• Spring Hits Colorado Ski Country

    on March 23 | in Events | by | with No Comments

    Corn Harvest at Loveland.

    Corn Harvest Benefit at Loveland.

    Spring has officially arrived at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) ski areas and resorts with longer and warmer days and spring skiing conditions. In addition to great events for the whole family, guests should check the weather report and the Colorado Ski Country snow report for a chance to ski late season powder. Below is a roundup of springtime celebrations happening at CSCUSA ski areas through the end of the 2016-17 ski season.

    A full list of expected closing dates is at the bottom of this post.

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  • 5 Reasons to Spend A Weekend at Cooper

    on March 22 | in Cooper, Dining and Nightlife, Insider Secrets, Kids & Family Friendly Zone | by | with 2 Comments

    Fresh snow on Chicago Ridge. Photo by Scott DW Scott.

    Fresh snow on Chicago Ridge. Photo by Scott DW Scott.

    Cooper is an unpretentious outpost and the perfect place to learn to ski and ride.

    Each winter, our family spends one to two weekends at Cooper. Compare Cooper’s stats to some of the behemoth resorts down the road, and it’s easy to overlook Cooper’s unassuming 400 acres. Yet this storied ski hill set on Tennessee Pass has much to recommend it.

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  • How to Make the Most of Spring Skiing

    on March 21 | in Insider Secrets, Skiing & Snowboarding, Uncategorized | by | with No Comments

    May 8, 2016 at Loveland. Photo by Dustin Schaefer.

    May 8, 2016 at Loveland. Photo by Dustin Schaefer.

    Now that it is officially spring, it’s time to shed some layers, load on the sun screen and hit the soft stuff. But please note, springtime shredding is by no means bad, in fact, spring conditions can give rise to some of the best days of the season. You just need to know how to approach it.

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  • Finding Big Drops and Deep Tradition in Crested Butte

    on March 20 | in Crested Butte, Events, Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Skiing & Snowboarding, Uncategorized | by | with No Comments

    Prater Cup competitors with  Stephanie Prater standing center.

    Prater Cup competitors with Stephanie Prater standing center.

    I was in Crested Butte’s double-black-diamond Extreme Limits with my son and his ski team this February. Accessed off the North Face T-Bar, the area is like a giant rumpled sheet, with steep cirques, ledges, benches, cliffs, and chutes that plunge through the trees. I was urging prudence, given the fact that my son was in the middle of quite possibly the most important ski race of the year. “If you can’t see over it, don’t ski over it,” I told him.

    In the last week of February, the speediest 12- and 13-year-old ski racers in the state of Colorado descend on Crested Butte for the annual Dan Prater Memorial Cup. It also happens to be the most fun race on the schedule and one of the best opportunities for parents to get in some white-knuckle skiing of their own in between watching race runs. The event also has an intriguing backstory that’s wrapped up in Crested Butte history.

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  • Inside a Powderhound’s Backpack

    on March 17 | in Insider Secrets, Travel Planning & Tips, Wolf Creek | by | with 3 Comments

    While this is not the author of this story, it is a powderhound with a backpack nonetheless. Photo by Carl Frey courtesy of Winter Park.

    While this is not the author of this story, it is a powderhound with a backpack nonetheless. Photo by Carl Frey courtesy of Winter Park.

    The sport of skiing is necessarily a gear-intensive one.

    It just takes a lot of stuff to stay comfortable when you’re above 11,000 feet in winter and it’s -5 degrees Fahrenheit and snowing sideways. Having a pack with you can help you save money while you’re on the slopes.

    You may have recently read a blog post about how our resident ski mom packs for a day on the slopes with the kids. If not, check it out here: http://blog.coloradoski.com/2017/03/07/mountain-sherpa-inside-a-ski-moms-backpack/.

    Reading that got me thinking about what essentials I carry for a day of skiing, as a ski bum on a low budget with no kids who often hits the mountain solo in the middle of the week. I pack much lighter than our Mountain Sherpa blogger, but many of the essentials are the same.

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  • Eldora Mountain Resort Hosts Inaugural Ditchslap Banked Slalom on Saturday, April 1

    on March 17 | in Eldora, Events | by | with 1 Comment

    Photo by Kristin Dwyer courtesy of Eldora Mountain Resort.

    Photo by Kristin Dwyer courtesy of Eldora Mountain Resort.

    Snowboard Event Offers $10,000 in Prizes to Men and Women Riders in Four Divisions

    Eldora Mountain Resort will host the inaugural Ditchslap Banked Slalom Presented by 10 Barrel Brewing Co. on Saturday April 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Snowboarders are invited to compete in one of four different competitive divisions for a share of the $10,000 prize purse.

    “Banked slaloms are iconic to the Pacific Northwest and something we’re lucky enough to enjoy in our backyard of Bend, OR,” says Andy Goggins, marketing director of 10 Barrel Brewing. “We’re excited to be part of the Ditchslap Banked Slalom at Eldora. It doesn’t get much better than the combo of snowboarding, mountains and good beer.”

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  • Eight Great Reasons to Visit Crested Butte this Spring

    on March 17 | in Crested Butte, Events | by | with No Comments

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    There is no shortage of snow at Crested Butte Mountain Resort as the final few weeks of the ski season come into focus. The resort has received over 300 inches of snow this winter and is 100% open with outstanding conditions. As recreationalists search for their last turns of the 2016-2017 winter season, there are plenty of reasons to make a trip to Crested Butte.

    To celebrate the plentiful snowfall and quintessential Colorado bluebird days, April is the perfect time for Spring Butte. Here are eight reasons why Crested Butte should wrap up your winter season:

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  • Purgatory Resort’s New Transfer Lift is Now Open

    on March 15 | in Purgatory | by | with No Comments

    Photo: Eric Berry/ Purgatory Resort.

    Photo: Eric Berry/ Purgatory Resort.

    With Fantastic Conditions, Purgatory Extends Season through April!

    Durango, Colo. —  Purgatory Resort opened its newest lift on the backside of the mountain, which provides skiers and snowboarders easy access to the Legends Express quad chairlift from some of the best fall line skiing on the mountain.  Officials also announced that with the incredible snowfall Purgatory has received already this season – 20 feet of snow – the season will be extended weekends through the end of April!

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  • Get the Best Deal on Sunlight Mountain Season Passes

    on March 15 | in Sunlight | by | with No Comments

    2017.18 season pass renewal

    Season passes for the 2017/18 season are on sale now!  Renew now at last year’s early rate plus get $10 off ski tunes, wax, or repair at Sunlight Ski & Bike. This is the BEST DEAL you’ll get on a 2017/18 season pass. Browse the menus below to shop our selection of season pass options. More information here: http://sunlightmtn.com/plan-your-trip/season-passes-sale-now.

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  • Copper Mountain Resort Season Passes Now On Sale

    on March 15 | in Copper Mountain | by | with 1 Comment

    Photo by Tripp Fay courtesy of Copper Mountain.

    Photo by Tripp Fay courtesy of Copper Mountain.

    • 2017/18 Copper Season Passes and 4-Packs now on sale
    • Kids Ski Free promotion returns through May 31
    • Purchase a Season Pass by May 31 or 4-Pack by April 24 for the best possible deal

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