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Calling in the tourists

The archaeological record of the alphorn stretches back nearly 2,000 years to the Celtic tribes that originally settled the rugged land of the northern slopes of the Alps. The alphorn was used to calm and signal the flocks of cattle and sheep to return to the valley and their shepherd. It was also used to call council members in times of war.

On New Year’s Day at 12 p.m., at the base of Ajax, Thomas Carroll of Old Snowmass will wear traditional clothing and use a 20-foot alphorn to call in the tourists.

Aspen seems to have to forgotten the need to promote the tourist trade that is vital in sustaining this little Colorado ski town.



At noon, I will attempt to ring in the flocks of tourists with tradition and long hypnotic bellows. We have the the snow, where are the skiers and special events?

Thomas Carroll




Old Snowmass


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