Michelle Obama in Aspen for ski vacation

by Carolyn Sackariason, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer
First lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, arrived in Aspen on Friday for a holiday weekend ski vacation.
 
“It’s her third time here,” said Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo of the first lady’s third consecutive trip to Aspen over the President’s Weekend holiday. “She likes it here.”

She and the girls are again staying at the home of Jim and Paula Crown, owners of the Aspen Skiing Co. The Obama family in the past two years have skied at Buttermilk, where the Crowns own a home. President Barack Obama on Friday was in California to address the state’s ongoing drought.

DiSalvo said he was notified three weeks ago of the first lady’s visit and said eight local law enforcement officers — comprised of sheriff’s deputies and Aspen police — have been added to security detail for the Obamas’ visit. They are scheduled to depart on Monday afternoon.

In 2011, the first lady and the girls spent the holiday at Vail and Beaver Creek. Ever since then, they have been repeat visitors to Aspen over President’s Weekend.

Michelle Obama also was in Aspen in July 2011 when she spoke at the Crown’s residence as part of a joint fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee and President Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign. In her 28-minute talk, the first lady thanked the Crowns of Chicago — whom she described as personal friends — for hosting the event. She spoke in front of 150 supporters, most of whom paid between $1,000 and $10,000 to attend.

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