Aspen Historical Society to discuss the evolution of ski and snowboard discussion

Staff report

The Aspen Historical Society’s Time Travel Tuesday program this week will focus on the evolution of ski and snowboard instruction.

The discussion, called “Ski Instruction: It’s All Downhill,” takes place at 5:30 p.m. today at Bumps Restaurant at the base of Buttermilk ski area. Cost is $8 or free for Historical Society members at the Lixiviator level.

Speakers will include Kirk Baker, a ski instructor who moved to Aspen in 1961 who also founded Aspen Kayak School; Andy Hanson, a ski instructor since 1966, when he started teaching with Fred Iselin at Aspen Highlands; Katie Ertl, managing director for Aspen/Snowmass ski and snowboard schools; and Susan Saghatoleslami, snowboarding director for Ski Doctors and pioneer of the sport.

Upcoming Time Travel Tuesdays topics will include:

• Feb. 4 — Guided Adventure: Leading the Way (location: Wheeler/Stallard Museum)

Feb. 11 — Fitness Pro: Different Strokes for Different Folks

Feb. 18 — Food and Wine: Setting the Table

Feb. 25 — Fly Fishing: What’s My Line

March 4 — Equestrian: Happy Trails

March 11 — Cycling: Working on the Chain Gang

All discussions will be held at the Limelight Hotel unless otherwise noted.


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