Colorado Ski History

Skiing has been an important part of Colorado’s history, from the Tenth Mountain Division “Soldiers on Skis” in WWII to the development of the state’s largest tourist draw.  The current (March/April 2016) issue of Colorado Heritage includes a detailed article about skiing in Hot Sulphur Springs in the early twentieth century.  The article features some excellent photographs.  In our library we have numerous other publications that tell the story of skiing in Colorado.  Some highlights include statistics and profiles of ski areas from the 1960s, ’70s, and 80s, and economic studies of the ski industry.  Search the keyword “skiing” in our library’s web catalog to get a list of resources.  You can also find out more about ski tourism today by visiting the state’s official tourism website,