Aspen’s skiing history: an evolving timeline

In February 1880, B. Clark Wheeler ‘skis’ into town from Leadville on Norwegian snowshoes to complete the first survey of Ute City. He renames the town Aspen.

The Aspen Public Tramway: the first “bucket” on Aspen Mountain

The Aspen Public Tramway, rising from the bottom of Aspen Mountain to Tourtelotte Park, was a precursor to today’s Silver Queen Gondola, known by many locals as “the bucket.” The tramway, little known to local history buffs, was built to haul silver ore, but it also carried a few adventurous passengers.

Wagner Park closure part of larger parks program

The budget for Wagner Park improvements includes a $522,222 contract with Academy Sports Turf for the infrastructure work; $337,828 for flooring that’s designed to protect the grass during events like the Food & Wine Classic; $14,164 for unspecified “field renovation-parks portion,” and $25,786 in contingencies.

Anatomy of a rescue in the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness

We were more fortunate than most to have a Mountain Rescue Aspen member within easy reach; to have trained first-aid responders on our team and among our participants; to be prepared with food, water and shelter; and to have the blessing of military veterans who managed this crisis with the best mindsets one could imagine.