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Talk to Your Children About Skiing Safety

by Guest on Feb.09, 2014, under General

Trails Merge

Durango Mountain Resort

by Kristen Lummis,

One of the surprising things about parenting is how much talking it takes.

Kids need guidance, whether you’re talking to toddlers about sharing and nap time, or to teens about sex and alcohol. No parent want to lecture, but each day we seem to do a fair share of it. At every stage of our children’s lives, there are topics that demand discussion.

Skiing safely, and skiing safety, is one of them. (continue reading…)

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Ski Cooper: A Gem among Giants

by Guest on Feb.07, 2014, under General

Scott Smith, Ski Cooper

Scott Smith, Ski Cooper

By Troy Hawks

Sometimes you love a ski area for what it isn’t. There are a lot of things Ski Cooper isn’t, and noisy on a Tuesday afternoon is usually one of them. In fact on most days, about the only racket skiers and snowboarders hear is the clamor of the sheave wheels as the chairlift grip passes through each lift tower. If you’re riding one of the 180 chairs on the 10th Mountain lift, that noise occurs about every 30 seconds. It’s the time in between, the near absolute silence that comes at the 15 second interval, when you’re the furthest distance in between the towers and the cable sags to its lowest point, that you discover why Ski Cooper is considered one of the gems of Colorado Ski Country. (continue reading…)

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Monarch: 1,000 Miles from Hollywood and Then Some

by Guest on Feb.04, 2014, under General

Monarch Mountain

Monarch Mountain

By Troy Hawks

Those that know Greg Ralph, marketing director at Monarch Mountain, know that 90 percent of the time there is an air of humor to his words.

“No…I’m not interested in buying an ad in your paper…you’ve done a great job of explaining it, I get it, but I’m sorry…I’ve got some things in front of me here and I’ve gotta go now,” he says to a person persisting on the other end of the phone. Ralph hangs up, lets out a “sheesh,” and then continues with the same comedic undertone.

“C’mon, really…are you serious,” he asks rhetorically. “Hollywood, why would I want to advertise in Hollywood…I mean really…did he bother to do any research?”

The headquarters of Monarch’s marketing department also doubles as a seldom used ticket sales office. The blinds are normally kept drawn, and an impressive line-up of skis sit in a homemade wooden rack fastened to a half wall a few feet behind a row of three cashier stations. Behind the wall of trophy skis, hides Ralph’s desk with a spattering of ski clothes strewn on office furniture. (continue reading…)

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Sometimes You Have to Drop Everything and Drive Halfway Across Colorado for a Powder Day

by Guest on Jan.28, 2014, under Colorado Skiing

Jan 21.14 Scott Rappold

R. Scott Rappold, Copper Mountain

By R. Scott Rappold

Originally posted at

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…)

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Ten Tips To Have the Best Day of Your Life at Silverton Mountain

by Guest on Jan.13, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

DSC_0629.JPGPhoto of Silverton Mountain by Jason Barber

by Megan Barber, Curbed Ski

[Note: Curbed is an online magazine covering the built environment in sixteen major North American cities. Their newest venture, Colorado-based Curbed Ski, provides comprehensive coverage of ski resorts across the United States and Canada. We will be re-posting Curbed Ski's coverage of Colorado Ski Country USA resorts throughout the 2014 season.]

Silverton Mountain may have only one chairlift, but it is among the most memorable mountains you’ve never skied. With over 400 inches of average annual snowfall and 100% expert terrain, this unique ski area (don’t call it a resort) is big on powder and tiny on amenities. Leave your UGGs and fur coats at home, Silverton requires every skier to wear an avalanche beacon, prove pole, and shovel (rentals available). The easiest run down the mountain is 35 degrees, so only come if you are ready for an epic day of untracked pow turns and long hikes. Curbed Ski loves this place so we’ve created a handy guide to get you on the mountain and lovin’ life quicker than you can say powder. (continue reading…)

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A Dad’s Season on the Bunny Slope

by Guest on Jan.06, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Casey Day, Powderhorn

Casey Day, Powderhorn Mountain Resort

By James Lummis,

I am a professional and I think it imperative to involve professionals when you want to get the job done correctly.  This is true whether you’re hiring an architect, doctor or auto mechanic. It’s also true when you’re learning to ski.

When our second son was three years old, we signed him up for ski lessons on Sundays. After his first lesson, he was excited to practice, so for the rest of the winter he skied with me every time he didn’t have a lesson.

That season I skied 13 days at Powderhorn Mountain Resort and never left the bunny slope. (continue reading…)

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Five Easy Tips to Get your Child Skiing and Snowboarding This Season

by Guest on Dec.27, 2013, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

John Trousdale, Eldora Mountain Resort

John Trousdale, Eldora Mountain Resort

By Kristen Lummis,

1. Take a Lesson. It you’re a skiing or riding parent, it can be tempting to teach your kids on your own. If you don’t ski or ride, you don’t have this option. But no matter where you’re coming from, putting your child into at least one lesson from a certified instructor will get him or her off to a better start. Instructors are professionals who are smarter than parents when it comes to teaching kids how to ski and ride. They know the latest and best techniques and they know how to teach them effectively. January is the time to get your kids started. It’s national Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and most resorts in Colorado offer deals for never-ever skiers and riders, as well as discounts on other lessons and rentals. If your child has a 5th Grade Pass from Colorado Ski Country USA, sign them up for their “First Class” lesson now! This is a free lesson and rental for 5th graders who have never skied or snowboarded. (And if your fifth grader doesn’t have a fifth grade pass yet, you can get one here). (continue reading…)

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