One of Wolf Creek Ski Area’s Ski Patrollers has some particularly bad breath. I’ve just watched Rico execute a rescue of a buried avalanche victim in a training drill put on by Wolf Creek, and as I congratulate him on a job well done, Rico’s halitosis washes over me and I’m...
By James Lummis Skiing for me is a number of things. Skiing is time outdoors. It’s adrenaline inducing. It’s fun with family and friends. And, especially for me, skiing is a time to improve my skills. I have been in constant pursuit of the perfect run, which for me is not fresh snow, or...
January is National Safety Month and resorts all across Colorado are celebrating in style to raise awareness to the folks on the hill. Arapahoe Basin’s Jake Ziemski, the 2013 Colorado Ski Patroller of the Year, shares some tricks and tips to keep you safe on the mountain. Continue Reading
The 24th Annual Valentine’s Day Mountaintop Matrimony ceremony and reception is a Loveland Ski Area tradition where new couples are joined in matrimony and married couples renew their vows in a mass wedding at The Ptarmigan Roost Cabin, elevation 12,050 feet, located at the top of Lift #2.
83 couples participated in last year’s event, and here’s a nice video from a Mountaintop Matrimony bluebird day in 2011.
Copper Mountain boasts 195 inches so far on the 2014/15 winter season and what better way to celebrate the snow than with 100% of the mountain open, wine and wings and an unforgettable happy hour experience? Continue Reading
Thanks to 20.5” of new snow so far this month, Winter Park Resort’s Ski Patrol has opened the Cirque Territory for skiing and riding, meaning all seven of Winter Park’s territories and 2,815 acres are now open for the big upcoming holiday weekend. After what is supposed to be a beautifully sunny weekend, more snow is forecast for early next week.
There were exactly 51 of them, all strewn about the base area like tumbleweed after a windstorm. Some were lying down, some were struggling to stand, some were slowly sliding across the frozen floor, and some were actually doing what they came to learn how to do: ski and snowboard.
The kids were all fifth grade students at the Laredo School in east Aurora, CO, which serves a diverse neighborhood of Colorado families. Some of the kids had been to the mountains before, none of them had ever skied nor snowboarded. Luckily, this year these kids had Ms. Amy Scheuers as their teacher.
This undertaking of bringing 51 fifth graders to Ski Granby Ranch for a day of learning to ski and snowboard was her idea. “I put together the ski and snowboarding trip because I wanted to give our students an opportunity to experience the mountains instead of just seeing them from our school,” explained Scheuers. Scheuers teaches fifth grade at the Laredo School and took it upon herself to give her students an experience they’d never forget. “Many of our kids have not been up in the mountains and this was their first time. They are Colorado residents and I believe they should have the opportunity to see the beauty of our state.”
She orchestrated signing up each student for the Colorado Ski Country USA Fifth Grade Passport, a lift ticket program whereby all fifth graders in Colorado can receive free lift access to 20 resorts. The Ski Country Passport was introduced nearly 20 years ago and provides three visits to 20 member resorts for free. “We started the program because we believe that every child growing up in Colorado should have access to learning our state’s signature sports of skiing and snowboarding,” explained Melanie Mills, CEO and President of Colorado Ski Country USA.
Every year thousands of Colorado kids take advantage of the CSCUSA Fifth Grade Passport, but resorts wanted to do more to introduce the sports to new participants, and so CSCUSA introduced First Class. First Class works in conjunction with the Fifth Grade Passport and provides a beginner lesson to kids who have never skied nor snowboarded, during the month of January, which is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. So now, CSCUSA resorts are providing lift access and a lesson with rental equipment, and this is exactly what Ms. Scheuers arranged with the hosting resort, Ski Granby Ranch.
Armed with their Fifth Grade Passports, First Class Lesson and Equipment Vouchers, the Laredo class boarded a bus afforded to them through a grant Ms. Scheuers secured, and off they went to Ski Granby Ranch for a day of lessons, lunch and laughter.
“It was awesome and fun,” Dyelon, Laredo fifth grader and new snowboarder.
“It was extremely exciting to give these kids an opportunity to get on the snow,” commented Michael McDonald, Ski Granby Ranch ski instructor. “The students were so kind, polite, and a joy to teach. Getting to hang out with kids who have never skied or snowboarded before are the reason I love teaching. They were a blast!”
They were successful at picking up the basics of skiing and snowboarding and enjoyed a good first day on the slopes.
“It was awesome,” said Kimberly, a Laredo fifth grader and new skier.
“It was fun and I had a great time going and it was fun snowboarding with my friends and somebody teaching us how to snowboard,” said Victor, a Laredo fifth grader and new snowboarder.
It is Colorado Ski Country’s hope that the Passport and First Class programs give kids the opportunity to not only try skiing and snowboarding, but that they will like it enough to keep doing it while reaping the benefits of being outside and active.
“I think that the ski trip gave me a good opportunity to learn how to ski and make me want to go outside more,” Alyssa, Laredo fifth grader and new skier.
“I felt like the ski trip was awesome and it helped me. Because of that time we went on the ski trip my mom wants to take us again,” Arleen, Laredo fifth grader and new skier.
The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) will host the 40th Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup (WFSC) on Feb. 20 – 22 at Winter Park Resort. This event is the largest fundraiser for the NSCD, bringing in more than $215,000 to support therapeutic recreation summer and winter programs for children and adults with disabilities. This year several NSCD athletes, who competed in Sochi on the U.S. Winter Paralympic team, plan to race this weekend including: Alana Nichols, Jamie Stanton and Tyler Carter. Continue Reading
Q&A with Becky Zimmermann, President and CEO, National Sports Center for the Disabled
By Troy Hawks
Stories of perseverance, trauma, determination, struggle, disappointment, hard work, athletic achievement, triumph, and an occasional tear; it’s just another day at work for Becky Zimmermann, president and CEO of the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD).
NSCD is based in Winter Park with administrative offices at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Zimmermann’s desk is just a few chain lengths away from the North end zone.
She grew up in Evergreen, earned her MBA at the University of Colorado, and she’s been NSCD’s CEO since 2012. She’s well recognized for her work in planning and designing major resorts around the world including Hakuba 47 in Japan. Continue Reading
If you’ve spent any time at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin), you know they throw one heck of a party. And it’s even better when the party is for a good cause. This Saturday, February 7, 2015, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) will host the 13th Annual Beacon Bowl & Apres Party. This annual fundraiser benefits the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), a state-run organization that forecasts and reports backcountry avalanche conditions, and also promotes avalanche safety and awareness. Continue Reading