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Ann Driggers
This local adventurer—who ski tours, bikes, and skates on lakes when not overseeing Pitkin County’s finances—posts breathtaking photos to her growing Instagram feed, sharing her passion for the natural world and all its magic and inspiring us to get outdoors a little more.

 

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Bridger Gile
The Aspen native, who skied in a pair of Warren Miller films, was a two-time national NASTAR champ, and foreran the X Games superpipe—all by the ripe old age of 7—is now a U.S. Ski Teamer, with his sights set on the upcoming Olympics in Beijing.

 

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Rita Hunter
A February induction into the Aspen Hall of Fame will honor the doyenne of Aspen Community Theatre, who made sure the show went on for countless local actors, musicians, and stagehands from 1980 through 2019, when she took a step back due to illness.

 

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Doug Stenclik
Since cofounding (with Randy Young) Carbondale’s Cripple Creek Backcountry in 2011, the first U.S. ski shop to focus on uphill gear, this local guru of alpine touring has opened five other stores (including the newest in Seattle) organizes skimo races, and publishes the website WildSnow.com.

 

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Clint Smith
In addition to the best-selling How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, the Atlantic staff writer, who appears at Winter Words on March 15, pens critically acclaimed poetry and essays and teaches writing at a Washington, D.C., prison.

 

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Yola
After canceling her Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day appearance last fall (Covid), the buzzed-about British singer-songwriter will bring her eclectic stew of soul, pop, country, and more to the Belly Up on April 1 in support of her new album, Stand for Myself.

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