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Buttermilk in January: X Games Extremes and Buttermilk Deluxe Deals

by Guest on Jan.22, 2013, under General

This blog comes to Colorado Ski Country from Kristen Lummis of BraveSkiMom.com.

Two big things happen at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen each January. The first, as you may have guessed, is the Winter X Games, at Buttermilk through at least 2014. The second is not so obvious, but it’s related to the X Games. It’s the Buttermilk Deluxe private lesson package, also known (at least to me) as “one big screaming deal.”

Winter X Games at Aspen

Winter X Games at Aspen

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Steamboat Winter Carnival’s “International Biathlon” Event

by Mountain Correspondent on Jan.20, 2013, under General

As Mountain Correspondent, I’ve had the chance to ski bumps with world-renowned mogul experts, I’ve gotten to ski with rented children, and I’ve gotten to ski with fire. But skiing with antique rifles? Well, this was something I hadn’t done, and I had to check it out.

The Event is called the “International Black Powder Biathlon”. It started in 1974 when a fella named Gilbert and some buddies were sharing a round of cold ones in a Steamboat Springs bar during cold winter day. It seems talk turned to shooting black powder rifles, something the group enjoyed doing. Not having a range or any reason to go shooting in the winter months, and with the famous Steamboat Winter Carnival just around the corner, Gilbert decided he and his black powder enthusiast buddies needed an event to call their own. Blammo! The International Black Powder Biathlon is born.

The International Biathlon may be the Winter Carnival’s most unlikely spectator event. But watching a bunch of well-armed, leather-clad yahoos race around town on rickety skis all the while shooting up a storm does have a certain appeal. They even shoot off a canon to start the race! I haven’t taken up the hobby of black powder shooting, but I’m glad it’s alive and well in Colorado.

Steamboat’s Winter Carnival is celebrating a BIG anniversary this year. It’s sure to be a great time, get more info here. I’ll see you there this year, at the International Biathlon, in my ‘coon-skin cap.

-Mountain Correspondent

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Durango Mountain Resort Celebrates Winterfest

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Jan.19, 2013, under General

To celebrate winter, Durango Mountain Resort is hosting the annual Winterfest celebration — a festival full of winter fun!  Winterfest is an opportunity to try ice climbing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing and more on Sat., Jan. 19 and Sun. Jan. 20 at Durango Mountain Resort.  Created by winter-fun experts at Purgatory, Winterfest is the perfect occasion for the whole family to participate in these and many other winter sports and activities at low or no cost.

Here’s a snapshot of the activities during Winterfest weekend:

Purgatory_James_Bunten

Purgatory_James_Bunten

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No Friends on a Powder Day?

by Guest on Jan.18, 2013, under General

This blog comes to Colorado Ski Country from guest blogger Veronica Whitney, Editor of El Montañes Hispanic newspaper in Carbondale.

We were supposed to meet our friend Helen at 10 a.m. on Dec. 15 at Sunlight Mountain to ski the nine inches of new snow. It was the Sunday after we came back from Argentina. It had just started snowing a lot on Dec. 9, the day before we came back, and after a pretty warm and dry beginning of the ski season, we were excited to be coming back to white mountains and valleys after 95 degree weather with 85 percent humidity in Buenos Aires.

Sunlight_Jennie Spillane
Sunlight_Jennie Spillane

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Winter Park Resort: Why “Colorado’s Favorite” Is Now One of Mine

by Guest on Jan.17, 2013, under General

This blog comes to Colorado Ski Country from Amber Johnson, editor of Mile High Mamas.

Skiing Winter Park has been a long time and coming—10 years to be exact. My husband donned his first set of skis as an 11-year-old at Winter Park’s slopes and since moving to Colorado it has been on my bucket list.

Ski day!

Ski day!

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Fifty Years of Alpine and Nordic Fun at Eldora Mountain Resort

by Guest on Jan.16, 2013, under General

This blog comes to Colorado Ski Country from Kristen Lummis of BraveSkiMom.com.

On January 19, Eldora Mountain Resort turns fifty. Big birthdays require big celebrations, so on the 19th, there will be games and giveaways at the base area, live music in the Corona Bar and the University of Colorado Alumni Day (including CU Buffs Ski Team racing and discounted lunch and lift packages for alums).

Eldora Mountain Resort

Eldora Mountain Resort

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National Safety Awareness Week Recognized Throughout Ski Country

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Jan.15, 2013, under General

It’s that time of year again. Time to highlight that when on the slopes, it’s always Safety First! Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) and its 21 member resorts are hosting safety themed events in an effort to raise awareness of ski safety among skiers and snowboarders. In conjunction with the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), CSCUSA resorts will recognize National Safety Awareness Week that begins on Saturday, January 19, and runs through January 27.

Arapahoe Basin Avalanche Dogs Ride The Chairlift

Arapahoe Basin Avalanche Dogs Ride The Chairlift

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