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From Aspen Words Literary Prize Winner Mohsin Hamid to Sunlight's Mini-Mayor Colby Rogers, Our Fantasy Guest List

Here's whom we'd invite if we could entertain this season's most interesting visitors, locals, and newsmakers.

By Cindy Hirschfeld Illustrations by Matty Newton June 4, 2018


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Sunlight Mountain Re­sort’s 5-year-old mini-mayor raised $500 for Make-A-Wish Colorado by decreeing that spa­ghetti be added to the Sunday menu at the Glenwood Springs ski area, with 10 percent of proceeds going to the nonprofit that aids critically ill kids.


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As founder and manag­ing director of the new nonprofit Roaring Fork Cy­cling, this biking advocate aims to empower youth through free after-school clinics and low-cost sum­mer programs that convey the joy and freedom of two-wheeling.


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The winner of Aspen Words’ first-ever $35,000 Literary Prize, for his 2017 novel, Exit West, combines the real and the surreal in his psychologi­cal exploration of a young couple who flee a war-torn country in search of safer, better lives.


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For the research and technology her Bridging Bionics Foundation develops to help injured people regain move­ment, the Basalt-based mobility pioneer—herself paralyzed in a 1992 ski accident—was named a 2018 CNN Hero and featured on


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After 45 years with the Aspen Skiing Company, the onetime Buttermilk ski instructor—who rose through the ranks to di­rect ski schools, oversee food and beverage ops, and, most recently, man­age Aspen Mountain—stepped down this spring from what he called the best job in the world.

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For the past four years, this 18-year-old with cystic fibrosis has collaborated with local artists to produce her line of Lilybart greeting cards, which raise awareness of the life-threatening disorder and are now sold in some 90 stores nationwide.

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