• 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...

  • Eight Great Reasons to Visit Crested Butte this Spring

    on March 17 | in Crested Butte, Events | by | with No Comments

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    There is no shortage of snow at Crested Butte Mountain Resort as the final few weeks of the ski season come into focus. The resort has received over 300 inches of snow this winter and is 100% open with outstanding conditions. As recreationalists search for their last turns of the 2016-2017 winter season, there are plenty of reasons to make a trip to Crested Butte.

    To celebrate the plentiful snowfall and quintessential Colorado bluebird days, April is the perfect time for Spring Butte. Here are eight reasons why Crested Butte should wrap up your winter season:

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  • Purgatory Resort’s New Transfer Lift is Now Open

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    Photo: Eric Berry/ Purgatory Resort.

    Photo: Eric Berry/ Purgatory Resort.

    With Fantastic Conditions, Purgatory Extends Season through April!

    Durango, Colo. —  Purgatory Resort opened its newest lift on the backside of the mountain, which provides skiers and snowboarders easy access to the Legends Express quad chairlift from some of the best fall line skiing on the mountain.  Officials also announced that with the incredible snowfall Purgatory has received already this season – 20 feet of snow – the season will be extended weekends through the end of April!

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  • Get the Best Deal on Sunlight Mountain Season Passes

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    2017.18 season pass renewal

    Season passes for the 2017/18 season are on sale now!  Renew now at last year’s early rate plus get $10 off ski tunes, wax, or repair at Sunlight Ski & Bike. This is the BEST DEAL you’ll get on a 2017/18 season pass. Browse the menus below to shop our selection of season pass options. More information here: http://sunlightmtn.com/plan-your-trip/season-passes-sale-now.

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  • Copper Mountain Resort Season Passes Now On Sale

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    Photo by Tripp Fay courtesy of Copper Mountain.

    Photo by Tripp Fay courtesy of Copper Mountain.

    • 2017/18 Copper Season Passes and 4-Packs now on sale
    • Kids Ski Free promotion returns through May 31
    • Purchase a Season Pass by May 31 or 4-Pack by April 24 for the best possible deal

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  • Aspen Snowmass World Cup Flash Sale

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    Jordan Curet/Aspen Daily News

    Aspen Snowmass is holding a World Cup Flash Sale  ending March 21, 2017, valid for stays from April 3 – April 16, 2017. Book through Stay Aspen Snowmass and buy a minimum of two days of lodging and get 40% off adult lift tickets and 20% off teen, senior and kid lift tickets.

    Rent kids equipment (ages 7 to 12) from Four Mountain Sports, and they will receive a free lift ticket for every rental day purchased. More information at can be found at https://www.stayaspensnowmass.com/specials/kids-ski-free.

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  • Unguided Season Returns at Silverton

    on March 15 | in Silverton, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with No Comments

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    Buy a Spring Season Pass and Get a FREE Private Mountain Day!

    Spring Unguided Season starts on March 31st! Purchase a Spring Unguided Season Pass for only $179, which includes 6 days of unguided skiing and riding plus an EXCLUSIVE DAY of mountain access for season pass holders on March 30th.

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  • 2017-18 Winter Park Passes on Sale Now

    on March 15 | in Skiing & Snowboarding, Travel Planning & Tips, Winter Park | by | with 1 Comment

    Photo by Carl Frey courtesy of Winter Park Resort.

    Photo by Carl Frey courtesy of Winter Park Resort.

    All Passes Include a Convenient Six-Month Payment Plan and Kids Ski Free Returns!    

    Winter Park Resort passes for the 2017-18 winter season will go on sale on March 15, with an opportunity for the season’s best savings on a variety of popular products, including the Rocky Mountain Super Pass+, the Winter Park Resort Pass, and Route 40 Pass.  New this year is a payment plan that enables skiers/riders the convenience of six easy payments spread out over six months beginning in June.  Plus, the extremely popular Kids Ski Free returns, with a free pass for kids 12 and under with purchase of a corresponding adult pass.

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  • Final Ski FREE Day at Howelsen Hill Ski Area Slated for Sunday, March 12

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    Ski FREE Sunday Also Marks Closing Day for Public Skiing for 2016/17 Winter Season

    Howelsen Hill Ski Area will host its final Ski FREE day of the 2016/17 winter season on this upcoming Sunday, March 12, 2017. Ski FREE Sunday is also closing day for public skiing for the season at the ski area.

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  • By Day and Night, Hesperus is Filling an Important Skiing Niche in Southwest Colorado

    on March 9 | in Dining and Nightlife, Hesperus Ski Area, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with No Comments

    Photo by Scott DW Smith courtesy of Hesperus.

    Photo by Scott DW Smith courtesy of Hesperus.

    By R. Scott Rappold

    There’s an old two-seater chairlift rising above U.S. Highway 160 in southwest Colorado.

    From the road, Hesperus doesn’t look like much, especially compared to the massive resorts of Purgatory, Silverton and Telluride that also call this region home. In summer, cattle graze on the ski trails. In winter, the smell of livestock is unmistakable in the muddy parking lot. Little has changed here since the first tow rope went in back in 1962.

    But thanks to the 2016 acquisition by James Coleman, owner of Purgatory and several small ski areas in New Mexico and Arizona, a lot more people are discovering Hesperus. With the region’s only night skiing and pass reciprocity with the other areas, Hesperus is filling an important niche here. And Durango locals who might never have skied Hesperus are catching on.

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  • Mountain Sherpa – Inside a Ski Mom’s Backpack

    on March 7 | in Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Uncategorized | by | with 1 Comment

    I wonder if he has a snorkel in that bag... Photo by Dave Camara courtesy of Arapahoe Basin.

    I wonder if he has a snorkel in that bag… Photo by Dave Camara courtesy of Arapahoe Basin.

    It’s handy to have a backpack full of snacks, water, and sunscreen on the slopes, but is it safe?

    Since my kids were young, I’ve skied with a pack, if for no other reason than I needed to be armed with a wide variety of snacks at all times. At any given moment, even right after lunch, my kids would claim they were starving.

    However, skiing with a pack can be dangerous. A few weeks ago, I was riding a chairlift and when I went to dismount, I realized one of my straps was caught on the back of the chair. I had the presence of mind to just sit tight and ride around the bullwheel, which kicked off the lift’s safety mechanism. The chair ground to a halt. I unhooked the strap and hopped off. I was still only a foot off the ground.

    It was an ignominious moment, to be sure. My youngest son happened to be at the top with his entire ski team. “Mom, you are such a Jerry!!!” (If you follow “Jerry of the Day” on Instagram, you’d know this was not a compliment.)

    Packed and prepared at Aspen Highlands.

    Packed and prepared at Aspen Highlands.

    I’ve tried not skiing with my pack, but then I’m constantly in need of some little something—sunscreen, a neck gaiter, my inhaler—and I don’t have it. I was riding the lift at Eldora a week ago and my pack soon became a point of conversation. “This may be nosy,” said the fellow sitting next to me, “but what do you have in there?” So I listed it out for him:

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