Post-inaugural marches in mountain towns

The march in Denver attracted 100,000 people, mostly women, but including representatives from many ski towns. Photo/Allen Best

Wieners in Steamboat among post-election marches in mountain towns 

 by Allen Best

PARK CITY, Utah – Women and their male supporters took to the streets in many ski and mountain towns on Saturday in response to the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. president.

In Aspen they skied from the top of the gondola at 11,320 feet back to the town. There’s a trail on Aspen Mountain called Pussyfoot that many people think should have been the route down the mountain. Once in Aspen, 500 to 800 people marched, the most in the city’s modern history, the Aspen Daily News reported.

In Park City, the Sundance Film Festival was underway, helping yield 5,000 to 7,000 marchers on the town’s steep main street. That may have been the most of any ski town unless you count Santa Fe, which has a ski area nearby. New Mexico’s capital city had 10,000 to 15,000 marchers.

But the march in Steamboat Springs may have had the most amusing antic. The Steamboat Pilot reports that Andrea Wambach stood outside a restaurant called the Hungry Dog and passed out free hot dogs while holding a sign that read “Grab him by the wiener.”

The Steamboat Pilot & Today wasn’t ready to use the word, but this women in Denver — and many others — were. Photo/Allen Best

It was a reference to the 2005 recording of Trump in which he talked about “grabbing women by their genitals,” as the Pilot delicately put it. You can fill in the blank. Many of the protest signs did.

On the California-Nevada border, more than 500 people marched in South Lake Tahoe even as forecasters warned that another major storm would soon hammer the Sierra Nevada.

In Wyoming, Jackson had about 1,000 marchers, while across the Teton Range in Idaho, Driggs had a march, too. So did Sandpoint, at the foot of Schweitzer Mountain, in Idaho’s panhandle.

Concern about climate change was prominent in the signs hoisted in Denver. Photo/Allen Best

On Friday, the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the U.S. president, the mood in the Colorado town of Durango was mixed. About 100 people gathered at the Elk’s Club to toast the installation of the new president. But at coffee shops and cafes on the city’s main street, TVs were studiously turned to other channels, reported the Durango Herald. Later, students from Fort Lewis College joined locals in an impromptu march.

The marches were billed as rallies for causes, not a protest against Trump. But in Park City, marchers were clearly dismayed by Trump’s ascension. “Some mocked him, and there were moments of crassness as they advertised their disgust with the president,” reported The Park Record. “At least one woman was dressed in a vagina costume.”

For a Denver-centric report on Saturday, see my Facebook posting:


About Allen Best

Allen Best is a Colorado-based journalist. He publishes a subscription-based e-zine called Mountain Town News, portions of which are published on the website of the same name, and also writes for a variety of newspapers and magazines.
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