The new Kokomo Express High Speed Quad Chairlift to open Winter 2017 Gated access lift pass technology to be installed The Rocky Mountain Coaster at Copper Mountain will be the longest alpine coaster in North America Woodward Copper WreckTangle to open Summer 2017 Today Copper Mountain Resort...
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...
Hailey Langland competes in Women’s Big Air. Photo by Chris Tedesco/ESPN.
What the X-Games and Aspen Snowmass are doing to Offset Their Carboon Footprint
Walking on the slippery slopes of trodden powder, the Men’s Ski Big Air Final announcements clash with the bass echoing from the concert venue where the Chainsmokers will follow Anderson.Paak in bringing X Games Aspen 2017 officially into a new year of competition. Snowmobile exhaust still lingers faintly in the crisp, six-degree air as we maneuver to the back of a massive conglomerate of unified, cold, hearty, and passionate Games-goers watching to be the first few hundred to witness in person who will take the gold.
Photo by Scott DW Smith courtesy of Purgatory Snowcat Adventures.
By R. Scott Rappold
These mountains were snowy, vast and deep, with not a cut ski run, chairlift or any other trapping of civilization in sight.
Aside from our group of a dozen hardy skiers and snowboarders, two guides and the tracked snowcat that lumbered us up to this remote ridge, all was still. This winter wonderland was ours and ours alone, the snow an untouched canvas waiting to be carved up. Imagine skiing in a Robert Frost poem.
Welcome to Purgatory Snowcat Adventures, Colorado’s largest backcountry snowcat operation, with 36,000 acres of terrain to ski, ten times as much as the largest Colorado Ski Country USA resort.
A glimpse of the unique views offered at Powderhorn.
Powderhorn Mountain Resort near Mesa, Colorado is little known, and that much is well known. Asking many skier and snowboarder friends, even some who grew up skiing in Colorado, a common reply is either “Where’s that?” or “Powder-what?” To answer that right away, Powderhorn is reminiscent of locals’ favorite Sunlight. Boasting 1,600 acres of skiable terrain, Powderhorn perches on the edge of the Grand Mesa, which happens to be the largest flat-topped mountain in the world.
From the chairs of the aptly named Flattop Flyer, skiers are privy to a unique resort view unlike any other in the state. While bundled up in your layers and cheeks a little rosy from the cold, you can scan out across what seems like hundreds of miles of nearly desert landscape. Red and orange and pink undertones swirl in and out of their snowy white sheathings as the desert rolls away for what could be a thousand square miles for all the adventure possible there.
Aside from its varied and wonderful skiing opportunities, free parking, family-oriented and friendly lodge, Powderhorn is actually a place of incredible geologic history for those who are interested in the foundation of their snow sliding adventures.
As a Denver native, I learned to ski along the I-70 corridor at Winter Park and Copper Mountain, with an occasional trip to Steamboat and Crested Butte on my Rocky Mountain Super Pass. Throughout my 12 or so seasons as an adult, I have always wondered what skiing in the Southwest was like. I’d heard rumblings and rumors about bottomless snow and the beauty of the San Juan Mountains, but with a busy professional and personal life I didn’t think I had the time to make a weekend trip. That all changed in late January, when I decided to go for it.
The mystique surrounding Silverton Mountain’s guided experience and the allure of Purgatory, near Durango where I have never been, intrigued me. So I convinced a friend to join me to see if it was possible to make it to Durango and back, with lots of skiing in between of course, in a weekend.
Not only was it it possible, it was well worth it. The journey was so memorable that I decided to write about it and blog for the first time in my life. I hope you enjoy the round up and that it inspires you to go enjoy Southwest Colorado and the phenomenal skiing it has to offer.
How I went from Sand and Waves to Snow and Mountains
The flats of Florida boast the hottest year-round climate in all of the United States – that’s why 78.2% of all grandparents live here (according to my calculations). For these seniors and the rest of the tropical residents, the concept of snow is unfathomable, as a Floridian cold front is announced when the temperature drops below 70 degrees.
Photo by Jeremy Swanson courtesy of Aspen Snowmass.
Aspen Snowmass, for the seventh year in a row, is scheduled to host the Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race Saturday, Feb. 25. For athletes not quite ready to take on the full course, participants have the option to race the Power of Two that covers the last two mountains of the full route, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain.Continue Reading
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is introducing a pilot program to bring Front Range skiers and snowboarders to and from the mountains this winter. SnowStang, part of the CDOT Bustang® interregional bus service, will offer express round-trip service to six resorts on two Saturdays next month – February 11 and 25, including Colorado Ski Country USA resorts A-Basin and Winter Park with round-trip prices starting at $45.
I stood at the top of Spellbound Bowl, and one might say I was, well, spellbound.
It took 15 minutes of traversing and side-stepping through the forest, hoping against hope I was still on the right path, to get here. Cliffs lingered to my left and right and, for all I knew, just below me. I couldn’t see another soul or, for that matter, a single chairlift. This was one of the steepest runs at the steepest ski area in Colorado, Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
Officials at Sunlight Mountain Resort have announced they will host Ski Spree and The Taste of Sunlight (formerly the chili cook-off) entirely at the mountain this year. Scheduled for Feb. 4-5, the chili cook-off has traditionally been held at Hotel Colorado, which is scheduled to close for renovation Jan. 31. Troy Hawks, marketing and sales director at Sunlight, said his team did explore other venue options before deciding to host the event entirely at the mountain.
The penultimate games of the National Football League season took place this past weekend, leaving only two teams to battle it out for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Join Crested Butte Mountain Resort to celebrate the big game between the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots. Butte 66 will be hosting their annual Big Game Party with deals on wings and customized specials related to each team throughout the game.