Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort was named the Best Ski Value in North America by TripAdvisor for the past two seasons (2012-2014), and is recognized as a top family-friendly resort. Purgatory provides snow enthusiasts many ways to enjoy the winter wonderland with 88 trails, five terrain parks and 1,360 skiable acres. With 10 chairlifts and rarely any lines, it’s simple to zip around the mountain and enjoy the spectacular scenery amidst the rugged San Juan Mountains. Other winter fun activities include dog sledding, tubing, Cross Country Skiing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice climbing, snowbiking, backcountry skiing, snowmobiling and more. In addition, Durango Mountain Resort is the base camp for Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing operation, San Juan Untracked, which has access to 35,000 acres of pure alpine bliss. Continue ReadingRead More »
College students will once again be able to save big and ski/ride for only $42.50 per day at Aspen Snowmass during X Games Aspen, Jan. 22-25, 2015 by purchasing a College X Pass. The College X Pass is a picture pass valid for two days of skiing or riding during X Games Aspen for only $85 and includes a coupon for 35 percent off equipment rentals at Four Mountain Sports. Up to two additional days can be loaded onto the pass for just $53/day. This pass is good at all four mountains – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and the home mountain of X Games Aspen – Buttermilk. The College X Pass is valid during X Games dates only – Jan. 22-25, 2015 – and must be purchased by Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Continue ReadingRead More »
By Rachel Walker
Before I had kids, this time of year centered around one question: which ski pass are you getting? These days, with two young boys (ages 4.5 and 2.5) the question is modified: which ski school program are you signing up for?
It’s something all of my friends are asking, us “Front Rangers” with powder addictions and fledgling rippers. Some of us have ski houses in the high country (not me, sadly), others are intrepid day-trippers, and still others prefer to stay close to home. Fortunately, nearly all of the resorts in Colorado have multi-day ski school programs that offer consistency and financial discounts. Here’s a round-up: Continue ReadingRead More »
“It takes approximately two weeks from the start of snowmaking to create the 18-inch base necessary to start skiing on the first trail to open, the intermediate High Noon run. After that, we focus our snowmaking efforts on the neighboring Ramrod and Sundance runs, and if the snowmaking season is prime, we move to the upper mountain. We hope to see a strong early snow season to buttress our efforts and bring the snow to the powderhounds in Colorado!”, said Adrienne Saia Isaac, Marketing & Communications Manager for Arapahoe Basin.
Just across the Continental Divide, Mother Nature delivered seven inches of snow to the slopes of Loveland Ski Area over the past three days. Not to be outdone, Loveland’s snowmaking team fired up 17 snow guns last night and began laying down some man-made flakes of their own.
“Our first night of snowmaking was very productive,” said Bobby Babeon, trail maintenance and snowmaking manager. “Mother Nature got us off to a good start and our team is ready to finish the job. We will keep making snow around the clock as conditions permit and the slopes should be ready for the first skiers and riders in just a few weeks.” Continue ReadingRead More »
More than two inches of natural snow graced the slopes of Copper Mountain Resort late Monday night when snowmakers kicked into gear and started snow making operations. An overnight wet-blub temp of 26 degrees made it possible for snowmaking guns lining Upper Andy’s and Copperopolis trails to debut. Live snowmaking can be seen from Copper’s Excelerator Web Cam. Copper will celebrate its 2014/2015 Opening Day in only 31 days on Halloween, Oct. 31. Continue ReadingRead More »
Here’s another video from last year to get you ready for the 2014-15 season. The Chicago Ridge snowcat operation at Ski Cooper near Leadville is worth a quick detour from the beaten path.
Tucked away on top of Tennessee Pass, you’ll find a ski resort that packs in big adventure and small town charm. Imagine great snow, close-in parking, affordable lift tickets, and no lift lines. This is Ski Cooper.
While there is access to a variety of trails on their two chairlifts (well five if you count the platter, handle tow, and Colorado’s longest Magic Carpet), they have one very awesome trick in their back pocket: CAT SKIING!
The Chicago Ridge Snowcat day trip promises picturesque views and backcountry comfort. Here, you’ll unpack your skis and boards and launch into open bowls and gladed terrain. The cozy snowcat drops you at the top of each run, so you can enjoy turn after powdery turn of crowd-free skiing. Reenergize with a gourmet lunch inside a heated yurt. This is the way backcountry skiing was meant to be enjoyed. It’s an adventure that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Continue ReadingRead More »