• Elite runners from all over the globe make their way to Copper Mountain for the La Maratona Verticale, a part of the 2014 US SkyRunning Series on Saturday and Sunday, July 26 & 27. La Maratona Verticale at Copper Mountain will feature a full (26.2 Miles- 42k) and a half (13.1 Miles- 21k)...

  • With some last-minute touches to trails and courses this week, Winter Park Resort is ready to welcome the world to the 2014 Colorado Freeride Festival, beginning this Thursday, July 24 and continuing through Sunday, July 27. The largest event of its kind in the United States, the Colorado Freeride...

  • The “Dog Days Of Summer” has an entirely different meaning at Winter Park Resort, where man’s best friend has been enjoying the fragrant Columbine below and the cool mountain air.  The relaxation will be short lived, however, as the Colorado Freeride Festival, the largest freeride mountain...

  • Colorado Ski Country USA Invites Skiers/Riders to Celebrate Spring

    on March 19 | in Deals, Resorts, Safety, Skiing & Snowboarding, Travel Planning & Tips | by | with Comments Off

    Winter Park Resort

    Winter Park Resort

    It’s spring, which means the temperatures are getting a little warmer, the sun is staying out a little longer, and in Colorado the skiing and snowboarding is getting even better. Spring skiing in Colorado means heading to the mountains, making smooth carves on fresh groomed runs, pushing around late season powder, and enjoying the many fun resort events and activities. Below is a roundup of springtime celebrations happening at CSCUSA resorts through April and beyond. Continue Reading

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  • Colorado Skier Visits Climb Steadily during Mid-Season

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    WP_Parsenn_Bowl_20140124_1Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced today that its 21 member resorts reported an increase in skier visitation in January and February. Skier visits at CSCUSA resorts were up by 8.6 percent during the second period of the 2013/14 season, defined as January 1, 2014 through February 28, 2014, compared to the same period of the prior year. Continue Reading

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  • March 17th Commences the Wearing of the Green in Colorado Ski Country

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    Photo credit: New England Lost Ski Areas Project

    Photo credit: New England Lost Ski Areas Project

    Today we’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Colorado Ski Country with green ski gear and green après-ski beer.

    In addition to being the masters of the English language, ferocious warriors, and above-average rugby players, the Irish retain pagan superstitions that pre-date St. Patrick’s 5th century arrival to the Emerald Isle. We asked our friends out in Ski Country if they had any good luck rituals they’d like to share; here are some of the highlights: Continue Reading

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  • Silent Sunday: A Bluebird Powder Day at Loveland

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    Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

    Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

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  • Snowshoe Tour Offers a Unique Aspen Mountain Experience

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    Dan Rabin, Aspen/Snowmass

    Dan Rabin, Aspen/Snowmass

    By Dan Rabin
    Dan Rabin is a Boulder-based freelance writer and author of the upcoming guidebook, Colorado Breweries, scheduled for release in May 2014.

    For skiers and boarders seeking a variety of challenging terrain, Aspen Mountain serves up an enticing menu of bumps, glades and steeps. While the mountain is a haven for the fast and the fearless, those who slow down and look around will discover there’s a lot more going on than first meets the eye. A fun way to learn about the mountain’s high alpine environment is on a snowshoe tour. Tours are offered twice daily throughout ski season. One afternoon during a recent Aspen visit, I swapped my ski boots for snow boots and joined a mountain adventure of a different nature. Continue Reading

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  • Cat Skiing at Ski Cooper’s Chicago Ridge is a Pure Colorado Ski Country Experience

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    Cat Skiing at Ski Cooper from Colorado Ski Country USA on Vimeo.

    Cat Skiing at Ski CooperTucked away on top of Tennessee Pass, you’ll find a ski resort that packs in big adventure and small town charm. Imagine great snow, close-in parking, affordable lift tickets, and no lift lines.  This is Ski Cooper.

    While there is access to a variety of trails on their two chairlifts (well five if you count the platter, handle tow, and Colorado’s longest Magic Carpet), they have one very awesome trick in their back pocket: CAT SKIING!

    Cat Skiing at Ski Cooper

    The Chicago Ridge Snowcat day trip promises picturesque views and backcountry comfort.  Here, you’ll unpack your skis and boards and launch into open bowls and gladed terrain.  The cozy snowcat drops you at the top of each run, so you can enjoy turn after powdery turn of crowd-free skiing.  Reenergize with a gourmet lunch inside a heated yurt.  This is the way backcountry skiing was meant to be enjoyed.   It’s an adventure that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Continue Reading

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  • Aspen/Snowmass’s Spring Jam is Just around the Corner and Offers a Host of Free Events Open to the Public

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    Aspen Bud Light Spring Jam

    Aspen/Snowmass

    The 14th annual Bud Light Spring Jam, March 14-23, features two weekends packed with exciting competitions, concerts and parties throughout Aspen/Snowmass. Continue Reading

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  • Head to Boulder this Sunday for a Special Viewing of Climb to Glory

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    Climb to Glory posterClimb to Glory, produced by Warren Miller Entertainment in partnership with the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum, tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troopers and how they championed the U.S. ski industry following World War II. The Mountain Division came into existence on July 13, 1943 at an Army base in the Colorado Rockies known as Camp Hale. The division trained at 9,200 feet above sea level and honed their skills to fight and survive under the most brutal conditions.

    After participating in a major turning point in the War, these heroes returned home from Italy as pioneering individuals and helped expand skiing into lifestyle sport with ski resort development, product innovation, instruction and everything in-between. Narrated by Winter Olympian and Colorado native Jeremy Bloom, Climb to Glory highlights the 10th Mountain Division vets astounding impact on our country and the ski industry while incorporating the fun and flair of Warren Miller films. Running Time 46 Minutes.

    Featuring Nelson Bennett, Andre Benoit, Jim Bray, Earl Clark, Dick Dirkes, Harold Newcomb Eldredge, Hugh Evans, James Nassar, Jr., Dick Over, Harvey Wieprecht, Robert Yank, Chris Anthony, Scott Kennett & Tony Seibert.

    This special showing of Climb to Glory will be at 6:00 pm Sunday, March 16 at the Boulder Theater. Reserve tickets at www.bouldertheater.com. General Admission is $15, $9 for Under 18s and Over 62s, and $69 for VIP tickets.

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  • Powderhorn Mountain Resort Presents Second Annual PH3 Race

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    Powderhorn Mountain Resort

    Powderhorn Mountain Resorts (PMR) presents the second annual PH3 on Sunday, March 16, 2014 to benefit the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation and the Veterans Administration Medical Center Suicide Prevention Fund, in honor of Tim Sewell and in support of his family.

    The race begins at the Mesa Community Center with an 8.35 mile biking segment at 8:30 AM. They will transition onto either climbing skins or snowshoes, and continue 2.03 miles to the top of the resort. Then remove their ascending gear and ski or snowboard 1.44 miles to the finish line.  The total vertical gain is 4,138 feet, vertical drop is 1,543 feet covering a total of 11.82 miles. Participants must be at least 16 years of age either as an individual or on teams.

    Early registration is available online through Active.com for $40. Day of even registration event is available at PMR for $50.

    Volunteers are needed to assist in running the event, minimum age of 16 years old. Please Contact John Messinger at (970) 268-5158 or jmessinger@powderhorn.com for more information. All volunteers will receive a complimentary lift ticket for use any day of the 2013-14 winter season.

    Event Schedule (subject to change, as weather permits):
    March 16, 2014: The Powderhorn PH3

    Online Registration      Active.com

    6:45 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.    $50 day of event registration and sign up PMR

    8:00 a.m.                        Final bus from PMR to Mesa Community Center
    8:30 a.m.                        Race Starts
    3 p.m.                             PH3 Awards on the Sunset Deck

    Please click here to view the course map

    About the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation
    Founded in 2006, the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation (WCSPF) is committed to reducing the rate of suicide in the region by encouraging and coordinating collaborative efforts to provide diverse prevention and awareness messaging, education, advocacy and funding.

    About the VA Medical Center Suicide Prevention Fund
    The Grand Junction VA Medical Center’s Suicide Prevention Program covers 15 Colorado counties, two in Utah and one in Wyoming.  The Suicide Prevention Program provides direct support to “at risk” veterans, providing cell phones to ensure they can access a mental health service 24 hours a day.  Along with providing help the Prevention Program also provides education to those in isolated communities spreading the word on the National Veterans Crisis line and the assistance that is available through the GJVA.  “It is okay to ask for help; You are not alone.” Veterans Crisis Line: 1800-273-8255 Press 1.

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  • Winter Park Resort’s Annual TJV Ski Down for Cancer Returns March 22

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    3-10 WPWhile most know of the Winter Park Professional Ski Patrol’s dedication to helping people, few realize its reach extends so far beyond the slopes of the mountain.  On Saturday, March 22, Winter Park’s Ski Patrol will partner with the Cavett Kids Foundation for the fourth annual TJV Ski Down for Cancer, benefiting the American Cancer Society and Cavett Kids.

    Dedicated in honor of Thomas James Veit, a 12-year Winter Park ski patroller who lost his valiant battle with colon cancer in 2011, this year’s TJV Ski Down for Cancer will consist of Winter Park employees and volunteers skiing/riding down lower Hughes at around 5 p.m. to celebrate the lives of those who have been touched by this dreaded disease.  After the Ski Down, a silent auction will be held at Doc’s Roadhouse located at the base of Winter Park.

    The event has grown exponentially each year and the hope is to make the fourth installment the best yet.  To make a donation on-line, please visit www.winterparkresort.com/SkiTJV.

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