By R. Scott Rappold, funemployed journalist
Originally posted at funemployedcolorado.wordpress.com
Anyone who knows me knows I like skiing powder. A lot.
So when my wife wanted to apply for a job here in Alamosa, I supported the move enthusiastically, with visions of endless powder days at ski area Wolf Creek, the king of Colorado powder. I had made many long pilgrimages here from Colorado Springs over the years, bypassing closer ski areas to get my ski tips in the legendary snow, 430 inches a year on average, which allows them to rightfully claim to have “the most snow in Colorado.”
And wouldn’t you know it, my arrival here in the San Luis Valley ushered in a long, extended dry spell at Wolf Creek. From around the Christmas holidays through all of January, it seemed hardly a flake fell at the king of Colorado powder. Storms went north and I chased them, all the while pining for the steep fluffy chutes, remote tree runs and huge open slopes of Alberta Peak just an hour from home. It was so warm and sunny, many slopes on Wolf Creek Pass were rocky and bare of snow, an unprecedented situation that also made me fear for the upcoming fire season. (continue reading…)
By Troy Hawks
Those that know Greg Ralph, marketing director at Monarch Mountain, know that 90 percent of the time there is an air of humor to his words.
“No…I’m not interested in buying an ad in your paper…you’ve done a great job of explaining it, I get it, but I’m sorry…I’ve got some things in front of me here and I’ve gotta go now,” he says to a person persisting on the other end of the phone. Ralph hangs up, lets out a “sheesh,” and then continues with the same comedic undertone.
“C’mon, really…are you serious,” he asks rhetorically. “Hollywood, why would I want to advertise in Hollywood…I mean really…did he bother to do any research?”
The headquarters of Monarch’s marketing department also doubles as a seldom used ticket sales office. The blinds are normally kept drawn, and an impressive line-up of skis sit in a homemade wooden rack fastened to a half wall a few feet behind a row of three cashier stations. Behind the wall of trophy skis, hides Ralph’s desk with a spattering of ski clothes strewn on office furniture. (continue reading…)
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, one of the largest and oldest winter sports clubs in the U.S., hosts the 101st Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival, the oldest continuing Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi. For several days, the entire town is given over to racing, ski jumping, a parade featuring Steamboat’s skiing high school band (the only one in the United States), the famous ski jöring events down Lincoln Avenue, and the spectacular night show featuring the legendary Lighted Man & fireworks display. (continue reading…)
From all of us here at Colorado Ski Country USA, Go Broncos!
Intrawest Resorts Holdings, Inc., the operators of Winter Park Resort, Steamboat Ski Resort, and five other North American ski resorts announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 15,625,000 shares of its common stock at $12.00 per share. The Company priced 3,125,000 shares of its common stock and an entity controlled by certain private equity funds managed by an affiliate of Fortress Investment Group LLC priced an additional 12,500,000 shares of the Company’s common stock.
The selling stockholder has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,343,750 shares of common stock. The shares are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SNOW” on January 31, 2014. The offering is expected to close on or about February 5, 2014 subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
The net proceeds received by the Company from the offering are expected to be approximately $35.1 million after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and before deducting estimated offering expenses. (continue reading…)
What better way to celebrate Colorado’s own Denver Broncos playing in Super Bowl XLVIII than to head to the Rocky Mountains, ski all weekend and watch the big game? Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) is selling $48 lift tickets for Saturday, February 1, 2014 to anyone who wears orange on their outside layer, encouraging guests to come to the mountain and be “united in orange” together on the slopes. In addition, there will be a tailgate party, large TV screens to watch the game in a base area bar, a wing eating contest, giveaways and discounted tickets on Monday too, with the price depending on the score of Sunday’s game. (continue reading…)
Long after we step into our skis, learn the “pizza” and move on to the “french fry”, the people who taught us how to slide down the mountain fade into the distance. But what happens when you’ve been cruising the blues for the millionth time, and you’re just ready for a new challenge?
Despite what you may think, Ski School is not just for the kiddos. It’s not just for the first-timers. Let’s face it, we could all benefit from some lessons on the hill to sharpen up our skills, learn some new tricks and master challenging terrain. It’s an investment that will benefit you throughout your entire ski and snowboarding career. You’ll become more efficient with your turns so you don’t feel so tired or sore the next day, you’ll feel more confidence, and you’ll be able to ride more of the mountain. Imagine carving down groomers, floating through powder, weaving through the trees, hitting up the terrain park or mastering moguls–you know you want to!
PSIA certified ski instructor and trainer Erik Mogensen of Winter Park has made a career out of teaching skiing. It’s amazing how quickly the tips and tricks can transform the way you ski. On his lesson with Victoria, an intermediate skier and a mom who fears the day her son will surpass her on the mountain, Erik shows her how to take her skiing to the next level in the bumps.
Take a peek: