• May 18, 2017 at Arapahoe Basin. Photo by Ashley Ojala.

    Arapahoe Basin, home of the longest ski and ride season in Colorado, will re-open its lifts for a bonus weekend of skiing and snowboarding Friday, June 9 through Sunday, June 11, 2017. The Black Mountain Express and Lenawee Mountain lifts will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with top-to-bottom...

  • Photo by Jeremy Swanson last Memorial Day Weekend. Courtesy of Aspen Snowmass.

    With 18 Inches of New Snow in the Past Week, Aspen Mountain’s Summer Operations Kick-Off with Ski/Ride May 27-29  Due to recent winter storms that dropped 18 inches of new snow in the past week, Aspen Mountain will open for skiing and riding Memorial Day Weekend May 27-29. In addition to...

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    Heart healthy produce, locally crafted artisan items and specialty products headline the new Thursday afternoon tradition at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort base area. Mt. Crested Butte welcomes the first Farmers Market to the resort base area. Local farmers and vendors will be present to offer...

  • Final Ski FREE Day at Howelsen Hill Ski Area Slated for Sunday, March 12

    on March 9 | in Howelsen | by | with No Comments

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    Ski FREE Sunday Also Marks Closing Day for Public Skiing for 2016/17 Winter Season

    Howelsen Hill Ski Area will host its final Ski FREE day of the 2016/17 winter season on this upcoming Sunday, March 12, 2017. Ski FREE Sunday is also closing day for public skiing for the season at the ski area.

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  • By Day and Night, Hesperus is Filling an Important Skiing Niche in Southwest Colorado

    on March 9 | in Dining and Nightlife, Hesperus Ski Area, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with No Comments

    Photo by Scott DW Smith courtesy of Hesperus.

    Photo by Scott DW Smith courtesy of Hesperus.

    By R. Scott Rappold

    There’s an old two-seater chairlift rising above U.S. Highway 160 in southwest Colorado.

    From the road, Hesperus doesn’t look like much, especially compared to the massive resorts of Purgatory, Silverton and Telluride that also call this region home. In summer, cattle graze on the ski trails. In winter, the smell of livestock is unmistakable in the muddy parking lot. Little has changed here since the first tow rope went in back in 1962.

    But thanks to the 2016 acquisition by James Coleman, owner of Purgatory and several small ski areas in New Mexico and Arizona, a lot more people are discovering Hesperus. With the region’s only night skiing and pass reciprocity with the other areas, Hesperus is filling an important niche here. And Durango locals who might never have skied Hesperus are catching on.

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  • Mountain Sherpa – Inside a Ski Mom’s Backpack

    on March 7 | in Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Uncategorized | by | with 1 Comment

    I wonder if he has a snorkel in that bag... Photo by Dave Camara courtesy of Arapahoe Basin.

    I wonder if he has a snorkel in that bag… Photo by Dave Camara courtesy of Arapahoe Basin.

    It’s handy to have a backpack full of snacks, water, and sunscreen on the slopes, but is it safe?

    Since my kids were young, I’ve skied with a pack, if for no other reason than I needed to be armed with a wide variety of snacks at all times. At any given moment, even right after lunch, my kids would claim they were starving.

    However, skiing with a pack can be dangerous. A few weeks ago, I was riding a chairlift and when I went to dismount, I realized one of my straps was caught on the back of the chair. I had the presence of mind to just sit tight and ride around the bullwheel, which kicked off the lift’s safety mechanism. The chair ground to a halt. I unhooked the strap and hopped off. I was still only a foot off the ground.

    It was an ignominious moment, to be sure. My youngest son happened to be at the top with his entire ski team. “Mom, you are such a Jerry!!!” (If you follow “Jerry of the Day” on Instagram, you’d know this was not a compliment.)

    Packed and prepared at Aspen Highlands.

    Packed and prepared at Aspen Highlands.

    I’ve tried not skiing with my pack, but then I’m constantly in need of some little something—sunscreen, a neck gaiter, my inhaler—and I don’t have it. I was riding the lift at Eldora a week ago and my pack soon became a point of conversation. “This may be nosy,” said the fellow sitting next to me, “but what do you have in there?” So I listed it out for him:

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  • Why You Need to Get Your Butt to Crested Butte

    on March 7 | in Crested Butte, Dining and Nightlife, Skiing & Snowboarding, Uncategorized | by | with No Comments

    If the view isn’t already persuasive enough, keep on reading.

    If the view isn’t already persuasive enough, keep on reading.

    Last time I visited the crooked crag, one of my friends said, “If a mountain town could be a hug, Crested Butte would be it.” And she nailed it for the most part, as the town itself could not be more welcoming with its quaint, Victorian homes, shops, and restaurants.

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  • A Spring Break Survival Guide for Skiers and Snowboarders

    on March 6 | in Dining and Nightlife, Uncategorized | by | with No Comments

    April 18, 2016 at Loveland Ski Area. Photo by Dustin Schaefer.

    April 18, 2016 at Loveland Ski Area. Photo by Casey Day.

    “Spring breeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaak!!!!!

    For college students, parents of grade-school kids or just skiers wise enough to set aside time in March to ski a lot, there are no sweeter words in the English language.

    And they sound even better when screamed from the top of a snowy mountain on a bluebird day with a frosty adult beverage in hand and the Rocky Mountains spread out before  you like an oil painting. Try it again.

    “Spring breeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaak!!!!!”

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  • How to Capture the Perfect Ski Instagram

    on March 3 | in Insider Secrets, Uncategorized | by | with No Comments

    Cell phone cameras were the best and worst thing to happen to photography, as it is easier than ever to pull out your device and capture a fleeting moment. But with this effortlessness comes mindlessness. Too often people whip out their phones, shoot something without even looking at the result and move on. Instead of just blasting away, take these tips into account next time you’re trying to take a photo on the slopes for the perfect ski Instagram.

    Exhibit A: Owen hanging out and enjoying the view after a quick hike up the Highlands Bowl.

    Exhibit A: Owen hanging out and enjoying the view after a quick hike up the Highlands Bowl.

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  • The Southwest Swing #2: A weekend trip to Telluride and Wolf Creek

    on March 2 | in Insider Secrets, Skiing & Snowboarding, Telluride, Travel Planning & Tips, Uncategorized, Wolf Creek | by | with No Comments

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    View from underneath the Plunge lift at Telluride.

    After one of the more enjoyable ski trips of my life in the middle of January to Silverton and Purgatory (what I dubbed the Southwest Swing) I’ve been looking for a good weekend to revisit that part of the state and check out more of Colorado’s southwest ski areas. The opportunity presented itself last weekend and I decided to check Telluride and Wolf Creek off my bucket list.

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  • High Fives All Around – Powder Day at Powderhorn [Video]

    on March 2 | in Powderhorn, Video | by | with No Comments

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    It’s laughs and high fives all around when it’s a powder day at Powderhorn. This video from Lightbuld Media is sure to put a smile on your face, because it’s a flippin’ powder day!

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  • Colorado Ski Country Covered with Two Feet of Powder

    on March 1 | in Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Cooper, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Loveland, Monarch, Purgatory, Silverton, Ski Cooper, Snow, Snowmass, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park, Wolf Creek | by | with No Comments

    Photo courtesy of Telluride.

    Photo courtesy of Telluride.

    On the first day of March, traditionally one of the snowiest months in Colorado, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) ski areas across the state received up to 29 inches of powder, with the deepest totals in the southern and central mountains. 

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  • Steamboat Closes out February with Deep Powder [Video]

    on March 1 | in Steamboat, Uncategorized, Video | by | with No Comments

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    Steamboat is entering March on a high note, with 10 inches of fresh snow coming in the final days of February. Check out this video to see what you’re missing. [Warning: If you have been day dreaming of powder days too much at work, this video will only make it worse]

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