By Dan Rabin
Dan Rabin is a Boulder-based freelance writer and author of the upcoming guidebook, Colorado Breweries, scheduled for release in May 2014.
For skiers and boarders seeking a variety of challenging terrain, Aspen Mountain serves up an enticing menu of bumps, glades and steeps. While the mountain is a haven for the fast and the fearless, those who slow down and look around will discover there’s a lot more going on than first meets the eye. A fun way to learn about the mountain’s high alpine environment is on a snowshoe tour. Tours are offered twice daily throughout ski season. One afternoon during a recent Aspen visit, I swapped my ski boots for snow boots and joined a mountain adventure of a different nature. (continue reading…)
Tucked 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!
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…)
Aspen/Snowmass’s Spring Jam is Just around the Corner and Offers a Host of Free Events Open to the Public
The 14th annual Bud Light Spring Jam, March 14-23, features two weekends packed with exciting competitions, concerts and parties throughout Aspen/Snowmass. (continue reading…)
Climb to Glory, produced by Warren Miller Entertainment in partnership with the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum, tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troopers and how they championed the U.S. ski industry following World War II. The Mountain Division came into existence on July 13, 1943 at an Army base in the Colorado Rockies known as Camp Hale. The division trained at 9,200 feet above sea level and honed their skills to fight and survive under the most brutal conditions.
After participating in a major turning point in the War, these heroes returned home from Italy as pioneering individuals and helped expand skiing into lifestyle sport with ski resort development, product innovation, instruction and everything in-between. Narrated by Winter Olympian and Colorado native Jeremy Bloom, Climb to Glory highlights the 10th Mountain Division vets astounding impact on our country and the ski industry while incorporating the fun and flair of Warren Miller films. Running Time 46 Minutes.
Featuring Nelson Bennett, Andre Benoit, Jim Bray, Earl Clark, Dick Dirkes, Harold Newcomb Eldredge, Hugh Evans, James Nassar, Jr., Dick Over, Harvey Wieprecht, Robert Yank, Chris Anthony, Scott Kennett & Tony Seibert.
This special showing of Climb to Glory will be at 6:00 pm Sunday, March 16 at the Boulder Theater. Reserve tickets at www.bouldertheater.com. General Admission is $15, $9 for Under 18s and Over 62s, and $69 for VIP tickets.
On Tuesday, March 4th, Wolf Creek Ski Area Avalanche Technician and Senior Patroller Colin Sutton was caught in an avalanche while conducting an exploration and research mission via helicopter on Conejos Peak in the South San Juan Mountain Range. He was airlifted by a Medevac helicopter to the emergency room at Mercy Regional Hospital in Durango, Colorado where he was pronounced deceased at 4:30 PM.
Colin was a full time professional ski patroller at Wolf Creek for 12 years where he continuously excelled in his work. Colin was a National Ski Patrol Member, Basic Life Support and CPR Provider, Outdoor Emergency Care Provider, Certified Emergency Medical Technician, Certified Level III Avalanche Technician, State of Colorado Type I Explosives Permit Possessor, Snow Study Director at Wolf Creek Ski Area (AvTech), and a Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment Qualified Dog Handler with his black Labrador “Boca”.
Colin began skiing at Wolf Creek when he was three years old and his passion for the mountains took him around the world. He will be missed deeply by everyone at Wolf Creek Ski Area and throughout Colorado Ski Country.