Programs & Events

In addition to the below schedule of programs and events, join AHS for outdoor guided tours and visit the exhibition Decade by Decade: Aspen Revealed at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum.

Current public health protocols are observed. Masks are required indoors in Pitkin County.

Image: Fred Denton, Jerry Wallin, Jane Duffy, Bob Jones & Jim Snobble skiing on Aspen Mountain circa 1948. Aspen Historical Society Collection

Teddy Bear Story Hour
Presented by the Hotel Jerome
Featuring Aspen Historical Society & Roaring Fork Valley Storytellers
Tuesday – Friday, December 21, 22, 23 & 24
10:30 a.m. (1 hour)
Hotel Jerome “Santa’s Workshop,” 330 E. Main
Free, advance registration required for all participants; space is limited, walk-ins cannot be accommodated

Masks are required indoors
Celebrate the holiday season at a special Teddy Bear Story Hour in Santa’s Workshop at the Hotel Jerome! Roaring Fork Valley Storytellers will share classic tales from around the world and kids are encouraged to bring their teddy bears or stuffed animals for this beloved holiday tradition. Families of all ages welcome!
History On Stage: Aspen’s Ski Pioneers
Sundays, January 9, February 20, March 13
Doors at 5:30 p.m., shows begin at 6 p.m.
The Collective, Snowmass Base Village
$10 suggested donation at the door; limited seating, first come first served
Masks are required indoors
Join history scholars and actors from Aspen Historical Society for first-person accounts of area ski pioneers in live museum theatre character performances. Hear from legendary Aspenites “in their own words” during these special programs on Sundays at The Collective in Snowmass.

January 9 – Billy Fiske performed by Mike Monroney

February 20 – Fred Iselin performed by Alexander Hunter

March 13 – Gretl Uhl performed by Nina Gabianelli

Aspen History 101 at Wintersköl™
Friday, January 14
Aspen History 101, 5:30 p.m.
Aspen Extreme, 7:30 p.m.
Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.
Free in partnership with ACRA and the Wheeler Opera House for Wintersköl™ 2022
Ticket required: purchase beginning December 15 online at www.aspenshowtix.com or call the Wheeler Box Office at 970.920.5770
Proof of vaccination or negative test results are required per the Wheeler Opera House venue protocols
Masks are required indoors
Kick off the Wintersköl™ weekend with Aspen History 101, a theatrical crash course in local lore, born from the no-credit, all-fun college of the Rockies, also known as the Aspen State Teachers College. The performance features actors, actresses, song, dance, resurrecting the party-loving atmosphere of Aspen State Teachers College, arguably one of the more entertaining aspects of area history! The evening ends with a screening of the iconic 1993 film Aspen Extreme, which tells the well-known and oft-repeated story of two ski bums who ditch everything to live the ski instructor dream in Aspen. Get out your “onsies” and come in costume for just Aspen History 101, the film screening, or both!
History Lessons with Larry
Third Thursday of each month, January – March
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
AHS Archives Building, 620 W. Bleeker St. (in the Community Gallery)
Free; limited seating, first come first served
Masks are required indoors
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!

January  20th –Then & Now: Durant Avenue

February 17th – Hustlers in Mining Era Aspen

March 17th – Mining Processes and Their Environmental Impacts

Retro Films in Aspen and Snowmass
Aspen: Tuesdays, January 11; February 22; March 15; April 12
Limelight Hotel, 355 S Monarch St. (Screenings in the Monarch room off the lobby)

Snowmass:
Fridays, January 21; February 18; March 18

The Collective, Snowmass Base Village

Doors at 5:30 p.m., films begin at 6 p.m.
$10 suggested donation at the door; limited seating, first come first served

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.

January 11 (Aspen) & January 21 (Snowmass)
Film #1 – Yoo Hoo I’m a Bird (c. 1967) (26 minutes) A film by Fred Iselin that begins with Fred at Aspen Highlands and then follows him on brief tours of several other ski areas. The film touches on Fred’s unique and groundbreaking instructing approach. The final scenes include freestyle skiing and emphasize the feeling of freedom that skiing provides, like that of a bird in flight.

Film #2 – A clip from The Best of John Jay (c. 1965) (23-minute section)
Widely regarded as the “father” of the ski film in its modern form, Jay was particularly adept at filming from a pair of fast-moving skis. This film is described as “A Vail-to-Zermatt greatest-hits compilation from this prolific ski-cinema patriarch, serving up a pioneering pan-global ski safari of yesteryear’s most daring action.“ This specific clip features ski scenes from Taos, Vail, and Aspen.

February 22 (Aspen) & February 18 (Snowmass)
Film #1 – Big Week at Aspen (1964) (23 minutes) Narrated by Jack Douglas, this film includes interviews with Leon Uris and John Herron. The film features views of Shadow Mtn. Lodge, Aspen Alps, Hotel Jerome, Red Onion, Golden Horn, Aspen Inn, The Abbey, Aspen Country Club Inn, Kandahar Apartments, snowmobiles or “skidoos,” a sleigh ride, dog sledding at Toklat, Bank of Aspen’s ski-up window, Valley Kilns, Wildweed, Aspen Meadows, Aspen Health Center, Copper Kettle at the Meadows, the Wheeler Opera House, and Lift One. The Wintersköl section features the parade, torchlight descent, fireworks, and the Saloon Slalom.

Film #2 – Aspen Glow (1969) (22 minutes) A film by Dick Barrymore featuring shots of Aspen in the summer and winter of 1969. The winter scenes include Lifts One and Two, and ski jumping. It also includes a Wintersköl parade, ice hockey, a torchlight descent down the mountain, Buttermilk Mountain, skiing on the Big Burn at Snowmass, skiing with wing suits, and cross-country skiing.

March 15 (Aspen) & March 18 (Snowmass)
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.

April 12 (Aspen only)
Film #1 – The Aspen Outrageous Ski School Movie (1975) (13 minutes) This film was written and produced by Jack Hanna and (possibly) narrated by Brian Suitor. It features Snowmass Ski School including many ski instructors such as Ken Oakes, Linda Harlan, Yvan Tache, and Ed Lucks.

Film #2 – Aspen Dream (1975) (10 minutes) This film was produced by the Weed Patch Camera Club, photographed by Robert Bagley, Sterling Johnson, and Bob Collins. Also listed on the credits are Tom Rowe, Don McKinnon, and Paul Ryan. It features Spider Sabich who also narrates. There is ski racing by Aspen Valley Ski Club kids, the Popcorn Wagon, Little Nell, many scenes from Snowmass, hang gliding, cycling, ice skating, Gelundesprung, and the ski splash.

Film #3 – The Many Faces of Aspen (1955) (12 minutes) By Dick Barrymore, this film shows skiing and nightlife in Aspen and features scenes of Ruthie’s Run, Bell Mountain, Red Onion, Snowmass area cabin, Stromberg’s Restaurant, dancing, and music. Featured in the film are Ernst Hinterseer, Buzzy Bent, Ray Conrad, Darrell Williams, Fred Iselin, Freddie Fisher, and Victor Wayne and Anderl Molterer, who demonstrates the double pole plant

Film #4 – Aspen Summer Mood (1963) (14 minutes) Aspen Association filmed nearly all the summer activities to be experienced in Aspen, including the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness, Marble, Crystal, and Carbondale. Local personalities in the opening scenes include Roberta Waterson, Sammy Craig (who became a ski coach at the University of Utah), Vivian and Bill Goodnough, and Jim Hayes. There are several scenes of the Aspen Music Festival, and the vice president of the Aspen Skiing Corporation is shown bicycling to Aspen Meadows.

Virtual Retro Films Series
Partnership with Aspen Film
January 11, February 8, March 8
Screenings go live on Eventive at 5 p.m.; Films are available for viewing through March 31, 2022
Registration required for access: register online beginning December 15
Suggested donation $60 for all three dates
Suggested donation $40 for two dates
Suggested donation $20 for one date
Viewers around the world are invited to join Aspen Historical Society and Aspen Film to experience skiing’s illustrious past in the Aspen/Snowmass area. This virtual series features newly digitized vintage films from the Aspen Historical Society collection: old movies, new to you! Spanning several decades, the visual histories bring retro skiing to life on the big screen from the comfort of your couch.

January 11
Film # 1 – The Beginning of a Love Affair (1976) (22 minutes) Produced by Freewheelin’ Films, this short film tells the story of two pre-teens who fall in love on vacation in Aspen. It stars Kurt Brendlinger, Gilian Handleman, Skip Behrhorst, and Andy Mill, among others. The young couple stays at the Gant, ski on Aspen Mountain, and explore town. Scenes include Wintersköl, the Roch Cup, NASTAR, and nightlife.

Film #2 – Video Postcard; Aspen Snowmass (1987) (24 minutes) This souvenir video includes footage of skiing and snowboarding, special events, the town,  historical elements, and various scenic shots. Featured footage includes Andy Mill skiing powder, KiKi Cutter and Christin Cooper in a benefit race, the Annual Peace Officer’s Race, the Crystal Palace, the Highlands Patrol Jump at Cloud Nine, and more. The film is directed by Greg Poschman and is narrated by John Dietsch and Christie Davis.

Tuesday, February 8th
Film #1 – One for the Money (1973) (13 minutes) Sponsored by Demetre Ski Sweaters and produced by Fat City Films, this documentary about professional ski racing is narrated by Spider Sabich. The film features Sabich and other racers including Tyler Palmer, Hank Kashiwa, and Jean Claude Killy, as well as brief shots of Kiki Cutter and Claudine Longet.

Film #2 – Winter of ’74 (1974) (26 minutes) Produced by Jalbert Productions and sponsored by Olympia Brewing Co and TWA from Modern Talking Pictures, this 29-minute film features skiers Mike King, Chris Curtis, and Scott Magrino hotdogging at Aspen, Vail, Jackson Hole, Snowbird, Breckenridge, Crested Butte, Steamboat, Winter Park, Sun Valley, and Taos.

Film #3 – Return to Aspen (1987) (22 minutes) This promotional film for Aspen Skiing Company was produced and directed by Dick Durrance. It features Fritz Benedict and Bill Dunaway discussing what makes Aspen attractive as a place to live, a brief history of Aspen, images and film footage from the Aspen Historical Society archives, and footage of 1987 Aspen, including the new Silver Queen Gondola, restaurants, and shops. There is footage of the 1950 FIS World Championships and the 1987 Winternational America’s Downhill. The evolution of ski lifts, travel, ski fashion and ski equipment are covered, as well as Wintersköl activities, hot air ballooning, cross country skiing, and more.

Tuesday, March 8th
Film 1 – Just a Matter of Time (1976) (26 minutes) Produced by Jalbert Productions, this documentary film about World Cup ski racing focuses on the Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbühel, Austria, the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics, and America’s Downhill in Aspen. Featured in the film are Andy Mill (USA), Franz Klammer (AUT), Bernhard Russi (SUI), Herbert Plank (ITA), and Rosie Mittermaier (AUT).

Film #2 – Welcome to Aspen (1984) (21 minutes) Produced by Rodney Jacobs and Freewheelin’ Films, this promotional film is hosted by Andy Mill and Greg Lewis. They tour Aspen in a Unicorn Booksellers hot air balloon and experience all that the area has to offer, from shopping in Aspen and on the Snowmass Mall, skiing, and dining around town, to Wintersköl fireworks, ski joring, and more. Featured in the film are Andy Mill, Greg Lewis, Ray Smalls, Ann Vores, Julie Kennedy, Judy Green, Deb Moore, Alex Halperin, Leon Fell, and ski racers Phil Mahre, Steve Podborski, Franz Klammer, and Bill Johnson.

Film #3 – Aspen Skiing Company Orientation Film (1986) (13 minutes) Produced by Aspen Skiing Company for their 40th anniversary, this promotional film provides a brief history of the area, from silver mining to early skiing to recent improvements including the Silver Queen Gondola. The narrator also discusses developments around town, specifically to Victorian buildings.

Time Travel Tuesdays | Ski Gangs of Aspen
Tuesday, March 8, 5:30 p.m.
Wheeler Opera House, 320 E. Hyman Ave.
$10 / free for AHS Lixiviator members
Ticket required: purchase beginning December 15 online at www.aspenshowtix.com or call the Wheeler Box Office at 970.920.5770
Proof of vaccination or negative test results are required per the Wheeler Opera House venue protocols
Masks are required indoors
Join Aspen Historical Society and guests to hear from of the legendary ski gangs of Aspen! Panelists will share stories from the early days of ski gangs and insight into today’s ski gang scene! Come dressed in your favorite retro ski outfit and show off your collection of ski passes at this celebratory community program!