Snowmass History: Local groups receive $12,000 from festival

Aspen Historical Society
A photograph of hot air balloons in the sky and on the ground at the Snowmass golf course during the tenth annual Snowmass Hot Air Balloon Festival, 1985. It appeared in the Aspen Times on July 18, 1985, on pg. 32B.
Aspen Historical Society/Aspen Times Collection

“Local groups receive $12,000 from festival” reported The Aspen Times in summer of 1985.

The Snowmass Hot Air Balloon Festival generated $12,000 for Pitkin County Air Rescue as well as Mountain Rescue. Receiving checks of $6,000 each were Tom McCabe, president of Mountain Rescue, and Betty Pfister, founder of both Pitkin County Air Rescue and the Balloon Festival.

Presenting the checks last Friday was Randy Woods, chairman of the festival organizing board. Pitkin county Air Rescue and Mountain Rescue are independent organizations providing the area with emergency services. There are 23 volunteers involved with Air Rescue. Eight planes are available for searches. Mountain Rescue has 30 volunteers, all of whom are trained in CPR. Because neither group receives much in the way of public funding, they are primarily dependent on private donations and the Snowmass Balloon Festival.