• The Life of a Pond Skimmer

    on April 8 | in Copper Mountain, Events | by | with Comments Off

    Photo by Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain Resort

    Photo by Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain Resort

    They are merely jesters in the court of ski. For one day each spring people laugh, and jeer, and cheer for them, but few truly understand.

    For they are the pro pond skimmers, an elite group of intrepid skiers and riders around the globe that put body before wits in an icy quest to reach the far side of a pool-sized slushy.

    Scott Loveless of Copper Mountain is one such skimmer, and his time to shine like an ice berg is coming up April 18 as Copper Mountain hosts the 4th Annual Red Bull SlopeSoakers. We recently caught up with Scott to learn more about the life of a pond skimmer. Continue Reading

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  • Steamboat Celebrates Skiing History Week with a Film Festival, Panel Discussions, and Hall of Fame Awards

    on April 7 | in Uncategorized | by | with Comments Off

    Hall of Fame announcement 2015-04-06

    Steamboat Springs will honor 10 new inductees to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame as the site of the annual induction ceremony capping off the April 6-12 Skiing History Week in the famous Colorado resort. The celebration of skiing history coincides with the centennial of Steamboat’s famous Howelsen Hill. Continue Reading

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  • Closing Weekend at Monarch Full of Fun Events

    on April 6 | in Events, Monarch | by | with Comments Off

     

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    Monarch Mountain

    Monarch is hosting two traditional events for the ski area’s final weekend. On Saturday, April 11, the mountain will host Kayaks on Snow. The next day, the ski area’s parking lot will be dedicated to the Closing Day Tailgate Party. Continue Reading

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  • Ski Patrol: Training, Professionalism, Safety

    on April 5 | in General, Resorts, Travel Planning & Tips | by | with Comments Off

    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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  • Tips for Spring Skiing

    on April 4 | in General | by | with Comments Off

    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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  • Sunset Skiing at Elk Camp and Free Ullr Nights at Snowmass This Evening

    on April 3 | in Uncategorized | by | with Comments Off

     

    Aspen Snowmass

    Aspen Snowmass

    Sunset skiing returns this Friday, April 3 during Ullr Nights at Snowmass . The Elk Camp Gondola and Elk Camp Chair will run until 6:00 p.m. for skiing and riding. Gondola tickets for Ullr Nights will be free to the public and the last upload is at 8:30 p.m. with Ullr Nights coming to an end at 9 p.m. Continue Reading

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  • Safety Upgrades Require Overnight Closures at the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels

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    Colorado Department of Transportation

    Colorado Department of Transportation

    Skiers and snowboarders, be advised: Starting Monday, April 6, for 20 nights the Colorado Department of Transportation will be conducting nightly closures at the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels to install a linear heat detection system, part of a larger fire suppression system project. Work will take place during the overnight hours of 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. each Sunday through Thursday night, with tunnel closures beginning at 10 p.m. each night. Continue Reading

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  • Spend Your Sunday Hunting Eggs with the Easter Bunny in Colorado Ski Country

    on April 1 | in Events, Kids & Family Friendly Zone | by | with Comments Off

    Wolf Creek Easter Rosanne Haidorfer-Pitcher

    Rosanne Haidorfer-Pitcher, Wolf Creek

    What better way to celebrate spring than hunting eggs with the Easter Bunny in Colorado Ski Country? Here’s a roundup of Ski Country member resorts that are hosting Easter egg hunts and other special activities this Sunday. Continue Reading

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  • Tentative 2015 Closing Dates for Colorado Ski Country Resorts

    on March 31 | in Uncategorized | by | with Comments Off

    All good things must come to an end, even the ski season in Colorado Ski Country. However, here are some reasons to look on the bright side:

    • It’s not over yet, and resorts will be hosting all sorts of fun events (and plenty of good skiing!) in the next few weeks;
    • Summer in the high country is (almost) as good as it is in winter; and
    • The 2015/16 season will bring yet more upgrades and improvements to the guest experience at Colorado ski areas and resorts.

    Here’s a list of tentative closing dates for Colorado Ski Country resorts. Keep your fingers crossed for a big storm or two to keep some of them open even later.

    CSCUSA Resort Closing Dates (subject to change)
    March 15: Howelsen
    March 23: Powderhorn
    April 1: Sunlight
    April 5: Buttermilk, Crested Butte, Purgatory, Ski Cooper, Ski Granby Ranch, Telluride, Wolf Creek
    April 12: Aspen Highlands, Eldora, Monarch, Silverton, Snowmass, Steamboat
    April 19: Aspen Mountain, Copper
    April 26: Winter Park
    May 3: Loveland
    TBA: Arapahoe Basin

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  • First Tracks: Several Colorado Resorts offer Early Morning Access to Untouched Terrain

    on March 30 | in Insider Secrets | by | with Comments Off

    Jeremy Swanson Aspen Snowmass

    Jeremy Swanson Aspen Snowmass

    Dan Rabin is a Boulder-based freelance writer and author of the guidebook, Colorado Breweries.

    An early-morning run down a pristine untracked trail is an experience every skier or snowboarder should have at least once. If you think this privilege is reserved for a few hearty souls willing to rise before dawn and wait patiently at the front of a chilly lift line, think again. The First Tracks program, offered at several Colorado Ski Country resorts, puts you on the mountain ahead the masses. Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Steamboat and Winter Park all offer a version of First Tracks. Continue Reading

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