A plaque in one of the Aspen Mountain Silver Queen Gondola cars is entitled "Art of Todboggans," and reads as follows:
"In honor of past patrollers, directors and mountain managers, the 'Todboggans" at Aspen Mountain have been painted with different scenes. There is even one named Bingo after a former avalanche dog. The sleds are stashed all over the mountain for easy patrol access. Ask a patroller to show you the paintings and tell you their tales."
There is a web site that covers all of the 73 plaques in the Aspen gondola cars including this plaque; see: http://www.rachelcgoddard.com-a.googlepages.com/GondolaPlaque3_27.pdf and advance to plaque #46; (this link no longer works). For an Aspen Daily News article of December 23, 2006 about these plaques, see this link: http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/aspen-history-now-pa
Photos of some of these Todboggans are below.
One is in memory of "The Honorable Dr. Tom Hines DVM." He was a doctor of veterinary medicine who died on July 1, 2000; for his obituary, see: http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20000707/NEWS/7070296
Another todboggan has "APSPA" and "Aspen Professional Ski Patrol Association--Since 1986" painted on it, along with a picture of a long-haired person wearing a beret.
There is a todboggan for Alex Halperin who was the first woman hired by the Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol, which was labeled at the time as "the last bastion of male supremacy" by a national magazine. Her todboggan says "First Woman--Alex" on it, along with a drawing of a serpent and an apple, photo below. See this February 18, 2006 Aspen Times article, "Breaking into the 'old boys club'" by Scott Condon: http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20060218/ASPENWEEKLY/102190014.
For photos of 20 of the todboggans, see this Facebook photo album (you do not need to have a Facebook account to view the album): https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.424042117667758.97576.100001859201674&type=1&l=44890e01b8
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