I ran across this terrific photo years ago during research for my Wild Snow history book. The only note I have on it states it was shot at the Tagert Hut, a Braun system hut in the mountains between Aspen and Crested Butte. Tagert Hut was originally a log cabin that I recall burnt down in the late 1950s or early 1960s, to be replaced by a funky A-frame structure (now renovated). Thus, the log cabin decor indicates the photo was shot before the hut was replaced after the fire. Problem is, no one I’ve shown this to can ID any of the women in the photo. Perhaps they were models from out of town, but I suspect at least a couple of the gals were well known locals at the time. Any Aspen history buffs recognize someone?
The decor and clothing are classic. Condensed milk cans at lower left, stove pipe with heat catcher, log walls. The woman on the left knitting, gal on the floor with macrame belt and that beautiful plaid shirt — and everyone with their version of hut shoes!
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.