Ski Idlewild

Winter Park is one of Colorado’s well known resorts and has some excellent terrain, but there once was a lesser known ski area called Idlewild in what is now the town of Winter Park. Idlewild was a smaller ski area with a total of only four trails which catered more towards beginner’s (1).

Idlewild Ski Area was opened in 1961 by Dwight and Jean Miller (2) and it was closed in 1986 after one of the chair lifts failed and fell to the ground. Ski Idlewild only had a Poma tow lift and one double chair lift to get skiers to the top of it’s area. Additionally, it had a base lodge which included a cafeteria, a bar, ski shop, and a ski patrol

Trail map of Ski Idlewild.

Overgrowth has retaken the Poma tow lift through the trees.

The Idlewild base lodge.




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