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.]
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…)
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.
by 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citizen legislators convene at the State Capitol in Denver to create public policy, revise and repeal laws that are outdated, and create new laws to address the changing needs and priorities of our society.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.
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…)
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.
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…)