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Dec 19

The Name Game: Snowmass Trails & Areas

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM by Kelly Vaughn

What's in a name? When you ski at Snowmass Village, more than you may think. Nearly a decade ago, an article in the Snowmass Sun shed some light on the origin of the names of popular ski runs and trails.

Assay Hill
Assay is an old mining term, but another reason behind the name is the same as Fanny Hill (see below)

Alpine Springs
Named for the many springs found at the top of this area

The Big Burn
Named due to a fire that burned across the area in the 1880's

Named after Dr. Burlingame, who owned a piece of the property that the ski lift is on. The original homestead was settled by August Ericson

Named after the Forest Service campground at the base of this area

The Cirque
Named during the touring days due to its physical features. A cirque is a deep, steep-walled basin shaped like a half bowl on a mountain

Elk Camp
An old elk calving ground where elk spent the spring. It was a popular hunting area in the fall when elk herds were moving back down to lower country, and certain local hunters set up camp in the area each year

Fanny Hill
Penny Oneigan gave it the name due to the fact that the beginner hill has a lot of fannies that sit down on it in the winter

Hal Hartman, Sr. named this area because of the funneling effect on the trail system

Sam's Knob
Named after Sam Stapleton, a local rancher

Do you have any others you'd like to add? Weigh in below if you have some historical knowledge!


Anonymous User
December 20, 2013 at 9:59 AM
Naked Lady was named such because of a pin-up of one nailed to a tree by trail makers. john michelman

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