Currently with direct non-stop flights from four major cities on two different airlines, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) and the Gunnison Valley Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) are pleased to announce not only a new flight market, but also a new airline to its regional airport for the...
It used to be that after the lifts closed, resorts hung up the Gone Fishin’ sign for the summer. Not anymore. In the summer months, Colorado Ski Country turns into Colorado Bike Country, or Colorado Hike Country, or Colorado Festival Country – although that one doesn’t roll off...
The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport today announced that American Airlines will offer new daily non-stop flights from Chicago/O’Hare along with a third daily non-stop from Dallas/Fort Worth for the holidays. New non-stop flights from Chicago will facilitate connections from markets throughout the...
Monarch is hosting two traditional events for the ski area’s final weekend. On Saturday, April 11, the mountain will host Kayaks on Snow. The next day, the ski area’s parking lot will be dedicated to the Closing Day Tailgate Party. Continue Reading
Skiing is inherently silly. As stated by Dexter Rutecki in Aspen Extreme: “We’re not curing cancer here, we’re sliding down a mountain with sticks on our feet.” Skiing is fun. It’s silly, and it’s not to be taken too seriously… unless you’re a member of Colorado’s Ski Patrol.
For Ski Patrollers, skiing isn’t just a fun activity; it’s their job. Colorado’s Ski Patrol represent one of the most comprehensively trained groups in all of outdoor recreation. Medical training, mountain travel, search and rescue, evacuation, incident response and evidence gathering – you name it, the Ski Patrol is trained for it and ready to respond.
on April 4 |
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Larry Pierce, Steamboat
This blog post comes to CSCUSA from Amber Johnson, editor of MileHighMamas.
I’ll admit it: I wasn’t a fan of Spring Skiing until recently. I had previously viewed it as a hot, slushy mess but at the end of last season, I looked at the bluebird sky, basked in the balmy temperatures, sailed down the mountain in my t-shirt (sorry, no bikinis here) and thought, “How have I missed out on this all these years? Continue Reading
Sunset skiing returns this Friday, April 3 during Ullr Nights at Snowmass . The Elk Camp Gondola and Elk Camp Chair will run until 6:00 p.m. for skiing and riding. Gondola tickets for Ullr Nights will be free to the public and the last upload is at 8:30 p.m. with Ullr Nights coming to an end at 9 p.m. Continue Reading
Skiers and snowboarders, be advised: Starting Monday, April 6, for 20 nights the Colorado Department of Transportation will be conducting nightly closures at the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels to install a linear heat detection system, part of a larger fire suppression system project. Work will take place during the overnight hours of 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. each Sunday through Thursday night, with tunnel closures beginning at 10 p.m. each night. Continue Reading
What better way to celebrate spring than hunting eggs with the Easter Bunny in Colorado Ski Country? Here’s a roundup of Ski Country member resorts that are hosting Easter egg hunts and other special activities this Sunday. Continue Reading
All good things must come to an end, even the ski season in Colorado Ski Country. However, here are some reasons to look on the bright side:
It’s not over yet, and resorts will be hosting all sorts of fun events (and plenty of good skiing!) in the next few weeks;
Summer in the high country is (almost) as good as it is in winter; and
The 2015/16 season will bring yet more upgrades and improvements to the guest experience at Colorado ski areas and resorts.
Here’s a list of tentative closing dates for Colorado Ski Country resorts. Keep your fingers crossed for a big storm or two to keep some of them open even later.
CSCUSA Resort Closing Dates (subject to change)
March 15: Howelsen
March 23: Powderhorn
April 1: Sunlight
April 5: Buttermilk, Crested Butte, Purgatory, Ski Cooper, Ski Granby Ranch, Telluride, Wolf Creek
April 12: Aspen Highlands, Eldora, Monarch, Silverton, Snowmass, Steamboat
April 19: Aspen Mountain, Copper
April 26: Winter Park
May 3: Loveland
TBA: Arapahoe Basin
on March 30 |
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Jeremy Swanson Aspen Snowmass
Dan Rabin is a Boulder-based freelance writer and author of the guidebook, Colorado Breweries.
An early-morning run down a pristine untracked trail is an experience every skier or snowboarder should have at least once. If you think this privilege is reserved for a few hearty souls willing to rise before dawn and wait patiently at the front of a chilly lift line, think again. The First Tracks program, offered at several Colorado Ski Country resorts, puts you on the mountain ahead the masses. Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Steamboat and Winter Park all offer a version of First Tracks. Continue Reading
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 struggling for fresh air, much like the simulated avalanche victim he just rescued. I can’t help but wonder what he had for breakfast.
Having smelled Rico’s breath, my guess would be dog food. And I’d be right, because Rico is one of Wolf Creek Ski Area’s avalanche dogs.
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 untracked corduroy, but a run with perfect turns, my body and hands downhill, and my speed controlled with ease. Unfortunately the pursuit of perfection is usually an unworthy goal and underachieved pursuit that often ends with unrealized results.
Well you can imagine if I spend my ski days pursuing perfection with admittedly limited results, I may not be the best company. Continue Reading