Dear Aspen Snowmass Guests,
March 14, 2020 is a day I’ll never forget. I was atop Highland Bowl, soaking up the view and contemplating my run down, when I got a message that the governor of Colorado wanted to restrict operations. I was thinking takeout-only for the restaurants, perhaps closing gondolas but keeping chairlifts running. I never thought that run would be the last of the season and all Colorado ski areas would be shut down that afternoon by state order.
Since then, I’ve experienced many losses but also gained a lot of perspective. As time slowed down and the Roaring Fork Valley community turned to skinning uphill for our turns, the mountains reasserted themselves as impervious, and the snow continued to come. But what was glaringly absent, creating a sense of emptiness, was the fact that you weren’t there. You and the community of Aspen Snowmass loyalists are not just the lifeblood of this place; you are an integral piece of its spirit. Because of that, I want to share some of what we’ve been doing in your absence.