There’s no question, this year has been a remarkable year for Colorado ski resorts. The snow just keeps coming and coming, even in mid-April!
Whether skiing steep lines at Aspen Highlands or the family friendly cruisers at Copper Mountain, there will be fresh tracks to be had across Colorado Ski Country today.
If you’re lucky enough to hit a big powder day, you surely want to come prepared. While many people think that ski and snowboard lessons are for beginners, there are actually quite a few tricks and tips for intermediate and advanced folks to improve their game–especially when it comes to powder skiing. Instead of being sore and wiped out the day after, but instead, feel supercharged for another day on the mountain.
Here’s a dreamy snapshot of a powder day ski lesson at Ski Granby Ranch. It’s a worthy investment.
by Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com
1. Ski Highland Bowl in a Bikini. Okay, you probably weren’t expecting that one from me, the mother of teenage boys. But last season, the 20 year-old daughter of our friends hiked the bowl, stripped down and ripped G-8 on tele skis.
As scores of men gaped and gasped, her surprised father shrugged, shook his head and announced, “That’s my daughter.”
C’mon. Is that cool or what? (continue reading…)
With new snow across Colorado today, this remarkable 2013-14 season is still going strong. So strong, in fact, that six Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts have announced that they will extend their seasons into April and beyond. Below is a list of the resorts and details about their extended operations. (continue reading…)
Guess who’s going to be a racer some day?
Spring is in the air and the end of the ski season at Telluride Ski Resort is nearing. To celebrate the spectacular 2013-2014 ski season, a litany of activities are scheduled to send this season off with a bang. Below is a schedule of upcoming events.
Mountain Town Get Down March 28-30:
Telluride is proud to announce the debut of the Mountain Town Get Down 2014. This new event will fill the resort with free live music, 3-days of partying and spring skiing. The party kicks-off Friday at Tomboy Tavern. On Saturday, the Village will jump and jam with free music in the Mountain Village Plaza. The weekend festivities will wrap-up with the Bikini Slalom and Luau at Gorrono Ranch on Sunday. Mark your calendar and get ready to celebrate an incredible season.
Friday, March 28 – Tomboy Tavern
-4:00pm-7:00pm- Lily Von Shtupp
Saturday, March 29 – Mountain Village Core
-4:30pm-6:15pm- John Brown’s Body
Sunday, March 30 – Gorrono Ranch
-All Day- Luau at Gorrono Ranch with Pig Roast
-12:30pm-1:30pm- Bikini Slalom (sign up at the top of bikini slalom course)
7:00pm- New Belgium Cruiser Giveaway at Tomboy Tavern (must be present to win)
One to One Card Board Sled Derby
March 29th on the Nastar Course at 10:30am. For information, call 970-728-0885
The goals of the One to One Mentor Programs are to empower youth to achieve their social, emotional, and academic potential. This fundraiser is a great entertainment and opportunity to help the kids of San Miguel County.
The Fools Relay Race, April 1 – Base of Lift 4, 5:30 pm
-Teams of 4 to compete in relay race of skiing uphill, sledding, fat tire bike course and ducking ropes obstacle course
-Prizes from Icelantic Skis, Zeal Optics, Osprey Pack, Ibex Wool and more!
Closing Day Party and Pond Skim April 6:
-1:30pm-3:30pm- Pond Skim
-All Day: Party at Gorrono
Skiing on water for prizes like Icelantic Skis, Osprey Packs and ZEAL Optics eyewear, dancing to DJ Soulatomic with all your friends and general end of season revelry will be the focus for this last day of the ski season. It’ll be so much fun, you won’t want the DJ or chair lifts to stop spinning!
One Roof Blues, April 6th at Tomboy Tavern
Steeped in the tradition of a classic blues stylist, One Roof Blues has its roots firmly grounded with a Mississippi Delta sound. What initially began as a husband-wife acoustic duo, with Dave and Taylor Larocco, quickly became popular throughout Durango and the 4 Corners area. The sultry tone of Taylor’s vocals blend seamlessly with the swampy bottleneck slide of Dave’s 1934 National Resonator guitar. For more information, visit http://www.oneroofblues.com/bio
Ahhh, Colorado. The snow, the mountains, the freedom.
People come from far and wide to enjoy Colorado’s incredible back yard. They come for the great snow, challenging terrain, and endless supply of adrenaline. They come for the gentle bunny slopes, experienced instructors, and excitement for learning a new sport. And, they come for the breathtaking views, appreciation for the outdoors and quality time with friends and family.
In search of a ski resort that really holds true to it’s roots, I visited Wolf Creek in Southwestern Colorado. Known for having the most snow in Colorado, the mountain proved to be a place where the skiers ski. It’s a no nonsense kind of “resort” that really focuses on snowsports. Families and first-timers flock to the hills to take advantage of the convenience and affordability of a small resort, matched with the great snow and varied terrain of larger resorts, plus the friendly atmosphere and small-town feel of a second-generation run family-operated resort. It was pretty refreshing to see it right here, all in one place.
There really is something for everyone.
As we begin to leave our heaviest layers in the parking lot, don sunglasses, and wear more sunblock on the slopes Colorado Ski Country USA resorts are celebrating the beginning of spring by offering skiers and riders the best spring specials and 2014-15 season pass deals available. Many of them have deadlines that are approaching fast, so make sure to lock in those passes before the savings are gone.
Listed below are the promotional deals, starting with spring passes, and ending with next season’s lowest pass prices.
-Four tickets can be used over six consecutive days between 2/28 and 4/6: $299
-Three days of April skiing at Winter Park: $119
**Valid April 1st to April 20th, 2014.
-Unlimited April skiing at Winter Park and Steamboat: $179
-Any three days of April skiing or riding at Steamboat: $109.
**Valid April 1 through April 13.
2014-15 Season Passes:
-Season pass for $269
-Valid for the remainder of the 2013-14 season and the 2014-15 season
-Adult (18-69): $999
-Teen (13-17): $549
-Child (6-12): $319
-Senior (70+): $449
-College (Full-time): $519
-Child (5 & under): $30
-Night Add-on: $59
-Night only season pass: $199
-Winter Park Upgrade: $100
-1st Tracks direct-to-lift season pass: $319
The 1st tracks pass is for special admittance to board the gondola between 8-8:15am to the Sunshine and Priest Creek area.
Qualifying Steamboat Season Passes will include $250 in Intrawest Snow Bucks for use on lift tickets and Intrawest owned or managed lodging at another Intrawest resort during the 2014/15 season.
When a parent, grandparent or legal guardian purchases an unrestricted adult Steamboat Season Pass, one child (12 & under) will receive a free child season pass
** Prices subject to change after June 2nd
-6 pass: $439 (purchase by 4/14/14) or $489 (purchase by 6/2/14)
-15 pass: $779 (purchase by 6/2)
-6 pass add-on days: $55 (purchase by 6/2)
-15 pass add-on days: $45 (purchase by 6/2)
Season Pass includes 3 Free days at Killington Ski Resort, VT, Park City Mountain Resort, UT, Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, NV, Boreal Mountain Resort, CA, Mt. Bachelor Resort, OR receive 1 Free Copper Mountain lift ticket when you renew your season pass. Free lift ticket is valid October 31st through December 21st, 2014. (Perk not valid on 5 & under passes.)
-Adult (18-64): $389
-Teen (13-17): $299
-Child (6-12): $209
-Senior (65+): $279
Secret! Season Pass Benefits:
The Secret! Season Pass gets you on the mountain 15 minutes before everyone else and there’s a dedicated lift line so you can bypass any linesDedicated lift line access on the following lifts: American Eagle, American Flyer, Super Bee, Timberline Express, and the Union Creek Quad
Includes all benefits of regular Copper 2014-15 season pass
**Prices subject to change after April 13th
2014-15 Season Passes
-Youth (Ages 13-17): $309
-Junior (Ages 7-12): $200
-Child (Ages 6 & under): $79
-Senior (Ages 65-74): $339
-75 Plus: $79
-College & Military passes will be available during Fall season pass sales
Family Season Pass-10% off
**prices subject to change after April 20th
Bundled Resort Packages
-Includes two days of skiing or riding at each of the six destinations – AltaSnowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Whistler –Blackcomb – plus a 50 percent discount on all additional days with no blackout dates
-A limited number of Mountain Collective passes are on sale for $359 USD, and will include a third bonus day at any Mountain Collective resort when purchased today
-Kid’s pass reduced to $99 for the 2014-2015 season.
-Spring pass purchasers receive two free days at Valle Nevado, Chile and Thredbo, Australia this summer
-Passholders receive exclusive lodging deals throughout the season
**Prices/availability subject to change while supplies last
-Adult season pass: $439
-College and teen: $349
-Children 6-12 : $239
-Children 5 and under: $30.
-Includes unlimited skiing at Winter Park and Copper, six unrestricted days at Steamboat, and three unrestricted days at Crested Butte.
-Those who purchase before April 15 will be able to lock in the lowest guaranteed price for $49 down while enjoying scores of additional benefits such as 20 discounted Friends & Family Tickets at Winter Park and Copper.
Active and retired military members and their dependents are eligible to receive additional savings with the Patriot Pass for $339.
**Prices subject to change April 14th