“The dead of winter.” That’s what I remember hearing this time of year where I grew up outside of Philadelphia. It was such an ominous expression that matched the bleak and cold surroundings. Even the names of the months of February and March are associated in my mind with a steel-grey and brown color palette. It seemed to settle into me like a virus, which might today be something akin to seasonal affective disorder, but fortunately for me it was just a mild melancholy feeling that I knew would pass as the days grew longer and spring came closer. And then, of course, we would have the occasional snow day that sent my spirits soaring!
As I reflect on my childhood memories of winter and contrast them with my adult experience with our winters over the past 15 years in Aspen, I marvel at how dramatically different they are. I associate winter in Aspen with a dramatic blue and white color palette, the warmth of sunshine, and the soft stillness of snowfall. That’s not to mention the happy and sun-kissed faces with goggle outlines that have replaced the sullenness of people going about their daily winter lives back home. I would describe the mood in Aspen this time of year as “winter life!”
Our valley’s love affair with skiing, boarding and winter sports is on full display this season with abundant powder and high spirits all around. Wintersköl, Gay Ski Week and the Winter X Games are among the familiar and popular activities that have signified winter is here. Aspen and Snowmass are buzzing with visitors enjoying our mountain town, and our local businesses are prospering. These are all part of our unique and world-class winter life.
As with all sports and recreation, and particularly when gravity is involved, there are some among us who will inevitably experience the unfortunate consequences of injuries and trauma. It just goes with the territory. Aspen Valley Hospital stands at the ready to assist our community and our guests when troubles befall them, and we are proud to provide extraordinary orthopaedic and trauma services that are unmatched and essential to our way of life. A healthy heart is also an essential part of an active lifestyle during all seasons of the year and our lives. In this issue, we provide some tips for maintaining your healthy heart, in concert with the American Heart Association’s Heart Health Month during February.
It is our privilege to serve our community and our patients, and we welcome the opportunity to do so. We are thankful for your confidence in us, and for our community’s unwavering support of AVH and our physicians and staff for over 130 years. Aspen Valley Hospital is proud to be an important part of your winter life!