Steamboat to install new sign honoring Howelsen Hill’s history
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A new sign will soon herald Howelsen Hill as the oldest continually operating ski area in North America.
Steamboat Springs’ town hill was established in 1915 and is home to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, the oldest ski club west of the Mississippi, according to the club. The hill was named for Carl Howelsen, the Norwegian ski jumper who introduced the sport to the area and built the first ski jump on the hill.
The sign will be 4 foot by 8 foot and posted at the entryway to the ski area, Parks and Recreation Director Angela Cosby said.
“It’s awesome to recognize it for what it is and have that welcoming people to Howelsen,” she said. “It’s pretty unique to have a city-operated ski hill in downtown, so anything that can call attention to it and emphasize what we have here is great.”
The sign came at the direction of the Steamboat Springs City Council. A temporary banner proclaiming Howelsen’s history is currently hanging over the park.
The design incorporates imagery representing the history of the hill, including a ski jumper and the pointed roof of the tow house and lodge, and the new Howelsen Hill logo launched last year, Parks and Recreation Marketing and Special Events Coordinator Emily Hines said.
A design included in city council documents earlier this month included a near-final design, which was vetted by City Council and the Winter Sports Club, Hines said.
Input from the Steamboat Springs Historic Preservation Commission has led to the inclusion of a plaque or medallion below the sign declaring the hill is on both Colorado’s and Routt County’s Register of Historic Properties.
“Howelsen is a very special place, and it deserves some special recognition, so we’re excited to get this sign up next spring,” Hines said.
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