Can you guess what year this picture was taken?
It was 50 years ago, 1964! The Silver Queen Gondola had been open for one year – and as the only Italian gondola in Colorado it was a pretty big deal. When it first opened in 1963, the gondola was blessed by a Catholic priest from Gunnison, Father Leo McKenna, who blessed it with holy water and said a prayer. Three eager skiers jumped in the first car, which lurched forward then came to a halt. The Silver Queen Gondola broke before the first car had even made it out of the terminal! A dejected Father McKenna left the scene only to slip on ice in the parking lot and fracture his kneecap. Needless to say, The Silver Queen Gondola was off to a rough start. Even after it was up and running, it was known to have frequent collisions when the wind picked up.
53 years have passed since Crested Butte Mountain Resort opened in 1961, and no doubt a lot has changed since then! The infamous Silver Queen Gondola has since been replaced by a high speed quad and runs smoothly, but if you feel like taking a ride into the past, check out our old school double seaters: Twister Lift, built in 1969, or the Teocalli lift, from 1979. In honor of TBT, here are some more awesome photos of CBMR over the years.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort Base Area, 1960’s
Looks pretty 80’s, right?
Powder Skiing in 1968
Warming House Hill in the ‘80’s.
Base Area in 1961. Can you spot the T-Bar?
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