Our Business name is 10th Mountain Limo, and we take care in our service to honor the 10th Mountain Division.
We named our company as a tribute to the 10th Mountain Division, and we are grateful for their accomplishments and sacrifices during WWII and current world efforts. The following is the History of the 10th Mountain Division.
The US Army initiated the 10th Light Division (Alpine) in 1943, and designated it the 10th Mountain Division in 1944.
The division started out as an experiment to train skiers and climbers to fight in the most difficult, mountainous terrain in Europe.
Some of the men who joined the division were skiers already, while others had never seen a ski in their lives.
Their training at Camp Hale, near Minturn, Colorado, included skiing, snowshoeing and rock climbing. They also learned cold-weather survival tactics, such as keeping warm by building snow caves.
The men lived in the mountains for weeks, working in altitudes of up to 13,500 feet, in five to six feet of snow and in temperatures that dropped to 20 degrees below zero at night.
At the end of 1944, the 10th Division was deployed and began the first of a series of daring assaults against the German army in the northern Apennine Mountains of Italy.
Mount Belvedere was the highest mountain in the Apennines, and the Germans had stymied the U.S. Army there for nearly six months.
On Feb. 18, 1945, in a nighttime operation, the 10th Division climbed 5 separate routes up Riva Ridge. The steep mountain was covered in snow and ice. At night, the Germans did not bother with guard patrols, because the conditions were so difficult that they did not believe any American unit could climb the 2000 ft ridge — day or night.
But the Germans were mistaken, and 770 soldiers of the 10th climbed, silently, to the top, surprised the German troops and secured Riva Ridge with minimal casualties.
The next day’s operation, the assault on Mount Belvedere, would prove to be very different. The American soldiers ended up victorious, but not without a price: Nearly 1,000 of the 13,000 soldiers in the division died.
In the postwar years, veterans of the 10th returned to Colorado, Wyoming and Montana, and formed the foundation of the U.S. ski industry. They worked as ski instructors, ski school directors, Olympic and college coaches, and helped found resort areas in Colorado, such as Winter Park, Arapahoe Basin and Vail.
To us, the 10th Mountain Division represents trained skill, experience and dedicated delivery.
If you’d like to explore the region with us, we offer Van tours to Camp Hale, near Leadville CO where the 10th Mountain Division trained. When you travel with us, we are committed to safe, reliable, friendly Vail/Beaver Creek charter transportation.