It was The ROCKING HORSE Pub revisited as Aspen legend Mark Hesselschwerdt turned 60.
Hess, a.k.a. the Professor, first came to Aspen in 1971 from the preppy, hard scrabble streets of Grand Rapids, Michigan. After he dominated the ski racing scene at Montana State University, Hess and his motley band of friends set their sites on Aspen. In 1971, Hess was a founding member of the infamous ski gang, The Bell Mountain Buckaroos. The Buckaroos still patrol and control their turf on Ajax, and this will be their 39th season killing it on Aspen Mountain.
Hess has led a storied life in Aspen. He's done it all. Ski pro, ski racer, top biker, bar owner, playboy, model / actor / singer, contractor etc. etc. He is currently the principal at Buckaroo Builders in Aspen. Its hard to sum up Hess' first 60 years-- but lets just put it this way--- the ladies want to be WITH him and the guys want to BE him. Nuff said.