ASPEN - Ski-history tours are back this year on three of the four Aspen Skiing Co. mountains.
Aspen Historical Society guides give tours weekly, sharing expertise on the mining, ranching and skiing history of the valley. With the new snow, the tours are under way and will take place as scheduled on New Year's Eve. They are free to anyone with a lift ticket or season pass.
Tour details are as follows:
Aspen Highlands - The tour will have an emphasis on Highlands' maverick reputation - the '70s ski culture and the birth of freestyle skiing. The tours are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays through the ski season. Participants must meet the ambassador guide at the Guest Services Hut, midmountain by the Merry-Go-Round restaurant.
Snowmass Ski Area - Tours, which will focus on the Ute people, valley ranching and the so-called "Snowmastodon" archaeological dig site, will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Tuesdays through the ski season. Participants can meet an ambassador guide at the top of the Village Express chairlift.
Aspen Mountain - With an emphasis on the mining era and the early days of skiing in Aspen, the tours will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Fridays through the ski season. Tour-goers meet an ambassador guide at the Guest Service Hut on the top of the mountain.
The winter tour schedule also includes History Coach tours through town via an electric vehicle, West End Walking Tours by appointment and the Hotel Jerome History Tour at 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Also, the Wheeler/Stallard Museum is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with the exhibit "Seasons of the Nuche: Transitions of the Ute People."