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Aspen Skiing boss Mike Kaplan says he’ll end his run after 30 years

Aspen Skiing Co. President and CEO Mike Kaplan stunned employees Wednesday night with announcement of his retirement one year from now, in April 2023. Kaplan made the announcement at a party celebrating the long service of several employees.  “There were a few hands over mouths and sad reflections,” said one Skico employee who was in […]

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Aspen Skiing Co. can charge skiers an uphill access fee, Forest Service rules in decision that could have ripple effects

By Scott Condon, The Aspen Times Aspen Skiing Co. acted within its rights as a special use permit holder on national forest to implement a new fee for uphillers, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Roger Poirier, recreation staff officer for the White River National Forest, said ski area operators are required to file an […]

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YouTubers build replica of “Dumb and Dumber” mini-bike, retrace ride from Nebraska to a little place called Aspen

By Andrew Travers, The Aspen Times Like most people who saw “Dumb and Dumber” when they were kids, Zach Courts and Ari Henning have re-watched it countless times and can rattle off quotes and whole scenes of dialogue. Unlike most people, these grown men and professional motorheads now have a YouTube channel and a budget […]

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A “once in a lifetime” bond: Aspen mourns the death of Zoot the avalanche rescue dog

By Kaya Williams, The Aspen Times Aspen lost a beloved mountain figure this week in longtime avalanche rescue dog Zoot, an 11-year-old Airedale terrier. He died Monday after a month-long battle with cancer, according to owner and Aspen Mountain ski patroller Brad Benson. In the days after, countless members of the local mountain community have […]