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The Bert Petersen Shrine (Aspen Mountain)

The Bert Petersen Shrine is on Aspen Mountain.  He died on April 7, 2015.

See this April 25, 2015 letter to the editor of the Aspen Times, "Thanks to the Community" (
"I would like to express my gratefulness and thankfulness to the Aspen community that has been by our side for Bert and myself with so much love and support during the past few weeks.  So many people to thank:  Dr. Scheuer, Dr. Gallagher, Dr, Rovira, Nancy Dodge, Chris Cohan, the Aspen Valley Hospital and all their staff, Barbara Bush and Home Care & Hospice of the Valley, Dee Dee McCabe, Sonja Oss, Nancy Oakes and all of Bert's family and friends who were with us the past few weeks for Bert's peaceful passing.  And especially to Martin Oswald at the Riverside Grill and his awesome staff and Chris Patrick and Bobby Mason for the most beautiful and memorable evening of "talk stories" about Bert.  I appreciated this evening in many ways, but especially in helping the community start its healing of Bert's passing.  Remember, the next time you are in Basalt, stop by the Riverside Grill and "split-one" with Bert.  I am sure I've forgotten to thank many people — know that you are all in our hearts.  Love and Peace, Mrs. Bert Petersen (Lorna)"


See this April 27, 2015 letter to the editor of the Aspen Times," Remembering a friend" (

"We would like to take this opportunity to give a heartfelt thank-you to Martin of the Riverside Bar and Grill in Basalt for generously providing the wonderful venue, food and drink for all the people who gathered to celebrate the life of our dear friend Bert Petersen. It was a great get-together. So many familiar faces, some not seen for a long time. It's a damn shame it takes a death for these things to happen.  Again, Martin, thank you, thank you, thank you!  Jim McPhee and Jim Hancock, Aspen"
See photos of the Shrine below (click on images to enlarge).  These photos were taken by the author on February 14, 2017.  And see more material below, following the photo section immediately below.

The photos of Bert's Shrine in the next section below are from a Facebook group called "Where's BERT...."  Photo credit to Lorna Pedersen-Petersen and Lisa Richardson.


See this September 9, 2004 article in Skiing Magazine:
See this Aspen Times article,, which contains the photo below and this caption:  "Hospice patient Bert Petersen sleeps with his wife Lorna by his side.  HomeCare & Hospice of the Valley provides end-of-life care and other health services throughout the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys."