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On the Rink

Updated: January 21, 2010, 1:39 PM ET
By Tim Mutrie

Per local custom, Aspen Mountain (and Snowmass) opened for the season on Thanksgiving Day and this brought out all the crusties, gapers and youngstahs in one singular, smiling gondola-riding force to edge in before Turkey time. Plus, there was top-to-bottom skiing to be had.

From the east side of the mountain you could almost make out the horrible sounds of edges fighting across blue ice—the top World Cup women racers training over on the west side. Apart from horrible, this noise is ...

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