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Gems & Brews Tour 2013: Sunlight Mountain Resort

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Jan.03, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Dining and Nightlife, Insider Secrets, Resorts

EEGBTour2013Sunlight 1Sunlight is a small mountain that offers up big fun. There always seems to be fresh snow to be found and non-existent lift lines. The terrain at Sunlight is well suited for the entire family, and while the expert terrain is limited, it offers up an extremely high quality experience. The perfectly spaced Aspens are just spectacular to ski and Charlie’s Glades are probably the most beginner friendly glades in the state. The layout of the mountain also works really well to feed everyone back to the lodge area, creating a very family friendly and social riding experience. You get all this with the best value adult day ticket in Colorado. (continue reading…)

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Gems & Brews Tour 2013: Powderhorn Mountain Resort

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Dec.30, 2013, under Colorado Skiing, Dining and Nightlife, Insider Secrets, Resorts

EEGBTour2013Powderhorn 1[Editor's Note: The Gems & Brews Tour was a 2-week ski pilgrimage in Feb. 2013 devoted to sampling some of the best small mountain resorts, fine craft beers, spirits and food across Colorado. The tour was a collaboration between CO Ski Country USA and Exploring Elements, with the idea to give a small taste of what you can expect when exploring these spectacular Colorado Gems. Be sure to check out the full Gems & Brews Tour Powderhorn report with great images from Exploring Elements here.]

Powderhorn sits just outside and high above Grand Junction in the Grand Mesa, a unique and spectacular setting! The views on a clear day from this Gem resort are one of a kind. The terrain at Powderhorn truly has something to offer snow riders of all ability, and offers up that terrain with value priced lift tickets that will keep you coming back for more, time and time again. (continue reading…)

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Want the Mountain All to Yourself? Get Out and Ski Now

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Dec.20, 2013, under Colorado Skiing, Insider Secrets, Resorts

Veronica Whitney Aspen 12.15.13

Veronica Whitney, Aspen/Snowmass

By Veronica Whitney, El Montañés

Blue skies, powdery snow still, 20 degree temperature and trails sometimes all to yourself. Is that what you envision as your perfect day of skiing? If it is, then don’t wait any longer and head up to the mountains in Colorado. And I mean now! Not in ten days when the resort areas will be crowded.

Last Sunday, Dec. 15, was the first day we went skiing. I mean alpine skiing since we started the season early skinning up the mountain and skiing the backcountry —where you still have to be careful because of the conditions right now: there are still rocks and fallen trees on your  way down. (continue reading…)

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Gems & Brews Tour 2013: Monarch Mountain

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Nov.26, 2013, under Colorado Skiing, Dining and Nightlife, Insider Secrets, Resorts

EEGBTour2013Monarch 1[Editor's note: The Gems & Brews Tour was a 2-week ski pilgrimage in Feb. 2013 devoted to sampling some of the best small mountain resorts, fine craft beers, spirits and food across Colorado. The tour was a collaboration between Colorado Ski Country USA and Exploring Elements, with the idea to give a small taste of what you can expect when exploring these spectacular Colorado Gems. Be sure to check out the full Gems & Brews Tour Monarch report with great images from Exploring Elements here.]

By Bryon Dorr (http://www.ExploringElements.com)

Monarch caters to the passionate outdoor adventurer who wants an authentic Colorado mountain experience. Situated high in the mountains above the Arkansas Valley and along the Continental Divide, Monarch is known for its steep world class terrain and amazing snow. The resort operates on 100% natural snowfall, and Mother Nature has been kind to this amazing gem since 1939. Whether you want long sweeping cusiers, fast fun groomers, natural freestyle terrain, or super steep fresh turns in the woods, Monarch has you covered. (continue reading…)

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Gems & Brews Tour 2013: Arapahoe Basin

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Nov.05, 2013, under Colorado Skiing, Dining and Nightlife, Insider Secrets, Resorts

EEGBTour2013ABasin 1[Editor's Note: The Gems & Brews Tour was a two-week ski pilgrimage in Feb. 2013 devoted to sampling some of the best small mountain resorts, fine craft beers, spirits and food across Colorado. The tour was a collaboration between Colorado Ski Country USA and Exploring Elements, with the idea to give a small taste of what you can expect when exploring these spectacular Colorado Gems. Be sure to check out the FULL Gems & Brews Tour A-Basin report with great images from Exploring Elements here.]

by: Bryon Dorr (http://www.ExploringElements.com)

The “Legend” goes by many names, A-Basin, The Basin or its official title Arapahoe Basin. In the end, all you need to know is that this little mountain resort high above Denver, on the backside of Loveland Pass, is the place to find snow, amazing terrain and fun people for 9+ months a year! With a season that goes from October to June, and beyond, A-Basin has one of the longest ski seasons in the US and hosts one of the most rockin’ parking lot ski parties in the nation, “The Beach.” (continue reading…)

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Gems & Brews Tour 2013: Eldora Mountain Resort

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Oct.29, 2013, under Colorado Skiing, Dining and Nightlife, Insider Secrets, Resorts

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[Editor's note: The Gems & Brews Tour was a two-week ski pilgrimage by Bryon Dorr in February 2013 devoted to sampling some of the best small mountain resorts, fine craft beers, spirits and food across Colorado. The tour was a collaboration between Colorado Ski Country USA and Exploring Elements, with the idea to give a small taste of what you can expect when exploring these spectacular Colorado gems. Be sure to check out the full Gems & Brews Tour Eldora report with great images from Exploring Elements here.]

Eldora has long been known as the locals resort for the Boulder and greater Denver area. The mountain offers great scenery, quality snow and a friendly local vibe. Since Eldora offers some of the best snow making in the state, with 100% groomed trail coverage, you can expect great early season snow and for the resort to open almost every year the Friday before Thanksgiving. (continue reading…)

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Colorado Ski Patrol: We’re all Skiers

by Mountain Correspondent on Apr.05, 2013, under General, Insider Secrets

I hop on the 8 o’clock chair with a few Ski Patrollers at Durango Mountain Resort (DMR). I ask one of the patrollers what he thought of a recent article that seemed to suggest Ski Patrollers across the state lack in training.

“That article made us sound like a bunch of un-trained monkeys!” exclaimed TJ, a veteran patroller at DMR. “I resent that. We’re highly trained monkeys.”

The vibe here is relaxed, even on dawn-patrol. The snow has already begun to soften up on this late-March day. Festivities at the base area, known to locals as “the Beach” will include snow bowling, a pig roast, and of course, beer. Did I mention it’s college day?

“That’ll bring the rabble out for sure.” remarks Scott Clements, director of the Patrol at DMR. I’ve seen closing day at DMR before. It usually means costumes, antics, and lots of fun, so I know it’s going to be a good day to shadow the patrollers.

It takes hard work and dedication to work for Patrol. And a sweet one-piece.

It takes hard work and dedication to work for Patrol. And a sweet one-piece.

Despite the chucklings about the laid-back vibe of spring skiing in Colorado, Ski Patrol is diligent about their job. It’s business-as-usual in the Patrol Shack. The morning meeting begins with grooming reports, station assignments, and the typical razzing of the rookie. The only think significantly different today is sitting on a table in front of me… (continue reading…)

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