Alta is a throwback to the days before ski areas morphed into “ski and summer mountain resorts.”
Rocky Mountain Skiing
Fate has thrown quirky snowballs at the tiny, yet historically significant ski area ever since two Denver men were killed by an avalanche at Berthoud Pass Feb. 7, 1937, on the first day of lift-assisted skiing in Colorado.
Starting at the little town of Lenado northeast of Aspen, the trail follows a road used by skiers and snowmobilers in the winter.
For some, winter recreation means driving to a ski resort, paying for a lift ticket, and skiing groomed runs. Others, however, seek a purer outdoor experience. These people head to the “backcountry” of Colorado.
One of Colorado’s finest backcountry tours, the Trail of the Tenth, was actually the WWII training ground for a famous group of ski pioneers.