A fast-moving band of storms covered Colorado’s high country in fresh snow last night, delivering powder skiing and snowboarding conditions to Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts and their guests. Overnight, CSCUSA resorts recorded an average of 7 inches of new snow and two resorts welcomed a foot or more of fresh powder, the perfect treat for families enjoying spring break in Colorado’s high country.
Resorts in the southwest of Colorado fared particularly well, as skiers and riders at Crested Butte celebrated 14 inches of new snow. Silverton recorded 12 inches of powder, Monarch saw 10 inches, Wolf Creek and Telluride each measured 9 inches, and Durango Mountain Resort saw 7 inches.
The Aspen/Snowmass resorts welcomed a blanket of fresh powder, as Snowmass recorded 9 inches of new snow, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain each measured 7 inches of new snow, and Buttermilk saw 6 inches.
Along the Interstate 70 corridor, Loveland saw 8 inches of new snow, Ski Cooper received 7 inches, Arapahoe Basin and Sunlight each measured 6 inches, and Copper Mountain and Powderhorn saw 5 inches.
Further north, Winter Park received 3.5 inches of powder, Steamboat and Eldora each welcomed 3 inches, and Ski Granby Ranch recorded 1 inch of new snow.
Spring skiing is in full force across Colorado Ski Country with sunny skies and great snow conditions. Strong base snow depths and more snow in the forecast bode well for skiers and snowboarders through March and into April.
Knowing how to ski safely in spring conditions is essential to having a fun day out in the powder. Visit http://www.coloradoski.com/page/ski-safety for helpful tips and to learn Your Responsibility Code, the list of best practices to ensure your safety on the mountain.
Keep up to date on snowfall totals with the CSCUSA snow report updated by the resorts themselves: http://www.coloradoski.com/snow-report.
By Troy Hawks, @HawksSquawk
The words my keyboard is about to spit out might not go over well in some circles. What I’m putting down might fire up the focaccia fanatics and raise the hackles of hamburger lovers. Nevertheless, I’m throwing caution to the wind and proclaiming the burrito – that spicy Mexican-inspired pocket of goodness with a flavor that cuts through a cold winter’s chill like few others can – as the skier and snowboarder’s BFF (best food friend). (continue reading…)
As we begin to leave our heaviest layers in the parking lot, don sunglasses, and wear more sunblock on the slopes Colorado Ski Country USA resorts are celebrating the beginning of spring by offering skiers and riders the best spring specials and 2014-15 season pass deals available. Many of them have deadlines that are approaching fast, so make sure to lock in those passes before the savings are gone.
Listed below are the promotional deals, starting with spring passes, and ending with next season’s lowest pass prices.
-Four tickets can be used over six consecutive days between 2/28 and 4/6: $299
-Three days of April skiing at Winter Park: $119
**Valid April 1st to April 20th, 2014.
-Unlimited April skiing at Winter Park and Steamboat: $179
-Any three days of April skiing or riding at Steamboat: $109.
**Valid April 1 through April 13.
2014-15 Season Passes:
-Season pass for $269
-Valid for the remainder of the 2013-14 season and the 2014-15 season
-Adult (18-69): $999
-Teen (13-17): $549
-Child (6-12): $319
-Senior (70+): $449
-College (Full-time): $519
-Child (5 & under): $30
-Night Add-on: $59
-Night only season pass: $199
-Winter Park Upgrade: $100
-1st Tracks direct-to-lift season pass: $319
The 1st tracks pass is for special admittance to board the gondola between 8-8:15am to the Sunshine and Priest Creek area.
Qualifying Steamboat Season Passes will include $250 in Intrawest Snow Bucks for use on lift tickets and Intrawest owned or managed lodging at another Intrawest resort during the 2014/15 season.
When a parent, grandparent or legal guardian purchases an unrestricted adult Steamboat Season Pass, one child (12 & under) will receive a free child season pass
** Prices subject to change after June 2nd
-6 pass: $439 (purchase by 4/14/14) or $489 (purchase by 6/2/14)
-15 pass: $779 (purchase by 6/2)
-6 pass add-on days: $55 (purchase by 6/2)
-15 pass add-on days: $45 (purchase by 6/2)
Season Pass includes 3 Free days at Killington Ski Resort, VT, Park City Mountain Resort, UT, Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, NV, Boreal Mountain Resort, CA, Mt. Bachelor Resort, OR receive 1 Free Copper Mountain lift ticket when you renew your season pass. Free lift ticket is valid October 31st through December 21st, 2014. (Perk not valid on 5 & under passes.)
-Adult (18-64): $389
-Teen (13-17): $299
-Child (6-12): $209
-Senior (65+): $279
Secret! Season Pass Benefits:
The Secret! Season Pass gets you on the mountain 15 minutes before everyone else and there’s a dedicated lift line so you can bypass any linesDedicated lift line access on the following lifts: American Eagle, American Flyer, Super Bee, Timberline Express, and the Union Creek Quad
Includes all benefits of regular Copper 2014-15 season pass
**Prices subject to change after April 13th
2014-15 Season Passes
-Youth (Ages 13-17): $309
-Junior (Ages 7-12): $200
-Child (Ages 6 & under): $79
-Senior (Ages 65-74): $339
-75 Plus: $79
-College & Military passes will be available during Fall season pass sales
Family Season Pass-10% off
**prices subject to change after April 20th
Bundled Resort Packages
-Includes two days of skiing or riding at each of the six destinations – AltaSnowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Whistler –Blackcomb – plus a 50 percent discount on all additional days with no blackout dates
-A limited number of Mountain Collective passes are on sale for $359 USD, and will include a third bonus day at any Mountain Collective resort when purchased today
-Kid’s pass reduced to $99 for the 2014-2015 season.
-Spring pass purchasers receive two free days at Valle Nevado, Chile and Thredbo, Australia this summer
-Passholders receive exclusive lodging deals throughout the season
**Prices/availability subject to change while supplies last
-Adult season pass: $439
-College and teen: $349
-Children 6-12 : $239
-Children 5 and under: $30.
-Includes unlimited skiing at Winter Park and Copper, six unrestricted days at Steamboat, and three unrestricted days at Crested Butte.
-Those who purchase before April 15 will be able to lock in the lowest guaranteed price for $49 down while enjoying scores of additional benefits such as 20 discounted Friends & Family Tickets at Winter Park and Copper.
Active and retired military members and their dependents are eligible to receive additional savings with the Patriot Pass for $339.
**Prices subject to change April 14th
By Dan Rabin
Dan Rabin is a Boulder-based freelance writer and author of the upcoming guidebook, Colorado Breweries, scheduled for release in May 2014.
For those of us who cut our first turns donned in lace-up ski boots and wooden skis with cable bindings, the age of smartphones sometimes feels like living in a science fiction movie. Mostly, this is a good thing. Like many, my smartphone is increasingly populated with apps ranging from fun to practical to futuristic. A welcome new addition to my app collection is called Sherpa, and it possesses all of these qualities. (continue reading…)
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By Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com
My calendar says that spring starts on March 20th. But, I know differently. Spring started on March 9th, at Copper Mountain.
Snow and Sun
As I’m sure you know, it’s been snowing– a lot. In fact, about a foot of fresh snow fell that weekend, from Friday to Saturday, providing amazing mid-winter conditions across Colorado. And then, just as surely as we all had to change our clocks on Sunday morning, we sprang ahead, not just in time, but also in temperature and season. Spring arrived on Sunday, with stunning blue skies, a late rising sun, and, by afternoon, amazing sun-softened conditions. (continue reading…)
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