Peak: Seth Sachson and the Aspen Animal Shelter have done a stellar job of replacing the labradoodle as the designer dog of Aspen with the New Mexican rez dog. More puppies coming soon to an Aspen Saturday Market near you.
Valley: A coyote got a little too close to one of said rez dogs (mine) while on a run near Cozy Point last week making that Wily E. Coyote thing seem very real.
Peak: City of Aspen is extending free rides on the Downtowner shuttle into the winter and that means door-to-door service to the gondola in ski boots for everyone (who lives or works in the core). And yes, they will be heated.
Valley: When lightning shut down the gondola during the Astronomy Night at the Sundeck, it left hundreds (thousands?) of people sort-of stranded for an hour or so at 11,000 feet. To the guy in the blue coat and his wife with a fake ponytail, you guys cut the line and lied about it; you’re totally the people who jumped in the kids’ boat when the Titanic was sinking.
Peak: In the past week Miike Snow, Band of Horses and Lord Huron played Belly Up, reminding us all that we’re lucky to have one of the best music venues in the country in our backyard. And that the club receives large chunks of our paychecks.
Peaks and Valleys is a random, totally unscientific observation on the goings-on in Aspen. Send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org.