Al Johnson

 
 

Al was a superb skier before he came to Crystal, Colorado in 1880 to prospect for silver.  He became the legendary skier of the “Snowshoe Express.”  He was Crystal's first postmaster and carried the weekly mail and supplies between the mining communities of Crystal and Crested Butte on eleven foot long skis. His mail run was a dangerous trek through the narrow Crystal Canyon. During his twenty year career, he became a living legend.