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Fresh Powder Marks the Beginning of March in Colorado Ski Country

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.03, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

3.3.14 Wolf Creek Jason Lombard

Jason Lombard, Wolf Creek

The remarkable 2013-14 ski season in Colorado continued this weekend as Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts enjoyed another new round of snowfall. This most recent storm was widespread, blanketing the high country in fresh snow just in time for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy great conditions over the first weekend of March.

Since Thursday, CSCUSA resorts have enjoyed an average of 17 inches of new snow. Eighteen CSCUSA resorts enjoyed double-digit snow totals over the weekend, and five resorts enjoyed more than two feet of powder. (continue reading…)

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Mid-season Snowstorm Covers Colorado Ski Country in Deep, Dry Powder

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Feb.10, 2014, under Colorado Skiing

Jeremy Swanson, Aspen/Snowmass

Jeremy Swanson, Aspen/Snowmass

The second half of Colorado’s skiing and snowboarding season started in style this weekend as all 21 Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts reported significant new snowfall. With an additional 3-6 inches of snow expected Monday, snowriders in Colorado are enjoying the best conditions in North America with the two historically snowiest months still to come.

Since Thursday, CSCUSA resorts have enjoyed an average of 22.5 inches of new snow, with more on the way. By the time this most recent storm dissipates later today, it will have dropped double-digit accumulation totals on 19 CSCUSA resorts, 2+ feet at 10 resorts, and 3+ feet at five resorts, leaving skiers and snowboarders with a pristine playground of powder.

This weekend’s storm traveled from the Pacific Ocean to the central mountains of Colorado and stalled at the continental divide, leaving snow totals that have to be seen to be believed. Monarch Mountain has received a foot or more of snow for four consecutive days, leaving 55 inches of new powder since last Thursday, and Arapahoe Basin has recorded 41 inches of new snow in the same time period. Crested Butte has welcomed 37 inches of new snow, and Loveland Ski Area and Eldora each saw 35 inches of fresh powder.

Several resorts’ snow accumulations approached two feet and could surpass it today. Copper Mountain and Wolf Creek each have measured 23 inches of new snow so far, while Winter Park has seen 21.5 inches. 19 inches of new snow fell at Ski Cooper and Steamboat, and Ski Granby Ranch saw 16 inches of powder.

Further west, Silverton registered 36 inches of new snow while Powderhorn celebrated 26 inches of fresh powder. Aspen Highlands received 17 inches of new snow, Durango Mountain Resort received 13 inches, Howelsen recorded a foot of new snow, and Sunlight Mountain and Snowmass measured 11 inches. Aspen Mountain received 10 inches, Telluride saw 6 inches of new powder, and Buttermilk received 5 inches of new snow.

With many CSCUSA resorts surpassing 200 inches of total snowfall this weekend, and base depths exceeding 100 inches, the conditions at Colorado’s ski resorts will be excellent through the President’s Day holiday weekend when the next significant snowstorm is expected to arrive. Knowing how to ski safely in deep snow is essential to having a fun day out in the powder. Visit http://www.coloradoski.com/page/ski-safety for helpful tips and to learn the Know Your Responsibility Code, the list of best practices to ensure your safety on the mountain.

Keep up to date on snowfall totals with the CSCUSA snow report updated by the resorts themselves: http://www.coloradoski.com/snow-report.

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Lesson Learned, Skiing Moguls with Ease

by Mountain Correspondent on Jan.30, 2014, under Colorado Skiing

Long after we step into our skis, learn the “pizza” and move on to the “french fry”, the people who taught us how to slide down the mountain fade into the distance. But what happens when you’ve been cruising the blues for the millionth time, and you’re just ready for a new challenge?

Despite what you may think, Ski School is not just for the kiddos. It’s not just for the first-timers. Let’s face it, we could all benefit from some lessons on the hill to sharpen up our skills, learn some new tricks and master challenging terrain. It’s an investment that will benefit you throughout your entire ski and snowboarding career. You’ll become more efficient with your turns so you don’t feel so tired or sore the next day, you’ll feel more confidence, and you’ll be able to ride more of the mountain. Imagine carving down groomers, floating through powder, weaving through the trees, hitting up the terrain park or mastering moguls–you know you want to!

PSIA certified ski instructor and trainer Erik Mogensen of Winter Park has made a career out of teaching skiing. It’s amazing how quickly the tips and tricks can transform the way you ski. On his lesson with Victoria, an intermediate skier and a mom who fears the day her son will surpass her on the mountain, Erik shows her how to take her skiing to the next level in the bumps.

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Sometimes You Have to Drop Everything and Drive Halfway Across Colorado for a Powder Day

by Guest on Jan.28, 2014, under Colorado Skiing

Jan 21.14 Scott Rappold

R. Scott Rappold, Copper Mountain

By R. Scott Rappold

Originally posted at funemployedcolorado.wordpresss.com.

Somewhere out there in the murkiness, in the vertigo-inducing clouds, was the powder day of a lifetime.

It was January 14 at  Arapahoe Basin, in the midst of the biggest snowstorm of the season to date, which would leave Summit County with triple-digit snow totals by the time it moved out.

If only I could see it. Riding the lower slopes was like skiing by brail. I knew everything underfoot was untouched powder, but to ski the upper half of the mountain? Terrifying. Montezuma Bowl? Out of the question.

Sensory deprivation is not a good thing on skis. Goggles froze only slightly more quickly than toes in these conditions. After four runs off Pallavicini Lift, it was beer o’clock.

As I sat nursing a beer, cursing the whiteout, I wondered, what was I doing here? Had I really dropped everything to drive halfway across the state in a misguided pursuit of powder? Would my efforts be rewarded or would blizzard-force winds wipe good snow away?

What was this folly? (continue reading…)

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A Sochi Send-off for Steamboat’s Olympians

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Jan.26, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Steamboat Sendoff

Steamboat Ski Resort

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are right around the corner, and a town in northwest Colorado that serves as an assembly line for snowsports champions organized a going-away party on Saturday to send its hometown Olympic heroes off in style.

The festivities began with a skills demonstration from participants in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, which over the years has produced 79 Olympians. Afterwards, this year’s crop of competitors were honored onstage along with local wounded warriors and guests were treated to a torch relay, the lighting of a 15-foot cauldron that will remain lit throughout the Games, fireworks, a flash mob dance, and birthday cake. (continue reading…)

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Free-form Friday: The View from Telluride

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Jan.24, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Telluride Ski Resort

Telluride Ski Resort

Here’s what the Revelation Bowl looked like this morning on a bluebird Friday in southwest Colorado. We’re stuck in Denver this weekend, so let us live vicariously through you: visit www.tellurideskiresort.com/TellSki/hot-deals.aspx for Telluride’s featured Ski & Stay packages.

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Adult Newbie Snowriders Enroll in Copper’s Ski & Ride University

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Jan.20, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain’s Ski and Ride University is a brand new program for skiers and snowboarders who are completely new to the sport. For $199, Ski and Ride U includes three ski or snowboard lessons with lift tickets and equipment rental; 3 days of parking in the Union Creek lot, lunch on your 2nd and 3rd day of lessons; and a Copper Mountain season pass upon graduation of the program!

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