New Upgrades Target Guest Experience, Vastly Expanded Ski and Snowboard Rental Fleet. Sunlight Mountain Resort will open for its 50th Birthday season at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on more than 150 acres. The 680-acre resort has received 5 inches of new snow in the...
With the Holidays Right around the Corner, December’s Forecast Promises More Snow With more ski areas and terrain opening throughout December, Colorado Ski Country USA ski areas received another double digit storm over the last 48 hours...
In the latest video from our “Mountain for Everyone” series, find out why Denver local Amber Johnson called Sunlight Mountain the “ultimate family resort” as her family skis, snowmobiles, and “soaks” at Sunlight Mountain and the Glenwood Springs Hot Springs in...
New Upgrades Target Guest Experience, Vastly Expanded Ski and Snowboard Rental Fleet.
Sunlight Mountain Resort will open for its 50th Birthday season at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on more than 150 acres. The 680-acre resort has received 5 inches of new snow in the past 48 hours and more than two feet in the past month.
In the latest video from our “Mountain for Everyone” series, find out why Denver local Amber Johnson called Sunlight Mountain the “ultimate family resort” as her family skis, snowmobiles, and “soaks” at Sunlight Mountain and the Glenwood Springs Hot Springs in Glenwood, Colorado. The great skiing, affordable pricing and awesome nearby amenities make Sunlight Mountain the perfect place for a budget-friendly family getaway. For more information on Sunlight’s “Ski, Swim, Stay” package, click here.
Athletes from around the world will go head-to-head at Copper Mountain at the 2017 U.S. Grand Prix, Dec. 11 – 17. Freeski and snowboard athletes take to the Main Vein Superpipe. The weekend will also feature big air snowboarding, a new Olympic discipline, as part of the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) Winter Champions Series.
Learning to Ski or Snowboard is Easy and Affordable at Ski Areas Across the State
January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month across America and Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member ski areas and resorts are offering special promotions and programs to make it easier than ever for people to learn Colorado’s signature winter sports. Guests visiting CSCUSA member resorts in January will find package deals on rentals, lift tickets and professional instruction. Many ski areas will reward successful first-time participants with a complimentary season pass or discounted lift tickets.
With more terrain opening across Colorado throughout December and a small army of dedicated professional instructors ready to create lifelong skiers or snowboarders, January is the perfect time to hit the slopes for the first time or to introduce a friend or family member to Colorado Ski Country.
Below is a summary of the Learn to Ski and Snowboard activities and offerings at CSCUSA member ski areas.
When you’re a ski area, being open by Thanksgiving is the gold standard, a way for tourists and locals alike to celebrate the start of the holiday season working off the turkey and stuffing by wearing out unseasoned muscles on the slopes.
But when you don’t make snow, it’s out of your hands. Pass the blame to Mother Nature, Ullr the Norse snow god or just fickle meteorology; they call your opening day.
The Winter Park Express. Photo by Carl Frey courtesy of Winter Park Resort.
No Car? No Problem.
With the rise of services like Über, Zipcar, and Lyft, getting around without owning a vehicle has never been easier. Punch a few buttons, and “ta-da,” your ride rolls up – a blessing for carless college kids and millennials alike. As useful as these programs might be in the city, they would not be my first choice for trying to get to the mountains. Thankfully, there are many cost effective transportation options that can be bundled with lift ticket discounts or that work great for season pass holders. Additionally, many transportation options take you to Colorado Ski Country’s Gems Resorts, making the trip even more affordable for Gems Card holders.
Take a look at these options, and try one out next time you need a lift to the hill.
Resorts Across the State Offer Free Skiing for Young Participants
As part of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts’ commitment to providing an enjoyable and affordable ski vacation for families, many resorts offer free skiing for kids. By waiving a lift ticket fee for kids under a certain age or offering free lift access to kids as part of a promotion or package, Colorado resorts strive to provide the opportunity for families to have a well-priced, hassle-free, and enjoyable ski experience.
Below are some kids ski free packages and promotions currently available in Colorado Ski Country USA.
Getting out on the slopes at Thanksgiving is a tradition.
In the years 1996-2000 BK (before kids), skiing at Thanksgiving was an annual tradition for my husband and me. We would head for Steamboat, rent a condo with a few of my siblings and assorted friends, drink way too much and ski and snowboard enough to work off the turkey and pumpkin pie. Some years, it snowed more than others, but mostly, we were skiing on a few runs on firm corduroy. But we didn’t care. It was November, and we were skiing.
Opening Day at Monarch last season. Courtesy Scott Pressly, Monarch Mountain AVP of Mountain Operations
Monarch Mountain, which depends 100% on natural snowfall, will kick off the 2016/2017 season on Friday, Dec. 2! The base lodge and rental shop will open at 8 a.m. and the lifts will start turning at 9 a.m.