DEEP POWDER - ARCHIVE HIGHLIGHT
To some people's surprise, Colorado has around 150 lost or dormant ski areas. Almost resembling a ghost town, some areas like Fun Valley or Idlewild still have remnants of the past. Chairlifts, base terminals, and other various types of machinery live among the now overgrown landscapes.
The images here show various photos and memorabilia from Ski Idlewild, a small ski area located in Hideaway Park, Colorado (now downtown Winter Park). It began operation in 1961 and was opened by Dwight and Jean Miller with a blue Pomagalski (now Poma of America) double chair with shield. In 1967, a platter lift was installed, yielding better access to the north ski runs and giving first-time skiers an easier way to access the slopes. At the base was the Idlewild Guest Ranch, a hotel that was built three years before the ski area opened. The Idlewild Lodge Hotel, not to be confused with the Ski Idlewild Base Lodge, was a part of the Idlewild Guest Ranch and featured tennis courts, a swimming pool, a disc golf course, cross country ski trails, the Idlewild Barn, and an ice skating rink. After many years of providing novice skiers with fun and affordable skiing, Ski Idlewild closed on March 20, 1986.
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