• Photo by Jeremy Swanson last Memorial Day Weekend. Courtesy of Aspen Snowmass.

    With 18 Inches of New Snow in the Past Week, Aspen Mountain’s Summer Operations Kick-Off with Ski/Ride May 27-29  Due to recent winter storms that dropped 18 inches of new snow in the past week, Aspen Mountain will open for skiing and riding Memorial Day Weekend May 27-29. In addition to...

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    Heart healthy produce, locally crafted artisan items and specialty products headline the new Thursday afternoon tradition at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort base area. Mt. Crested Butte welcomes the first Farmers Market to the resort base area. Local farmers and vendors will be present to offer...

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    How to Store Your Ski Equipment for the Summer

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    As skiers trade skis and snowboards for mountain bikes and hiking boots, it’s time to store all that snowsports gear. There is an art to properly storing and maintaining your equipment over the summer, from storage wax on the boards to buckling up your boots properly. When the snow starts to fly...

  • 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

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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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  • Ski Season Over in the San Juans – But Only for Now

    on April 6 | in Hesperus Ski Area, Purgatory, Telluride, Wolf Creek | by | with No Comments

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    By R. Scott Rappold.

    Colorado’s San Juan Mountains remain deeply buried in winter snow, but the calendar says “spring” and that meant closing day Sunday in southern Colorado.

    But only for this week.

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  • 36 Hours to Ride: Monarch and Crested Butte in One Weekend

    on March 30 | in Crested Butte, Insider Secrets, Monarch | by | with 2 Comments

    The view from the top of the Paradise Lift at Crested Butte. Photo by Chris Linsmayer.

    The view from the top of the Paradise Lift at Crested Butte. Photo by Chris Linsmayer.

    It’s a familiar setting. You’re sitting on the couch on a Sunday evening as the sun sets, officially signaling the transition out of “weekend mode.” You slowly get up to switch on the lights around the house and your struck with that regretful feeling that you didn’t take full advantage of your weekend. Maybe you spent a few too many hours re-watching that HBO series. Maybe your Friday happy hour turned into a two day hangover filled with disappointing delivery food. Maybe you decided that you worked too hard during the week to do anything on your days off. No matter your reasoning, that regretful feeling lingers like the stench from a neglected garbage bin.

    But your Sunday nights don’t have to feel like that. In fact, they shouldn’t. It is true that you did work too hard during the week… you worked too hard to not get out and do something with those precious days off. This reasoning is preciously why I said “I’m in!” when my CSCUSA colleague (Chris Linsmayer of Southwest Swing #1 & #2 fame) invited me on a quick road trip to Monarch and Crested Butte – two resorts he needed to check off his list on his quest to visit every CSCUSA resort this season (your next, Cooper!).

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  • Mini Pond Skim at Sunlight Mountain with Belt Buckle Bobby

    on March 27 | in Sunlight, Video | by | with No Comments

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    Do to factors beyond human control, Sunlight Mountain Resort will not be hosting a pond skimming event this spring. But that did not stop them from having some fun with it anyway.

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  • Copper Mountain Resort Announces Capital Improvements

    on March 24 | in Copper Mountain | by | with 1 Comment

    Photo courtesy of Copper Mountain.

    Photo courtesy of Copper Mountain.

    • The new Kokomo Express High Speed Quad Chairlift to open Winter 2017
    • Gated access lift pass technology to be installed
    • The Rocky Mountain Coaster at Copper Mountain will be the longest alpine coaster in North America
    • Woodward Copper WreckTangle to open Summer 2017

    Today Copper Mountain Resort announced several capital improvements including a new Kokomo Express high speed quad chairlift, the installation of North America’s longest alpine coaster known as the Rocky Mountain Coaster at Copper Mountain, and an upgrade in lift pass technology to include gated access.

    The future is extremely bright for Copper,” said Gary Rodgers, President and General Manager of Copper Mountain Resort. “These strategic capital improvements will enhance our product offerings and truly elevate the year-round guest experience at Copper.”

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  • Spring Hits Colorado Ski Country

    on March 23 | in Events | by | with No Comments

    Corn Harvest at Loveland.

    Corn Harvest Benefit at Loveland.

    Spring has officially arrived at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) ski areas and resorts with longer and warmer days and spring skiing conditions. In addition to great events for the whole family, guests should check the weather report and the Colorado Ski Country snow report for a chance to ski late season powder. Below is a roundup of springtime celebrations happening at CSCUSA ski areas through the end of the 2016-17 ski season.

    A full list of expected closing dates is at the bottom of this post.

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  • 5 Reasons to Spend A Weekend at Cooper

    on March 22 | in Cooper, Dining and Nightlife, Insider Secrets, Kids & Family Friendly Zone | by | with 2 Comments

    Fresh snow on Chicago Ridge. Photo by Scott DW Scott.

    Fresh snow on Chicago Ridge. Photo by Scott DW Scott.

    Cooper is an unpretentious outpost and the perfect place to learn to ski and ride.

    Each winter, our family spends one to two weekends at Cooper. Compare Cooper’s stats to some of the behemoth resorts down the road, and it’s easy to overlook Cooper’s unassuming 400 acres. Yet this storied ski hill set on Tennessee Pass has much to recommend it.

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  • How to Make the Most of Spring Skiing

    on March 21 | in Insider Secrets, Skiing & Snowboarding, Uncategorized | by | with No Comments

    May 8, 2016 at Loveland. Photo by Dustin Schaefer.

    May 8, 2016 at Loveland. Photo by Dustin Schaefer.

    Now that it is officially spring, it’s time to shed some layers, load on the sun screen and hit the soft stuff. But please note, springtime shredding is by no means bad, in fact, spring conditions can give rise to some of the best days of the season. You just need to know how to approach it.

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  • Finding Big Drops and Deep Tradition in Crested Butte

    on March 20 | in Crested Butte, Events, Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Skiing & Snowboarding, Uncategorized | by | with No Comments

    Prater Cup competitors with  Stephanie Prater standing center.

    Prater Cup competitors with Stephanie Prater standing center.

    I was in Crested Butte’s double-black-diamond Extreme Limits with my son and his ski team this February. Accessed off the North Face T-Bar, the area is like a giant rumpled sheet, with steep cirques, ledges, benches, cliffs, and chutes that plunge through the trees. I was urging prudence, given the fact that my son was in the middle of quite possibly the most important ski race of the year. “If you can’t see over it, don’t ski over it,” I told him.

    In the last week of February, the speediest 12- and 13-year-old ski racers in the state of Colorado descend on Crested Butte for the annual Dan Prater Memorial Cup. It also happens to be the most fun race on the schedule and one of the best opportunities for parents to get in some white-knuckle skiing of their own in between watching race runs. The event also has an intriguing backstory that’s wrapped up in Crested Butte history.

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