(Monarch file photo)
Monarch Mountain will open for the 2013-14 season this Saturday November 23rd.
This weekend’s storm left behind 17 inches of snow and the mid-mountain base depth is 32 inches.
Four lifts will be in operation; Pioneer, Panorama, Tumbelina and the Caterpillar serving 25 runs and all types of terrain.
All services will be in operation; Ski School, Rental Shop, Retail, Food & Beverage and the Children’s Center will be staffed up and ready to go.
(Photo from Winter Park)
A weekend storm that started last Friday evening gave Colorado resorts another blast of snow in a season that already has better-than-average early conditions and some resorts opening early.
Aspen Mountain opened early for the season Sunday– nearly two weeks before the scheduled opening date – with six fresh inches of powder for skiers and riders. Even better, snow continued to fall all day in Aspen. (continue reading…)
Welcome to Safety Sunday, where your faithful Ski Country correspondents will remind you that the key to a good day on the mountain is to ski and snowboard safely.
Here’s a great clip we put up last year on YouTube that to highlight the extensive emergency medical training our ski patrollers receive. It’s a great testament to their professionalism and expertise.
Earlier this morning, Winter Park Resort became the fifth Colorado Ski Country USA member resort to open for the 2013-14 season, joining Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Copper Mountain, and Wolf Creek. The Parkway, Porcupine, and Sorensen Park beginner trails are open, served by the Arrow, Endeavour, and Gemini Express lifts.
This year, Winter Park is highlighting its seven distinct territories, each of which deliver a unique experience. From the expertly crafted moguls at Mary Jane to the steeps of The Cirque to the family-friendly cruisers at Winter Park, and everything in between, Winter Park’s seven territories offer something for everyone.
To celebrate the Season of the Seven, Winter Park Resort is offering deals on lodging, lift tickets, the ski & ride school, rentals, food and beverage, and retail. Visit http://www.winterparkresort.com/en/seven-territories/season-of-the-seven/season-deals.aspx for more information.
Colorado is known for our world class skiing. We have so much to offer skiers and snowboarders, but smoking marijuana at a ski resort is not one of them.
Last November, Coloradans passed Amendment 64, a measure that amended our state constitution to legalize possession of marijuana. There have been lots of questions about what this means for skiers/riders and ski areas, so we thought we’d try to clear things up a bit.
What Amendment 64 means is that people 21 years and older can legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana; however, the amendment specifically bans public consumption of the drug. Therefore, smoking marijuana at ski resorts is still illegal, just as it was before the amendment passed.
Smoking marijuana in public places is illegal, and is clearly stated in the amendment. Public places include malls, stadiums, amusement parks, sidewalks, and ski resorts. There isn’t anywhere at a ski resort that is NOT public, inside or outside, it’s all open to the public, this includes the lift lines, on the chairlift, in the gondola, in parking lots, on the trail, in the woods next to the trail, on the deck of the lodge or on patios. The fact that smoking is not allowed at a ski resort is not new; this has always been the case, even before passing Amendment 64.
Education is key. There is no reason guests should expect to be able to smoke marijuana at a ski resort. Just like knowing the weather and snow conditions before heading out to ski, knowing the law about smoking marijuana is important too. Resorts are working with their towns, chambers of commerce, community leaders and trade association to inform locals and visitors alike of the law surrounding smoking marijuana.
Bottom line: Smoking marijuana in public is against the law, and always has been.
A second significant fall snowstorm in the space of five days came through Colorado on Monday night and Tuesday, piling yet more snow on the slopes of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) ski resorts.
The weather system brought significant snowfall to the four CSCUSA resorts that have already opened to skiers and snowboarders. Wolf Creek, which has been open on the prior two weekends, reported nine inches of snow from this storm, building its base to 29 inches in advance of its planned November 9 opening for the duration of its 2013-14 season. Copper Mountain has accumulated seven inches in the last three days to add to its powdery opening day last Friday. Loveland and Arapahoe Basin have both received five inches in the last three days and continue to build on impressive early-season snow conditions.
This week’s storm blanketed much of the high country and helped build the bases of several Colorado Ski Country resorts that are planning to open in the coming weeks. Steamboat experienced the greatest amount of new snow from this weather system, with seventeen inches of powder in the last 48 hours, 29 inches in the last week, and 61 inches since October 1. Aspen/Snowmass accumulated twelve inches from this most recent weather system, bringing their total snowfall to 51 inches since October 1, while Sunlight received ten inches to bring their total for the week to fifteen inches. Monarch Mountain received eight inches from this most recent storm, Telluride took in seven inches, Winter Park received five inches, and Durango Mountain Resort had three inches.
The next potentially major snow event is forecasted to arrive in Colorado Ski Country this Friday, November 8. Keep up to date on snowfall totals with the CSCUSA snow report updated by the resorts themselves: http://www.coloradoski.com/snow-report. Keep up to date on resort openings at http://www.coloradoski.com/resort-season-dates.