By Dan Rabin
Dan Rabin is a Boulder-based freelance writer and author of the guidebook, Colorado Breweries.
At the start of the 2014-2015 ski season, Copper Mountain released an update to Sherpa, a fun, informative and futuristic smartphone app touted as an “on-mountain audio guide.” The innovative app was first introduced for the 2013-2014 ski season. I spent a day exploring Sherpa’s capabilities last year and wrote about my experiences on this website. You can read my full report by clicking here.
To summarize, Sherpa tracks your location around Copper Mountain and plays a message, called an audible, whenever you come upon a place of interest. Audibles are communicated by voice through an earbud (you just need one) connected to your phone. Audibles provide information ranging from descriptions of nearby trails, to warnings of busy intersections ahead, to historical facts about the resort. You can also use the app to get weather and snow reports, buy lift tickets, call the ski patrol and a host of other useful functions. A given audible plays only once, so if you stay on the same terrain throughout the day, you won’t hear the same messages repeated over and over. Continue ReadingRead More »
By Troy Hawks
You would think that having a below-the-knee leg amputation at the age of six months would tend to slow you down. But Jamie Stanton, who was born with a growth deficiency of the fibula (fibular hemimelia) never let it interrupt his love of sports, particularly ski racing.
You can learn a lot about someone through social media. When I caught up with Stanton this summer, I visited his Twitter account where he had Retweeted this note from Joel Osteen, a popular televangelist:
“You were never created to live an average, get-by life. You have royalty in your blood. Winning is in your DNA.” Continue ReadingRead More »
On Thursday, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy joined the X Games in Aspen, CO, to bring attention to the extreme weather impacts of climate change. A strong economy and a strong environment go hand in hand, which makes acting on climate necessary to protect tourism, recreation and the outdoor industry. Continue ReadingRead More »
Denver’s annual winter festival announced its full schedule of exhibits and events spotlighting artists, athletes and entrepreneurs. Their inspiration is drawn from the Colorado culture of snow and all that it incites.
Now entering its 5th year, Art of Winter was originally launched as a public complement to the SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show. What began on Larimer Square as a small, two-part exhibition of independent ski and snowboard brands and original works of upcycled art is now a city-wide showcase of ideas, innovations, and ebullience that the Colorado winter gives rise to. Art of Winter brings together designers, makers and leading cultural organizations in presenting a vibrant slate of snow-inspired programs giving the Denver community just one more reason to turn out in winter. Continue ReadingRead More »
by Kristen Lummis, www.braveskimom.com
January is a perfect time to start you and your family on skis or snowboards, with many Colorado resorts offering discounts on lessons, rentals and more. It’s also a good month to talk about saving money, with many shops and websites discounting gear and many resorts backing off from holiday season pricing. If you’re ready to ski more, while spending less, here are some tips based on an article I prepared for the Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month website. Continue ReadingRead More »
In an effort to help the local community, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) is hosting a food drive on January 25th to support both the Crested Butte and Gunnison food banks. Guests who donate three non-perishable non-expired food items will receive a $35 lift ticket, valid for Sunday, January 25, 2015. Continue ReadingRead More »
Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) reported today that total skier visits at its 21 member resorts were approximately one percent off last year’s blistering pace during the first period of the 2014/15 ski season, defined as Opening Day (October 17, 2014) through December 31, 2014, compared to the same period last year. Last season’s first period skier visits were more than 20 percent up over the preceding season’s first period. Additionally, 2014/15 first period skier visits, like last season’s first period skier visits, exceeded the five-year first period average, this year by nearly four percent. Continue ReadingRead More »