“Aspen is an international city,” according to Pat Fallin, “because we have lots of international visitors.”
Fallin ought to know — she lived here for four decades and has deep roots with the Aspen Sister Cities organization.
Aspen also has a lot of international friends, in part thanks to its seven sister cities on four continents. Saturday marks a 30-year milestone for one of them — Queenstown, New Zealand — which formally became a sister city on March 19, 1992, by way of an official proclamation, according to Aspen Sister Cities president Jill Sheeley.
The partnership established Queenstown as Aspen’s fifth sister city, following Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; Chamonix, France; Davos, Switzerland; and Shimukappu, Japan. Bariloche, Argentina, and Abetone, Italy, would later join the ranks.