Skiing has a long and storied history here in North America, and any die-hard skier can tell you all about the history of their local hill. We're putting your skills to the test with a new series called Skispotter. Each week we'll bring you an old-timey photo of a ski lift, ski area, or historic building and you- dedicated ski buffs- will guess where it's from. Have an old photo you'd like us to use? Drop us an email, we'd be ever so grateful.
Many ski towns had illustrious- or infamous- beginnings as mining camps. Savvy businessfolk followed, which is how this tiny town found itself with over 100 saloonkeepers before the end of the 19th century. Often, the memory of those saloons lives on, via a sort of real estate chain reaction.
This photo dates back to the turn of the century; today, this saloon's location would be described as the central section of this ski town's main street. It's now a popular clothing/shoe store, but a fine-dining restaurant on a parallel street appropriated the name of the saloon. This name is the same as that of a cocktail that was outrageously trendy in the late 90s. The restaurant is located in a Victorian-style hotel that share's this town's original name. The hotel/restaurant are just yards from the free gondola station.
Tell us, Curbediverse sleuths: What is the name of this ski town, and the name of the former saloon and/or current hotel restaurant that shares its moniker?