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Bring on Spring at Copper Mountain

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.21, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Kristen Lummis, Copper Mountain

Kristen Lummis, Copper Mountain

By Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com

My calendar says that spring starts on March 20th. But, I know differently. Spring started on March 9th, at Copper Mountain.

Snow and Sun

As I’m sure you know, it’s been snowing– a lot. In fact, about a foot of fresh snow fell that weekend, from Friday to Saturday, providing amazing mid-winter conditions across Colorado. And then, just as surely as we all had to change our clocks on Sunday morning, we sprang ahead, not just in time, but also in temperature and season. Spring arrived on Sunday, with stunning blue skies, a late rising sun, and, by afternoon, amazing sun-softened conditions. (continue reading…)

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Colorado Ski Country USA Invites Skiers/Riders to Celebrate Spring

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.19, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Winter Park Resort

Winter Park Resort

It’s spring, which means the temperatures are getting a little warmer, the sun is staying out a little longer, and in Colorado the skiing and snowboarding is getting even better. Spring skiing in Colorado means heading to the mountains, making smooth carves on fresh groomed runs, pushing around late season powder, and enjoying the many fun resort events and activities. Below is a roundup of springtime celebrations happening at CSCUSA resorts through April and beyond. (continue reading…)

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Powderhorn Mountain Resort Presents Second Annual PH3 Race

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.11, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

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Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Powderhorn Mountain Resorts (PMR) presents the second annual PH3 on Sunday, March 16, 2014 to benefit the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation and the Veterans Administration Medical Center Suicide Prevention Fund, in honor of Tim Sewell and in support of his family.

The race begins at the Mesa Community Center with an 8.35 mile biking segment at 8:30 AM. They will transition onto either climbing skins or snowshoes, and continue 2.03 miles to the top of the resort. Then remove their ascending gear and ski or snowboard 1.44 miles to the finish line.  The total vertical gain is 4,138 feet, vertical drop is 1,543 feet covering a total of 11.82 miles. Participants must be at least 16 years of age either as an individual or on teams.

Early registration is available online through Active.com for $40. Day of even registration event is available at PMR for $50.

Volunteers are needed to assist in running the event, minimum age of 16 years old. Please Contact John Messinger at (970) 268-5158 or jmessinger@powderhorn.com for more information. All volunteers will receive a complimentary lift ticket for use any day of the 2013-14 winter season.

Event Schedule (subject to change, as weather permits):
March 16, 2014: The Powderhorn PH3

Online Registration      Active.com

6:45 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.    $50 day of event registration and sign up PMR

8:00 a.m.                        Final bus from PMR to Mesa Community Center
8:30 a.m.                        Race Starts
3 p.m.                             PH3 Awards on the Sunset Deck

Please click here to view the course map

About the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation
Founded in 2006, the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation (WCSPF) is committed to reducing the rate of suicide in the region by encouraging and coordinating collaborative efforts to provide diverse prevention and awareness messaging, education, advocacy and funding.

About the VA Medical Center Suicide Prevention Fund
The Grand Junction VA Medical Center’s Suicide Prevention Program covers 15 Colorado counties, two in Utah and one in Wyoming.  The Suicide Prevention Program provides direct support to “at risk” veterans, providing cell phones to ensure they can access a mental health service 24 hours a day.  Along with providing help the Prevention Program also provides education to those in isolated communities spreading the word on the National Veterans Crisis line and the assistance that is available through the GJVA.  “It is okay to ask for help; You are not alone.” Veterans Crisis Line: 1800-273-8255 Press 1.

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Winter Park Resort’s Annual TJV Ski Down for Cancer Returns March 22

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.10, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

3-10 WPWhile most know of the Winter Park Professional Ski Patrol’s dedication to helping people, few realize its reach extends so far beyond the slopes of the mountain.  On Saturday, March 22, Winter Park’s Ski Patrol will partner with the Cavett Kids Foundation for the fourth annual TJV Ski Down for Cancer, benefiting the American Cancer Society and Cavett Kids.

Dedicated in honor of Thomas James Veit, a 12-year Winter Park ski patroller who lost his valiant battle with colon cancer in 2011, this year’s TJV Ski Down for Cancer will consist of Winter Park employees and volunteers skiing/riding down lower Hughes at around 5 p.m. to celebrate the lives of those who have been touched by this dreaded disease.  After the Ski Down, a silent auction will be held at Doc’s Roadhouse located at the base of Winter Park.

The event has grown exponentially each year and the hope is to make the fourth installment the best yet.  To make a donation on-line, please visit www.winterparkresort.com/SkiTJV.

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Fresh Powder Marks the Beginning of March in Colorado Ski Country

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.03, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

3.3.14 Wolf Creek Jason Lombard

Jason Lombard, Wolf Creek

The remarkable 2013-14 ski season in Colorado continued this weekend as Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts enjoyed another new round of snowfall. This most recent storm was widespread, blanketing the high country in fresh snow just in time for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy great conditions over the first weekend of March.

Since Thursday, CSCUSA resorts have enjoyed an average of 17 inches of new snow. Eighteen CSCUSA resorts enjoyed double-digit snow totals over the weekend, and five resorts enjoyed more than two feet of powder. (continue reading…)

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Colorado Ski Country Gears Up for Spring with Events and Activities Galore

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Feb.19, 2014, under Colorado Events, Resorts

Aspen Spring Jam

The Aspen Spring Jam, Aspen/Snowmass

As we near the height of the ski season in the Rocky Mountain West, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts have a full calendar of events, deals, promotions, and activities for the whole family in addition to snow conditions that rival the greatest seasons in a generation. Between now and the end of March, guests at CSCUSA resorts can participate in a variety of fun racing events, catch a range of concerts, learn new tricks in the terrain park, partake in some of the most unusual scavenger hunts imaginable, and so much more.

Here is a sample of what will be happening at resorts across Colorado Ski Country between now and the end of March: (continue reading…)

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Intrawest Resorts Announces Pricing of Initial Public Offering

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Feb.01, 2014, under Resorts

Combined Steamboat (Larry Pierce) & WP (Sarah Wieck)

L-R: Larry Pierce, Steamboat; Sarah Wieck, Winter Park

Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc., the operators of Winter Park Resort, Steamboat Ski Resort, and five other North American ski resorts announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 15,625,000 shares of its common stock at $12.00 per share. The Company priced 3,125,000 shares of its common stock and an entity controlled by certain private equity funds managed by an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC priced an additional 12,500,000 shares of the Company’s common stock.

The selling stockholder has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,343,750 shares of common stock. The shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SNOW” on January 31, 2014. The offering is expected to close on or about February 5, 2014 subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

The net proceeds received by the Company from the offering are expected to be approximately $35.1 million after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and before deducting estimated offering expenses. (continue reading…)

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