What better way to celebrate spring than hunting eggs with the Easter Bunny in Colorado Ski Country? Here’s a roundup of Ski Country member resorts that are hosting Easter egg hunts and other special activities this Sunday...
All good things must come to an end, even the ski season in Colorado Ski Country. However, here are some reasons to look on the bright side: It’s not over yet, and resorts will be hosting all sorts of fun events (and plenty of good skiing!) in the next few weeks; Summer in the high [&hellip...
Dan Rabin is a Boulder-based freelance writer and author of the guidebook, Colorado Breweries. An early-morning run down a pristine untracked trail is an experience every skier or snowboarder should have at least once. If you think this privilege is reserved for a few hearty souls willing to rise...
The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) will host the 40th Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup (WFSC) on Feb. 20 – 22 at Winter Park Resort. This event is the largest fundraiser for the NSCD, bringing in more than $215,000 to support therapeutic recreation summer and winter programs for children and adults with disabilities. This year several NSCD athletes, who competed in Sochi on the U.S. Winter Paralympic team, plan to race this weekend including: Alana Nichols, Jamie Stanton and Tyler Carter. Continue Reading
Q&A with Becky Zimmermann, President and CEO, National Sports Center for the Disabled
By Troy Hawks
Stories of perseverance, trauma, determination, struggle, disappointment, hard work, athletic achievement, triumph, and an occasional tear; it’s just another day at work for Becky Zimmermann, president and CEO of the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD).
NSCD is based in Winter Park with administrative offices at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Zimmermann’s desk is just a few chain lengths away from the North end zone.
She grew up in Evergreen, earned her MBA at the University of Colorado, and she’s been NSCD’s CEO since 2012. She’s well recognized for her work in planning and designing major resorts around the world including Hakuba 47 in Japan. Continue Reading
If you’ve spent any time at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin), you know they throw one heck of a party. And it’s even better when the party is for a good cause. This Saturday, February 7, 2015, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) will host the 13th Annual Beacon Bowl & Apres Party. This annual fundraiser benefits the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), a state-run organization that forecasts and reports backcountry avalanche conditions, and also promotes avalanche safety and awareness. Continue Reading
Colorado Ski Country USA and its partner Chipotle Mexican Grill will reward Colorado’s dedicated skiers and snowboarders recover from a weekend of snowriding on Monday, January 9. Just bring a season pass or multi-day pass product that has your photo on it to any Colorado Chipotle location after 5:00 pm to take advantage of this buy-one/get-one free offer on burritos, bowls, orders of tacos, and salads.
Nearly four years after announcing the purchase of Powderhorn Mountain Resort outside Grand Junction by Gart Capital Partners and Andy Daly, the resort announced today that they are taking a major step forward with the investment of $5 million in the coming year to improve the slopes for winter and summer recreation. Continue Reading
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, one of the largest and oldest winter sports clubs in the U.S., hosts the 102nd Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival, the oldest continuing Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi, beginning today (February 4) and running through Sunday, February 8. Continue Reading
This post from our Mountain Correspondent was originally published on January 30, 2014.
Long after we step into our skis, learn the “pizza” and move on to the “french fry”, the people who taught us how to slide down the mountain fade into the distance. But what happens when you’ve been cruising the blues for the millionth time, and you’re just ready for a new challenge?
Despite what you may think, Ski School is not just for the kiddos. It’s not just for the first-timers. Let’s face it, we could all benefit from some lessons on the hill to sharpen up our skills, learn some new tricks and master challenging terrain. It’s an investment that will benefit you throughout your entire ski and snowboarding career. You’ll become more efficient with your turns so you don’t feel so tired or sore the next day, you’ll feel more confidence, and you’ll be able to ride more of the mountain. Imagine carving down groomers, floating through powder, weaving through the trees, hitting up the terrain park or mastering moguls–you know you want to!
PSIA certified ski instructor and trainer Erik Mogensen of Winter Park has made a career out of teaching skiing. It’s amazing how quickly the tips and tricks can transform the way you ski. On his lesson with Victoria, an intermediate skier and a mom who fears the day her son will surpass her on the mountain, Erik shows her how to take her skiing to the next level in the bumps.
I hop on the 8 o’clock chair with a few Ski Patrollers at Durango Mountain Resort (DMR). I ask one of the patrollers what he thought of a recent article that seemed to suggest Ski Patrollers across the state lack in training.
“That article made us sound like a bunch of un-trained monkeys!” exclaimed TJ, a veteran patroller at DMR. “I resent that. We’re highly trained monkeys.”
The vibe here is relaxed, even on dawn-patrol. The snow has already begun to soften up on this late-March day. Festivities at the base area, known to locals as “the Beach” will include snow bowling, a pig roast, and of course, beer. Did I mention it’s college day?
“That’ll bring the rabble out for sure.” remarks Scott Clements, director of the Patrol at DMR. I’ve seen closing day at DMR before. It usually means costumes, antics, and lots of fun, so I know it’s going to be a good day to shadow the patrollers.
It takes hard work and dedication to work for Patrol. And a sweet one-piece.
Despite the chuckling about the laid-back vibe of spring skiing in Colorado, Ski Patrol is diligent about their job. It’s business-as-usual in the Patrol Shack. The morning meeting begins with grooming reports, station assignments, and the typical razzing of the rookie. The only think significantly different today is sitting on a table in front of me… Continue Reading
Alana Nichols, a six-time Paralympic medalist, likes to lighten the mood before a ski race. Early last March, while most Americans were sleeping, the 31-year-old two-sport phenom was half a world away perched at the starting gate for the women’s downhill of the 2014 Winter Paralympics.
Just seconds away from the start, she leans over to coach Kevin Jardeen and asks, “How’s my hair?” Continue Reading