Aspen History: Snowed in at Toklat |

Aspen History: Snowed in at Toklat

“Snowbound Toklat Lodge now accessible,” announced the Aspen Times on January 10, 1952. “Sunday the big county maintainer, cutting past 22 snow slides on the Castle Creek road, rounded the turn to Toklat Lodge and brought release to sixteen guests and the Stuart Mace family. The heavy pre-New Years snow storm had marooned the lodge for 8 days. Soon the caravan of stalled cars slipped into gear and scurried back to the world and normal living … after a carefree holiday which they will long remember. While the snow slides penned them at Toklat, the visitors had plenty of entertainment and excitement. They made good use of Toklat’s toboggan run and practice ski slope. They took wonderful rides by dog sled over the glistening powder snow in the high country. Last Wednesday one of a party of Colorado University boys who were lodged in Stuart’s goat cabin got a bit too playful and broke a leg. He was fortunate that a couple of the Toklat guests were medical students. They gave him expert first aid, and one of them accompanied him when Stuart called out a dog team and brought the patient to the Pitkin County Hospital in the good old-fashioned way.” This image shows the Toklat Lodge in the winter, circa 1950.

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