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Aspen Mountain, the mothership, rises above Aspen and anchors the town as an alpine skiing village. It was the first mountain developed, putting Aspen on the map as a ski resort, and perhaps the most notorious of Colorado ski resorts. Commonly referred to as Ajax, Aspen Mountain does not have any green circle or beginner runs. The Silver Queen Gondola is a 15 to 20-minute ride from the Gondola Plaza (located on Durant Street) to the top of the mountain at 11,212 feet. More experienced skiers on Aspen Mountain may have the luck to come across one of the famed shrines hidden in the trees throughout the mountain, or enjoy the “Dumps”, double black, gladed Mine Dumps located on the skiers right of the mountain. Ruthie’s Run is another famous ski run located on Aspen Mountain and provides sweeping vistas of the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Restaurants on the mountain include the Sundeck, located at the peak, or Bonnie’s which is located at the base of intermediate run, North American. Ajax Tavern and Schlomo’s are fun dining options at the base of the mountain.

Historical Highlights - Courtesy Aspen Historical Society

  • The first ski race was held on Aspen Mountain in 1937, it was hosted by The Roaring Fork Winter Sports Club, which was later renamed Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club.
  • The 10th Mountain Division trained around Aspen, Hunter Creek and Ashcroft during World War II which brought the discovery of Aspen as a potential ski town.
  • Friedl Pfeifer started the first ski school on Aspen mountain in December of 1945 and Lift #1 was dedicated as the World’s Longest Chairlift in 1947. 
  • The Silver Queen Gondola began operating in January 1987 and the cabins were replaced July 1, 2006. 
  • Snowboarding was allowed on Aspen Mountain April 1, 2001, which was the last of the four Aspen Skiing Company Mountains to allow the sport. Spring Jam, the annual spring festival, is held in celebration of this event. 


In the Know

  • First tracks, the first run of the day with Aspen Skiing company staff, is offered daily for free, but reservations are required, and space is limited. Skiers and Riders need to be a ta Level 7 or above. Call 970-920-0755 the day before for reservations and meet at the gondola at 8am. 
  • Ambassador tours are free and offered daily at 10:30am and 1:30pm. Tours leave from the Guest Services Center at the top of the mountain. 
  • Aspen Center for Environmental Studies offers show shoe tours every day at 10am and 1pm from the top of the Gondola. Tickets are available for purchase at any lift ticket office and prices are $65/adults, and $45 Youth (7-17) and Seniors (over 65).
  • Aspen Mountain History Ski Tour are offered at 11am and 1pm on Fridays only (12/1-4/6). The tour originates at the top of the mountain, at the Guest Services Cabin below the Gondola. 
  • Aspen Mountain Uphill Policy mandates that you must be at the top of the mountain by 9am or you must turn around. 

 

 

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4th of July Parade Waiver

2018 ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED 

IMPORTANT PARADE INFORMATION

PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  

PARADE REMINDERS:  

  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.

 

The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort

Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT

                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other

liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.

WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July

parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.

      Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their

officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all

liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the

undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless

such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.

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