• 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

    Industry Leaders Recognized for Excellence in Competition, Patrol, Instruction, Operations and Ski Area Management 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...

  • Photo by Tripp Fay courtesy of Copper Mountain

    2016-17 Estimated as State’s Second Best Season on Record 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...

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    Winter Park Resort Opens for Summer this Saturday

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    Winter Park Resort will open summer operations this Saturday, June 10 with a big kick-off weekend that includes the 8th annual Winter Park Chocolate Festival and the opening of Trestle Bike Park...

  • Aspen Snowmass Kicks-Off Summer Memorial Day Weekend

    on April 18 | in Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Snowmass, Summer | by | with No Comments

    Photo by Dan Bayer courtesy of Aspen Snowmass

    Photo by Dan Bayer courtesy of Aspen Snowmass

    • Summer Operations
    • Snowmass Bike Park Nights and New Trails
    • Top-of-Aspen Mountain Summer Enhancement Project Continues
    • Expanded Farm to Table Dinners at Elk Camp Restaurant
    • Enduro World Series Mountain Bike Race
    • Stars Above Aspen Community Astronomy Night Back by Popular Demand

    Aspen Snowmass launches summer operations Memorial Day Weekend May 27-29 with the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain running from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily operations on Aspen Mountain will officially kick-off June 17, and at Snowmass, daily operations will commence June 23.

    With the start of summer operations, Aspen Snowmass is scheduled to debut new summer enhancements, offerings and events. The top of Aspen Mountain will continue to undergo improvements with new features including a slide, log rope staircase and a refurbished obstacle course. Snowmass is expanding its bike park with three new trails, with plans to add even more trails the following summer. Also at Snowmass, the popular Farm to Table Dinners at Elk Camp will return with expanded dates and will also include late night Snowmass Bike Park Hours for riding into the evening. The event calendar will include two great events, the Enduro World Series Mountain Bike Race as well as the Stars Above Aspen community astronomy night.

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  • “Ender” – Snowmass Terrain Park Video

    on April 17 | in Snowmass | by | with No Comments

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    Colorado is blessed with an abundance of amazing terrain parks and the award winning park at Aspen Snowmass is right up there with the best of them. Sadly, the winter season at Snowmass has come to a close but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce. This one is for all you snowboard park rats out there: the season ender edit from Aspen’s local Knuckledraggers crew, filmed and edited by Zach Hooper.

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  • Inside a Ski Photographer’s backpack

    on April 12 | in Uncategorized | by | with 2 Comments

    You’ve read what the powderhound keeps in his backpack and what the Mountain Sherpa (also known as a ski mom) has in hers. My haul looks similar, but I lug a camera around in my pack, making everything a bit more complicated. Here’s a rundown of my gear for a day of shooting on the mountain and how I carry it:

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    Sony a6000: This is the perfect action sports photography camera. It’s mirrorless (which allows for a much more compact and lightweight build than a DSLR) so I can stuff it into a fairly small backpack and not even notice it’s there. This thing also shoots 11 frames per second and has a ridiculously fast autofocus, ensuring that you’ll always get the shot of your buddy hitting that pillow. The only big drawback about this camera is its battery usage. Mirrorless setups run through juice much more quickly than DSLR’s, especially in the cold, so I bring at least two spares to get me through a day of shooting.

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  • Aspen Mountain to Host Sunset Skiing and Sundeck Party Friday, Apr. 14

    on April 12 | in Aspen Mountain | by | with No Comments

    Photo courtesy of Aspen Snowmass.

    Photo courtesy of Aspen Snowmass.

    Sunset skiing returns to Aspen Mountain Friday, Apr. 14 with extended ski/ride hours followed by a party at the Sundeck.

    Aspen Mountain will run the Silver Queen Gondola and Ajax Express until 6 p.m. for sunset turns. In addition to top-to-bottom skiing/riding, the Ruthie’s side of the mountain will stay open with access back to the Gondola via Tower 7 Road.

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  • Skiing around Colorado Ski Country: Advice for a successful car camping adventure

    on April 11 | in Deals, Insider Secrets, Travel Planning & Tips, Uncategorized | by | with 1 Comment

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    It is often daunting for those of us with inadequate budgets, holes in our pockets, or other limitations on accessible financial support to fund our dream ski resort vacations, even when staying in Colorado. Lodging can be around $200 a night at the cheapest for most large-scale resort towns, gas comes in around $30 per tank, resort or ski town food runs at prices higher than most (think a $10 burger for $17), libations for those of us over 21 can be wildly more expensive than at your local dive, and of course the ultimate fuel in your tank that seemingly increases with every step you take toward a chair lift: coffee. These expenses dig holes in your wallet before even considering the daily cost of arguably the most essential ski item; day passes can run anywhere from $54 to $164 depending on the resort.

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  • A Surfing Revolution on the Mountain; with Soulmotion Snowsurf

    on April 11 | in Uncategorized | by | with 1 Comment

    Aaron, Dude Dog, and some radical boards.  Photo courtesy of Aaron Lebowitz

    Aaron, Dude Dog, and some radical boards. Photo courtesy of Aaron Lebowitz

    Aaron Lebowitz is out to change the way we think about snowboarding; he wants to “revitalize stoke on the mountain,” as he says, through surf-inspired designs to get back to the roots of snowboarding. He believes that the common popsicle stick is more of a “survival board” than anything else– these shapes can handle everything, but do nothing exceptionally well. And here’s a thought: why does every surfer have a fish, longboard, and shortboard for all types of conditions, while a snowboarder often has one do-it-all board, even though a mountain can change as much as the wave?

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  • Why Spring Skiing Rocks

    on April 7 | in Copper Mountain, Eldora, Kids & Family Friendly Zone | by | with No Comments

    Photo by Dave Camara courtesy of Arapahoe Basin.

    Photo by Dave Camara courtesy of Arapahoe Basin.

    Spring break today means something entirely different to me than it did some decades ago when I was a beer-swilling college student. Back then, while fellow coeds were jetting off to Ft. Lauderdale to party righteously in skimpy bathing suits, my roommate and I headed to Utah’s Alta for spring break.

    We knew our friends would come back tanned, and we were determined to do the same—but we would ski. Our tans would be goggle tans, which we certainly thought was cooler anyway.

    Things have changed since then—and then again, they haven’t.

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  • Power Pass Now on Sale at the Lowest Price of the Year

    on April 7 | in Hesperus Ski Area, Purgatory | by | with No Comments

    Photo by Scott DW Smith courtesy of Purgatory.

    Photo by Scott DW Smith courtesy of Purgatory.

    Resort officials with the largest ski area collective in the Southwest announced details of the 2017/2018 Power Pass, which is now available at the lowest price of the year, with no price increase, an extended no-interest payment plan, and unlimited access to five ski resorts in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

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  • Aspen Snowmass Celebrates Spring Skiing and Riding with Extended Daily Operations on Aspen Mountain

    on April 7 | in Aspen Mountain | by | with No Comments

    Photo by Tyler Lindsay courtesy of Aspen Snowmass.

    Photo by Tyler Lindsay courtesy of Aspen Snowmass.

    Aspen Snowmass announces extended daily operations on Aspen Mountain for an extra week through Sunday, Apr. 23. With over a foot of new snow in the past seven days, a majority of Aspen Mountain will remain open with top-to-bottom skiing and riding accessed via the Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Express, F.I.S chair and Ruthies lift. Hours of operation will shift to the following, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., to take advantage of spring conditions, unless it is a powder day, and then the lifts will open at 9 a.m.

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  • Winter Park’s Mary Jane to Remain Open Until April 30

    on April 7 | in Winter Park | by | with No Comments

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    Photo by Charles Stemen courtesy of Winter Park

    Thanks to over 280” of snow this season, Winter Park Resort’s iconic Mary Jane Territory will remain open an extra week, with closing now slated for Sunday, April 30.  Lifts and trails on the Winter Park side will still close on the originally scheduled closing weekend of April 22-23 with free music from Michael Franti & Spearhead on Saturday, April 22 and the always-popular Monster Energy Spring Splash on Sunday, April 23.

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