Aspen, CO is probably the most well-known American ski destination, right? I mean even people who don’t like skiing or snowboarding have probably seen Dumb & Dumber and therefore have at least heard of Aspen.
Say what you want about how the town has the town has evolved over the last half century. There’s still no denying that Aspen was essential in developing the North American ski industry.
The video below provides a glimpse into what Aspen, specifically Aspen Highlands, was like back in the 1960s and 1970s when the sport was really beginning to boom.
It’s a fantastic way to start your morning!
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”.