by Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com
When guided cat skiing started at Monarch Mountain in the late 1980s, not a lot of people had heard of Monarch, according to long-time guide Gail Bindner.
Established in 1939, Monarch is one of the oldest resorts in Colorado. Straddling the Continental Divide with views from Pikes Peak to the 14ers of the San Juans, the resort is both surprisingly close to Colorado Springs and Pueblo (1 ½ to 2 hours) and remote. The nearest town is Salida, with a population of just over 5,000. (continue reading…)
With the holiday of love approaching just around the corner, CSUSA wants to help you make the most of your 2014 Valentine’s Day. Our member resorts across the state are reporting powder conditions with more powder to come, so what better way to spend it than to get back out on those slopes? Here’s a list of some fun events you might like to attend: (continue reading…)
By Veronica Whitney, El Montañes
January turned out to be a stellar snow month so far with conditions that were a good deal better than last year’s. More than six feet of snow have fallen in the Aspen area and Sunlight Mountain in January; that’s a lot of snow and it was added to a really good base that had been building slowly but consistently since early December.
So a few weeks ago, and after almost five consecutive days of snow, my husband Charlie and I headed to Snowmass, we targeted our favorite run there: Burnt Mountain. What made it an even more special day was that it was a Monday so when we finally skied down the Burnt Mountain Glades we never saw one person there, which reminded us of how this area resembles so much the backcountry. Aspen opened it to skiers last winter and I think it still has yet to be completely discovered because it is an amazing playground where you can keep finding powder stashes days after the last snow storm. (continue reading…)
The second half of Colorado’s skiing and snowboarding season started in style this weekend as all 21 Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts reported significant new snowfall. With an additional 3-6 inches of snow expected Monday, snowriders in Colorado are enjoying the best conditions in North America with the two historically snowiest months still to come.
Since Thursday, CSCUSA resorts have enjoyed an average of 22.5 inches of new snow, with more on the way. By the time this most recent storm dissipates later today, it will have dropped double-digit accumulation totals on 19 CSCUSA resorts, 2+ feet at 10 resorts, and 3+ feet at five resorts, leaving skiers and snowboarders with a pristine playground of powder.
This weekend’s storm traveled from the Pacific Ocean to the central mountains of Colorado and stalled at the continental divide, leaving snow totals that have to be seen to be believed. Monarch Mountain has received a foot or more of snow for four consecutive days, leaving 55 inches of new powder since last Thursday, and Arapahoe Basin has recorded 41 inches of new snow in the same time period. Crested Butte has welcomed 37 inches of new snow, and Loveland Ski Area and Eldora each saw 35 inches of fresh powder.
Several resorts’ snow accumulations approached two feet and could surpass it today. Copper Mountain and Wolf Creek each have measured 23 inches of new snow so far, while Winter Park has seen 21.5 inches. 19 inches of new snow fell at Ski Cooper and Steamboat, and Ski Granby Ranch saw 16 inches of powder.
Further west, Silverton registered 36 inches of new snow while Powderhorn celebrated 26 inches of fresh powder. Aspen Highlands received 17 inches of new snow, Durango Mountain Resort received 13 inches, Howelsen recorded a foot of new snow, and Sunlight Mountain and Snowmass measured 11 inches. Aspen Mountain received 10 inches, Telluride saw 6 inches of new powder, and Buttermilk received 5 inches of new snow.
With many CSCUSA resorts surpassing 200 inches of total snowfall this weekend, and base depths exceeding 100 inches, the conditions at Colorado’s ski resorts will be excellent through the President’s Day holiday weekend when the next significant snowstorm is expected to arrive. Knowing how to ski safely in deep snow is essential to having a fun day out in the powder. Visit http://www.coloradoski.com/page/ski-safety for helpful tips and to learn the Know Your Responsibility Code, the list of best practices to ensure your safety on the mountain.
Keep up to date on snowfall totals with the CSCUSA snow report updated by the resorts themselves: http://www.coloradoski.com/snow-report.
by Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com
One of the surprising things about parenting is how much talking it takes.
Kids need guidance, whether you’re talking to toddlers about sharing and nap time, or to teens about sex and alcohol. No parent want to lecture, but each day we seem to do a fair share of it. At every stage of our children’s lives, there are topics that demand discussion.
Skiing safely, and skiing safety, is one of them. (continue reading…)
by Victoria Mashkova – originally published at www.victoriamashkova.com
This past weekend I discovered something life changing and what everyone probably already knew: ski boots are the most important part of your equipment, and they have to fit perfectly. It cannot be just an o.k. fit or what’s worse: I-want-this-boot-because-it-looks-smashing-with-my-skis situation (I know, we’ve all been there). It has to fit the unique design of your foot and function to suite your skill level. It has to be tight but the right kind of tight to hold your foot in place regardless if you take aggressive turns, knocking it out of the park in the backcountry or spending most of your time on groomers chasing after your kiddo. It should flex when you lean forward and put weight on it, yet provide adequate support so you can trust it will hold when necessary. (continue reading…)