Here are a few more trail-name stories to impress your friends with at après:
Dallas Freeway is named after the Dallas Ski Club, which visited Snowmass from the beginning and whose members had a particular fondness for speeding down that trail on the Big Burn.
On Sam’s Knob, Zugspitze refers to Germany’s highest mountain, which looms over Aspen’s first sister city: Garmisch-Partenkirchen. (The two resorts became paired in 1966.)
Hal’s Hollow was named for Hal Hartman, one of Snowmass’s early explorers and a lead guide during the snowcat tours. Hartman was also, fittingly, the ski area’s first patrol director, and his son, Hal Hartman, Jr., followed in his footsteps as an accomplished ski patroller, then went on to a career in natural hazards analysis and applied physics.
A gnarled old tree on the Sam’s Knob’s east-facing ridgeline was the inspiration for Banzai Ridge, an unfortunate misspelling of the Japanese term for a miniature tree grown in an pot.
As for Fanny Hill, that’s a colorful label for the beginner trail that runs alongside the original ski village — where plenty of rear ends have come into contact with snow in the last 50 years.