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Chairlift Confessions: Powder Flu

by Mountain Correspondent on Mar.02, 2013, under Colorado Skiing, Insider Secrets

[WARNING: This blog post is NSFW - Employees: if your boss sees you reading it, you can kiss your next powder day goodbye. Kids: do NOT let your parents see this unless they're very cool, or already have the Powder Flu themselves. Read with caution]

You don’t want to be sick, right? But you do want the conditions to be sick out on the slopes. So what happens when you’re not sick, but the conditions are? Colorado Ski Country has the answer. It’s called the powder flu, and it’s extremely contagious around here.

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Jammy-Packin’ in Colorado

by Mountain Correspondent on Feb.18, 2013, under General, Insider Secrets

Fashion and function are awkward bedfellows when it comes to skiing and snowboarding. Some say that style trumps all – these folks can be seen at nearly any aprés spot, prominently displaying their brand name, slope-chic couture. Others claim that function is what matters, as evidenced by their devotion to cheap hardware store work gloves and the duct tape patches on their Gore-Tex. So which group is right? Style or substance? Fashion or function? Being seen, or being seen skiing? Colorado Ski Country USA’s Mountain Correspondent hit the slopes to find out…

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New Year’s Off The Grid

by Guest on Jan.04, 2013, under Colorado Skiing, Insider Secrets

While our member resorts hosted festivals, fireworks, and torchlight parades to ring in the New Year, I was miles from all of it in Colorado’s backcountry somewhere between Aspen and Leadville. For the first time since I’ve lived in Colorado I didn’t celebrate the New Year in the bars in a mountain town, but rather in a hut in the backcountry.

Betty Bear Hut Photo: Yelp.com

Betty Bear Hut Photo: Yelp.com

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Tools for Teaching Young Children to Ski (and Ride)

by Mommy Blogger on Dec.03, 2012, under Colorado Skiing, Insider Secrets

This blog comes to CSCUSA from Kristen Lummis of BraveSkiMom.com. You can read more from Kristen at www.BraveSkiMom.com.

When our children were learning to ski, we used a hula hoop, a harness and an Edgie-Wedgie a lot. While I still see those tried-and-true tools on mountain, new teaching aids are developed all of the time. Sorting through what works and what doesn’t, what’s worth the investment and what isn’t, can be confusing.

young skier in snow

young skier in snow

So to find out what really works in the world of learn-to-ski tools, I turned to Earl Saline, my number one learn-to-ski resource at Professional Ski Instructors of America/American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI). (continue reading…)

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A Picture Perfect Ski Day at Loveland

by Jennifer on Nov.28, 2012, under Colorado Skiing, Insider Secrets, Resorts

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I recently took the kids to Loveland for their first ski day this season. We had a wonderful day skiing, being outside in the mountains, enjoying the mild temperatures (read: no whining because of being cold), spending time together and finding our ski legs after the long summer. The hard part was getting a decent photo.
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The Mug Club at A-Basin’s 6th Alley Bar

by Guest on Nov.26, 2012, under Dining and Nightlife, Insider Secrets

If you love après-ski just as much as the skiing itself, you’re probably familiar with the dilemma I faced on A-Basin’s Opening Day this year—the lift line or the mug line. If you’re not in the mug line when it starts forming at 7am, you’re out of luck because they sell out of these Bad Larrys by mid-day on Opening Day each year.

This year, I chose mug line over lift line. Okay, okay, so actually my boyfriend diligently waited in the mug line, outside of the 6th Alley Bar, while I did my “official” duties of watching first chair. As luck would have it, I strolled back into the A-frame just in time to notice he was only a few people away from the register. Not so lucky for everyone else, I hopped into line with him while nonchalantly chatting up his line neighbors hoping they didn’t call me out for being a skipper. Yes, it was much like being in elementary school. They didn’t seem to mind and I was on my way to becoming a first time Mug Club member.

6th alley bar at abasin

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Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo Has Something for Everyone!

by Guest on Nov.03, 2012, under Colorado Events, General, Insider Secrets

This ski season we welcome guest blogger Amber Johnson who blogs at TheMileHighMama, is a Denver Post columnist, family travel writer, editor of the Denver Post’s MileHighMamas.com and 9News contributor.

Some snow enthusiasts say the ski/snowboard season kicks off with all the Labor Day sales. For my family, it’s at the annual Denver Ski & Snowboard Expo at the Colorado Convention Center.

This ski and snowboard emporium goes from November 2-4, 2012 and we checked out the action on Friday night. And believe me when I say there was a lot of action for snow-lovers of all ages.

From the mature-types.

Bernie from Loveland

Bernie from Loveland

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