Ski Racers Miggs And Dick Durrance Capture Aspen Life In Style

By Etta Meyer | March 25, 2020 | People

PEAKHIGHRES0031.jpgMiggs and Dick Durrance (photographed by Ruth Perry), 1947

Ski racers Margaret “Miggs” and Dick Durrance were married in 1940. Both talented photographers, with Dick focusing on film, the duo spent the rest of their lives documenting the Aspen life in style. Miggs’ photos appeared in national magazines such as LIFE, Look, Sports Illustrated and National Geographic.

PEAKHIGHRES0030.jpgDick Durrance filming Bill Mason jumping off a small cornice, 1955

In 2018, the Durrance family donated more than 800 images by Miggs and Dick to the Aspen Historical Society, 90-plus of which are on display through spring. “The family’s long history in the area and their immense contributions to the development of Aspen and Snowmass are reflected in images curated for the display,” wrote the AHS in its announcement of the show. 620 W. Bleeker St.

PEAKHIGHRES0035.jpgGerman ski instructor Toni Woerndle, “hotdogging” on skis, 1951

PEAKHIGHRES0034.jpgBingo, the Iselins’ Saint Bernard, riding Lift One, 1950



Photography by: Durrances photo by Ruth Perry; all other photos by Margaret Durrance © Aspen Historical Society, Durrance Collection