Aspen History: Summer Skating |

Aspen History: Summer Skating

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One b/w photograph of Aspen and Aspen Mountain, taken from Red Mountain in the summer.

“Summer Skating Arrives in Aspen,” announced the Aspen Times on June 13, 1957. “For the first time ever, Aspen will have summer ice-skating, according to Aspen Skating Center manager Lefty Brinkman. The rink, completed early last winter, will open Saturday, June 8, for the summer. A new shade cover has been devised to protect the ice from the summer sun. The unique cover is made of a fabric called ozoneberg which is used as a base for tires and other rubber products. To be closed during the hot mid-day period, the rink will operate daily from 9 to 11 AM, from 5 to 7 PM and from 8 to 10:30 PM. Brinkman said that he will be assisted by two skating professionals this summer. Gloria Frazer from Chicago and Gerald Woodstrom from Omaha will on hand for skating instruction.” The image above shows Aspen and Aspen Mountain in the 1950s.

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