Archive for January, 2013
Few towns are as snow-crazy as Steamboat Springs, CO. I knew this before heading up to the Winter Carnival last year, but I had NO IDEA to the degree this town loves its snow. Skiing is like a religion here, one which it indoctrinated its kids annually. The chosen method of indoctrination? Winter Carnival SkiJoring.
We’ve all heard about Steamboat’s champagne powder that helped make Steamboat famous, but you can’t always get a powder day, so what do you do if the snow’s a couple days old? You head for the trees, preferably with a local guide.
I met up with Steamboat PR-ninja and Steamboat Springs local Loryn Kasten for a jaunt in to the threes in search of leftover powder scraps, and to see if these trees are all they’re cracked up to be. Guess what? They’re all they’re cracked up to be:
Steamboat locals name the tree runs after the time in which they’re best to ski, or at least that’s what I was told. The little section we were skiing was nestled between the 2 o’clock and 3 o’clock trees. So it’s called two-thirty trees. Makes sense to me. The trees here are almost perfectly spaced. Entries and exits are just tricky enough to find that it keeps the snow fresh and hides the goods for those who are willing to poke around to find it.
Loryn and I spun a few laps before it was time for her to go be a PR person, and for me to go play with guns. If you haven’t been to steamboat, get here. We’ll see you on the slopes, I’ll know where to find you at 2:30…
Moving Mountains, the luxury property management specialist in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, recently launched My Moving Mountains, a proprietary online solution that enables its guests to easily and thoroughly plan their ski vacations in advance of arrival and on their own time.
Moving Mountains’ expert concierge staff provides its guests with comprehensive pre-arrival services, assisting in making lift ticket, ski school, activity, restaurant and equipment reservations in advance. With the introduction of My Moving Mountains, guests can also realize that benefit on their own time by logging onto a private website and making arrangements when it is convenient for them.
Athletes Set New Records at The National Sports Center for the Disabled 25th Annual Winter Park Open
The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) recently wrapped up its 25th Annual Winter Park Open last week at Winter Park Resort. This year, 74 athletes from nine countries, including the US, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Iceland, Chile, Australia, Canada and Great Britain came to compete for spots on the US National or Paralympic National team.
This is Learn to Ski or Ride Month, but the name can be misleading. It could just as easily be called something else, something like “Snowboarders, learn to ski too” or “Skiers, learn to snowboard”. They could call it “Learn to ski or ride better month”, since it’s a great chance to grab a deal on a lesson and brush up on your skills. But whatever it’s called, it’s a great excuse to get out and hit the slope for the first time, or just in a new way. Here’s why we don’t want to hear any excuses this year for not giving a new sport a try during Learn to Ski or Ride Month… (continue reading…)
Most of us think we know our snow. We know what kind makes a good snowball. We know what kind we like to ski. We know not to eat it if it’s yellow. But even if you know our snow, do we know how deep it is, just from a photo? Well Colorado Ski Country USA is testing how well you Know Your Snow with a little quiz!
The rules: Look at the photo below. 4 Colorado ski resorts are represented, each with a photo from a recent powder day. Your job is to guess how deep the snow is, just from the photo. And no cheating – anyone caught looking at snow reports on resorts’ websites with be forced to ski the rest of the season on snowlerblades. Consider yourself warned.
If you think you know one, or more of the answers, post it on our Facebook page. The correct Answer will be posted at an undisclosed time in the future, most likely tonight when my plane lands. First one with the correct answer wins ultimate bragging rights, and gets to keep their dignity through another snowlerblade-free ski season. Good luck!
Remember, just like you can’t ski without a lift ticket, you can’t win unless you play. Post your best guess on our Facebook Page and hold your breath for an undisclosed amount of time until entries are tallied and answers are posted. Good Luck!
<UPDATE: THE ANSWERS>
Okay, sports fans. If you missed out on the Sunday Funday Quiz, you’ve officially missed your chance at everlasting glory. The results are in, and here they are:
Thanks for playing! Now get out there and ski!
I’ve been out with the kids several times this year but for our first official family ski outing of the season, with the core four, we headed up to Loveland. It’s one of the areas we frequent for a few reasons: location, terrain and atmosphere.