Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado—The City of Aspen and Aspen Skiing Company will host a parade and rally for Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler on Saturday, March 25 at 3:30pm.

The parade will begin in downtown Aspen at Paepcke Park at 3:30pm. The parade route will wind through town (please see attached parade route) and will conclude at Gondola Plaza at roughly 4pm. A rally will be waiting for Gretchen with presentations from the City of Aspen, Pitkin County, Aspen Skiing Company, and Gretchen’s sponsor, Oakley. Gretchen will sign autographs after the rally in Gondola Plaza.

The parade will feature Gretchen and her family in an antique fire engine and the T Lazy Seven’s snowcat. Ski and snowboard kids from the AVSC program will be involved as well as Olympians who live in the Valley. Other entertainment and presentations will be announced as secured.

On February 14, 2006 Gretchen won a silver medal in the Olympic halfpipe competition in Bardonecchia, Italy. Since her win, Gretchen has stayed busy with competitions and media appearances across the country. Gretchen makes her home in Snowmass and is back temporarily to continue to train and shoot.