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.Read More »
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!).Read More »
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.”Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.”Read More »