The Darrin Fryer Real Esate Team (Jamie and Darrin) enjoyed a private ski day about 20 miles SE of the Steamboat Ski Area at Stagecoach Mountain. A big thank you to the owner for inviting Jamie and I for a fun day on uncrowded terrain. What an experience!
For those of you who don't know the Stagecoach Mountain's background, here's a bit of history taken from ColoradoSkiHistory.com:
Stagecoach State Park is home to one of Colorado’s largest lost resorts. Original plans for the resort included five base areas, twenty-two double chairs, thirty-four subdivisions, a golf course, and a reservoir. The design of the area, created by Steven Arnold, won an American Design Institute award. Plans for completing the area were on schedule for 1972, as the resort opened with three Heron-Poma double chairs, a temporary base lodge, a ski patrol hut, one subdivision, and a leasing office. Former Colorado Governor John Vanderhoof presided over the opening ceremonies as local residents watched the state’s next major ski resort open.
The Woodmoor Company from Colorado Springs was the major developing entity for the Stagecoach project. Their other projects included Heritage Square in Golden and condo housing in Colorado Springs. Westinghouse Credit Corporation, the company that financed the area, pulled funding for the operation in 1973. This left three chairlifts, twenty-two subdivisions partially finished, and a leasing center abandoned. The current owner of Stagecoach’s land, Chris Wittemyer, has no intention of reopening this ski area in the foreseeable future. He said, “My family has owned the Stagecoach property for the past twenty-five years. Though we have run some snow cat operations in the past, at this time we have no plans to reopen the ski area.”