Apr 302011
ASPEN: Gretchen Bleiler

Gretchen Bleiler (born April 10, 1981 in Toledo, Ohio) is an American professional halfpipe snowboarder. She currently resides in Aspen, Colorado and is married to Chris Hotell. Career Bleiler aspired to compete in the Winter X Games from a very young age, and found her passion in snowboarding at age 11 (1992).  She has been riding ever since and became professional in 1996. Among her accomplishments, she jump-started the invert revolution for female riders as the first to land a Crippler 540 in competition, and won more halfpipe competitions in 2003, 2005 and 2006 than any other female snowboarder. In the pre-Olympic season she won four of the five US Olympic halfpipe qualifiers and is also a four-time X Games gold medalist, most recently winning the superpipe at Winter X Games XIV. In 2003, she was a U.S. snowboard Grand Prix champion, a U.S. Open of snowboarding champion, and a […]

Apr 272011
VIDEO: The Love Letter

The message is simple. Every once in a while it’s good to leave the monotony of your everyday life and go on an adventure, especially if it’s with someone you love.

Apr 242011
Resort Towns Struggle With Affordable Housing

Vail — Officials in Vail and the surrounding valley don’t have to look hard to find other communities struggling to offer affordable housing. Aspen, Steamboat Springs, Telluride and Summit County all have affordable housing deficiencies and are trying a variety of ways to provide more homes and rentals that people who work in the communities can afford. “The problem takes on a different flavor depending on where it is,” said Shirley Greve, executive director of the San Miguel Regional Housing Authority, which includes the town of Telluride. “I think as other resort regions come along, you try to learn from them.” Affordable housing in Telluride has been a growing problem for years, Greve said. The town’s ski resort and summer festivals have attracted more and more visitors to the town, and a lot of them decided they wanted to stay, Greve said. “That combination has definitely created more of a […]

Apr 242011
Do You Engage In Negative Self-Talk?

Last week I had a conversation with a friend who was disappointed in herself for not achieving a goal that she intended to accomplish. As I listened to her talk about what she could have done differently, I was amazed at how hard she was on herself.  Really hard.  Isn’t it strange how we actually think that berating ourselves will somehow make a positive difference?  On the contrary, this negative habit usually keeps us stuck and unhappy.  Negative self-talk is always a roadblock on the path to success. To gain a bit of perspective, imagine saying the following to a teenager who was attempting to fulfill an important goal: You don’t have what it takes. You’ll never get it right.  Lower your expectations.  You’re not good enough. It’s already been done.  Don’t bother. You should have accomplished this goal by now.   How often do you say these kinds of things […]

Apr 242011
Create a Balance Between Dreams and Habits

Excerpt from Being In Balance by Dr. Wayne W Dyer One of the huge imbalances in life is the disparity between your daily existence, with its routines and habits, and the dream you have deep within yourself of some extraordinarily satisfying way of living.  Buried within you is an unlimited capacity for creation, a waking angel that’s anxious to plant seedlings to fulfill your dreams and your destiny. You need to tend to that burning fire, the dream within you, if living a balanced life is important. How This Imbalance Shows Up in Your Life This absence of balance between dreams and habits may be very subtle. It doesn’t necessarily reveal itself in the obvious symptoms of heartburn, depression, illness, or anxiety—it’s more often something that feels like an unwelcome companion by your side, which continually whispers to you that you’re ignoring something. There’s some often-unidentifiable task or experience that you […]

Apr 242011
Go With Your Gut

That little voice inside means business. Gut feelings are a superb guiding force. They tell us the best routes to take in every aspect of our lives. We’ve probably all had instances where we regretted ignoring a gut feeling about a job or a relationship. Conversely, we’ve probably obeyed an illogical intuitive impulse—and were very glad that we did. Intuition in the form of gut feelings also tells you when to make changes in your life. Your gut may urge you to return to college, read a particular book, change careers, leave a relationship, call a certain person, or take up a new hobby. When I was fat and depressed, I felt I wasn’t making a contribution to the world. My gut directed me to take psychology classes and to write books and magazine articles about my life’s ups and downs. My intuition’s directives initially intimidated me, and I would […]

Apr 232011
Planning Your Weekend At The Aspen Food & Wine Classic

Enticed by all things food and wine? Then join some of the world’s most recognized culinary luminaries and wine impresarios for a three-day weekend of food, wine, and fun at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.  There are food events and then there is the food event: an annual gathering of preeminent wine gurus and culinary luminaries in the Colorado Rockies known as the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Sounds fancy, yes. Maybe that’s because the all-star event is hosted in an exclusive winter playground for the rich and famous. But this year you might find access a bit easier, thanks to lower ticket prices. In previous years, visitors had to purchase a full-weekend pass that topped $1,100. Tickets for this year’s Classic events — held June 17-19 — will be sold à la carte. That means day-trippers can score individual tickets to insider events like the Grand […]