Sanctuaries in the Snow

The Sam Coffey Shrine (Aspen Mountain)

The Sam Coffey Shrine is on Aspen Mountain.  He died after suffering a series of strokes on May 20, 2019 at the age of 29 while in Mexico on a surfing vacation.  See these three articles: 




See this obituary for him:

Also see this article:

He was a member of the Freaks -- "Aspen's fastest ski gang."  See this page:

See this SKI magazine article by Devon O'Neil which mentions Sam Coffey.   It appears in the print magazine "The Heart of Skiing" SKI volume 84 #4, Heart of Skiing 2020.



Photos of the shrine are below; click on images to enlarge.  Many thanks to Erik DaRosa, Mikey Wechsler, Glenn Bucksbaum, and JoJo Coffey  for the photo contributions.  Thanks to Tim Sack and Erica Robbie for their help with the information on this page.


The item shown below appeared in "local" magazine, winter 2020 issue, p.116. Click on images to enlarge.