|It was a cold wintry night, deep in the heart of a stoic forest. A hushed world was
solemn in thought, as snow of pure white fell to the ground with the silence of a feather.
AND THEN THE PALOOZIANS ROLLED IN!
Colopalooza 2006: Aspen "How's Your Aspen?"
|Whenever we're in Denver for the Palooza, this
Wendy's off of I-70 is a must stop. Yummy!!
|And whenever we're anywhere for the Palooza, this look on
Al's face is also a must stop...usually preceded by glazed eyes.
|By the time we arrived in Aspen, the sun was already setting
on the site of the Winter X-Games on Buttermilk Mountain.
|The first night of Palooza usually brings out the fool in our
boy, Milo. Here he is ordering something nasty from a cart.
|And here he is laughing like
a jackal back in the condo,
trapped between his bed, the
wall and insanity. At least
he kept his junk concealed
(which I only wish we could
also say about Sean).
|The second day of Palooza 2006 was filled the excitement of
being ready to hit the mountain for that first run of the year.
|Here's Clemmie getting prepared for three straight days of
monster skiing on the many cool resorts in the Aspen area.
|They don't call it "Aspen" cuz it's filled with
pine trees, ladies. A nice shot by Uncle Seanie.
|But there are lots of pine trees too--which do a
nice job of blocking out the wind up there.
|Sean riding up the main gondola, with the town of Aspen in
the background. This lift goes about 4 miles up the mountain.
|Milo working some magic on his snowboard. Looks like he's
finally adopted Craig's magical arm-extension technique.
|Later that night, we rolled over to the X-Games to check out
the Super Pipe. Here's Gretchen Blieler maxing out on air.
|Needless to say, it was a tad chilly up there. Or perhaps some
of the wiring on Clem's crotch heater had malfunctioned.
|As sure as the sun will
eventually set each day, so
too will our hero eventually
partake in a little public
sleeping. Oddly enough,
again while talking to his
doting bride. Haven't we
seen this picture a couple
hundred times now?!?!
|While the boarders dragged their knuckles all day, the skiers
took a nice hike in the back country. Any Blue Men up there?
|The next day, we shifted the action over to
Snowmass, which has more snowboard runs.
|It's amazing how easy this pipe looks from these pictures.
Here's Craig winding his way toward a high-speed drop in.
|And after one attempted shot at glory, a complete wipe-out and a
crowd of laughing spectators. Clearly his ass is just way too big.
|Apres ski on day three took us to Bentley's, one of dozens of
cool old bars in Aspen. Nothing beats a pint after a day riding.
|Dean, in what is officially his final "long-hair" pic, is captured
under the Bud neon in a fitting tribute to his love of beer.
|Everclear rocked from a stage at the base of Aspen mountain,
while the Paloozians planned the rest of their evening.
|Back to the X-Games that night, where we watched the big boys
grab just insane amounts of air in the super pipe.
|While the boarders went snowmobiling, the skiers did some
extreme back bowl skin. Here's the view from their snow cat.
|From the snow cat ride, they hiked for a mile
to get to what seemed like the top of the world.
|It's always re-assuring when you see a sign with a skull and
crossbones reminding you that you're making a bad decision.
|Here's the snowmobiling trail from Craig's rig. That's Milo up
in front as we made our way up into the heart of the mountain.
|Lunch that day was awesome--fresh grilled
cheeseburgers always hit the spot in ski country.
|And nothing beats a nice hot cup of joe on a
cold, snowy day. Just like the old days, baby.
|The trip back to Denver for the flight home included a
mandatory stop at Beau Jo's, home to the world's best pizza.
|And a quick stop at the outlet mall for Milo is always in order. An
Anne Klein dress secured and another great Palooza in the books.