• J.B. Bissell

    One Family’s Unique Colorado Ski Country Adventure

    May 12 | 684 Views | No Comments

    By R. Scott Rappold “Danger: Cliffs.” J.B. Bissell paused to contemplate. Were he and his two boys in over their heads? Though he grew up skiing in Colorado, he’d never been to Wolf Creek, a southern Colorado resort legendary for its deep powder – they get 450 inches a year – and extreme...

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    Snowmaking is an increasingly important component of ski area operations, even for the high alpine ski areas of Colorado Ski Country. Although only about 12% of skiable acreage in Colorado is covered by snowmaking, that figure may increase in the future if unpredictable early season weather remains...

  • Rosanne Haidorfer-Pitcher, Wolf Creek Ski Area

    Wolf Creek’s Powdery Grand Finale

    May 3 | 796 Views | No Comments

    “Someone asked me, ‘Why are you so happy? ‘Because I skied today and it was good.” – Overheard in the ski lodge, May 1, 2016 By R. Scott Rappold All good things must come to an end. In that spirit, Wolf Creek Ski Area in southern Colorado called it a season May 1, nearly a [&hellip...

  • 2016/17 Loveland Season Passes On Sale Now

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    2016/17 Loveland Season Passes On Sale Now

    Casey Day, Loveland Ski Area

    Loveland Ski Area’s 2016/17 unrestricted season pass products are on sale now at the guaranteed lowest rates and provide snow riders with unlimited access to Loveland Ski Area next season, bonus days at Crested Butte, Purgatory, Monarch Mountain and Powderhorn during the 2016/17 season, and free skiing and riding for the remainder of this season. Loveland Ski Area is scheduled to close on Sunday, May 8. Continue Reading

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  • Tips for Spring Skiing

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    Larry Pierce, Steamboat

    Larry Pierce, Steamboat

    This blog post comes to CSCUSA from Amber Johnson, editor of MileHighMamas.

    I’ll admit it: I wasn’t a fan of Spring Skiing until recently. I had previously viewed it as a hot, slushy mess but at the end of last season, I looked at the bluebird sky, basked in the balmy temperatures, sailed down the mountain in my t-shirt (sorry, no bikinis here) and thought, “How have I missed out on this all these years? Continue Reading

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  • Close Out the Season with Sunsation at Copper Mountain

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    Copper Mountain Resort

    Copper Mountain Resort

    Copper Mountain is closing out the 2015/16 winter season with a weekend of fun, fanfare and flare that promises to be one for the books. The annual spring festival, Sunsation presented by Dos Equis, returns on April 16-17, featuring RedBull Slopesoakers, the Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest, free live music and more surprises. Thanks to 62 inches of snow in the month of March, Copper will be extending the season for an extra weekend of skiing and riding April 22-24. Continue Reading

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  • Ski Patrol: Training, Professionalism, Safety

    on April 10 | in General, Resorts, Travel Planning & Tips | by | with Comments Off on Ski Patrol: Training, Professionalism, Safety

    Skiing is inherently silly. As stated by Dexter Rutecki in Aspen Extreme: “We’re not curing cancer here, we’re sliding down a mountain with sticks on our feet.” Skiing is fun. It’s silly, and it’s not to be taken too seriously… unless you’re a member of Colorado’s Ski Patrol.

    For Ski Patrollers, skiing isn’t just a fun activity; it’s their job. Colorado’s Ski Patrol represent one of the most comprehensively trained groups in all of outdoor recreation. Medical training, mountain travel, search and rescue, evacuation, incident response and evidence gathering – you name it, the Ski Patrol is trained for it and ready to respond.

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  • Get Connected the Old Fashioned Way on the Ski Slopes

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    Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

    Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

    By James Lummis

    Recent events have confirmed something that I have been hearing and noticing the last 90 days. It’s not a new app, nor a new OS. Frankly it’s the oldest form of connection. It’s individual connections with other real, live people. What a concept. Continue Reading

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  • Wolf Creek’s Season Ends Like It Began – Deep in Snow

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    Jason Lombard, Wolf Creek

    By R. Scott Rappold

    Southern Colorado ski area Wolf Creek celebrated closing day Sunday, April 3, but fear not powder hounds, there may be an encore performance. Continue Reading

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  • Telluride Announces Expanded Summer Flight Service

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    Visit Telluride

    Visit Telluride

    On the heels of a record setting winter, with flight traffic at new levels and Telluride Ski Resort set to break previous skier visit marks, the 2016 summer air schedule into Telluride/Montrose (MTJ) is increasing again with daily direct flights from Chicago (ORD), along with extended daily service from Dallas (DFW) and Houston (IAH), and 2x a week Los Angeles (LAX) flights. Multiple daily Denver (DEN) flights will continue to make accessibility to airport and region easier than ever. Continue Reading

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  • Purgatory Announces Capital Improvement Plans for Southwest Ski Areas

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    Purgatory Announces Capital Improvement Plans for Southwest Ski Areas

    Purgatory Resort

    Resort officials with the largest ski area collective in the Southwest unveiled plans for additional mountain improvements across four resorts, Purgatory Resort, Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, and Pajarito Mountain.  As part of today’s announcement, it was revealed that the ski area collective is investing an additional $10 million for the 2016/2017 season, continuing the aggressive $10 million multi-mountain improvement campaign that began in 2015, for a grand total of $20 million over two consecutive seasons. In addition, officials released details on the 2016/2017 Power Pass, available now with no price increase, a new payment plan, and unlimited access to four mountains in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. Continue Reading

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  • Ten Reasons to Love Spring Skiing in Colorado

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    Carl Frey, Winter Park Resort

    Carl Frey, Winter Park Resort

    By Rachel Walker

    One Sunday morning in March, around 10 a.m., I was perched atop Winter Park’s Vasquez bowl preparing to drop in to a pillow of powder preserved in the shade of a chute. It had snowed about six inches the night before. Above, the sun bore down. The crystalline sky offered clear views of the surrounding peaks. I dropped in and knocked off six swooping, weightless turns into the bowl. Then I skied through the trees, back to Winter Park. Did I mention there were no crowds?

    Welcome to spring skiing, one of the best, possibly most underrated, aspects of our sport. There are many reasons to love spring skiing in Colorado. Here are ten.   Continue Reading

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  • The Beach at Arapahoe Basin is a Spring Skiing Sensation

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    Arapahoe Basin

    Arapahoe Basin

    Arapahoe Basin’s Early Riser parking lot is home to a stretch of prime real estate known as “The Beach.” The Beach backs up to the three lower mountain chairlifts, and is the perfect spot to kick back between runs with family and friends. It’s a scene unique to the Basin, and a guaranteed good time. Continue Reading

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