Partnership with Limelight Hotel Aspen
Tuesdays, January 11, February 22, March 15, April 12
Doors at 5:30 p.m., films begin at 6 p.m.
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
Masks are required indoors.
Join Aspen Historical Society to experience skiing’s illustrious past in the Aspen/Snowmass area. This community film series will be hosted in both Aspen and Snowmass featuring a wide range of vintage films from the Aspen Historical Society collection. Spanning several 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.
Film #1 – 10th Mountain Division at Camp Hale (1940s) (8 minutes) This footage features 10th Mountain activities at Camp Hale, Ski Cooper, maneuvers near Mt. Holy Cross, snow shelters, a Weasel snowcat, and a short section at Ashcroft. The film was shot by the donor’s father and uncle, Paul and Ralph Lafferty. There is no dialogue in this film.
Film #2 – 1950 FIS World Championships (1950) (10 minutes) Filmed by Dick Durrance and narrated by Gary Cooper, this film features the men’s downhill race. It begins in town at the Hotel Jerome, shows Bingo the dog, then spans to Lift One. The remainder of the footage includes downhill racers going over the Dam, down Spar Gulch, over Niagara then through Schuss Gully to the finish, complete with several crashes.
Film #3 – Wintersköl (1955) (19 minutes) Produced by Miller High Life beer company, this film features local personalities Bob Murri, Fred Iselin, Herbert Bayer, and Ralph Jackson. It begins with a tractor ride to Lift One, passing numerous empty lots between the Hotel Jerome and the mountain. Ski instructor Morrie Shepard is seen teaching a ski class and the Uhl family skis together. There are shots of the Hotel Jerome pool in winter, a Wintersköl parade, a costume race, dancing at the Golden Horn, and the t-bar on Little Nell. Ski personalities Dick Wright, Klaus Obermeyer, Sandy Sabbatini, and John Litchfield make cameo appearances.