Photograph of skiers on Berthoud Pass, Colorado, taken circa 1937-1947 by Ray V. Frost (1907-2003). The image depicts skiers being taken up the mountain using a rope tow. The print also depicts automobiles and a bus either parked or dropping skiers off at the base. The rope tow was installed in 1937 and was operated by volunteers on the weekends. Berthoud Pass may have been the first public ski area in Colorado, though debate surrounds this because the Glen Cove ski area technically had a rope tow in 1936, but it was not open to the public.
Photographer Ray Vermillion Frost (1907-2003) was a resident of Golden, Colo. and worked as a master brewer at Coors Brewing Company. He was also an avid photographer, traveler, skier, and mountaineer who photographed his road-trips, skiing, and hiking and climbing adventures throughout Colorado between circa 1930-1982.
Gift of Christy Fischer, 2014
Hand-written note inscribed on the front of the image says, "Skiing Berthoud Pass."