By R. Scott Rappold
Originally posted at funemployedcolorado.wordpresss.com.
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…)
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.]
By James Lummis, braveskimom.com
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.
By Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com
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…)
by Troy Hawks, www.troyhawks.net
She has broad shoulders, an alluring curvature, and she’s brightly lit. I’m a big fan of the newly expanded eastbound Twin Tunnel and she tops the list of new and improved travel tools for front-range skiers and snowboarders. The third lane of eastbound I-70 through the Twin Tunnels east of Idaho Springs opened in early December after nine months of rock blasting, rock bolting and paving. But the $109 million project isn’t entirely complete. CDOT still plans to build an express toll lane for use during peak periods by the summer of 2015. Department officials say the lane will shave 30 minutes off the trip and save millions in fuel costs. (continue reading…)
A well-muscled young man skis across a long, thin puddle of water in what may be a red Speedo but is more likely his underpants. He is soon followed by Duff Man, a Homer Simpson superhero complete with cape, rubber biceps, and utility belt stocked with cans of Duff beer. It is not Halloween.
This blog comes to CSCUSA from Kristen Lummis, editor and founder of BraveSkiMom.com.
Ski resorts look different when viewed through someone else’s eyes.
Last month, I joined two friends, Betsy and Uschi, for two days of skiing at Purgatory (a.k.a. Durango Mountain Resort). Betsy is a long-time Purgatory skier who knows the mountain inside and out. Uschi is an accomplished adaptive monoskier and instructor.