WINTER PARK " The old base cafeteria at Ski Idlewild is no more.
The building was torched by firefighters in Winter Park as part of efforts to groom the old ski area for real-estate development.
The ski area opened in 1961. By that point, Winter Park had been operating as a ski area for more than 20 years.
Even then, however, there was virtually no comparison. Idlewild had only 400 feet of vertical.
But for somebody wanting to learn to ski or to get instruction in the more arcane skill of telemarking, as was the case with this scribe in 1986, Idlewild's slopes had just the right tilt of forgiveness.
The ski area closed after a lift accident in 1986 and then continued on with cross-country ski and other operations until as recently as 2002.
The Middle Park Times says that the 22-acre property has zoning for up to 317 units plus a 70-room lodge.