Archive for December, 2013
by Dan Rabin
Dan Rabin is a Boulder-based freelance writer and author of the upcoming guidebook, Colorado Breweries (Stackpole Books, 2014). He has visited over 150 breweries across Colorado.
Great beer, like knee-deep powder, is best enjoyed fresh. Following a day on the slopes, few pleasures can match a pint or two of full-flavored craft beer served fresh at a brewery tasting room. Fortunately for beer-loving snow sport enthusiasts, friendly local breweries abound in Colorado Ski Country. However, with a plethora of choices, deciding on the perfect pour can be a daunting task for the uninitiated. Have no fear. The ales and lagers listed below have risen to the top of their class like a frothy head of foam rising in a glass. So when you’re in Colorado Ski Country, go local and enjoy one of these fine fermentations. (continue reading…)
by Little Lightning, 5th Grade Passport Correspondent
Sunlight Mountain Resort is the ski area I know best because it is my home ski area. What can I say? It is my second home and I spend a lot of time there. My Dad is a volunteer ski patroller there and that has been really nice for me to tag along and hit the slopes. My favorite ski runs at Sunlight are Sun King, Primo, and Perry’s plunge. I know a secret about Sunlight and that is the awesome tree skiing. For the families who ski and snowboard together having only one base area is nice so you all end up at the same place and can find each other. One of my favorite games is for some of my friends and family to all go on a different ski run and see who gets to the base first.
Sunlight Mountain Resort is a family friendly ski area and it is very affordable. Some of the things I love the most are the great customer service and that everyone who works there is part of a big family. The employees communicate with everyone to make the best experience while they are there. Dave the lift supervisor takes this very seriously and makes sure his lift operators are doing a great job. My favorite lift operator is Ana; she has a special way with people. Rachel, the food and beverage person at the resort said that if you are extra nice she would add a free cherry on top of your hot cocoa. I love the hot cocoa. Can you tell that I love cocoa? It is my favorite and if your hot cocoa is good then I am a happy girl! Thanks to the paid ski patrollers and the volunteer patrollers for keeping us all safe.
Sunlight Mountain Resort also has a store in downtown Glenwood Springs on the corner of 9th and Cooper. If you need rentals and lift tickets and you don’t want to wait until you are on the Mountain, you can get them at the shop. I enjoy shopping there and looking for great deals.
Sunlight just got a few more inches of fresh snow and all the runs are open. Come visit and see what all the excitement is about.
Here in Colorado Ski Country, we proudly promote the seven points of the skier and snowboarder Responsibility Code. The Code is a list of seven key tenets established in 1966 by the National Ski Areas Association and promoted by ski areas nationwide. The tenets outline key steps to enjoying a safer day on the slopes. In fact, the Code is incorporated into Colorado’s Ski Safety Act. It’s up to you – and your friends and loved ones – to Know the Code! (continue reading…)
By Patrick Byrne, Public Affairs Manager, Colorado Ski Country USA
I first went to Silverton back in January of 2008, an epic road trip with my buddies Jon and Dave and their special lady friends Jess and Michelle, respectively. I left my imaginary girlfriend at home, because at the time she was merely an intermediate snowboarder and therefore totally unworthy of the legendary Silverton, where the easiest way down is a solid black diamond at any of the I-70 resorts. (continue reading…)
By Veronica Whitney, El Montañés
Blue skies, powdery snow still, 20 degree temperature and trails sometimes all to yourself. Is that what you envision as your perfect day of skiing? If it is, then don’t wait any longer and head up to the mountains in Colorado. And I mean now! Not in ten days when the resort areas will be crowded.
Last Sunday, Dec. 15, was the first day we went skiing. I mean alpine skiing since we started the season early skinning up the mountain and skiing the backcountry —where you still have to be careful because of the conditions right now: there are still rocks and fallen trees on your way down. (continue reading…)
The best up-and-coming freestyle mogul skiers in the United States, along with Olympic hopefuls from six other countries, are at Winter Park Resort through December 22 to compete in the 23rd annual U.S. Freestyle Selections with hopes of earning a ticket to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. This marks the only moguls freestyle selection event held in the U.S. this year. At the same time, the world’s best Olympic hopeful freeskiers and snowboarders from across from 35 nations are battling it out out at Copper Mountain at the 2014 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix through Sunday, December 22. (continue reading…)
January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts are offering deals to entice kids and adults to come to the mountains and give skiing and snowboarding a try, sharpen their skills or pick up a new discipline. In addition to CSCUSA’s First Class program, which provides a free beginner lesson and equipment rental to qualifying fifth graders in January, resorts are offering significantly discounted lessons and Learn to Ski and Snowboard packages that include lift tickets, equipment rentals, and lessons taught by highly trained professional instructors.
Taking a lesson is a wise step in progressing as a skier or snowboarder. Safety and knowing your limits also add to a great day on the slopes according to CSCUSA Ski Instructor of the Year Ashley Sifers with Ski Granby Ranch. “This is really important. Recognize when you’re tired. Be aware of your surroundings and listen to your body,” explains Sifers. “You don’t have to eke out every minute of the day to have a successful, awesome day on the hill.”
Below is a list of the Learn to Ski and Snowboard offers from CSCUSA resorts: (continue reading…)