Indian Mountain Ski Area
Operation Dates: 1972; 1974-5; 1976-80; 1981-82; 1983-88
Area Stats:
* Vertical Drop: 573 feet
*Runs: 5, 25% beginner; 50% intermediate; 25% advanced
*Lifts: 1 Heron-Poma platter lift (length: 2873'); 2 Surface tows
* Facilities: Ski School, Lodge, Cafeteria, & Rentals
Indian Mountain attracted crowds from the local town of Fairplay and  
Colorado Springs during its decade and a half of sporadic operation. The
area was developed in conjunction with local housing developments by
Meridian Properties of Denver.  It offered a local feel, but suffered more
often than not from bad snow.  The area was sold in 1984 to Brian
Nilsson of The Metro Park & Recreation District in Como.  The area
probably closed its lifts for good due to financial reason stemming from
lack of snow and operation days.  According to Ski Area Management
Magazine, the poma was later installed at Vail Mountain as the Westwall
poma lift.  It was removed in 2000 and replaced with a modern
Doppelmayr handle-tow.
Location: From Denver, take US 285 south to Jefferson.  Turn left on
CR 15 and take it for 4 miles.  At the fire station on the left, turn onto CR
32 and take it for 5 miles.  This road turns into a subdivision street called
Albino and changes names again to Arrowhead Drive.  Next, turn left on
Chief trail and take it for 2 miles.  The ski area should become visible on
the right and the lodge is now a clubhouse.
Trail Map: *
(Click for a larger view!)
Area Pictures:
An overview of Indian Mountain with
cuts still visible in the upper left portion
of the picture. *
The area's base lodge as seen recently. *
Have you ever skied Indian Mountain?
If so,
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John M.
The Colorado Ski Museum
The Colorado Skier

Picture Credits:
* Kirsten S.
# Brad C.
Map thanks to The Colorado Skier