Vintage Film Provides Glimpse Into Golden Age of Skiing at Aspen Highlands

Vintage Film Provides Glimpse Into Golden Age of Skiing at Aspen Highlands

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Vintage Film Provides Glimpse Into Golden Age of Skiing at Aspen Highlands

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Those old-timers could rip back pow back in the day and they didn’t need fat skis to do it!

I know that these kind of posts don’t get the most views here at Unofficial Networks. And, while I acknowledge that the most important metric in tracking my performance here at UN are pageviews, I can’t help but to share these awesome vintage ski films I stumble across on a daily basis.

I’m absolutely fascinated with how the ski industry used to operate back in the day. I just can’t get over how different almost every aspect of the American ski resort experience is different nowadays.

I also enjoy seeing the old-timey techniques, clothing styles, and atmosphere of ski resorts of yesteryear. I like to pretend that I’m there, and think about what it must have been like to enjoy skiing back then.

What better place to capture that essence than this great video from Aspen Highlands from the last 1960s or early 1970s?

That après scene looks like an absolute blast.

The Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame has done an excellent service to all of us my preserving these films and publishing them on YouTube. They’re well-worth subscribing to if you’re a history geek like me.

Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame“This film narrates multiple aspects of the Aspen Highlands including: ski patrol, ski instruction, night life, terrain, Maroon Bowl, and the chair lift system. This 16mm film was donated to the Museum in 2005 and is narrated by Dick Barrymore. Cinematography was done by Dick Barrymore and Earl Rickers. Dick Barrymore (1933–2008) was an American ski filmmaker and an advocate of “hot dogging”. 

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