Hit the slopes with Steps Of Style blogger, Amy Dreyer, as she shows you her picks for staying warm while keeping it cool in Aspen.
Each year, the Roaring Fork Leadership (RFL) program adopts civic projects that strengthen communities all up and down the Roaring Fork Valley. RFL is sponsored by the Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership (RFCCL), and it provides more than 100 hours of training and dialogue designed to enhance personal, professional and community problem-solving and effectiveness. Over the past 28 years, RFL has trained more than 750 leaders; 80 percent of them live here in the Roaring Fork Valley.
It’s 8 a.m. Christmas morning. The thermometer hovers at four above. The black cattle are silvered with frost. Oblivious to the fact that it’s a holiday, they trail inquisitively along behind a green tractor carrying a 1,200-pound hay roll. The massive round bale is speared through like a spool of thread, and every few feet, the tractor shakes it, winnowing hay down onto the frozen earth. As it falls, the cows trot over to each new mound, sniffing, their breath steaming in the cold.
The Rocky Mountain Institute’s Innovation Center, a net-zero energy demonstration conference center located on Two Rivers Road in Basalt, continued to rack up awards all through 2016. Fast Company recognized the building with an Honorable Mention in their 2016 Design Innovation Awards. ZGF Architects, the Portland firm that designed the building, was named “Top Firm Overall in Sustainability 2016” by Architect Magazine. Engineering News Record recognized the building with awards for “Best Green Project” and “Safety Project of the Year.” American Institute of Architects (AIA) Portland honored the RMI Innovation Center, touted as “the most energy-efficient building in the coldest climate zone in North America” with its 2030 Challenge Award. (The 2030 challenge is an architectural goal that calls for all new buildings, developments, and renovations to be carbon-neutral by the year 2030.)
Sunlight Mountain Resort and United Companies recently sponsored their annual Skier Appreciation Day, a benefit for United Way Battlement to the Bells. The day included $20 ski tickets, a 1960’s theme, a hippie costume contest and a prize drawing that include specially-designed ski and snowboard equipment commemorating Sunlight’s 50th anniversary.
Most months, my editor’s letter explains how the articles we’ve picked relate to a theme, and this one is no exception. I’m going to tell you how my favorite local product, this magazine, came to be.
But let me start with a confession: when it came to selling “beat tags”, I was a waste of space.
“Beat tags” were little chunks of cardboard on string tags that were sold before high school football games. They bore catchy mottos like, “Go Kennedy High! Beat Lincoln!” My senior class asked me to sell 10¢ beat tags to help pay for a class trip.
The theme of this issue is “home grown”. That term makes many people automatically think of our locally grown produce; the valley is full of many quality growers.
When I think of “home grown”, I look at a bigger picture.
Wherever you’re standing, look down the road. Just glance at the businesses to the right or left. Most of what you are going to see are entrepreneurial businesses. These are places in which some enterprising person had an idea for a new product or service and decided there was a fit in our local economy for it.
In the bottom drawer of a dresser in my bedroom, I store some of the most precious items in my possession. This drawer holds a couple boxes of old faded photographs, a few mementos from the lives of my family members, some tattered birth announcements, wedding invitations, and funeral programs—nothing of any particular value beyond the sentimental. And yet, these are the items that come to mind when I think of what I would try to save first if I was at risk of losing everything I own.
After Steve Burns nimbly maneuvers the snowcat up a bank and to the side of the snowbound Sunlight-to-Powderhorn (SP) trail, half-a-dozen snowmobilers zip by. “I bet if you asked them who maintains this trail, they’d tell you it was the Forest Service,” he says.
Along Carbondale’s Main Street, the Marble Distilling Company (MDC) cranks out internationally award-winning spirits. They also crank out tons of an aromatic by-product.
“In the vodka distilling process you do a 500-gallon mash,” explains co-owner and Head Distiller Connie Baker. “It then goes into the strip still. From that, we pull off 125 gallons of low wines. That’s the start of the alcohol process. So that means there are 375 gallons of waste from every ferment.” Baker throws her hands up, eyes bugging out, and her voice rises. “That’s huge! The whole time we were getting ready to do this, we were thinking, what are we gonna do with our stillage?”
Katie Beiser holds up her right hand and points to the tip of her pinky. “This is the go-to map of Michigan, and this is where I was working before moving here.” Having spent time with Dr. John Kuck at Willits Veterinary during her fourth year of veterinary school during spring ski season, Dr. Beiser became hooked on our valley. Accordingly, Dr. Beiser recently joined Willits Veterinary. Since Michigan is arguably colder than Colorado, and since Dr. Beiser loves hiking and snowshoeing with her two rescue mutts, Roaring Fork Lifestyle recently asked her advice about dogs and winter sports.