Sanctuaries in the Snow

The Spider Sabich Shrine (Snowmass)

Note:  This Shrine ceased to exist as of April of 2021.

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The Spider Sabich Shrine is on Snowmass.  Many thanks to Alyssa Shenk Genshaft for finding this Shrine in January, 2020 and telling me its location. 

Photos of the Shrine are below.

Spider was born on January 10, 1945 and died on March 21, 1976, at the age of 31.  See these two Wikipedia pages: 

1.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider_Sabich

2.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claudine_Longet

See these three articles:

1.  GQ article, "Claudine Longet: Aspen's Femme Fatale" by Robert Chalmers, May 6, 2013.  https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/claudine-longet-aspens-femme-fatale

2.  Snow Brains article, "Murder, Cocaine, Money, Olympics, & Skiing | California Golden Boy Spider Sabich" by Miles Clark, November 23, 2018.  https://snowbrains.com/murder-glory-money-fame-scandal-the-spider-sabich-story/

3.  Tahoe Quarterly article, "THE INCANDESCENT LIFE AND UNTIMELY DEATH OF SPIDER SABICH" Written by Matthew Renda in Looking Back, People, Ski & Ride 2019. 
https://tahoequarterly.com/people/the-incandescent-life-and-untimely-death-of-spider-sabich

See these four videos: 

1.  Claudine Longet | The Murder of Spider Sabich | Crime Documentaries (47:32)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWBCOS8473s

2.  The Murder Of Spider Sabich Forensic Files PPJ.  "The Starlet and the Skier."  (40:48)  Dominic Dunne.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iY9su_JqZc

3.  Spider Sabich documentary (22:14) by Oxford Films, "Spider Sabich Pro Racer" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCODwX2fvIU

4.  The Spider Sabich Story (1:27:42):  https://vimeo.com/508464340/5d927aef1f?fbclid=IwAR3f0M8IenRVRcIvUA-_ZUsfYr8LFX5iz8WaSPd_Pr17FE-8Yf_VnrxqBMk

Below are the lyrics to the Rolling Stones song "Claudine" and watch this video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8IOKKG_PAQ

Claudine's back in jail again
Claudine's back in jail again
Claudine's back in jail again, Claudine
Claudine's back in jail again
Claudine's back in jail again
She only does it at weekends
Claudine
Now only Spider knows for sure
But he ain't talkin' about it any more
Isn't, Claudine?
There's blood in the chalet
And blood in the snow
She washed her hands of the whole damn show
Claudine
She shot him once right through the head
She shot him twice right through the chest
The judge says ruled it was an accident Claudine
Accidents will happen
And Claudine's back in jail again
Claudine's back in jail again
Claudine's back in jail again, Claudine
Claudine's back in jail again
Claudine's back in jail again
Claudine's back in jail again, Claudine
Hey go baby
Go baby…

See this page:  https://bobbeattie.org/spider-sabich-ski-racer/

The Shrine is located near where the Golf Shrine was located before it was torn out by the Snowmass Ski Patrol in 2017, (and for more information on that incident, see this page:  http://aspensnowmassshrines.com/index.php?the-snowmass-ski-patrol-destroys-the-old-golf-shrine-snowmass )

It is not known who created this Shrine, or when.  If you are the person who installed this Shrine, please contact me; I have some questions I would like to ask you about it.  Thank you.  [email protected]

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Photos of the Shrine taken by the author in February of 2020 are in this first photo section below. Click on images to enlarge.

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The photos in this section were taken by the author in February of 2021.  Click on images to enlarge.