A skier on Aspen Mountain finished his day of runs Sunday $10,000 poorer, until Aspen Skiing Co. employees returned his money belt to him Tuesday with all of the cash inside.
The skier, who turns 80 in April, spoke on the condition that his name not be used.
“I’m not looking for notoriety,” he said after a morning of skiing at Snowmass. “I just want to say ‘Thank you.’”
Skiing on Aspen Mountain — or anywhere — with $10,000 in cash isn’t a recommended practice, but the man said he felt more secure with the money on him than leaving it at his room St. Moritz Lodge, which doesn’t have guest-room safes.
Why all of that cash in the first place? According to the man, it was intended to be the money he lives on for the next four months. His bank accounts are in Florida, where he maintains a part-time internal-medicine practice, so he brought the cash with him to Aspen.
“I told my son that if that would have happened in Florida, you could have kissed it goodbye,” he said.
It turned out ski-instructor Steve Schreiber had found the money-belt somewhere beneath the Ajax Express Lift. Schreiber said he didn’t open the belt or have any idea what was in it.
“I never looked in it, I just picked it up and gave it to a lift-op and told him I found this and he should hold onto it in case someone asks about it,” Schreiber said, noting he also found a brand-new iPhone on the mountain the same day.
“It just seemed to be my day for finding things,” said Schreiber, who also is a backcountry guide and former ski patroller.