|Ski Squaw Pass
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|A lift ticket from the area.
(From A History of Colorado
Skiing by Abbott Fay)
|Squaw Pass recently
reopened as Echo
|Here are pictures of the T-bar's drive terminal as well as shots of the lodge area.
|Here is a topographic map of the
Squaw Pass Ski Area property:
(Click for larger views!)
|Have you ever skied Squaw Pass?
If so, contact us with your memories!
"My family and I used to ski Squaw Pass for many years from '71 until it closed in '74. Since we lived in
Evergreen it was real close. Dad bought a season pass for which was good for all our family members (5).
It was a great little area we had."
"I was an instructor there from 1969-1972. The ski school was headed by Jim Riley and Theo
Mosseberger. Jim was an Assistant Attorney General in the Colorado Attorney General's office during the
week, but his real passion was skiing. Jim was one of the great driving forces in the PSIA and RMPSIA
during that period. I am sure that Horst Abrahms remembers Jim as well.
Jim went on to form The North American Ski Instructors Congress. This "congress" was one of the first
skiing organizations to really address "biomechanics" in skiing. I am not certain of Jim's whereabouts
presently, or if he is still alive.
Many people referred to Squaw Pass as "Ski School Ski Area," because on most days the instructors out
numbered the public! Squaw Pass Ski School was made up of many instructors who had migrated over
from A-Basin in the late 60's.
The mountain was run by Tom Creighton during this period and the ski patrol was headed by Fred Feller.
Squaw Pass closed as a result of finances. Notwithstanding, it was lack of snow that caused the financial
problems. With no snow-making equipment, we were totally dependent on Mother Nature."
- Tom P.
"Actually Squaw Pass did not close because of bad snow years. Fact is the last two seasons 74-75 and
75-76 had excellent snow where as the rest of the Summit County and Vail areas were bypassed. The
Christmas week of 75-76 saw a dump of 4-5 feet! It stranded the area snowcat. What killed off Squaw
was the owner/manager was offered the manager job at Araphoe East, the rising cost of insurance and
operating costs for a weekend only area with only 700 vertical feet. The owner sold Squaw in 1976 for
aboot $200,000. Interesting was the fact that the T-bar was run by a 2-cycle diesel motor. I was there. I
ran the ski shop and managed the ski school. A small group of Squaw Pass instructors still get together
"As the Creighton's, who ran the hill, were our neighbors we used to jaunt up to Squaw Pass occasionally.
It was almost never crowded, the snow was always good and it always seemed very cold and windy
(but then again I was only 8 years old)."
"We made it up to Squaw Pass almost every weekend from the late 1960's until it closed. Our family pass
for 7 to ski the entire season was only $100! Does anyone miss the great fireplace and the tree stump
chairs and spool tables? Every SP memory is a happy one. The Creightons were the best!"
"My brothers and i skied at Squaw pass in the 1960's 70's . I remember the t bar lift. How it would
brake down all the time. And the fireplace in the middle of the warming house. It was a close ski area for
us. We lived in evergreen from 1958 to 1975. It was a nice little ski area. I wish i could go back to that
time and do it again."
"I skied at Squaw Pass in the late 60's early 70's. Cut my teeth as they say. I was pretty young but I can
still smell the diesel fumes on my ski clothes from that t-bar. And what was up with the transmission that
they had on that thing? I can remember when there were a lot of people there, they would shift gears on it.
I just assumed that's how all lifts worked until I spread my wings and graduated to the BIG hills. (Geneva
Basin, Loveland. ) I grew up in Evergreen and it was a great intro to skiing. Mom and Dad would drive
me and my brother up there, drop us off in the morning, pick us up in the afternoon. I now make my home
in Breckenridge CO and have skied around the world. I can never forget what a great place Squaw Pass
was to begin my journey. Thanks!"
"I remember the thrill of parking at the TOP of the area and skiing DOWN the mountain to the lift. I
learned to ski at Squaw Pass with my Dad on old cable binding skis and lace up boots. We used to joke
that we had "quick release knees" instead of bindings. I also remember being lifted off my feet by the t-bar
trying to get onto it. This was both scary and thrilling at the same time. I skied at Silverton Mountain last
winter which really reminded me of Squaw Pass. Smaller really can be better!"
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