Skiing was not always the enjoyable pastime that it is today.
In the early 1800s, unaware of the treacherous conditions they would experience, miners arrived in Colorado in the hopes of striking it big. Men and their families found the terrain difficult to navigate until a group of Scandanavian miners introduced skiing as a form of transportation.
Eventually, during World War II, a military mountain division was created which played an important role in Germany’s surrender. After the war, and with the evolution of ski clubs, innovations in equipment and competitions, skiing transitioned into a form of sport and entertainment.
– Jacqueline Gualtieri, The Colorado 100