Published January 1, 2010

  It took me two and a half days on a two-lane road to get from Hermosa Beach, Calif., to Aspen, Colo., in 1952. I rented a room in the Jerome Hotel for $5 a night with a bathroom down the hall. The thermometer hovered around zero all day. The sky was so clear you could see at least halfway to Las Vegas from the top of Ajax.

  I finished a day of filming untracked powder right under Aspen’s two chairlifts. You could do that in those days. It was time to get over to the Wheeler Opera House to show my latest movie, “Wandering Skis.”

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