Archive for December, 2011
Telluride is back at the center of the snowboard universe with the only U.S. stop of theLG FIS Snowboard World Cup, December 15-17. Athletes, media, family and friends from around the world are here to take part in Snowboardcross (SBX) and Parallel Giant Slalom (PGS) for the third year in a row.
Americans participating in the event include two time Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, ME), three time X Games gold medalist Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton, VT), six time X Games gold medalist Nate Holland (Squaw Valley, CA), Olympic athlete Graham Watanabe (Sun Valley, ID) and Olympic athlete and World Championship bronze medalist Nick Baumgartner (Iron River, MI). (continue reading…)
by Aaron H. Bible
While many had given up hope that they would again be able to take advantage of the unique and equitable Copper Mountain Snow Day Pass, behold, the resort has resurrected the pass just in time for Christmas.
Colorado is home to eight cat skiing operations (and two heli-ski outfits). Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing operation, the San Juan Ski Company, is offering gift certificates for VIP’s - very important powder hounds.
Giving the gift of a powder day just got a whole lot easier this holiday season as Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) and its member resorts offer wintery stocking stuffer ideas for skiers and snowboarders, both naughty and nice. If you’re still looking for items for the skier or rider on your list, we’ve got everything from gift cards to beanies to heli trips. Below is a round-up of Colorado Ski Country’s goodies, as well as one unique idea from each resort for the special someone in your life.
One gets a sense of the vibe at Arapahoe Basin long before you hit the slopes. Signs in the parking lot direct you with a playful, distinctive, and markedly human tone; “Almost There!”, “Keep Going!” Soon enough I ease my car in to a spot and being to slip my boots on carside. Adjacent me is a group of weary locals, all soggy socks and smiles as they load their boards in to their car after a half day at A-Basin.
I meet Kimberly Trembearth, the area’s marketing guru, at the base lodge. After briefly discussing what’s going on at the Basin today, Kimberly shows the area’s true colors: “The oyster bar doesn’t open for another two hours, so go ski. Have fun!” she orders. Yes ma’am.
Arapahoe Basin is one of Colorado’s Gems ski areas, which in essence means it appeals to those who will forego valley parking if it means they can have the whole place to themselves. Works for me.
Monarch Mountain will begin its 72nd ski season on Thursday December 8, 2011. This weekends storm left behind 19 inches of new snow and Monarch is now reporting a 22 inch mid-mountain base depth. Monarch will open 20 runs on Thursday served by the Pioneer, Tumbelina and the new Caterpillar lifts. The area will have crews out this week to work on getting more terrain open for the weekend. (continue reading…)