• Rosanne Haidorfer-Pitcher, Wolf Creek Ski Area

    Wolf Creek’s Powdery Grand Finale

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    “Someone asked me, ‘Why are you so happy? ‘Because I skied today and it was good.” – Overheard in the ski lodge, May 1, 2016 By R. Scott Rappold All good things must come to an end. In that spirit, Wolf Creek Ski Area in southern Colorado called it a season May 1, nearly a [&hellip...

  • Carl Frey, Winter Park Resort

    The NFL Draft is coming to Winter Park Resort, as the Denver Broncos will make their day three selections live from the base of Mary Jane on Saturday, April 30 beginning at 10 a.m. Helping to make the picks will be former quarterback Jake Plummer, Miles the Mascot, members of the Broncos...

  • Tomas Zuccareno, Aspen Snowmass

    Winter-like conditions and abundant snowfall in the forecast will extend Aspen Highland’s bonus weekend to now include Friday, April 29. Aspen Highlands will be open Friday, April 29-Sunday, May 1 for one last extended weekend with a large portion of the mountain’s terrain, including Highland...

  • Ski Country is the Place to Be for Easter Scavenger Hunts

    on March 22 | in Events | by | with Comments Off on Ski Country is the Place to Be for Easter Scavenger Hunts

    Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

    Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

     

    What better way to celebrate spring than hunting eggs with the Easter Bunny in Colorado Ski Country? Here’s a roundup of Easter egg and scavenger hunts for kids and grownups alike. Continue Reading

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  • Wolf Creek Awards Kids Who Make Safe Skiing and Snowboarding into an Art Form

    on March 21 | in Wolf Creek | by | with Comments Off on Wolf Creek Awards Kids Who Make Safe Skiing and Snowboarding into an Art Form

    Wolf Creek safety contest winner Sienna Rose

    Wolf Creek Ski Area has invited local school children over the past 15 years to create posters that illustrates one or more elements of the Skiers’ and Snowboarders’ Responsibility Code. Elementary through high school students who participate in the Wolf Creek School Group Program are invited to enter their artwork.  The posters are displayed in Base Camp lodge where they are voted for by guests and employees.  The top three winners are awarded a variety of lift tickets, lessons and rentals.

    The winner this season was third grader Sienna Rose, with an excellent Minions-themed illustration of how not to follow Your Responsibility Code as a skier or snowboarder. Nice work Sienna!

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  • Experience Another Side of Ski Country With a Colorado Yurt Trip

    on March 20 | in Uncategorized | by | with Comments Off on Experience Another Side of Ski Country With a Colorado Yurt Trip

    Scott Rappold - Neff Mountain yurt

    Photo by Scott Rappold

    By R. Scott Rappold

    We take ski lifts for granted.

    That thought appeared out of nowhere as I floundered in shoulder-deep snow, trying desperately to find the bottom so I could click back into my alpine touring bindings. The sun was perilously low, the alpenglow on the Mosquito Mountains shining like a warning light. Though our destination was just an uphill football field away, no goal ever seemed farther.

    But at 12,000 feet in winter, to quit would be to die, so on we pushed, pausing every few steps to gasp for wind in the too-thin air. And then we were there, stripping off sweat-soaked layers and warming numb toes around the fire, which the quicker members of our group were good enough to light.

    A yurt is a warm hole in the middle of winter, rustic and cozy, a form of cold-weather camping used on the Asian steppe for millennia. In Colorado, they’re primarily used by skiers and snowshoers, a way to spend a couple days relaxing in a silent winter wonderland or hitting some untracked ski lines.

    And unlike the famed 10th Mountain Division huts – so popular you need to enter a lottery nearly a year in advance – yurts can usually be booked weeks or even days in advance.

    But there are a few things you need to know first.

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  • Winter Park’s Mary Jane will Remain Open to May 7

    on March 19 | in Winter Park | by | with Comments Off on Winter Park’s Mary Jane will Remain Open to May 7

    Winter Park's Mary Jane to Remain Open to May 7

    Carl Frey, Winter Park Resort

    Thanks to a massive powder week that has seen Winter Park Resort pick up 42” of fresh snow since Monday, iconic Mary Jane will remain open an extra 13 days, with closing now slated for Saturday, May 7.  Lifts and trails on the Winter Park side will still close on the originally scheduled closing day of Sunday, April 24.    Continue Reading

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  • Register for Fat Bike and Kayak Racing at Monarch Before it’s Too Late

    on March 18 | in Monarch | by | with Comments Off on Register for Fat Bike and Kayak Racing at Monarch Before it’s Too Late

    Monarch Great Divide Grinder

    Monarch Great Divide Grinder

    Join Monarch Saturday, March 19 for their Great Divide Grinder, Monarch’s first ever fat bike race. Continue Reading

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  • Why Women-specific Ski and Snowboard Programs Work

    on March 17 | in Insider Secrets | by | with Comments Off on Why Women-specific Ski and Snowboard Programs Work

    Why Women-specific Ski and Snowboard Programs Work

    Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

     

    By Rachel Walker

    The last time I took a women-specific ski clinic, I morphed into a gorilla swaying on the edge of a snowy cliff with a bottle of wine in each hand, a toothpick poking from my belly button to my ski pants, and thong underwear that’s absolutely essential to slaying the steep slope below me.

    It was two years ago, a stunningly bright day following a massive storm at Silverton Mountain, and I was following the lead of Alison Gannett, former pro-skier and brainchild behind Rippin’ Chix Camps. Continue Reading

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  • Copper Mountain Resort Announces Kids Ski Free with 2016/17 Season Passes

    on March 16 | in Copper Mountain, Deals | by | with Comments Off on Copper Mountain Resort Announces Kids Ski Free with 2016/17 Season Passes

    Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

    Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

    · 2016/17 Copper Season Passes and 4-Packs on sale now
    · Kids Ski Free features a free child season pass with the purchase of an adult season pass until June 1
    · Purchase by April 4 to receive the best price possible

    Skiers and riders can lock in their snow days for next winter with a 2016/17 Copper Season Pass or Copper 4-Pack, both now on sale. Copper Mountain is excited to announce Kids Ski Free, a promotion where children receive a free season pass with the purchase of an adult season pass. Continue Reading

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  • Mid-Season Skier Visits On the Rise

    on March 15 | in Uncategorized | by | with Comments Off on Mid-Season Skier Visits On the Rise

    Scott Smith, Purgatory Resort

    Scott Smith, Purgatory Resort

    Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced today that its 21 member resorts reported an increase in skier visitation through February. Skier visits at CSCUSA resorts were up by 3.8 percent during the second period of the 2015/16 season, defined as January 1, 2016 through February 29, 2016, compared to the same period of the prior year. The mid-season momentum has also pushed the industry ahead in season-to-date skier visit totals, defined as opening day through February 29, 2016, where visitation at CSCUSA resorts was up by 6.2 percent compared to the same point in time last year. Continue Reading

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  • Bring Your Green Ski Gear and Your Appetite for St. Patrick’s Day in Ski Country

    on March 15 | in Cooper, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Events, Ski Cooper, Ski Granby Ranch, Wolf Creek | by | with Comments Off on Bring Your Green Ski Gear and Your Appetite for St. Patrick’s Day in Ski Country

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    Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

    While snow is a rarity in Ireland, that’s not stopping Colorado Ski Country USA ski areas and resorts from celebrating the Emerald Isle’s mastery of the English language, its ferocious warriors, and its above-average rugby players. So head up to the mountain this Thursday and wear every article of green ski gear you may happen to own. Here’s a rundown of St. Paddy’s Day-themed activities in Ski Country. Continue Reading

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  • Eight Good Reasons to Ski Colorado’s Gem Resorts in March

    on March 14 | in Arapahoe Basin, Cooper, Deals, Eldora, Events, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Granby Ranch, Sunlight | by | with Comments Off on Eight Good Reasons to Ski Colorado’s Gem Resorts in March

    Dave Camara, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

    Dave Camara, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

    Colorado’s eight Gem Resorts are giving skiers and snowboarders plenty of reasons to leave their bikes and golf clubs in storage, get a nice spring wax on their boards, and head up to the mountains enjoy the warm sun and soft snow that typically accompanies spring in Colorado Ski Country.

    From lift ticket deals to fat bike races, environmental education activities to easter egg hunts and more, late March is a great time to visit a Gem resort. Here’s hoping you still have a day or two left on your Gems Card, because they’re sold out!

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