What more could a skier or snowboarder ask for than a ski season that runs almost into June with an après-ski scene that’s unmatched outside of Colorado Ski Country? Continue ReadingRead More »
By R. Scott Rappold
J.B. Bissell paused to contemplate. Were he and his two boys in over their heads?
Though he grew up skiing in Colorado, he’d never been to Wolf Creek, a southern Colorado resort legendary for its deep powder – they get 450 inches a year – and extreme hike-to terrain. To the uninitiated skier who has hiked and traversed on the windswept Knife Ridge, the dizzyingly steep runs can appear barely skiable, if not downright dangerous. Continue ReadingRead More »
Snowmaking is an increasingly important component of ski area operations, even for the high alpine ski areas of Colorado Ski Country. Although only about 12% of skiable acreage in Colorado is covered by snowmaking, that figure may increase in the future if unpredictable early season weather remains the norm. Thankfully, snowmaking systems have become vastly more efficient in recent years, allowing ski areas to build their early season snow bases using less energy and water.
For the second installment of our ongoing series of interviews with leaders on climate change and sustainability issues in the ski industry, we had a chat with Robin Smith, the general manager of North American operations for TechnoAlpin, a leading manufacturer of snowmaking systems for ski areas.Read More »
“Someone asked me, ‘Why are you so happy? ‘Because I skied today and it was good.” – Overheard in the ski lodge, May 1, 2016
By R. Scott Rappold
All good things must come to an end.
In that spirit, Wolf Creek Ski Area in southern Colorado called it a season May 1, nearly a month after the original closing date. It was the latest closing in recent memory for Wolf Creek, thanks to a snowy April that just would not quit. Continue ReadingRead More »
The NFL Draft is coming to Winter Park Resort, as the Denver Broncos will make their day three selections live from the base of Mary Jane on Saturday, April 30 beginning at 10 a.m.
Helping to make the picks will be former quarterback Jake Plummer, Miles the Mascot, members of the Broncos Cheerleaders, as well as University of Colorado alum and former Olympic freestyle skier Jeremy Bloom, the only athlete in history to ski in the Winter Olympics and be drafted in the NFL. Continue ReadingRead More »
Winter-like conditions and abundant snowfall in the forecast will extend Aspen Highland’s bonus weekend to now include Friday, April 29. Aspen Highlands will be open Friday, April 29-Sunday, May 1 for one last extended weekend with a large portion of the mountain’s terrain, including Highland Bowl accessed by Exhibition, Loge Peak and Deep Temerity lifts. Hours of operation will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The additional Friday will increase the Aspen Snowmass 2015/16 ski and ride season to a total of 161 days. Continue ReadingRead More »
Winter Park’s final weekend celebration got off to a raucous start with a free concert from G Love & Special Sauce and American Authors.
What could be a better way to spend a Saturday in April than spring skiing and free live music featuring top-notch recording artists?
Sticking around for more skiing & riding on Sunday and finishing your day at the 48th annual Spring Splash pond-skim, that’s what.
Thanks to exceptional late-season snowfall, Winter Park’s Mary Jane Territory will remain open through Saturday, May 7. Loveland Ski Area will be open through May 8, Arapahoe Basin’s tentative closing day is June 5, and Aspen Highlands will re-open for the weekend of April 30 and May 1. Check out snow conditions for the Colorado Ski Country USA member ski areas and resorts still open at www.coloradoski.com.Read More »
Loveland Ski Area will be open through Sunday, May 8 and is extending the season for season pass holders everywhere. For the remainder of the season, Loveland Ski Area will offer discount lift tickets to anyone that presents a 2015-2016 season pass from another mountain.
“We would like to invite season pass holders from other mountains to come see what Loveland is all about at a discounted rate,” said John Sellers, marketing director. “If your mountain has closed for the season but you still want to get a few spring days in, just show your season pass at the ticket window and you can purchase a lift ticket for just $38.” Continue ReadingRead More »
The 2015-16 ski season is still going strong, but it’s already time to think about which pass product(s) you’re going to get for 2016-17. Many Colorado Ski Country USA member ski areas and resorts have announced next season’s pass products, and in many cases you’ll get a discount for purchasing early.
To aid in your research, we’ve put together a roundup of what’s been published so far. Be sure to check back as more resorts announce their 2016-17 season pass lineup and be aware that pricing is subject to change. Continue ReadingRead More »
By R. Scott Rappold
When your motto is “the most snow in Colorado” – and you have the numbers to back it up – you don’t want to extend the season unless you can offer the deep powder skiers and snowboarders expect.
Well, powderhounds, get thee to Wolf Creek Ski Area this weekend because the southern Colorado resort is reopening for what is expected to be a major snowstorm. We’re talking 2 to 3 feet of snow. Continue ReadingRead More »