Lost Ski Areas of Colorado’s Front Range and Northern Mountains

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Lost Ski Areas of Colorado’s Front Range and Northern Mountains
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Lost Ski Areas of Colorado’s Front Range and Northern Mountains
Frisbee, Meg
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Denver, CO
Center for Colorado and the West
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Lost Ski Areas of Colorados Front Range and Northern Mountains | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:15:29 PM] Home Lost Ski Areas of Colorados Front Range and Northern MountainsLost Ski Areas of Colorados Front Range and Northern MountainsSubmitted by CLEAVITT on 2-2-2015 05:29 PMAuthor: Caryn and Peter Boddie Publishing: Caryn Boddie and Peter Boddie Lost Ski Areas of Colorados Front Range and Northern Mountains Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2014. 208 pages. Black-and-white illustrations. Black-and-white photographs. 5 x 8. $19.99 paperback. Reviewer: Meg Frisbee Reviewer Affiliation: Metropolitan State University of Denver Most books with the word lost in the title are studies of ancient cultures or places destroyed by natural or man-made disasters. The perfectly pleasant subject of twentieth-century ski areas is thus a nice surprise in this book by Caryn and Peter Boddie. Many histories of the modern era focus on stories of growth, and it is useful to remember that even the recent past is receding. This work is a nimble tour of the uneven development of the ski industry in Colorado without the weight of lengthy scholarly discussion. Lost Ski Areas is the first volume of a planned two-volume series on the subject. This book covers mostly the Front Range while the second will be about the south, central, and western parts of Colorado. The authors break the book into chapters on fifteen Northern Rockies and Front Range counties. El Paso and Teller hold the southernmost locations and the northern sites range across Moffatt, Routt, Jackson, Larimer, and Weld counties. The work is not an exhaustive history of each hill, slope, and rope tow on the Front Range. Rather the authors supply brief overviewssometimes three pages and sometimes only a sentenceof each place. For example, Hidden Valley in Larimer County earns over three pages while Leydman Hill nets just two sentences. The disparity is not a shortcoming of the book, but simply evidence of the relative importance of each place. Some of these areas operated for only a few seasons and others, such as Ski Idlewild, ran for decades. The more extensive discussions might include an original description from a contemporary newspaper or skiers guide and excerpts from interviews conducted by the authors. The authors also use information from but the book provides much more information than the lost section of that website. The diversity in ski styles, enthusiasts, and economic resources becomes apparent in the list of ski areas. Some places had modest one-run hills with rope tows powered by tractor and others had several jumps, runs, and chairlifts. Communities ran some of the enterprises, while others were additions made by visionary (or at least hopeful) developers and resort owners. If you have read other studies of skiing, such as Annie Gilbert Colemans Ski Style: Sport and Culture in EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanNow, thats wrong! Some of these Japanese are citizens of the United States. Colorado Gov. Ralph Carrs response to Executive Order 9066 forcing Japanese into internment camps during WWII.


Lost Ski Areas of Colorados Front Range and Northern Mountains | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:15:29 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us the Rockies (University Press of Kansas, 2004), you will already have a sense of how important ski jumping was to the birth of the ski industry in Colorado. Lost Ski Areas demonstrates through its geographic organization how quickly jumping was adopted in some ski areas and how it was transferred to others. The importance of community and local civic support of skiing is also much clearer in this book than it is in studies that focus more on growth than decline. The authors have written hikers guidebooks to Colorado, so they know their territory. They provide the GPS coordinates for most of these ski areas and often indicate which sites today are on public land and which are on private. This guide does not cover backcountry skiing, but interested parties can pick up Peter Bronskis Powder Ghost Towns: Epic Backcountry Runs in Colorados Lost Ski Resorts (Wilderness Press, 2008). Readers should not expect an in-depth analysis of some of the issues that arise in other studies of ski areas, such as environmental or economic impacts. But researchers who might wish to delve further into these issues or areas will have a nice starting point with this organized list. The black-and-white and color images of skiers and promotional material are also a treat. Lost Ski Areas is also a handy guide to revisit skiing memories and a practical guide for adventurers who might like to rediscover some of these places. Reviewer Info: Meg Frisbee is an assistant professor of history at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her interests are in western history and culture. Her current research project explores the history of heavyweight prizefighting in the American West.