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Weekend Watch: Colorado's abandoned ski areas

The Road West Traveled film crew gets nostalgic by exploring the left-behind ski resorts now overgrown by trees.


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With more than 100 abandoned ski areas in Colorado—old ski runs left like scars on the mountains—the film crew at The Road West Traveled seeks to tell the stories of a few in the future ski documentary, Abandoned.

The film will be released this fall, and Lio Delpiccolo said the 2-year journey has been a learning experience. See the teaser from May here.

“One of the biggest challenges was having enough snow to ski at some of the areas this last winter due to a really poor snow year,” Delpiccolo told SNEWS this week. “We had to jump on any storm that hit Southern Colorado and had enough accumulation to barely cover the grass. Its been a really long process and we are excited to finally be at this point where we can share these stories with the world.”

One of the most rewarding parts of the project was meeting the people at the old ski areas.

“They shared their incredible ski stories with us and we were able to live vicariously through them to imagine the ski areas in their heyday,” Delpiccolo said. “And obviously the skiing was a big motivating factor to keep getting out there and filming. Luckily we got a really good powder day while filming at the old Berthoud Pass Ski Area, so that was definitely a highlight!”