A new documentary film explores a different type of Colorado ghost town — our numerous once-thriving, now-forgotten (and totally eerie) ski resorts.

Names like Geneva Basin, Berthoud Pass and Cuchara may not ring a bell to Coloradans these days, but they used to. They are three of our state's abandoned ski resorts that closed long ago, but still remain hidden in the Rockies. That is, until now.

The Road West Traveled via YouTube.com
The Road West Traveled via YouTube.com

The Road West Traveled, a Colorado-based production company has set out to explore the three and uncover their stories in the new documentary, Abandoned.

According to Mountain Life Media, at one time there were around 200 ski areas in Colorado, but today, we have only 30.

'A crew of backcountry skiers set out to explore Colorado’s lost ski areas in hopes to find adventure amongst the ruins.

Instead, they discover the truth behind what made these areas close their doors for good and illustrates what skiing used to be like before mega resorts and climate change wreaked havoc on independently owned ski areas.


Through heart-wrenching interviews with former owners, ski patrol, and historians, The Road West Traveled uncovers what it’s like to be a skier in Colorado's backcountry and what it means to go from lost to found. -The Road West Traveled

Abandoned will premiere in Denver at that Oriental on Monday, October 22, and will also show in Boulder. You can read more about it from The Telegraph and watch the trailer here:


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