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.
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…)
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.
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.
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.
Extended due to popular demand, the Winter Park Resort “Winter’s Best Deal” lodging package will now be offered until September 14, 2012. With this great package guests get a third night free on stays as low as $40*pp/pn with a 33% savings off 3 or more nights. Another special offering of Lift and Lodging Packages start from just $98/day.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) recently announced the launch of the Double Down pass, the ski industry’s first two-season pass product. With the Double Down pass, skiers and riders have the advantage of locking in the pass price for two seasons at a great rate without worrying about a price increase.
This adult two-season pass is valid for unlimited skiing and riding at Arapahoe Basin for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. The Double Down pass costs $499 and saves regular A-Basin adult season pass holders at least $99 over two years.
“With an average of 233 ski days per season, our A-Basin guests can now get two very long Colorado ski seasons at a very affordable price,” said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin COO. (continue reading…)
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) will be hosting an Open House to share its vision for improvements and changes to the ski area over the next decade. The Open House will take place Wednesday, August 29, 2012, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Keystone Center in Keystone, Colo.
Join A-Basin Chief Operating Officer Alan Henceroth in a conversation about the concepts and ideas in A-Basin’s Proposed 2012 Master Development Plan. Projects under consideration include a zipline tour, a surface lift to access Montezuma Bowl, increased snowmaking reservoir storage, and lift-served skiing in The Beavers. U.S. Forest Service staff from the Dillon Ranger District will also be present to answer any questions. (continue reading…)