• Better Skiers Than Me

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    By James Lummis Not surprisingly, my teenage sons have become better skiers than me. For twelve years, we’ve been skiing as a family of four. During this time, we conquered the bunny slopes, Buddy Werner ski league and USSA training and race days.  During this time, I learned how to tune skis,...

  • By Rachel Walker When the planners at Aspen Skiing Company began designing the Hideout, the new children’s center at the base of Buttermilk, they turned to the experts—the actual ski instructors and program administrators—to help customize the space. The result is a 7,500-square foot facility...

  • Lesson Learned, Skiing Moguls with Ease

    on February 2 | in Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off

    This post from our Mountain Correspondent was originally published on January 30, 2014.

    Long after we step into our skis, learn the “pizza” and move on to the “french fry”, the people who taught us how to slide down the mountain fade into the distance. But what happens when you’ve been cruising the blues for the millionth time, and you’re just ready for a new challenge?

    Despite what you may think, Ski School is not just for the kiddos. It’s not just for the first-timers. Let’s face it, we could all benefit from some lessons on the hill to sharpen up our skills, learn some new tricks and master challenging terrain. It’s an investment that will benefit you throughout your entire ski and snowboarding career. You’ll become more efficient with your turns so you don’t feel so tired or sore the next day, you’ll feel more confidence, and you’ll be able to ride more of the mountain. Imagine carving down groomers, floating through powder, weaving through the trees, hitting up the terrain park or mastering moguls–you know you want to!

    PSIA certified ski instructor and trainer Erik Mogensen of Winter Park has made a career out of teaching skiing. It’s amazing how quickly the tips and tricks can transform the way you ski. On his lesson with Victoria, an intermediate skier and a mom who fears the day her son will surpass her on the mountain, Erik shows her how to take her skiing to the next level in the bumps.

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  • A Day with Ski Patrol at Durango Mountain Resort

    on February 1 | in Purgatory | by | with Comments Off

    I hop on the 8 o’clock chair with a few Ski Patrollers at Durango Mountain Resort (DMR). I ask one of the patrollers what he thought of a recent article that seemed to suggest Ski Patrollers across the state lack in training.

    “That article made us sound like a bunch of un-trained monkeys!” exclaimed TJ, a veteran patroller at DMR. “I resent that. We’re highly trained monkeys.”

    The vibe here is relaxed, even on dawn-patrol. The snow has already begun to soften up on this late-March day. Festivities at the base area, known to locals as “the Beach” will include snow bowling, a pig roast, and of course, beer. Did I mention it’s college day?

    “That’ll bring the rabble out for sure.” remarks Scott Clements, director of the Patrol at DMR. I’ve seen closing day at DMR before. It usually means costumes, antics, and lots of fun, so I know it’s going to be a good day to shadow the patrollers.

    It takes hard work and dedication to work for Patrol. And a sweet one-piece.

    It takes hard work and dedication to work for Patrol. And a sweet one-piece.

    Despite the chuckling about the laid-back vibe of spring skiing in Colorado, Ski Patrol is diligent about their job. It’s business-as-usual in the Patrol Shack. The morning meeting begins with grooming reports, station assignments, and the typical razzing of the rookie. The only think significantly different today is sitting on a table in front of me… Continue Reading

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  • Tough Be a Lady: Ski Racer Alana Nichols Defines Strength and Beauty

    on January 31 | in General | by | with Comments Off

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    By Troy Hawks

    Alana Nichols, a six-time Paralympic medalist, likes to lighten the mood before a ski race. Early last March, while most Americans were sleeping, the 31-year-old two-sport phenom was half a world away perched at the starting gate for the women’s downhill of the 2014 Winter Paralympics.

    Just seconds away from the start, she leans over to coach Kevin Jardeen and asks, “How’s my hair?” Continue Reading

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  • Cosmic Series Divine Incline Returns to Powderhorn Resort

    on January 30 | in Uncategorized | by | with Comments Off

    COSMIC Ski Mountaineering Race Series

    COSMIC Ski Mountaineering Race Series

    On Saturday, January 31, 2015, some of the most incredible ski mountaineering racers will descend on Powderhorn Mountain Resort for a grueling race in and around the resort’s slopes and side-country giving it a “backcountry” feel. Continue Reading

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  • Throwback Thursday: Early Days at Winter Park

    on January 29 | in Winter Park | by | with Comments Off

    Winter Park Resort

    Winter Park Resort

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  • Wordless Wednesday: Record Attendance at the 2015 Winter X Games

    on January 28 | in Buttermilk | by | with Comments Off

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    Aspen Snowmass

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  • Art of Winter and AIGA To Host Panel Discussion of Aspen’s Clicquot on the Snow Campaign

    on January 27 | in Events | by | with Comments Off

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    Art of Winter and AIGA To Host Panel Discussion of Aspen’s Clicquot on the Snow Campaign

    Last week, we brought you a schedule of events and exhibits for Denver’s 2015 Art of Winter festival. Here’s another one: Continue Reading

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  • Sherpa 2.0 Smartphone App Update Adds a Social Component to a Copper Mountain Outing

    on January 26 | in Copper Mountain, Insider Secrets | by | with Comments Off

    Copper Mountain Resort

    Copper Mountain Resort

    By Dan Rabin

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

    At the start of the 2014-2015 ski season, Copper Mountain released an update to Sherpa, a fun, informative and futuristic smartphone app touted as an “on-mountain audio guide.” The innovative app was first introduced for the 2013-2014 ski season. I spent a day exploring Sherpa’s capabilities last year and wrote about my experiences on this website. You can read my full report by clicking here.

    To summarize, Sherpa tracks your location around Copper Mountain and plays a message, called an audible, whenever you come upon a place of interest. Audibles are communicated by voice through an earbud (you just need one) connected to your phone. Audibles provide information ranging from descriptions of nearby trails, to warnings of busy intersections ahead, to historical facts about the resort. You can also use the app to get weather and snow reports, buy lift tickets, call the ski patrol and a host of other useful functions. A given audible plays only once, so if you stay on the same terrain throughout the day, you won’t hear the same messages repeated over and over. Continue Reading

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  • In the Fall Line: Ski Racer Jamie Stanton’s Winning DNA

    on January 25 | in General | by | with Comments Off

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    By Troy Hawks

    You would think that having a below-the-knee leg amputation at the age of six months would tend to slow you down. But Jamie Stanton, who was born with a growth deficiency of the fibula (fibular hemimelia) never let it interrupt his love of sports, particularly ski racing.

    You can learn a lot about someone through social media. When I caught up with Stanton this summer, I visited his Twitter account where he had Retweeted this note from Joel Osteen, a popular televangelist:

    “You were never created to live an average, get-by life. You have royalty in your blood. Winning is in your DNA.” Continue Reading

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  • EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Speaks About Climate Change in Aspen

    on January 24 | in Uncategorized | by | with Comments Off

    Aspen Snowmass

    Aspen Snowmass

    On Thursday, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy joined the X Games in Aspen, CO, to bring attention to the extreme weather impacts of climate change.  A strong economy and a strong environment go hand in hand, which makes acting on climate necessary to protect tourism, recreation and the outdoor industry.   Continue Reading

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