Retro Film Series: Decades of Skiing Aspen/Snowmass
Partnership with Limelight Hotel Aspen
Second Friday of each month, January – April
5:30pm – 6:45pm
Limelight Hotel, 355 S Monarch St. (Screenings in the Monarch room off the lobby)
$10 suggested donation at the door – limited seating – first come first serve
Join Aspen Historical Society at the Limelight Hotel to explore skiing’s illustrious past in the Aspen/Snowmass area. This community series features a wide range of vintage films from the Aspen Historical Society collection. Spanning four decades, the visual histories bring retro skiing to life on the big screen! Food and beverage specials offered at the Limelight bar may be enjoyed during the screenings.
- Friday, January 12th – The ’40s
Film #1 – Aspen Before Lifts – (1945/46) (18 minutes) Promotional film of early skiing featuring Friedel Pfeiffer, Johnny Litchfield, and Percy Rideout among others.
Film #2 – Until We Meet in Aspen – (1949) (24 minutes) Promotional film made by Dick Durrance
- Friday, February 9th – The ’50s
Film #1 – Little Skiers Big Day – (1955) (25 minutes) Film by Fred Iselin featuring Susie Wirth
Film #2 – Ski Time in Aspen – (1955) (27 minutes) Promotional film by Dick Durrance
- Friday, March 9th – The ’60s
Film #1 – Aspen Winter Mood (1963) (28 minutes) Aspen Ski Corporation promo film by Dick Durrance
Film #2 – It Happens in Aspen (1966) (26 minutes) Time Life TV Broadcast
- Friday, April 13th – The ’70s
Film #1 – Snowmass in 1967 (1967) (6 minutes) Aspen Ski Corporation, before lifts, by Dick Durrance
Film #2 – Grand Opening of Snowmass (1967) (23 minutes) Film by NBC News
Film #3 – Highlands Fling (1975) (20 minutes) film by Dick Barrymore
Time Travel Tuesdays | Aspen to the Olympics: Our Legacy of Youth Sports
Tuesdays, February 6, 13 & 20; March 6
5:30pm – 7pm
Wheeler Opera House 320 E. Hyman Ave. (first three events in lobby; March 6th event in theater)
$10/free for AHS Lixiviator members and above (tickets required for all attendees)
Purchase tickets at aspenshowtix.com
The Roaring Fork Valley’s alpine geography and Rocky Mountain climate make the area a breeding ground for athletes of many disciplines. Over several decades, and in large part thanks to organization on behalf of volunteers, youth sports clubs have developed to support local kids’ athletic endeavors. Aspen Historical Society’s 2018 Time Travel Tuesday series will feature the history of winter-season youth sports organizations in moderated panel discussions with past and present athletes, coaches, parents, and club administrators from: the two local figure skating clubs (Aspen Skating Club and Revolutions of Aspen); Aspen Junior Hockey, and Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club. The conversations, supported by historic photos from the AHS collection, will explore how each organization has impacted the careers and lives of athletes across several generations, highlighting the stories behind the clubs, the accomplishments of their graduates, and the many services the groups provide to our community. To celebrate the spirit of the 2018 Winter Olympics, the final panel will feature athletes with connections to our small mountain town who have reached the pinnacle of their sports, to represent the United States at the Olympic games. This final presentation, hosted in the theater at the Wheeler Opera House, will focus on the Olympians’ experiences with sports as kids: how did different clubs, groups of people, specific coaches, and perhaps even the support of a community, shaped the many roads from Aspen to the Olympics.
- Tuesday, Feb. 6th – Aspen Figure Skating Clubs
(Panelists include Michelle Hocknell (Revolutions Skating Club Aspen), Peggy Behr (Revolutions Skating Club Aspen), Lise Bodek (Aspen Skating Club), Teri Hooper (Aspen Skating Club), and Grace Hancock (Revolutions Skating Club Aspen))
- Tuesday, February 13th – Aspen Junior Hockey (Panelists include: John McBride, Evan Boenning, Shaun Hathaway, Andrew Doremus, Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.)
- Tuesday, February 20th – Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club (Panelists include: Alice Black, Dave Stapleton, Vince Lahey, Mark Tache, and Adam Longnecker)
- Tuesday, March 6th – Aspen Olympians (Moderated by Chris Davenport, panelists include: Gretchen Bleiler, Beth Madsen, Craig Ward, Chris Klug, Jeremy Abbott, Greg Lewis, additional panelists TBD).
History Lessons with Larry
Thursdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
3:00pm – 4:00pm
AHS Archive Building, 620 W. Bleeker St. (In the Community Gallery)
Longtime Aspen Historical Society volunteer Larry Fredrick will share in-depth but timely lessons in specific areas of Aspen history. A mining expert, Larry’s breadth of knowledge and enthusiasm for stories from the past will entertain budding historians of all ages and interest!
- March 1st – Aspen Myths, Legends and Tall Tales
Examine the many stories about the Silver Queen statue, the biggest silver nugget ever mined, mine tunnels under town including the tunnel from Hotel Jerome to the Wheeler, and more!
- March 8th – Geology and Surveying
Trace the history of early exploration, from the Spurs Geology map to the Hayden Survey and more.
- March 15th – History of Smuggler Mine
Dig deep into the history of one of Aspen’s well-known mines. From the first claim through today, we’ll hear the stories behind the operation and get to know the people associated with the mine, including D.R.C. Brown and David Hyman.
- March 22nd – The Apex/Sideline Debate (live museum theatre-style debate)
Unearth the meanings behind laying a claim, staking your claim, and “paper it.” We’ll examine historic mining litigations and many changes in claim ownership across the history of mining in the area. This “class” will include special character presentations of David Hyman and Jerome B. Wheeler, in a live debate performed by Larry Fredrick and Mitchell Osur, moderated by Aspen High School teacher Christopher Wheatley.
- March 29th – Journeys into Aspen: Then & Now
Transport through time as we investigate early arrivals to the Roaring Fork Valley, from adventurous snow shoe treks across Independence Pass to the great railroad race to Aspen to the modern-era roundabout.
History on Tap: Aspen Brewing Company 10th Anniversary Celebration
Tuesday, March 13
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Aspen Brewing Company’s brewery facility, 404 AABC
$15, click here to purchase online by 3PM on March 13th – tickets available at the door until sold out
(ticket includes one beer, additional beers $5)
As early as 1885, beer was brewing in Aspen, CO. The first brewery, named Sanders after its founder, was located on Mill Street, adjacent to the Roaring Fork River and likely brewed just one style of beer. In March of 2008, the Aspen Brewing Company opened, bringing craft beer back to Aspen. The first location for “The Brewery” as the Company has come to be known, was situated just across the Roaring Fork River from the site of Aspen’s original Sanders Brewery. In honor of The Brewery’s 10th anniversary, this History on Tap will explore the history behind brewing beer in Aspen, from Sanders to Flying Dog to today’s craft beer scene. The program will include a tour of Aspen Brewing Company’s brewing facility, where today they craft over 15 small batch microbrews, downstream from nobody.
History on Tap programs are generously sponsored by Aspen Brewing Company
Snow Screw Unveiling Party
Wednesday, March 21
3:30pm – 5pm
Buttermilk base area
Aspen Historical Society and Aspen Skiing Company will unveil the newly-restored Snow Screw with a free community event at Buttermilk on Wednesday, March 21st. The public is invited to see the wild ride in action for the first time in decades with driving demonstrations, a champagne christening and complimentary hot chocolate.
The Snow Screw is a 1930s era vehicle similar to a snow cat, but instead of tracks, the machine moves across snow on two large pontoons that “screw” in spiral motion that propels the machine forward. Funded by DRC “Darcy” Brown, Jr. and designed by Marty Keller in the late 1930s, the Snow Screw is thought to be a first generation snow machine. Aspen Historical Society and Aspen Skiing Company partnered to restore the artifact to working conditions in 2017. Thanks to incredible efforts by mechanic Donny Mushet, Jeff Jensen, and their team, the Snow Screw is likely the only machine of its kind running today.