From the Vault: A Top-Notch Club
“Winter sports club plans are well underway,” noted The Aspen Times on Dec. 17, 1936. The paper was referring to the organization of the Roaring Fork Winter Sports Club, now known as the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club (AVSC). The article continued, “Aspen is to have a winter sports club that will be second to none on the Western Slope, if all the plans made at the public mass meeting held at the Court House last Friday night are carried out to their logical conclusion. Winter sports fans and enthusiasts who attended this meeting, approximately 100 in number, enthusiastically endorsed this proposed club and will back those who have been chosen to lead this movement to the limit. Mr. Tom Harrison called the meeting to order at 7:30 o’clock at the request of the Aspen Legionnaires, who have been responsible for getting this movement underway, and explained the various different angles of organizing a winter sports club, its aims, purposes, methods of conducting outings, contests and all other phases that concern such an organization. Mr. Harrison stressed the point that the public should become winter sports minded and that everyone should aid in promoting this community as a winter sporting center. In order to do this the citizens of Aspen should cooperate towards organizing a winter sports club of its own that will not only foster those aims and ideals, but also be one of the most active in the state. Tentative plans call for the organization of this club as soon as possible and the club will function formally as of January 1st. The club is open to all citizens of Aspen and Pitkin County who wish to take an active part in winter sports, or who wish to help promote this region as a sporting area. Each and every citizen of this community should make it his business to take an active part in this movement or at least give his moral to it. Since this city has been chosen as the logical site for one of the greatest winter playground developments in the entire nation it is no more than just that the citizens of this community should do all in their power to promote this area as the leading winter sporting place of the nation. By so doing you will show your appreciation of the many benefits that have been bestowed upon Aspen and you will at the same time aid in making this city a better place in which to live.” The photograph above shows members of the ski club on a trip to Green Mountain in 1937. Left to right: Jerry Hiatt, Willimina Willoughby, Mike Magnifico, Doris Willoughby, Peggy Linherres, and Frank Willoughby.
This photo and more can be found in the Aspen Historical Society archives at aspenhistory.org.
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