Some of our readers may have seen the recent Denver Post series supposedly about ski safety and the industry here in Colorado. In this republished article that ran in yesterday’s Summit Daily News, Sheriff John Minor of Summit County shared his response. Below is his opinion piece.
As the sheriff in Summit County, I read with interest the recent series of articles in The Denver Post about skier injuries and fatalities. While I agree that any fatal accident is tragic, the vast majority of them are just that … tragic accidents. Each person made a conscious choice to ski/board, and each person wanted the thrill and enjoyment that snow sports are known for.
As most of you know, ski season in Colorado lasts well into spring, thanks to annual snowfall averages that hover around 300 inches and resorts that enjoy high elevations and cool dry air. A long ski season gives resorts ample opportunity to host a myriad of spring events and activities. This spring is no exception as Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts are offering an incredible lineup of holiday celebrations, concerts, contests that incorporate a blend of spring skiing with various types of fun-filled on-snow and slope-side activities for all.
This blog comes to CSCUSA from Bob Wilson, Public Relations Manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation.
With a lot more people expected to travel Interstate 70 west of Denver over the next few weeks for Spring Break and as part of enjoying the last part of the ski season, we believe this is a good opportunity to pass on what’s currently occurring on the corridor.
Desert Island question: If you had to pick just one mountain, just one spot to ski or board for the rest of time, which one would it be?
It’s a tough question, and thankfully it’s one you can completely ignore because in Colorado, you simply don’t have that problem. Colorado has a mountain for everyone. With tons of resorts and ski areas, there’s something here for everyone – which begs the question: what’s your thing?
Are you a powder-hound? Park-rat? Mogul-gopher? Aprés-aardvark? We tried to cram as much of our glorious state as we could in to a 30-second video. So take a look: see if your thing made the cut:
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month Attracts More Than 153,000 Children and Adults to Beginner Lessons in January 2013
The Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month task force recently released its numbers for this year, deeming it an overall success. More than 153,000 children and adults from 34 states registered for beginner lessons from professional instructors during January 2013 as part of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month/Bring a Friend (LSSM/BAF)—an increase of more than 50,000 compared to 2012 and more than 130,000 since the initiative began in January 2009.
This blog comes to CSCUSA from Kristen Lummis of BraveSkiMom.com.
Spring skiing at Steamboat is amazing. But we’ll get to that.
Skiers and riders can now get four of the state’s marquee mountains with the Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus, on sale now for the 2013-14 season. The pass includes Copper Mountain, Steamboat, Winter Park, and for the first time, Monarch Mountain for a total of 9,308 acres and a combined total of 109 feet of snow each year.