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Methodist church presents Jesus Christ Superstar for Good Friday

Jonathan Gorst put on “Jesus Christ Superstar” for the Riviera Supper Club’s quarterly dinner theater because he wanted to do something that fit with Holy Week in the days preceding Easter, when Christians celebrate the passion, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Gorst’s show got a second act for Maundy Thursday and a third for Good Friday services at two Glenwood Springs churches.

“The show is really based on the last week of the life of Christ. It’s a very loose interpretation of it,” Gorst said.

All three nights of the dinner theater performance earlier this week were sold out. The evenings included seven songs from the musical paired with seven Middle Eastern, Hebrew and other dishes.

The biblical story of Christ’s Passion presented in a rock-opera musical may seem as strange a pairing now as it did when Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice wrote the show in the late 1960s.

“Andrew Lloyd Weber was in college when he wrote that show, dreaming of being a British rock star and writing some amazing musical theater,” Gorst said.

No one in the London stage scene would produce the show, but it was released as a concept album in 1970 and became an instant hit. It only took a year for the show to make a debut on Broadway.

The show is not scripture, but is a retelling of a story told in the gospels, with a twist: The production is told from the perspective of Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus to the authorities to be sentenced to death on the cross.

“Fifty years on, I don’t think we really appreciate what an edgy, and fresh, and, dare I say, radical perspective this work presents of our Lord, and of Holy Week,” Carol Lillie, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs, said.

Lillie remembers wearing out her first record of Jesus Christ Superstar when she was young.

SECOND ACT IN THE SANCTUARY

The idea for Scenes for Reflection: Jesus Christ Superstar, performed Friday at 6:30 p.m. at United Methodist Church, started last fall when several of the local Protestant churches met to think of ways to collaborate on music and other events.

In February, Gorst began discussing sharing the Riviera’s production to Holy Week services and Lillie began working on a program that incorporated two of the songs.

“For me, every time I approach either Christmas or Easter, I try to bring these stories that we think we know so well to mind, and have people consider the relevance in our modern lives. It’s a question of how your faith makes a difference in your life today,” Lillie said.

Arthur Williams, who assists the choirs at Glenwood Springs High school and Middle School and plays the eponymous lead role in the Riviera’s dinner theater production of Jesus Christ Superstar, will join Gorst’s piano accompaniment and Pontius Pilate for two critical scenes re-enacting the time leading to Jesus’ crucifixion.

Gorst and Williams also performed a selection of the musical as part of a Maundy Thursday service and meal at First Presbyterian Church in Glenwood Springs.

“We pretty much keep it the same as we did at the Riviera. The only difference is, we didn’t get the whole band. So there won’t be a guitar and drum set,” Gorst said.

“That’s probably not a bad thing for being in a sanctuary,” he added.

tphippen@postindependent.com

Roaring Fork area weekend planner, April 19

Dinner Theatre Spring Show

6 p.m. Friday and Saturday — The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue two-hour dinner theater show presents professional talent performing a variety of comedy skits, jokes, dance numbers, unique novelty songs and original comedic presentations.

Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, 915 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs | $16-$25

Theatre for Young Audiences: Bluenose

6:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday — TRTC’s Theatre for Young Audiences presents “Bluenose,” described as a “swashbuckling, comedic tale about culture clashes and cultural assumptions by Emil Sher.”

Thunder River Theatre Company, 67 Promenade, Carbondale | 970-963-8200 $10-$12

Live Music From Rodrigo

7 p.m. Friday and Saturday — Enjoy live music in the Polo Lounge at the historic Hotel Colorado. Rodrigo plays classic rock covers from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, blues, country, R&B, jazz, gypsy and Latin American, all in an acoustic concept.

Hotel Colorado, 526 Pine St., Glenwood Springs | Free

Lizards Live

9 p.m. Friday —Louie & the Lizards bring their rock with “zany lyrics and funky beat” to Rivers Restaurant.

Rivers Restaurant, 2525 S. Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs | Free

Glenwood Caverns Grand Opening Celebration

10 a.m. Saturday — Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park celebrates the grand opening of the new Glenwood Gondola.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road, Glenwood Springs | Free ceremony at base of the Glenwood Gondola (Gondola tickets are $19 for adults and $14 for kids)

Feeding Giants play heather’s

7 p.m. Saturday — Acoustic trio Feeding Giants, comprised of Kevin Ware on guitar and vocals, Aundrea Ware on vocals and Max Tustin on cajon, bring their “smooth sweet harmonies and acoustic melodies” to Heather’s Savory Pies.

Heather’s Savory Pies and Tapas Bar, 166 Midland Ave., Basalt | 970-927-0151 | Free

Theatre Aspen announces casts for 2019 summer season

Theatre Aspen has announced the complete casts for its summer 2019 productions of “Guys and Dolls,” “Little Shop of Horrors” and “God of Carnage,” along with a slate of special events for the season.

“One of the most distinctive things about Theatre Aspen is its ability to provide a home to so many artists, on and off-stage. In this packed and exciting 2019 season, we are delighted to be welcoming so many alumni back to the Hurst Theatre,” producing director Jed Bernstein said in the announcement.

The 2019 Theatre Aspen company of actors includes Travis Anderson (“Guys and Dolls:” Angie The Ox; “Little Shop of Horrors:” Wino #1/Puppeteer) Heather Botts (“Guys and Dolls:” Sarah Brown; Cabaret Series), Kevin Michael Buckley (“Guys and Dolls:” Calvin, Havana Waiter; Cabaret Series), Galyana Castillo (“Guys and Dolls:” General Cartwright; Little Shop of Horrors: Crystal), Christian Conn (“God of Carnage:”: Alan), Jon Cooper (“Guys and Dolls:” Benny Southstreet; Cabaret Series), Ray Demattis (“Guys and Dolls:” Arvide; Little Shop of Horrors: Mr. Mushnik), Robert Ellis (“Guys and Dolls:” Seldome Seen Kid; Cabaret Series), Rosharra Francis (“Guys and Dolls:” Hot Box Girl; Little Shop of Horrors: Ronette), Jonathan Gomolka (“Guys and Dolls:” Harry The Horse; Cabaret Series), Dion Greer (“Guys and Dolls:” Nicely, Nicely; Little Shop of Horrors: Audrey II), Joan Hess (God of Carnage: Veronica), Torsten Hillhouse (God of Carnage: Michael), Alisha Jury (“Guys and Dolls:” Hot Box Girl; Little Shop of Horrors: Chiffon), Julie Kavanaugh (“Guys and Dolls:” Adelaide; Little Shop of Horrors: Audrey), Nevada Koenig (“Guys and Dolls:” Hot Box Girl; Cabaret Series), Christopher Carter Minor (“Guys and Dolls:” Lt. Branigan; Cabaret Series), Tony Roach (“Guys and Dolls:” Sky Masterson; Little Shop of Horrors: Orin), Alice Sherman (God of Carnage: Annette), Blakely Slaybaugh (“Guys and Dolls:” Nathan Detroit; Cabaret Series), and Blake Stadnik (“Guys and Dolls:” Rusty Charlie, Joey Biltmore; “Little Shop of Horrors:” Seymour).

As previously announced, “Guys and Dolls” will run June 21 to Aug. 17 and will be directed by Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster. It will be choreographed by Lisa Shriver (first season), with a creative team that includes Eric Alsford (music director; sixth Season), David Arsenault (scenic designer; first Season), Nikki Moody (costume designer; second Season), Aaron Spivey (lighting designer; first Season), David Thomas (sound designer; 12th Season), and Jared Janas (hair & wig designer; second Season).

Carbonell Award winner Mark Martino returns to Theatre Aspen for a remarkable eleventh time to direct and choreograph a newly reimagined production of “Little Shop of Horrors,” running July 11 to Aug. 17, alongside Elise Kinnon (associate director and co-choreographer; sixth Season) and a creative team that includes Eric Alsford (music director), Markas Henry (scenic designer; second Season), Kevin Brainerd (costume designer; eighth Season), Aaron Spivey (lighting designer), David Thomas (sound designer), and Diana Ben-Kiki (hair and wig designer; fourth season).

Rounding out the main-stage season is Yasmina Reza’s play “God of Carnage” (July 17 – Aug. 3), directed Karen Azenberg, Artistic Director of the Pioneer Theatre Company, in her first summer at Theatre Aspen. The creative team for “God of Carnage” includes Markas Henry (scenic designer), Kevin Brainerd (costume designer), Aaron Spivey (lighting design), and David Thomas (sound designer).

Additionally, Theatre Aspen Education’s Summer Conservatory Program will present a limited-engagement student production of The Wizard of Oz (July 25 – Aug. 10) on the main-stage, directed and choreographed by Elise Kinnon and designed by the 2019 Theatre Aspen Apprentices.

Complementing this year’s main-stage presentations, the season will also feature several special events throughout the summer, including a Season Sneak Peek on Sunday, June 16 at the Hurst Theatre; the return of the Theatre Aspen Cabaret Series, now expanded by popular demand to three dates: June 30 (Caribou Club), July 14, and August 4 (Jimmy’s); in collaboration with the Aspen Music Festival, a one-night-only presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific: In Concert” on Monday, July 22 in the Benedict Music Tent; and the Theatre Aspen Apprentice Program Showcase on Sunday, Aug. 11 on the Hurst Theatre stage.

Season passes went on-sale April 15 and can be purchased online at theatreaspen.org or by phone at 970-925-9313. Singe tickets will be available May 8.

5Point Adventure Film’s Dream Project announces 2019 scholarship winners

Carbondale’s adventure film event 5Point Adventure Film Festival announced the winners of the Dream Project scholarship program Monday. The program is celebrating its 10th year.

The program offers outstanding high school students from Aspen to Parachute the chance to explore their own personal boundaries and dreams.

The seven students that best exemplify 5Point Film’s five guiding principles — purpose, respect, commitment, humility and balance — will receive a $1,500 scholarship to embark on an opportunity to follow their passion and actualize a dream.

Previous recipients of the grant have undertaken projects including leading a youth backpacking trip in the Roaring Fork Valley, starting a peace garden at a local high school, shadowing writers in New York City, teaching soccer in Puerto Rico, kayaking and working to prevent malaria in Uganda.

This year’s 5Point Dream Project winners, along with a provided description of their project, are:

Ella Beck — A senior at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, Beck will be using her Dream Project funding to travel to rural Nepal, where she will be working with the Oda Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Team. Her focus will be on breaking down the stigmas surrounding menstruation in poor, rural communities by helping distribute sanitary products.

Isaac Musselman — A sophomore at Basalt High School, Musselman used his passion in aeronautics to educate and inspire others by creating an aviation and space club, which will include work with drones and rockets, guest speakers and astronomy nights, among other things. In addition, he will work to bring an aviation curriculum into the Roaring Fork School system.

Beverly Patton — A junior at Roaring Fork High School discovered her passion for writing and poetry when Aspen Words poets visited her school, and she learned a powerful new way to express her voice. Her dream is to share her love of poetry by teaching a weekly, semester-long poetry class to local middle school students.

Emily Northrup — A senior at Basalt High School, Northrup will be using her Dream Project funding to purchase her own cello, which will allow her to pursue her dream of becoming a music educator when she attends Brigham Young University in the fall.

Molly Hancock — A junior at Glenwood Springs High School, Hancock will be channeling her love of horses into creating a documentary about the Riding Institute for Disabled Equestrians (RIDE), an equine therapy program for developmentally and physically disabled children and adults.

Carla Soto — A junior at Basalt High School, Soto, who cares deeply about immigration and art, will be traveling to El Paso, Texas, where she’ll use her passion for photography to bring awareness to immigration issues arising from current border policies.

Three additional students, Eli Li, Chloe Gonzalez and Sarah Teague, made history by applying for their Dream Project jointly. This dynamic force will be headed to Denver to work with Urban Peak, an organization serving homeless youth. In addition, they will be investigating what legislators are doing to address the issues of homelessness and extreme poverty in the United States.

Throughout 5Point Film 2019, taking place April 25-28, Dream Project recipients since 2009 will be honored through events and programming over the festival weekend, including a reception, a Dream Project retrospective exhibition, and an award ceremony for the 2019 recipients.

The scholarships are made possible through support from community partnerships with Timbers Resorts, Alpine Bank, Amore Realty, Colorado Office of Film Television & Media, Poss Architecture + Planning and Interior Design, and 2757 Design.

Launchpad exhibition opens for Carbondale’s First Friday

Carbondale Arts will present two solo exhibitions Friday at R2 Gallery, located inside The Launchpad in Carbondale.

Robert Martin showcases his transition from his earlier sculptural practice to his current painting work in a retrospective.

“Martin’s artworks generally combine personal history, shared stories, and roadside observations,” according to a press release. “He utilizes watercolors in a so-called hyper-western palette that gives his paintings a very typical appearance, allowing the narratives to reveal themselves more slowly.”

The second exhibition will display alternative uses for the national parks and nature, turning national treasures into recreational, industrial and commercial facilities.

Will Gurley’s “National Parks Development” is a parody about the development of the natural world. “Gurley’s works explore the shortcomings of modern development and humanity’s disregard, control and commodification of nature, displaying alternative uses for America’s natural splendor.”

The opening will also feature a special preview of 5Point Film Festival’s 2019 trailer, which will serve as a taster for the entire festival that officially kicks off on April 25.

A preview for Carbondale Arts members and gallery patrons will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, to meet the artists and for an opportunity to see the work before the exhibition opens to the public at 6 p.m. For more information, visit carbondale arts.com or call 970-963-1680.

Sunlight season sendoff is Sunday

With the spring thaw setting in on the lower Roaring Fork Valley and the snow beginning to recede into the higher elevations, Sunlight Mountain Resort will conclude its 2018-19 season Sunday.

Before the lifts halt and the staff leaves for the season, the mountain is planning a big sendoff.

The final leg of the third annual Sunlight’s Yard Sale Spring Music Series will conclude with local band Whiskey Stomp and Friends providing the live music on the deck Saturday and Sunday. Music kicks off at 2 p.m. each day.

“We’re excited to announce that the pond skim is on,” Sunlight Marketing and Sales Director Troy Hawks said.

Prompted by a good snow year, Sunlight brings back the popular pond skim competition, after a three-year hiatus. Registration will begin at noon Sunday, with the contest starting at 1 p.m. There’s a $20 fee to enter.

“We will award a 2019-20 season pass to the best costume, plus other prizes for best male and female skimmer,” Hawks added.

Other events will include volleyball, corn hole, and a mini-pond skim for the kids set up at the base on both Saturday and Sunday.

Sunlight will also offer several promotions for the final weekend, including lift tickets specials package deals for skiing and soaking at the hot springs in town.

kmills@postindependent.com

Roaring Fork area weekend planner, April 5

the FIRM: First Friday Opening Reception

6 p.m., Friday — The Carbondale Clay Center presents an opening reception for The FIRM, showcasing recent works by Shane Christensen, Stephen Heywood, Michael Schmidt and Brian Jensen. The exhibition will be on view at the Carbondale Clay Center gallery April 5–28. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, email info@carbondaleclay.org.

Carbondale Clay Center, 135 Main St., Carbondale | Free

Live Music From Rodrigo

7 p.m., Friday and Saturday — Live music in the Polo Lounge at the historic Hotel Colorado. Rodrigo plays classic rock covers from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, blues, country, R&B, jazz, gypsy and Latin American, all in an acoustic concept.

Hotel Colorado, 526 Pine St., Glenwood Springs | Free

Free Live Music: Dwight Ferren

7 p.m., Friday — Dwight Ferren plays classic renditions of songs from the 1950s to the ’80s, at Kanpai in south Glenwood Springs.

Kanpai Sushi & Bar, 3950 Midland Ave., Glenwood Springs | Free

Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’

7 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday — Liberty Classical Academy presents two performances of Shakespeare’s comedy at the Ute Theater in Rifle.

Ute Theater, 132 W. Fourth St., Rifle | $14

Comedian Ben Roy

8 p.m., Friday — Colorado resident comedian Ben Roy brings his unique voice to The Temporary stage Friday night. “Often compared to Louis Black or Bill Hicks due to his passionate, ranting approach, Ben has a style that is definitively his own,” according to a press release.

The Temporary, 360 Market St., Basalt | $24-$32

Saturday Night Fever: ’70s Disco Night

7 p.m., Saturday — ’70s themed night with live music by Boogie Machine. Ticket sales will benefit the programs of the Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork.

The Temporary, 360 Market St., Basalt | $28

Roaring Fork Contra Dance

7:30 p.m., Saturday — Community dances that all ages can enjoy. No experience necessary, no partner needed. Contras, squares, round dances, waltzes and polkas are taught by a dance caller. Live, old time music with Wooden Nickel String Band.

Carbondale Community School, 1505 Satank Road, Carbondale | $5-$10

The History of April Fool’s Day

Although April Fools’ Day, also called All Fools’ Day, has been celebrated for several centuries by different cultures, its exact origins remain a mystery.

According to the History Channel, some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563.

People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to Jan. 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1, becoming the butt of jokes and hoaxes.

These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as “poisson d’avril” (April fish); said to symbolize a young, easily caught fish and a gullible person.

In modern times, newspapers, websites, radio and TV stations participate in the April 1st tradition by reporting outrageous fictional claims in hopes to fool their audiences.

Basalt’s Vital Films cinematography to air on new National Geographic series, “Hostile Planet,” tonight

The culmination of three years of groundwork, two days in the backcountry of British Columbia, 40 avalanches and two Basalt locals’ cinematography will air tonight as the premiere to a new National Geographic series.

From the producers of “The Blue Planet” and “Planet Earth II,” “Hostile Planet” seeks to explore “the world’s harshest landscapes and the animals that have adapted to live there.”

“Vital Films” founders Matt Hobbs and Cael Jones, both of Basalt, filmed a few of the episodes that feature avalanches, mountain goats and the desert.

“It was definitely a really challenging shoot, so not a lot of people have attempted it,” Hobbs said of the avalanche series opener. “The producers really wanted to show not the fluffy side of nature that most natural history or nature films show. … They’re really trying to show the raw and real natural world out there, so avalanches are definitely a big part of that.”

With director Mateo Willits at the helm, Hobbs and a Cineflex cameraman shot the avalanche segment last March about 15 miles outside of Revelstoke in an area known as Crown Land.

Both Colorado natives, Hobbs and Jones had hoped to film the avalanche content in their backyard, but struggled to attain permits.

“I think that’s what really drew us to Canada,” Hobbs said. Although the permitting process still was “intense” and spanned about a year, once complete, they received the green light without any issues.

Hobbs and the team visited British Columbia for three days, one of which was spent setting up and the other two using explosives to trigger about 20 avalanches.

“In nature projects, you can’t direct the wildlife or the weather, so our challenge was waiting for the sun. When the time came, the avalanche conditions were not extremely high,” Hobbs explained. “Although we did have a good amount of new snow, we did not have enough weak layers to get major fractures. We ended up with very large surface avalanches, but only fracturing about 1 to 2 feet down.”

The largest avalanche they triggered was nearly a mile long, he said.

Contrary to “Hostile Planet’s” description, Hobbs clarified that the avalanche episode is not tied to a specific animal.

“I think as much as animals are the main characters, so is the environment,” he said.

For the desert episode, however, Hobbs and Jones filmed falcons feeding on bats at a ranch in New Mexico.

And closer to home, the duo captured footage of mountain goats near Quandary Peak in Summit County as part of “Hostile Planet’s” mountain segment.

The mountain goats will appear with the series premiere on National Geographic today at 7 p.m. MST; the desert episode will air April 29.

While Hobbs cannot share specifics just yet, he said Vital Films is already working on other exciting future projects.

“It’s really a dream to be able to work on projects like these, to actually be able to help create content that shows how special nature is,” Hobbs said. “It’s a big privilege to bring these images to a large audience in hopes they appreciate the natural world that much more.”

erobbie@aspentimes.com

A lot of prep has gone into the launch of the new Hanging Lake permit, shuttle system

Starting at 10 a.m. Monday, anyone can reserve a spot on a shuttle to go hike Hanging Lake come May 1, or purchase a reservation to bike to the immensely popular trail and lake feature in Glenwood Canyon.

Both reservation types cost $12 during peak season, but in the month of April, the price for a bike reservation is $9.50.

The new reservation system through Visit Glenwood will be a drastic change from the former unregulated access, which on busy days entailed a first-come-first serve system for parking at the trailhead.

Reservations can be made via a credit card, or by phone by calling 970-384-6309. Groups of 20 or more should call that number to make a reservation.

Starting May 1, reservations can be made in person at the Hanging Lake Welcome Center, to be located at 110 Wulfsohn Road (in the ice rink building next to the Glenwood Springs Community Center). Shuttles will also pick up and drop passengers at that location.

The Forest Service launched efforts to curb the potentially devastating affects of Hanging Lake’s massive popularity after 2017, when 184,000 people visited the lake in a single year, with as many as 1,200 people on the trail per day during the peak summer months.

Under the new plan, the only way to access Hanging Lake between May and October will be from a shuttle, departing from Glenwood Springs, or from the bike path through Glenwood Canyon.

Starting May 1, visitors will be capped at 615 per day year round. During peak summer months, hikers will be staggered to avoid congestion on the trail. Off-season reservations, between November and April, will cost $10 per person, and parking will be allowed at the trailhead.

In February, the city of Glenwood Springs formally awarded the contract to H2O Ventures — a partnership between Glenwood Adventure Company, Adventure Office and Peak 1 Express.

Since then, the city, the U.S. Forest Service, the Glenwood Chamber and Resort Association and other stakeholders have been meeting regularly, sometimes several times a week, to ready the new system.

Working out the details

Ken Murphy, partner at Glenwood Adventure Company and one of the main leaders of H2O, says it’s been essential to stay flexible as they build the website back-end and iron out the messaging details.

“All our documents are working documents,” Murphy said. Adventure Office, a resort booking and business solutions company, has been crucial in developing the reservation system.

H2O has a phone bank in the back room of Glenwood Adventure Company, where staff were going through the details for today’s launch.

Murphy said he looks forward to breathing “a sigh of relief” Monday afternoon if things are going smoothly. But he won’t have long to rest before working out the final details for the welcome center, shuttle system and other operational concerns.

“There’s more to it than just driving people to Hanging Lake,” Murphy said. H2O is also responsible for cleaning the bathrooms near the trailhead, managing trash and keeping the lower parts of the trail clean.

But the most important service will be the chance to educate the customers. Up until now, a visitor to the lake could arrive and speak with no one but the other people on the trail.

Starting in May, there will be at least five points of contact; each a chance to educate the user on how to best enjoy the world-famous site and abide by “leave no trace” principles.

H2O will create 22 new jobs, many seasonal for the peak months, which Murphy said have been surprisingly easy to fill so far.

“There’s been a lot of passion for it, and a lot of applications have come in,” Murphy said.

Hiring new workers, especially seasonal employees, can be a struggle in the region. But Murphy says people are excited to be a part of improving the Hanging Lake experience and protecting the unique treasure.

CONCERNS ABOUT THE CHANGE

Marlene Neidert, project manager with Visit Glenwood, has engaged with a number of people who criticized the cost on social media and website comments.

Some commenters leave statements that criticize the cost, and say they won’t visit the trail due to the reservation system.

Neidert said she responds kindly, thanking the commenter for their thoughts, then explains the reasons for implementing the reservation management system and fees.

“Their second reply is usually way friendlier,” Neidert said. “So many people say, ‘oh, when you put it that way, I might come back.’”

Murphy said most of the people he has interacted with have been understanding about the $12 price for summer reservations.

“Most people who have hiked Hanging Lake in the last 10 years know this was needed,” he said.

The only discount for a peak season permit is to purchase an “early bird” bike or hike pass, available until April 30. That permit will not include the shuttle.

Others have criticized what they see as a “monopoly” for one outfitting business through exposure via a taxpayer-supported website. And, some have raised concerns that companies providing existing services for Hanging Lake tourists will have a challenge ahead.

Patrick Drake, owner of Canyon Bikes, has worked with H2O and the city over the past several weeks to address some concerns about the future of his business.

Canyon Bikes, as well as Sunlight Ski and Bike and Glenwood Adventure Company, sell Hanging Lake tours that include bike rentals and shuttle service to Grizzly Creek, so visitors can bike east from there, stop to hike at Hanging Lake, and return to Glenwood Springs.

The congestion at the parking lot will not be a problem during the summer months, but the added cost was a concern for Drake.

Working with Drake and others, H2O was able to create a system so that those who want the bike adventure to Hanging Lake can purchase the reservation and the bike rental at the same time, through one of the vendors’ websites, either Canyon Bikes, Sunlight Ski and Bike, or Glenwood Adventure Company.

“I do believe that the experience can include bike shuttle providers, including Glenwood Adventure Company, Sunlight Ski and Bike and ourselves, Canyon Bikes,” Drake said. “I’m glad to see the Forest Service, the city of Glenwood Springs and the provider working together to really enhance the experience.”

H2O and the government stakeholders have promised to keep the financials transparent, and reevaluate the pricing and overall program at the end of each peak season.

tphippen@postindependent.com