In 1958, with the exuberance of the original gold miners, a group of geologists endured an adventurous expedition crossing over the Continental Divide into Breckenridge. The party discovered something far more valuable than the gold they originally set out to find — the Ten Mile Range and the promise of a true four-season mountain community, Breckenridge. Hearing of this discovery, Ralph Rounds, President of Rounds and Porter Lumber Company located in Wichita, Kansas was so intrigued by their findings that he immediately set off to Breckenridge, staked his claim, and within a two-year period became the largest private landowner in Summit County, Colorado.
By this time, Breckenridge and the Rocky Mountain Region were already attracting numerous summer outdoor enthusiasts but Ralph Rounds, along with his sons Dwight and Bill Rounds, set their sights on answering one question: What will people do in the winter? The three formed Breckenridge Lands, Inc. and surged forward with great enthusiasm towards answering this question and promoting a vision for the future of Breckenridge. With a toast on the top of Peak 8 in 1961, Breckenridge Lands and two Norwegian ski champions launched the Breckenridge Ski Area.