Colorado Ski Area History: A-Basin
The Museum will be presenting a brief history of each Colorado ski resort through this monthly newsletter – be sure to watch for upcoming ski resorts!
Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin) opened for the 1946-47 season with solely a tow, which ran from mid-mountain to the summit. For the 1947-48 season, a single chair was installed, which used metal parts. This was rare for this time period, as World War II was just ending. The lift was the first metal chair installed in post-war times. Big changes took place at A-Basin when Ralston-Purina bought the area in 1978 and installed one triple chair and three doubles. Skier numbers increased to 250,000 people per season by this time.
A-Basin, with a summit elevation of 13,050 feet, is known for its long ski seasons. After the addition of a snowmaking system for the 2002-2003 season, the area now has the capability to be one of the first areas open in mid-October, and one of the last ski areas to close for the season in mid-June – people are still skiing at A-Basin now!
The Vice-Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Directors, Hart Axley, was a ski patrolman at A-Basin, and was part of the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympic Ski Patrol. Visit the Museum to learn more about the history of ski areas and the ski patrol!
Answers found at the bottom of the newsletter. See how many of the questions you can answer without looking!
1. In early alpine skiing, what was a “geschmozzle” start?
2. This Lost Ski Area was noteworthy for holding annual 4th of July jumping tournaments starting in 1923. The annual event brought out hundreds of tourists. Where was the tournament held?
3. Who were the mascots for the 2010 Winter Olympics?
4. What country has hosted the Winter Olympics four times?
5. In 1982 the first National Snowboard race was held in Suicide Six, outside Woodstock, VT. What was the downhill race called? (Hint: this terminology is still used today.)
2010 Golf Tournament
The 9th Annual Golf Tournament is coming up, on Wednesday, June 9, so don’t wait – sign up today!! It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled day with other golfers and friends, as well as participate in some competitive golf in a 4-person scramble. A hole-in-one wins you $5,000 cash! Registration begins at 11:30, and shot gun is at 1 p.m.
The cost of $250 per player includes a golf cart, range balls, greens fees, and a hearty box lunch. Sponsorship opportunities are also available: Event Sponsor ($2,500), Team Sponsor ($1,000), Team & Tee Sponsor ($1,500), and Tee Box Sponsor ($350). Additionally, a post-tournament party will have fun awards, a silent auction full of great items, hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer & soda, and a cash bar!
Find out more information by clicking here or by visiting our website, www.skimuseum.net. Proceeds from the event help support the museum’s many programs, so please mark your calendars!
Jimmie Heuga Vintage Ski Race
The 1st Annual Jimmie Heuga Vintage Ski Race took place at Beaver Creek on Saturday, April 10. Over 20 participants showed up to race in their vintage gear – skis and clothes! Both wood and straight metal events were held for youth and adults, as well as a Best Costume contest, judged by Debbie Heuga. Prizes included 2010-2011 Epic Passes and 2 rounds of golf at the Vail Valley Golf Studio. Thanks to everyone who came and honored Jimmie – it was a great event, and everyone had a great time in their vintage gear. Be sure to look for it again next year!
1. All the racers lined up at the top of the hill and started at the same time, finding their own line down the hill.
2. St. Mary’s Glacier
3. Miga, Quatchi & Sumi. Miga is a young sea bearer who is part killer whale and part bear. Quatchi is a Bigfoot or Sasquatch, and Sumi is part Orca whale, part phoenix, and part bear and is considered the guardian spirit by the Pacific NW Tribe.
4. The United States: 1932 Lake Placid, 1960 Squaw Valley, 1980 Lake Placid, and 2000 Salt Lake City.
5. Kamikaze downhill run