Frosty Basin
Frosty Basin was an ambitious volunteer project to provide skiing for
Granby youngsters. Opened in 1952, it was built by the Middle Park Ski
Club, founded that year. Located on the John Murphy Ranch two miles
southwest of Granby on County Road 52, it featured two rope tows, a
jumping hill, warming hut and floodlights for night skiing. The tows were
hand-me-downs from Hot Sulphur Springs' Snow King Valley and the
Leland Jackson Ranch north of Granby. Despite all these facilities, the
siren call of Winter Park was too strong and Frosty Basin folded after two

Frosty Basin is on private property. My thanks to rancher John Murphy
for information and directions. The view in my photo shows the site from
U.S. 40 across Windy Gap Reservoir, two miles west of Granby.

Bill Fetcher
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