Leave civilization behind in this video from Winter Park as one snowboard explores the Vasquez Ridge Territory, the place to go to get away from it all. Drop in from the top of the Pioneer Lift and leave civilization behind...
Buttermilk Ski Area Reopens with Full Services for Uphilling Apr. 8–9 The City of Aspen and Aspen Skiing Company are partnering to extend the season for uphilling by hosting a full weekend of free access at Buttermilk Mountain the weekend of Apr. 8-9. Although the lifts will not be running, crews...
Use these strategies for getting kids off the couch—and onto the chairlift. Lifelong skiers and snowboarders know that snowsports have the power to inform your life, transform your mindset, and bond families and friends. Anyone who has set metal edge to snow and felt the near frictionless thrill...
View of Mt. Yeckel from the base, near Margy’s Hut above Aspen, CO.
Words and photos by Caleigh Smith.
The storms weren’t brewing, yet the forecasts called for anywhere from lots to heaps of post-Christmas-time cheer. The Roaring Fork Valley shed a collective tear as it began raining on January 8. And it rained. And kept raining. And the forecast of snow for the next eight consecutive days began looking more and more ominous as the irritating rain would inevitably freeze into a hard-packed layer of avalanche-prone wet slab or simply dangerous loose, wet snow.
The Ridge Cat at Loveland. Photo by Dustin Schaefer.
Ski Areas Enhance Guest Experience Throughout the Season with Free Offerings
Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) ski areas are known for their world class snow, skiing and snowboarding and overall guest experience, but many guests, including ski area veterans, may not realize there are many free offerings throughout ski country to enjoy.
Below are some of the free opportunities that CSCUSA members have to offer:
Skiing and riding with your buddies can be one of the most rewarding activities out there, as few things match the stoke shared when high-fiving at the bottom after a run of hip-high blower pow, or once your friend finally lands that elusive backflip. But many people get sucked into the routine of always accompanying someone else, missing out on the benefits of taking a solo day. Here are six reasons why you should go at it alone next time:
It’s been a great season so far at Wolf Creek. Photo by Eric Dietemeyer.
Editor’s note: We grew alarmed when mountain correspondent R. Scott Rappold had not filed a blog post in quite a while. We tracked him down Tuesday in the lodge at his home mountain of Wolf Creek in southern Colorado, where it had been snowing heavily and nonstop for three days. He reluctantly took a break from skiing and sent in this hastily-written screed.
From left to right: Andrew, Jill, Jeffrey, Jay, and Sydney Walker on Aspen Mountain.
When it comes to off mountain entertainment, Aspen has got it all. Shops like Louis Vuitton and Rag and Bone dot the streets alongside more local, outdoor-focused operations like Ute Mountaineer. In between stores lie the most delectable restaurants including Chef Nobu’s Matsuhisa and the downright soul-soothing Hickory House. And it would be remiss not to mention the ever-rotating exhibitions at Aspen Art Museum or the mesmerizing stills at Peter Lik’s gallery. The town of Aspen alone could keep a family occupied – but add Aspen’s four local ski mountains to the equation – and each member will be ready to pack their bags for good. Take the Walkers, for example. Aspen suits this family of five perfectly because of the variety they have when choosing where to ski. Every family member has their personal favorite mountain, and I followed them around for a day to find out why.
Annual Event Benefits United Way, more than $200,000 raised to Date
On Friday, Jan. 6, Sunlight Mountain Resort will once again be the most affordable ski area in the nation offering $20 lift tickets to all as part of its annual Skier Appreciation Day. Now in its 30th year, all ticket sale proceeds from the day are donated to the local United Way. The event is sponsored by United Companies of Glenwood Springs and has raised more than $200,000 for local charities.
Don’t let diving mercury keep you indoors. You may be missing your best day on the mountain.
I once skied in at Stowe in Vermont in weather so cold my trapezius muscles were sore the next day from scrunching up my shoulders and shivering so hard. My friends and I skied exactly one run that day and called it quits. I really do love to ski when the sun is shining and the temps are mild.
However—however!—snow sports are, by nature, cold-weather endeavors. If it weren’t for the diving mercury, we wouldn’t have that lovely powdery surface to ski and ride on. What I’m saying is that skiers and snowboarders should embrace the cold. Put on your woolies and get out there.