History: Trail names: east side | AspenTimes.com

History: Trail names: east side

Continuing from Whispering Jesse west to east on Snowmass, let’s explore how the trails were named. Rocky Mountain High gets its name from the title of one of John Denver’s hits, and supposedly Garrett Gulch is named for a man who owned an infamous rooming house. Runs like Sheer Bliss, Free Fall, Slider and Glissade are named for the experience of skiing them. Many runs like Rock Island, West Face, East Wall, Headwall, The Edge, Northwoods, Creekside, West Fork, East Branch, Lodgepole, Log Deck and Funnel are named in reference to land formations and aspects of the runs themselves. Roberto’s off of High Alpine honors a former ski school director who died in an avalanche near there, and Reidar’s similarly keeps alive the memory of a ski patroller who died after falling into a tree well. A few trail names are just for fun, like Naked Lady, supposedly for the Playboy centerfold tacked up while the lift and run line were being cut, and Bottoms Up and Showcase show off the skills, whether good or bad, of skiers and snowboarders alike. Adams’ Avenue, previously Village Bound, was named for a family related to Col. Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken, who made a charitable donation to the Aspen Community Foundation. Trestle was named for the bridge connection and Turkey Trot for the turkeys running around the area. Coffee Pot and Camp 3 are both named for the camp nearby for the trail-clearing crew for Sheer Bliss that left relics like a coffee pot on the tree. The Hanging Valley Wall area has names that relate to treats like Baby Ruth and Cookies. But who is Cassidy or Willy? Please let us know! Gunner’s View along with The Fort have a great view. Bear Bottom, Grey Wolf and Bull Run all bear animal names, as does the Elk Camp area as a whole. And Long Shot is just a long ski run of over 5 miles — one of the longest ski runs in the country. Photo by Michael Kennedy shows the Roberto’s ski run.

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