Winter Park Resort: Seventy-five Years of Imagining More

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Winter Park Resort: Seventy-five Years of Imagining More
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Winter Park Resort: Seventy-five Years of Imagining More
Fay, Dede
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Denver, CO
Center for Colorado and the West
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Winter Park Resort: Seventy-five Years of Imagining More | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:13:45 PM] Home Winter Park Resort: Seventy-five Years of Imagining MoreWinter Park Resort: Seventy-five Years of Imagining MoreSubmitted by CLEAVITT on 4-5-2015 04:59 PMAuthor: Tim Nicklas Publishing: Winter Park Resort: Seventyfive Years of Imagining More By Tim Nicklas. Virginia Beach, VA: The Donning Company, 2014. 192 pages. Black-and-white and color photographs; color illustrations. 9 x 12. Hardcover. Reviewer: Dede Fay Winter Park Resort, located in the north central mountains of Colorado, is conveniently accessible from the Denver metro area and serves an average of one million skier visits each season. It is one of the top winter destinations in Colorado and has a unique relationship with the city of Denver and a deep legacy of passionate recreation. Tim Nicklas, executive director of the Grand County Historical Association, has succeeded in capturing the history and progressive development of the area. This book celebrates the seventy-fifth anniversary of Winter Park Resort, which first opened in 1940. Its coffee-table format showcases 191 pages of spectacular photos and entertaining text. The book takes the reader through the very first Winter Sports Carnival held in the West, at the Grand County seat of Hot Sulphur Springs in 1911 to the current stewardship of the resort by the Intrawest Corporation. This book competently frames a comprehensive history of the resort, first envisioned by George Cranmer, head of Denvers Department of Parks and Improvements in the 1930s. The audacity to launch a ski area while World War II was raging in Europe demonstrates the steel-clad determination of the founders to create a world class winter sports playground to benefit the citizens of Denver (26). Several pivotal points in the development of the area are highlighted, including the creation of the Winter Park Recreational Association (WPRA) board of trustees, the invention of the first slope-grooming equipmentthe fearsome Bradley Packerand the decision to expand into the Mary Jane Mountain in 1975. The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) is also featured. This program was set up in 1970 to teach skiing to amputees from the Denver Childrens Hospital. The concept was championed by several key influencers on the WPRA board and ski instructor Hal OLeary, who by trial and error developed protocols for teaching to those with all varieties of limitations. The NSCD program has grown to be the largest 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.


Winter Park Resort: Seventy-five Years of Imagining More | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:13:45 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us disabled sports program in North America. Biographical sketches cover pivotal people and influences, such as the legendary George Engel, who started the first ski school; the tradition of the Ski Train, and profiles of the leaders of the resort: Steve Bradley, Jerry Groswald, and Gary DeFrange. More than three hundred photos illustrate the resorts evolution and capture the stunning vistas of the area. This distinctive and beautifully presented book offers a good balance between the historical and pictorial information and should be part of the library of any Colorado history buff, snow sports enthusiast, or appreciator of the majestic mountains of the Winter Park area and Grand County. Reviewer Info: Dede Fay received a BA degree in English from Colorado Womens College and has lived in the Grand County area for twenty-seven years. She currently is sales director for the Grand County Tourism Board and lives near Granby Colorado