Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) is looking towards the future, and the future means a major expansion of 500 acres for skiing, riding and biking. Their proposal calls for two new chairlifts, a replacement of the North Face surface lift, more snowmaking on current ski terrain, and 15 miles of...
With less than one week until racing begins, the 2015 Colorado Freeride Festival at Winter Park Resort is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever, with over $45,000 of total prize money available, including nearly $5,000 just for amateur riders. Maps for all of the festival’s races have...
For the third year in a row, Aspen Snowmass presents the 2015 Audi Power of Four Trail Race scheduled for Saturday, July 18-Sunday, July 19. The race continues to grow and attract some of the best runners in the state. This year, the 50K Ultra has been named the US Skyrunner Series North American...
Like many ski areas around the world, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts recognize the need to address climate change.
While resorts themselves are not a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, we believe that the long term global affects of climate change on our beloved sports of skiing and snowboarding, and our weather dependent industry, could be significant and could change the winter recreation experience as we know it today.
Many CSCUSA resorts have already made efforts to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions and conduct business in a more sustainable way. By adopting this policy, we will work together with our members to address some of the challenges climate change presents.
Here’s a sample of some of the improvements Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts made in the last year. Continue Reading
Winter Park’s 2014-15 ski season is closing this weekend with a bang, as Springtopia returns April 25-26 with two days packed full of fun. On Saturday, The Wallflowers will perform a free concert at the base and on Sunday, the 47th annual Coca-Cola Spring Splash pond skim will test ability and buoyancy in front of a packed house at Derailer Bar.
For more information on all the Springtopia events and activities, as well as a number of special Springtopia-related lodging deals, please visit www.winterparkresort.com.
If you’ve been driving the Interstate 70 corridor this ski season, you’ve probably noticed some construction work on the eastbound shoulder between Empire and Idaho Springs. This is the Peak Period Shoulder Lane Project, and when completed it will help alleviate congestion on the corridor during busy days for summer and winter travel alike.
The project, part of CDOT’s comprehensive plan to improve travel in the I-70 Mountain Corridor, will upgrade 13-miles of Eastbound I-70 within CDOT’s existing right of way. The upgrades will create a wide shoulder that – only during peak travel periods – will operate as a third travel lane. The express lane will be dynamically priced to keep traffic moving. Prices will lower when CDOT wants to encourage drivers to use the lane and rise as the lane reaches capacity. Utilizing the shoulder to create an express lane within the existing I-70 right-of-way during peak periods instead of adding a full lane has several benefits:
Dynamic toll pricing keeps traffic moving: prices lower to encourage drivers to use the lane and rise as the lane reaches capacity
Reduces travel time by nearly half from the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels to the top of Floyd Hill, resulting in an average 30-minute time savings
Provides drivers with the choice of a new more reliable travel lane
Avoids overbuilding I-70, by using the shoulder as a third lane, during peak hours
Enhances recent Twin Tunnels (Veterans Memorial Tunnels) improvements
Allows for faster speeds in all lanes, thus decreasing overall traffic time
Colorado Department of Transportation
April 20 Update
Work to rebuild each of the on-ramps and off-ramps in the State Highway 103 (Exit 240) interchange is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 21. Crews will first close the eastbound I-70 off-ramp to SH 103 and the SH 103 on-ramp to westbound I-70 (see map below) for about 10 days. When these ramps reopen, they will then close the SH 103 on-ramp to eastbound I-70 for about one week. When this ramp reopens, the westbound I-70 off-ramp to SH 103 will close for about two weeks. Signed detours will be in place to guide motorists around these closures.
Effective Wednesday, April 22, drivers that use the Exit 241A off-ramp from westbound I-70 to travel west on Colorado Boulevard toward downtown Idaho Springs will need to continue to the next off-ramp (Exit 241B) where temporary asphalt, lane striping and traffic control devices are being put in place to permit left turns onto westbound Colorado Boulevard.
While this ramp detour is necessary to facilitate construction of the new bridge that is being built next to the existing structure, this ramp configuration will be similar to the redesigned, permanent interchange which will feature one westbound off-ramp onto Colorado Boulevard when work is complete this fall.
Construction activities are weather dependent and the schedule is to change. For additional project information, visit www.i70ppsl.com or call 303-223-6581.
Photo by Trent Bona, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
One of the great things about living in a place with four seasons is the anticipation of the next season. In Crested Butte, this excitement is never ending. As the sun raises higher in the sky and temperatures rise, the resort is preparing for some new summer fun for bikers, families, kids, “miners” and even archers. Here’s what’s New This Summer at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Continue Reading
Copper is super pumped to announce Reel Big Fish will be at Copper Mountain on Saturday, April 18th. Come back on April 19th for Oakhurst, the genre-bending Americana and Bluesy reverberation band from Denver. Take a look at the live music schedule below, and visit CopperColorado.com for more information. Continue Reading
After being named by the Oxford English Dictionary as the Word of the Year back in 2013, selfie has become a fixture of our vocabulary. Selfies are something that many of us snap on the slopes of Colorado Ski Country. So, we’re asking you to share your best selfie with us in our Ski Selfie of the Year sweepstakes on our Facebook page.
Submit a selfie image (a self-taken photo) of yourself and yourself only (sorry, no group photos due to privacy rules), skiing, snowboarding, or enjoying the activities or scenery at a CSCUSA member resort for a chance to win Icelantic skis, Flylow apparel, and more.
Closing Day at Aspen Highlands went out with a splash at Schneetag as teams attempted to float across a giant pond on a craft they had built. Snowmass also wrapped up the season yesterday under sunny skies with great spring skiing and riding conditions. Up next, Aspen Mountain will close for the season on Sunday, April 19. Continue Reading
Arapahoe Basin’s Early Riser parking lot is home to a stretch of prime real estate known as “The Beach.” The Beach backs up to the three lower mountain chairlifts, and is the perfect spot to kick back between runs with family and friends. It’s a scene unique to the Basin, and a guaranteed good time. Continue Reading