ASPEN, Colorado

As members of our crew hopped connections to Euro X or their latest film project, we grabbed our gear and headed to Aspen, Colorado for a week of ski testing with Freeskier Magazine. With a reputation for high fashion, expensive restaurants, and all the glitz and glam of Saks Fifth Ave; few people see the other side of Aspen. For every fur coat and diamond studded iPhone, there’s a die-hard skier that lives 4 deep in a one bedroom condo with his buddies from Ohio. There’s a dude making burritos, tending bar, or working grooming from 4pm – midnight to make ends meet. They serve your coffee, tune your skis, and do anything in their power to wake up on a bluebird day and shred one of 4 mountains in the area. Regardless of their role in Aspen, they continue to live and thrive in a rad community and we can’t say enough good about their town and the mountains around them.

Enjoy hiking for your turns? Take a walk up highlands bowl. image_23

Affectionately known as “the couch” this chairlift on Ajax is slow, big, and comfortable. Need to take a business call or hit on the girl you met at the bar? Spin a lap on the couch for some peace and quiet. 
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If every ski area had a trail that started/ ended in the middle of town, the world would be a better place. 
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If there’s no fresh pow, at least there’s fresh corduroy to shred. 
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The trees at Highlands. 
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Going up the lift with Greg Strokes (Oakley) and Jacob Wester. 
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Jacob atop Highlands Bowl on a socked in morning.  
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The view of the Maroon Bells (almost!) 
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Thanks to a couple enthused cat drivers, there are tons of lips, transitions, hips, and kickers all over Ajax, you just have to know where to find them! 
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