Once the first chairlift started spinning in 1972, Telluride became the ultimate ski town. And that’s one reason we love it.
Back in the day, Telluride produced over $60 million of gold, silver, zinc, copper, and lead. Though the last gold was extracted decades ago, it seems wherever you go in Telluride, mining still gets in your face. Riding the gondola, one can scan east to west from the ginormous, treacherously toxic tailings pile to the pickax-stuffed museum in town. Me, I’m over the mining heritage. In the end, it’s just a bunch of rusted metal.
There may not be another community in the mountains that so deftly does the destination jujitsu of combining the thrill of outdoor athletics with the buzz of a booming urban environment.
(Photo: Jeff Cricco)
Pete Seibert, a veteran of the 10th Mountain Division, needed $1 million or so in 1961 to build his life’s vision of the ultimate ski resort. He put together a package for investors: $10,000 got you shares in the unbuilt resort and four lifetime season passes for the family.
Ski bums of all ages may be working three jobs to pay their way in this pricey resort town, but on a powder morning, you’ll find them in the Aspen gondola line.
Aspen. It’s one of the most riffed-on ski towns out there. From Aspen Extreme to Dumb and Dumber, Us Weekly to The New York Times, the widespread image of Aspen is a glitzy celebrity playground, where the billionaires pushed out the millionaires and where no regular Joe could possibly afford to live.
Park City’s roots run so deep, it’ll take more than Vail’s influence to shake things up. Need proof? Go there.
(Photo: Courtesy Park City Resort, Dan Campbell)
There’s been lots of news coming out of Park City over the past few years, from the much-contested One Wasatch proposal, which would connect many of Utah’s resorts by chairlifts or gondolas, to Vail’s 2014 purchase of Park City Mountain Resort and its ultra-long
Experience the legacy of the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games at Park City’s inspiring Olympic complex, minutes from Deer Valley.
One of the things we love best about our Park City, Utah location is sharing its Olympic legacy. And there’s no better place to do that than at Utah Olympic Park, situated 20 minutes from Deer Valley at Kimball Junction. Begin your experience with a tour through the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center, home to the Alf Engen Ski Museum and the Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Winter Games Museum. These unique venues take guests through skiing’s elaborate history as well as through the excitement of being the home city during the Salt Lake Olympics.