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Aspen Skating Club members, from left, Gemma Baker, Edie Creamer, Lelia Baker and Mackenzie Klindworth practice this week for their spring show performances on Saturday.

The cast of the Aspen Skating Club’s annual show this Saturday may include dozens and feature a performer who earned a bronze medal in the 2018 Winter Olympics, but it’s the number with a handful of fathers that will likely be the show stopper.

“The girls love having their dads skate,” said Aspen Skating Club’s head coach Teri Hooper, about a beloved local tradition that started three years ago and which typically elicits a mixture of awe and laughter.

The number is included in “Jungle Safari on Ice,” the club’s annual spring show that will be performed twice on March 9, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., at the Aspen Recreation Center. Tickets are available, or at the door, and run $20 for general admission seats. Kids aged 5-17 pay $15 and those 4 years and under are free. Seats on the ice cost $40.

As its name would suggest, the show’s theme this year focuses on stories that take place in the jungle.

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Mirai Nagasu, a 2018 Olympic medalist, is one of the guest performers at Saturday’s “Jungle Safari on Ice.”

“We are using music from movies like ‘Tarzan,’ ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Madagascar’ and ‘Jungle Book,’” Hooper said.

In addition to about 60 locals, aged 3 to adult, “Jungle Safari on Ice” features two-time national champion and Olympic medalist Mirai Nagasu, junior world medalist Alex Johnson and Paul Wylie, who earned a silver medal in Albertville, France, in 1992. Wylie will also act as the show’s master of ceremonies, according to Hooper.

Among the local skaters who will be showcased are Mary Tarver Reid, a graduating Aspen High School senior, and national solo dance competitor Belle Kowar.

This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Aspen Skating Club, which  now includes about 80 members, according to Hooper. “It keeps growing,” she said.

There will also be a silent auction where bids can be taken during the shows and online at

Madeleine Osberger is a Contributing Editor for Aspen Daily News. She can be reached at or on Twitter @Madski99