WWII & Camp Hale

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Camp Hale

      Now a popular spot for fishing, mountain biking, and hiking, Camp Hale holds special importance for two reasons. It is the World War II training site of American ski troops who broke through German lines high in the Italian mountains and freed northern Italy, sustaining some of the largest United States casualties in the war. In later years, these veteran ski ...

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      Ski Cooper’s History

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            Ski Cooper’s origin goes back to World War II. In 1942, the U.S. Army selected a site near the isolated railroad stop of Pando, CO, to train the ski troopers of the famed 10th Mountain Division. The site, which became Camp Hale, was chosen for its rail access, rugged mountainous terrain, and 250” average annual snowfall, which assured a six-month-long ...

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