The Snowmass Ski Patrol Destroys the Golf Shrine (Snowmass)
On February 25, 2017, at around Noon, two members of the Snowmass Ski Patrol (in uniform) tore out the Golf Shrine on Snowmass. There were at least two eye-witnesses to the event (a ski instructor and an Ambassador), who said the destruction took around 2 hours to complete, and the dismantling was later admitted to by an Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman, who said that what the Snowmass Ski Patrol did when they tore out the Golf Shrine "was probably to comply with the law." The full quote (“What he did was probably to comply with the law and how the Forest Service views these kinds of things on federal land.”) appears in this March 2, 2017 front page Aspen Daily News article by Madeleine Osberger: "Last Round for Snowmass' Golf Shrine" http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/174463 Items removed from the Shrine included 4 chairs, two golf bags (one adult bag and one kid's bag), around 8 or 9 golf clubs, around 9 or 10 metal signs, a range bucket full of golf balls, some pin flags, a quiet sign, some bag towels, some golf cartoons, and numerous laminated photos and items. The remains (see photo below) were carted off in a small trailer on the back of a snowmobile. The Shrine was probably the most popular and most visited Shrine on Snowmass, and many people went to social media to express their outrage at the destruction and vow to rebuild it. Before and after photos, and also a photo of the remains are below; click on images to enlarge. Thanks to Gail Mason for the photo contribution.
Since then the Golf Shrine has been rebuilt.
This quote appeared in the October 17, 2017 Aspen Daily News, in an article by Madeleine Osberger about the new Breathtaker Alpine Coaster at Snowmass: "He (ski area manager Steve Sewell) also noted the location (of the coaster) was 'by the Hunter Thompson shrine,' but allowed that he wasn’t sure if that shrine was still intact. Several of Snowmass’ more prominent on-mountain markers, or shrines, including one that paid homage to the greats of the golfing world, were removed this year though SkiCo has said previously it wasn’t at their direction." http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/176982
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