Before Loveland Pass.
Before Aspen even had a chair lift, one irreverent woman was climbing 14,000-foot peaks and skiing down fifty-degree avalanche chutes - simply for the passion and grace of being played by earth, sky and gravity.
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Dolores LaChapelle (née Greenwell) was a mountaineer, skier, Tai Chi teacher, independent scholar, and leader in the Deep ecology movement. She graduated from Denver University in 1947 and then spent three years teaching skiing in Aspen, Colorado. In 1950, she made the first ski ascent of Mount Columbia, the second highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and also of Snow Dome, the hydrographic apex of the continent. After marrying Edward LaChapelle, she spent a year with him in Davos, Switzerland from 1950–51, and then they moved to Alta, Utah. In 1952, their son Randy was born in Denver, Colorado (Randy changed his name to David LaChapelle
in his adult years). As a family they would rotate three times a year
to their homes and workstations in Alta, Utah where they spent winters
and Randy/David was homeschooled; the Olympic Mountains Blue Glacier
Washington, where they spent summers; and Kirkland Washington. Dolores
and Ed moved to Silverton, Colorado
in 1973 initially because it was here Ed carried out avalanche
research. Later they would separate though they maintained their
friendship and professional literary companionship. Ed set up life in
Alaska. Dolores, however, enjoyed the San Juan Mountains the rest of her
life. She operated Way of the Mountain center from her home publishing, writing, teaching, skiing, sharing ceremony and music.
Dolores was first and foremost a philosopher and researcher. The
extent of her research spanned a complex set of topics which she tracked
in a vast library of books and articles. She noted and cross-referenced
every text in such a tight web of interrelated material, that she would
eventually include in her collection, over a dozen thick and
hand-typed, three-ring binder compendiums linking it all together. This
rare and fascinating body of research includes hundreds of biographical
files chronicling a rich lifetime of mountain climbs (she climbed all
14K mountain of Colorado Rockies by age 20), letter correspondence with
authors and poets such as Gary Snyder and Art Goodtimes
and her overlapping years married to pioneering avalanche and snow
scientist Ed LaChapelle. Currently this body of wisdom is stored in
Silverton awaiting the opportunity for better archiving and
accessibility. The collection is stewarded by Ananda Foley (Dolores'
daughter-in-law equivalent) who seeks support from parties able to
contribute funds and ideas for arranging a proper home for this unique
body of knowledge. Ananda takes calls on the same land line Dolores had
in Silverton, receives mail to the same box (PO Box 542, Silverton CO
81433), and looks forward to hearing from persons interested in
participating in this project (info current as of April 2011).
In 2004 Dolores LaChapelle was received a "Ski History Maker" award from the University of Utah as one of the ten women who figured most prominently in the history of skiing.
LaChapelle died on January 21, 2007.
 Books by Dolores LaChapelle
- Deep Powder Snow: Forty Years of Ecstatic Skiing, Avalanches, and Earth Wisdom,ISBN 1-882308-21-2. Kivakí Press, June 1993,
- Tai Chi: Return to Mountain, Hazard Press, 2002.
- D.H. Lawrence: Future Primitive, University of North Texas Press, April 1996, ISBN 1-57441-007-5.
- Earth Festivals: Seasonal Celebrations for Everyone Young and Old, Finn Hill Arts, 1976, ISBN 0-917270-00-2.
- Earth Wisdom (New Natural Philosophy Series) Guild of Tutors Press, 1978, ISBN 0-89615-003-8.
- First Steps in Faith, Herder and Herder, 1969, ASIN: B0006BYRW0.
- Sacred Land, Sacred Sex: Rapture of the Deep: Concerning Deep Ecology and Celebrating Life, Kivakí Press, 1992, ISBN 1-882308-11-5.
"In traditional cultures, when a woman is through bearing her
children she automatically becomes an elder who is consulted by all the
tribe because she "knows." - Sacred Sex, Sacred Land, and Relationship
"Contrary to generally accepted opinions, it was neither Christianity
nor the development of agriculture alone which created the split
between humans and the rest of nature in our European tradition." -
Sacred Land, Sacred Sex: Rapture of the Deep, p. 24
] Articles by Dolores LaChapelle
- ^ Fox, Warwick (1995). Toward a transpersonal ecology: developing new foundations for environmentalism. SUNY Press. p. 70. ISBN 9780791427750.
- ^"Backcountry Pioneers". Skiing Heritage (International Skiing History Association) 19 (1): 46. March 2007. ISSN 1082-2895. http://skiinghistory.org/lachapelle.html.
- ^"Pioneering powderhound passes away". The Aspen Times. January 31, 2007. http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20070131/RECREATION08/70131006. Retrieved November 29, 2009.
- ^ Dawson, Louis W. (1997). Wild snow: a historical guide to North American ski mountaineering. The American Alpine Club. p. 167. ISBN 9780930410681.
- ^ "Women who helped shape ski industry honored at U. ceremony". The Salt Lake Tribune: p. C6. October 25, 2004.
- ^ "Distaff Dipsy Doodle". Skiing Heritage Journal (International Skiing History Association) 6 (2): 30. Fall 1994. ISSN 1082-2895.
- ^ Deval, Bill (1996). "Book Review: Future Primitive". Trumpeter (LightStar) 13 (4). ISSN 0832-6193. http://trumpeter.athabascau.ca/index.php/trumpet/article/viewFile/244/354.
- ^ "Finding personal harmony with th earth". The Deseret News. February 24, 1983. http://news.google.co.uk/newspapers?id=p-UOAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ZoMDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7076,3735453&dq=dolores-lachapelle&hl=en. Retrieved November 29, 2009. (Earth Festivals wrongly named in source as Earth Rituals)
- ^ "Book review: First Steps in Faith". The Catholic library world (Catholic Library Association) 41: 256. 1969. ISSN 0008-820X.
- ^Jensen, Derrick (2004). Listening to the land: conversations about nature, culture, and Eros. Chelsea Green Publishing. p. 232. ISBN 9781931498562.
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