Thank you to the community, which proved once and for all that it takes a valley. One of the recurring stories I heard this December was of old-schoolers who skied every day saying: “I’m having a blast!” That’s the kind of attitude you could build a nation on, let alone a ski town. And it was pervasive. Without that to fuel everyone here, visitors would have left disappointed. Instead, from the moment they touched down at the airport they were greeted by real people with genuine interest in their welfare, from the bus drivers, to the hotel staff, the restaurant workers, the retail workers and everyone else in this core ski town.
And finally, a huge thank you to our guests. You travelled far to get here and jumped into your vacations with enthusiasm and good cheer. You made the best of what you found on the slopes, in the restaurants and in the shops. It was obvious that you came to do what Aspen enables: to connect with friends and family and enjoy your time no matter what Mother Nature had in mind. Skiers and snowboarders are eternal optimists, and our guests once again proved it. (Please note: the weather pattern has changed, snowfall is normalizing, and we hope you all have a chance to come see us again this year!)
Thank you also to the Gay Ski Week loyalists in town this week: we appreciate that you have been coming here for more than 40 years. And you should know: we have your backs, and it’s in part for you that we are talking about respect, unity and love.
Abundant snowfall makes all ski area operators look smart. It makes all riders look like Olympians, and leaves everyone glowing. But when the snow is marginal, that’s when the real skiers and riders stand apart. So it’s awesome to see this community rising to the challenge and proving again that we are a true mountain town. One thing we can count on is that the weather and conditions are constantly in flux. This breeds hope, demands adaptability, and makes us more resilient. And it means that when it does snow, and it will, we’ll again float together down pitches of feather light powder and we’ll appreciate the snow and one another more than ever.