Members of the Gray Wolves Ski Club and fellow ski enthusiasts showed up at Wolf Creek Ski Area on Tuesday, November 19th to celebrate Charles Elliott’s 100 birthday. As usual Charles celebrated his birthday by going skiing but this time he had over 150 fellow skiers cheering him on. Charles is credited as one of the pioneers of skiing in the San Juans and is a founder of the Wolf Creek Ski Area. He was inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and is a lifetime member of the National Ski Patrol which he helped found in Colorado. He is also a past president of the Gray Wolves Ski Club. As part of the birthday celebration the US Freestyle Ski Team, which is currently practicing at Wolf Creek, made Charles an honorary member of the US Ski Team and presented him with his official Team jacket.
When asked how he felt about his special day Charles replied “I guess it is special, it only happens every 100 years”. Charles has skied every year since 1934 except for the five years when he served in the Air Force during World War II. He is looking forward to celebrating his 101st, on skis of course.
Wolf Creek is reporting excellent early-season conditions, with a 36 inch base and 93% of the mountain open. Wolf Creek is hosting the US Freestyle Mogul Team from Wednesday, November 20th, through Tuesday, November 26, with a break on Saturday, November 23rd. The practice run is on Alberta Face; and visible on the ride up the Treasure Stoke lift! The National Freestyle Mogul Team will be announced and the team will sign autographs at The Springs in Pagosa on Saturday afternoon.
(Monarch file photo)
Monarch Mountain will open for the 2013-14 season this Saturday November 23rd.
This weekend’s storm left behind 17 inches of snow and the mid-mountain base depth is 32 inches.
Four lifts will be in operation; Pioneer, Panorama, Tumbelina and the Caterpillar serving 25 runs and all types of terrain.
All services will be in operation; Ski School, Rental Shop, Retail, Food & Beverage and the Children’s Center will be staffed up and ready to go.
(Photo from Winter Park)
A weekend storm that started last Friday evening gave Colorado resorts another blast of snow in a season that already has better-than-average early conditions and some resorts opening early.
Aspen Mountain opened early for the season Sunday– nearly two weeks before the scheduled opening date – with six fresh inches of powder for skiers and riders. Even better, snow continued to fall all day in Aspen. (continue reading…)
Welcome to Safety Sunday, where your faithful Ski Country correspondents will remind you that the key to a good day on the mountain is to ski and snowboard safely.
Here’s a great clip we put up last year on YouTube that to highlight the extensive emergency medical training our ski patrollers receive. It’s a great testament to their professionalism and expertise.
Hi, it is Little Lightning here again and I am so excited because I had my first awesome day of skiing with the 5th grade passport program! My Dad and I went last weekend to A-Basin and had a wonderful day! I will definitely be going back to ski there again soon.
Arapahoe Basin, or A-Basin for short as it is known to the locals, was the first resort to open this season. It was also the first place I ever skied back when I was 3 years old. Some of you may wonder why people call Arapahoe Basin “the Legend”. I was told that people in the old days would say the skiing was legendary and so that is how the phrase came to life.
Not all the trails were open at A-Basin last weekend and that didn’t matter because we were still able to ski Lenawee Face, Dercums Gulch, Ramrod, High Noon, and my Dad’s favorite green trail in the whole wide world, Sundance. It was a really nice day, and the customer service was amazing. We were warmly welcomed by Arapahoe Basin staff from the parking lot, guest services, lifties, ski patrol and the workers in the lodges. (continue reading…)
Ever wonder how the resorts are able to have such great conditions when Mother Nature is not cooperating? It is all due to the guys with the big guns at the resorts, the snowmakers! Check out what it takes to be one of the first resorts in the nation to open and how they maintain those conditions into the summer.
Loveland’s Lead Snowmaker Mark Eldring takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the operation. He shows us how they blast the fluffy white stuff into the air to build the base. Cold temperatures, low humidity and a little help from mother nature doesn’t hurt.
Known for great early season conditions, Loveland is proud to offer locals a chance to warm up their legs to prepare for a long season ahead.