• Tips for Skiing with Your Partner

    on December 30 | in General | by | with Comments Off

    Tips for Skiing with Your Partner

    Arapahoe Basin

    by James Lummis

    I am married to my main skiing partner.  My wife’s passion for skiing exceeds mine and we ski together thirty days a year.  Lifelong skiers, we met in college and have skied long enough to raise two teenage skiers and feel very fortunate to enjoy such a great sport together.

    Participating in sports with a spouse, partner or girl/boyfriend can be incredibly rewarding, but also has large potential to not end well.  Continue Reading

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  • Why Specialty Ski and Snowboard Camps Rock

    on December 29 | in Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with Comments Off

    Why Specialty Ski and Snowboard Camps Rock

    Aspen Snowmass

    Not only will you get top-notch instruction, having a camp on the calendar guarantees you’ll make it to the mountains, no matter what the rest of your life tries to throw at you.

    By Rachel Walker

    Last February, a blizzard swept through Colorado, dropping copious amounts of bone-dry powder in the mountains. This was a storm for the record books, and I am certain that ski bums everywhere called in sick, made excuses, and hightailed it to the mountains.

    Alas, I am no ski bum. I am a working mother of two little kids with too much responsibility to drop everything at the arrival of a snow-laden cold front.

    Still, I was out skiing with the best of them—at Silverton Mountain, no less—ripping it up and whooping with each face shot. Continue Reading

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  • Five Colorado Mountains with Brag-Worthy Terrain

    on December 26 | in General, Howelsen, Powderhorn, Silverton, Snowmass, Telluride | by | with Comments Off

    Five Colorado Mountains with Brag-Worthy Terrain

    Expedia Viewfinder teamed up with Colorado Ski Country USA to showcase mountain resorts with notable landscapes in the Centennial State.

    Colorado is known for stunning peaks and incredible skiing conditions, and many of its mountain resorts have some especially wow-worthy elements. To help us decide which ski resorts to shred up this winter, our Expedia Viewfinder team joined forces with Colorado Ski to reveal some of the must-see terrain at the following mountain resorts across the state:

    Howelsen Hill

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    Located just outside Steamboat Springs, Howelsen Hill has been the training grounds for more than 70 Olympians. Topping out at just over 7,000 feet in elevation, Howelsen isn’t the tallest peak in the state, but it is North America’s largest natural ski jumping complex. Even for visitors who don’t plan to make it onto the national ski team, Howelsen can be just the spot to brush up on technique or find out what it feels like to get some air under those skis.

    Telluride Ski ResortPhoto 3 - Telluride_snowboard

    The name Telluride is often associated with the town’s iconic film festival held each summer, but the mountains steal the show. Take center stage shredding up the terrain park, which boasts more than 100 features. Then after a day on the slopes, warm up at Giuseppe’s at the Plunge Lift. This enticing mountain restaurant sits perched at an elevation of 11,980 feet, making it the highest restaurant in all of ski country. On a clear day, visitors can see all the way to La Sal Mountains from the eatery.

    Powderhorn Mountain Resort

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    Powderhorn Mountain Resort is located east of Grand Junction in Mesa. Powderhorn is unique in that, instead of featuring a sharp peak like many other mountains, it has a flat top. In fact, Powderhorn is one of the largest flat-topped mountains in the world. This unique ski area is known for its gladed tree runs, but there are also terrain parks, boulder fields for jumping, and views over 20 miles into the distance on clear days.

    Silverton Mountain

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    Silverton Mountain offers the highest elevation of ski area in all of North America, with a peak of 13,487 feet. Due to the mountain’s immense height, the trails are also some of the steepest in the nation. Silverton’s terrain is not groomed, aside for avalanche reduction efforts, to keep the trails in their natural state. The mountain also caps the number of guests allowed into the park each day, so expert skiers and boarders can experience wide-open ranges, bowls, cliffs, and chutes all to themselves.

    Snowmass Resort

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    Among paleontologists, Snowmass is better known as Snowmastodon due to the discovery of fossils at the resort just a few years ago. For everyone else, Snowmass is a skier and snowboarder’s playground with more than 3,000 acres of terrain and the longest top-to-bottom run in the state, clocking in at 5.3 miles. The resort also features the largest lift-served descent in all of North America.

    From some of the highest peaks to the longest runs in the state, these Colorado mountain resorts are the place for finding brag-worthy terrain. This season, put on your snow gear and get ready to take on these remarkable slopes in the Rocky Mountains.

    Expedia Staff Writer 

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  • Merry Christmas from Colorado Ski Country USA

    on December 25 | in Uncategorized | by | with Comments Off

    Telluride Ski Resort

    Telluride Ski Resort

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  • Wordless Wednesday: A Powdery Christmas Eve in Ski Country

    on December 24 | in General | by | with Comments Off

    Wordless Wednesday: A Powdery New Years Eve in Ski Country

    Photos, clockwise from top left: Dustin Schaefer, Loveland, Monarch Mountain; Carl Frey, Winter Park; Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain; Larry Pierce, Steamboat; Zach Luchs, Aspen Snowmass

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  • Fun Things to Do in The Mountains if You Don’t Ski or Snowboard

    on December 23 | in Travel Planning & Tips | by | with Comments Off

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    Jack Affleck, Sunlight Mountain Resort

     

    Even if you’re not riding lifts, there are many things to do in the mountains in the winter.

    By Rachel Walker

    I grew up in Colorado Springs, the daughter of a single mother who didn’t ski and whose extremities got uncomfortably cold in the snow. If it hadn’t been for a family down the street that took me under their wing and brought me to the mountains with them weekend after weekend (in exchange for babysitting their growing family), I might never have fallen in love with the mountains of my native state. Continue Reading

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  • Major Winter Storm Blankets Colorado Ski Country USA Resorts

    on December 22 | in Snow | by | with Comments Off

    Major Winter Storm Blankets Colorado Ski Country USA Resorts

    Zach Fuchs, Aspen Snowmass

    A powerful snowstorm came through Colorado last weekend, enveloping all 21 Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member ski areas and resorts in fresh powder. Continue Reading

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  • Powderhorn Mountain Resort Announces Opening Day

    on December 19 | in Events, Powderhorn | by | with Comments Off

     

    Powderhorn Mountain Resort Announces Opening Day

    Powderhorn Mountain Resort. Photo taken 12/17/2014

    Powderhorn Mountain Resort (PMR) is pleased to announce it is opening for the 2014-15 season on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

    PMR will open with the Take Four Quad to midway and the Easy Rider chair lifts with access to Lower Peacemaker and EZ runs. Additional trails will open as conditions allow. Chairlifts will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week starting on Saturday. The Sunset Grill, Ski & Ride Center, Rental Department and the Alpine Trader will also be open. The tubing hill will be opening soon.  Continue Reading

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  • Winter Park Resort to Host U.S. Ski Team Freestyle Selections

    on December 18 | in Events, Winter Park | by | with Comments Off

    Winter Park Resort to Host U.S. Ski Team Freestyle Selections

    Winter Park Resort

    The best up-and-coming freestyle mogul skiers in the United States, as well as athletes from five other countries, will come to Winter Park Resort from December 18 to December 21 to compete in the 24th annual U.S. Freestyle Selections.  This marks the only moguls freestyle selection event held in the U.S. this year. Continue Reading

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  • Close Out 2014 at Copper Mountain This Holiday Season

    on December 17 | in Copper Mountain, Events | by | with Comments Off

    Close Out 2014 at Copper Mountain This Holiday Season

    Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

    • The U.S. Revolution Tour at Copper to showcase up-and-coming athletes Dec. 15 – 19
    12 Days of Copper includes specials, deals and entertainment at restaurants and shops throughout Copper’s villages
    • Introduction to Avalanche Safety Class SAFE AS Dec. 20 – 21

    Get into the holiday spirit and close out 2014 at Copper Mountain with plenty of events including Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations, new terrain openings and lots of snow to go around. Continue Reading

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