50 Years In Photos

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The Denver Post made a really neat photo tribute of the last 50 years to celebrate Breckenridge Resort's 50th Birthday. You can go through all 59 photos (here). Below are a few of my favorites.

Sept. 24, 1961. Claude Martin, former Wichita builder now serving as vice president and resident general manager of the Summit County Development Corp., inspects one of five new ski trails being built at Breckenridge, Colo. as part of a project to turn the old mining town into a major resort.

Oct. 14, 1962. The new 6,200-foot double chair lift at Breckenridge ski area starts above timbeline on Peak 8, where ski investment is $2,250,000.

October 14, 1962. Mount Baldy is framed by turn equipment atop Peak 8 in the new Breckenridge ski area. A new double chair lift and a new T-bar have been added at the ski area.
1960's Breckenridge Ski Area.
Nov 27, 1977. Skiers at Breckenridge Ski Area crowd into lift lines in a scene typical of the long Thanksgiving weekend at Colo. ski resorts. Those near Denver reported several thousand skiers and lift waits of up to a half hour were common over the weekend.
Carol Rich, a Breckenridge lift attendant soon to be featured in Playboy Magazine, gives everyone a lift at the Colorado area, including these tots with a special request.
Dec 12, 1971. The Summit County Courthouse and other old relics of bygone gold mining days form the foreground for more than 200 acres of new trails (at left) at Breckenridge ski area. The trail network of the older area is at right beneath peaks of Tenmile Range.
Feb 17, 1976. High winds kick up the snow to create a blustery winter scene at Breckenridge ski area Monday, the last day of the three-day Washington's birthday weekend, traditionally one of the state's biggest ski weekends. This view is of Peak 9 looking toward Peak 10.
Breckenridge's first snowboarding world championship in 1986.

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