This morning, snowriders across Ski Country are celebrating Opening Day yet again as Copper Mountain opens for the 2013-14 season. The American Eagle, Excelerator, and Easy Rider chairlifts will be up and running, accessing the Main Vein, Rhapsody and Ptarmigan trails and the Woodward Eagle Terrain Park. (continue reading…)
By Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com
It was a gorgeous Saturday in October, with stunningly clear, deep blue Colorado sky, mountain temperatures in the high 40s and low 50s and not a breath of wind. It was a perfect day for mountain biking or hiking, raking leaves and carving pumpkins or walking the dog.
But we didn’t do any of those things. We went skiing. (Sorry, dog.) (continue reading…)
[Editor's note: The Gems & Brews Tour was a two-week ski pilgrimage by Bryon Dorr in February 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 Eldora report with great images from Exploring Elements here.]
Eldora has long been known as the locals resort for the Boulder and greater Denver area. The mountain offers great scenery, quality snow and a friendly local vibe. Since Eldora offers some of the best snow making in the state, with 100% groomed trail coverage, you can expect great early season snow and for the resort to open almost every year the Friday before Thanksgiving. (continue reading…)
On Saturday, October 26 Wolf Creek Ski Area opened a significant improvement to the core of its chairlift system. The Treasure Stoke chairlift, a six-person high-speed detachable made by Doppelmayr, replaces the existing Treasure lift and will provide guests with an easier loading and unloading experience. The ride up will be a little over six minutes; however, the lift’s capacity will remain the same. This will allow skiers and riders more time on the snow while preserving Wolf Creek’s low-density on-mountain experience.
Wolf Creek will reopen on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 and tentatively plans to open for the season on Friday, November 8. Having received 31 inches of snow in the season to date, the mountain presently has a 19-inch base. Be sure to check Wolf Creek’s snow report through the week for updates about the upcoming weekend’s terrain and lift openings.
By Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com
Whether you’re a family of hardcore skiers and riders, or your kids have been begging to learn, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA)’s 5th and 6th Grade Passport is the best deal going.
1. Amazing Value – Families are always looking for value. When it comes to skiing, more value equals more days on snow. We all want that!
Guess how much CSCUSA 5th grade passport costs? The answer $0. That’s ZERO; and that’s value.
Here’s how it works. Apply for your Colorado 5th grader online. Check your mail and within just a short time your child will have a pass good for three days of skiing or riding at each of 20 Colorado resorts. That’s 60 days of snow-filled fun for FREE!
The deal for 6th graders is different. Their Passport includes 4 days of skiing at each of 20 resorts for $99. That’s $1.24 per lift ticket if you use them all.
If your child skis 5 days, you’re looking at less than $20 per day. Ski or ride 10 days, and the lift ticket will set you back less than most 3D movies.
2. Start Off Strong – Maybe you’re not a skier or snowboarder yourself, but your child really wants to try one of these sports. Or maybe you’re been away from snowsports and now you want to get the entire family involved.
If your 5th grader has never skied or snowboarded, the 5th grade pass comes with a free beginner lesson and rental, the First Class Program for use during January.
Without a doubt, lessons are the best way to learn to ski or snowboard. And usually, one complete beginner lesson will take a novice from never-ever to advanced beginner. After one free lesson, your child should be ready to enthusiastically ski the rest of the season with friends and family!
3. Take A Friend – One of my favorite things about the CSCUSA passport is how easy it makes bringing friends along.
I’ll never forget taking a young friend to Snowmass. He had skied a lot, but never at a big mountain. Since he had a 5th grade passport, and we had room in our car, he joined us for a ski day. As we drove up to the mountain, his jaw dropped, only to be replaced with a broad perma-grin as he experienced his first gondola ride, his first high-speed quad and his ski run above timberline.
These are good memories and easy to make when the ticket is free.
4. Hit the Road – No matter where you live in Colorado, several resorts are probably within easy access. Yet, most of us have a home mountain where we buy a season pass or ski most of the time. While we make think about hitting the road and skiing somewhere new, it’s hard to pull the trigger and buy full-price lift tickets.
With a 5th or 6th grade pass, at least one family member is taken care of wherever you ski in Colorado ski country
Parents can buy a CSCUSA Gems Card for $20. This card will give you buy one/get one free adult lift tickets at each of eight smaller, ultra-family friendly Colorado resorts including Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Powderhorn, Monarch and more.
Plus, keep your eyes open for exclusive discount coupons for the families of 5th or 6th grade passport holders!
And don’t forget: most ski resorts now offer reciprocal deals at sister resorts across the state. Your home mountain season pass may give you some steep discounts, or free days, at other Colorado destinations.
5. Family Time – This one is my favorite. For us, skiing time is bonding time. Chairlift rides are one of the best places we’ve found to laugh together, chat together and simply be together without the distractions of media, electronics and homework.
By getting a 5th or 6th grade pass for your child, you’re not only introducing them to, or encouraging them in, the amazing world of snowsports, but you’re investing in healthy wintertime activity and a lifetime family sport.
That’s the best deal!
Snowmaking began Tuesday morning on the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain in preparation for the U.S. Alpine Ski Team to begin their road to Sochi training on Colorado snow. Copper Mountain’s opening day is Nov. 1, only 31 days away. The full team of Olympic hopefuls, including Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) and Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) will be introduced Nov. 8 during Nature Valley First Tracks Alpine Team Naming – a free all American pep-rally open to the public to kick off the ski and snowboard season. The full day event allows fans to catch the U.S. Ski Team training, participate in a fan-led parade and official naming ceremony, followed by an athlete autograph session and headlining live music in Burning Stones Plaza, located in Center Village.
UPDATED: Loveland, Arapahoe Basin Rev Up the 2013/14 Colorado Ski Season with Fall’s First Snowmaking
Just when skiers and snowboarders throughout Colorado began firing their home furnaces for the first time since April, some folks in Ski Country had a better idea: At 6:00 pm on Friday evening, Loveland ski area fired its snowmaking guns for the first time this season, kicking off the annual race to Opening Day in Colorado. Just a few hours later and a few miles on the other side of the Continental Divide, Arapahoe Basin followed suit.
Moisture mixed with a jet stream plummeting south from Canada brought snow throughout the high country, and air temperatures are now low enough at Loveland and A-Basin for productive snowmaking. It’ll probably be a few more weeks before you’re allowed on the mountain, but this is your signal to sharpen your skis and boards, put down the twelve-ounce curls, and pick up your fitness regimen!