Trail Maps:
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Operation Dates: 1930's - 1986
Area Stats: Summit 9,760; Base 8,500; Vertical Drop 1,260
*Trails: Beg: 10%, Int. 40%, Adv: 50%
*Ticket Prices: (1984) Adults $7.50, Children $3.50
*Rentals were available from $6.95 per day for adults
*Season: Thanksgiving - April
Lifts: 3, 1 t-bar (Stats: Built by Stadeli 1270' length, 240 vertical, 650
people per hour, 400 fpm), 2 rope tows
Facilities: Snack Bar, Ski Rentals, Rustic Cabins for lodging nearby
History: The current ski area probably opened around the mid 1950's,
but skiing has been popular year round on the nearby glacier.  The area
was also called Silver Mountain (1979/1980) and Silver Lake before
that.  According to readers the base area consisted of temporary
buildings with no real bathrooms (outhouses!).  In 2002, there was a
proposal to reopen this ski area as a snowboard resort.  Plans were
drafted by SnoEngineering but fell through.  The area continues to sit idle.
Directions: Take I-70 west and exit on the Fall River Road exit after
Idaho Springs.  The area is a couple miles from I-70 past the town of

Update:  Saint Mary's is reopening, click here for more
Here is an ad from Ski
Magazine on St. Mary's
Glacier Resort: **
History Pictures:
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The Lower T-Bar*
An old card that shows skiing on the
glacier near the area. #
Skiers on the T-Bar*
Skiing down!*
Pictures taken in May 2003:  ^
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The base of the Stadeli T-bar lift.
Various line pictures of the T-bar.
The summit of the T-bar.
Trails located on the lower mountain.
The upper rope tow and trails.
Have you ever skied St. Mary's Glacier?
If so,
contact us!
"I skied St. Mary's in the early '80's... very small area.  Cold and windy."
- Lee

"Skied the glacier with the U. of Colorado ski team in the fall of 1961.
Remember it well as I was a "flat lander" who had some difficulties
adjusting to the altitude. Carried my skis and a young lady's, sweating all
the way to the base of the glacier."
- Jim M.

"I skied the glacier many times from 1972-1976. I had a pair of Cliff
Taylor short skis, perfect for the glacier because they were very light and
easy to carry, as well as being controllable so I could get in a lot of turns.
There was snow there year around, and in late September there was new
snow to soften up the old hard ice. By October I was off to climb ski
Loveland Basin."
Steve S.

"My wife and I used to drive up to the glacier back in the mid-70s on
summer weekends.  I would put on my Head ski boots and trudge
up the glacier one steop at a time until I reached the top.  I normally only
made a few runs then headed for the house!

Interesting note:  Without fail we would be skiing with the then mogul
king, Mike Taylor (I think I have his first name correct).  He was
fantastic!  Back then a full beard was fashionable for free-style skiers!"
-Owen Y.
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* Pictures thanks to Scott B.
# Picture thanks to Dan G.
^ Picture thanks to Brad C.
$ Picture thanks to The Colorado Skier
** Picture thanks to Cameron H.