By Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com
There’s not a lot of night skiing in Colorado. We’ve got daytime skiing galore, arguably the best in the nation. But when it comes to nighttime, with the exception of after dark stalwarts Howelsen Hill and Ski Granby Ranch, the lifts shut down, the music cranks up and my family, well, we turn in early, so that we can click in early the next day. Still, I’ve always been intrigued with skiing under the lights. Why? Because the ticket is always cheaper, it extends the day, or allows us to ski after a busy day, and well, because it’s skiing. (continue reading…)
On March 19-23, the world’s best snowboarders will descend on Aspen, Colorado to try their hand on a halfpipe (or two) that is unlike anything ever seen before. For the first time ever, two competition-spec halfpipes will be constructed side-by-side, complete with rails, wallrides, channels and other unique features sprinkled throughout the custom built snow feature. Located at the base of Buttermilk Mountain, the ‘double pipe’ will allow riders to transfer back and forth between the two halfpipes in a single run, opening up an endless number of potential lines and combination of tricks that are not possible in traditional halfpipe contests. Riders will be judged not only on their technical abilities, but even more importantly, on their style, creativity and use of the course. The Red Bull Double Pipe contest will air on NBC, Saturday April 12 at 2pm EST, as part of the Red Bull Signature Series, and spectators are encouraged to attend the live contest at Buttermilk as the event will be free and open to the public. (continue reading…)
There’s nothing like feeling the G-forces of a true carve on a groomed run, or feeling like you’re flying while floating on deep powder. And, there’s nothing like getting smacked down onto a patch of ice when you can’t hold an edge, or getting stuck on a catwalk because you have no wax. It’s not you. It’s your gear. (continue reading…)
It would be hard to beat a perfect day snowboarding down endless fields of powdery bliss—unless, of course, you arrive by HELICOPTER! Goodbye chairlift lines, hello heli! (continue reading…)
Originally posted by Megan Barber at ski.curbed.com.
Our friends at Curbed Ski are in the midst of an epic trip through southwest Colorado, seeking out some of the best ski conditions anyone has seen for a generation. Today, they’ll let you in on one of the state’s snowiest secrets: Wolf Creek Ski Area. As the first stop in their ultimate powder road trip, Wolf Creek sets the stage with fluffy pillow lines, lots of snow, and a laid-back vibe. We’re highlighting a few of Curbed Ski’s top ten reasons why you need to get your powder-loving bum to this local’s favorite, ASAP, so be sure to check out the rest of their coverage of this snowrider’s paradise. (continue reading…)
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.
The Aspen-area resort of Snowmass ranks among my favorite Colorado ski destinations for a variety of reasons. The mountain is huge, yet easily navigated. The lifts are fast. Snowmass has an enormous diversity of intermediate and advanced terrain. The Secret Shrines of Aspen/Snowmass are an amusing diversion (read about them here-part 1 & here-part 2). Easily-accessed slopeside accommodations are plentiful. A free shuttle bus runs throughout Snowmass and to downtown Aspen, so there’s no need to drive anywhere. The New Belgium Ranger Station, a ski-in ski-out beer bar in the Snowmass Village Mall, carries a great selection of beers from Colorado’s largest craft brewery. (continue reading…)
Powderhorn Mountain Resort (PMR) is offering their first ever Night Skiing Event on February 28 and March 1, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Join PMR and Wagner Rents, for a night of skiing/riding under the stars and lights. PMR will have the Take-Four lift open to Midway with Lower Peacemaker run and the Easy-Ride lift and Bottom’s Up run all under the lights.
PMR will be offering discounted $15 lift tickets starting at 3:30 p.m., with lift access open from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Season Pass holders, P-Card user tickets, and full-day lift ticket purchases will be valid until 9:00 p.m. on February 28 and March 1, 2014.
PMR will also offer discounted $15 rentals starting starting at 3:30 p.m. and a $15 one-hour group lesson from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. (ages 8 and up). A 90-minute private lesson will be available starting at 4:00 p.m. for $90. Reservations are highly recommended.
The Bag Jump will remain open until 9:00 p.m. and the Tubing Hill will offer a fourth session from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The ticket office will be open until 8:30 p.m. There will be discounts on select food and beverage items. No other discounts or promotional products will be allowed or applied to this special event.
For more information regarding lessons and rentals, please contact the Ski and Ride Center at 970.268.5700 ext. 2080, and for pricing and ticket information contact the ticket office at 970.268.5700, or visit the Powderhorn website at www.powderhorn.com/special-events.