Bob Chamberlain’s Mountain Vision #182

by Bob Chamberlain on October 4, 2011

Bob Chamberlain's Mountain Vision #182Bell Mountain, Aspen, 1964

It’s hard to get anyone to ski with you when you first start carrying a camera, because they think it slows them down, and makes them do things right, which it does.

Deiter was the only one in the ski school willing to give up his morning coffee break with the other instructors in order to ski the last of the powder on Bell Mountain with me, and have his picture taken doing so, as well.

Anyone who aspires to be a ski instructor needs to know how to do this, and what it looks like, in order to understand what he or she is trying to teach, and how to realize it on film. Otherwise, he is left in the realm of the “New School,” with nothing to teach, and nothing to learn. Too easy.

Senior correspondent Bob Chamberlain lives with his dog at 8,000 feet in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley. 


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Sheilah Bryan October 6, 2011 at 3:18 am

Thanks for Bob Chamberlain’s article witih the photo of Dieter Bibbig.

For years and years after that photo was taken, I remember the Aspen Ski Company still using it as a stock photo for the amazing powder skiing to be had here.

I was on the Ruthies chair with a friend last winter on a huge powder day, and not an easy one I might add. We saw Dieter, whose a few years older than when that photo was taken, flying down snow bowl, looking amazing. Wish Bob had been on the chair too with his camera to catch the now photo.

Sheilah Bryan,
Aspen, Colorado

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Dieter Bibbig October 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm

YES
Bob and Sheilah! I got her hooked on skiing and the powder.
I remember that New Year’s day, a good one to catch powder since people tend to sleep in. Camera specialist Brolin of Warren Miller films was standing next to Bob with his Cam humming, both of them directing for the rest of the morning. Some of that made it into the Warren miller movie “SKI on the Wild side”. I was skiing Red Star Kneisel slaloms with Geze-Longthong bindings in the “Submarene Style”, Feet locked together and the skis hardly ever surfacing from under the snow. Parallel then meant Boots touching almost all the time anywhere. Years later Sheilah and I were watching the movie in the Aspen Opera House and in the row before us a Lady remarked to her friend ” I did not realize Dieter was that good”…..Thanks Bob for the memories and save those Pics

Dieter Bibbig

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phil davis November 24, 2011 at 5:55 am

Took a few turns in the steep and deep with Bob and his Cam, later in the ’60′s and beyond. Followed him 2 Aspen from California one summer, and took up residence on his couch. He knew all the Aspenites, and soon I landed a job on Patrol in Snowmass, where I soon found, all the out of bound treasures that Snowmass had in the late ’60′s.
Still doin’ the steep and deep out in California. Thanks Bob, 4 all U do!

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