Near Ashton in Fremont County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Bear Gulch Ski Basin
Eastern Idaho's First Ski Resort
A dream was shared by Alf Engen a world-class skier from Norway who eventually went on to coach the 1948 U.S. Olympic Ski Team. Looking upon a wooded hillside in the spring of 1939, Alf sketched on paper three ski runs that later became known as Bear Gulch Ski Basin.
Passenger trains traveling to Yellowstone just a few hundred yards from where you are standing brought skiers to Bear Gulch when the resort opened during the winter of 1940. Powered by a simple gasoline engine with cables wrapped around large drums, anxious skiers paid 10 cents to ride a toboggan to the top of the hill. Skiers coined the phrase "If you could ski at Bear, you could ski anywhere."
For the next 20 years Bear Gulch was regarded as Eastern Idaho's premier resort. When new ski resorts with longer runs began to open, appeal in Bear Gulch faded. Bear Gulch Ski Basin disappeared into the shadows after several attempts failed to revive the resort during the mid-seventies.
Location. 44° Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ashton ID 83420, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Teton Mountain Range (approx. one mile away); Big Falls Inn (approx. 3 miles away); Volcanic Calderas (approx. 7.6 miles away); The Three Tetons (approx. 9 miles away); Caldera Lookout (approx. 12½ miles away); Harriman State Park (approx. 13½ miles away); Harriman Wildlife Refuge (approx. 15.2 miles away).
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