The new Kokomo Express High Speed Quad Chairlift to open Winter 2017 Gated access lift pass technology to be installed The Rocky Mountain Coaster at Copper Mountain will be the longest alpine coaster in North America Woodward Copper WreckTangle to open Summer 2017 Today Copper Mountain Resort...
Spring has officially arrived at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) ski areas and resorts with longer and warmer days and spring skiing conditions. In addition to great events for the whole family, guests should check the weather report and the Colorado Ski Country snow report for a chance to ski...
Season passes for the 2017/18 season are on sale now! Renew now at last year’s early rate plus get $10 off ski tunes, wax, or repair at Sunlight Ski & Bike. This is the BEST DEAL you’ll get on a 2017/18 season pass. Browse the menus below to shop our selection of season pass options. More information here: http://sunlightmtn.com/plan-your-trip/season-passes-sale-now.
Aspen Snowmass is holding a World Cup Flash Sale ending March 21, 2017, valid for stays from April 3 – April 16, 2017. Book through Stay Aspen Snowmass and buy a minimum of two days of lodging and get 40% off adult lift tickets and 20% off teen, senior and kid lift tickets.
Buy a Spring Season Pass and Get a FREE Private Mountain Day!
Spring Unguided Season starts on March 31st! Purchase a Spring Unguided Season Pass for only $179, which includes 6 days of unguided skiing and riding plus an EXCLUSIVE DAY of mountain access for season pass holders on March 30th.
Photo by Carl Frey courtesy of Winter Park Resort.
All Passes Include a Convenient Six-Month Payment Plan and Kids Ski Free Returns!
Winter Park Resort passes for the 2017-18 winter season will go on sale on March 15, with an opportunity for the season’s best savings on a variety of popular products, including the Rocky Mountain Super Pass+, the Winter Park Resort Pass, and Route 40 Pass. New this year is a payment plan that enables skiers/riders the convenience of six easy payments spread out over six months beginning in June. Plus, the extremely popular Kids Ski Free returns, with a free pass for kids 12 and under with purchase of a corresponding adult pass.
Ski FREE Sunday Also Marks Closing Day for Public Skiing for 2016/17 Winter Season
Howelsen Hill Ski Area will host its final Ski FREE day of the 2016/17 winter season on this upcoming Sunday, March 12, 2017. Ski FREE Sunday is also closing day for public skiing for the season at the ski area.
There’s an old two-seater chairlift rising above U.S. Highway 160 in southwest Colorado.
From the road, Hesperus doesn’t look like much, especially compared to the massive resorts of Purgatory, Silverton and Telluride that also call this region home. In summer, cattle graze on the ski trails. In winter, the smell of livestock is unmistakable in the muddy parking lot. Little has changed here since the first tow rope went in back in 1962.
But thanks to the 2016 acquisition by James Coleman, owner of Purgatory and several small ski areas in New Mexico and Arizona, a lot more people are discovering Hesperus. With the region’s only night skiing and pass reciprocity with the other areas, Hesperus is filling an important niche here. And Durango locals who might never have skied Hesperus are catching on.
I wonder if he has a snorkel in that bag… Photo by Dave Camara courtesy of Arapahoe Basin.
It’s handy to have a backpack full of snacks, water, and sunscreen on the slopes, but is it safe?
Since my kids were young, I’ve skied with a pack, if for no other reason than I needed to be armed with a wide variety of snacks at all times. At any given moment, even right after lunch, my kids would claim they were starving.
However, skiing with a pack can be dangerous. A few weeks ago, I was riding a chairlift and when I went to dismount, I realized one of my straps was caught on the back of the chair. I had the presence of mind to just sit tight and ride around the bullwheel, which kicked off the lift’s safety mechanism. The chair ground to a halt. I unhooked the strap and hopped off. I was still only a foot off the ground.
It was an ignominious moment, to be sure. My youngest son happened to be at the top with his entire ski team. “Mom, you are such a Jerry!!!” (If you follow “Jerry of the Day” on Instagram, you’d know this was not a compliment.)
Packed and prepared at Aspen Highlands.
I’ve tried not skiing with my pack, but then I’m constantly in need of some little something—sunscreen, a neck gaiter, my inhaler—and I don’t have it. I was riding the lift at Eldora a week ago and my pack soon became a point of conversation. “This may be nosy,” said the fellow sitting next to me, “but what do you have in there?” So I listed it out for him:
If the view isn’t already persuasive enough, keep on reading.
Last time I visited the crooked crag, one of my friends said, “If a mountain town could be a hug, Crested Butte would be it.” And she nailed it for the most part, as the town itself could not be more welcoming with its quaint, Victorian homes, shops, and restaurants.
April 18, 2016 at Loveland Ski Area. Photo by Casey Day.
For college students, parents of grade-school kids or just skiers wise enough to set aside time in March to ski a lot, there are no sweeter words in the English language.
And they sound even better when screamed from the top of a snowy mountain on a bluebird day with a frosty adult beverage in hand and the Rocky Mountains spread out beforeyou like an oil painting. Try it again.