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Fun to the Power of Three: Perfecting the Ski Country Trifecta

by Guest on Apr.08, 2014, under General

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Photo by Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

by Troy Hawks

Ahhh…springtime in the Rockies! We love all the seasons here in Colorado Ski Country, but spring marks that special time of renewal, rebirth, and reawakening. Yet as splendid and striking as it is, it can also be a time of sheer agony for many outdoor enthusiasts.

On the slopes, the snow remains soft and inviting under blue bird skies. The roads are clearing of snow and ice, and mountain trails are drying out and leading the way to sublime alpine splendor. Meanwhile the golf course greens are coming out of their winter slumber, and in the rivers, the fish are hungry and rising.

And so goes the painstaking deliberation: What will it be today, my skis, my clubs, my hiking boots, or my fly rod? Indeed, the thawing of the winter season creates an insatiable menu of options for how to spend ones time. Or does it? (continue reading…)

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Six Things to Do at Aspen/Snowmass Before Ski Season Ends

by Guest on Apr.04, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Jeremy Swanson, Aspen/Snowmass

Jeremy Swanson, Aspen/Snowmass

by Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com

1. Ski Highland Bowl in a Bikini. Okay, you probably weren’t expecting that one from me, the mother of teenage boys. But last season, the 20 year-old daughter of our friends hiked the bowl, stripped down and ripped G-8 on tele skis.

As scores of men gaped and gasped, her surprised father shrugged, shook his head and announced, “That’s my daughter.”

C’mon. Is that cool or what? (continue reading…)

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The Burrito: A Skier and Rider’s BFF

by Guest on Mar.26, 2014, under Colorado Skiing

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Larry Pierce, Steamboat Ski Resort

By Troy Hawks, @HawksSquawk

The words my keyboard is about to spit out might not go over well in some circles. What I’m putting down might fire up the focaccia fanatics and raise the hackles of hamburger lovers. Nevertheless, I’m throwing caution to the wind and proclaiming the burrito ­– that spicy Mexican-inspired pocket of goodness with a flavor that cuts through a cold winter’s chill like few others can – as the skier and snowboarder’s BFF (best food friend). (continue reading…)

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The Snowmass History Tour Leads Skiers into the Past

by Guest on Feb.28, 2014, under General

Aspen/Snowmass

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.

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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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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Come Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Colorado Ski Country

by Guest on Feb.12, 2014, under General

Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

With the holiday of love approaching just around the corner, CSUSA wants to help you make the most of your 2014 Valentine’s Day. Our member resorts across the state are reporting powder conditions with more powder to come, so what better way to spend it than to get back out on those slopes? Here’s a list of some fun events you might like to attend: (continue reading…)

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Celebrating a Stellar January at Snowmass’s Burnt Mountain Glades

by Guest on Feb.11, 2014, under General

Veronica Whitney, Aspen/Snowmass

Veronica Whitney, Aspen/Snowmass

By Veronica Whitney, El Montañes

January turned out to be a stellar snow month so far with conditions that were a good deal better than last year’s. More than six feet of snow have fallen in the Aspen area and Sunlight Mountain in January; that’s a lot of snow and it was added to a really good base that had been building slowly but consistently since early December.

So a few weeks ago, and after almost five consecutive days of snow, my husband Charlie and I headed to Snowmass, we targeted our favorite run there: Burnt Mountain. What made it an even more special day was that it was a Monday so when we finally skied down the Burnt Mountain Glades we never saw one person there, which reminded us of how this area resembles so much the backcountry. Aspen opened it to skiers last winter and I think it still has yet to be completely discovered because it is an amazing playground where you can keep finding powder stashes days after the last snow storm. (continue reading…)

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