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Aspen Peak - - Contents - BY MURAT OZTASKIN

Run­ning, bik­ing, climb­ing, fish­ing: Aspen is al­ways on the move.

GET OUT OF TOWN!

ASPEN HELI CHAR­TER OPENS UP THE SOUTH­ERN ROCK­IES TO SUM­MER SPORTS EN­THU­SI­ASTS.

While more tra­di­tional ser­vices in­clude VIP transportation, sight­see­ing tours, and real es­tate sur­veys/show­ings, sum­mer­time is also sports time for Aspen Heli Char­ter’s Euro­copter EC130, which flies pri­vate fly-fish­ing, moun­tain bik­ing, raft­ing, and stand-up pad­dle-board­ing trips all over the state. Still, the most com­mon ad­ven­ture-re­lated transportation is for hik­ers, says chief pi­lot and char­ter op­er­a­tions man­ager Josh Thorne, de­scrib­ing the re­turn leg for those who hike from Aspen to Crested Butte: “We can fly them back over [to Aspen] in a beau­ti­ful, 25-minute tour over the Ma­roon Bells—in­stead of a four-and-a-half-hour drive.” In a more ex­treme mood? Try he­li­copter sky-div­ing, which Aspen Heli Char­ter co­or­di­nates with Roar­ing Fork Sky­divers. Got leisure on your mind? Take a chop­per to pri­vate land­ing sites for sum­mer pic­nics, or head to Red Rocks Amp­ithe­atre for a show, ar­riv­ing—and leav­ing—in ul­ti­mate style. 69 W. Air­port Road, 970-948-4354; as­pen­helichar­ter.com

Catch a ride: Aspen Heli Char­ter’s Euro­copter

EC130 he­li­copter de­liv­ers all man­ner of sum­mer ath­letes to

re­mote South­ern Colorado des­ti­na­tions for pri­vate fly-fish­ing, moun­tain bik­ing, and

raft­ing trips.

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