Though the Ute and the Arapaho tribes made ‘Middle Park’ their home as early as the mid 1400’s, the history of Winter Park, Colorado was shaped by the early pioneers and settlers that were brave enough to carve a home out of the untamed wilderness and harsh winter conditions that lay beyond Berthoud Pass. The advent of the railroad and its access into Grand County via the Moffat Tunnel helped the masses discover the Winter Park area, where thousands came to pursue a fresh start in the late 20’s and early 30’s to take advantage of logging, agriculture and livestock opportunities.
Given Winter Park’s annual snowfall (usually over 300 inches!), Grand County was one of Colorado’s first areas to enjoy ‘sport skiing’. Early settlers made sport of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing until the first ski jumps were built in Hot Sulphur Springs in 1920, and then the first tow lift was built on the top of Berthoud Pass in 1936. They have both been since replaced by the world-class slopes of the Winter Park Ski Resort, established in the late 1930’s. The Winter Park area is now a mecca for skiing, both alpine and nordic, along with mountain biking, hiking, fishing, snowmobiling and countless other outdoor and indoor activities.
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