Greeley Was Once Home to the World’s Smallest Ski Resort
In a state full of top-rated resorts and famed mountain runs, it's hard to imagine the "world's smallest ski resort" also having a place here. But at one time, it did – and it was actually right in Greeley's backyard.
Lots of NoCo locals have fond memories of Sharktooth Ski Area, which had its heyday in the 70s and early 80s, before closing in 1986. Opposite of renown resorts with luxurious amenities, Sharktooth was more of a beginners destination, and definitely a way more budget-friendly option. It's hard to imagine, based on what prices are now, but back in the 70s, an all-day pass to ski in Greeley was only $3.50, rising to $8 in 1985.
The rope tow got people up the hill, where skiers could then make their way down a 400-foot wide slope, with a 1,000-foot drop. It only took a couple of minutes to get down, much different than the multi-mile long runs up in the mountains. The highest point of elevation was 4750'. Over the years, the area was further developed, and grew to include three 1500-foot tubing runs, in addition to offering lessons, night skiing, a warming hut, and even an ice rink on site. Ice skating and tubing only costed visitors fifty cents.
Sharktooth came to life courtesy of a collaboration between a former UNC professor, a local businessman, and a former mayor of Greecostho had an idea for a mini-mountain that could attract families closer to the Front Range. Although a great idea, the resort was never really that profitable – only making $800 in 1985, which was the snowiest year it was open. For those wondering, Sharktooth got its name because of fossilized shark teeth that were found on-site during resort construction.
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