The Aspen Historical Society’s Time Travel Tuesday series returns on Tuesday, Feb. 5, with a look at the journey of the Ute Indians, who are native to the Roaring Fork Valley but were forced out as westernization took hold.
The historical society celebrates its 50th birthday this year, and is planning a Time Travel Tuesday event each week through the end of March. The series will focus on the paths that have led many to Aspen.
The first event will discuss the Ute journey with representatives Roland McCook and Sklyer Lomahaftewa. McCook — who is related to Chipeta, the wife of famous Ute leader Chief Ouray — will addresses the Uncompahgre expedition to Utah; Lomahaftewa will share his story of returning to Aspen from the Ute reservation in northern Utah.
The winter schedule also includes: Feb. 12 — Spirituality in the Valley: Christian Roots; Feb. 19 — Spirituality in the Valley: Beyond Christianity; Feb. 26 — Mountain Melting Pot: Our Ethnic Roots; March 5 — Pitkin: A County Created Out of Thin Air; March 12 — Citizens’ Hospital to AVH: Public to Nonprofit; March 19 — Fire or Emergency: Get the 411 on 911; March 26 — Walking the Straight and Narrow: Law Enforcement in our Valley.
All Time Travel Tuesdays will take place at the Aspen Community Church (200 E. Bleeker St.) at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $8, and free for Lixiviator members.
A backcountry ski shop in Carbondale is hosting an avalanche awareness talk on Tuesday, where a local expert will give a presentation on the area’s snowpack.
The talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Cripple Creek Backcountry, which opened in November in the La Fontana Plaza.
Brian McCall, the valley’s local Colorado Avalanche Information Center forecaster, will host the talk, which will encompass a brief review of avalanche awareness and safety, in addition to an overview of the local snowpack this winter. Topics to be discussed include: planning and preparing for backcountry travel, recognizing avalanche terrain, decision-making and group dynamics in the backcountry and basic search and rescue with beacons, shovels and probes. The talk will be followed by an open-forum discussion.
It’s no secret that the Colorado Rockies have some of the most volatile snowpack in the country. According to the CAIC, avalanche-related deaths have steadily risen since the 1950s when data collection began, and in the winter 2011-2012 season, seven people in Colorado were killed in avalanches. Two deaths have been reported thus far in the 2012-2013 season; both have occurred in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Cripple Creek owners Randy Young and Doug Stenclik said they believe talks like Tuesday’s are critical to maintaining awareness and raising backcountry safety standards. People interested in going are asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org .