Every year, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) recognizes the top achievers in the Colorado ski industry through the Snowmaker, Groomer, and Terrain Master of the Year awards. Below is a list of this year’s winners.
Snowmaker of the Year
Ian Naudain – Eldora Mountain Resort
“Ian has worked four seasons making snow for Eldora Mountain Resort. He quickly learned the business and thanks to a great attitude, strong work ethic, and exceptional leadership qualities he rose to become a supervisor in just his second season”, said Chris Cipolletti, Snow Surfaces Manager at Eldora. “No matter how tough the weather or how difficult situations are, Ian always meets and exceeds expectations and keeps a level head. He is a valuable employee who continues to dive into as many aspects of the mountain’s operations as he can.”
Groomer of the Year
Napoleon Swyter – Keystone Resort
A ten-year veteran of Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Napoleon started as a full time cat operator at Keystone, where he was voted as the rookie of the year. Napoleon also has grooming experience at Coronet Peak in New Zealand. “In 2013 Napoleon brought his experience and enthusiasm back to Keystone and is working like he never left”, said Pete Van Oosterhout, Trail Maintenance Supervisor for Keystone.
Terrain Master of the Year – Day Crew
Kelly “Parker” Glass – Aspen/Snowmass
Kelly graduated from his studies in 2001 and served in the US Army from 2001 to 2005 as a Cannoneer in Bamberg, Germany. He joined the Snowmass Park crew in 2011 and loves to be on the mountain. “Kelly strives to be an inspiration for other park crew members, and loves to make a difference”, said Yannick Rioux, Terrain Park Manager at Snowmass. “After three years of working on the day crew, fellow colleagues and supervisors have noticed his leadership among new staff and his growing passion and knowledge for the industry.”
Terrain Master of the Year- Night Crew
Chris Meyer – Telluride Ski Resort
Chris started as a Terrain Park Groomer with Telluride Ski Resort in 2005. He quickly demonstrated a level of skill, work ethic, and commitment to his position that allowed him to advance to Grooming Supervisor. Though Meyer was able to grow and enhance his skills as a Grooming Supervisor, his commitment, leadership, and creativity proved him to be more suitable for a Terrain Park Management position. “Because of Chris’s efforts as Terrain Park Manager, Telluride Terrain Parks have seen massive improvements in the areas of feature quantity, layout, creativity, and progression and have a beginner/intermediate park setup that has doubled in size over the course of just one year”, said John Kelly, Director of Resort Services at Telluride.
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.
The snow continues to pile up at Copper Mountain and with the Spring Sunsation Festival and over two weeks left in the newly extended season, closing day April 27, the time is now to seize the spring skiing and riding at Copper. (continue reading…)
by Troy Hawks
Ahhh…springtime in the Rockies! We love all the seasons here in Colorado Ski Country, but spring marks that special time of renewal, rebirth, and reawakening. Yet as splendid and striking as it is, it can also be a time of sheer agony for many outdoor enthusiasts.
On the slopes, the snow remains soft and inviting under blue bird skies. The roads are clearing of snow and ice, and mountain trails are drying out and leading the way to sublime alpine splendor. Meanwhile the golf course greens are coming out of their winter slumber, and in the rivers, the fish are hungry and rising.
And so goes the painstaking deliberation: What will it be today, my skis, my clubs, my hiking boots, or my fly rod? Indeed, the thawing of the winter season creates an insatiable menu of options for how to spend ones time. Or does it? (continue reading…)
As the seasons change and we head into the off-season, we put together a list of some tips that will help you be ready to hit the slopes sliding for next winter.
Consider getting skis and snowboards tuned up now.
There are numerous advantages to this as your skis need some love and attention after all the punishment they’ve been put through this winter. Also, getting the work done now helps avoid the throngs of people that rush to do it in the fall and will have you ready come opening day.
Deals abound in the spring on both gear and passes.
-If mom or dad need an upgrade on ski pants or jackets, our partners at Flylow are offering 20% off everything they carry if you use the promo code CSCUSA at checkout.
-Christy Sports is offering up to 40% off current season skis, snowboards and clothing both online and in stores.
-Also, don’t forget to keep an eye open for Memorial Day sales where Christy Sports has some of the best deals of the season.
-Lock down your ski pass for next season today at the lowest prices. Check out your favorite resort’s website for the latest information.
-If your child participated in the 5th grade Passport program this year don’t forget that the 6th grade pass gets you four days of skiing each at 20 Colorado resorts for only $99! 6th grade passes also help fund the entire Passport program to keep this awesome program running and accessible to all!
Do a summer clean-up and round-up of all your apparel.
-Clean out the pockets of all those jackets and pants and free them of snot rags, spare change, and apple cores.
-Give things a nice wash, and find a storage solution that works best for your family to keep all your winter gear in one spot and easy to find six months from now.
-Make sure boots are buckled up Goldie Locks style – not too tight, not too loose and just right! This helps them hold their shape for next season.
-Start thinking about summer in Colorado Ski Country. Many of our member resorts offer biking, hiking, zip lining, off-season lodging rates, and other great ways to escape the heat of the summer.
In January, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced that it had allocated $55 million in funding for widening the westbound Twin Tunnel on Interstate 70 in Idaho Springs from two to three lanes. Beginning this week, eastbound traffic will return to the detour route on Clear Creek County Road 314 and westbound traffic will be realigned to run through the newly expanded eastbound tunnel. (continue reading…)