Aspen mayor proclaims it an 'epic day'

By Troy Hooper
OpinionReal AspenJanuary 10, 2011
Once again proving that Aspen is a city with its priorities straight, Mayor Mick Ireland took a moment out of his busy schedule to declare that today is truly “epic.”
Aspen Skiing Company spokeswoman Melissa Rhines slays the pow at Ajax this morning.
Jeremy Swanson

“I’m asking for locals and tourists alike to help celebrate our town and skiing/snowboarding by getting out on the slopes and enjoying one of the first true epic storms of 2011,” Aspen Mayor Mick Ireland said in a prepared statement.

“By proclaiming today ‘Aspen Epic Day,’ I hope it will encourage families, friends, employers and everyone to enable themselves and others to head to the slopes," he said.

This reporter did just that, starting the morning off in Snowmass where more than a foot of fresh snow graced the slopes with nary a track on several of the runs off of Sam's Knob and Campground. The biggest ski area in the Roaring Fork Valley did not disappoint and should have powder for days.

The epic day continued this afternoon at Aspen Mountain, where flocks of local ski vultures had chewed up most of Bell Mountain but there was still plenty of powder to be had in the Dumps. The glades on either side of S1 were particularly steep and deep, as were Walsh's and Kristi's.

The stars aligned just right in the Roaring Fork Valley over the last 48 hours.

First, a few inches fell Saturday night and early Sunday in Aspen and Sunlight reported a half a foot. About a foot more of fresh fell in Aspen and Snowmass on Sunday and early Monday morning, leaving the slopes white and fluffy. With the sun and blue skies hovering overhead, there were several hours of sheer awesomeness.

The sequence of events met the mayor's “epic” definition: A great storm followed by a blue bird day.

“These are the days we live for,” Ireland said in his prepared statement. “THIS is Aspen.”

Mayor Ireland plans to read an “Aspen Epic Day” proclamation at tonight's city council meeting.
While this was the first official epic day of 2011, the mayor promised there would be more. He encourages you to find out when by following him on Twitter — @MickTheMayor — or on Facebook.

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