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…)
Here at Colorado Ski Country USA, we love to welcome visitors from around America and the world. We don’t even mind if they wear Kansas City Chiefs Starter jackets circa 1994 on the mountain. But when the NFL playoffs come around and the Broncos are favored to reach the Super Bowl, you can bet that our local snowriders will be flying the blue and orange of the Denver Broncos with pride. Here are some awesome shots and video of skiers and snowboarders representing their hometown heroes ahead of the Broncos’ matchup with divisional rivals the San Diego Chargers (Sunday, 2:40 MT, CBS). (continue reading…)
February is the doldrums of the winter season; the holidays have long since passed and spring break is still weeks away. Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs solves this dilemma by hosting a midseason pick-me-up party: the annual ANB Bank Ski Spree celebration, a weekend-long, action-packed winter festival, scheduled this year for Feb. 8-9.
“Ski Spree is Sunlight’s salute to everything we love about winter: skiing, snowboarding, racing and eating lots of delicious food,” said Tom Jankovsky, general manager for Sunlight Mountain Resort. “It’s a chance for some midseason merrymaking; we tend to get a little crazy and have a lot of fun.”
Ski Spree events kick off on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. with a much-anticipated rail jam competition, sanctioned by the United States of America Snowboard Association (USASA). Part of the USASA Rocky Mountain Series, the event is an opportunity for competitors to accumulate points toward qualifying for the national competition in April. It promises to draw elite athletes from around the region to compete. The rail jam is also a favorite for spectators; athletes wow the crowds and try to impress the judges by jumping, sliding, riding and performing tricks on a USASA-approved course of rails, boxes, pipes, walls and other objects. Onlookers can watch the competition from the comfort of the lodge deck, and those 21 and over can enjoy the resort’s drink specials throughout the weekend. (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…)