As the stewards of many thousands of beautiful acres of high alpine land in Colorado Ski Country, our member ski areas take environmental responsibility very seriously. While the strategic direction for major sustainability initiatives comes from the top, it’s the dedicated mountain operations...
Here at Colorado Ski Country USA, we know our audience and we bet it won’t take much to tempt you away from the heat and towards the mountains this Independence Day weekend. Colorado ski areas and the towns near them are pulling out all the stops to make this July 4 weekend one to remember,...
Silverton Mountain, celebrating its 15th Anniversary Season in 2016-17, has announced a nearly 20% increase in guided skiing availability. The ski season will open on December 29 and will continue through April 9. Guided skiing operations will run from December 29 through March 26, and...
The end of the 2015/16 winter season is in sight, but the fun is far from over at Copper Mountain with 3 feet of snow so far this month. The celebrations are endless at Copper this April, with a string of events sure to keep any mountain dweller busy. Closing day for the 2015/16 season was scheduled for April 17, but Copper is excited to announce an extended weekend on April 22-24 to get in those last turns of the season. Here’s a summary of spring celebrations at Copper in April. Continue Reading
Athlete: Billy Kidd. Photo by Larry Pierce, Steamboat Resort
How is this possible? Two of Colorado Ski Country USA’s 21 member ski areas and resorts have closed for the season, seven more are hosting closing day festivities this Sunday, and by this time next month you’ll be able to count the number of open ski areas on one hand
The upside is that April is historically the second snowiest month in Colorado and there’s a good chance that sun-drenched powder days are still ahead. So why not maximize spring skiing in Ski Country?
Here’s a rundown of when Colorado Ski Country resorts are planning to close for the 2015/16 ski season. Keep in mind that these dates are tentative and subject to change. Continue Reading
Sunlight’s Yard Sale Music Series continues this weekend with the funk-i-fied sounds of DJ Brett of Platinum Productions of Aspen. The firm is known for it’s top-line “spinology” and has dropped their beats for HBO, American Express, and the Winter X-Games. Continue Reading
“I love it when a plan comes together.” – John “Hannibal” Smith, The A-Team
By R. Scott Rappold
I’ve driven 150 miles on twisty highways, over three mountain passes, far from the places I usually ski, to be here at this place at this moment in time.
Outside the window of the bed-and-breakfast/hostel, the snow is coming down heavily. Puking. Nuking. Choose your verb. Around the fireplace, spring breakers who spent the day ripping the groomers are discussing the need for fatter rental skis.
It’s March 14 and after a painfully dry stretch, winter has returned to the Colorado high country. Well, parts of the high country. That’s the problem.
While it would be great if every storm cycle would spread the snow around democratically, that’s rarely the case. We’re a state of many mountain ranges, and any given storm can impact them in wildly different ways. Ski areas just a few miles apart can have huge differences when ski patrol checks the snow stake before dawn.
So sometimes the serious powder hound has to hit the road to find the goods. This is how I chase powder. Continue Reading
Resorts Welcome Skiers and Riders with Parties, Races, Concerts, and Pond-skimming
Jeremy Swanson, Aspen Snowmass
Spring has sprung at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member ski areas and resorts, with mild temperatures, blue skies, and soft snow. Spring skiing in Colorado features carved turns on fresh groomed runs, playing in late season powder, and fun resort events and activities for the whole family. Colorado’s dry air, high elevation, strong sunshine, and ample late spring snow mean that some of the best ski days of the season are still to come.
From pond skims and brewfests to unorthodox races and concerts galore, April in Ski Country has something for everyone. Below is a roundup of springtime celebrations happening at CSCUSA resorts in what is typically the second snowiest month in the high country.
on March 21 |
in Wolf Creek |
by Colorado Snow Sensei |
with Comments Off on Wolf Creek Awards Kids Who Make Safe Skiing and Snowboarding into an Art Form
Wolf Creek Ski Area has invited local school children over the past 15 years to create posters that illustrates one or more elements of the Skiers’ and Snowboarders’ Responsibility Code. Elementary through high school students who participate in the Wolf Creek School Group Program are invited to enter their artwork. The posters are displayed in Base Camp lodge where they are voted for by guests and employees. The top three winners are awarded a variety of lift tickets, lessons and rentals.
The winner this season was third grader Sienna Rose, with an excellent Minions-themed illustration of how not to follow Your Responsibility Code as a skier or snowboarder. Nice work Sienna!
on March 20 |
in Uncategorized |
by Scott Rappold |
with Comments Off on Experience Another Side of Ski Country With a Colorado Yurt Trip
Photo by Scott Rappold
By R. Scott Rappold
We take ski lifts for granted.
That thought appeared out of nowhere as I floundered in shoulder-deep snow, trying desperately to find the bottom so I could click back into my alpine touring bindings. The sun was perilously low, the alpenglow on the Mosquito Mountains shining like a warning light. Though our destination was just an uphill football field away, no goal ever seemed farther.
But at 12,000 feet in winter, to quit would be to die, so on we pushed, pausing every few steps to gasp for wind in the too-thin air. And then we were there, stripping off sweat-soaked layers and warming numb toes around the fire, which the quicker members of our group were good enough to light.
A yurt is a warm hole in the middle of winter, rustic and cozy, a form of cold-weather camping used on the Asian steppe for millennia. In Colorado, they’re primarily used by skiers and snowshoers, a way to spend a couple days relaxing in a silent winter wonderland or hitting some untracked ski lines.
And unlike the famed 10th Mountain Division huts – so popular you need to enter a lottery nearly a year in advance – yurts can usually be booked weeks or even days in advance.
But there are a few things you need to know first.