History: St. Paddy’s Day on the hill
“Snowmass plans Irish Olympics,” The Aspen Times announced March 6, 1980. The paper described the event as a six-part relay race beginning and ending in the Snowmass Village Mall to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The first two members split the distance to the Divide Cabin, and then they handed off to a cross-country skier who skied a one-mile course along the Sleighride Trail, ending at the Top of the Village. The fourth participant skied a slalom course down to the next person, who mini-tobogganed down to the last person, who finished the course on snowshoes. “To keep the celebration going, a ‘Shamrock Shuffle’ will be held at the Timbermill Inn from 8 until midnight, with music by the Aspen Flyers.” Green beer and Irish whiskey were served to those wearing green, and finally an Irish jig contest was held to finish off the night.
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