Gwyn's High Alpine Restaurant has been sitting atop the Snowmass Alpine Springs Lift since 1979. Although the building is new, many traditions have stayed the same, including owner Gwyn Knowlton's longtime passion of uphilling to work.
Snow or shine, Gwyn has been uphilling to work since the restaurant's opening and continues to do so multiple days a week. The journey itself is 2.25 miles with a 2,461 vertical feet gain. When you add it all up, it's pretty staggering: 37 years of skinning three days a week over the span of five skin-able months per year equates to 135 miles a year, adding up to 4,995 miles. In vertical feet, that totals roughly 49,220 feet climbed per year (or 1,821,140 feet since 1979).
Highlights include watching the morning sunrise at the top of Green Cabin as well as skiing down in fresh powder.
Although never stuck in a blizzard, Gwyn has had to call for snowmobile backup with 18-plus inches of powder, when conditions are too deep for uphilling.