• Dan Rabin is a Boulder-based freelance writer and author of the guidebook, Colorado Breweries. An early-morning run down a pristine untracked trail is an experience every skier or snowboarder should have at least once. If you think this privilege is reserved for a few hearty souls willing to rise...

  • Beginning March 30, Sunlight will reduce lift tickets by $10 through the end of the season. That means Adults are only $50, a half day is only $40 and kids 6-12 are only $40 for full day and $35 for half. Kids under 5 are still free...

  • Ski Patrol’s Best Friend

    Mar 28 | 618 Views | No Comments

    One of Wolf Creek Ski Area’s Ski Patrollers has some particularly bad breath. I’ve just watched Rico execute a rescue of a buried avalanche victim in a training drill put on by Wolf Creek, and as I congratulate him on a job well done, Rico’s halitosis washes over me and I’m...

  • Telluride Announces 2nd Annual Mountain Town Get Down Schedule

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    Telluride Mountain Town Get Down

    Brad Larsen, Telluride Ski Resort

    Telluride Ski Resort has announced that the national reggae act, Iration, will be headlining the Mountain Town Get Down scheduled for March 28 and 29, 2015.  Now in its second year, the Mountain Town Get Down attracts spring skiing and music enthusiasts for a weekend full of on-snow festivities and free music.

    “This event is a great bookend to the destination’s winter season,” says Brad Larsen, Vice President of Sales & Marketing.  “The Mountain Town Get Down allows guests and locals alike to celebrate spring in one of America’s greatest ski towns.” Continue Reading

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  • Purgatory is Back!

    on February 27 | in General, Purgatory | by | with Comments Off

    Purgatory logo retro jpeg

    Durango Mountain Resort announced that James Coleman, a local Durango, Colo. businessman, finalized the purchase of the resort on February 25, 2015.  Coleman disclosed that his first order of business is to change the name of Durango Mountain Resort back to “Purgatory” Resort and use the ski area’s popular “retro” logo with the red and white inverted triangles. Continue Reading

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  • Celebrate Winter Park’s 75th Anniversary by Train

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    WP Express Amtrak LogoUPDATE: This event is now sold out.

    Amtrak and Winter Park Resort will operate a Winter Park Express excursion train on March 14, taking passengers and their ski gear by Amtrak train from Denver Union Station directly to the resort that morning — then back to Denver that evening — in celebration of the resort’s 75th anniversary.

    For each round-trip adult railfare of $75, passengers will avoid I-70 and US-40 and receive a $15 gift voucher for use in resort restaurants and retail stores, with discounted lift tickets available in advance by calling the resort at 888-923-7275.  Continue Reading

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  • Night Skiing at Powderhorn Returns February 27-28

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    Powderhorn Mountain Resort

    Powderhorn Mountain Resort (PMR) will host the 2nd Annual Wagner Rents Night Skiing Event, February 27-28, from 4-9 pm.

    Join PMR and Wagner Rentals, for a night of skiing and riding under the stars and lights. PMR will have the Take-Four lift open to Midway with the lower Peacemaker, lower Wonderbump and upper Greenhorn trails lit with lights. Both the upper and lower Peace Parks will also be open and lit up. Continue Reading

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  • Q&A with Andy Daly, a Ski Town Mayor

    on February 24 | in General, Powderhorn | by | with Comments Off

    Andy Daly, Mayor of Vail

    Andy Daly, Mayor of Vail

    by Troy Hawks

    The mayor of Vail is a closet ski bum. “Closet” that is, if his faint but ever-present goggle tan didn’t give him away. Andy Daly has held the office since 2011, with a previous stint from 2007 to 2009.

    He’s also part-owner and operator of Powderhorn, and just announced the area was getting a new detachable high-speed quad chairlift as part of $5 million capital improvements for the 2015/16 season. Daly also helps steer the development of Alpine Mountain Ranch and Club, an exclusive single-family community in Steamboat adjacent to the ski area.

    There aren’t many ski bums that can match Daly’s resume. It all began in 1970 when he moved from his home in Andover, Massachusetts and took a job at Aspen Highlands. He has since gone on to hold executive positions at Copper, Eldora Mountain Resort, Beaver Creek, The Broadmoor, and Vail Associates. He was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 2000.

    In our Q&A with Andy, he shares his insight on the new upgrades at Powderhorn, state of Colorado ski towns and gives us a look at what’s it’s like to be a mayor-slash-business leader-slash-ski bum. Continue Reading

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  • Powder Reigns in Colorado Ski Country after Major Mid-winter Storm

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    Powder Reigns in Colorado Ski Country

    Jason Lombard, Wolf Creek Ski Area

    A powerful weekend snowstorm left all 21 Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member ski areas and resorts with fresh powder and great conditions ahead of what is historically the heaviest month for snowfall in the state.

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  • Arapahoe Basin Patrol Dog Rio’s Day at the Office

    on February 22 | in Arapahoe Basin, Video | by | with Comments Off

    If the recent snowmaking and winter weather haven’t gotten you stoked for the season, maybe this video will help get you there; last spring, during a very snowy May, Arapahoe Basin recorded a “day in the office” of its patrol dog, Rio.

    Rio is more than your typical 3-year-old Golden Retriever. She is also a certified avalanche search and rescue dog, a member of the Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment Team, and an employee of Arapahoe Basin since 2012. Her patrol handler, assistant patrol director Matt Norfleet, and her owners, Rob and Debbie Ware, have spent hours working with Rio to hone her obedience and elevate her skills as a rescue dog. Rio has become an example to others in the Avalanche Dog Training Program here at the Basin, and is one of our best helpers when educating our guests about snow safety and enjoying their day on the mountain.

    Video production credit: Rex Lint, Big Tree Media

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  • Confessions of a Bootfitter

    on February 21 | in General | by | with Comments Off

    Photo by Troy Hawks

    Photo by Troy Hawks

    By Troy Hawks

    If you’re a skier on Colorado’s Front Range then you or someone you know has heard of Larry the boot-fitter. He’s a one-named legend that for the past 35 years has been making ski toes sing like Elvis made young women cry.

    Tens of thousands of skiers have come to Larry to bare their soles. The most important thing to know when buying ski boots, says Larry, is the shape of your foot. Today, the top ski boot companies are building boots that fit a larger swath of foot shapes, and that’s very good news for skiers. Now we have more boot styles to choose from, better, warmer technology, and all at very competitive prices.

    Ski Country recently sat down with Larry to learn more about his craft and how a proper boot fit can help put hip-shaking swing back into our skiing. Continue Reading

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  • Ullr Nights at Snowmass Features a Family-Friendly On-mountain Frolic

    on February 20 | in Dining and Nightlife, Events, Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Snowmass | by | with Comments Off


    Aspen Snowmass

    Photo by Jeremy Swanson, Aspen Snowmass

    By Dan Rabin

    Dan Rabin is a Boulder-based freelance writer and author of the guidebook, Colorado Breweries.

    Ullr, the mythological Norse god of skiing, is synonymous with wintertime fun, frolic and festivities. In the spirit of snowy reverie, Snowmass Resort hosts Ullr Nights, a weekly family-focused on-mountain event featuring outdoor activities plus indoor entertainment and dining. Ullr Nights takes place in and around Elk Camp, the resort’s newest mid-mountain restaurant, on Friday nights throughout ski season. Continue Reading

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  • Throwback Thursday: Stunning Scenery at Purgatory

    on February 19 | in Purgatory | by | with Comments Off

    Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort

    Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort

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