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Colorado MountainsColorado MountainsAmerican state Colorado is one of the so-called Mountain States in the Central West of the USA. It has an official nickname "Centennial State" because it joined the union of the States in 1876 when the country celebrated its 100th anniversary.

The area of the present Colorado was explored by the Spanish in XVI and in 1706 they proclaimed it a colony of the Spanish Crown. Later the area was handed over to France. Everybody knows the story how France sold Louisiana. During this deal they sold Eastern Colorado too. No doubt they regret about it � in 1850 in the state the gold was found and a lot of those looking for their fortune came here. It gave a powerful push to development of the whole state.

Denver was founded during "Golden fever" in 1858. It grew very fast and by the end of XIX century the amount of its citizens reached 100 thousands.

Denver - the capital of Colorado state - is situated on the 1600 meters height, on the banks of South Platt river. Nowadays with its population of about 2,8 millions (with suburbs) it's the tenth biggest city in the United States.

As a "Mountain" state, Colorado is known for its alpine skiing resorts. The most famous of them are Aspen/Snowmass, Telluride, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Vail, Beever Creek, Monarch, Loveland Pass, Winter Park and Eldora.

Aspen in the Central Colorado is the most prestigious resort in the USA. It appeared in the 1880s and still keeps "Wild West" look. It has four areas for alpine skiing - Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk.

Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Keystone are also in the top 10 of the American resorts.

Vail is known for its beautiful landscapes, big amount of hotels and condominiums. This resort lies in Gore Creek Valley, 100 miles from Denver, and is surrounded by White River National Park. The city is rather new. It exists since 1957.

Breckenridge is a little Victorian style city with shops, bars and discos. It was built as a settlement of gold finders. Now it's resort number 2 in USA.

Beaver Creek has been a special place since 1880, when it was discovered by John Taunsand. It was transformed into a mountain resort in 1980 and now hosts one of the world three most difficult routes - Birds of Prey.

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