“Ski Hidden Valley Estes Park” To Premiere July 6-Tickets Now Available
Estes Park resident Brian Brown’s feature-length documentary, “Ski Hidden Valley Estes Park,” premieres on July 6th at the Estes Park Conference Center from 3 -5 p.m. Nine months in the making, the film’s goal is to tell the past, present, and future of this most special and historical place just above Estes Park in Rocky Mountain National Park.
To make the film, Brian interviewed over 40 former and current Hidden Valley skiers, ski area and Park Service employees, concessionaires, patrolmen, and instructors, as well as historians and authors. In their own words, they will tell their stories of Hidden Valley’s present and past. For the film’s visual record, Brian collected over 2,500 feet of motion picture film, over 300 slides and photographs, many trail maps, postcards and other memorabilia from dozens of sources.
Chapters of the film will highlight HV’s humble beginnings as a sawmill operation and camp for Trail Ridge Road construction; then, as decorated 10th Mountain Division veteran George Hurt and his family created the first ski concession in 1947; Hidden Valley’s heyday of the 60s and 70s as Ted James’ concession saw thousands of skiers each year; a special highlight chapter on HV’s amateur “hotdog” freestyle team of the mid-70s; through the local Rec District taking over the concession in 1977, and their community-rich programs like Winter Carnivals and The Challenge Cup; the controversial, permanent closing of Hidden Valley in 1992, and some noble attempts to save it; up through the present-day, where fearless backcountry skiers still challenge themselves on Upper and Lower Hidden Valley’s slopes and old runs.
Reserved VIP tickets are $20 each and include an hour-long pre-film social and HV Reunion (with cash bar) that kicks-off at 2 p.m., and the film begins promptly at 3 p.m. General Admission seats (with no pre-film social) are $15. Tickets can be purchased online at www.skihiddenvalleyfilm.org or via mail at Brian Brown, 508 Columbine Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517.