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Stagecoach, Colorado

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About: Stagecoach was a ski resort in Colorado in the early 1970s, 20 miles (32 km) south of Steamboat Springs in Routt County. It was developed by the Woodmoor Company of Colorado Springs. Although full of great terrain on north-facing slopes, financial problems of the developer nixed the project after its second season of skiing in 1974. Now considered a "lost" ski hill, rumors of Stagecoach reopening are common, but are always denied by the Wittemeyer family, who have owned the property for over twenty-five years. http://www.coloradoskihistory.com/lostresorts.html A full history of the former Stagecoach ski resort can be found at http://www.coloradoskihistory.com/lost/stagecoach.html The ski area was a mile south of the present-day Stagecoach Reservoir, with north-facing slopes. The vertical drop was 1700 feet (518 m) with summit elevation of 9150 feet (2789 m) above sea level and the base at 7450 feet (2271 m). Stagecoach State Park The Stagecoach Dam was built on the Yampa River in late 1988, and its reservoir filled over the next several years. The reservoir now hosts Stagecoach State Park http://parks.state.co.us/Parks/Stagecoach/. It offers fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and winter cross-country skiing and dog-sledding. The dam is at the northeast end of the reservoir; the water's surface elevation is 7200 feet (2195 m) above sea level. Originally designed in the 1970s as an earthen dam, it is a roller-compacted concrete (RCC) structure. http://www.waterpowermagazine.com/story.asp?storyCode=2015243 The Community The community is now quickly growing, along with nearby Steamboat Springs. A new firehouse was built in 2006 and new neighborhoods are under development. An elementary school site has been allocated when the current facility in nearby Yampa reaches capacity.


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