• Colorado Ski Country USA Double Diamond Awards L-R: Tony Marci, Copper Mountain Resort; Ryan Kempfer, Monarch Mountain; Chris Blanchard, Telluride Ski Resort; Tom Jankovsky, Sunlight Mountain Resort; Andrew Roy, Eldora Mountain Resort; Gary DeFrange, Winter Park Resort; Tom Schofield, Arapahoe Basin; Meredith Smith, Arapahoe Basin; Drew Warren, Aspen Snowmass

    Industry Leaders Recognized for Excellence in Competition, Patrol, Instruction, Operations and Ski Area Management In celebration of Colorado’s 2016-17 ski season, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) wrapped up its 54th Annual Meeting by hosting the annual Double Diamond Awards. The awards ceremony...

  • Photo by Tripp Fay courtesy of Copper Mountain

    2016-17 Estimated as State’s Second Best Season on Record Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced today during its 54th Annual Meeting skier visits at its 22-member ski areas totaled 7.3 million during the 2016-17 season. It is estimated that after final numbers are tallied, the 2016-17...

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    Winter Park Resort Opens for Summer this Saturday

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    Winter Park Resort will open summer operations this Saturday, June 10 with a big kick-off weekend that includes the 8th annual Winter Park Chocolate Festival and the opening of Trestle Bike Park...

  • Colorado Ski Country USA Announces 2016-17 Double Diamond Award Winners

    on June 19 | in Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Eldora, Events, Monarch, Skiing & Snowboarding, Snow, Snowmass, Telluride, Uncategorized | by | with No Comments

    Industry Leaders Recognized for Excellence in Competition, Patrol, Instruction, Operations and Ski Area Management

    Colorado Ski Country USA Double Diamond Awards L-R: Tony Marci, Copper Mountain Resort; Ryan Kempfer, Monarch Mountain; Chris Blanchard, Telluride Ski Resort; Tom Jankovsky, Sunlight Mountain Resort; Andrew Roy, Eldora Mountain Resort; Gary DeFrange, Winter Park Resort; Tom Schofield, Arapahoe Basin; Meredith Smith, Arapahoe Basin; Drew Warren, Aspen Snowmass

    In celebration of Colorado’s 2016-17 ski season, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) wrapped up its 54th Annual Meeting by hosting the annual Double Diamond Awards. The awards ceremony honors individuals at Colorado ski resorts who have made significant contributions to the industry, including athletes, on-mountain professionals and industry veterans.

    Colorado ski industry leaders gathered at Coohills in Denver to recognize ski area employees whose hard work and expertise provided outstanding guest experiences, including food and beverage professionals, guest service professionals, ski instructors, ski patrollers, groomers, terrain masters, snowmakers and a winter athlete of the year. Two titans of the industry, who have spent their careers championing the Colorado ski industry, were also honored. The evening’s special guest was Lisa Hidalgo, meteorologist at Denver’s Channel 7, who presented awards. CSCUSA recognizes individuals from member resorts whose contributions to the Colorado ski industry often go unsung, but are of critical importance to its success.

    This year’s Double Diamond Award winners are listed below. High-resolution group and individual photos of the Double Diamond Award winners can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/16-17DoubleDiamondAwards. Please credit all photography to Chris Schneider and Colorado Ski Country USA.

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  • Colorado Ski Country USA Hosts 7.3 Million Skier Visits in 2016-17

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    2016-17 Estimated as State’s Second Best Season on Record

    Photo by Tripp Fay courtesy of Copper Mountain

    Photo by Tripp Fay courtesy of Copper Mountain

    Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced today during its 54th Annual Meeting skier visits at its 22-member ski areas totaled 7.3 million during the 2016-17 season. It is estimated that after final numbers are tallied, the 2016-17 season will be the state’s second best season on record. This year’s season total was up six percent over the five-year average, marking the fourth consecutive year that skier visits at CSCUSA resorts have outperformed the five-year average.

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  • Winter Park Resort Opens for Summer this Saturday

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    Trestle Bike Park opens this Saturday

    Trestle Bike Park opens this Saturday

    Winter Park Resort will open summer operations this Saturday, June 10 with a big kick-off weekend that includes the 8th annual Winter Park Chocolate Festival and the opening of Trestle Bike Park.

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  • Get Your Adrenaline fix After the Snow has Melted

    on June 5 | in Aspen Mountain, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Granby Ranch, Powderhorn, Purgatory, Steamboat, Telluride, Winter Park | by | with No Comments

    Photo courtesy of Crested Butte

    Photo courtesy of Crested Butte

    These ski areas will take you and your mountain bike up the hill

    By R. Scott Rappold

    If you ask a skier or snowboarder which other sport they spend the most time and money on, there’s a good bet they’ll answer “mountain biking.”

    That adrenaline rush of plunging down a rugged trail through the forest, with the majesty of the Rockies to pleasure your eyes should you dare look up, is probably the closest thing to the joy of skiing you’ll find in summer (other than, well, carrying your skis to a lingering snowfield high on a mountainside.)

    Luckily for mountain bikers in several resort towns, the lifts start up again after the snow melts to get you up the mountain. And they’ll even transport your bike.

    Here is a roundup of which Colorado Ski Country USA resorts offer lift rides for mountain bikers. Just be sure to check with the individual resort before heading up as times and dates can change depending on weather and snowmelt. Also, many resorts offer discount bike tickets to ski pass holders, so be sure to bring your pass.

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  • Crested Butte Opens for Summer June 10

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    There is nothing quite like summer in Crested Butte. There’s wildflowers, mountain biking, fun events and some of the best views in the states. Check out the video below for a glimpse of what will be happening. For more information check out their events and summer activities pages.

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  • Summer Events in Colorado Ski Country

    on June 1 | in Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Eldora, Events, Powderhorn, Snowmass, Steamboat, Telluride, Winter Park | by | with No Comments

    Photo courtesy of Crested Butte.

    Photo courtesy of Crested Butte.

    As the ski season winds down in Colorado’s high country, Colorado Ski Country USA member ski areas are ready for summer with a slate full of exciting events for the most extreme outdoors enthusiasts, families and everyone in between.

    Below is a roundup of featured summer events at CSCUSA member resorts. A chronological list is included at the bottom.

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  • Steamboat Bike Park Preview Video

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    Steamboat Bike Park Video

    The Steamboat Bike Park is set to open on July 15th and they just released this video to get you excited. The Steamboat Bike Park includes a 50 mile trail network with a wide array trails. Steamboat Bike Park tickets may be purchased at the Steamboat Bike Shop. Learn more at https://www.steamboat.com/things-to-do/downhill-mountain-biking.

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  • Arapahoe Basin to Re-Open for “Bonus Weekend” June 9 – 11

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    May 18, 2017 at Arapahoe Basin. Photo by Ashley Ojala.

    May 18, 2017 at Arapahoe Basin. Photo by Ashley Ojala.

    Arapahoe Basin, home of the longest ski and ride season in Colorado, will re-open its lifts for a bonus weekend of skiing and snowboarding Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11, 2017. The Black Mountain Express and Lenawee Mountain lifts will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with top-to-bottom skiing. If snow conditions allow, there is a chance that A-Basin will be able to extend to another bonus weekend as well.

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  • Aspen Mountain to Open for Skiing and Riding Memorial Day Weekend

    on May 22 | in Aspen Mountain, Events, Skiing & Snowboarding, Summer | by | with No Comments

    Photo by Jeremy Swanson last Memorial Day Weekend. Courtesy of Aspen Snowmass.

    Photo by Jeremy Swanson last Memorial Day Weekend. Courtesy of Aspen Snowmass.

    With 18 Inches of New Snow in the Past Week, Aspen Mountain’s Summer Operations Kick-Off with Ski/Ride May 27-29

     Due to recent winter storms that dropped 18 inches of new snow in the past week, Aspen Mountain will open for skiing and riding Memorial Day Weekend May 27-29. In addition to opening 130 acres of skiable terrain, Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of Aspen Mountain’s summer operations with access to sightseeing and food/beverage options at the Sundeck restaurant.

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  • Crested Butte Mountain Resort Welcomes New Thursday Farmers Market

    on May 22 | in Crested Butte, Events, Summer | by | with No Comments

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    Heart healthy produce, locally crafted artisan items and specialty products headline the new Thursday afternoon tradition at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort base area. Mt. Crested Butte welcomes the first Farmers Market to the resort base area. Local farmers and vendors will be present to offer their seasonal treats to guests each Thursday from noon to 4 pm in July and August.

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