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Photos of abandoned Iron Mountain, CA ski area

post #1 of 83
Thread Starter 

On a recent trip to Kirkwood I decided to stop by Iron Mountain off of Highway 88 and see what was still standing.

 

 

Iron Mountain, aka Carson ski area, last operated in 1995.  Various persons have made attempts at reopening, without success.  A caretaker was on the property as recently as 2003.  The area now is adjacent to a Snow Park, popular with snowmobile riders.  Buildings and lifts are still standing.  Virtually all furnishings have been removed from the buildings.  What's left is vandalized, all windows broken, doors left open to the snow.

 

 

Curiously, there were no "No Trespassing" signs or "Keep Out", etc. posted.  There was also no evidence of animal activity except for a few dog or coyote tracks.

 

 

The Lodge.  Check out this link for an interesting history of Iron Mountain and a trail map: www.geocities.com/welsap/welsap_iron_mtn_ski_area.html

 

Iron Mountain was a "backwards" ski area, all runs below the lodge.

 

 

This bullwheel stands silent.

 

The Hotel, two stories of vacant standard motel rooms void of furnishings.  The lower floor on the far side was a series of dorm rooms, four bunks per room with bathrooms at the end of the hall.

 

 

 

Hallway off the bunk rooms in Hotel

 

 

North side of the Lodge

 

 

Buy your tickets here.  (Trade firewood for tickets?)

 

 

Store your stuff.  The lockers looked ready for use, 50 cents.  That's cash register tape all over the floor.

 

 

Get your gear!  The empty room to the left must have been for skis.  

 

 

Have a drink at the bar.

 

 

Restaurant.  The food service counter is on the left.

 

 

Still locked, left on floor in middle of room.

 

 

What's left of vehicle maintenance.  On the other side of the wall to the right was a water tank and generator/electrical room.

 

 

Finally, the last week of schedule for Facilities.

 

I was really hoping to find a trail map, but could not.  It was an eerie place, nobody around with doors creaking and banging shut in the wind, all while exploring the interior of the buildings by flashlight.

 

Anyone have ski stories from Iron Mountain?

 

stvbck

 

 

 

post #2 of 83

Spooky

post #3 of 83

Spooky... and sad.

post #4 of 83

Thanks for posting that.  Although I never skied there, I had many friends who did.

JF

post #5 of 83

exactly how'd everything just disappear and everything getting vandalised?

post #6 of 83

Cool, as sad as it is to see useful things abandoned, I have this weird fascination withthem and ruins and such.

 

(Damn external links take me away from the site....so tired of that...really, mods how about it? Fix it its broken!)

post #7 of 83
Scary place I have been there before it's a trip for sure! We got some old ski's from there lol
post #8 of 83
 I live in this area and I am drawn to this place.   It is fascinating/spooky indeed!  Being that it is only 20 minutes from my house, I am really disappointed that this place wasn't successful!  I am searching the internet for any pictures of the resort while it was in business. 
post #9 of 83
Interesting
post #10 of 83
Sure is spooky.I worked in lift maint. up to the closing.
post #11 of 83
 It looks like there are recyclable materials still sitting there waiting to be taken out.  I'm surprised that someone hasn't done anything about that.
post #12 of 83
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Originally Posted by gityerchicken View Post

 I live in this area and I am drawn to this place.   It is fascinating/spooky indeed!  Being that it is only 20 minutes from my house, I am really disappointed that this place wasn't successful!  I am searching the internet for any pictures of the resort while it was in business. 




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Originally Posted by Daniel Schaufus View Post

Sure is spooky.I worked in lift maint. up to the closing.

I would love to hear more about it and see pics of it in its hay day....
post #13 of 83
remarkable sojourn, TC, ghost ski mountain, a trip to remember!
post #14 of 83
How about a co-op.  Is there any good terrain?  How's the snow and what's the altitude?
post #15 of 83
The largest pine cones, about a foot long, I've ever seen anywhere were around Iron Mountain.
post #16 of 83
Found this while doing a search.  Gives a brief history.

www.fs.fed.us/r5/ecoplan/appeals/2001/fy01_0034.htm
post #17 of 83
Found this after a bit of digging.  Doesn't look all that steep but the trees look fun.

http://mappery.com/Iron-Mountain-Trail-Map
post #18 of 83

Although I have never skied there I have a fond connection to the area because my Father managed the resort for one season back in the mid 70's when it was still called Silver Basin Ski Area.  As I recall they typically got a ton of snow there (even more than Kirkwood).  It was too bad it never could stay afloat.

post #19 of 83
Thread Starter 

From what I understand, the last owner of Iron Mountain spent too much money purchasing lifts (some of which are still laying in the parking lot) and assumed too much debt to stay in business.  Here are more pictures from the same time period:

 

Patrol1.jpg

 

Patrol1a.jpg

Patrol1b.jpg

Restaurant1.jpg

Lodge1.jpg

Lodge1a.jpg

Lodge1b.jpg

Lodge1c.jpg

Hotel1.jpg

Hotel1a.jpg

iron_mtn_trail_map.jpg

Boots1a.jpg

 

stvbck

post #20 of 83

Thank you for posting these pics! I have been looking everywhere and am not able to find a lot of info about the resort. My father moved us to California in 1988 when he was contracted to rebuild the resort. All of those lift houses, the lodge, restaurant, Inn, etc. were redone mostly by my father's company. Somewhere there's a picture of me being lifted by the crane that hoisted the tower on top of the restaurant. It was nice in it's day. I was 11 years old when the resort reopened and I first learned to ski on the little rabbit run. Man this brings back memories!! Too bad it's no longer running, I'd have liked to have been able to go skiing there again! :(

post #21 of 83
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Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post

How about a co-op.  

 

That is what I was thinking....looks like it has GREAT potential! 

post #22 of 83
Quote:
Originally Posted by Paul Jones View Post

How about a co-op.  Is there any good terrain?  How's the snow and what's the altitude?



What's the terrain like is a good question. Snow should be about the same as Kirkwood gets. I got the impression from the forest service link above that the terrain was uninspiring.

post #23 of 83

I spent a LOT of time snowboarding at Iron Mountain from '88-'93 while in school and the terrain is at best Moderate.  Really only 3 truly steep areas, all very short.  However, with that said it was always fun, never crowded and incredibly affordable, thus part of its demise.   Midweek with a HS or College ID was like $8!  

 

Mostly the area now is for snowmobiling, there's great terrain in here for cruising a powder day if you can have someone pull you out or hike/ski out.  There are a few areas that can be prone to avalanche, especially the "Cliff" area at chair 4.  Elevation info is about 7700' at top of Wildcat chair, down to 6400' at bottom of Chair 4.    

 

 

Stopped by, hiked and rode a bit there a week ago after riding at Kirkwood in the morning, fun as always.   Still looks like the pics above, BUT they have removed some of the chairs over the past few summers.  Someone was living onsite in summer 2009, looked like they were actually working on the lodge as well.  

 
I'm sure I'll stop by again before the winter is over and check out the lodge to see if they have done improvements, ride a bit and remember the good old days!
post #24 of 83

I use to work at Iron Mountain as a ski instructor. I believe the The GM's name was Corky, Ski School director Stewart and the three full time instructors were Mikey, Lisa and myself. Too bad they couldn't keep that place going, it was a fun little resort. My buddies use to take us up on the piston-bully late at night when there were full moons and we would ski the back runs while they groomed. Fun times!

post #25 of 83

Forgot to mention I met my future wife at Iron Mountain...we eventually married and have been together ever since!

post #26 of 83

I  know it is an old post but I was up skiing yesterday and stopped by on my way home to check this place out.  I did ski it once years ago.  Anyway I skinned out and the buildings are still being destroyed.  Can't (well actually I can!) believe that people are destroying the place.  It is hit hard by snowmo's.  One of the buildings is burnt to the ground and I'm sure it won't be long for another to join its demise.  Truly sad!

I did ski a bit while there.  From the little I saw / remember it is shallow terrain but I did find a fairly steep section.  After two laps there and on the hike out i noticed the sign. Not patrolled.  The area was actually between two lifts...

Will be heading out there again before this storm gives way to the global warming.

ra

post #27 of 83

July 18, 2011 . The snow has finally gone, If you think the abonded Ski resort is eiree in the winter. Try a windy afternoon in July. Very spooky. If i stand still looking out towards Pyamid peak

I can almost here the voices and feel the buzz that was once there. The building with the ski boots is gone. It burnt to the ground last winter. slowly but surely the weather and Mother Nature

are taking hold ....What a SHAME . I live in Placerville. 3 weeks ago you still could not get through Mormon Immegrent Trail. And they closed it due to lack of snow??

                     

 

 

 

 

Gia

post #28 of 83

So the 3 story main day lodge where the cafeteria, ski rentals, etc. was is the building that burned down? 

post #29 of 83

Sad...

post #30 of 83

I skiid this place in the mid 90's i believe it may have even been their last season.  Very sad to see this place today!  I live within 20 miles so I do go out and look at it every now and then.  To my surprise as mentioned a few posts ago I noticed the lodge was burnt to the ground when I went out there yesterday!  I wonder if they're trying to clean the place up or if someone burned it for fun??  I was actually upset to see that!  Also the roof has partially collapsed on the motel, probably from the amount of snow this year!  At this point, they really need to just take the place down...

 

 

Motel 7/31/11  Partial roof collapse, deck on second floor has been unstable for a few years now...

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Lodge 7-31-11  You can see the first step remaining that went up to the cafeteria on the second floor.

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Lodge 7-31-11  If you look closely in the center of the picture you can see the "blue" lockers, or what's left of them.

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