Pike National Forest, Colorado- The Centennial State is arguably center stage for the United State’s ski industry, with millions of people visiting the over 30 currently operating ski areas each winter. However, over one hundred ski areas have closed down over the past century, including Berthoud Pass, Cuchara, Conquistador, and Hidden Valley. One is typically forgotten by most Colorado skiers and riders, though: Geneva Basin.

Operating from 1963-84, Geneva Basin had a fascinating history. First opened back in 1963, the mountain was originally known as Indianhead Mountain. However, it struggled financially in its infancy, resulting in receivership two years after opening.

After that, it was renamed to Geneva Basin. Its remoteness, lack of terrain variety compared to other Colorado mountains, and snow droughts led to its demise. It closed in 1984 after a chair fell off the Duck Creek lift, making the Colorado Tramway Board step in and shut the mountain down until the proper repairs were made. Multiple revitalization efforts were attempted, but the mountain last operated in 1984. The U.S. Forest Service intentionally burned down the lodge and ripped out the lift towers in 1993, sealing its fate.

In the latest episode of Skier 72’s The Lost Resorts series, he discusses the history of Geneva Basin. The video dives into the mountain’s history, what went wrong, what happened after Geneva Basin closed, and its topography.

For more information, check out Skier72’s video below.

Image/Video Credits: Skier72

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