by Victoria Mashkova – originally published at www.victoriamashkova.com
This past weekend I discovered something life changing and what everyone probably already knew: ski boots are the most important part of your equipment, and they have to fit perfectly. It cannot be just an o.k. fit or what’s worse: I-want-this-boot-because-it-looks-smashing-with-my-skis situation (I know, we’ve all been there). It has to fit the unique design of your foot and function to suite your skill level. It has to be tight but the right kind of tight to hold your foot in place regardless if you take aggressive turns, knocking it out of the park in the backcountry or spending most of your time on groomers chasing after your kiddo. It should flex when you lean forward and put weight on it, yet provide adequate support so you can trust it will hold when necessary. (continue reading…)
By Troy Hawks
Sometimes you love a ski area for what it isn’t. There are a lot of things Ski Cooper isn’t, and noisy on a Tuesday afternoon is usually one of them. In fact on most days, about the only racket skiers and snowboarders hear is the clamor of the sheave wheels as the chairlift grip passes through each lift tower. If you’re riding one of the 180 chairs on the 10th Mountain lift, that noise occurs about every 30 seconds. It’s the time in between, the near absolute silence that comes at the 15 second interval, when you’re the furthest distance in between the towers and the cable sags to its lowest point, that you discover why Ski Cooper is considered one of the gems of Colorado Ski Country. (continue reading…)
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) will host the 12th Annual Beacon Bowl and Avalanche Awareness Day on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), a state-wide organization charged with forecasting backcountry avalanche and weather conditions, supporting CDOT in highway avalanche mitigation, and conducting community education programs.
“The CAIC does an extraordinary job, on a limited budget, of forecasting conditions for Colorado skiers and riders,” said Alan Henceroth, A-Basin’s Chief Operating Officer. “It’s our hope that the Beacon Bowl will raise some money to help them carry out their critical mission.” (continue reading…)
By R. Scott Rappold, funemployed journalist
Originally posted at funemployedcolorado.wordpress.com
Anyone who knows me knows I like skiing powder. A lot.
So when my wife wanted to apply for a job here in Alamosa, I supported the move enthusiastically, with visions of endless powder days at ski area Wolf Creek, the king of Colorado powder. I had made many long pilgrimages here from Colorado Springs over the years, bypassing closer ski areas to get my ski tips in the legendary snow, 430 inches a year on average, which allows them to rightfully claim to have “the most snow in Colorado.”
And wouldn’t you know it, my arrival here in the San Luis Valley ushered in a long, extended dry spell at Wolf Creek. From around the Christmas holidays through all of January, it seemed hardly a flake fell at the king of Colorado powder. Storms went north and I chased them, all the while pining for the steep fluffy chutes, remote tree runs and huge open slopes of Alberta Peak just an hour from home. It was so warm and sunny, many slopes on Wolf Creek Pass were rocky and bare of snow, an unprecedented situation that also made me fear for the upcoming fire season. (continue reading…)
By Troy Hawks
Those that know Greg Ralph, marketing director at Monarch Mountain, know that 90 percent of the time there is an air of humor to his words.
“No…I’m not interested in buying an ad in your paper…you’ve done a great job of explaining it, I get it, but I’m sorry…I’ve got some things in front of me here and I’ve gotta go now,” he says to a person persisting on the other end of the phone. Ralph hangs up, lets out a “sheesh,” and then continues with the same comedic undertone.
“C’mon, really…are you serious,” he asks rhetorically. “Hollywood, why would I want to advertise in Hollywood…I mean really…did he bother to do any research?”
The headquarters of Monarch’s marketing department also doubles as a seldom used ticket sales office. The blinds are normally kept drawn, and an impressive line-up of skis sit in a homemade wooden rack fastened to a half wall a few feet behind a row of three cashier stations. Behind the wall of trophy skis, hides Ralph’s desk with a spattering of ski clothes strewn on office furniture. (continue reading…)
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, one of the largest and oldest winter sports clubs in the U.S., hosts the 101st Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival, the oldest continuing Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi. For several days, the entire town is given over to racing, ski jumping, a parade featuring Steamboat’s skiing high school band (the only one in the United States), the famous ski jöring events down Lincoln Avenue, and the spectacular night show featuring the legendary Lighted Man & fireworks display. (continue reading…)
From all of us here at Colorado Ski Country USA, Go Broncos!