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Mountain Chalet memories

Dear Editor:August 1969: With only two weeks of freedom and sanity left to me before the U.S. military was sending me overseas, my choice was simple I told myself, “Go skiing before you die, even if it is summer!” I spent five nights at the Mountain Chalet, got five days’ Jeep rental from Jesse Maddalone at the old “Locals Corner” ($25 total including gas, just because I was going overseas), had one day climbing the Montezuma Basin snow field until someone with the Aspen Ski Club heard of my plight and let me use the ski club’s rope tow for the remaining four days (to ski about 300 yards of the most perfect mush and sun cups) and the ultimate T-shirt from Aspen Sports titled “Summer Skiing – Montezuma Basin” (with a silk-screened slalom skier bustin’ gates). I lived on the memories and that T-shirt for the following 18 months.November 1993: The Mountain Chalet was offering steak dinners with the price of the meal based on an abstract mathematical equation using the dinner guest’s oldest dated ski pass. Sheriff Bob Braudis and company produced a ski pass from 1968 and the Mountain Chalet owed us money!December 2004: Happy 50th, we’ll see you for dinner and we’ll pay!Tom GradyCarbondale