Originally Posted by sibhusky
Never realized you could find old maps on that site. Thanks for that link, @anachronism
, it'll help my understanding some of the changes in the maps here over the years. The old ones I have are so far from what's there today as to be unrecognizable.
I get really geeky about old trail maps and lift installations, and love both of those sites, although the guy that put Colorado Ski History together has stopped doing many updates to the site. I would be terribly sad if the site ever went away.
Here are a few Colorado Favorites from Skimap.org
Lake City Ski Hill (Lake City, CO). Still in operation.
Broadmoor ski area, Colorado Springs. Long Gone. The lift was a double chair and from time to time they strung a portable rope tow up "Puma."
Hidden Valley Ski Area, Rocky Mountain National Park. Not so much a terrible ski map, but a terrible layout. Note a sizable portion of the ski area had no lift service, and you had to cross the road to ski from upper to lower mountain. Story is, a chairlift was installed right around the time the National Park Service decided a ski area was something they had no interest in allowing inside the park boundaries. The chairlift had some problems with its install, and rather than fix the problem, they tore it out. The ski area was closed in 1991 but remains an excellent backcountry spot.
Ski Hesperus, Hesperus Co (10 miles West of Durango). Still in operation. The "Proposed Beginner Intermediate Lift" has been "proposed" for at least a decade. It is the old bunny hill lift from Aspen Highlands and parts have been sitting in the snow at Hesperus for about the same amount of time. I sincerely doubt the lift is still serviceable, but could be wrong on that count. In any case, I would be more surprised for it to be installed than to go another decade with it "proposed." This is actually a pretty cool little hill- 700 vert with some legitimate steep lines.