• Skiing around Colorado Ski Country: Advice for a successful car camping adventure

    on April 11 | in Deals, Insider Secrets, Travel Planning & Tips, Uncategorized | by | with 1 Comment

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    It is often daunting for those of us with inadequate budgets, holes in our pockets, or other limitations on accessible financial support to fund our dream ski resort vacations, even when staying in Colorado. Lodging can be around $200 a night at the cheapest for most large-scale resort towns, gas comes in around $30 per tank, resort or ski town food runs at prices higher than most (think a $10 burger for $17), libations for those of us over 21 can be wildly more expensive than at your local dive, and of course the ultimate fuel in your tank that seemingly increases with every step you take toward a chair lift: coffee. These expenses dig holes in your wallet before even considering the daily cost of arguably the most essential ski item; day passes can run anywhere from $54 to $164 depending on the resort.

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  • A Surfing Revolution on the Mountain; with Soulmotion Snowsurf

    on April 11 | in Uncategorized | by | with 1 Comment

    Aaron, Dude Dog, and some radical boards.  Photo courtesy of Aaron Lebowitz

    Aaron, Dude Dog, and some radical boards. Photo courtesy of Aaron Lebowitz

    Aaron Lebowitz is out to change the way we think about snowboarding; he wants to “revitalize stoke on the mountain,” as he says, through surf-inspired designs to get back to the roots of snowboarding. He believes that the common popsicle stick is more of a “survival board” than anything else– these shapes can handle everything, but do nothing exceptionally well. And here’s a thought: why does every surfer have a fish, longboard, and shortboard for all types of conditions, while a snowboarder often has one do-it-all board, even though a mountain can change as much as the wave?

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  • Why Spring Skiing Rocks

    on April 7 | in Copper Mountain, Eldora, Kids & Family Friendly Zone | by | with No Comments

    Photo by Dave Camara courtesy of Arapahoe Basin.

    Photo by Dave Camara courtesy of Arapahoe Basin.

    Spring break today means something entirely different to me than it did some decades ago when I was a beer-swilling college student. Back then, while fellow coeds were jetting off to Ft. Lauderdale to party righteously in skimpy bathing suits, my roommate and I headed to Utah’s Alta for spring break.

    We knew our friends would come back tanned, and we were determined to do the same—but we would ski. Our tans would be goggle tans, which we certainly thought was cooler anyway.

    Things have changed since then—and then again, they haven’t.

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  • Power Pass Now on Sale at the Lowest Price of the Year

    on April 7 | in Hesperus Ski Area, Purgatory | by | with No Comments

    Photo by Scott DW Smith courtesy of Purgatory.

    Photo by Scott DW Smith courtesy of Purgatory.

    Resort officials with the largest ski area collective in the Southwest announced details of the 2017/2018 Power Pass, which is now available at the lowest price of the year, with no price increase, an extended no-interest payment plan, and unlimited access to five ski resorts in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

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  • Aspen Snowmass Celebrates Spring Skiing and Riding with Extended Daily Operations on Aspen Mountain

    on April 7 | in Aspen Mountain | by | with No Comments

    Photo by Tyler Lindsay courtesy of Aspen Snowmass.

    Photo by Tyler Lindsay courtesy of Aspen Snowmass.

    Aspen Snowmass announces extended daily operations on Aspen Mountain for an extra week through Sunday, Apr. 23. With over a foot of new snow in the past seven days, a majority of Aspen Mountain will remain open with top-to-bottom skiing and riding accessed via the Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Express, F.I.S chair and Ruthies lift. Hours of operation will shift to the following, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., to take advantage of spring conditions, unless it is a powder day, and then the lifts will open at 9 a.m.

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  • Winter Park’s Mary Jane to Remain Open Until April 30

    on April 7 | in Winter Park | by | with No Comments

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    Photo by Charles Stemen courtesy of Winter Park

    Thanks to over 280” of snow this season, Winter Park Resort’s iconic Mary Jane Territory will remain open an extra week, with closing now slated for Sunday, April 30.  Lifts and trails on the Winter Park side will still close on the originally scheduled closing weekend of April 22-23 with free music from Michael Franti & Spearhead on Saturday, April 22 and the always-popular Monster Energy Spring Splash on Sunday, April 23.

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  • Ski Season Over in the San Juans – But Only for Now

    on April 6 | in Hesperus Ski Area, Purgatory, Telluride, Wolf Creek | by | with No Comments

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    By R. Scott Rappold.

    Colorado’s San Juan Mountains remain deeply buried in winter snow, but the calendar says “spring” and that meant closing day Sunday in southern Colorado.

    But only for this week.

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  • 36 Hours to Ride: Monarch and Crested Butte in One Weekend

    on March 30 | in Crested Butte, Insider Secrets, Monarch | by | with 2 Comments

    The view from the top of the Paradise Lift at Crested Butte. Photo by Chris Linsmayer.

    The view from the top of the Paradise Lift at Crested Butte. Photo by Chris Linsmayer.

    It’s a familiar setting. You’re sitting on the couch on a Sunday evening as the sun sets, officially signaling the transition out of “weekend mode.” You slowly get up to switch on the lights around the house and your struck with that regretful feeling that you didn’t take full advantage of your weekend. Maybe you spent a few too many hours re-watching that HBO series. Maybe your Friday happy hour turned into a two day hangover filled with disappointing delivery food. Maybe you decided that you worked too hard during the week to do anything on your days off. No matter your reasoning, that regretful feeling lingers like the stench from a neglected garbage bin.

    But your Sunday nights don’t have to feel like that. In fact, they shouldn’t. It is true that you did work too hard during the week… you worked too hard to not get out and do something with those precious days off. This reasoning is preciously why I said “I’m in!” when my CSCUSA colleague (Chris Linsmayer of Southwest Swing #1 & #2 fame) invited me on a quick road trip to Monarch and Crested Butte – two resorts he needed to check off his list on his quest to visit every CSCUSA resort this season (your next, Cooper!).

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  • Mini Pond Skim at Sunlight Mountain with Belt Buckle Bobby

    on March 27 | in Sunlight, Video | by | with No Comments

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    Do to factors beyond human control, Sunlight Mountain Resort will not be hosting a pond skimming event this spring. But that did not stop them from having some fun with it anyway.

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  • Copper Mountain Resort Announces Capital Improvements

    on March 24 | in Copper Mountain | by | with 1 Comment

    Photo courtesy of Copper Mountain.

    Photo courtesy of Copper Mountain.

    • 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 announced several capital improvements including a new Kokomo Express high speed quad chairlift, the installation of North America’s longest alpine coaster known as the Rocky Mountain Coaster at Copper Mountain, and an upgrade in lift pass technology to include gated access.

    The future is extremely bright for Copper,” said Gary Rodgers, President and General Manager of Copper Mountain Resort. “These strategic capital improvements will enhance our product offerings and truly elevate the year-round guest experience at Copper.”

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