Archive for September, 2013
UPDATED: Loveland, Arapahoe Basin Rev Up the 2013/14 Colorado Ski Season with Fall’s First Snowmaking
Just when skiers and snowboarders throughout Colorado began firing their home furnaces for the first time since April, some folks in Ski Country had a better idea: At 6:00 pm on Friday evening, Loveland ski area fired its snowmaking guns for the first time this season, kicking off the annual race to Opening Day in Colorado. Just a few hours later and a few miles on the other side of the Continental Divide, Arapahoe Basin followed suit.
Moisture mixed with a jet stream plummeting south from Canada brought snow throughout the high country, and air temperatures are now low enough at Loveland and A-Basin for productive snowmaking. It’ll probably be a few more weeks before you’re allowed on the mountain, but this is your signal to sharpen your skis and boards, put down the twelve-ounce curls, and pick up your fitness regimen!
Clockwise from top: Copper Mountain_Tripp Fay, Arapahoe Basin, Telluride_Thad Quimby, Durango_James Bunten, Crested Butte_Chris Segal
Resorts woke up with some frozen precipitation on high peaks this morning. #WinterIsComing
Powderhorn Mountain Resort (PMR) is pleased to announce improvements and capital projects for the 2013-2014 ski and ride season. Guests will find enhancements in all areas of the resort operation, with continued focus on the overall guest experience. Improvements for the upcoming season include: a new Master Development Plan (MDP) for future improvements; point of entry enhancements; slope maintenance improvements and additions to Powderhorn’s snowcat fleet; lift maintenance enhancements; new kitchen equipment and expanded seating in the Sunset Grille; and the addition of an alternative on-mountain dining option. (continue reading…)
Copper Mountain has developed an all new on-mountain audio intelligence smart phone application called Sherpa, available for the 2013/14 winter season. Sherpa is the first hands-free, geo-aware mountain guide giving guests access to local expert advice and the ability to enjoy Copper unlike ever before.
• Sherpa is the first hands-free, geo-aware mountain guide available for smartphones
• Terrain and lift updates, local insider tips and ski patrol aid all available through Sherpa
• Sherpa will be available for iPhone on November 1, 2013, available for Android in mid-December (continue reading…)
Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced today that Christy Sports, a family owned and Colorado based ski and snowboard retailer, is partnering with CSCUSA in support of the 5th and 6th Grade Passport Programs.
With roots in Colorado skiing and snowboarding retail dating back to 1958, Christy Sports is a natural fit for the state’s most influential children’s ski pass program. “Our industry leading kids Passport Programs are such a fantastic way for kids to learn their way around Colorado’s renowned resorts, develop confidence and enjoy our state’s spectacular outdoors,” said Melanie Mills, president and CEO, Colorado Ski Country USA. “Christy Sports is an ideal partner for the program and an ideal place to get your kids kitted out for the ski season ahead.” (continue reading…)
By the time the 22nd annual Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo opens for business on Nov. 8-10, 2013 in downtown Denver at the Colorado Convention Center in Hall A, snow will be flying, areas will have opened, and skiers and riders will need to make their final pre-season gear purchases. The gigantic sale is a “must” for mountain-bound slope sliders in need of every kind of gear–skis, snowboards, boots, helmets, jackets, outerwear and essential accessories such as hats, goggles, and gloves. The reason: prices on last season’s inventory and special buys from manufacturers are marked down 40-75 percent.
Besides the shopping opportunity, representatives from 24 Colorado resorts, Ski Utah, and other western and Canadian resorts will have updates on new developments on their mountains and specials on everything from lodging, lift tickets, and lessons to discounts on dining and mountain resort activities. (continue reading…)