Ever since it was established by Walter Paepcke in 1946, Aspen Snowmass has been about more than just skiing (and eventually, riding).

Long a place to relax and re-energize, the area has attracted families, adventurers, thrill seekers, intellectuals, artists, athletes and — sometimes — all of the above. Locally, it’s known as the Aspen Idea: the notion that our mountains and the two towns in the valley are the perfect place to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit.

It is with this in mind that we launched a video series over three winter seasons, to capture the unique stories of some Aspen locals, and how the mountains have inspired them. Below you will find each of the eleven episodes, as well as a few behind-the-scenes details and information of the places featured in each video.

One Run

One Run

Season Three, Episode 1

Experience the awe-inducing rush of a single, perfect run with a group of friends.

Featuring Aspen Snowmass athletes

Jordie Karlinski, Tae Westcott, Connor Marx, Meg Olenick, Torin Yater-Wallace, Alex Ferreira, Cassidy Jarrell and Tristan Feinberg

BEHIND THE SCENES

Location:Snowmass

Quick fact: The sequence for One Run was shot all in one take with each athlete hitting his or her feature in order. It only took us five takes to get it!

ONE DAY

ONE DAY

Season Three, Episode Two

Take in a full day, from the crisp and serene calm at sunrise to the unbridled energy of a night at Aspen Snowmass.

Featuring Aspen Snowmass athlete

Jordie Karlinski


BEHIND THE SCENES

Location:Snowmass, Buttermilk

Quick fact: Athlete Jordie Karlinski is an accomplished park rider who has recently transitioned out of thecompetitiveworld and into the backcountry. She is frequently found off-piste exploring the local mountains- ask her about her split board!

One Week

One Week

Season Three, Episode Three

It's the people and places surrounding us that give inspiration. Sometimes a getaway with the ones you love can energize a whole year.


–Featuring Aspen Snowmass athlete

Tristan Feinberg


BEHIND THE SCENES

Location: Snowmass, Buttermilk

Quick fact: Athlete Tristan Feinberg (oldest kiddo in the family) can also be spotted in the One Run episode. When he isn't showing his siblings the ropes in powder, he's out competing in park and pipe events- and at only 13 years-old! Look out X Games Aspen, Tristan is sure to be there soon!

One Season

One Season

Season Three, Episode Four

A winter season in Aspen Snowmass isn't just a season full of skiing and excitement. It's deeper. The mountains speak to you, the local characters become your friends, and you find yourself on the journey of a lifetime.


Featuring Aspen Snowmass athlete

Colter Hincliffe



BEHIND THE SCENES

Location: Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain

Quick Fact: Valley Native Colter Hincliffe spends his day training on Aspen Mountain, hiking the Highlands Bowl and seeking out new backcountry lines in the Elk Mountains. When he's not at home, he's traveling the world and competing in illustrious events, like Powder Magazine's Ski Town Hair Down.

Wander Your Realm

Wander Your Realm

Season 2, Episode 1

"I come alive here. The earth here is palpable ... My spirit transcends my physicality."

–Amanda Boxtel

Speaker, Writer & Disability Advocate

Behind the Scenes

Location: Aspen Highlands

Quick fact: A paraplegic since an accident in 1992, Amanda has become a voice of hope for many and has presented at several TED conferences as well as the Aspen Ideas Festival. She is the Executive Director of the Bridging Bionics Foundation.

Claim Your Moment

Claim Your Moment

Season 2, Episode 2

"Of all the cool stuff I’ve done on the mountain, nothing beats a day out there with my little girl …following her down the slopes and seeing her share that same joy for the mountains."

–Chris Klug
Olympic Medalist & Founder of the Chris Klug Foundation

Behind the Scenes

Video location: The Hideout and Buttermilk

Quick fact: For nine years, Chris Klug lived with a degenerative disease whose only cure was a liver transplant, which he finally received in 2000. A mere 18 months later, he claimed a snowboarding bronze medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Today, his foundation advocates for organ and tissue donation.

Sharpen Your Senses

Sharpen Your Senses

Season 2, Episode 3

"It is awesome to watch someone use the feature. It is like functional art."

–Mark Pinter
Aspen Snowmass Park Builder

Behind the Scenes

Location: Snowmass Park, Makaha Park and Lowdown Park at Snowmass.

Quick fact: Each year, our team builds around 100 terrain park features on Snowmass, including a 22-foot Superpipe.

Own Your Path

Own Your Path

Season 2, Episode 4

"If we try to get people’s eyes to look at something that might make them think a little differently, and we use art and beauty to do that, then hopefully we’ll make a little bit of difference."

– Pete McBride
National Geographic Photographer

Behind the Scenes

Location: Various runs at Aspen Mountain

Quick fact: The Roaring Fork River, which flows through Aspen, is one of many major tributaries of the Colorado River. Pete spent five years photographing and filming the changing landscape of this river, a journey that has been chronicled in his book The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict and the film Chasing Water.

Stir the Soul

Stir the Soul

Season 1, Episode 1

"Growing up in a community like Aspen, there is such emphasis on living in this environment, and learning how to live … it really set the stage for me."



–Gretchen Bleiler
World Champion Snowboarder


Behind the Scenes

Video location: Buttermilk Super Pipe, home to the ESPN Winter X Games since 2002.

Quick fact: Olympic Silver Medalist Gretchen Bleiler is the first female action sports athlete to appear on the cover of ESPN the Magazine.

Feed the Flame

Feed the Flame

Season 1, Episode 2

"There’s a lot of people from Aspen who have inspired me and driven me to do the kind of skiing I do today."

– Torin Yater-Wallace

World Champion Freeskier

Behind the Scenes

Video location: Ridge to Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands.

Quick fact: To film this shoot, Aspen Snowmass' parks and pipe crew built a custom jump on the ridge to Highland Bowl.

Renew the Spirit

Renew the Spirit

Season 1, Episode 3

"There is nothing like looking at a grand mountain … to give you a perspective, to know how grand the creation is, and in some ways how small but important our role is."

– Walter Isaacson
Best-Selling Biographer of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin

President & CEO of the Aspen Institute

Behind the Scenes

Video location: The Aspen Institute

Quick fact: Founded by Walter Paepcke (one of the original founders of the Aspen Skiing Company), the Aspen Institute is a nonprofit based in Washington DC and Aspen which focuses on fostering leadership and enduring values in our society. Annually, the Aspen Institute hosts the Aspen Ideas Festival at its Aspen campus.