Three more members of Colorado Ski Country USA are firing up their chairlifts this morning, opening for the season amid the best early-season conditions for many years.
People at Crested Butte are excited for Opening Day, which is free for all comers. As can be seen in the video above, some of them are even camping out to get the first chair. The kids these days, with their camping. Shouldn’t they be in school?
Sunlight Mountain is opening for its 47th season with a solid 25-inch base. Through the weekend, lift tickets will be $47 for a full day adult, $37 for half day adult, and $35 for a full day child.
Today also kicks off the first treasure hunt of the season at Sunlight. The treasure can be found hidden somewhere on the mountain. Whoever finds it will win a season pass to Sunlight for the 2014/2015 ski and snowboard season. Clues will be posted every Friday on Sunlight’s facebook page and in Guest Services.
Steamboat opened today with a 26-inch base at mid-mountain, five lifts, 57 trails, and 735 acres of terrain. The resort has seen more than seven feet of snow since October 1st with nearly four feet falling during the month of November.
Be sure to check out Steamboat’s Korbel Opening Weekend Celebration, featuring free Korbel, cupcakes and hot chocolate in Gondola Square (2pm on Saturday), a concert featuring the Steamboat String Band (3pm on Saturday) and two-for-one appetizers at the Bear River Bar & Grill and the Cabin all weekend.
[Editor's note: The Gems & Brews Tour was a 2-week ski pilgrimage in Feb. 2013 devoted to sampling some of the best small mountain resorts, fine craft beers, spirits and food across Colorado. The tour was a collaboration between Colorado Ski Country USA and Exploring Elements, with the idea to give a small taste of what you can expect when exploring these spectacular Colorado Gems. Be sure to check out the full Gems & Brews Tour Monarch report with great images from Exploring Elements here.]
By Bryon Dorr (http://www.ExploringElements.com)
Monarch caters to the passionate outdoor adventurer who wants an authentic Colorado mountain experience. Situated high in the mountains above the Arkansas Valley and along the Continental Divide, Monarch is known for its steep world class terrain and amazing snow. The resort operates on 100% natural snowfall, and Mother Nature has been kind to this amazing gem since 1939. Whether you want long sweeping cusiers, fast fun groomers, natural freestyle terrain, or super steep fresh turns in the woods, Monarch has you covered. (continue reading…)
The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) is in need of Volunteers for the Winter Season. The NSCD began in 1970, providing ski lessons for children with amputations for the Children’s Hospital of Denver. Based out of Winter Park Resort and Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the NSCD is one of the largest outdoor therapeutic recreation agencies in the world. Each year more than 3,000 children and adults with disabilities participate in our programs to learn more about sports and themselves. With specially trained staff and volunteers, and its own adaptive equipment lab, the NSCD teaches a variety of winter and summer sports and activities to individuals with almost any physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral diagnosis. (continue reading…)
Thanks to the diligent work of the ski patrol, getting caught in an inbounds avalanche is exceptionally unlikely anywhere in Colorado Ski Country. However, if Mother Nature conspires against you and you get caught in a slide, there’s a good chance that a specially trained Ski Patrol doggy will dig you out, lick your face,
and ply you with brandy.
Last season, Wolf Creek’s Patrol Director Eric Dietemeyer showed us this cool training session for Rico, one of their trusted rescue dogs.
Well this is the coolest thing ever.
A drone helicopter at Loveland Ski Area filmed footage of national teams training in preparation for the Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Check out the amazing footage from just a few feet above the race course.
The agility, grace, and raw athleticism of elite ski racers is even more evident when you can follow them all the way down the mountain in a single shot. Cloudgate Aerial Cinematography from Greeley, Colorado provided this cutting edge footage.
Everybody do your happy dance/snow dance, because due to the hard work of Winter Park Resort’s Slope Maintenance and Ski Patrol teams, as well as some help from Mother Nature in the form of 26” of snow in the last week, Mary Jane territory will open for its 38th season next Tuesday, November 26. Ceremonial first chair festivities will take place at the Super Gauge Express lift at 9 a.m.
Available terrain will include Mary Jane Trail, Upper Rainbow Cut, Lower Arrowhead Loop, and portions of the High Lonesome trail network. Some directive skiing on more advanced trails may occur as conditions permit. In addition to the Super Gauge, High Lonesome Express and the Galloping Goose chairlifts will also be open. Access will be limited between Winter Park and Mary Jane. Visitors are encouraged to check with Winter Park Guest Hosts at the base of each mountain for instructions on how to get from one territory to the other.
As part of the celebration, Mary Jane Market will be offering $1 pancakes from 8-10 a.m. in order to fuel up for a full day of skiing/riding on one of Colorado’s most beloved mountains.
With over 4.5 feet of snow already this season and more on the way, Winter Park Resort is busy opening as much new terrain as quickly as possible. For more information, visit www.winterparkresort.com.
As more Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts open for the season and snow totals keep piling up from early season storms, resorts are preparing for robust holiday visits with family activities, unique offerings, and a variety of jubilant events and programs to celebrate the season. From kids ski free specials to competing in a gingerbread house competition to taking a ski lesson from Santa himself, visitors to Colorado’s ski slopes will find plenty of good holiday tidings this season.
Following are highlights of some of the holiday activities and programs skiers and snowboarders visiting CSCUSA resorts can look forward to in the coming weeks: (continue reading…)