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Losing a native son

Dear Editor:Back in February, the town now known as Snowmass Village lost a native son. Bruce Sinclair was born in Glenwood Springs in 1951 and raised on his family’s ranch, which is now the Snowmass Club golf course, the Melton Ranch subdivision and much of Fox Run and Two Creeks.Bruce was my friend. In recent years we had drifted apart, but I will never forget how Bruce befriended me when I first got to Snowmass in 1970. We were both just out of high school. I was a city boy who thought I knew how to ski. Wrong! Bruce taught me how to ski. We were both apprentice ski instructors at the new and popular Snowmass-at-Aspen ski area. This was Bruce’s backyard and he knew it well. There weren’t many classes to teach for apprentice instructors back in those days, so we skied a lot. Bruce showed me every jump on the mountain. We flew. He would always send me first. “Fuller, you check for speed, and don’t screw it up because I am right on your tail.”I screwed up plenty and we had some memorable “two-car pileups.” I will never forget those days. Bruce not only taught me how to ski the way Aspen kids skied, he also took me in. I was homesick and hungry. Bruce and his girlfriend Susan Alexander fed me night after night and they would always let me crash on their sofa every fall until I could find a place to stay for the winter.I didn’t get to say goodbye or thank Bruce for all his help and support in those early years. So here’s to you, old buddy. Thanks much. I’ll see you on the other side. Godspeed, and don’t screw it up, cuz I am right on your tail.A.D. FullerSnowmass

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