Women, men, kids, dogs, and even one very prominent bear (okay, a person in a bear suit) gathered at Aspen's Gondola Plaza Saturday for the Women's Ski and March, organized by locals Kim Masters and Heather Stevenson.
In what was likely the only planned skiing protest in the US, the afternoon began with scores of demonstrators riding the gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain for an exuberant ski en masse back to the base, as onlookers cheered from the sides of trails and from Lift 3 overhead. The skiers were enthusiastically greeted by hundreds of others who had convened in the plaza in the meantime, bearing signs (some attached to ski poles), costumes, and lots of pink hats.
The group then marched peacefully down Durant Street, turning on Galena to reach the Cooper Avenue pedestrian mall and continuing to Wagner Park. After many photos, some chanting, and hugs of solidarity, the demonstrators gradually dispersed as snowflakes began fluttering down from the sky.