By Dan Rabin Dan Rabin is a Boulder-based freelance writer and author of the guidebook, Colorado Breweries. At the start of the 2014-2015 ski season, Copper Mountain released an update to Sherpa, a fun, informative and futuristic smartphone app touted as an “on-mountain audio guide.” The...
Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk open for the 2014/15 winter ski and ride season Saturday, Dec. 13 joining Snowmass and Aspen Mountain with a total of 2,325 acres of terrain across all four peaks. Saturday, Dec. 13 will also be the grand opening of the new interactive Ski & Snowboard School facility called the Hideout at the base of Buttermilk from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Continue Reading
Granby Ranch, the four-season mountain getaway located less than two hours from Denver, opens its 2014-15 ski season today, Thursday, December 11.
Carve Away Hunger
Earlier this week, Granby Ranch announced details for its upcoming charity event to “Carve Away Hunger”. The event coincides with the ski resort’s opening weekend, Dec. 11-14, and supports the local nonprofit Mountain Family Center (MFC) and their annual food distribution to hungry children, the Food Totes Program and to stock the food pantry. Ranch visitors can deliver non-perishable food items for the Totes Food program and receive a discounted lift ticket on Dec. 11, 12, and 14. Those who bring a full bag of food on Dec. 13 receive a free lift ticket! A suggested shopping list can be found at Granby Ranch’s event page and on Facebook.
Participants can also get a $2 beer from Granby Ranch Grill by posting photos to social media with hashtag: #CarveAwayHunger. Continue Reading
In Colorado Ski Country USA, getting kids on the slopes for free is more than just child’s play, it’s evidence of resorts commitment to providing an exceptional and affordable family ski vacation. From waiving a lift ticket fee for kids under a certain age, to offering free lift access to kids as part of a promotion or package, Colorado resorts strive to provide the opportunity for families to have a well-priced, hassle-free, and enjoyable ski vacation.
Kids under five or six years of age can ski for free at many Colorado resorts. Children five and under ski for free all season long at Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, Loveland, Ski Granby Ranch, Steamboat, Sunlight Mountain Resort, Telluride, Ski Cooper, and Winter Park. Children six and under ski for free all season long at AspenSnowmass, Crested Butte, and Monarch.
Below are some kids ski free packages and promotions currently available at some CSCUSA resorts. Continue Reading
Birthdays are always fun, especially the big ones. This winter, Colorado ski resorts are celebrating four massive birthdays: 75 years at Winter Park, Monarch Mountain and Wolf Creek and 100 years at Howelsen Hill. A road trip to these four resorts involves some long drives through spectacular Colorado scenery, along a route that could take you near almost all of Colorado’s ski destinations. But since most of us don’t have a week (or two) to take this show on the road, consider timing your visits with the parties.
You don’t need to be a pro ski tuner or a boot fitter to appreciate a sharp edge or an appropriate fit. This blog post will help you learn how to dial in your skiing and snowboarding gear for maximum performance and comfort on the slopes.
By Rachel Walker
Full disclosure: even though I worked at Skiing Magazine for three years and spent a significant amount of my time there “working” on mountains all over North America, I am still a total luddite when it comes to gear. I know wax and bases go together, and I can tell you when my feet hurt. I feel something strange when my edges are rusty and dinged (that would be my inability to carve a good turn). But how to maintain or dial in gear has never been my strength.
Nonetheless, I’ve decided to embark on a self-improvement project that I hope will bleed over into my gear closet and keep my gear in better shape, my feet happier, and my ski days frustration free. This project basically involves reading the trade magazines and websites to learn basic maintenance, more about boot fitting, and anything else important that pertains to my gear.
If you’ve got your kids signed up for ski school this winter, good for you! Without a doubt, professional instruction is the best way to build skills and develop a love of snow sports.
While some kids will dive into any adventure without a second thought, others may be nervous at trying something new. Here are some tips to help your children get ready for ski school, whether they’re signed up for one lesson, several days or a week of lessons, or for the entire season. And while these tips can apply to anyone, they are especially important for younger kids. Continue Reading
Which Black Friday experience sounds better to you: Waiting around in the dark in a parking lot for the privilege of being trampled by your fellow shoppers trying to save a few dollars on a television, or riding on soft snow with non-existent lift lines? Your correspondent chose the latter and certainly hopes you did as well, especially since you can shop on the internet for deals today, Cyber Monday.
This year, Colorado Ski Country USA and several of its member resorts are offering Cyber Monday deals on lift tickets, pass products, and lodging; here’s a summary. Continue Reading
The past two weeks have showered Telluride with 4.5 feet of snow. Thanks to recent storms and a hefty investment in new snowmaking systems Telluride Ski Resort will be opening more terrain on the first day of ski season than in years past. The Ski Resort is currently reporting a 30 inch base and officially starts spinning the lifts on Nov. 27.
“It is our intent to open as much terrain as possible while ensuring a sustainable snowpack. The recent storms have helped immensely, and our resort operation crews have done a great job preparing the mountain” states Greg Pack, President & General Manager of Telluride Ski & Golf. “We are excited to start the ski season off strong!” Continue Reading