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Tools for Teaching Young Children to Ski (and Ride)

by Mommy Blogger on Dec.03, 2012, under Colorado Skiing, Insider Secrets

This blog comes to CSCUSA from Kristen Lummis of You can read more from Kristen at

When our children were learning to ski, we used a hula hoop, a harness and an Edgie-Wedgie a lot. While I still see those tried-and-true tools on mountain, new teaching aids are developed all of the time. Sorting through what works and what doesn’t, what’s worth the investment and what isn’t, can be confusing.

young skier in snow

young skier in snow

So to find out what really works in the world of learn-to-ski tools, I turned to Earl Saline, my number one learn-to-ski resource at Professional Ski Instructors of America/American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI). (continue reading…)

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Three Reasons to Try Different Colorado Resorts This Season

by Mommy Blogger on Nov.12, 2012, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

This blog comes to Colorado Ski Country via Kristen Lummis of You can read more about Kristen at

Where do you ski in Colorado? If you’re like many of us, you’ve got a home resort that you return to year after year, week after week and day after day. You love your resort. You know every roller and glade. You know where to farm powder and you’ve sworn never to divulge the locale. You’re plugged into the best season pass deals and you’ve got your favorite spots for lunch, beer and coffee. If you’ve got kids, they’ve grown up skiing at this resort. It’s their second home.

So why would you try some place new?

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Aspen Highlands

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Looking for Snow? Visit the Wolf Creek Ski Area + Enter to Win 4 Passes!

by Mommy Blogger on Feb.13, 2010, under General

I skipped into the kitchen singing, “We’re going on a ski trip, thanks to Colorado Ski Country USA.” When my three boys and my husband, Wade, asked where we were going, I told them that we were going to the Wolf Creek Ski Area, a high alpine ski resort that rises up from its 10,300 foot base. A place that proudly boasts 465 natural inches of snowfall a year, the highest snowfall in Colorado.

Slideshow image photo courtesy of Wolf Creek

My excitement began to wane and my concern began to grow when Wade began to map out the arduous route to southwestern Colorado and said, “You’ll probably be sleeping the entire time anyway. Don’t get me wrong, I have always wanted to ski Wolf Creek and am up for the powder skiing if you are, I am just gearing myself up for what is ahead, my little Mommy Blogging Travel Writer.”
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The Five Coolest Things About Our Ski Trip to Copper Mountain (and Win Tickets!)

by Mommy Blogger on Feb.11, 2010, under General

Gabrielle Blair is blogs at

The ski trip was fantastic. We’ve done quite a few day-ski-trips in the last few years, but this was the first time we actually stayed at the ski resort and made a vacation of it. Here are the highlights:
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Family Fun Skiing Purgatory and Enter to Win 4 Passes

by Mommy Blogger on Feb.02, 2010, under Colorado Skiing, Insider Secrets

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Article written by and shared with the permission of: Amber Johnson

The only bad thing about Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort is the long haul to get there.

That’s also why it is so great.

Make the seven-hour drive from Denver to Durango’s remote enclave in southwestern Colorado and you’ll feel like you’re in the frosty equivalent of Shangri-La. With 1,325 acres of snow-dusted terrain, the San Juan Mountains are arguably Colorado’s most beautiful range.

I skied Purgatory 10 years ago and my only memory is a jarring wipe-out that had me seeing snow.

And a lot of stars.

Much has changed at this premier family-friendly resort since then. If you look at Purgatory’s marketing materials, there is a common theme: new. The new Purgatory Village base facilities include a new village plaza, gorgeous new Purgatory Lodge, new and improved retail shops and a new mountain Activities Center. (continue reading…)

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Winter Park Wrapup + 4-Pack Pass Giveaway!

by Mommy Blogger on Jan.28, 2010, under General, Insider Secrets

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Article written by and shared with the permission of: Aimee

Over MLK day weekend, my family and I were lucky enough to be hosted by Winter Park resort,
as part of a group effort from Colorado
Ski Country USA
to show off how families can have fun at resorts all over Colorado.

From the get-go I was honest with them about my lack-luster skiing abilities. I mean, seriously – have you SEEN the Terror On The Mountain video? Grace, agility + snow are not words meant to be in my vocabulary. (continue reading…)

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Loveland Ski Area for Families

by Mommy Blogger on Jan.06, 2010, under Colorado Skiing, Insider Secrets

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Article written by and shared with the permission of Amber Johnson.

The stakes were high for my 3-year-old son Bode’s first time on skis at Loveland Ski Area. The child was, after all, named after World Cup skiing sensation Bode Miller.

Better to live up to that than my namesake Forever Amber, a novel about a 17th-century prostitute.IMG_3414 (continue reading…)

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