Every year, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) recognizes the top achievers in the Colorado ski industry through the Snowmaker, Groomer, and Terrain Master of the Year awards. Below is a list of this year’s winners.
Snowmaker of the Year
Ian Naudain – Eldora Mountain Resort
“Ian has worked four seasons making snow for Eldora Mountain Resort. He quickly learned the business and thanks to a great attitude, strong work ethic, and exceptional leadership qualities he rose to become a supervisor in just his second season”, said Chris Cipolletti, Snow Surfaces Manager at Eldora. “No matter how tough the weather or how difficult situations are, Ian always meets and exceeds expectations and keeps a level head. He is a valuable employee who continues to dive into as many aspects of the mountain’s operations as he can.”
Groomer of the Year
Napoleon Swyter – Keystone Resort
A ten-year veteran of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Napoleon started as a full time cat operator at Keystone, where he was voted as the rookie of the year. Napoleon also has grooming experience at Coronet Peak in New Zealand. “In 2013 Napoleon brought his experience and enthusiasm back to Keystone and is working like he never left”, said Pete Van Oosterhout, Trail Maintenance Supervisor for Keystone.
Terrain Master of the Year – Day Crew
Kelly “Parker” Glass – Aspen/Snowmass
Kelly graduated from his studies in 2001 and served in the US Army from 2001 to 2005 as a Cannoneer in Bamberg, Germany. He joined the Snowmass Park crew in 2011 and loves to be on the mountain. “Kelly strives to be an inspiration for other park crew members, and loves to make a difference”, said Yannick Rioux, Terrain Park Manager at Snowmass. “After three years of working on the day crew, fellow colleagues and supervisors have noticed his leadership among new staff and his growing passion and knowledge for the industry.”
Terrain Master of the Year- Night Crew
Chris Meyer – Telluride Ski Resort
Chris started as a Terrain Park Groomer with Telluride Ski Resort in 2005. He quickly demonstrated a level of skill, work ethic, and commitment to his position that allowed him to advance to Grooming Supervisor. Though Meyer was able to grow and enhance his skills as a Grooming Supervisor, his commitment, leadership, and creativity proved him to be more suitable for a Terrain Park Management position. “Because of Chris’s efforts as Terrain Park Manager, Telluride Terrain Parks have seen massive improvements in the areas of feature quantity, layout, creativity, and progression and have a beginner/intermediate park setup that has doubled in size over the course of just one year”, said John Kelly, Director of Resort Services at Telluride.
There’s no question, this year has been a remarkable year for Colorado ski resorts. The snow just keeps coming and coming, even in mid-April!
Whether skiing steep lines at Aspen Highlands or the family friendly cruisers at Copper Mountain, there will be fresh tracks to be had across Colorado Ski Country today.
If you’re lucky enough to hit a big powder day, you surely want to come prepared. While many people think that ski and snowboard lessons are for beginners, there are actually quite a few tricks and tips for intermediate and advanced folks to improve their game–especially when it comes to powder skiing. Instead of being sore and wiped out the day after, but instead, feel supercharged for another day on the mountain.
Here’s a dreamy snapshot of a powder day ski lesson at Ski Granby Ranch. It’s a worthy investment.
When temperatures are on the rise, peel off some layers, bust out some good tunes, and let loose on the slopes!
The snow is still oh-so-good and the fun ain’t over yet. Bright colors are a tell-tale indicator of the fun ahead–and there’s nothing like a neon onesie to get you in the mood for some Spring skiing! Bikinis, tank tops and shorts are welcome–just don’t forget to apply sunscreen in the appropriate areas. Before you pull out your bike and put your skis away for the season, be sure to enjoy the sunshine on the slopes! Pack a picnic or pick your favorite patio, and be on the lookout for the wild Springtime celebrations to come.
The snow continues to pile up at Copper Mountain and with the Spring Sunsation Festival and over two weeks left in the newly extended season, closing day April 27, the time is now to seize the spring skiing and riding at Copper. (continue reading…)
by Troy Hawks
Ahhh…springtime in the Rockies! We love all the seasons here in Colorado Ski Country, but spring marks that special time of renewal, rebirth, and reawakening. Yet as splendid and striking as it is, it can also be a time of sheer agony for many outdoor enthusiasts.
On the slopes, the snow remains soft and inviting under blue bird skies. The roads are clearing of snow and ice, and mountain trails are drying out and leading the way to sublime alpine splendor. Meanwhile the golf course greens are coming out of their winter slumber, and in the rivers, the fish are hungry and rising.
And so goes the painstaking deliberation: What will it be today, my skis, my clubs, my hiking boots, or my fly rod? Indeed, the thawing of the winter season creates an insatiable menu of options for how to spend ones time. Or does it? (continue reading…)
by Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com
1. Ski Highland Bowl in a Bikini. Okay, you probably weren’t expecting that one from me, the mother of teenage boys. But last season, the 20 year-old daughter of our friends hiked the bowl, stripped down and ripped G-8 on tele skis.
As scores of men gaped and gasped, her surprised father shrugged, shook his head and announced, “That’s my daughter.”
C’mon. Is that cool or what? (continue reading…)