Aspen Peak - - Contents - BY TESS WEAVER STROKES

Three of Aspen’s win­ter­time all-stars talk sum­mer sports.

No snow? No prob­lem... For world-class skiers Wi­ley Maple and Colter Hinch­liffe and snow­boarder Jordie Kar­lin­ski, all of whom grew up in the Roar­ing Fork Val­ley, work and play con­tinue in the Elk Moun­tains long after they go green.


A for­mer com­pet­i­tive freestyle snow­boarder, the 27-year-old Snow­mass lo­cal will run her first marathon this sum­mer—the Aspen Back­coun­try Marathon (Au­gust 12; as­pen­back­coun­try­ —on the same high-coun­try trails where she rides in win­ter. While she trains by trail run­ning in the Ma­roon Bell­sSnow­mass Wilder­ness, Kar­lin­ski also fly-fishes in the area’s many streams and lakes and spends many week­ends back­pack­ing. “With all three, I get to go off the beaten path and ex­plore parts of the wilder­ness I wouldn’t nor­mally see,” she says. “I love how you can dis­cover new routes to places you’ve al­ready been.”


After freeski­ing around the world all win­ter (and of­ten into the sum­mer), the 30-yearold ski-film star heads back to Aspen to bar­tend and work as a rock-climb­ing guide with Aspen Alpine Guides (aspen, de­vot­ing as much time as he can to climb­ing at crags up In­de­pen­dence Pass and around the val­ley. “There are ac­tu­ally a ton of climb­ing ar­eas and new zones that keep get­ting de­vel­oped,” says Hinch­liffe, who ap­pre­ci­ates the sport for both its phys­i­cal and men­tal ex­er­cise. “Whereas your pro­gres­sion might plateau in ski­ing or bik­ing, you can al­ways climb a harder route.” When he’s not climb­ing, he en­joys high-coun­try dirt bike rides, camping, cliff jump­ing, and the oc­ca­sional down­hill bike ride in Snow­mass Bike Park.


The 26-year-old ski racer spends most of the sum­mer train­ing at the US Ski and Snow­board As­so­ci­a­tion’s Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence in Park

City and on snow in Europe, Chile, and New Zealand to prep for the World Cup sea­son, but he gets to come home to Aspen in June to moun­tain bike (in ad­di­tion to bag­ging peaks and swim­ming in high alpine lakes). “You can get way up in the moun­tains in a rel­a­tively short time com­pared to hik­ing or trail run­ning,” says Maple. “And you get the thrill of the de­scent on the way down.” .


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