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Hint: This Ski Resort Birthed a 13-Pound Gold Nugget

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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.

This ski town was founded in 1859, during the gold rush. Almost exactly a century later, the first chair lift opened for business. But before it became a world-famous resort, this place made international headlines for a hunk of gold the size of a human head.

Besides the discovery of a gold nugget- which actually has a name- this town saw so much snow during the close of the 19th century that tunnels had to be dug so residents and merchants could cross Main Street.

Today, this resort is surrounded by other ski resorts of varying size within a 40-mile radius, one of which has achieved global fame for being a playground of the rich n' famous. Tell us, Curbediverse, what is the name of this mining town-turned-ski-resort, and what is the name of the ginormous gold nugget discovered there?

Make your guesses in the comments, and don't forget to send us a tip if you have a vintage photo to contribute.

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