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Aspen’s skiing history on display during World Cup Finals

Staff report

The Aspen Historical Society will partner with several organizations during the FIS World Cup Finals, March 15 to 19, to share the sport’s history as it relates to the town’s development.

In Wagner Park, the Aspen Historical Society will host a ski-racing exhibition in partnership with Aspen Skiing Co. and Ajax Holdings. The display, featuring artifacts and a timeline of the evolution of the skiing and racing in Aspen, will be open to the public from 1 to 7 p.m. during the World Cup.

The public also can see a snowscrew on display in Wagner Park downtown. The snowscrew is a vehicle similar to a snowcat, but it moves across the snow on screws, not tracks. It was used in the late 1930s as a method of transport and was functional on flat terrain, but it turned out to be incompatible with Aspen’s steep slopes.

In partnership with the Aspen 82 television station, the Aspen Historical Society will show vintage ski footage on large screens in Wagner Park and at the base of Lift 1A, where the World Cup Finals course finishes. Ski racing history displays also are available for viewing at the top of Aspen Mountain in the Silver Queen Gondola station and at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport departures lounge.

For more information on Aspen history, visit http://www.aspen history.org or call 970-925-3721.


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