Winter Programs & Events

Buckhorn Cabin on Aspen Mountain, where AHS will host “History on Tap: Skiing Hayden, 1937” on Saturday, April 6, 2019

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History Lessons with Larry

Third Thursday of each month, January – March
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!

January 17th – Fires & Firemen
February 21st –  Technology, Invention & Innovation in a Late-19th Century Mining Town
March 21st –  Then & Now: Familiar Sites, Buildings & Scenes in Aspen

Snow Screw Demonstrations at Buttermilk

Thursday, March 21st | 4PM – 5PM | Base of Buttermilk
Free courtesy of Aspen/Snowmass
Experience a first-generation snow machine in action during kids’ après at Buttermilk! Aspen Historical Society partnered with Aspen Skiing Company to restore a 1930s-era snow screw that was commissioned by Aspenite DRC Brown in 1938 and donated to the AHS Collection by Steve Knowlton in 1991. Thanks to Aspen/Snowmass mechanics, the vehicle runs again, moving across the snow on giant pontoon-shaped “screws.” Gear-heads of all ages will enjoy seeing this wild ride!

History on Tap | Skiing Hayden, 1937 (Buckhorn Cabin Party)

Saturday, April 6th | 1:30pm – 3pm | Buckhorn Cabin
$10 in advance, $15 at the event if available (cash only)
Ticket includes one beer, $5 extra beer (cash only)
click here to purchase tickets in advance online and save (space is limited to 40 guests)
Join Aspen Historical Society for an Aspen Brewing Company beer and the story of the first “ski resort” in the Roaring Fork Valley. Historian and actor Mike Monroney will present a Chautauqua-style character performance of Billy Fiske, telling the tale “in his own words” of his partnership with Ted Ryan and Tom Flynn to bring commercial skiing to the area. The trio’s plan for a European lift system for the Mount Hayden Massive came to a halt shortly after they built a lodge in the old town of Highland at the convergence of Castle and Conundrum creeks. Fiske, the visionary, was a US Bobsled champion at the 1928 and 1932 Olympics. His dreams of skiing in the American West were tragically lost at the hands of World War II. We’ll welcome spring from Buckhorn Cabin and celebrate Fiske’s lasting impact on Aspen, perched high above its first “ski resort.”
History on Tap is generously sponsored by Aspen Brewing Company

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, April 12th – 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