Telluride Ski Resort opens for the 2013-14 skiing and snowboarding season today, and locals are buzzing with excitement after 61” of snow has fallen resulting in a 34” base. Locals aren’t the only ones looking forward to a great winter, visitors and mountain enthusiasts are keeping a keen eye on the weather reports as Telluride experiences some of the best preseason snow conditions it’s seen in years. (continue reading…)
Three more members of Colorado Ski Country USA are firing up their chairlifts this morning, opening for the season amid the best early-season conditions for many years.
People at Crested Butte are excited for Opening Day, which is free for all comers. As can be seen in the video above, some of them are even camping out to get the first chair. The kids these days, with their camping. Shouldn’t they be in school?
Sunlight Mountain is opening for its 47th season with a solid 25-inch base. Through the weekend, lift tickets will be $47 for a full day adult, $37 for half day adult, and $35 for a full day child.
Today also kicks off the first treasure hunt of the season at Sunlight. The treasure can be found hidden somewhere on the mountain. Whoever finds it will win a season pass to Sunlight for the 2014/2015 ski and snowboard season. Clues will be posted every Friday on Sunlight’s facebook page and in Guest Services.
Steamboat opened today with a 26-inch base at mid-mountain, five lifts, 57 trails, and 735 acres of terrain. The resort has seen more than seven feet of snow since October 1st with nearly four feet falling during the month of November.
Be sure to check out Steamboat’s Korbel Opening Weekend Celebration, featuring free Korbel, cupcakes and hot chocolate in Gondola Square (2pm on Saturday), a concert featuring the Steamboat String Band (3pm on Saturday) and two-for-one appetizers at the Bear River Bar & Grill and the Cabin all weekend.
[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…)
Well this is the coolest thing ever.
A drone helicopter at Loveland Ski Area filmed footage of national teams training in preparation for the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Check out the amazing footage from just a few feet above the race course.
The agility, grace, and raw athleticism of elite ski racers is even more evident when you can follow them all the way down the mountain in a single shot. Cloudgate Aerial Cinematography from Greeley, Colorado provided this cutting edge footage.
As more Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts open for the season and snow totals keep piling up from early season storms, resorts are preparing for robust holiday visits with family activities, unique offerings, and a variety of jubilant events and programs to celebrate the season. From kids ski free specials to competing in a gingerbread house competition to taking a ski lesson from Santa himself, visitors to Colorado’s ski slopes will find plenty of good holiday tidings this season.
Following are highlights of some of the holiday activities and programs skiers and snowboarders visiting CSCUSA resorts can look forward to in the coming weeks: (continue reading…)
Hi, it is Little Lightning here again and I am so excited because I had my first awesome day of skiing with the 5th grade passport program! My Dad and I went last weekend to A-Basin and had a wonderful day! I will definitely be going back to ski there again soon.
Arapahoe Basin, or A-Basin for short as it is known to the locals, was the first resort to open this season. It was also the first place I ever skied back when I was 3 years old. Some of you may wonder why people call Arapahoe Basin “the Legend”. I was told that people in the old days would say the skiing was legendary and so that is how the phrase came to life.
Not all the trails were open at A-Basin last weekend and that didn’t matter because we were still able to ski Lenawee Face, Dercums Gulch, Ramrod, High Noon, and my Dad’s favorite green trail in the whole wide world, Sundance. It was a really nice day, and the customer service was amazing. We were warmly welcomed by Arapahoe Basin staff from the parking lot, guest services, lifties, ski patrol and the workers in the lodges. (continue reading…)
Earlier this morning, Winter Park Resort became the fifth Colorado Ski Country USA member resort to open for the 2013-14 season, joining Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Copper Mountain, and Wolf Creek. The Parkway, Porcupine, and Sorensen Park beginner trails are open, served by the Arrow, Endeavour, and Gemini Express lifts.
This year, Winter Park is highlighting its seven distinct territories, each of which deliver a unique experience. From the expertly crafted moguls at Mary Jane to the steeps of The Cirque to the family-friendly cruisers at Winter Park, and everything in between, Winter Park’s seven territories offer something for everyone.
To celebrate the Season of the Seven, Winter Park Resort is offering deals on lodging, lift tickets, the ski & ride school, rentals, food and beverage, and retail. Visit http://www.winterparkresort.com/en/seven-territories/season-of-the-seven/season-deals.aspx for more information.