What ski area is home to Little Nell?
February 24, 2022
February 24, 2022 at 3:43 pm
Little Nell is located at the base of Ajax Mtn. aka Aspen Mtn. Little Nell is not so “little” anymore. I first visited Aspen in the early 80’s and Little Nell was modest by most standards. Then, the Silver Queen Gondola went in and changed the neighborhood.
February 26, 2022 at 4:04 pm
Little Nell (a soppy character in Charles Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop) is indeed associated with Aspen. She was apparently a “lady of the night” for whose charms a local silver miner named his claim, which stood slightly uphill of the present-day five-star, four-season inn that bears her eponymous name.
February 27, 2022 at 5:11 pm
Sliding a bit off topic of Little Nell, I’ m unable to resist: Beyond the question of the week your column mentioned two other fun things which set the gears in motion:
1) Sir Arnold Lunn organizing the first DH & SL at Murren
2) The standard measure of skill: skiing all 3 events (SL, DH, Nordic)
Laziness has led me to prefer gravity power (vs. brute force) and speed (GS, SG & DH) and since I rarely shy from occasional sarcasm; I concocted my (50+ years) standard reply about preferred race type:
“SL is merely an event: 1)Invented by an Englishman (Lunn) and 2) Improved by an Austrian (Anton Seelos). I do not harbor high expectations!! ”
Far beyond Anton Seelos’ racing skills, how many remember his introduction of the “Seelos Combintion gate (aka the “H Gate), the bane of the indecisive.
February 28, 2022 at 7:26 pm
Yes, little Nell is in Aspen. Loved Gretchen’s addition. I was wondering where “little Nell” came from. Haven’t been there since the70’s! Yikes time flies. Probably wouldn’t recognize it now!
March 2, 2022 at 3:23 pm
After breaking my achilles on Magnifico Slalom Hill in Aspen in early 60s, I worked at The Ski Barn repair shop at Little Nell. I was living on a ranch in Woody Creek with a couple of UVM Ski Team buddies.
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