Max never complained, he just skied |

Max never complained, he just skied

I was deeply saddened when I heard the news that Max died on Saturday. He was truly a ski icon for Aspen, and in the same league as the Benedicts and Durrances as far as roots running deep here. I just want to give a little more credit where credit is due.

I first met Max around 17 years ago, when I was working for lifts on Aspen Mountain. He was an incredible optimist and had a love of skiing only a few people left in this town have and understand. He never complained, he just skied.

I worked for 12 years around the mountain on different lifts and believe me it got boring and tedious. Max would always stop in for conversation and break up the day for us and we were in awe of him. He had a certain ski style that you could pick out from afar and we always knew it was him. He was always friendly and always skiing. If the lift seat was covered in snow and ice, he would smile, wave and jump happily on.

It could be pouring rain and we would be sitting in the lift shack, forever waiting for the day to end. The patrol would come through grumbling about how terrible the day was and then came Max, “How’s the skiing Max?” we would ask, incredulous that anyone was skiing. His answer was always the same, no matter what the conditions were. “You know, Amy, it’s pretty good today.” We would laugh that anyone was that crazy about skiing, but I had great admiration and envy that anyone could love the sport that much.

I understand it was an epic day for Max in Argentina, with sun and powder and awesome turns. Appropriate and fitting, for someone who had great optimism for life and brought sunshine through even the worst conditions. He’ll be missed.

Amy Connerton


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