Colorado based Christy Sports LLC announced today the dates of its annual Powder Daze ski and snowboard sale, scheduled for August 25 through September 5. The sale will take place at Christy Sports’ permanent event center located at 8601 W. Cross Drive in Littleton, across the street from the...
Robert Ward Parker, 94, a Colorado ski industry visionary and a World War II veteran who served in the 10th Mountain Division, passed peacefully on June 29, 2017. Parker was a powerful influence in the early days of Colorado skiing and a founder of Colorado Ski Country USA.
Sunlight Mountain Resort won its second consecutive national marketing award from the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), a ski industry trade organization comprised of more than 400 ski areas in the United States and Canada. In its application, Sunlight presented its Ski, Swim, and Stay family ski vacation package that won in the category of Best Family Campaign.
Paddle Boarding at Twilight Lake. Photo courtesy of Purgatory Resort.
New Trails, Mountain Bike Lessons, & More Exciting Events & Activities!
Purgatory Resort offers, for the first time in its history, regular mountain bike and scenic chairlift rides on its high-speed six-person chairlift, the Village Express Lift 1. The Twilight Lift 4 double chairlift continues to offer mountain bike and scenic chairlift rides, plus access to the Alpine Slide. Summer activities at Purgatory are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Aug. 20, then weekends, plus Labor Day, through Oct. 8.
Evening Picnic at Snowmass. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Swanson.
A long holiday weekend is a great excuse to escape the summer heat and celebrate Independence Day in the mountains. Colorado ski resorts and their neighboring towns are making the holiday weekend even easier to enjoy by hosting exhilarating events that include delicious food, live music, holiday parades, family-friendly activities and brilliant fireworks displays to light up the sky.
Here’s a list of holiday events at Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts: Continue Reading
Rendering of the Lost Forest courtesy of Aspen Snowmass.
New Additions include an Alpine Coaster, Canopy Tour, Challenge Course, Climbing Wall, and Expanded Hiking and Biking Trails
Aspen Snowmass announces an immense list of new summer 2018 plans and activities at the new Lost Forest located on Snowmass Mountain. These enhancements include an alpine coaster, canopy tour, challenge course, climbing wall, expanded hiking and biking trails and more.
These additions will provide guests an opportunity to be completely immersed in nature while enjoying an array of activities. The Lost Forest is designed to be intertwined with nature, not detached from it. The Lost Forest has something to offer no matter what age or activity level desired.
Winter Park’s Village Uncorked wine, art and cheese festival. Photo courtesy of Winter Park Resort.
Holiday Weekend Kicks Off With Winter Park’s Popular Wine, Art, and Cheese Festival
The Independence holiday weekend crackles at Winter Park Resort with the immensely popular Village Uncorked wine, art, and cheese festival taking place in The Village at Winter Park this Saturday, July 1 from 12- 4:00 p.m.
Industry Leaders Recognized for Excellence in Competition, Patrol, Instruction, Operations and Ski Area Management
Colorado Ski Country USA Double Diamond Awards L-R: Tony Marci, Copper Mountain Resort; Ryan Kempfer, Monarch Mountain; Chris Blanchard, Telluride Ski Resort; Tom Jankovsky, Sunlight Mountain Resort; Andrew Roy, Eldora Mountain Resort; Gary DeFrange, Winter Park Resort; Tom Schofield, Arapahoe Basin; Meredith Smith, Arapahoe Basin; Drew Warren, Aspen Snowmass
In celebration of Colorado’s 2016-17 ski season, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) wrapped up its 54th Annual Meeting by hosting the annual Double Diamond Awards. The awards ceremony honors individuals at Colorado ski resorts who have made significant contributions to the industry, including athletes, on-mountain professionals and industry veterans.
Colorado ski industry leaders gathered at Coohills in Denver to recognize ski area employees whose hard work and expertise provided outstanding guest experiences, including food and beverage professionals, guest service professionals, ski instructors, ski patrollers, groomers, terrain masters, snowmakers and a winter athlete of the year. Two titans of the industry, who have spent their careers championing the Colorado ski industry, were also honored. The evening’s special guest was Lisa Hidalgo, meteorologist at Denver’s Channel 7, who presented awards. CSCUSA recognizes individuals from member resorts whose contributions to the Colorado ski industry often go unsung, but are of critical importance to its success.
This year’s Double Diamond Award winners are listed below. High-resolution group and individual photos of the Double Diamond Award winners can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/16-17DoubleDiamondAwards. Please credit all photography to Chris Schneider and Colorado Ski Country USA.
2016-17 Estimated as State’s Second Best Season on Record
Photo by Tripp Fay courtesy of Copper Mountain
Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced today during its 54th Annual Meeting skier visits at its 22-member ski areas totaled 7.3 million during the 2016-17 season. It is estimated that after final numbers are tallied, the 2016-17 season will be the state’s second best season on record. This year’s season total was up six percent over the five-year average, marking the fourth consecutive year that skier visits at CSCUSA resorts have outperformed the five-year average.
These ski areas will take you and your mountain bike up the hill
By R. Scott Rappold
If you ask a skier or snowboarder which other sport they spend the most time and money on, there’s a good bet they’ll answer “mountain biking.”
That adrenaline rush of plunging down a rugged trail through the forest, with the majesty of the Rockies to pleasure your eyes should you dare look up, is probably the closest thing to the joy of skiing you’ll find in summer (other than, well, carrying your skis to a lingering snowfield high on a mountainside.)
Luckily for mountain bikers in several resort towns, the lifts start up again after the snow melts to get you up the mountain. And they’ll even transport your bike.
Here is a roundup of which Colorado Ski Country USA resorts offer lift rides for mountain bikers. Just be sure to check with the individual resort before heading up as times and dates can change depending on weather and snowmelt. Also, many resorts offer discount bike tickets to ski pass holders, so be sure to bring your pass.