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Hidden Valley Past, Present and Future


Come and join together to remember the thrills of falling in love with skiing at Hidden Valley; back when lift tickets were $5.00, the T bar or poma lifts were the only way up the hill aside from your own two feet. There were no freshly groomed slopes, just the excitement and camaraderie of the pure downhill experience. Ski races, moonlight runs as well as many folk’s first experience skiing are all part of the history of the valley.

Meet and greet friends and former ski enthusiasts at Brian Brown’s presentation of “Hidden Valley Past, Present and Future” at 2:00 on Saturday, February 23rd at the Estes Park Museum. Brian will be speaking and showing brief clips of his feature documentary “Ski Hidden Valley Estes Park” which is now in production. The film includes rare, unseen film footage, photos, interviews, and more. The history of this unique ski area, classic photos, memories and stories from the past will be shared.

For almost 80 years Hidden Valley has provided rough and tumble skiing with deep powder on its high, bare, un-groomed slopes for the adventurous and a safe bunny hill for beginners. In 1934 the Second Annual National Ski Championship was held on the newly cut trails of Hidden Valley and Estes Park local, Junior Duncan won. Its heyday was in 1977 and many folks from Estes Park remember wonderful times learning to ski there. Although the tow bars, poma and chair lift were removed by the park in 1991, families have been enjoying the area for years and even today can be found skiing, sledding, tubing and snow shoeing. The more adventurous skiers still hike up the slopes toward the Continental Divide and thrill to fresh powder and a long un-crowded run down the mountain.

If you missed out on the Hidden Valley experience, but are eager to learn about a past treasure of Estes Park and what the future might have in store for this snow play area, plan to spend an exciting and entertaining afternoon at the Estes Park Museum with Brian and company. Bring your own Hidden Valley photos, memorabilia, and stories to share with other ski aficionados from days past. It’s like a family reunion!

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