Colorado is home to over 30 ski resorts that are currently operating, but it may come as a surprise to learn that there are vastly more ski resorts in the state that are sitting abandoned.

What Are Colorado's Abandoned Ski Resorts?

Out of roughly 150 ski resorts all across the state of Colorado, only 34 are currently open and running.

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Some of the ski resorts that are sitting abandoned include Berthoud Pass Ski Area, Geneva Basin (formerly Indianhead Ski Area,) Cuchara Mountain Resort, Heritage Square, Davis Hill, Hidden Valley, Leydman Hill Jump, Old Man Mountain, Ski Broadmoor, Ski Idlewild, and Stagecoach, to name a few.

Upon gaining this knowledge one has to ask, why are there so many abandoned ski resorts in Colorado?

What Caused the Demise of Colorado's Now-Abandoned Ski Resorts?

Skiing has been a part of the state of Colorado's identity for many years, but there was a time when it was brand new.

Many of the ski resorts that are currently sitting abandoned were closed due to financial issues and the inability to compete with bigger, nicer ski resorts that have opened over the decades.

However, not all of these resorts closed due to money woes.

For example, Berthoud Pass Ski Area was an incredibly successful albeit small resort with only one chairlift. In fact, it was so successful that Winter Park was created nearby to accommodate more of the skiers that flocked to Berthoud Pass.

However, an accident prompted the U.S. Forest Service to close the chairlift and after a while, the resort simply closed for good.

Similarly, Indianhead Ski Area, later named Geneva Basin, was forced to close after a faulty chairlift fell from its cable, killing its passenger.

Keep scrolling to check out some of these abandoned ski resorts for yourself, beginning with Geneva Basin:

History of Fatalities + Fire at Now-Abandoned Colorado Ski Resort

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Geneva Basin is an abandoned ski resort outside of Georgetown, Colorado, and has an unfortunate history of fatal accidents and a devastating fire.

Gallery Credit: Nate Wilde

See Eerily Abandoned Colorado Ski Resort that May Reopen Soon

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Take a virtual tour of Colorado’s forgotten ski resort, Cuchara Mountain Park, which despite being abandoned for over 20 years may be reopening soon.

Gallery Credit: Nate Wilde

Smoke Shacks are Secret Manmade Huts on Colorado Ski Mountains

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If you’re not a ski bum or a ‘local’ in a ski town, you may not know about the secret, manmade huts on Colorado ski mountains known as ‘smoke shacks.’

Gallery Credit: Nate Wilde

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