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Snowshoe Tour Offers a Unique Aspen Mountain Experience

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.15, 2014, under General

Dan Rabin, Aspen/Snowmass

Dan Rabin, Aspen/Snowmass

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.

For skiers and boarders seeking a variety of challenging terrain, Aspen Mountain serves up an enticing menu of bumps, glades and steeps. While the mountain is a haven for the fast and the fearless, those who slow down and look around will discover there’s a lot more going on than first meets the eye. A fun way to learn about the mountain’s high alpine environment is on a snowshoe tour. Tours are offered twice daily throughout ski season. One afternoon during a recent Aspen visit, I swapped my ski boots for snow boots and joined a mountain adventure of a different nature. (continue reading…)

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Aspen/Snowmass’s Spring Jam is Just around the Corner and Offers a Host of Free Events Open to the Public

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.13, 2014, under General

Aspen Bud Light Spring Jam

Aspen/Snowmass

The 14th annual Bud Light Spring Jam, March 14-23, features two weekends packed with exciting competitions, concerts and parties throughout Aspen/Snowmass. (continue reading…)

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Head to Boulder this Sunday for a Special Viewing of Climb to Glory

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.12, 2014, under General

Climb to Glory posterClimb to Glory, produced by Warren Miller Entertainment in partnership with the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum, tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troopers and how they championed the U.S. ski industry following World War II. The Mountain Division came into existence on July 13, 1943 at an Army base in the Colorado Rockies known as Camp Hale. The division trained at 9,200 feet above sea level and honed their skills to fight and survive under the most brutal conditions.

After participating in a major turning point in the War, these heroes returned home from Italy as pioneering individuals and helped expand skiing into lifestyle sport with ski resort development, product innovation, instruction and everything in-between. Narrated by Winter Olympian and Colorado native Jeremy Bloom, Climb to Glory highlights the 10th Mountain Division vets astounding impact on our country and the ski industry while incorporating the fun and flair of Warren Miller films. Running Time 46 Minutes.

Featuring Nelson Bennett, Andre Benoit, Jim Bray, Earl Clark, Dick Dirkes, Harold Newcomb Eldredge, Hugh Evans, James Nassar, Jr., Dick Over, Harvey Wieprecht, Robert Yank, Chris Anthony, Scott Kennett & Tony Seibert.

This special showing of Climb to Glory will be at 6:00 pm Sunday, March 16 at the Boulder Theater. Reserve tickets at www.bouldertheater.com. General Admission is $15, $9 for Under 18s and Over 62s, and $69 for VIP tickets.

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Powderhorn Mountain Resort Presents Second Annual PH3 Race

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.11, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

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Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Powderhorn Mountain Resorts (PMR) presents the second annual PH3 on Sunday, March 16, 2014 to benefit the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation and the Veterans Administration Medical Center Suicide Prevention Fund, in honor of Tim Sewell and in support of his family.

The race begins at the Mesa Community Center with an 8.35 mile biking segment at 8:30 AM. They will transition onto either climbing skins or snowshoes, and continue 2.03 miles to the top of the resort. Then remove their ascending gear and ski or snowboard 1.44 miles to the finish line.  The total vertical gain is 4,138 feet, vertical drop is 1,543 feet covering a total of 11.82 miles. Participants must be at least 16 years of age either as an individual or on teams.

Early registration is available online through Active.com for $40. Day of even registration event is available at PMR for $50.

Volunteers are needed to assist in running the event, minimum age of 16 years old. Please Contact John Messinger at (970) 268-5158 or jmessinger@powderhorn.com for more information. All volunteers will receive a complimentary lift ticket for use any day of the 2013-14 winter season.

Event Schedule (subject to change, as weather permits):
March 16, 2014: The Powderhorn PH3

Online Registration      Active.com

6:45 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.    $50 day of event registration and sign up PMR

8:00 a.m.                        Final bus from PMR to Mesa Community Center
8:30 a.m.                        Race Starts
3 p.m.                             PH3 Awards on the Sunset Deck

Please click here to view the course map

About the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation
Founded in 2006, the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation (WCSPF) is committed to reducing the rate of suicide in the region by encouraging and coordinating collaborative efforts to provide diverse prevention and awareness messaging, education, advocacy and funding.

About the VA Medical Center Suicide Prevention Fund
The Grand Junction VA Medical Center’s Suicide Prevention Program covers 15 Colorado counties, two in Utah and one in Wyoming.  The Suicide Prevention Program provides direct support to “at risk” veterans, providing cell phones to ensure they can access a mental health service 24 hours a day.  Along with providing help the Prevention Program also provides education to those in isolated communities spreading the word on the National Veterans Crisis line and the assistance that is available through the GJVA.  “It is okay to ask for help; You are not alone.” Veterans Crisis Line: 1800-273-8255 Press 1.

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Winter Park Resort’s Annual TJV Ski Down for Cancer Returns March 22

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.10, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

3-10 WPWhile most know of the Winter Park Professional Ski Patrol’s dedication to helping people, few realize its reach extends so far beyond the slopes of the mountain.  On Saturday, March 22, Winter Park’s Ski Patrol will partner with the Cavett Kids Foundation for the fourth annual TJV Ski Down for Cancer, benefiting the American Cancer Society and Cavett Kids.

Dedicated in honor of Thomas James Veit, a 12-year Winter Park ski patroller who lost his valiant battle with colon cancer in 2011, this year’s TJV Ski Down for Cancer will consist of Winter Park employees and volunteers skiing/riding down lower Hughes at around 5 p.m. to celebrate the lives of those who have been touched by this dreaded disease.  After the Ski Down, a silent auction will be held at Doc’s Roadhouse located at the base of Winter Park.

The event has grown exponentially each year and the hope is to make the fourth installment the best yet.  To make a donation on-line, please visit www.winterparkresort.com/SkiTJV.

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Remembering Colin Sutton

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.09, 2014, under General

Jason Lombard, Wolf Creek

Photo by Jason Lombard, Wolf Creek

On Tuesday, March 4th, Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche Technician and Senior Patroller Colin Sutton was caught in an avalanche while conducting an exploration and research mission via helicopter on Conejos Peak in the South San Juan Mountain Range. He was airlifted by a Medevac helicopter to the emergency room at Mercy Regional Hospital in Durango, Colorado where he was pronounced deceased at 4:30 PM.

Colin was a full time professional ski patroller at Wolf Creek for 12 years where he continuously excelled in his work. Colin was a National Ski Patrol Member, Basic Life Support and CPR Provider, Outdoor Emergency Care Provider, Certified Emergency Medical Technician, Certified Level III Avalanche Technician, State of Colorado Type I Explosives Permit Possessor, Snow Study Director at Wolf Creek Ski Area (AvTech), and a Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment Qualified Dog Handler with his black Labrador “Boca”.

Colin began skiing at Wolf Creek when he was three years old and his passion for the mountains took him around the world. He will be missed deeply by everyone at Wolf Creek Ski Area and throughout Colorado Ski Country.

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Silent Saturday: Bluebird Powder Day at Loveland

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.08, 2014, under General

Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

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