Original WildSnow Girls

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | October 11, 2012      
Fashion photo shoot at Tagert Hut in late 1950s or early 1960s, in mountains between Aspen and Crested Butte.

Fashion photo shoot at Tagert Hut in late 1950s or early 1960s, in mountains between Aspen and Crested Butte. Click image to enlarge.

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!


12 Responses to “Original WildSnow Girls”

  1. Tom MacKelvie October 11th, 2012 2:55 pm

    Did you ask Bud Marolt if he knew who any of them were?

    Maybe the gal sitting on the floor is Inga Prime who was in “Spirit of Snow” (2002).

  2. Xavier October 11th, 2012 5:36 pm

    They don’t look very happy….a bit morose in fact. Maybe it wasn’t a powder day?

    I think they’d had an argument and weren’t speaking to each other when this was taken.

  3. Lou Dawson October 11th, 2012 6:05 pm

    Good point Xavier, I think they’d been posing for photos for 4 hours straight and wanted to be out skiing behind the cabin…

  4. Lisa October 11th, 2012 6:40 pm

    Or maybe the boys stole all the good lines.

  5. Sedgesprite October 11th, 2012 6:55 pm

    Connie Harvey?

  6. Lou Dawson October 11th, 2012 7:02 pm

    Sedge, could be!

  7. Joe October 12th, 2012 7:07 am
  8. Mark October 12th, 2012 8:51 am

    They look pretty glum, maybe due to the lack of thermal in their snow gear. How technology has come on in the last 40 years!!

  9. Lou Dawson October 12th, 2012 8:53 am

    That stove is pretty small for a drafty cabin.

  10. Peter R October 12th, 2012 6:32 pm

    Why so glum? Notice that their hair styles are perfect? This might indicate crappy weather outside, with too much time inside. Or maybe the boys wimped out and were a no-show.

  11. Jailhouse Hopkins October 16th, 2012 7:31 am

    Obviously the girl on the floor forgot to bring the herbal remedy. Had she remembered this photo could have been a classic!

  12. Lou Dawson October 16th, 2012 8:17 am

    Jailhouse, I have no doubt that there is more than tea or coffee in that cup! After all, it’s obviously apre apre!

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