By James Lummis
Not surprisingly, my teenage sons have become better skiers than me.
For twelve years, we’ve been skiing as a family of four. During this time, we conquered the bunny slopes, Buddy Werner ski league and USSA training and race days. During this time, I learned how to tune skis, slip racecourses and be a race starter. I also learned how to find great lodging deals, convenient parking spots at different resorts, and the best ways to feed a family of four (check out the Butcher’s Block in Aspen). Continue ReadingRead More »
By Rachel Walker
When the planners at Aspen Skiing Company began designing the Hideout, the new children’s center at the base of Buttermilk, they turned to the experts—the actual ski instructors and program administrators—to help customize the space. The result is a 7,500-square foot facility that makes dropping off the little ones (kids six and under) for snow school easy.
My family spent a long weekend in Aspen in February and got to experience the Hideout first hand. It was awesome. Here’s why: Continue ReadingRead More »
Ahhh, Colorado. The snow, the mountains, the freedom.
People come from far and wide to enjoy Colorado’s incredible back yard. They come for the great snow, challenging terrain, and endless supply of adrenaline. They come for the gentle bunny slopes, experienced instructors, and excitement for learning a new sport. And, they come for the breathtaking views, appreciation for the outdoors and quality time with friends and family. Continue ReadingRead More »
Telluride Ski Resort has announced that the national reggae act, Iration, will be headlining the Mountain Town Get Down scheduled for March 28 and 29, 2015. Now in its second year, the Mountain Town Get Down attracts spring skiing and music enthusiasts for a weekend full of on-snow festivities and free music.
“This event is a great bookend to the destination’s winter season,” says Brad Larsen, Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “The Mountain Town Get Down allows guests and locals alike to celebrate spring in one of America’s greatest ski towns.” Continue ReadingRead More »
Durango Mountain Resort announced that James Coleman, a local Durango, Colo. businessman, finalized the purchase of the resort on February 25, 2015. Coleman disclosed that his first order of business is to change the name of Durango Mountain Resort back to “Purgatory” Resort and use the ski area’s popular “retro” logo with the red and white inverted triangles. Continue ReadingRead More »
Amtrak and Winter Park Resort will operate a Winter Park Express excursion train on March 14, taking passengers and their ski gear by Amtrak train from Denver Union Station directly to the resort that morning — then back to Denver that evening — in celebration of the resort’s 75th anniversary.
For each round-trip adult railfare of $75, passengers will avoid I-70 and US-40 and receive a $15 gift voucher for use in resort restaurants and retail stores, with discounted lift tickets available in advance by calling the resort at 888-923-7275. Continue ReadingRead More »
Powderhorn Mountain Resort (PMR) will host the 2nd Annual Wagner Rents Night Skiing Event, February 27-28, from 4-9 pm.
Join PMR and Wagner Rentals, for a night of skiing and riding under the stars and lights. PMR will have the Take-Four lift open to Midway with the lower Peacemaker, lower Wonderbump and upper Greenhorn trails lit with lights. Both the upper and lower Peace Parks will also be open and lit up. Continue ReadingRead More »
by Troy Hawks
The mayor of Vail is a closet ski bum. “Closet” that is, if his faint but ever-present goggle tan didn’t give him away. Andy Daly has held the office since 2011, with a previous stint from 2007 to 2009.
He’s also part-owner and operator of Powderhorn, and just announced the area was getting a new detachable high-speed quad chairlift as part of $5 million capital improvements for the 2015/16 season. Daly also helps steer the development of Alpine Mountain Ranch and Club, an exclusive single-family community in Steamboat adjacent to the ski area.
There aren’t many ski bums that can match Daly’s resume. It all began in 1970 when he moved from his home in Andover, Massachusetts and took a job at Aspen Highlands. He has since gone on to hold executive positions at Copper, Eldora Mountain Resort, Beaver Creek, The Broadmoor, and Vail Associates. He was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in 2000.
In our Q&A with Andy, he shares his insight on the new upgrades at Powderhorn, state of Colorado ski towns and gives us a look at what’s it’s like to be a mayor-slash-business leader-slash-ski bum. Continue ReadingRead More »