Written by Mike Horn for The Crested Butte News
The Gunnison County Ski Club built Colorado’s first chairlift on the flanks of Cement Mountain—near what is now Crested Butte South. It was completed in 1939, and the single-seated Comet Chair carried skiers nearly 2,000 feet up. The fun lasted until 1956, when the ski area closed for reasons unknown.
Fifty-four years later, there’s a movement afoot to reopen the Pioneer Ski Hill. Al Smith of Crested Butte South is the chief proponent, and he’s paid a visit to the Forest Service and started gauging public opinion. The Forest Service directed Smith to get them a proposal, and then they would tell him what else was required. …read more