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25-50-100 Years Ago

Two men made "a narrow escape" in 1908 from a snowslide in Queen's Gulch, the paper reported. The slide above was also in the Aspen area in the early 1900s. (Courtesy Aspen Historical Society)

The grazing regulations were well gone over and some questions asked and changes suggested. The forest officers asked that the regulations be freely criticized and said that they were here to learn from the people.

There was a spirited discussion regarding the removal of stock from the range without inspection by a forest officer. Some thought that the local officer should be given more power so that stock could not be removed without inspection. Others thought this would put too much work on the forest officers and business would be retarded. …

The subject of claims on the national forests was taken up, and it was reported that nearly two thousand homesteads had been entered on the forests of Colorado. … Under present laws they are blocked out something like a mining claim and filed on under the homestead law. …

Mr. Berry, the forest engineer of this forest, gave an interesting discussion of the regulations in timber sales. A spirited discussion followed on the subject of brush piling. Mr. H.G. Koch taking the position that it was better to leave the limbs from trees cut down by the lumbermen to lie on the ground, thus furnishing nutrition to he soil and aiding in the growth of grasses for grazing purposes resulting in great advantage to the stockraisers.

Mr. F.J. Ebler opposed [by saying] that leaving the underbrush and dead limbs delayed the growth of grasses and the further fact that the cattle, in their attempt to get to the grass through the brush, would trample the sprouts of trees. …

A motion was made and carried that the brush on the Holy Cross reserve be scattered by the lumbermen and allowed to decay on the ground instead of being burned.

It is believed, however, that the government forestry department will order the burning of this underbrush despite the action of the local lumbermen at yesterday’s meeting.

As Michael C. McNichols and one of the men employed on the New York tunnel were going up Queen’s gulch on their way to the tunnel Monday evening, a snowslide came down the gulch, tossing Mr. McNichols down the hill about 40 feet, just missing the other man. When the slide came down the horses became frightened, broke loose and came to town. The men returned to the city arriving here about 9 o’clock Monday night, and left for the mine bright and early yesterday morning.

The men who have been engaged in hauling logs in Queen’s gulch during the winter are now compelled to quit working owing to the rottenness of the snow. They will rest until they can exchange runners for wheels.

Running a downhill, just in case you didn’t notice, isn’t easy. …

[With] 25 inches of snow in two days, starting the day before the downhill is scheduled, the amount of work involved goes right off the upper end of the scale ” racing past the level of “possible” right on up toward “unbelievable.”

That storm, the biggest of the year, hit Aspen on March 4, piling up several feet of wet, heavy snow on a downhill course that a month of meticulous preparation had brought to a state that the World Cup downhill racers has praised as “the best ever.”

Several hundred volunteers turned out in the pre-dawn dark on Friday ” most of them, admittedly, “volunteered” by their employer, the Aspen Skiing Company, which called out almost everyone on the payroll at 5 a.m. and sent them up the mountain to start pushing snow off the course. …

Not everything that came out of the snow delay [by a day ]was painful.

CBS, which had planned to cover the downhill Saturday, found itself with a lot of open airtime and devoted much of it to feature reports on Aspen, the downhill and the Winternational here.

The result, according to [press chief Jack] Brendlinger, was that “we probably got more publicity than we would have if the race had been held [on schedule].”

It was his country, his race, his week and ” when it was over ” his World Cup.

When the World Cup racers arrived in Aspen last week, the big question was whether Phil Mahre {see photo] of the U.S. and Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden would battle it out for the World Cup title right through the final race of the season, as they had done two years ago when Mahre won the last event on the circuit to win his first World Cup.

But by the time the Aspen Winternational was over, Mahre had become the third man ever to win three consecutive World Cups. … Mahre, by settling down at the end of an unsettled year and beating Stenmark to the finish of the GS here, posted his first race victory of the season and clinching the World Cup in the process.

Closed last Tuesday as the result of a fire in the control shack, Aspen’s No. 3 chairlift will be back in operation by noon tomorrow, it was announced today by the Aspen Skiing Corporation.

The fire, which was first noticed at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, completely destroyed the control shack at the lift’s top terminal, but did not damage the lift or lift structure. When the building burned, all electrical controls, switches and wires were also destroyed.

Ironically, John Anthony (Tony) Deane was killed in an avalanche near Ogden, Utah, last Sunday while trying to save a man caught in a previous slide.

The eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Had Deane of Aspen, Deane was a member of a rescue group who had set out from the Snow Basin ski area to attempt to rescue Dr. Lincoln Ellison, research director of the U.S. Forest Service range experiment station at Ogden.

The party split into two groups, with Deane’s group downhill from the other rescuers. An avalanche, possibly shoved loose from the uphill skiers, roared down on Deane’s party. Six were swept away, and all but the former DU racer managed to stay above the snow.

Rescuers found both bodies before nightfall, each about 6 feet under the surface. The bodies were left where they were through the night because the danger of still more snowslides made immediate removal too hazardous. They were brought out Monday afternoon. …

Deane was at Snow Basin last Sunday in training for the upcoming Alpine Nationals.