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The Snowmass History Tour Leads Skiers into the Past

by Guest on Feb.28, 2014, under General



By Dan Rabin

Dan Rabin is a Boulder-based freelance writer and author of the upcoming guidebook, Colorado Breweries, scheduled for release in May 2014.

The Aspen-area resort of Snowmass ranks among my favorite Colorado ski destinations for a variety of reasons. The mountain is huge, yet easily navigated. The lifts are fast. Snowmass has an enormous diversity of intermediate and advanced terrain. The Secret Shrines of Aspen/Snowmass are an amusing diversion (read about them here-part 1 & here-part 2). Easily-accessed slopeside accommodations are plentiful. A free shuttle bus runs throughout Snowmass and to downtown Aspen, so there’s no need to drive anywhere. The New Belgium Ranger Station, a ski-in ski-out beer bar in the Snowmass Village Mall, carries a great selection of beers from Colorado’s largest craft brewery. (continue reading…)

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Powderhorn Mountain Resort to Offer Night Skiing/Riding for the First Time This Weekend

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Feb.27, 2014, under General

PowderhornPowderhorn Mountain Resort (PMR) is offering their first ever Night Skiing Event on February 28 and March 1, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Join PMR and Wagner Rents, for a night of skiing/riding under the stars and lights. PMR will have the Take-Four lift open to Midway with Lower Peacemaker run and the Easy-Ride lift and Bottom’s Up run all under the lights.

PMR will be offering discounted $15 lift tickets starting at 3:30 p.m., with lift access open from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Season Pass holders, P-Card user tickets, and full-day lift ticket purchases will be valid until 9:00 p.m. on February 28 and March 1, 2014.

PMR will also offer discounted $15 rentals starting starting at 3:30 p.m. and a $15 one-hour group lesson from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (ages 8 and up). A 90-minute private lesson will be available starting at 4:00 p.m. for $90. Reservations are highly recommended.

The Bag Jump will remain open until 9:00 p.m. and the Tubing Hill will offer a fourth session from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The ticket office will be open until 8:30 p.m. There will be discounts on select food and beverage items. No other discounts or promotional products will be allowed or applied to this special event.

For more information regarding lessons and rentals, please contact the Ski and Ride Center at 970.268.5700 ext. 2080, and for pricing and ticket information contact the ticket office at 970.268.5700, or visit the Powderhorn website at

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Rehab: Getting Back to the Slopes after a Serious Knee Injury

by Patrick on Feb.26, 2014, under General

Scott Smith, Ski Cooper

Scott Smith, Ski Cooper

By Patrick Byrne, Colorado Ski Country USA Public Affairs Manager

When I’m not representing Colorado’s ski resorts before elected officials and the media, I enjoy playing soccer (and skiing, obviously). Despite my advancing years (33 of them as of Monday) I’m able to perform at a relatively high level when I’m fit. Or I should say, I *was* able.

Back in early June, while playing on my men’s soccer team I was chasing after the ball and tried to cut really hard to my left, putting the same strain on my body as I would when holding an aggressive left turn on skis. It didn’t happen. Instead, the cleats on my right boot caught in the artificial playing surface, sending all of that rotational force into my knee joint. A decade sitting in a desk chair had degraded the strength in my leg enough that my quad and hamstring couldn’t absorb the strain, instantly snapping the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in my right knee. (continue reading…)

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Serene Sunday: Gold Hill at Telluride

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Feb.23, 2014, under General

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Telluride Ski Resort

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Sunlight’s Ski Swim Stay Package Offers Affordable Combination of Slopes and Soaks

by Guest on Feb.22, 2014, under General

Sunlight Mountain Resort

Sunlight Mountain Resort

By Dan Rabin

Dan Rabin is a Boulder-based freelance writer and author of the upcoming guidebook, Colorado Breweries, scheduled for release in May 2014.

When Sunlight Mountain Resort opened in 1966, nearby Glenwood Springs added the “ski town” moniker to its well-established image as an iconic Colorado getaway. With its famous hot springs, Glenwood has long been a destination for those seeking relaxation, rejuvenation, and family-friendly recreation.

Throughout ski season, Sunlight Mountain Resort, the Glenwood Hot Springs and a variety of local lodgings have teamed up to offer the Ski Swim Stay package, a bargain travel deal aimed at families and value-oriented skiers and boarders. I recently visited Glenwood for a mid-winter getaway and to sample the Ski Swim Stay package offerings. (continue reading…)

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Free-form Friday: The Exotic Buttermilk Pink Flamingo

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Feb.21, 2014, under General

Veronica Whitney, Aspen/Snowmass

Veronica Whitney, Aspen/Snowmass

Our guest blogger Veronica Whitney, editor of the Spanish-language newspaper El Montañes, snapped a photograph of the rare Buttermilk Pink Flamingo on February 20th.

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Colorado Freeride Festival Registration is Now Open

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Feb.20, 2014, under Colorado Events

WP-freeride mountain bike

Winter Park Resort

Riders looking to participate in the largest freeride mountain bike event in the United States can now register for this summer’s Colorado Freeride Festival, which will be held on July 24-27, 2014 at Winter Park Resort.

Registration is open now in four disciplines; Slopestyle, Enduro, Air Downhill, and the fan-favorite Pond Crossing.  Registration for the Cross Country race will open this Friday, February 21 and spaces for all competition, especially Enduro, will fill up fast so those interested are encouraged to sign up quickly.   This year’s Colorado Freeride Festival promises to be the best yet, with top riders from all over the world battling it out for over $45,000 in prize money.

For more information or to register for the 2014 Colorado Freeride Festival, please visit:

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