Stimulus Plan In 1930's Created Colorado Ski Industry

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • DAVE PHILIPPS Colorado Springs Gazette, CO

Monarch, Winter Park and Wolf Creek ski areas all celebrate 70 years of skiing this winter and they all owe their start, in part, to an unexpected benefactor: government stimulus. It came in the form of the New Deal.

In 1939 -- the year all three ski areas were born -- the Great Depression had pushed the state's biggest industries, agriculture and mining, into the dumps. The government was searching for ways to jump-start the anemic economy and give people work. Almost anything was on the table.

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