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Warren Miller couldn’t afford Aspen’s $4 lift ticket or $10 houses

Staff report

Ski-film legend Warren Miller had close connections to Aspen ski pioneers.

In his 2016 autobiography, “Freedom Found: My Life Story” he talked about visiting Aspen Mountain for the 1947-48 ski season. He and ski-bum buddy Ward Baker spent a good part of the season in Ketchum, Idaho, but decided to go on a road trip to other resorts that April.

They had a mixed reaction to Aspen.

“The mountain was spectacular, the town not quite as appealing,” Miller wrote. “There were blocks of empty, run-down, 1890s Victorian houses left over from the silver boomtown days, and not all that many decent places to stay. However, we had our trailer, so it was OK with us.”

Miller and Baker couldn’t afford the $4 lift ticket so they skinned up.

“We had one great top-to-bottom run, the one shining ski memory of our Rocky Mountain spring skiing tour,” Miller wrote.

They introduced themselves to Friedl Pfeifer, who owned the ski school. He advised them to hide their “derelict car and trailer” so the sheriff wouldn’t cart them off to jail.

He also advised them to buy houses or vacant lots in Aspen for $10 each.

“I should have listened,” Miller wrote.


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