Did You Know

Colorado has some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world, with light, fluffy powder and more then 300 inches per year at most Colorado ski resorts.

Steamboat Springs, Colorado was named after three French trappers in the early 1800s who heard a sound that they mistook for a major river and boat. The sound came from a natural spring at the far end of town that was later covered by a railroad bed.

In 1887, the largest gold nugget in the United States was found in Breckenridge, Colorado. It weighed 151 ounces and was about the size of a head of lettuce.

Breckenridge, Colorado was named after a Vice President of the United States, because the residents thought that would increase their odds, in the mid-1800s, of getting a post office.

Aspen Skiing Corporation was formed in 1946, followed by Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands in 1958, and Snowmass in 1969, representing the four mountains that give Aspen, Colorado distinction as a great Colorado winter vacation spot.

Beaver Creek was the last major ski resort to be built in Colorado, opening in 1980.

Vail purchased the land for Beaver Creek ski resort in 1972, and Beaver Creek welcomed its first skiers on December 15, 1980.

In 1989, Beaver Creek hosted the World Ski Championships.

In the 1930s, a group of investors tried to start a ski area in Aspen, Colorado, but their efforts were halted by World War II. The Aspen Skiing Corporation would later come to life in 1946.

Aspen, Colorado was a mining boom town from 1879-1893, thanks to the discovery of silver.