Archive for January, 2014
What better way to celebrate Colorado’s own Denver Broncos playing in Super Bowl XLVIII than to head to the Rocky Mountains, ski all weekend and watch the big game? Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) is selling $48 lift tickets for Saturday, February 1, 2014 to anyone who wears orange on their outside layer, encouraging guests to come to the mountain and be “united in orange” together on the slopes. In addition, there will be a tailgate party, large TV screens to watch the game in a base area bar, a wing eating contest, giveaways and discounted tickets on Monday too, with the price depending on the score of Sunday’s game. (continue reading…)
Long after we step into our skis, learn the “pizza” and move on to the “french fry”, the people who taught us how to slide down the mountain fade into the distance. But what happens when you’ve been cruising the blues for the millionth time, and you’re just ready for a new challenge?
Despite what you may think, Ski School is not just for the kiddos. It’s not just for the first-timers. Let’s face it, we could all benefit from some lessons on the hill to sharpen up our skills, learn some new tricks and master challenging terrain. It’s an investment that will benefit you throughout your entire ski and snowboarding career. You’ll become more efficient with your turns so you don’t feel so tired or sore the next day, you’ll feel more confidence, and you’ll be able to ride more of the mountain. Imagine carving down groomers, floating through powder, weaving through the trees, hitting up the terrain park or mastering moguls–you know you want to!
PSIA certified ski instructor and trainer Erik Mogensen of Winter Park has made a career out of teaching skiing. It’s amazing how quickly the tips and tricks can transform the way you ski. On his lesson with Victoria, an intermediate skier and a mom who fears the day her son will surpass her on the mountain, Erik shows her how to take her skiing to the next level in the bumps.
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Aspen/Snowmass will hold a community celebration to honor four local athletes headed to the Olympics. The ceremony will be held today at 4 p.m. in Gondola Plaza at the base of Aspen Mountain.
The ceremony will kick off at 4 p.m. with a proclamation by the mayor of Aspen, Steve Skadron followed by the CEO of Aspen Skiing Company, Mike Kaplan. The Olympians will be introduced and presented with a special gift. The ceremony will be followed by a party with food and drink specials at Chair 9 in The Little Nell.
“This community is committed to promoting and celebrating athletic excellence, and being represented by these inspiring individuals is truly an honor for all of us,” says Mike Kaplan, Aspen Skiing Company CEO. “All of us in the Roaring Fork Valley owe it to them to come out on Wednesday and give them our support. ”
The four Olympians are:
Torin Yater-Wallace – U.S. Freeskiing Team
Jeremy Abbott – U.S. Figure Skating Team
Simi Hamilton – U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
Noah Hoffman – U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
This send-off follows an announcement earlier this week that Aspen/Snowmass have reached an agreement in principle to keep the X Games in Aspen through 2019. For more information, visit http://www.aspensnowmass.com/en/events-and-activities/events/x-games.
By R. Scott Rappold
Originally posted at funemployedcolorado.wordpresss.com.
Somewhere out there in the murkiness, in the vertigo-inducing clouds, was the powder day of a lifetime.
It was January 14 at Arapahoe Basin, in the midst of the biggest snowstorm of the season to date, which would leave Summit County with triple-digit snow totals by the time it moved out.
If only I could see it. Riding the lower slopes was like skiing by brail. I knew everything underfoot was untouched powder, but to ski the upper half of the mountain? Terrifying. Montezuma Bowl? Out of the question.
Sensory deprivation is not a good thing on skis. Goggles froze only slightly more quickly than toes in these conditions. After four runs off Pallavicini Lift, it was beer o’clock.
As I sat nursing a beer, cursing the whiteout, I wondered, what was I doing here? Had I really dropped everything to drive halfway across the state in a misguided pursuit of powder? Would my efforts be rewarded or would blizzard-force winds wipe good snow away?
What was this folly? (continue reading…)
January is National Safety Month and resorts all across Colorado are celebrating in style to raise awareness to the folks on the hill. Arapahoe Basin’s Jake Ziemski, the 2013 Colorado Ski Patroller of the Year, shares some tricks and tips to keep you safe on the mountain. Jake walks us through the rules of Your Responsibility Code and surveys the little ones about skiing and snowboarding safely. There are lots of things you can do to keep yourself and others safe on the mountain, whether cruising the slopes or hitting up the terrain park. Find out here:
The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are right around the corner, and a town in northwest Colorado that serves as an assembly line for snowsports champions organized a going-away party on Saturday to send its hometown Olympic heroes off in style.
The festivities began with a skills demonstration from participants in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, which over the years has produced 79 Olympians. Afterwards, this year’s crop of competitors were honored onstage along with local wounded warriors and guests were treated to a torch relay, the lighting of a 15-foot cauldron that will remain lit throughout the Games, fireworks, a flash mob dance, and birthday cake. (continue reading…)
Head to Powderhorn for a night of skiing/riding under the stars and lights at Powderhorn on Friday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1. The Take-Four lift will be open to Midway with Lower Peacemaker run along with the Easy-Ride lift and Bottom’s Up run under the lights. This is the first time Powderhorn has done night skiing and we will have more days throughout the season. The discounted rates will be available starting at 2pm, with lift access open from 4-8pm. All day ticket purchasers, Season Pass Holders and P-Card user tickets will be valid until 8pm. There will not be a discounted rate for P-Card holders for night skiing. Please purchase tickets at the Ticket Office.
This is the first time Powderhorn has had night riding and we will continue through the season with $15 Fridays from 3-6pm March 7, 14, 21 & 28. (continue reading…)