Colorado based Christy Sports LLC announced today the dates of its annual Powder Daze ski and snowboard sale, scheduled for August 25 through September 5. The sale will take place at Christy Sports’ permanent event center located at 8601 W. Cross Drive in Littleton, across the street from the...
Season Passes on Sale Aug. 14 Premier Pass Includes More than $1,000 in Exclusive Benefits Chamber Pricing Extended to Spouses of Eligible Employees Aspen Snowmass announces the season pass structure and pricing for the 2017-18 season as passes will officially go on sale Monday, Aug. 14. For the...
It’s the latest Purgatory has been open in resort history!
With the incredible snowfall this season, nearly 22 feet of snow already and more in the forecast this week, Purgatory Resort was able to extend its season to April 30, the latest the resort has been open in its history. As a way to say thanks for such a fantastic season, Purgatory Resort is offering free lift tickets all weekend.
Resort officials with the largest ski area collective in the Southwest announced capital improvements that will be made for the 2017/2018 season at five southwestern mountains located in Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona, plus Colorado’s largest cat skiing operation.
James Coleman, managing partner of Purgatory Resort, Hesperus Ski Area, Purgatory Snowcat Adventures and other resorts in the region announced the company is investing an additional $15 million for the 2017/2018 season, continuing the aggressive multi-mountain improvement campaign for a grand total of $35 million over three consecutive seasons. Capital improvements include additional trails, enhancements to snowmaking systems, new summer activities, and new offerings to boost the overall skiing and guest experience at the resorts.
Dirty Girl Mud Run Partners with Boarding for Breast Cancer on June 10
Boarding for Breast Cancer is the official beneficiary of the Dirty Girl Mud Run at Copper
B4BC advocates early detection and a healthy, active and sustainable lifestyle as the best means for breast cancer prevention.
On June 10, Copper Mountain invites women to participate in one of the world’s largest women’s only mud runs to raise awareness for breast cancer. Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC), a non-profit foundation that advocates early detection and a healthy, active and sustainable lifestyle as the best means for breast cancer prevention, is the official beneficiary of the 2017 Dirty Girl Mud Run at Copper.
In case you haven’t noticed, Spencer Miller, our Colorado College correspondent, is a bit of a gear nerd, and we mean that in the best way possible. Skiing and snowboarding is a gear intensive activity and companies are making improvements year after year to keep you warmer, dryer and safer – all with the goal of making the sport more fun. And let me tell you: it’s fun.
So to round out the year, Spencer wrote some reviews of the gear that kept him on the slopes all season. This is not sponsored content and we are in no way being compensated for this post, this is just Spencer’s honest opinion:
Expanded Farm to Table Dinners at Elk Camp Restaurant
Enduro World Series Mountain Bike Race
Stars Above Aspen Community Astronomy Night Back by Popular Demand
Aspen Snowmass launches summer operations Memorial Day Weekend May 27-29 with the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain running from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily operations on Aspen Mountain will officially kick-off June 17, and at Snowmass, daily operations will commence June 23.
With the start of summer operations, Aspen Snowmass is scheduled to debut new summer enhancements, offerings and events. The top of Aspen Mountain will continue to undergo improvements with new features including a slide, log rope staircase and a refurbished obstacle course. Snowmass is expanding its bike park with three new trails, with plans to add even more trails the following summer. Also at Snowmass, the popular Farm to Table Dinners at Elk Camp will return with expanded dates and will also include late night Snowmass Bike Park Hours for riding into the evening. The event calendar will include two great events, the Enduro World Series Mountain Bike Race as well as the Stars Above Aspen community astronomy night.
Colorado is blessed with an abundance of amazing terrain parks and the award winning park at Aspen Snowmass is right up there with the best of them. Sadly, the winter season at Snowmass has come to a close but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce. This one is for all you snowboard park rats out there: the season ender edit from Aspen’s local Knuckledraggers crew, filmed and edited by Zach Hooper.
You’ve read what the powderhound keeps in his backpack and what the Mountain Sherpa (also known as a ski mom) has in hers. My haul looks similar, but I lug a camera around in my pack, making everything a bit more complicated. Here’s a rundown of my gear for a day of shooting on the mountain and how I carry it:
Sony a6000: This is the perfect action sports photography camera. It’s mirrorless (which allows for a much more compact and lightweight build than a DSLR) so I can stuff it into a fairly small backpack and not even notice it’s there. This thing also shoots 11 frames per second and has a ridiculously fast autofocus, ensuring that you’ll always get the shot of your buddy hitting that pillow. The only big drawback about this camera is its battery usage. Mirrorless setups run through juice much more quickly than DSLR’s, especially in the cold, so I bring at least two spares to get me through a day of shooting.
Sunset skiing returns to Aspen Mountain Friday, Apr. 14 with extended ski/ride hours followed by a party at the Sundeck.
Aspen Mountain will run the Silver Queen Gondola and Ajax Express until 6 p.m. for sunset turns. In addition to top-to-bottom skiing/riding, the Ruthie’s side of the mountain will stay open with access back to the Gondola via Tower 7 Road.
It is often daunting for those of us with inadequate budgets, holes in our pockets, or other limitations on accessible financial support to fund our dream ski resort vacations, even when staying in Colorado. Lodging can be around $200 a night at the cheapest for most large-scale resort towns, gas comes in around $30 per tank, resort or ski town food runs at prices higher than most (think a $10 burger for $17), libations for those of us over 21 can be wildly more expensive than at your local dive, and of course the ultimate fuel in your tank that seemingly increases with every step you take toward a chair lift: coffee. These expenses dig holes in your wallet before even considering the daily cost of arguably the most essential ski item; day passes can run anywhere from $54 to $164 depending on the resort.