Heart attack claims Jim Bare, a familiar face in Aspen ski scene | AspenTimes.com

Heart attack claims Jim Bare, a familiar face in Aspen ski scene

Allyn Harvey
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Jim Bare, a familiar face among Aspen’s partyer/bartender/ski bum/patroller/ski instructor set of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, died in Parachute on Saturday, April 26.

The cause of death was a heart attack, according to lifelong friend Laura Blair.

Bare was born in Denver during the Great Depression in 1936. After attending the University of Colorado, he migrated up to Aspen in the 1960s.

Bare’s life followed the path of many Aspenites of that era, living in an apartment on Main Street, working as a bartender, ski patroller and instructor. Blair said Bare worked at Aspen Highlands in the early to mid-1970s.

He was also a longtime bartender at The 19th Hole, the old bar out at the municipal golf course.

He was “a beloved patron of many of Aspen’s favorite `gone but not forgotten’ bars of the 1960s and 1970s,” Blair said in a handwritten obituary. They included The Pub, Country Roads and The Red Onion, which hasn’t gone anywhere, yet. He was also a regular in the apres-ski scene at Highlands.

In the early 1990s, a combination of factors, including a sharp spike in the cost of living here, convinced Bare it was time to retire from Aspen. He spent the next decade or so in Parachute.

Bare is survived by a daughter, Kjersten, a physician who lives in Seattle.

[Allyn Harvey’s e-mail address is aharvey@aspentimes.com]

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