• All good things must come to an end, even the ski season in Colorado Ski Country. However, here are some reasons to look on the bright side: It’s not over yet, and resorts will be hosting all sorts of fun events (and plenty of good skiing!) in the next few weeks; Summer in the high [&hellip...

  • Dan Rabin is a Boulder-based freelance writer and author of the guidebook, Colorado Breweries. An early-morning run down a pristine untracked trail is an experience every skier or snowboarder should have at least once. If you think this privilege is reserved for a few hearty souls willing to rise...

  • Beginning March 30, Sunlight will reduce lift tickets by $10 through the end of the season. That means Adults are only $50, a half day is only $40 and kids 6-12 are only $40 for full day and $35 for half. Kids under 5 are still free...

  • Tentative 2015 Closing Dates for Colorado Ski Country Resorts

    on March 31 | in Uncategorized | by | with Comments Off

    All good things must come to an end, even the ski season in Colorado Ski Country. However, here are some reasons to look on the bright side:

    • It’s not over yet, and resorts will be hosting all sorts of fun events (and plenty of good skiing!) in the next few weeks;
    • Summer in the high country is (almost) as good as it is in winter; and
    • The 2015/16 season will bring yet more upgrades and improvements to the guest experience at Colorado ski areas and resorts.

    Here’s a list of tentative closing dates for Colorado Ski Country resorts. Keep your fingers crossed for a big storm or two to keep some of them open even later.

    CSCUSA Resort Closing Dates (subject to change)
    March 15: Howelsen
    March 23: Powderhorn
    April 5: Buttermilk, Crested Butte, Purgatory, Ski Cooper, Ski Granby Ranch, Sunlight, Telluride, Wolf Creek
    April 12: Aspen Highlands, Eldora, Monarch, Silverton, Snowmass, Steamboat
    April 19: Aspen Mountain, Copper
    April 26: Winter Park
    May 3: Loveland
    TBA: Arapahoe Basin

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  • First Tracks: Several Colorado Resorts offer Early Morning Access to Untouched Terrain

    on March 30 | in Insider Secrets | by | with Comments Off

    Jeremy Swanson Aspen Snowmass

    Jeremy Swanson Aspen Snowmass

    Dan Rabin is a Boulder-based freelance writer and author of the guidebook, Colorado Breweries.

    An early-morning run down a pristine untracked trail is an experience every skier or snowboarder should have at least once. If you think this privilege is reserved for a few hearty souls willing to rise before dawn and wait patiently at the front of a chilly lift line, think again. The First Tracks program, offered at several Colorado Ski Country resorts, puts you on the mountain ahead the masses. Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Steamboat and Winter Park all offer a version of First Tracks. Continue Reading

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  • Sunlight Mountain Resort Reduces Lift Ticket Prices for Spring Skiing

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    Sunlight Mountain Resort

    Sunlight Mountain Resort

    Beginning March 30, Sunlight will reduce lift tickets by $10 through the end of the season. That means Adults are only $50, a half day is only $40 and kids 6-12 are only $40 for full day and $35 for half. Kids under 5 are still free. Continue Reading

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  • Ski Patrol’s Best Friend

    on March 28 | in General, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off

    One of Wolf Creek Ski Area’s Ski Patrollers has some particularly bad breath. I’ve just watched Rico execute a rescue of a buried avalanche victim in a training drill put on by Wolf Creek, and as I congratulate him on a job well done, Rico’s halitosis washes over me and I’m struggling for fresh air, much like the simulated avalanche victim he just rescued. I can’t help but wonder what he had for breakfast.

    Having smelled Rico’s breath, my guess would be dog food. And I’d be right, because Rico is one of Wolf Creek Ski Area’s avalanche dogs.

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  • Skiing is Supposed to be Fun

    on March 27 | in Kids & Family Friendly Zone | by | with Comments Off

    By James Lummis

    Skiing for me is a number of things.  Skiing is time outdoors. It’s adrenaline inducing. It’s fun with family and friends. And, especially for me, skiing is a time to improve my skills.

    I have been in constant pursuit of the perfect run, which for me is not fresh snow, or untracked corduroy, but a run with perfect turns, my body and hands downhill, and my speed controlled with ease.  Unfortunately the pursuit of perfection is usually an unworthy goal and underachieved pursuit that often ends with unrealized results.

    Well you can imagine if I spend my ski days pursuing perfection with admittedly limited results, I may not be the best company. Continue Reading

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  • Throwback Thursday: A Motley Crew atop Mary Jane Mountain

    on March 26 | in Uncategorized | by | with Comments Off

    Winter Park Resort

    Winter Park Resort

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  • Telluride Ski Resort and Snowbasin Partner for 2015-16 Season

    on March 25 | in Telluride | by | with Comments Off

    Telluride Ski Resort

    Telluride Ski Resort

    Snowbasin and Telluride Ski Resort will be teaming up for the upcoming 2015/2016 winter season. Snowbasin Resort premier season pass holders will now be able to experience three free days of skiing/snowboarding at Telluride Ski Resort and the same for Telluride full season pass holders at Snowbasin the 2015/2016 ski season. These two unique resorts have come together to offer a great opportunity for full season pass holders at each mountain to get out and experience something new and different this season. Continue Reading

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  • April in Colorado Ski Country Brings Late Spring Festivities for the Entire Family

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    Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

    Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

    Spring has sprung at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member ski areas and resorts, with warm temperatures, blue skies, and soft snow. Spring skiing in Colorado means carved turns on fresh groomed runs, pushing around late season powder, and fun resort events and activities for the whole family. Below is a roundup of springtime celebrations happening at CSCUSA resorts in April and beyond, including tentative closing dates.

    Although spring has arrived, there is still a lot of ski season left as Colorado has one of the longest ski seasons in the country, often stretching well into May. Keep up to date on snowfall totals with the CSCUSA snow report updated by the resorts themselves: http://www.coloradoski.com/snow-report. Continue Reading

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  • Safety Sunday: Smart Style in the Terrain Park

    on March 22 | in Resorts, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off

    Monarch Mountain

    Monarch Mountain

    Smart Style is a terrain park safety initiative developed by the National Ski Areas Association. As its name implies, there is a smart way to use terrain parks. There are a number of key safety tips that you should know before entering a terrain park. Some resorts feature more than one terrain park, and they can range in size from small, medium, and large. Visit ski area websites to learn more about their terrain and terrain parks. The best way to learn how to safely navigate the various features, be it boxes, rails, jumps, or halfpipes, is to take a lesson from a professional instructor. Here are the four points of Smart Style: Continue Reading

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  • Free Parking: Terrain Parks in Colorado

    on March 21 | in General, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off

    A quick bit of math: Take all the awesome ski and snowboard spots in Colorado, then find all the sweet terrain parks, halfpipes, and superpipes in Colorado. Add all the parks, pipes, superpipes, and jibs togehter. What do you get? About a jillion ways to catch air in the highest state in the union. Here are some highlights from one of ‘em:

    OK, so I’ll admit that I didn’t get the job of Mountain Correspondent because of math skills, but hear me out…

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