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‘Outside in Aspen’ debuts this weekend

Aspen Times staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Let the adventure begin.

Aspen has long been considered a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts of all molds – providing everything from challenging whitewater and first-rate fishing to rock-strewn hiking and biking trails. That reputation will be solidified after this weekend, when “Outside in Aspen” debuts here.

The event, born from a collaboration of Outside Magazine and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, will bring athletes of all ilks together for three days of physical activity and festivities.

The event kicks off with a welcome party Friday night at the Sky Hotel.

“Aspen is such an outdoor oriented community, it makes perfect sense to host an Outside event here,” said Chris Davenport, an acclaimed big-mountain skier and valley resident. “Outside in Aspen is not only great for the participants, but also for the professional athletes who always love coming to Aspen.”

The professionals who flock here this weekend will provide participants with one-of-a-kind adventures. Former Olympic gold medalist Tyler Hamilton will lead bikers on a ride up Independence Pass. U.S. Mountain Running Team member Ricky Gates, an Aspen High grad, is slated to host trail running/hiking clinics Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday, Davenport and Hamilton will take part in an athlete panel discussion alongside three other distinguished athletes: Melissa Arnot, the first woman to summit Everest three times, extreme kayaker Jesse Coombs and Everest guide Jake Norton.

“Outside is delighted to have this opportunity to bring the pages of the magazine to life in the spectacular setting for human-powered activities that Aspen provides,” said Christine Salem, Outside’s specialty publishing director.

Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for half-day sessions Saturday and Sunday in activities ranging from kayaking, rafting, stand-up paddle boarding and fly fishing to road and mountain biking and rock climbing.

There will also be product demos and giveaways at Aspen Mountain’s gondola plaza throughout the weekend.

“A partnership between Aspen and Outside magazine was intuitive,” said Julia Theisen, vice president of sales and marketing for the Aspen Chamber Resort Association. “With Aspen’s natural assets and Outside’s engaged and adventurous audience, we’re framing this weekend to attract athletes of all levels who are looking to either hone skills or try something new. Our hope is that this becomes an annual weekend of adventure and camaraderie.”

Outside in Aspen adventure passports – which include access to Friday’s party, a half-day activity and pool party at the Hotel Jerome on Saturday, and a half-day activity and ticket to the panel discussion Sunday – are being offered for $200. Interested participants can also purchase a one-day pass for $100.

Two-night lodging packages are available through Stay Aspen Snowmass, and start at $99 per person based on double occupancy.

Visit http://www.outsideinaspen.com for more information.

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