Big Colorado ski resorts dominate, but these small, city-owned ski areas keep up the tradition of skiing for all

Ouray native Rick Trujillo, born here a few years after the hill opened, found that quote in paperwork decades ago. That was back when the city was contemplating selling off the land, a plan that was quickly abandoned after he intervened. Trujillo, the oldest of 11, knew he had to protect the ski hill. He had basically spent his childhood winters here. He and his friends would come after school, turn on the rope tow and ski until dark. 

“There was no supervision! None whatsoever!” he exclaimed with definite pride in his voice.

These days, a seasonal city employee is