As good as things are today, the 1970s were the best decade for skiing and arguably the best town to be a skier was Aspen. Ketchum can make a damn good argument for it, but Aspen’s ski culture was a tour de force. Pro racers, hot dogs, starlets, dealers, Spider Sabich and Claudine Longet, Hunter S. Thompson…in the 1970s everyone, it seemed, was in Aspen.
And so was Life magazine photographer John Dominis, who shot these photos in 1971, just two years out of the summer of love and still relatively early in the arc of the red wine and hooch glow of the ski sport. They’re all women, so it probably wasn’t too harsh of an assignment for Dominis, but that’s a shame — with an incredible time capsule archive like this, it would be rad to see the dudes, too.