Ever wish you could be a kid again? This will definitely make you jealous: Colorado Ski Country offers 5th graders 60 days of FREE skiing and riding!!! That’s for Zero! Zilch! Nada! Over 20 Colorado resorts–like Copper Mountain, Telluride, Steamboat and more–offer 5th graders three full days of fun as part of the renowned Passport program. And, after kids graduate from fifth grade, no one’s left hanging.
6th graders get a pretty awesome deal, too, receiving four days of skiing and riding at all 20 member resorts for just $99–that’s 80 days of fun! That amounts to $1.24 per day. That’s kind of ridiculous. There’s also a rockin’ deal for kiddos who have never had the chance to try skiing or snowboarding: The First Class Program provides one free lesson in January to 5th Grade Passport who have never skied or snowboarded. Resorts have excellent ski and snowboard schools, where taking a lesson from a pro will help your child get better faster.
What a perfect excuse to partake in the Coloradan tradition of skiing and riding!
I recently got the chance to meet up with Colorado Ski Country’s esteemed 5th grade blogger, Emma, and hang out with her rad fifth grade posse. Check out all the fun we had at Copper Mountain, all thanks to the Passport program:
While we can’t turn back time, we can at least tell every 5th and 6th grader you bump into to sign up for a year of FREE skiing and riding. Learn more about the Passport program here: http://www.coloradoski.com/passport.
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Everybody do your happy dance/snow dance, because due to the hard work of Winter Park Resort’s Slope Maintenance and Ski Patrol teams, as well as some help from Mother Nature in the form of 26” of snow in the last week, Mary Jane territory will open for its 38th season next Tuesday, November 26. Ceremonial first chair festivities will take place at the Super Gauge Express lift at 9 a.m.
Available terrain will include Mary Jane Trail, Upper Rainbow Cut, Lower Arrowhead Loop, and portions of the High Lonesome trail network. Some directive skiing on more advanced trails may occur as conditions permit. In addition to the Super Gauge, High Lonesome Express and the Galloping Goose chairlifts will also be open. Access will be limited between Winter Park and Mary Jane. Visitors are encouraged to check with Winter Park Guest Hosts at the base of each mountain for instructions on how to get from one territory to the other.
As part of the celebration, Mary Jane Market will be offering $1 pancakes from 8-10 a.m. in order to fuel up for a full day of skiing/riding on one of Colorado’s most beloved mountains.
With over 4.5 feet of snow already this season and more on the way, Winter Park Resort is busy opening as much new terrain as quickly as possible. For more information, visit www.winterparkresort.com.
Members of the Gray Wolves Ski Club and fellow ski enthusiasts showed up at Wolf Creek Ski Area on Tuesday, November 19th to celebrate Charles Elliott’s 100 birthday. As usual Charles celebrated his birthday by going skiing but this time he had over 150 fellow skiers cheering him on. Charles is credited as one of the pioneers of skiing in the San Juans and is a founder of the Wolf Creek Ski Area. He was inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and is a lifetime member of the National Ski Patrol which he helped found in Colorado. He is also a past president of the Gray Wolves Ski Club. As part of the birthday celebration the US Freestyle Ski Team, which is currently practicing at Wolf Creek, made Charles an honorary member of the US Ski Team and presented him with his official Team jacket.
When asked how he felt about his special day Charles replied “I guess it is special, it only happens every 100 years”. Charles has skied every year since 1934 except for the five years when he served in the Air Force during World War II. He is looking forward to celebrating his 101st, on skis of course.
Wolf Creek is reporting excellent early-season conditions, with a 36 inch base and 93% of the mountain open. Wolf Creek is hosting the US Freestyle Mogul Team from Wednesday, November 20th, through Tuesday, November 26, with a break on Saturday, November 23rd. The practice run is on Alberta Face; and visible on the ride up the Treasure Stoke lift! The National Freestyle Mogul Team will be announced and the team will sign autographs at The Springs in Pagosa on Saturday afternoon.
(Monarch file photo)
Monarch Mountain will open for the 2013-14 season this Saturday November 23rd.
This weekend’s storm left behind 17 inches of snow and the mid-mountain base depth is 32 inches.
Four lifts will be in operation; Pioneer, Panorama, Tumbelina and the Caterpillar serving 25 runs and all types of terrain.
All services will be in operation; Ski School, Rental Shop, Retail, Food & Beverage and the Children’s Center will be staffed up and ready to go.
(Photo from Winter Park)
A weekend storm that started last Friday evening gave Colorado resorts another blast of snow in a season that already has better-than-average early conditions and some resorts opening early.
Aspen Mountain opened early for the season Sunday– nearly two weeks before the scheduled opening date – with six fresh inches of powder for skiers and riders. Even better, snow continued to fall all day in Aspen. (continue reading…)
Ever wonder how the resorts are able to have such great conditions when Mother Nature is not cooperating? It is all due to the guys with the big guns at the resorts, the snowmakers! Check out what it takes to be one of the first resorts in the nation to open and how they maintain those conditions into the summer.
Loveland’s Lead Snowmaker Mark Eldring takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the operation. He shows us how they blast the fluffy white stuff into the air to build the base. Cold temperatures, low humidity and a little help from mother nature doesn’t hurt.
Known for great early season conditions, Loveland is proud to offer locals a chance to warm up their legs to prepare for a long season ahead.