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.
Welcome to Safety Sunday, where your faithful Ski Country correspondents will remind you that the key to a good day on the mountain is to ski and snowboard safely.
Here’s a great clip we put up last year on YouTube that to highlight the extensive emergency medical training our ski patrollers receive. It’s a great testament to their professionalism and expertise.
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…)
Colorado is known for our world class skiing. We have so much to offer skiers and snowboarders, but smoking marijuana at a ski resort is not one of them.
Last November, Coloradans passed Amendment 64, a measure that amended our state constitution to legalize possession of marijuana. There have been lots of questions about what this means for skiers/riders and ski areas, so we thought we’d try to clear things up a bit.
What Amendment 64 means is that people 21 years and older can legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana; however, the amendment specifically bans public consumption of the drug. Therefore, smoking marijuana at ski resorts is still illegal, just as it was before the amendment passed.
Smoking marijuana in public places is illegal, and is clearly stated in the amendment. Public places include malls, stadiums, amusement parks, sidewalks, and ski resorts. There isn’t anywhere at a ski resort that is NOT public, inside or outside, it’s all open to the public, this includes the lift lines, on the chairlift, in the gondola, in parking lots, on the trail, in the woods next to the trail, on the deck of the lodge or on patios. The fact that smoking is not allowed at a ski resort is not new; this has always been the case, even before passing Amendment 64.
Education is key. There is no reason guests should expect to be able to smoke marijuana at a ski resort. Just like knowing the weather and snow conditions before heading out to ski, knowing the law about smoking marijuana is important too. Resorts are working with their towns, chambers of commerce, community leaders and trade association to inform locals and visitors alike of the law surrounding smoking marijuana.
Bottom line: Smoking marijuana in public is against the law, and always has been.
[Editor's Note: The Gems & Brews Tour was a two-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 A-Basin report with great images from Exploring Elements here.]
by: Bryon Dorr (http://www.ExploringElements.com)
The “Legend” goes by many names, A-Basin, The Basin or its official title Arapahoe Basin. In the end, all you need to know is that this little mountain resort high above Denver, on the backside of Loveland Pass, is the place to find snow, amazing terrain and fun people for 9+ months a year! With a season that goes from October to June, and beyond, A-Basin has one of the longest ski seasons in the US and hosts one of the most rockin’ parking lot ski parties in the nation, “The Beach.” (continue reading…)
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…)
To tempt skiers and riders to make the most of the 2013-14 season, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts are offering significant early season discounts. CSCUSA resorts are committed to providing the opportunity for families to have a well-priced, value-packed and enjoyment-filled ski experience. By partnering with lodging properties and leveraging ski school programs, resorts are able to put together packages with benefits that include free hotel nights to free skiing. Below is a sampling of some of the early season deals offered by CSCUSA member resorts. (continue reading…)