Aspen Snowmass - Lindsy Fortier
In honor of International Women’s Day, Sunday, Mar. 8, Aspen Snowmass is scheduled to host an afternoon of happenings that both celebrate the worldwide event, but also bring to light how far we still have to go until we achieve gender parity.
The event will kick-off at the top of Aspen Mountain at 1:15 p.m. with a ski parade down the mountain that will follow the ski trails Silver Bell to Spar Gulch to Little Nell and end at the base.
Following the ski parade, a panel discussion will take place in Chair 9, The Little Nell’s après-ski bar, from 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. about gender disparity in the ski industry, what we need to do to continue to push towards equality and why this all matters. The panel will consist of Melanie Mills, president and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA, Kelly Pawlak, CEO of the National Ski Area Association, Meegan Moszynski, executive director of National Ski Patrol and Katie Ertl, senior vice president of mountain operations for Aspen Skiing Company. Mike Kaplan, president and CEO of Aspen Skiing Company, will moderate the panel.
After the panel, an après party and gallery showing/silent auction will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Chair 9. Photography pieces, curated by Madeline Dunn with Aspen Art Curation, from four female photographers, Ann Driggers, Anna Stonehouse, Tamara Susa and Jordan Curet, will be on display for attendees to bid on. All proceeds from the silent auction will go to Response, a local organization that works to end domestic violence and sexual abuse as well as support survivors in achieving safety and empowerment, through Aspen Skiing Company’s Caring for Community Fund. The après party will also feature a specialty Casamigos margarita with proceeds going to Response.
“Gender equality is not just a women’s issue, it’s a human issue, and it will never be resolved unless we all work on it together. We invite everyone in the community to come out and celebrate the progress made to date, while acknowledging how far we still have to go,” says Rana Dershowitz, senior vice president of real estate and chief legal officer for Aspen Skiing Company. “We are excited to have such a great line-up of ski industry figures for the panel discussion and look forward to learning from the discussion about the progress made, and the continued challenges and opportunities the ski industry is working on to progress gender equality in the industry. We hope we all gain insights into what we can do to help and why it all matters.”
For more information about International Women’s Day, visit www.aspensnowmass.com/while-you-are-here/events/international-womens-day.