The idea for the Aspen Hall of Fame began in 1985 as the Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) planned a celebration of Aspen’s 40th anniversary of skiing the following year. The concept of the Aspen Hall of Fame was to honor the “pioneers” who dedicated their lives to the development of skiing and the betterment of our community, and to establish a meaningful annual event during the celebration that would live beyond the season of celebration.
The first Hall of Fame committee represented a cross-section of the community, including representatives from the arts council and the historical society, from the ski club and the ski company, as well as 10th Mountain Division soldiers; there was even a member of the first board of directors of the Aspen Corporation, the original name of the ASC. The first banquet was held during the Aspen Skiing Company’s 40th Anniversary Celebration week in January 1987.
The current organization has been independent from ASC for many years. Each year’s banquet features an awards presentation, introduced by a video profiling the life of each inductee.
Our Mission Statement
The Aspen Hall of Fame was established in 1986–87 to recognize and honor those individuals who have had a significant and lasting impact on the Aspen/Snowmass communities—economically, physically, spiritually or intellectually. They must have demonstrated inspirational leadership and have made major contributions to cultural, sports, and/or civic activities.
The Hall of Fame Banquet
The Aspen Hall of Fame honors its new inductees in January of each year, a time when the community comes together to honor those who have made a lasting impact on the Aspen/Snowmass area.
Nominations are solicited from the community during the previous summer. Watch for an announcement that nominations are open, and observe closely the deadline date for submitting a nomination, usually in mid-September. The nomination form outlines the qualifications for this honor, and the guidelines are carefully followed when considering a nominee for induction.
Honorees are chosen by members of the Board of Directors in the fall. Following the selection process, the inductees are notified of their selection, and the community at large is informed through local media.
Members of the Board of Directors serve a two-year term, with the option to renew for a second two years. Because of this relatively lively turnover, many individuals from the Aspen/Snowmass community have served as volunteers on the Aspen Hall of Fame board over the years.
The Aspen Hall of Fame Banquet is usually held the evening of the third Saturday of January, beginning with a cash bar, then dinner, then presentations describing the lives and contributions to the community of the new inductees.
Everyone is welcome to the banquet. For further information and to make a request to be added to a mailing list, please call the contact telephone number at the bottom of the page.
The Aspen Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization, dependent upon donations for its continued existence. In order to keep the annual banquet affordable for all who wish to attend, donations are a critical part of the mix.
Videos are prepared of the life history of each inductee and presented at the banquet, videos that have become a living narrative on the rich history of our area as told through their lives, their families and colleagues. The Aspen Historical Museum in the West End maintains a library of videos available for the public to view. Donations help make this archive possible.