History: Flying high
“Hot Air Regatta” headlined the front pages of The Aspen Times on July 16, 1981. “Spectators were up at the crack of dawn last Saturday and Sunday to watch the fifth annual Snowmass Invitational Balloon Race. Thirty Two colorful balloons ascended from the launch site near the Snowmass Stables in the early morning calm. The brightly colored balloons hovering quietly against the pink and yellow flush of sunrise make this one of the most spectacular events of the summer season.” The festival, which is now celebrating its 40th year, was held in early July for many years, but now soars with the fall colors of September and helps close Snowmass Village’s summer season. This photo was taken in August 1977 by Chris Cassatt.