• Colorado Ski Country USA Double Diamond Awards L-R: Tony Marci, Copper Mountain Resort; Ryan Kempfer, Monarch Mountain; Chris Blanchard, Telluride Ski Resort; Tom Jankovsky, Sunlight Mountain Resort; Andrew Roy, Eldora Mountain Resort; Gary DeFrange, Winter Park Resort; Tom Schofield, Arapahoe Basin; Meredith Smith, Arapahoe Basin; Drew Warren, Aspen Snowmass

    Industry Leaders Recognized for Excellence in Competition, Patrol, Instruction, Operations and Ski Area Management In celebration of Colorado’s 2016-17 ski season, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) wrapped up its 54th Annual Meeting by hosting the annual Double Diamond Awards. The awards ceremony...

  • Photo by Tripp Fay courtesy of Copper Mountain

    2016-17 Estimated as State’s Second Best Season on Record Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced today during its 54th Annual Meeting skier visits at its 22-member ski areas totaled 7.3 million during the 2016-17 season. It is estimated that after final numbers are tallied, the 2016-17...

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    Winter Park Resort Opens for Summer this Saturday

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    Winter Park Resort will open summer operations this Saturday, June 10 with a big kick-off weekend that includes the 8th annual Winter Park Chocolate Festival and the opening of Trestle Bike Park...

  • Ski Season Over in the San Juans – But Only for Now

    on April 6 | in Hesperus Ski Area, Purgatory, Telluride, Wolf Creek | by | with No Comments

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    By R. Scott Rappold.

    Colorado’s San Juan Mountains remain deeply buried in winter snow, but the calendar says “spring” and that meant closing day Sunday in southern Colorado.

    But only for this week.

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  • 36 Hours to Ride: Monarch and Crested Butte in One Weekend

    on March 30 | in Crested Butte, Insider Secrets, Monarch | by | with 2 Comments

    The view from the top of the Paradise Lift at Crested Butte. Photo by Chris Linsmayer.

    The view from the top of the Paradise Lift at Crested Butte. Photo by Chris Linsmayer.

    It’s a familiar setting. You’re sitting on the couch on a Sunday evening as the sun sets, officially signaling the transition out of “weekend mode.” You slowly get up to switch on the lights around the house and your struck with that regretful feeling that you didn’t take full advantage of your weekend. Maybe you spent a few too many hours re-watching that HBO series. Maybe your Friday happy hour turned into a two day hangover filled with disappointing delivery food. Maybe you decided that you worked too hard during the week to do anything on your days off. No matter your reasoning, that regretful feeling lingers like the stench from a neglected garbage bin.

    But your Sunday nights don’t have to feel like that. In fact, they shouldn’t. It is true that you did work too hard during the week… you worked too hard to not get out and do something with those precious days off. This reasoning is preciously why I said “I’m in!” when my CSCUSA colleague (Chris Linsmayer of Southwest Swing #1 & #2 fame) invited me on a quick road trip to Monarch and Crested Butte – two resorts he needed to check off his list on his quest to visit every CSCUSA resort this season (your next, Cooper!).

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  • Mini Pond Skim at Sunlight Mountain with Belt Buckle Bobby

    on March 27 | in Sunlight, Video | by | with No Comments

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    Do to factors beyond human control, Sunlight Mountain Resort will not be hosting a pond skimming event this spring. But that did not stop them from having some fun with it anyway.

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  • Copper Mountain Resort Announces Capital Improvements

    on March 24 | in Copper Mountain | by | with 1 Comment

    Photo courtesy of Copper Mountain.

    Photo courtesy of Copper Mountain.

    • The new Kokomo Express High Speed Quad Chairlift to open Winter 2017
    • Gated access lift pass technology to be installed
    • The Rocky Mountain Coaster at Copper Mountain will be the longest alpine coaster in North America
    • Woodward Copper WreckTangle to open Summer 2017

    Today Copper Mountain Resort announced several capital improvements including a new Kokomo Express high speed quad chairlift, the installation of North America’s longest alpine coaster known as the Rocky Mountain Coaster at Copper Mountain, and an upgrade in lift pass technology to include gated access.

    The future is extremely bright for Copper,” said Gary Rodgers, President and General Manager of Copper Mountain Resort. “These strategic capital improvements will enhance our product offerings and truly elevate the year-round guest experience at Copper.”

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  • Spring Hits Colorado Ski Country

    on March 23 | in Events | by | with No Comments

    Corn Harvest at Loveland.

    Corn Harvest Benefit at Loveland.

    Spring has officially arrived at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) ski areas and resorts with longer and warmer days and spring skiing conditions. In addition to great events for the whole family, guests should check the weather report and the Colorado Ski Country snow report for a chance to ski late season powder. Below is a roundup of springtime celebrations happening at CSCUSA ski areas through the end of the 2016-17 ski season.

    A full list of expected closing dates is at the bottom of this post.

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  • 5 Reasons to Spend A Weekend at Cooper

    on March 22 | in Cooper, Dining and Nightlife, Insider Secrets, Kids & Family Friendly Zone | by | with 2 Comments

    Fresh snow on Chicago Ridge. Photo by Scott DW Scott.

    Fresh snow on Chicago Ridge. Photo by Scott DW Scott.

    Cooper is an unpretentious outpost and the perfect place to learn to ski and ride.

    Each winter, our family spends one to two weekends at Cooper. Compare Cooper’s stats to some of the behemoth resorts down the road, and it’s easy to overlook Cooper’s unassuming 400 acres. Yet this storied ski hill set on Tennessee Pass has much to recommend it.

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  • How to Make the Most of Spring Skiing

    on March 21 | in Insider Secrets, Skiing & Snowboarding, Uncategorized | by | with No Comments

    May 8, 2016 at Loveland. Photo by Dustin Schaefer.

    May 8, 2016 at Loveland. Photo by Dustin Schaefer.

    Now that it is officially spring, it’s time to shed some layers, load on the sun screen and hit the soft stuff. But please note, springtime shredding is by no means bad, in fact, spring conditions can give rise to some of the best days of the season. You just need to know how to approach it.

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  • Finding Big Drops and Deep Tradition in Crested Butte

    on March 20 | in Crested Butte, Events, Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Skiing & Snowboarding, Uncategorized | by | with No Comments

    Prater Cup competitors with  Stephanie Prater standing center.

    Prater Cup competitors with Stephanie Prater standing center.

    I was in Crested Butte’s double-black-diamond Extreme Limits with my son and his ski team this February. Accessed off the North Face T-Bar, the area is like a giant rumpled sheet, with steep cirques, ledges, benches, cliffs, and chutes that plunge through the trees. I was urging prudence, given the fact that my son was in the middle of quite possibly the most important ski race of the year. “If you can’t see over it, don’t ski over it,” I told him.

    In the last week of February, the speediest 12- and 13-year-old ski racers in the state of Colorado descend on Crested Butte for the annual Dan Prater Memorial Cup. It also happens to be the most fun race on the schedule and one of the best opportunities for parents to get in some white-knuckle skiing of their own in between watching race runs. The event also has an intriguing backstory that’s wrapped up in Crested Butte history.

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  • Inside a Powderhound’s Backpack

    on March 17 | in Insider Secrets, Travel Planning & Tips, Wolf Creek | by | with 2 Comments

    While this is not the author of this story, it is a powderhound with a backpack nonetheless. Photo by Carl Frey courtesy of Winter Park.

    While this is not the author of this story, it is a powderhound with a backpack nonetheless. Photo by Carl Frey courtesy of Winter Park.

    The sport of skiing is necessarily a gear-intensive one.

    It just takes a lot of stuff to stay comfortable when you’re above 11,000 feet in winter and it’s -5 degrees Fahrenheit and snowing sideways. Having a pack with you can help you save money while you’re on the slopes.

    You may have recently read a blog post about how our resident ski mom packs for a day on the slopes with the kids. If not, check it out here: http://blog.coloradoski.com/2017/03/07/mountain-sherpa-inside-a-ski-moms-backpack/.

    Reading that got me thinking about what essentials I carry for a day of skiing, as a ski bum on a low budget with no kids who often hits the mountain solo in the middle of the week. I pack much lighter than our Mountain Sherpa blogger, but many of the essentials are the same.

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  • Eldora Mountain Resort Hosts Inaugural Ditchslap Banked Slalom on Saturday, April 1

    on March 17 | in Eldora, Events | by | with 1 Comment

    Photo by Kristin Dwyer courtesy of Eldora Mountain Resort.

    Photo by Kristin Dwyer courtesy of Eldora Mountain Resort.

    Snowboard Event Offers $10,000 in Prizes to Men and Women Riders in Four Divisions

    Eldora Mountain Resort will host the inaugural Ditchslap Banked Slalom Presented by 10 Barrel Brewing Co. on Saturday April 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Snowboarders are invited to compete in one of four different competitive divisions for a share of the $10,000 prize purse.

    “Banked slaloms are iconic to the Pacific Northwest and something we’re lucky enough to enjoy in our backyard of Bend, OR,” says Andy Goggins, marketing director of 10 Barrel Brewing. “We’re excited to be part of the Ditchslap Banked Slalom at Eldora. It doesn’t get much better than the combo of snowboarding, mountains and good beer.”

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