The signs are all around us: Whether it’s Powder Daze at Christy Sports, the launch of Colorado Ski Country USA’s 204-15 5th and 6th Grade Passport Program, or a dusting of snow at the Maroon Bells, winter is coming. To be ready to go on Opening Day, skiers and snowboarders in Colorado...
It’s time to celebrate the coming of another glorious winter in Glenwood Springs! Sunlight Mountain Resort has announced that season passes are on sale now. When purchased before September 15th, 2014, guests can save up to $125 on an adult pass, starting at only $405. Passes can be purchased at...
Earlier this week, Mother Nature signaled the end of summer in Colorado Ski Country by dusting snow on the Maroon Bells near Aspen/Snowmass and Crested Butte Mountain Resort and at Telluride Ski Resort.  ...
The Twin Tunnels, Colorado Department of Transportation
In January, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced that it had allocated $55 million in funding for widening the westbound Twin Tunnel on Interstate 70 in Idaho Springs from two to three lanes. Beginning this week, eastbound traffic will return to the detour route on Clear Creek County Road 314 and westbound traffic will be realigned to run through the newly expanded eastbound tunnel. Continue Reading
If you haven’t been to Winter Park yet this season, now’s the time. The snow is soft. The snow is deep. The temperatures are warming and Springtopia is in the air. “It’s been a tremendous season in terms of snow at Winter Park Resort and it’s showing no signs of slowing down,” exudes Steve Hurlbert, the resort’s PR and Communications Manager. “We’ve already reached 300 inches and are over two feet ahead of average for this time of year. Considering that March is typically our snowiest month, we could easily reach 350” before the season ends, which all adds up to amazing conditions for spring skiing.” Continue Reading
Spring is in the air and the end of the ski season at Telluride Ski Resort is nearing. To celebrate the spectacular 2013-2014 ski season, a litany of activities are scheduled to send this season off with a bang. Below is a schedule of upcoming events.
Mountain Town Get Down March 28-30:
Telluride is proud to announce the debut of the Mountain Town Get Down 2014. This new event will fill the resort with free live music, 3-days of partying and spring skiing. The party kicks-off Friday at Tomboy Tavern. On Saturday, the Village will jump and jam with free music in the Mountain Village Plaza. The weekend festivities will wrap-up with the Bikini Slalom and Luau at Gorrono Ranch on Sunday. Mark your calendar and get ready to celebrate an incredible season.
Friday, March 28 – Tomboy Tavern
-4:00pm-7:00pm- Lily Von Shtupp
Saturday, March 29 – Mountain Village Core
-4:30pm-6:15pm- John Brown’s Body
Sunday, March 30 – Gorrono Ranch
-All Day- Luau at Gorrono Ranch with Pig Roast
-12:30pm-1:30pm- Bikini Slalom (sign up at the top of bikini slalom course)
7:00pm- New Belgium Cruiser Giveaway at Tomboy Tavern (must be present to win)
One to One Card Board Sled Derby
March 29th on the Nastar Course at 10:30am. For information, call 970-728-0885
The goals of the One to One Mentor Programs are to empower youth to achieve their social, emotional, and academic potential. This fundraiser is a great entertainment and opportunity to help the kids of San Miguel County.
The Fools Relay Race, April 1 – Base of Lift 4, 5:30 pm
-Teams of 4 to compete in relay race of skiing uphill, sledding, fat tire bike course and ducking ropes obstacle course
-Prizes from Icelantic Skis, Zeal Optics, Osprey Pack, Ibex Wool and more!
Closing Day Party and Pond Skim April 6:
-1:30pm-3:30pm- Pond Skim
-All Day: Party at Gorrono
Skiing on water for prizes like Icelantic Skis, Osprey Packs and ZEAL Optics eyewear, dancing to DJ Soulatomic with all your friends and general end of season revelry will be the focus for this last day of the ski season. It’ll be so much fun, you won’t want the DJ or chair lifts to stop spinning!
One Roof Blues, April 6th at Tomboy Tavern
Steeped in the tradition of a classic blues stylist, One Roof Blues has its roots firmly grounded with a Mississippi Delta sound. What initially began as a husband-wife acoustic duo, with Dave and Taylor Larocco, quickly became popular throughout Durango and the 4 Corners area. The sultry tone of Taylor’s vocals blend seamlessly with the swampy bottleneck slide of Dave’s 1934 National Resonator guitar. For more information, visit http://www.oneroofblues.com/bio
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.
In search of a ski resort that really holds true to it’s roots, I visited Wolf Creek in Southwestern Colorado. Known for having the most snow in Colorado, the mountain proved to be a place where the skiers ski. It’s a no nonsense kind of “resort” that really focuses on snowsports. Families and first-timers flock to the hills to take advantage of the convenience and affordability of a small resort, matched with the great snow and varied terrain of larger resorts, plus the friendly atmosphere and small-town feel of a second-generation run family-operated resort. It was pretty refreshing to see it right here, all in one place.
Athlete: Wendy Fisher; Photo by Tom Stillo, Crested Butte Mountain Resort
A fast-moving band of storms covered Colorado’s high country in fresh snow last night, delivering powder skiing and snowboarding conditions to Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts and their guests. Overnight, CSCUSA resorts recorded an average of 7 inches of new snow and two resorts welcomed a foot or more of fresh powder, the perfect treat for families enjoying spring break in Colorado’s high country.
Resorts in the southwest of Colorado fared particularly well, as skiers and riders at Crested Butte celebrated 14 inches of new snow. Silverton recorded 12 inches of powder, Monarch saw 10 inches, Wolf Creek and Telluride each measured 9 inches, and Durango Mountain Resort saw 7 inches.
The Aspen/Snowmass resorts welcomed a blanket of fresh powder, as Snowmass recorded 9 inches of new snow, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain each measured 7 inches of new snow, and Buttermilk saw 6 inches.
Along the Interstate 70 corridor, Loveland saw 8 inches of new snow, Ski Cooper received 7 inches, Arapahoe Basin and Sunlight each measured 6 inches, and Copper Mountain and Powderhorn saw 5 inches.
Further north, Winter Park received 3.5 inches of powder, Steamboat and Eldora each welcomed 3 inches, and Ski Granby Ranch recorded 1 inch of new snow.
Spring skiing is in full force across Colorado Ski Country with sunny skies and great snow conditions. Strong base snow depths and more snow in the forecast bode well for skiers and snowboarders through March and into April.
Knowing how to ski safely in spring conditions is essential to having a fun day out in the powder. Visit http://www.coloradoski.com/page/ski-safety for helpful tips and to learn Your Responsibility Code, the list of best practices to ensure your safety on the mountain.
The words my keyboard is about to spit out might not go over well in some circles. What I’m putting down might fire up the focaccia fanatics and raise the hackles of hamburger lovers. Nevertheless, I’m throwing caution to the wind and proclaiming the burrito – that spicy Mexican-inspired pocket of goodness with a flavor that cuts through a cold winter’s chill like few others can – as the skier and snowboarder’s BFF (best food friend). Continue Reading
As we begin to leave our heaviest layers in the parking lot, don sunglasses, and wear more sunblock on the slopes Colorado Ski Country USA resorts are celebrating the beginning of spring by offering skiers and riders the best spring specials and 2014-15 season pass deals available. Many of them have deadlines that are approaching fast, so make sure to lock in those passes before the savings are gone.
Listed below are the promotional deals, starting with spring passes, and ending with next season’s lowest pass prices.
-Adult (18-69): $999
-Teen (13-17): $549
-Child (6-12): $319
-Senior (70+): $449
-College (Full-time): $519
-Child (5 & under): $30
-Night Add-on: $59
-Night only season pass: $199
-Winter Park Upgrade: $100
-1st Tracks direct-to-lift season pass: $319
The 1st tracks pass is for special admittance to board the gondola between 8-8:15am to the Sunshine and Priest Creek area.
Qualifying Steamboat Season Passes will include $250 in Intrawest Snow Bucks for use on lift tickets and Intrawest owned or managed lodging at another Intrawest resort during the 2014/15 season.
When a parent, grandparent or legal guardian purchases an unrestricted adult Steamboat Season Pass, one child (12 & under) will receive a freechild season pass
Season Pass includes 3 Free days at Killington Ski Resort, VT, Park City Mountain Resort, UT, Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, NV, Boreal Mountain Resort, CA, Mt. Bachelor Resort, OR receive 1 Free Copper Mountain lift ticket when you renew your season pass. Free lift ticket is valid October 31st through December 21st, 2014. (Perk not valid on 5 & under passes.)
Secret! Season Pass Benefits:
The Secret! Season Pass gets you on the mountain 15 minutes before everyone else and there’s a dedicated lift line so you can bypass any linesDedicated lift line access on the following lifts: American Eagle, American Flyer, Super Bee, Timberline Express, and the Union Creek Quad
Includes all benefits of regular Copper 2014-15 season pass
-Youth (Ages 13-17): $309
-Junior (Ages 7-12): $200
-Child (Ages 6 & under): $79
-Senior (Ages 65-74): $339
-75 Plus: $79
-College & Military passes will be available during Fall season pass sales
-Includes two days of skiing or riding at each of the six destinations – AltaSnowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Whistler –Blackcomb – plus a 50 percent discount on all additional days with no blackout dates
-A limited number of Mountain Collective passes are on sale for $359 USD, and will include a third bonus day at any Mountain Collective resort when purchased today
-Kid’s pass reduced to $99 for the 2014-2015 season.
-Spring pass purchasers receive two free days at Valle Nevado, Chile and Thredbo, Australia this summer
-Passholders receive exclusive lodging deals throughout the season
**Prices/availability subject to change while supplies last
-Adult season pass: $439
-College and teen: $349
-Children 6-12 : $239
-Children 5 and under: $30.
-Includes unlimited skiing at Winter Park and Copper, six unrestricted days at Steamboat, and three unrestricted days at Crested Butte.
-Those who purchase before April 15 will be able to lock in the lowest guaranteed price for $49 down while enjoying scores of additional benefits such as 20 discounted Friends & Family Tickets at Winter Park and Copper.
Active and retired military members and their dependents are eligible to receive additional savings with the Patriot Pass for $339.
Dan Rabin is a Boulder-based freelance writer and author of the upcoming guidebook, Colorado Breweries, scheduled for release in May 2014.
For those of us who cut our first turns donned in lace-up ski boots and wooden skis with cable bindings, the age of smartphones sometimes feels like living in a science fiction movie. Mostly, this is a good thing. Like many, my smartphone is increasingly populated with apps ranging from fun to practical to futuristic. A welcome new addition to my app collection is called Sherpa, and it possesses all of these qualities. Continue Reading