WHAT IS THE SECRET OF THE BROADMOOR TUNNELS?

by Patricia George
(Hanford, California)

WHAT IS THE SECRET OF THE BROADMOOR TUNNELS?

For some reason today I thought about the time I stayed at the famous Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. We were there for a music convention and we had some time during the days there to do some exploring on our free time.
A friend who had been there before told us about an underground maze of tunnels connected to the hotel where the skiers came in the winter for a cheap place to sleep. I don’t recall how we found the entrance to the tunnels, but it must have been very accessible.
We went down the first long passageway and I looked into a room or two. They had only a cot and a throw rug. There was no window, no other furniture. The room was meant for sleeping only, so I guess you had to do your other kinds of business elsewhere. There might have been bathroom facilities somewhere but we did not see any.
The hallways were narrow; the ceiling rather low and there was just one door after another. Everything looked the same. I could see that if we turned too many corners we could easily become lost down here.
It gave me a chill to think of sleeping in one of those rooms even for a night, even if it was cheap. It felt like what we had heard it called- the Catacombs. I felt suffocated down here thinking of spending the night in one of those rooms. I couldn’t get away quickly enough. I never wanted to be in a place like that again.
I tried to find some information on the tunnels today on line. There is mention of one tunnel still in use, but it is only for storing supplies and such and is only be accessible to employees. The hotel is trying to outlive its reputation for being haunted. Those creepy long hallways that I remembered would have been the perfect site for the spirits of other worlds to haunt. I could not find any information on the times when the skier used these rooms for a cheap sleep .Maybe someone who visited the tunnels back in the late 60’s-early 70’s might recall.
I just looked at pictures of the hotel rooms as advertised in photos today. Everything seems to live up to its bright luxurious reputation. I remember being disappointed at what I found when I stayed there. Then there was a worn and dimly lit frumpiness from the rooms to the dining area and was very different from its reputation as an elegant place to stay. I don’t recall any ghosts, but maybe the dinginess was a result of the spirit activities. Now that they have refurbished everything and it seems to be brighter, the hauntings seem to have remained. People who have been there recently are still experiencing strange occurrences. I can’t imagine what kinds of spirit parties happen in the portions of the tunnels that are now inaccessible to the living.

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Oct 04, 2016
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great info NEW
by: patricia


Thanks Old Timer for this info.People have good memories of Ski Broadmoor. Wish I could hear from some people who knew about the underground lodgings..
Patricia

Oct 04, 2016
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The Broadmoor DID have a ski resort near the hotel NEW
by: COS Old Timer

The Broadmoor used to have it's own little ski resort for many years, so that makes sense.

Here's the history of Ski Broadmoor!
http://coloradoskihistory.com/lost/broadmoor.html

Mar 09, 2016
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Yes You Can NEW
by: Patricia

Loveland and Breckenridge are two ski resorts within a day trip driving range of Colorado Springs. Up and 7, ski 'till 4, home by 6. Not a bad day and then a cheap night's sleep.

Mar 09, 2016
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Tunnel Rooms NEW
by: Golfnut

Where is there skiing in or near Colorado Springs? Not a chance.

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