This blog comes to Colorado Ski Country via Kristen Lummis of BraveSkiMom.com. You can read more about Kristen at www.BraveSkiMom.com.
Where do you ski in Colorado? If you’re like many of us, you’ve got a home resort that you return to year after year, week after week and day after day. You love your resort. You know every roller and glade. You know where to farm powder and you’ve sworn never to divulge the locale. You’re plugged into the best season pass deals and you’ve got your favorite spots for lunch, beer and coffee. If you’ve got kids, they’ve grown up skiing at this resort. It’s their second home.
So why would you try some place new?
Woodward at Copper has piloted a Public Park Session, opening up the opportunity for summertime shredding in Summit County, CO. For just $10, Copper invites snowboarders and skiers to hone their tricks using various boxes and rails at the Playground Terrain Park. Sessions take place on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm and will continue through the remainder of July, as conditions permit. (continue reading…)
We’ve barely made it to the first headwall of the Outhouse on Mary Jane before we’re stopped by an adoring fan.
“Hey, are you, like, Bob?”
Yes, he is.
I’m scanning the radio on my car for a weather report as I drive through the quaint mining town of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on my way to Sunlight Mountain Resort. There’s a skiff of something resembling snow on the road – just enough to make things extra slippery. I land on a local station just in time for the snow report.
“Sunlight reporting eighteen inches overnight.” says the DJ.
As I pull of I-70 to find my hotel, I begin to suffer from cognitive disconnect. Just outside Grand Junction, the town of Palisade, Colorado is beautiful, but not in a typical ski-town type of way. And from the looks of things, skiing isn’t the biggest game in town. Red sandstone bluffs frame a valley blanketed with vineyards. The hotel where I’m staying is called the Wine Country Inn. I’m told when at check in that my room has a vineyard view. Don’t get me wrong, I love a glass of wine now and then, but I thought I was here to ski…
As far as Colorado ski resorts go, SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch doesn’t give up its biggest virtues upon first glance. Initially, you might not see what makes SolVista such a big deal, because the things that make SolVista a big deal are… small.
Indeed, some of the ski area’s biggest fans are less than three feet tall. This is a kids’ Mecca, and truly offers something different for families. So I’m letting my new family at SolVista adopt me for the weekend.