By Troy Hawks It’s a common dilemma for vacationing families: Should you book your ski vacation early, or hold out with the hope of cashing in on a last minute bargain? The last minute bargain your mind’s eye envisions might not materialize. As a result, you may miss out on lucrative...
The Mountain Collective from Aspen Snowmass on Vimeo. The Mountain Collective™ has added another premier independent ski destination in North America to its roster of iconic mountains for the 2014-15 winter season. Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine joins AltaSnowbird, Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole,...
Colorado’s 2014/15 ski season is underway today as a crowd of ecstatic skiers and snowboarders celebrated at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Atop an 18-inch base of packed powder, at 9:00 a.m. the Black Mountain Express high-speed quad chairlift began delivering eager snow riders to the top of the...
Colorado Ski Country USA brings you the #RaceToOpen Sweepstakes!
How to enter: Visit our Facebook Timeline contest page at http://on.fb.me/1vP8CZD, name the DATE and RESORT to be the first Colorado ski resort to open for 2014-15 season and you will be entered for a chance to win $1,000 worth of CSCUSA prizes. Leave your best guess in the comment section. The winner will be selected and notified via Facebook. Good luck!
Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort was named the Best Ski Value in North America by TripAdvisor for the past two seasons (2012-2014), and is recognized as a top family-friendly resort. Purgatory provides snow enthusiasts many ways to enjoy the winter wonderland with 88 trails, five terrain parks and 1,360 skiable acres. With 10 chairlifts and rarely any lines, it’s simple to zip around the mountain and enjoy the spectacular scenery amidst the rugged San Juan Mountains. Other winter fun activities include dog sledding, tubing, Cross Country Skiing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice climbing, snowbiking, backcountry skiing, snowmobiling and more. In addition, Durango Mountain Resort is the base camp for Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing operation, San Juan Untracked, which has access to 35,000 acres of pure alpine bliss. Continue Reading
College students will once again be able to save big and ski/ride for only $42.50 per day at Aspen Snowmass during X Games Aspen, Jan. 22-25, 2015 by purchasing a College X Pass. The College X Pass is a picture pass valid for two days of skiing or riding during X Games Aspen for only $85 and includes a coupon for 35 percent off equipment rentals at Four Mountain Sports. Up to two additional days can be loaded onto the pass for just $53/day. This pass is good at all four mountains – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and the home mountain of X Games Aspen – Buttermilk. The College X Pass is valid during X Games dates only – Jan. 22-25, 2015 – and must be purchased by Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Continue Reading
Before I had kids, this time of year centered around one question: which ski pass are you getting? These days, with two young boys (ages 4.5 and 2.5) the question is modified: which ski school program are you signing up for?
It’s something all of my friends are asking, us “Front Rangers” with powder addictions and fledgling rippers. Some of us have ski houses in the high country (not me, sadly), others are intrepid day-trippers, and still others prefer to stay close to home. Fortunately, nearly all of the resorts in Colorado have multi-day ski school programs that offer consistency and financial discounts. Here’s a round-up: Continue Reading
“It takes approximately two weeks from the start of snowmaking to create the 18-inch base necessary to start skiing on the first trail to open, the intermediate High Noon run. After that, we focus our snowmaking efforts on the neighboring Ramrod and Sundance runs, and if the snowmaking season is prime, we move to the upper mountain. We hope to see a strong early snow season to buttress our efforts and bring the snow to the powderhounds in Colorado!”, said Adrienne Saia Isaac, Marketing & Communications Manager for Arapahoe Basin.
Just across the Continental Divide, Mother Nature delivered seven inches of snow to the slopes of Loveland Ski Area over the past three days. Not to be outdone, Loveland’s snowmaking team fired up 17 snow guns last night and began laying down some man-made flakes of their own.
“Our first night of snowmaking was very productive,” said Bobby Babeon, trail maintenance and snowmaking manager. “Mother Nature got us off to a good start and our team is ready to finish the job. We will keep making snow around the clock as conditions permit and the slopes should be ready for the first skiers and riders in just a few weeks.” Continue Reading
More than two inches of natural snow graced the slopes of Copper Mountain Resort late Monday night when snowmakers kicked into gear and started snow making operations. An overnight wet-blub temp of 26 degrees made it possible for snowmaking guns lining Upper Andy’s and Copperopolis trails to debut. Live snowmaking can be seen from Copper’s Excelerator Web Cam. Copper will celebrate its 2014/2015 Opening Day in only 31 days on Halloween, Oct. 31. Continue Reading