Imagine a sport that’s a lunatic’s mashup of ultra-marathon endurance running and expert-level downhill skiing. Guess what? The sport already exists … and it’s called Skimo. The word Skimo is short for Ski Mountaineering.
One of Colorado’s most colorful pioneering personalitities was an itinerant Methodist Pastor named John Lewis Dyer, better known as Father Dyer. The “Father” title was not a religious one, but rather a nickname the miners gave him because he was much older (around 50 at the time he came to Colorado) than the average miner in his twenties.