiday cheese platter

December 13, 2018 — Edgar “Eddie” Wettstein is an artist in his element. It's a Thursday morning at Murray's Cheese counter within City Market in Aspen, and Wettstein has just hand-delivered a couple of cheese platters to customer Danielle Kimbro for an office holiday party. We marvel at the

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Legends & Legacies: Snowmass scene

December 13, 2018 — "Snowmass Mall is where to be on Tuesday night," announced the Aspen Flyer in 1981. "Every Tuesday night is a special night on the mall at Snowmass Resort. The shops stay open until 9 p.m. and offer weekly specials. The restaurants often drop their cover

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Pomoca climbing skins cured the glop that ailed me

December 13, 2018 — I had to get rid of my old climbing skins late last winter because they were turning my skis into flypaper. I lived in fear of sticking to the snow rather than gliding down it. The folks at Cripple Creek Backcountry in Carbondale gave a

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Snowmass ‘Once again new’ with Base Village opening

December 13, 2018 — Whether carving down Fanny Hill with eyes fixed on the horizon or approaching the sculpture-adorned roundabout at Brush Creek Road on a recent December day, it is clear that Snowmass is not your grandparents' village anymore. Snowmass Base Village will light up for its grand

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