As we enter into the heart of winter, some of us find that cooking a pot of chili is a great way to warm us up on those cold days. For many of us, chili has been the staple for our noon lunch break when we are out hitting the slopes.
But there is someone out there who associates skiing with a similar word, Chile, as in the country in South America. Skier and adventurer Donny Roth has spent the last nine years down there examining the possibilities of back country skiing and will be presenting a program called Exploring the Cordillera of Chile at the American Mountaineering Center here in Golden.
Now, if you are a skier or shredder, you know how much you look forward to making the first descent of the day in fresh powder, but imagine what it would be like to make the first descent ever down a mountain, and then do that again and again on different mountains every day for a week! Well, that’s what Roth and two of his friends did last winter.
Now keep in mind that being south of the equator, Chile’s seasons are the reverse of ours, so while you were lounging around the pool, these guys were cutting fresh tracks on mountains that probably have never had a human foot set on them during the South American winter. The Cordillera is pretty remote and few people venture there once the snow starts falling. It’s the kind of place that has wild condors flying overhead and spectacular sunsets.
So, if this sounds like an endless winter kind of dream and you would be interested in what the future of backcountry skiing in South America holds, then don’t miss Exploring the Cordillera of Chile.
The program starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. Tickets are $10 and the proceeds go toward supporting the Colorado Mountain Club’s Youth Education Program.
The American Mountaineering center is at 710 10th St., which is on the corner of 10th and Washington Avenue in Golden. For more information contact Kristen D’Epagnier by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-996-2769. Tickets can also be ordered at www.cmc.org.
You might want to call first before bringing along your own llama or alpaca.
Miner’s Alley Playhouse has started it’s 2013 season, and has a terrific comedy running until Feb. 17. It’s called “Mrs. Mannerly” and is based on playwright Jeffery Hatcher’s experiences as a 10-year-old boy studying manners taught by a tyrannical teacher. Hatcher narrates the story and it promises an evening of laughs and rich entertainment.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $19 and $29.50 with senior, student and group rates available.
Miner’s Alley Playhouse is at 1224 Washington Ave. in Golden. That’s upstairs in the old Foss Building.
For more information and to order tickets, go to www.minersalley.com or give them a call at 303-935-3044.
Now, if you call them remember, don’t talk with your mouth full, it’s bad manners.
John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production.