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    Do to factors beyond human control, Sunlight Mountain Resort will not be hosting a pond skimming event this spring. But that did not stop them from having some fun with it anyway...

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    The new Kokomo Express High Speed Quad Chairlift to open Winter 2017 Gated access lift pass technology to be installed The Rocky Mountain Coaster at Copper Mountain will be the longest alpine coaster in North America Woodward Copper WreckTangle to open Summer 2017 Today Copper Mountain Resort...

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    Spring Hits Colorado Ski Country

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    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...

  • Loveland Ski Area’s Ridge Cat Set to Run Today!

    on January 25 | in Loveland, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with No Comments

    Photo by Dustin Schaefer.

    Photo by Dustin Schaefer.

    The Loveland Ridge Cat is set to make it’s first laps of the season todayWednesday, January 25th. Enjoy free snowcat skiing along the Continental Divide and explore some of Loveland’s most exhilarating terrain with a free ride on the Ridge Cat. Take in the amazing 360 degree views as you are whisked along the North side of The Ridge in the comfort of our 18 passenger snowcat. The Ridge Cat provides access to Field of Dreams, Velvet Hammer, Tickler, 13,010 and Marmot when conditions permit.

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  • Support Crew with Benefits – The Perks of Being a Ski Racing Parent

    on January 24 | in Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Powderhorn, Uncategorized | by | with No Comments

    Mad Dog Mom and her pup.

    Mad Dog Mom and her pup.

    Parents of junior ski racers have perks that soccer moms will never enjoy.

    My daughter has recently taken up synchronized swimming. It is a sport with many idiosyncrasies, not the least of which is sweeping up your darling’s hair into a tight bun and slathering it all in hot Knox gelatin. All the better to vanquish any flyaway hair during competition. Now, she loves the sport to death, but I have a confession. The competition days kill me. In the dead of winter—when I should be high on a mountain—I spend the day breathing in chlorine at an indoor pool, my back side cramping on hard bleachers.

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  • From Pizza to French Fries – Growing up at Sunlight Mountain

    on January 20 | in Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Skiing & Snowboarding, Sunlight | by | with 1 Comment

    The evolution from pizza to french fries. Photo by Scott DW Smith from Sunlight Mountain circa 2013.

    The evolution from pizza to french fries. Photo by Scott DW Smith from Sunlight Mountain circa 2013.

    Words by Caleigh Smith.

    Nestled between the boundaries of Bald Mountain, William’s Peak and Sunlight Peak is a small gem. It’s usually an earthy tone and many people seek its riches on foot in the summer times. Often, however, it becomes white and glistening, and that’s when people seem to value it most. This coveted yet small jewel, one which many in Colorado Ski Country have heard little of, offers many of the perks of big-resort skiing.

    It’s one of the few resorts in Colorado where you can still get a slice of good pizza for less than a fortune and a lift ticket for half that of other, larger resorts. It’s arguably one of the most comfortable and homey resorts as well, boasting a diverse range of terrain options. With only three lifts, Sunlight Mountain still delivers the goods. The Heathen is a 52-degree double diamond, yet there is also plenty of beginner and intermediate terrain in between: 75% of the mountain in fact. It’s the perfect place to take the little ones, the big ones, the fast ones, the slow ones, and all those in between who seek a convenient, friendly, comfortable day on the slopes in sunny Colorado.

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  • Colorado Ski Country USA Reports Strong Early Season Skier Visits

    on January 19 | in Uncategorized | by | with No Comments

    Photo by Dave Camara courtesy of Arapahoe Basin.

    Photo by Dave Camara courtesy of Arapahoe Basin.

    DENVER, Colo. – January 19, 2017 – Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced today that while total skier visits at its 22 member resorts were down single digits compared to last year’s first period visit numbers, they are up 3 percent over the five-year average. The first period skier visits cover Opening Day October 21, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

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  • 5 Tips to Find Powder Days After a Storm

    on January 19 | in Insider Secrets, Skiing & Snowboarding | by | with No Comments

    Blasting out of the trees and into the goods. Photo by Dave Camara from Arapahoe Basin.

    Blasting out of the trees and into the goods. Photo by Dave Camara from Arapahoe Basin.

    Ahhhhh… The feeling of soft snow floating up and coating your face while you glide along layers of clouds underneath… People ascribe this to be one of the best feelings on Earth, and no true snow-surfer will ever disagree.

    One of the reasons powder skiing and riding feels so damn extraordinary is due its scarcity. Many variables need to align for a good powder day, including: temperature, total precipitation, sun, wind, crowds, if you can even make it to the mountain cause of work, class, other real life duties that you probably shouldn’t but do skip anyways to shred, and of course, road closures. But any dedicated powder hound doesn’t give up simply because a few of these factors aren’t going their way. Instead, they stick to tips like these to find soft turns, against the odds.

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  • Cat Skiing at Ski Cooper’s Chicago Ridge is a Pure Colorado Ski Country Experience

    on January 18 | in Cooper, Ski Cooper | by | with Comments Off on Cat Skiing at Ski Cooper’s Chicago Ridge is a Pure Colorado Ski Country Experience

    Cat Skiing at Ski CooperTucked away on top of Tennessee Pass, you’ll find a ski resort that packs in big adventure and small town charm. Imagine great snow, close-in parking, affordable lift tickets, and no lift lines.  This is Ski Cooper.

    While there is access to a variety of trails on their two chairlifts (well five if you count the platter, handle tow, and Colorado’s longest Magic Carpet), they have one very awesome trick in their back pocket: CAT SKIING!

    Cat Skiing at Ski Cooper

    The Chicago Ridge Snowcat day trip promises picturesque views and backcountry comfort.  Here, you’ll unpack your skis and boards and launch into open bowls and gladed terrain.  The cozy snowcat drops you at the top of each run, so you can enjoy turn after powdery turn of crowd-free skiing.  Reenergize with a gourmet lunch inside a heated yurt.  This is the way backcountry skiing was meant to be enjoyed.   It’s an adventure that will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Continue Reading

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  • Night Skiing in Colorado – 2017 Edition

    on January 18 | in Aspen Mountain, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Eldora, Granby Ranch, Hesperus Ski Area, Howelsen, Purgatory | by | with No Comments

    The well lit trails of Granby Ranch.

    The well lit trails of Granby Ranch.

    If you aren’t exhausted enough from your full day of skiing or you’re bold enough to combat wintry temperatures without the sun, then night skiing is for you! Crowd free runs, star-speckled skies, and more time to ski and ride make night skiing a must-try activity in Colorado. Here’s where to go when you yearn for those extra nighttime turns.

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  • Ride Along on the Winter Park Express

    on January 17 | in Video, Winter Park | by | with No Comments

    Winter Park Express Union Station

    Winter Park Express Union Station

    Ride along with Traveling Jules as she climbs aboard the Winter Park Express for it’s inaugural trip from Denver’s Union Station to Winter Park Resort. For tickets and more information on the Winter Park Express visit https://www.amtrak.com/winterparkexpress

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  • An Introduction to Backcountry Safety

    on January 17 | in Safety, Skiing & Snowboarding, Uncategorized | by | with No Comments

    View of Mt. Yeckel from the base, near Margy’s Hut above Aspen, CO.

    View of Mt. Yeckel from the base, near Margy’s Hut above Aspen, CO.

    Words and photos by Caleigh Smith.

    The storms weren’t brewing, yet the forecasts called for anywhere from lots to heaps of post-Christmas-time cheer. The Roaring Fork Valley shed a collective tear as it began raining on January 8. And it rained. And kept raining. And the forecast of snow for the next eight consecutive days began looking more and more ominous as the irritating rain would inevitably freeze into a hard-packed layer of avalanche-prone wet slab or simply dangerous loose, wet snow.

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  • The Ups and Downs of Too Much Snow

    on January 12 | in Arapahoe Basin, Crested Butte, Insider Secrets, Monarch, Snow, Uncategorized | by | with No Comments

    Recent storms post challenge for resorts, but skiers enjoying conditions of a lifetime

    On the morning of Jan. 11, the official snow report at Colorado’s Monarch Mountain was 6 inches.

    Snow reports are usually accurate. This was a lie.

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