• A Day with Ski Patrol at Durango Mountain Resort

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    I hop on the 8 o’clock chair with a few Ski Patrollers at Durango Mountain Resort (DMR). I ask one of the patrollers what he thought of a recent article that seemed to suggest Ski Patrollers across the state lack in training. “That article made us sound like a bunch of un-trained...

  • By Troy Hawks Alana Nichols, a six-time Paralympic medalist, likes to lighten the mood before a ski race. Early last March, while most Americans were sleeping, the 31-year-old two-sport phenom was half a world away perched at the starting gate for the women’s downhill of the 2014 Winter...

  • On Saturday, January 31, 2015, some of the most incredible ski mountaineering racers will descend on Powderhorn Mountain Resort for a grueling race in and around the resort’s slopes and side-country giving it a “backcountry” feel...

  • A Day with Ski Patrol at Durango Mountain Resort

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    I hop on the 8 o’clock chair with a few Ski Patrollers at Durango Mountain Resort (DMR). I ask one of the patrollers what he thought of a recent article that seemed to suggest Ski Patrollers across the state lack in training.

    “That article made us sound like a bunch of un-trained monkeys!” exclaimed TJ, a veteran patroller at DMR. “I resent that. We’re highly trained monkeys.”

    The vibe here is relaxed, even on dawn-patrol. The snow has already begun to soften up on this late-March day. Festivities at the base area, known to locals as “the Beach” will include snow bowling, a pig roast, and of course, beer. Did I mention it’s college day?

    “That’ll bring the rabble out for sure.” remarks Scott Clements, director of the Patrol at DMR. I’ve seen closing day at DMR before. It usually means costumes, antics, and lots of fun, so I know it’s going to be a good day to shadow the patrollers.

    It takes hard work and dedication to work for Patrol. And a sweet one-piece.

    It takes hard work and dedication to work for Patrol. And a sweet one-piece.

    Despite the chuckling about the laid-back vibe of spring skiing in Colorado, Ski Patrol is diligent about their job. It’s business-as-usual in the Patrol Shack. The morning meeting begins with grooming reports, station assignments, and the typical razzing of the rookie. The only think significantly different today is sitting on a table in front of me… Continue Reading

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  • Tough Be a Lady: Ski Racer Alana Nichols Defines Strength and Beauty

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    By Troy Hawks

    Alana Nichols, a six-time Paralympic medalist, likes to lighten the mood before a ski race. Early last March, while most Americans were sleeping, the 31-year-old two-sport phenom was half a world away perched at the starting gate for the women’s downhill of the 2014 Winter Paralympics.

    Just seconds away from the start, she leans over to coach Kevin Jardeen and asks, “How’s my hair?” Continue Reading

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  • Cosmic Series Divine Incline Returns to Powderhorn Resort

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    COSMIC Ski Mountaineering Race Series

    COSMIC Ski Mountaineering Race Series

    On Saturday, January 31, 2015, some of the most incredible ski mountaineering racers will descend on Powderhorn Mountain Resort for a grueling race in and around the resort’s slopes and side-country giving it a “backcountry” feel. Continue Reading

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  • Throwback Thursday: Early Days at Winter Park

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    Winter Park Resort

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  • Wordless Wednesday: Record Attendance at the 2015 Winter X Games

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    Aspen Snowmass

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  • Art of Winter and AIGA To Host Panel Discussion of Aspen’s Clicquot on the Snow Campaign

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    Art of Winter and AIGA To Host Panel Discussion of Aspen’s Clicquot on the Snow Campaign

    Last week, we brought you a schedule of events and exhibits for Denver’s 2015 Art of Winter festival. Here’s another one: Continue Reading

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  • Sherpa 2.0 Smartphone App Update Adds a Social Component to a Copper Mountain Outing

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    Copper Mountain Resort

    Copper Mountain Resort

    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 Reading

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  • In the Fall Line: Ski Racer Jamie Stanton’s Winning DNA

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    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 Reading

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  • EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Speaks About Climate Change in Aspen

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    Aspen Snowmass

    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 Reading

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  • Art of Winter Announces Full 2015 Schedule of Programming and Events

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    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 Reading

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