by Kristen Lummis When people think of family skiing, they often think of families with small children. But families come in all shapes and sizes, and in Colorado, you’ll find plenty of ski resorts with programming for families with teens. As the mother of two teen boys, there is one thing I...
by Kristen Lummis When it comes to four-letter words, free is one of our favorites. A skiing family, we’re always looking for ways to save money and maximize value. Here’s a quick round-up of some of our favorite ways to save money and have fun this winter at Colorado resorts. This list is by...
By R. Scott Rappold Let’s face it. Skiing and snowboarding can hurt. Whether you’re ripping the corduroy on the groomers, tearing up the bumps or plunging down a double-diamond, you’re working the heck out of your calves, thighs and midsection. The smiles may hide the pain at the time, but a...
Parents listen up: all you have to do is walk through the sliding doors to the new Kids Center at Arapahoe Basin. They take care of the rest.
Such was my experience this month when I brought my two sons, ages three and five, up to check out this brand new $2.3 million building at the mountain’s base. With Henry signed up for a full day, Silas for a half-day, and a blizzard pummeling the mountain with fresh powder, I was eager to drop the boys off and head out for a few hours of hard-skiing freedom. Continue Reading
Silverton Mountain’s lead guide Aaron Brill shares the highlights and lowlights of some of the mountain’s most memorable clientele.
The best part of being at Silverton Mountain is the snow. Located in a special microclimate, Silverton Mountain tends to wring more light and powdery snowfall out of storms than anywhere else in Colorado, which can make for some very memorable ski days. The nice thing is, there are so many neck deep powder days, they all tend to become one big blur over the years, kind of like a never ending faceshot. It’s a great feeling to carry with you every day. Continue Reading
Colorado Ski Country USA is America’s Top Winter Playground
Each winter an estimated 60 to 100 million people around the World enjoy skiing and snowboarding, and more people choose to ski and snowboard in Colorado than anywhere else in the United States. Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, called Colorado the “Switzerland of America.”
Indeed, what the President recognized more than 100 years ago, is that Colorado offers the perfect landscape for outdoor winter enthusiasts. Here are five top reasons to embrace ole Jack Frost this winter and enjoy Colorado Ski Country’s astounding snow-covered playground by learning to ski or snowboard. Continue Reading
Resorts Offer Hands-on Guest Safety Education, Interactive Events, and Contests
Experience being “buried alive” in snow while an avalanche dog comes to your rescue. Learn how to use backcountry equipment such as beacons and transceivers, or join the ski area patrol on an end of day mountain sweep. Each season Colorado Ski Country resorts develop creative campaigns and produce interactive events aimed at imparting important safety education fundamentals for enjoying a safe day on the slopes. Come see how our resorts work hard to make safety education fun and memorable.
Safety Never Takes a Vacation
Resorts work hard every day to create a safe skiing and snowboarding environment by employing highly-trained ski patrol, clearly marking terrain obstacles, and having designated slow skiing and family skiing zones. Many of the patrollers serving on the slopes of Colorado Ski Country resorts are leaders in their communities including firemen, emergency medical technicians, and law enforcement agents.
In fact, the National Ski Patrol is headquartered right here in Colorado, just a few miles northwest of Denver. Patrollers must meet rigorous education and training standards in order to establish, and maintain their certification. Ultimately, each person is in charge of his or her own safety and is responsible for knowing and following basic skiing and snowboarding codes of conduct including the Responsibility Code established by the National Ski Areas Association in 1966. Safety is a challenging topic to entrench, particularly among younger skiers and riders. Nevertheless, here are a few examples of unique ways Colorado Ski Country resorts are reaching their guests. Continue Reading
Sunlight Mountain Resort and LiveWell Garfield County have partnered to take part in the World’s largest ski and snowboard lesson, a national campaign aimed at making its way into the Guinness Book of World Records. Currently more than 150 ski areas and a number of ski industry trade groups across the U.S. are participating in the effort. Continue Reading
Today is the last day of 2015, but for many, ski season is just getting into high gear. With the heart of the season upon us, as well as tons of snow, we came up with a Colorado skier’s list of 2016 Ski Season Resolutions. See if you can keep them all, or at least have fun trying.
Boasting more than 2,000 acres of skiable terrain on 127 trails over a 4,425 foot vertical descent in southwestern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, Telluride sounds like the daydream of a snowrider with an overactive imagination. But this crown jewel of Colorado Ski Country is real, it’s spectacular, and it’s increasingly accessible by skiers and snowboarders across America. Continue Reading
January is National Safety Month at ski resorts across America, and Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts are hosting special safety-related programs and activities all month long to raise awareness and demonstrate the many ways guests can keep safe on the slopes every day. Activities include a wide array of hands-on demonstrations by ski patrol such as bringing guests on patrol sweeps at the end of the day, demonstrating training exercises, and many more interactive safety experiences. Additionally, some resorts’ highly trained avalanche dogs will show off their impressive skills in avalanche response simulations, an annual favorite for guests.