Skiing & snowboarding Colorado's ghost mountains... There's a map for that!
In November we published The Edge, our annual winter activity guide and comprehensive insider's resource to 25 of Colorado's top ski areas. It turns out we missed quite a few: According to the ghost hunters at Colorado Ski Country USA, there are 169 ski areas in the state, including 140 dearly departed where the intrepid may still disturb the dead and rest in powder with a little help from the new Lost Resorts: 2nd Edition poster map.
"The poster documents the rise and fall of some of Colorado's most storied ski areas whether they had three lifts or simply a rope-tow.
There is a state map on the poster which pinpoints the location of each resort. Underneath the map is a list of the 20 Most Memorable resorts and a few notes about each one. The remaining resorts are presented in chapters defined as Recently Lost, Long Ago and Long Long Ago and are also designated by location on the map.
CSCUSA is printing a limited number of the 2-foot by 3-foot posters and selling them for $19.99 each, plus shipping and handling. The posters go on sale starting today and are available through CSCUSA's website at www.ShopColoradoSki.com or by calling 303-837-0793."
The redesigned poster is an update of a map first published in 1999, and includes one newly discovered ghost mountain and two resorts recently lost to the snows of time (Chuchara Valley, RIP 2000; Berthoud Pass, RIP 2001).
Seth Hill pays his respects to the ghosts of Squaw Pass Ski Area (Photo by Marc Moline, courtesy of Echo Mountain) Take that, ghosts!
There's also one new spot on the map with a ghostly back story:
Echo Mountain opened in 2006, sharing its slopes with the spirits of the old Squaw Pass Ski Area (b. 1960, d. 1975). Last year, to appease the poltergeists haunting the place, they went so far as to re-purpose the vintage Tucker Sno-Cat left to mark the grave... It's now one of the most popular features in the Junkyard Terrain Park. Check it out on January 8 at Echo's annual Traffic Jam ski and snowboard contest.
Break out the snowshoes, splitboards or telemark skis to visit some of the other spots on the Lost Resorts map: The dead don't need rope-tows, and neither do you.