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Dream On: Powder Lesson

by Mountain Correspondent on Apr.13, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

There’s no question, this year has been a remarkable year for Colorado ski resorts. The snow just keeps coming and coming, even in mid-April!

Whether skiing steep lines at Aspen Highlands or the family friendly cruisers at Copper Mountain, there will be fresh tracks to be had across Colorado Ski Country today.

If you’re lucky enough to hit a big powder day, you surely want to come prepared. While many people think that ski and snowboard lessons are for beginners, there are actually quite a few tricks and tips for intermediate and advanced folks to improve their game–especially when it comes to powder skiing. Instead of being sore and wiped out the day after, but instead, feel supercharged for another day on the mountain. 

Here’s a dreamy snapshot of a powder day ski lesson at Ski Granby Ranch. It’s a worthy investment.

Dream On: Powder Lesson from Colorado Ski Country USA on Vimeo.

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Spring Skiing Shenanigans

by Mountain Correspondent on Apr.11, 2014, under General

When temperatures are on the rise, peel off some layers, bust out some good tunes, and let loose on the slopes!

The snow is still oh-so-good and the fun ain’t over yet.  Bright colors are a tell-tale indicator of the fun ahead–and there’s nothing like a neon onesie to get you in the mood for some Spring skiing!  Bikinis, tank tops and shorts are welcome–just don’t forget to apply sunscreen in the appropriate areas.  Before you pull out your bike and put your skis away for the season, be sure to enjoy the sunshine on the slopes!  Pack a picnic or pick your favorite patio, and be on the lookout for the wild Springtime celebrations to come.

Spring Skiing Shenanigans from Colorado Ski Country USA on Vimeo.

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Something for Everyone at Wolf Creek

by Mountain Correspondent on Mar.28, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Something for Everyone from Colorado Ski Country USA on Vimeo.

Ahhh, Colorado.  The snow, the mountains, the freedom.

People come from far and wide to enjoy Colorado’s incredible back yard.  They come for the great snow, challenging terrain, and endless supply of adrenaline.  They come for the gentle bunny slopes, experienced instructors, and excitement for learning a new sport.  And, they come for the breathtaking views, appreciation for the outdoors and quality time with friends and family.

In search of a ski resort that really holds true to it’s roots, I visited Wolf Creek in Southwestern Colorado.  Known for having the most snow in Colorado, the mountain proved to be a place where the skiers ski.  It’s a no nonsense kind of “resort” that really focuses on snowsports.  Families and first-timers flock to the hills to take advantage of the convenience and affordability of a small resort, matched with the great snow and varied terrain of larger resorts, plus the friendly atmosphere and small-town feel of a second-generation run family-operated resort. It was pretty refreshing to see it right here, all in one place.

There really is something for everyone.

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Cat Skiing at Ski Cooper’s Chicago Ridge is a Pure Colorado Ski Country Experience

by Mountain Correspondent on Mar.14, 2014, under General

Cat Skiing at Ski Cooper from Colorado Ski Country USA on Vimeo.

Cat Skiing at Ski CooperTucked away on top of Tennessee Pass, you’ll find a ski resort that packs in big adventure and small town charm. Imagine great snow, close-in parking, affordable lift tickets, and no lift lines.  This is Ski Cooper.

While there is access to a variety of trails on their two chairlifts (well five if you count the platter, handle tow, and Colorado’s longest Magic Carpet), they have one very awesome trick in their back pocket: CAT SKIING!

Cat Skiing at Ski Cooper

The Chicago Ridge Snowcat day trip promises picturesque views and backcountry comfort.  Here, you’ll unpack your skis and boards and launch into open bowls and gladed terrain.  The cozy snowcat drops you at the top of each run, so you can enjoy turn after powdery turn of crowd-free skiing.  Reenergize with a gourmet lunch inside a heated yurt.  This is the way backcountry skiing was meant to be enjoyed.   It’s an adventure that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. (continue reading…)

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Keeping the Edge: Gear Maintenance

by Mountain Correspondent on Mar.04, 2014, under General

There’s nothing like feeling the G-forces of a true carve on a groomed run, or feeling like you’re flying while floating on deep powder. And, there’s nothing like getting smacked down onto a patch of ice when you can’t hold an edge, or getting stuck on a catwalk because you have no wax. It’s not you. It’s your gear. (continue reading…)

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Unforgettable: Heliboarding at Silverton

by Mountain Correspondent on Mar.03, 2014, under General

Silverton Mountain

Silverton Mountain

It would be hard to beat a perfect day snowboarding down endless fields of powdery bliss—unless, of course, you arrive by HELICOPTER!   Goodbye chairlift lines, hello heli! (continue reading…)

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Safety Sunday: Ski Patroller Safety Tips

by Mountain Correspondent on Feb.16, 2014, under General

Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

There’s nothing better than a fun day skiing on the mountain. This much is true. But, if you sunburn the shape of your goggles onto your face and look like a raccoon for the rest of the week, that’s not so fun.
If you carelessly let go of your snowboard while strapping in and watch it fly down the mountain, well, that’s not so fun either. And, if you have a collision with an unsuspecting victim and send them to the hospital, well, that would be a huge bummer.

The first on the mountain and the last to leave, our trusty ski patrollers have seen it all! With safety always at top of mind, they’ve got tons of tips and tricks to help you have a great day on the mountain. We asked ski patrollers across the state of Colorado to share their top safety tips. From the laws of the land to smart suggestions, here are a few words to the wise, so listen up! Better to be safe than sorry! :)

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