Colorado’s oldest ski club was in Summitville

Brief by Central Staff

Ski History – April 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine

Until recently, it was presumed that recreational skiing began in the 1880s in Irwin, a mining camp in Gunnison County.

But the Rio Grand County Museum in Del Norte has discovered an earlier club. The March 3, 1877, edition of the San Juan Prospector, a newspaper published in Del Norte, had an article headlined “Summit’s Snow Shoe Club.”

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The Rocky Slope of Custer Skiing

Column by Hal Walter

Ski History – December 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine

The ski slopes loom above Westcliffe like a trophy, a lasting tribute to development gone awry.

It isn’t the only failed ski area in Custer County, just the most visible. Perhaps no other county in Colorado has as many ghost ski areas.

People have tried again and again to make skiing work here and it just hasn’t. The lack of snow in some years — accompanied by the bounty of extreme winds — makes skiing marginal here.

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Skiing with a Shovel: a Paleotechnician in Paradise

Article by George Sibley

Ski History – December 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine

by George Sibley

When I moved to the mountains of Central Colorado, thirty years ago this winter, I imagined myself to be in retreat from “urban-industrial America.”

I arrived in an automobile with the back seat and trunk holding a record player, toaster, boxes of mass-produced clothes and books, and various other standard accouterments of the mass-produced life — enough to have told me, had I been listening, that maybe I wasn’t so much fleeing civilization as advancing it.

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Drilling, Blasting, and Skiing

Article by Steve Voynick

Climax Ski History – December 1996 – Colorado Central Magazine

Not many of us today associate the Climax Mine with skiing. But 50 years ago, Climax had one of the best-equipped ski areas in the entire West.

Organized skiing at Climax began in the 1930s, a time when Climax was fast becoming a legend in American mining. Given the dismal nature of underground work and the long winters at the 11,400-foot-high mine, Climax was always interested in providing outdoor recreation to make life a bit more bearable.

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