By R. Scott Rappold *Crunch*. I winced, imagining the core shot those rocks just delivered to my brand new super-fat powder skis. Why did I bring them up here? And why, for that matter, was I here at all, endlessly traversing around a wind-scoured bowl at 12,000 feet, on snow ranging from merely...
Copper Uncorked returns to Copper Mountain for the 5th season on Saturday, February 20. This unique spin on the traditional chicken wing challenge has chefs competing for the best wing recipe and wine pairing. Attendees will have the option to sample all 8 unique pairings and vote for a favorite,...
Every ski season, Veuve Clicquot and The Little Nell come together to celebrate the high life on Aspen Mountain’s slopes and at its base. One week from today – Friday, Feb. 12 – Aspen Oasis, the world’s first on-mountain Champagne Bar, returns as does Clicquot in the Snow, the...
Here in Colorado Ski Country USA, we love to welcome visitors from around America and the world. We don’t even mind if they wear Kansas City Chiefs Starter jackets circa 1994 on the mountain. But when the NFL playoffs come around and the Broncos are one game away from Super Bowl 50, you can bet that our local snowriders will be flying the blue and orange of the Denver Broncos with pride. Here are some awesome shots and video of skiers and snowboarders representing their hometown heroes ahead of the AFC Championship Game in Denver this Sunday (1:05 MT, CBS). Continue Reading
WinterBike returns to Copper Mountain for the 5th year on Saturday, Jan. 23 at. It’s a family affair with Strider LittleBike and JuniorBike capped off by the annual night mountain bike race around the resort. Continue Reading
During ski season, my daily routine begins at 6:05 a.m. with a phone call.
When there’s snow in the forecast, most ski areas post the snow report online long before the sun creeps over the horizon. Powder chasers can scan the totals and decide where to go or to head back to bed. But at southern Colorado’s Wolf Creek Ski Area, it’s sometimes 7:00 or later before it’s posted. Living an hour away in Alamosa, my butt needs to be in gear long before then if I’m going to make first chair. Continue Reading
Full Moon Festivities are in full swing this winter at Crested Butte Mountain Resort with the new monthly Full Moon Experience at the new Umbrella Bar at Ten Peaks. Take a self-guided skin or snowshoe to the top of Ten Peaks and warm up inside the Umbrella Bar. Guests will enjoy a delicious buffet dinner under the moonlight, including fondue, salad, soup or chili, dessert and one complimentary wine or beer. Additional beverages will be available for purchase. Continue Reading
College students will once again be able to save big and ski/ride for only $43 per day at Aspen Snowmass during X Games Aspen, Jan. 28-31, 2016 by purchasing a College X Pass.
The College X Pass is valid for two days of skiing or riding during X Games Aspen for only $86 with the extra option of loading up to two additional days onto the pass for just $54/day. This pass product is good at all four mountains – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and the home mountain of X Games Aspen – Buttermilk and also includes a coupon for 35 percent off equipment rentals at Four Mountain Sports. The College X Pass is valid during X Games dates only, Jan. 28-31, 2016, and must be purchased by Jan. 27, 2016.
Skiers and riders can purchase the College X Pass online at www.aspensnowmass.com/collegexpass or by calling 877-282-7736. Purchasers must be 24 or younger and present a valid ID from an accredited four-year college at the time of pass pickup. Only one pass is allowed per person. The College X Pass is a picture pass and is nontransferable, nonrefundable and unused days have no value. The discount coupon for rentals can be redeemed at any Four Mountain Sports with convenient locations at all four mountains.
X Games Returns to Aspen Jan. 28-31, 2016
See more than 200 of the world’s best athletes in the disciplines of ski, snowboard and snowmobile throw-down over four action-packed days of competition for the most coveted medals in action sports. For the 15th consecutive year, Aspen will host the world-renowned X Games Jan. 28-31, 2016 at Buttermilk. Other event components include acclaimed musical artists performing live on the X Games concert stage as well as interactive festival village elements.
For more information about Aspen Snowmass, visit www.aspensnowmass.com or call (800) 525-6200. Follow Aspen Snowmass @aspensnowmass on Twitter and Instagram, @Aspen_Snowmass on Snapchat, or at www.facebook.com/aspensnowmass.
Did you know? Several ski resorts in Colorado Ski Country employ highly trained dogs to assist in ski patrol operations. While it’s exceptionally rare for avalanches to occur at ski areas, these pups are very well prepared, just in case! Their keen senses of smell and superior digging abilities come in handy when Ski Patrol help out with search and rescue operations in the backcountry, and our Avy dogs always like to put on a show when resorts do safety demonstrations. For example, this very good dog at Aspen Snowmass is engaging in feats of strength to entertain the little ones.
These are the dogs of Colorado Ski Country. Like the rest of the staff at Colorado’s ski resorts, Avy dogs are friendly, well trained, and will help you have the best ski day possible.
Everyone knows the burrito is a rider’s BFF. And everyone knows ski passes get you to the goods. So on Wednesday Jan 20, celebrate the snow with Chipotle and Colorado Ski Country USA by bringing in your season photo ski pass or Colorado Ski Country USA Passport for Buy-One/Get-One FREE burritos, bowls, orders of tacos, or salads at any Colorado Chipotle. Offer only good on Wednesday Jan 20 from 5 p.m. to close. Details at coloradoski.com
It’s been said that ski and snowboard lessons can be expensive, but they don’t have to be, especially if you do your research and find some deals.
Some ask: why bother? The answer is easy.
Instruction helps you gain control on the slopes, and the more control you have (over your body, your speed, your direction), the more fun you have. Note that “control” is not the same as “slow.” Rather, it’s the difference between terrifying and exhilarating. Continue Reading
Bountiful Snow and Busy Holidays Add to Positive Season Start
Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) reported today that total skier visits at its 21 member resorts were up 10 percent during the first period of the 2015/16 ski season, defined as Opening Day (October 29, 2015) through December 31, 2015, compared to the same period last year. This year’s first period skier visits also bested the first period five-year average by 13 percent, making it the third consecutive year early season visitation has been up over the five-year average. Continue Reading