So long to a true pioneer |

So long to a true pioneer

Our condolences to Janet Robinson, Don and Steve Robinson, all the Robinson family and the entire crew at Aspen Highlands for their loss.

Don Robinson, a true Highlands’ original, died this week of cancer at the age of 68.

Robinson was born and raised in Carbondale and spent most of his working life building and managing Aspen Highlands.

He was hired on by Highlands founder Whip Jones in the mid-1950s to turn what was once part of the T Lazy 7 Ranch into a ski resort that would compete head-to-head with what is now the Aspen Skiing Co.

Robinson is estimated to have cut 70 of the runs on Highlands. He served as senior vice president of mountain operations for 37 years, and for the past eight years he was the director of mountain trails.

As much as anyone and more than most, Don Robinson was the face of Aspen Highlands. Even for locals who don’t frequent Highlands, Robinson’s face and smile is familiar.

When he died last Sunday, the Roaring Fork Valley lost a true pioneer.

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