• Each spring, the U.S. ski industry bestows special recognition for ski area operators, and last week Sunlight Mountain Resort received three top distinctions in the areas of marketing and public relations. Slope and Soak Voted Best “Bring a Friend” Campaign On May 19, Sunlight was honored with...

  • Aspen Snowmass

    What more could a skier or snowboarder ask for than a ski season that runs almost into June with an après-ski scene that’s unmatched outside of Colorado Ski Country...

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    One Family’s Unique Colorado Ski Country Adventure

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    By R. Scott Rappold “Danger: Cliffs.” J.B. Bissell paused to contemplate. Were he and his two boys in over their heads? Though he grew up skiing in Colorado, he’d never been to Wolf Creek, a southern Colorado resort legendary for its deep powder – they get 450 inches a year – and extreme...

  • Sunlight’s Yard Sale Music Series Parties On

    on March 26 | in Events, Sunlight | by | with Comments Off on Sunlight’s Yard Sale Music Series Parties On

     

    Sunlight’s Yard Sale Music Series

    Sunlight Mountain Resort

    Sunlight’s Yard Sale Music Series continues this weekend with the funk-i-fied sounds of DJ Brett of Platinum Productions of Aspen. The firm is known for it’s top-line “spinology” and has dropped their beats for HBO, American Express, and the Winter X-Games. Continue Reading

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  • How to Plan Your Powder Day

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    Jeremy Swanson, Aspen Snowmass

    Jeremy Swanson, Aspen Snowmass

    “I love it when a plan comes together.” – John “Hannibal” Smith, The A-Team

    By R. Scott Rappold

    I’ve driven 150 miles on twisty highways, over three mountain passes, far from the places I usually ski, to be here at this place at this moment in time.

    Outside the window of the bed-and-breakfast/hostel, the snow is coming down heavily. Puking. Nuking. Choose your verb. Around the fireplace, spring breakers who spent the day ripping the groomers are discussing the need for fatter rental skis.

    It’s March 14 and after a painfully dry stretch, winter has returned to the Colorado high country. Well, parts of the high country. That’s the problem.

    While it would be great if every storm cycle would spread the snow around democratically, that’s rarely the case. We’re a state of many mountain ranges, and any given storm can impact them in wildly different ways. Ski areas just a few miles apart can have huge differences when ski patrol checks the snow stake before dawn.

    So sometimes the serious powder hound has to hit the road to find the goods. This is how I chase powder. Continue Reading

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  • Throwback Thursday: Spring Skiing at Arapahoe Basin

    on March 24 | in Arapahoe Basin | by | with Comments Off on Throwback Thursday: Spring Skiing at Arapahoe Basin

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    Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

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  • Colorado’s Ski Season Rolls into April with Spring-Fever Festivities

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    Resorts Welcome Skiers and Riders with Parties, Races, Concerts, and Pond-skimming

    Colorado’s Ski Season Rolls into April

    Jeremy Swanson, Aspen Snowmass

    Spring has sprung at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member ski areas and resorts, with mild temperatures, blue skies, and soft snow. Spring skiing in Colorado features carved turns on fresh groomed runs, playing in late season powder, and fun resort events and activities for the whole family. Colorado’s dry air, high elevation, strong sunshine, and ample late spring snow mean that some of the best ski days of the season are still to come.

    From pond skims and brewfests to unorthodox races and concerts galore, April in Ski Country has something for everyone. Below is a roundup of springtime celebrations happening at CSCUSA resorts in what is typically the second snowiest month in the high country.

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  • Ski Country is the Place to Be for Easter Scavenger Hunts

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    Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

    Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

     

    What better way to celebrate spring than hunting eggs with the Easter Bunny in Colorado Ski Country? Here’s a roundup of Easter egg and scavenger hunts for kids and grownups alike. Continue Reading

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  • Wolf Creek Awards Kids Who Make Safe Skiing and Snowboarding into an Art Form

    on March 21 | in Wolf Creek | by | with Comments Off on Wolf Creek Awards Kids Who Make Safe Skiing and Snowboarding into an Art Form

    Wolf Creek safety contest winner Sienna Rose

    Wolf Creek Ski Area has invited local school children over the past 15 years to create posters that illustrates one or more elements of the Skiers’ and Snowboarders’ Responsibility Code. Elementary through high school students who participate in the Wolf Creek School Group Program are invited to enter their artwork.  The posters are displayed in Base Camp lodge where they are voted for by guests and employees.  The top three winners are awarded a variety of lift tickets, lessons and rentals.

    The winner this season was third grader Sienna Rose, with an excellent Minions-themed illustration of how not to follow Your Responsibility Code as a skier or snowboarder. Nice work Sienna!

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  • Experience Another Side of Ski Country With a Colorado Yurt Trip

    on March 20 | in Uncategorized | by | with Comments Off on Experience Another Side of Ski Country With a Colorado Yurt Trip

    Scott Rappold - Neff Mountain yurt

    Photo by Scott Rappold

    By R. Scott Rappold

    We take ski lifts for granted.

    That thought appeared out of nowhere as I floundered in shoulder-deep snow, trying desperately to find the bottom so I could click back into my alpine touring bindings. The sun was perilously low, the alpenglow on the Mosquito Mountains shining like a warning light. Though our destination was just an uphill football field away, no goal ever seemed farther.

    But at 12,000 feet in winter, to quit would be to die, so on we pushed, pausing every few steps to gasp for wind in the too-thin air. And then we were there, stripping off sweat-soaked layers and warming numb toes around the fire, which the quicker members of our group were good enough to light.

    A yurt is a warm hole in the middle of winter, rustic and cozy, a form of cold-weather camping used on the Asian steppe for millennia. In Colorado, they’re primarily used by skiers and snowshoers, a way to spend a couple days relaxing in a silent winter wonderland or hitting some untracked ski lines.

    And unlike the famed 10th Mountain Division huts – so popular you need to enter a lottery nearly a year in advance – yurts can usually be booked weeks or even days in advance.

    But there are a few things you need to know first.

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  • Winter Park’s Mary Jane will Remain Open to May 7

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    Winter Park's Mary Jane to Remain Open to May 7

    Carl Frey, Winter Park Resort

    Thanks to a massive powder week that has seen Winter Park Resort pick up 42” of fresh snow since Monday, iconic Mary Jane will remain open an extra 13 days, with closing now slated for Saturday, May 7.  Lifts and trails on the Winter Park side will still close on the originally scheduled closing day of Sunday, April 24.    Continue Reading

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  • Register for Fat Bike and Kayak Racing at Monarch Before it’s Too Late

    on March 18 | in Monarch | by | with Comments Off on Register for Fat Bike and Kayak Racing at Monarch Before it’s Too Late

    Monarch Great Divide Grinder

    Monarch Great Divide Grinder

    Join Monarch Saturday, March 19 for their Great Divide Grinder, Monarch’s first ever fat bike race. Continue Reading

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  • Why Women-specific Ski and Snowboard Programs Work

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    Why Women-specific Ski and Snowboard Programs Work

    Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

     

    By Rachel Walker

    The last time I took a women-specific ski clinic, I morphed into a gorilla swaying on the edge of a snowy cliff with a bottle of wine in each hand, a toothpick poking from my belly button to my ski pants, and thong underwear that’s absolutely essential to slaying the steep slope below me.

    It was two years ago, a stunningly bright day following a massive storm at Silverton Mountain, and I was following the lead of Alison Gannett, former pro-skier and brainchild behind Rippin’ Chix Camps. Continue Reading

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