Snowmass history: Ready for action

Instructors lined up for students of all levels at Stein Eriksen’s Ski School

Aspen Historical Society
Instructors stand at the morning line-up ready for students on a snowy day at Stein Eriksen's Ski School on opening day of Snowmass-at-Aspen on December 15, 1967.
David Hiser/Aspen Historical Society Hiser Collection

Instructors lined up at the ready for students of all levels to join Stein Eriksen’s Ski School at the new Snowmass-at-Aspen ski area in December 1967. Students were assigned an instructor based on their skill level and instructors would wait below a sign bearing their name. Signs pictured are for instructors Magne (Nostdahl), Amund (Ekroll), Herman, Karl, and Sepp (Kessler). Nostdahl joined Eriksen’s team originally at Aspen Highlands when it opened in the 1958-59 ski season and then was recruited over to Snowmass-at-Aspen in 1967. Other instructors like Martin Nordhagen and Kjell Vanghagen also followed Eriksen to Snowmass from Sugarbush, Vermont, where they each taught for one season after coming over from Norway.

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