As much as we miss all of our Fallen Friends, the too many skiers and snowboarders who we have lost throughout the years, it really felt as though their presence was with us today as we hooted and hollered our way through the beautiful powder on Aspen Highlands.
You want extreme? Weve got it here in Aspen but it does not begin, nor does it end, with the 10thanniversary of the Winter X Games taking place here, January 27-30th.
When you live close to nature, chances are that youre going to get out in it, some more than others, such as revered local celebrities Neil Beidleman and Chris Davenport. Neil has done firsts on Denali and climbed on K2, Makalu and Everest and Chris has skied all 54 of Colorados 14,000-foot peaks within one year.
It’s a work in progress, eliminating my fears, and as Chanukah passes and Christmas gets ready to pounce, my unwanted emotions resurface. I feel as lit up as our Sardy House tree, the country’s largest live Christmas tree, only my light is ready to implode. “You need to get on the slopes,” my friends urge, knowing that skiing is the one place where I am free from all anxiety.