|Stoner Ski Area
|Area Pictures (1979):
|The Rope Tow
|The Base Area
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|"In the 1960's there was a small ski area at Stoner, Colorado not too far from
Dolores. It had 2 T-bar lifts which served about 3 runs each. For many years the
physicians from the nearby Four Corners states met there for a Four Corners
Medical Conference. The families came too and many of us stayed at the lodge
located at the base of the ski runs. The doctors and their families would ski all day
and the medical lectures would be after dinner from 7:00 - 9:00 at night in the
lodge. Our family came from Farmington New Mexico along with many other
doctors from our town. Another family who attended regularly was from Flagstaff,
Arizona. Other doctors came from Durango, Dolores, Mancos and other southwest
The runs were not groomed much at all which did not matter to most of us who
were very new to skiing. It was the very first place my husband and I skied. A
good friend of ours taught us the basics. We had long wooden skies, leather
lace-up boots and bamboo ski poles with leather thong baskets.
Even the "beginner" runs were fairly steep and the harder runs would probably be
black diamonds if they had been marked at all (which at the time they were not.)
We were so young and foolish that we went down them anyway although not in any
great style. After several years the ski area closed and the lifts were removed. The
lodge remained for many years afterward and was just a restaurant. But I
remember with fondness our many trips there and the fun we all had."
"My father was in district attorney's office in Cortez in the late 70s and early 80s and
when we didn't want to drive to Telluride or Purgatory we would take an "easy" day
at Stoner, which was anything but. The long t-bar served 3 long usually ungroomed
slopes (think Bash, Balch and Mulligan's Mile at Winter Park) and because of it's
lower elevation the snow was usually thick. It was a great way to get strong
because 10 minutes on the t-bar led to 5 minutes bashing through thick snow, and
that was only one run. It was a lot of fun until my father bought me longer skis. The
restaurant at the lodge had incredibly good steaks though, so it was easy to get