Colorado Ski Country USA recently released the second edition poster of Colorado's Lost Resorts. The poster accounts for 169 Colorado ski areas including lost resorts, resorts currently in business, as well as town areas still operating. Ski Cooper's previous Camp Hale details significant World War II history.
"We thought it was important to continue telling the story of our state's ski history because of its integral part of Colorado's culture," CSCUSA's Melanie Mills told OnTheSnow. "The poster narrates the ski industry in a way that gives lasting tribute to ski areas that are now a part of the past."
The U.S. Army selected a training site near an isolated railroad stop of Pando, Colo., in 1942, during World War ll. The Camp Hale training ground included trails, tows, meals, and ample overnight lodging. The availability of rail transportation, the rugged mountainous terrain, and a 250-inch average annual snowfall which assured a six-month-long ski training season provided the perfect training environment for ski troopers of the famed 10th Mountain Division.
Camp Hale shut down in 1965 except for the longest training slope, which became the heart of Ski Cooper. Ski Cooper opened to the public as a backyard ski area for the enjoyment of local area residents, following the war. Today, Ski Cooper has established itself in as an affordable alternative in a region famed for world-class skiing.
The original Lost Resorts poster was created in 1999 by CSCUSA with input from ski historians. Notable discoveries have been accounted for on the second edition. Updates include finding one lost resort, the opening of a new resort, and two resorts joining the lost.
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