Mountain men and women from far and wide made the trek down to Denver for the 22nd annual Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo this weekend.
Celebrating the start of the ski season, industry reps came armed with swag and updates on the season ahead, while shoppers came loaded with credit cards, ready to snatch up big savings.
With impressive deals on last year’s gear and showcases full of this year’s gear, gearheads and gear wannabes mixed and mingled on the show floor. Enthusiasts enjoyed an array of activities ranging from the slackline demo and comp, a rock climbing wall, and a large mountain boarding arena.
The resort and vendor tents were a big hit with the shoppers., many finding deals on lift tickets and free stickers and maps! Winter Park’s kid slope was a thrill for the little ones while the Rocky Mountain Brew Fest was a winner with the big kids. Partygoers toasted to the season over craft brews from local Colorado brewers.
With several Colorado ski resorts open, and many more to follow in the coming weeks, the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo offered shredders and rippers one last chance stock up on great deals for the season!
A second significant fall snowstorm in the space of five days came through Colorado on Monday night and Tuesday, piling yet more snow on the slopes of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) ski resorts.
The weather system brought significant snowfall to the four CSCUSA resorts that have already opened to skiers and snowboarders. Wolf Creek, which has been open on the prior two weekends, reported nine inches of snow from this storm, building its base to 29 inches in advance of its planned November 9 opening for the duration of its 2013-14 season. Copper Mountain has accumulated seven inches in the last three days to add to its powdery opening day last Friday. Loveland and Arapahoe Basin have both received five inches in the last three days and continue to build on impressive early-season snow conditions.
This week’s storm blanketed much of the high country and helped build the bases of several Colorado Ski Country resorts that are planning to open in the coming weeks. Steamboat experienced the greatest amount of new snow from this weather system, with seventeen inches of powder in the last 48 hours, 29 inches in the last week, and 61 inches since October 1. Aspen/Snowmass accumulated twelve inches from this most recent weather system, bringing their total snowfall to 51 inches since October 1, while Sunlight received ten inches to bring their total for the week to fifteen inches. Monarch Mountain received eight inches from this most recent storm, Telluride took in seven inches, Winter Park received five inches, and Durango Mountain Resort had three inches.
The next potentially major snow event is forecasted to arrive in Colorado Ski Country this Friday, November 8. Keep up to date on snowfall totals with the CSCUSA snow report updated by the resorts themselves: http://www.coloradoski.com/snow-report. Keep up to date on resort openings at http://www.coloradoski.com/resort-season-dates.
Wolf Creek Ski Area, in Southern Colorado, is opening this Saturday and Sunday with the Nova and Bonanza Chairlifts operating from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM! After receiving another 4 inches of new snow, the current all-natural base depth is 22 inches with a year-to-date snowfall of 28 inches. Several runs will be groomed for beginner and intermediate skiers and boarders and hike-to terrain will be open to Alberta Peak and Step Bowl with very early season conditions.
Ski School will be available for lessons including the Wolf Pup Program. The Ski Rental and BoarderDome will be open as well as Treasure Sports. Burgers and a limited menu will be served in the Wolf Creek Lodge (upper lodge) as well as drinks from the Pathfinder Bar. Lift tickets will be at the Local Appreciation rate of $38.00 for Adults and $22.00 for Seniors and Children.
Check wolfcreekski.com for detailed information about the upcoming season.
Loveland Ski Area opened earlier today for the 2013-2014 season, and the conditions are some of the best we’ve seen this early in the season. Their snowmaking crew is working hard to open up more terrain for the weekend, so go take some turns!
Hello! I’m Juliana Broste, aka “TravelingJules,” Colorado Ski Country’s new Mountain Correspondent. With great honor, we kicked off the 2013-2013 ski season with a bang at A-Basin on Sunday, October 13, 2013. A-Basin is proud to be the first ski resort open–not just in Colorado–but in the whole country! Dedicated skiiers and riders came out to celebrate opening day with an impressive lift line queue building up before sunrise! Enthusiasts loaded Black Mountain Express to mid-mountain and made turns down High Noon, with an adventurous crowd peeling off into High Divide Terrain Park. The crowd did not die off early, the lines lasted up until 4 o’clock closing. Cheers to the winter season! Bring on the snow!
As another winter weather system blanketed Ski Country on Monday, we received that happy news that Loveland Ski Area will open for the 2013-2014 season on Thursday, October 17.
Chair 1 will start at 9:00am and will provide skiers and riders with access to one top-to-bottom run. The trails Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run make up this Opening Day run, which is a over a mile long and nearly 1,000 vertical feet.
“Our snowmaking crew has done a tremendous job getting the mountain ready for Opening Day”, said Rob Goodell, director of business operations. “The snow guns are still firing and there is more snow in the forecast, so the first turns of the season are going to be exceptional.”
Loveland Ski Area will be open from 9:00am until 4:00pm on weekdays and 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekends and designated holidays. Early season lift tickets are $49 for adults and $25 for children 6-14.
Loveland Ski Area season passes are now on sale and include three free days at Monarch Mountain, three free days at Durango Mountain Resort (does not apply to mid-week passes), three free days at Crested Butte (does not apply to mid-week passes), and one unguided day at Silverton Mountain.
Unrestricted 4-Paks are also available online for just $129 ($32.25/day) at skiloveland.com through November 24, 2013.