It's still waaaaay pre season, but we had another HUGE POW DAY today. As expected, Aspen Spin gave everybody the day off once we exceeded 6". On Sunday, they they were calling it 8 to 10" up top, but measured by the Carmelo-meter it was 6" in town. Today---it was the real deal.
Today, we got about 5" overnight, followed by another 10" blast of the super soft stuff between 1.30 and 4 pm. It was snowing as hard as this ski bum has ever seen it. Is it skiable?--- you might ask---Damn Right it is--, but only if you're willing to hike for it. Just another Pow day at HQ. Nuff said for now. Look for our new look-----coming soon .
It's dumpin' in Aspen, and it appears to be sticking to the ground. While you're sipping your latte and reading the NY TImes, we're digging out. Aspen Spin is calling it a 6 incher----so we're taking the rest of the day off. The lifts aren't open yet so we'll just have to be satisfied with New England vs. Dallas.
Colorado's Arapaho Basin Ski area opened for riding on October 10, 2007. It's the earliest opening date in A-Basin's 61 year history. Once again, A-Basin goes on record in 2007 as the first ski resort in North America to open for the season. A-Spin correspondent, Polly Ross made it to the opener and sent us the picture shown below.
A-Basin is currently offering one run composed of 100% man made snow. We're taking a pass.
This Fall the weather in the Roaring Fork Valley has been spectacular. One beautiful sunny A-day after another. But today, we're packing up our road bikes and our hiking boots and we're breaking out our snow tires and Sorels.
There's big party news for locals and anyone else who happens to be in town. The Aspen Club and Spa is sponsoring ASPEN DAY. It's an open house and open party.
Check out their fitness offerings, and get a sweat with a sampler class. See what the Aspen club has to offer. Try out the new Garnish Cafewho is serving up FREEfood and drinks. Aspen Day is really 2 days, October 17 and 18, 2007, 2-6 p.m. Check www.AspenClub.com for more imformation.
The Meeting --a celebration of snow film and snow culture, took place in Aspen last weekend. If you want to get fired up to ski and ride---you'll show up next year for --The Meeting. It's 3 full days of the best ski and snowboard films going. More than 20 ski films were shown. Top filmmakers like Poor Boyz Productions, Teton Gravity Research (TGR), Absinthe Films and Tanner Hall all screened their newest offerings at the historic Wheeler Opera House. All the siiiiickest riders showed up to support their flix and to "keep it real" with their fans. The party scene was off the hiiiizeeee. If watching these extreme athletes huck the hugest cliffs, base jump out of choppers, pillow drop from obscenely high peaks and rip through the trees in the deepest pow you can imagine, isn't enough to get you going----then it time to take up gardening ----brah!!!
The entire event was sponsored by Aspen/Snowmass, and it kicked off with the 5th annual NEPSA Awards. Nepsa, Aspen spelled backwards is a snow movie making contest for amateur film-makers. The theme this year----- TRANSITION. Local teen sensations, the Stover Brothers Mark,19 and Paul, 16, took home the bacon, a $2000 cash prize. The Nepsa Awards was followed by a white-hot fashion show from D & E Sports and copius amounts of Red Bull and Vodka for those of legal drinking age.
Pictured above (L to R) D & E model in her skivvies. Pixel Mixel maven Jeremy Swanson shoots the fashion show. Tannner Hall and his lady---yes, we BELIEVE!! Retired ski intructor, Andy Party with film headliner Sage Cattabriga-Alosa. Local legend, semi-pro skier and amateur film maker Pat Sewell. Extreme skier and Warren Miller's leading man Chris Anthony got the Silver Medal at NEPSA. Film celeb Sammy Carlson and big mountain living legend Seth Morrison slow roasting at the Wheeler. All the amateur movie makers receiving their kudo's on the Wheeler stage. Aspen/Snowmass executives David Perry and Jeff Hanle embracing the 4th estate, Christine Benedditti of the Aspen Daily News.
We may live in a small mountain village--but we still get scoops. Here's 3 of 'em.
1) Bank of America (symbol BAC) is spending big bucks to try to export the culture of Aspen. Look for a new series of B of A commercials centered in Aspen for this winter. There are 100's of black t-shirt wearing, walkie talkie yakking , P.A. types in town. They all act like they are curing cancer until the catering truck shows up, and then it's a free for all.
2) LeBron James---the King ----is hosting the season premier of SNL this week. That's no scoop, but what is hot news is the skit they are prepping called "LeBrontourage". Let's hope A-Spin's pal Lorne Michaels gives that vinette the green light. The name alone cracks us up.
3) Big news for retired NHL players. There's work for them in Hollywood. A new hockey movie, working title, Love Guru is being shot with Justin Timberlake and Jessica Alba. Check the pic at left of former NHL all stars, brawler, Bob Probert and netminder, John Vanbiesbrouck (go Beezer!) flanking Mr. Sexy Back-- JT.
On the right, Probie's gettin ready to punch the lights out of "mini me" Verne Troyer.
Thanks to assignment editors R. Rogow and D. Probert for the behind the scenes shots.
When the calender strikes October, one thing comes to the forefront at Aspen Spin. That one thing ----- SKI CONDITIONING. Our entire staff is hitting it hard at the super-posh Aspen Club and Spa. Since the weather is still awesome we're continuing to hike and bike like bi-atchs. But, as of today it's www.AspenClub.com each and every day.
With the help of a wellness counselor at The Aspen Club we designed a daily fitness and nutrition routine that should allow all of us at Aspen Spin to have a healthier, more productive ski season. So here it is. Cardio--45 minutes. Core and strength exercises using the bosu ball, medicine ball and fitness ball and some light weights. What can we say--we like to ball. We're concentrating on balance and core specific exercises for skiing ---some of the same ones that Bode Miller does. The whole thing is followed by some serious stretching.
The most important part of our regime is our training table. The new in-house restaurant at The Aspen Club is called GARNISH---and it's da bomb!!! We met with executive chef Clark Church (see pic) and he is cookin' up healthy and nutritious food that actually tastes great and is fully satisfying. While the grub at GARNISH is not quite as comforting as a whole deep dish pizza (our normal repast), it's balanced, beneficial and totally scrumptious. Clark, who won the SOUPSKOL competition at WinterSkol last winter has us eating egg white frittata's with shrooms, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes every morning after our intense workout. MMMMM mmmm good.
Yeah, it's off season, but the locals are partying quite hard (see pic). We caught Sean Penn's latest directorial effort --- INTO the WILD---based on the Krakauer book of the same name at the Aspen Film Festival. INTENSE-- is an understatement.
Also, the annual Forstman Little Conference Conference hosted by "Teddy Bear" Forstman hit Aspen. Think tankers included Michael Dell, Michael Eisner, Jeff Bezos, Steven Forbes, Mort Zuckerman, Robert Kraft (Patriots owner), George Lucas, David Needleman (Jet Blue), Queen Noor and Colin Powell. Is every one in this town a billionaire?
So start your own ski conditioning ----and be ready to RIP. Ski season 2007/2008 is gonna be siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiick. Just in case you're wondering ---- that's 2 inches of fresh POW under Carmelo's paws at the top of Smuggler.
If you're a new reader you can check out last season's archives on your left.
Aspen Spin is gearing up for a siiiiiiiick Ski Season 2007/08. As you read this, our I.T. staff is wrenching up the newly designed site. You'll get the riveting original voice and the pix you've grown accustomed to as well as some new services. This season you'll be able to book a trip, reserve a spa treatment, check the weather,buy stuff, search for Aspen property, rent skis, hire a jet and see waaaaaaz up, in 2 clicks or less.
We'll be ready when the snow starts to fly in November. For now, you should start doing some squats.
Just because www.AspenSpin.com is in full off season mode, it doesn't mean we don't wanna ROCK.
Perry Farrell and his fully loaded Satellite Party hit town to play the Belly Up. Perry loves to party so he pulled up in his bus for a "poor peoples concert" at Ink!! Coffee in town. Both shows were stellar. If you don't know who Perry is---do a Wikipedia or something---this guy can bring it. And remember to book your trips to A-Town at 800-634-7753.