APR Local News

11:05am

Tue January 28, 2014
Skiing

Safety Efforts Ramp Up At Ski Area Terrain Parks

Orange ovals mark the entrance to "Large" terrain park features at Snowmass. These jumps and rails are meant for advanced skiers and riders.
Marci Krivonen

After seeing the tricks, flips and crashes at last week’s Winter X Games, it’s hard to understand why someone would take such risks. And yet, terrain parks with similar, but smaller features are ubiquitous at ski areas around the country. Education around how to be safe in these parks is growing. And, as Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the efforts are also meant to draw more people to snowboarding, which has seen a drop in popularity on the slopes.

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5:00am

Tue January 28, 2014
APR Local News

Avalanche Forecaster: Making Good Choices… Or Getting Lucky?

Screenshot of the Aspen backcountry avalanche forecast.
Courtesy CAIC

The Aspen area has a high rate of avalanche accidents. And this winter there’s a new avalanche forecaster to help bring those down. Blase Reardon is with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, and gave a talk last night. That was at the Limelight Hotel, and coordinated by the group Powder for the People. 

 

Editor's note: below is a transcript of reporter Elise Thatcher's story.

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11:39pm

Mon January 27, 2014
APR Local News

City Council Creates New Commission On Keeping Young Residents

Aspen City Council often hears from local groups on issues about zoning or preservation. Now, leaders will also focus on the concerns of a specific age group: Aspenites under forty. Councilors approved the Next Generation Commission at a meeting on Monday, January 27th. The main idea is to figure out what issues are most important to residents between eighteen and forty… and how to best tackle them.

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9:17pm

Mon January 27, 2014
Road to Sochi

Road to Sochi: Aspen's Torin Yater-Wallace Preps for Olympic Games

Aspen's Torin Yater Wallace found out this month he's heading to Sochi for the Winter Olympics.
Credit ESPN

Aspen athlete Torin Yater-Wallace is heading to the Olympics next month and, he’ll be ushering in a new discipline: Ski Halfpipe. The 18-year-old has been a standout ever since he began training with the local ski club in grade school. This season, he’s coming back from injuries suffered early in the season but, he says he’s feeling confident about the Olympic Games. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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10:19am

Mon January 27, 2014
APR Local News

Pitkin County Explores Building More Trails in the Upper Valley

Pitkin County wants input from trail users like equestrians on the possibility of developing more trails in the Upper Valley.
Credit Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Pitkin County is leading an effort to explore the development of new trails in the Upper Valley. At issue is whether new trails are needed for users like mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians. The effort is also meant to stop illegal trails from being built.

The County is focusing on a 125,000 acre swath of public land that covers areas from Woody Creek to Independence Pass, and acreage in between.

Gary Tennenbaum with Pitkin County Open Space and Trails said the Upper Roaring Fork Trails Plan will guide trail planning for the next 10 to 20 years.

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