Archive for December, 2011
There’s been a lot of buzz lately about snowfall amounts, and here in Colorado, we know a thing or two about the white stuff. Colorado is known for having consistently good conditions and this year is no exception as resorts are providing a safe skiing environment while guests enjoy being with friends and family and riding the terrain that is open. (continue reading…)
How to have an awesome family day on the mountain
By Dan O’Connell, SolVista Basin ski pro (and dad)
Family ski outings may start with high spirits and great expectations, but often end with frustrated parents and exhausted kiddos.
“It can be a really difficult thing to pull off when you’re trying to ski with children, and skiers or riders of varying interests and abilities,” says Dan O’Connell, Ski and Ride School Director at Granby Ranch’s SolVista Basin in Granby, Colorado.
“But it can be done; you have to be smart about equipment, flexible about expectations, and savvy with your planning.” O’Connell should know—he not only holds the highest possible credentials in the industry, but has also raised two mountain kids who are currently up for spots on the U.S. National Team
Here’s what parents need to know before hitting the hill with young ones: (continue reading…)
Usually when ski resorts promote improvements, it’s the fast new high-speed lift, luxurious gondola cars, or mountain top dining they talk about. At Monarch Mountain, they’re excited about their brand-new, shiny, custom-made…wait for it… caterpillar.
I’ve ridden quite a few contraptions to the top of ski hills, but never a caterpillar. Allow me to explain: the caterpillar is a new, state-of-the-art magic carpet surface lift. Ever been to an airport? You know the moving walkways that effortlessly transport you to your gate? Well the caterpillar is like one of those. What that means to you? Well, it means that people learning to ski don’t have to deal with the chairlift, with lift lines, or with pretty much anything other than having a good time on the slopes. (continue reading…)
By Matthew Beaudin, Telluride Adaptive Sports Program
After a boulder fell from above while James was waiting to rock climb outside of Telluride in October of 2006, doctors told his family he’d probably never walk or talk again. This was a problem for James, who was a fluid mountain biker, skier, climber, builder … but rocks don’t care much for who you are, turns out. (continue reading…)
On the first day of Christmas, Colorado gave to me,
Deep powder in the steep trees (continue reading…)