The now legendary founder of Taos Ski Valley, was nothing if not eccentric and funny. One of the longtime ski instructors, told the following story about Ernie.
In the 1970's, when streaking was almost commonplace at public events, Ernie was in the control room at TSV when a call came in reporting that two people were streaking bare ass down Al's Run (Grand Central Station at TSV). Ernie got out his Steiner binoculars and stared out the window for a few seconds, then pressed the walkie-talkie and, in his Teutonic- accented English, said "There are a couple of people skiing naked down Al's Run. When they get to the bottom, throw the guy off the mountain. Give the woman a season pass."