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Winter Holiday in the 70’s- Beautiful Photos of Skiing in Aspen by Ron Hoffman …

Ian Smith

The photographer Ron Hoffman captured the winter skiing season in Aspen in 1974, Colorado and documented a winter holiday in a time so distant than ours.

In general, these photos reflect the time when people went skiing and were actually skiing and relaxing, and not staring in their iPhones dressed in ski outfits  like nowadays.

Besides skiing, below you can see cool fashion from the 70’s and people enjoying in small things like soaking in a warm pool or enjoying in the afternoon sun.

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After the Skiing — A Rest and a Drink in the Late Afternoon Sun

 

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Between Ski Runs

 

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Casts and Crutches Are Part of the Skiing Scene

 

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Chair Lift Goes to the Top of Snowmass Mountain

 

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Chairlift Goes by Condominiums Built Alongside the Ski Slope at Snowmass Mountain

Founded as a mining camp during the Colorado Silver Boom and later named “Aspen” because of the abundance of aspen trees in the area, the city boomed during the 1880s, its first decade of existence. That early era ended when the Panic of 1893 led to a collapse in the silver market, and the city began a half-century known as “the quiet years” during which its population steadily declined, reaching a nadir of less than a thousand by 1930. Aspen’s fortunes reversed in the mid-20th century when neighboring Aspen Mountain was developed into a ski resort, and industrialist Walter Paepcke bought many properties in the city and redeveloped them. Today it is home to three renowned institutions, two of which Paepcke helped found, that have international importance: the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Aspen Institute, and the Aspen Center for Physics

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Condominiums at Spring and Hyman Streets

 

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Enjoying the View before Taking Run from the Top of Snowmass Mountain

 

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Folksingers Entertain Skiers at End of Day in the Timber Line Bar and Restaurant on Snowmass Mountain

 

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Free Shuttle Bus Takes Skiers the Two Miles from Lionshead Mountain to Vail Village

 

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Gathering at a Pub for Some Apres Ski Refreshment

 

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Hawking Beer to Skiers Outside the Timber Line Restaurant and Bar at Snowmass Mountain 01 1974

 

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Heading for the Ski Lift

 

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In the Village

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Little Nell’s Snack Bar at Ajax Mountain 01 1974

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Lunch at Pepi’s Outdoor Cafe

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Members of the Ski Club of Washington, D.C. Soak Out Muscle Fatigue at the Continental Inn Pool 1

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Members of the Ski Club of Washington, D.C. Soak Out Muscle Fatigue at the Continental Inn Pool

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Mid-Vail Restaurant at Lunch Time

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No Skiing in the Streets Says the Regulation

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On the Big Burn Trail from the Top of Snowmass

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Popcorn Wagon at Snowmass Mountain

 

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Ski Patrol Attends an Injured Skier. Crossed Skis Indicate an Injury

 

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Skiers Enjoy Late Afternoon Sun and a Snack 02 1974

 

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Skiers Have Late Day Drink on the Mountain 01 1974

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Skiers on the Bus to Aspen. Snow Storms or Icy Roads Make Schedules More a Hope Than a Commitment

 

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Skiing Part of the Trip Is over for One Young Woman

 

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Snug as a Bug in a Carton on Runners

 

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The Careful Skier Is Equipped with Safety Straps So That If His Skis Are Released in a Fall They Remain Attached to His Boots Runaway Skis Are a Danger to Other Skiers

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Timber Line Bar & Restaurant on Snowmass Mountain

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Unscrambling the Luggage

 

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All photos by The U.S. National Archives