Voynick, Steve
November 2005
High Country News;11/14/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 21, p23
This article presents information about the winter season in Twin Lakes, a tiny village on Colorado Highway 82, at the eastern foot of the Continental Divide and Independence Pass. In the old times, winters in mountain cities meant something different than just catering to hordes of skiers. Mountain winters were a mandatory sabbatical from the rigorous schedules and obligations of summer because drifting snow restricted outdoor activities. But with today's technological innovations, winter in many of the mountain towns is nothing more than a cold-weather version of summer. However, there are still a few places where traditional mountain winters have not changed. One such place is Twin Lakes. In early November, the Independence Pass which connects Aspen and Colorado's Front Range cities, is closed by the order of the Colorado Department of Transportation for the next seven months. Twin Lakes has got a summer population of 150, a small general store, a post office, a restaurant and art gallery. The life in this place depends on summer traffic to and from Aspen.


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