Aspen’s first national downhill and slalom championships are held March 8th-9th. Fritz Benedict visits Aspen for the first time.
The 10th Mountain Division, stationed at Camp Hale near Leadville, uses the Aspen area for training exercises. Many 10th Mt. veterans return after the war and help develop skiing at Aspen.
Chicago industrialist Walter Paepcke, president of the Container Corporation of America, visits Aspen and begins plans for a new cultural center with his wife Elizabeth. Paepcke meets with Friedl Pfeifer and plans for Aspen’s first ski lift.
Aspen Skiing Corporation is formed. Lift-1 unofficially opens December 14th.
Lift-1 is dedicated as the world’s longest chairlift. Aspen Ski School begins with Friedl Pfeifer as director. Refurbished Hotel Jerome opens. Herbert Bayer's partially refurbished Wheeler Opera House reopens. Dick and Miggs Durrance arrive in Aspen. Dick becomes Aspen Ski Corp.'s General Manager.
Sardy Field officially opens for commercial flights. Walter Paepcke brings Stuart and Isabel Mace to Aspen.