Yesterday I made an impulse buy. It wasn’t a small impulse buy like a t-shirt or a bargain at the end of the supermarket isle; It was a 200 pound, 8 foot tall steel ski lift chair, and I don’t regret it one bit.

Ever since I started skiing, I have always wanted to own a ski chair off a lift. Every once in a while I would see a lift dangling off someones porch and wonder how they acquired it. 20 years of skiing later, I finally have my piece of the mountain too. It seems as though ski lift chairs are pretty hard to find and sometimes fetch a pretty penny but I was lucky enough to find one for $50. I can’t take all the credit for this find though….It was my girlfriend who spotted the lift for sale in the Buttermilk parking lot, as she was buying peaches at the fruit stand. It appears as if the lift came off Buttermilk mountain to make way for a faster and bigger lift. Now this classic double will have a new home in my San Francisco apartment after I make it some legs and fashion a new cushioned bench for it.

Even though I am moving away from this beautiful valley, I will be taking a piece of Aspen with me to keep forever.

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