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Ten Tips To Have the Best Day of Your Life at Silverton Mountain

by Guest on Jan.13, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

DSC_0629.JPGPhoto of Silverton Mountain by Jason Barber

by Megan Barber, Curbed Ski

[Note: Curbed is an online magazine covering the built environment in sixteen major North American cities. Their newest venture, Colorado-based Curbed Ski, provides comprehensive coverage of ski resorts across the United States and Canada. We will be re-posting Curbed Ski's coverage of Colorado Ski Country USA resorts throughout the 2014 season.]

Silverton Mountain may have only one chairlift, but it is among the most memorable mountains you’ve never skied. With over 400 inches of average annual snowfall and 100% expert terrain, this unique ski area (don’t call it a resort) is big on powder and tiny on amenities. Leave your UGGs and fur coats at home, Silverton requires every skier to wear an avalanche beacon, prove pole, and shovel (rentals available). The easiest run down the mountain is 35 degrees, so only come if you are ready for an epic day of untracked pow turns and long hikes. Curbed Ski loves this place so we’ve created a handy guide to get you on the mountain and lovin’ life quicker than you can say powder. (continue reading…)

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Safety Sunday: Know the Code

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Jan.12, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Dustin Schaefer, Loveland

Dustin Schaefer, Loveland

As the 2013-14 ski and snowboard season kicks into full gear, it’s important to remember the responsibilities each of as skiers and riders has while enjoying a day on the slopes at our favorite mountain resorts.

Recognizing that skiers must look after their own safety (and that of those around them), the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) developed the “Your Responsibility Code” in 1966 as a way to educate individuals about best practices for safe participation in alpine snow sports. Throughout the years, the list has evolved to include snowboard and chairlift safety. Following these simple guidelines will help to ensure your safety, and the safety of others while visiting alpine resorts. (continue reading…)

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Arapahoe Basin’s Montezuma Bowl to open Friday, January 10

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Jan.09, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

The Montezuma Bowl, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

The Montezuma Bowl, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) announced today that Montezuma Bowl, the ski area’s backside terrain, will open late-morning this Friday, January 10, 2014. Added during the 2007-2008 ski season, Montezuma Bowl boasts intermediate, advanced and expert terrain, as well as one of the best vistas in Summit County. The conditions this season have allowed for Montezuma Bowl to open over a month earlier than last season.

Open runs will include the intermediate trails Columbine, Larkspur and Independence; Columbine and Larkspur will be groomed top-to-bottom. This season’s tremendous snow coverage will also allow for some tree skiing terrain to open, such as Miner’s Glade. More trail openings will be announced on the Arapahoe Basin Facebook page as well as Al’s Blog as they occur.

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Skiing and Snowboarding Under the Golden Dome

by Patrick on Jan.08, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Dome,_Colorado_State_Capitol_-_DSC01267by Patrick Byrne, CSCUSA Public Affairs Manager

Today marks the first day of the second session of the 69th Colorado General Assembly. Every year, for 120 days between January and May one hundred citizen legislators convene at the State Capitol in Denver to create public policy, revise and repeal laws that are outdated, and create new laws to address the changing needs and priorities of our society.

Whether it’s transportation policy, water law, public safety issues, or a host of other policy concerns, what goes on at the Capitol directly affects Colorado’s ski resorts and its skiers and snowboarders. One part of the mission of Colorado Ski Country USA is to represent our resorts in discussions with government agencies and elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels. By uniting 21 Colorado ski resorts to speak with one voice, we are very effective at making sure that the concerns and interests of Colorado’s skiing and snowboarding population are heard and respected by policymakers.

From now until May, you will periodically see legislative updates on Club Colorado. We want to ensure that our readership is well-informed about issues that can potentially affect the quality of their skiing and snowboarding experience, both positive and negative, so that you can get involved. Grassroots participation is the lifeblood of representative democracy, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions or concerns about what’s happening at the Capitol and how it might affect our state’s signature winter sport.

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Colorado Ski Country Resorts Promote Slopewise Skiing and Riding for National Safety Month

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Jan.07, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

January is National Safety Month at ski resorts across America, and Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts are hosting special safety-related programs and activities all month long to raise awareness and demonstrate the many ways they work to keep the slopes safe every day.

Throughout January resorts are working to educate guests about on-mountain safety and responsibilities. This is happening with a variety of activities at the resorts and in some cases in local mountain communities with resort staff visiting local schools to educate kids on safe skiing and snowboarding.

Safety activities at the resorts include ski patrol conducting a wide array of hands-on demonstrations such as bringing guests on patrol sweeps at the end of the day, training exercises, and many more interactive safety experiences. Additionally, some resorts’ highly-trained avalanche dogs will show off their impressive skills in avalanche response simulations, an annual favorite for guests. (continue reading…)

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A Dad’s Season on the Bunny Slope

by Guest on Jan.06, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Casey Day, Powderhorn

Casey Day, Powderhorn Mountain Resort

By James Lummis, braveskimom.com

I am a professional and I think it imperative to involve professionals when you want to get the job done correctly.  This is true whether you’re hiring an architect, doctor or auto mechanic. It’s also true when you’re learning to ski.

When our second son was three years old, we signed him up for ski lessons on Sundays. After his first lesson, he was excited to practice, so for the rest of the winter he skied with me every time he didn’t have a lesson.

That season I skied 13 days at Powderhorn Mountain Resort and never left the bunny slope. (continue reading…)

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Safety Sunday: Smart Style in the Terrain Park

by Jennifer on Jan.05, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Monarch Mountain

Monarch Mountain

Smart Style is a terrain park safety initiative developed by the National Ski Areas Association. As its name implies, there is a smart way to use terrain parks. There are a number of key safety tips that you should know before entering a terrain park. Some resorts feature more than one terrain park, and they can range in size from small, medium, and large. Visit ski area websites to learn more about their terrain and terrain parks. The best way to learn how to safely navigate the various features, be it boxes, rails, jumps, or halfpipes, is to take a lesson from a professional instructor. Here are the four points of Smart Style: (continue reading…)

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