• May 18, 2017 at Arapahoe Basin. Photo by Ashley Ojala.

    Arapahoe Basin, home of the longest ski and ride season in Colorado, will re-open its lifts for a bonus weekend of skiing and snowboarding Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11, 2017. The Black Mountain Express and Lenawee Mountain lifts will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with top-to-bottom...

  • Photo by Jeremy Swanson last Memorial Day Weekend. Courtesy of Aspen Snowmass.

    With 18 Inches of New Snow in the Past Week, Aspen Mountain’s Summer Operations Kick-Off with Ski/Ride May 27-29  Due to recent winter storms that dropped 18 inches of new snow in the past week, Aspen Mountain will open for skiing and riding Memorial Day Weekend May 27-29. In addition to...

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    Heart healthy produce, locally crafted artisan items and specialty products headline the new Thursday afternoon tradition at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort base area. Mt. Crested Butte welcomes the first Farmers Market to the resort base area. Local farmers and vendors will be present to offer...

  • Copper Mountain Invites Women to Get Dirty for a Good Cause

    on April 25 | in Copper Mountain, Events, Summer | by | with No Comments

    Photo credit: Human Movement

    Photo credit: Human Movement

    Dirty Girl Mud Run Partners with Boarding for Breast Cancer on June 10

    • Boarding for Breast Cancer is the official beneficiary of the Dirty Girl Mud Run at Copper
    • B4BC advocates early detection and a healthy, active and sustainable lifestyle as the best means for breast cancer prevention.

    On June 10, Copper Mountain invites women to participate in one of the world’s largest women’s only mud runs to raise awareness for breast cancer. Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC), a non-profit foundation that advocates early detection and a healthy, active and sustainable lifestyle as the best means for breast cancer prevention, is the official beneficiary of the 2017 Dirty Girl Mud Run at Copper.

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  • Spencer’s Year in Review Gear in Review

    on April 25 | in Uncategorized | by | with No Comments

    In case you haven’t noticed, Spencer Miller, our Colorado College correspondent, is a bit of a gear nerd, and we mean that in the best way possible. Skiing and snowboarding is a gear intensive activity and companies are making improvements year after year to keep you warmer, dryer and safer – all with the goal of making the sport more fun. And let me tell you: it’s fun.

    So to round out the year, Spencer wrote some reviews of the gear that kept him on the slopes all season. This is not sponsored content and we are in no way being compensated for this post, this is just Spencer’s honest opinion:

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  • SlopeSoakers 2017 [Video]

    on April 19 | in Copper Mountain, Kids & Family Friendly Zone | by | with No Comments

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    No one does a pond skim quite like Copper Mountain. Check out the video recap from this year’s SlopeSoakers event to see what we mean…

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  • Aspen Snowmass Kicks-Off Summer Memorial Day Weekend

    on April 18 | in Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Snowmass, Summer | by | with No Comments

    Photo by Dan Bayer courtesy of Aspen Snowmass

    Photo by Dan Bayer courtesy of Aspen Snowmass

    • Summer Operations
    • Snowmass Bike Park Nights and New Trails
    • Top-of-Aspen Mountain Summer Enhancement Project Continues
    • Expanded Farm to Table Dinners at Elk Camp Restaurant
    • Enduro World Series Mountain Bike Race
    • Stars Above Aspen Community Astronomy Night Back by Popular Demand

    Aspen Snowmass launches summer operations Memorial Day Weekend May 27-29 with the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain running from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily operations on Aspen Mountain will officially kick-off June 17, and at Snowmass, daily operations will commence June 23.

    With the start of summer operations, Aspen Snowmass is scheduled to debut new summer enhancements, offerings and events. The top of Aspen Mountain will continue to undergo improvements with new features including a slide, log rope staircase and a refurbished obstacle course. Snowmass is expanding its bike park with three new trails, with plans to add even more trails the following summer. Also at Snowmass, the popular Farm to Table Dinners at Elk Camp will return with expanded dates and will also include late night Snowmass Bike Park Hours for riding into the evening. The event calendar will include two great events, the Enduro World Series Mountain Bike Race as well as the Stars Above Aspen community astronomy night.

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  • “Ender” – Snowmass Terrain Park Video

    on April 17 | in Snowmass | by | with No Comments

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    Colorado is blessed with an abundance of amazing terrain parks and the award winning park at Aspen Snowmass is right up there with the best of them. Sadly, the winter season at Snowmass has come to a close but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce. This one is for all you snowboard park rats out there: the season ender edit from Aspen’s local Knuckledraggers crew, filmed and edited by Zach Hooper.

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  • Inside a Ski Photographer’s backpack

    on April 12 | in Uncategorized | by | with No Comments

    You’ve read what the powderhound keeps in his backpack and what the Mountain Sherpa (also known as a ski mom) has in hers. My haul looks similar, but I lug a camera around in my pack, making everything a bit more complicated. Here’s a rundown of my gear for a day of shooting on the mountain and how I carry it:

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    Sony a6000: This is the perfect action sports photography camera. It’s mirrorless (which allows for a much more compact and lightweight build than a DSLR) so I can stuff it into a fairly small backpack and not even notice it’s there. This thing also shoots 11 frames per second and has a ridiculously fast autofocus, ensuring that you’ll always get the shot of your buddy hitting that pillow. The only big drawback about this camera is its battery usage. Mirrorless setups run through juice much more quickly than DSLR’s, especially in the cold, so I bring at least two spares to get me through a day of shooting.

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  • Aspen Mountain to Host Sunset Skiing and Sundeck Party Friday, Apr. 14

    on April 12 | in Aspen Mountain | by | with No Comments

    Photo courtesy of Aspen Snowmass.

    Photo courtesy of Aspen Snowmass.

    Sunset skiing returns to Aspen Mountain Friday, Apr. 14 with extended ski/ride hours followed by a party at the Sundeck.

    Aspen Mountain will run the Silver Queen Gondola and Ajax Express until 6 p.m. for sunset turns. In addition to top-to-bottom skiing/riding, the Ruthie’s side of the mountain will stay open with access back to the Gondola via Tower 7 Road.

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  • Skiing around Colorado Ski Country: Advice for a successful car camping adventure

    on April 11 | in Deals, Insider Secrets, Travel Planning & Tips, Uncategorized | by | with 1 Comment

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    It is often daunting for those of us with inadequate budgets, holes in our pockets, or other limitations on accessible financial support to fund our dream ski resort vacations, even when staying in Colorado. Lodging can be around $200 a night at the cheapest for most large-scale resort towns, gas comes in around $30 per tank, resort or ski town food runs at prices higher than most (think a $10 burger for $17), libations for those of us over 21 can be wildly more expensive than at your local dive, and of course the ultimate fuel in your tank that seemingly increases with every step you take toward a chair lift: coffee. These expenses dig holes in your wallet before even considering the daily cost of arguably the most essential ski item; day passes can run anywhere from $54 to $164 depending on the resort.

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  • A Surfing Revolution on the Mountain; with Soulmotion Snowsurf

    on April 11 | in Uncategorized | by | with 1 Comment

    Aaron, Dude Dog, and some radical boards.  Photo courtesy of Aaron Lebowitz

    Aaron, Dude Dog, and some radical boards. Photo courtesy of Aaron Lebowitz

    Aaron Lebowitz is out to change the way we think about snowboarding; he wants to “revitalize stoke on the mountain,” as he says, through surf-inspired designs to get back to the roots of snowboarding. He believes that the common popsicle stick is more of a “survival board” than anything else– these shapes can handle everything, but do nothing exceptionally well. And here’s a thought: why does every surfer have a fish, longboard, and shortboard for all types of conditions, while a snowboarder often has one do-it-all board, even though a mountain can change as much as the wave?

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  • Why Spring Skiing Rocks

    on April 7 | in Copper Mountain, Eldora, Kids & Family Friendly Zone | by | with No Comments

    Photo by Dave Camara courtesy of Arapahoe Basin.

    Photo by Dave Camara courtesy of Arapahoe Basin.

    Spring break today means something entirely different to me than it did some decades ago when I was a beer-swilling college student. Back then, while fellow coeds were jetting off to Ft. Lauderdale to party righteously in skimpy bathing suits, my roommate and I headed to Utah’s Alta for spring break.

    We knew our friends would come back tanned, and we were determined to do the same—but we would ski. Our tans would be goggle tans, which we certainly thought was cooler anyway.

    Things have changed since then—and then again, they haven’t.

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