Aspen, January 26, 2001
Fifty-one years a group of bored Aspen locals held a weekend-long party to chase away the mid-January
doldrums. The party included a goofy parade, fireworks, and other festivities. Fifty-one years later,
the tradition continues.
Before the excitement of the parade had even begun to die down, Rally, Kara, and Gilbert joined us for
an evening's trip to the Tube Town sledding park up at Snowmass. Sadly, when we arrived we found
the park closed -- the chutes had turned to ice and were too dangerous. People had been catapulting
over the safety barriers at the bottom of the runs. Not good. A Tube Town employee had even broken
his wrist in one of those airborne trajectories.
But the guys who worked there thought that if we were insane enough to want to ride, they were
insane enough to let us. So with a Ski Patrol pal of Rally's taking part, the sliding began. . .
No bones were broken, everyone survived the sliding intact, and we returned to town to watch late
night fireworks launched from Aspen Mountain.
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