Cranor Hill Ski Area opened in 1962 and is still operating most seasons in Gunnison. There are four runs and one Poma lift. The season runs from January to March, Friday to Sunday only.
The vertical drop is 305 feet on 45 acres. Cranor relies on natural coverage and unfortunately they open an average of one in three years. By mid-January if they do not have enough snow they call it a season. Roughly 16 inches of snow on the ground is what it takes to open.
The area was started by local businessmen in the early 1960’s. They took out a loan to buy the lift and place on land that was donated by a local rancher. The corporation had similar snow issues and was unable to open and therefore unable to pay the loan. They offered it to the City sometime in the late 1960’s.
There is an old school lodge with concessions and ticket sales. The same poma F 12 single platter pull is still in operation although it is more difficult to find parts. We have a 1972 snow cat to pack the hill. We operate at approximately a $15,000 loss each season we open. Our goal is to pay for the employee wages and concession items and the City supplements the loss out of general fund reserves.
Address: County Rd 10, Gunnison
Season: Dec-Mar, depending on conditions