What’s better than a day of skiing or snowboarding? In our opinion, it’s consecutive days of riding. Whether you are an out of state visitor, or a local weekend warrior, fortune smiles on those who plan in advance. Life is busy, weekends fill up, holidays come and go, and blocking out your...
Lance Secretan of Toronto, Canada and his family have skied all over the world. Of all the places to call home, why did they choose Copper Mountain, Colorado? With 300 days of sunshine and 300 inches of snow per year, Colorado is a paradise for skiers and snowboarders. Colorado’s diverse terrain...
This winter, new flights and expanded service from major hub airports will make Colorado Ski Country USA even more accessible to skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. New service from Chicago (ORD), New York (LGA), Los Angeles (LAX) and Las Vegas (LAS) as well as expanded service on...
on May 1 |
in Snowmass |
by Colorado Snow Sensei |
with Comments Off on Aspen Skiing Company to Install New High Alpine Chairlift at Snowmass this Summer
Snowmass will see major on-mountain improvements this summer. Aspen Skiing Company will replace and realign the High Alpine lift on Snowmass, install snowmaking equipment on two existing trails, and implement additional trail and glade construction projects this summer after receiving approvals from the United States Forest Service earlier in April. Continue Reading
on April 28 |
in General |
by Troy Hawks |
with Comments Off on Fun to the Power of Three: Perfecting the Ski Country Trifecta
Photo by Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain
by Troy Hawks
Ahhh…springtime in the Rockies! We love all the seasons here in Colorado Ski Country, but spring marks that special time of renewal, rebirth, and reawakening. Yet as splendid and striking as it is, it can also be a time of sheer agony for many outdoor enthusiasts.
On the slopes, the snow remains soft and inviting under blue bird skies. The roads are clearing of snow and ice, and mountain trails are drying out and leading the way to sublime alpine splendor. Meanwhile the golf course greens are coming out of their winter slumber, and in the rivers, the fish are hungry and rising.
And so goes the painstaking deliberation: What will it be today, my skis, my clubs, my hiking boots, or my fly rod? Indeed, the thawing of the winter season creates an insatiable menu of options for how to spend ones time. Or does it? Continue Reading
The Colorado high country enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year, so sun protection is important. The increased mountain elevations mean you’re closer to the sun, and therefore your skin is exposed to more radiation. Plus, the sun’s reflection off of fresh white snow is more powerful than you might think, and ultraviolet rays can penetrate clouds even on overcast days. To ensure you and your family and friends have a fun and safe day on the slopes, remember these sun safety tips.
Apply generous amounts of SPF 30+ sunscreen on exposed skin every two hours. Don’t forget your ears!
Wear goggles or sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection.
Wear pants, long sleeves, and gloves, even on warm days.
Many congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Colorado Ski Country USA selfie sweepstakes! The lucky winners have been notified via email. If you didn’t win this time, thanks for participating and better luck next season!
Like many ski areas around the world, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts recognize the need to address climate change.
While resorts themselves are not a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, we believe that the long term global affects of climate change on our beloved sports of skiing and snowboarding, and our weather dependent industry, could be significant and could change the winter recreation experience as we know it today.
Many CSCUSA resorts have already made efforts to reduce their own greenhouse gas emissions and conduct business in a more sustainable way. By adopting this policy, we will work together with our members to address some of the challenges climate change presents.
Here’s a sample of some of the improvements Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts made in the last year. Continue Reading
Winter Park’s 2014-15 ski season is closing this weekend with a bang, as Springtopia returns April 25-26 with two days packed full of fun. On Saturday, The Wallflowers will perform a free concert at the base and on Sunday, the 47th annual Coca-Cola Spring Splash pond skim will test ability and buoyancy in front of a packed house at Derailer Bar.
For more information on all the Springtopia events and activities, as well as a number of special Springtopia-related lodging deals, please visit www.winterparkresort.com.
If you’ve been driving the Interstate 70 corridor this ski season, you’ve probably noticed some construction work on the eastbound shoulder between Empire and Idaho Springs. This is the Peak Period Shoulder Lane Project, and when completed it will help alleviate congestion on the corridor during busy days for summer and winter travel alike.
The project, part of CDOT’s comprehensive plan to improve travel in the I-70 Mountain Corridor, will upgrade 13-miles of Eastbound I-70 within CDOT’s existing right of way. The upgrades will create a wide shoulder that – only during peak travel periods – will operate as a third travel lane. The express lane will be dynamically priced to keep traffic moving. Prices will lower when CDOT wants to encourage drivers to use the lane and rise as the lane reaches capacity. Utilizing the shoulder to create an express lane within the existing I-70 right-of-way during peak periods instead of adding a full lane has several benefits:
Dynamic toll pricing keeps traffic moving: prices lower to encourage drivers to use the lane and rise as the lane reaches capacity
Reduces travel time by nearly half from the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnels to the top of Floyd Hill, resulting in an average 30-minute time savings
Provides drivers with the choice of a new more reliable travel lane
Avoids overbuilding I-70, by using the shoulder as a third lane, during peak hours
Enhances recent Twin Tunnels (Veterans Memorial Tunnels) improvements
Allows for faster speeds in all lanes, thus decreasing overall traffic time
Colorado Department of Transportation
April 20 Update
Work to rebuild each of the on-ramps and off-ramps in the State Highway 103 (Exit 240) interchange is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 21. Crews will first close the eastbound I-70 off-ramp to SH 103 and the SH 103 on-ramp to westbound I-70 (see map below) for about 10 days. When these ramps reopen, they will then close the SH 103 on-ramp to eastbound I-70 for about one week. When this ramp reopens, the westbound I-70 off-ramp to SH 103 will close for about two weeks. Signed detours will be in place to guide motorists around these closures.
Effective Wednesday, April 22, drivers that use the Exit 241A off-ramp from westbound I-70 to travel west on Colorado Boulevard toward downtown Idaho Springs will need to continue to the next off-ramp (Exit 241B) where temporary asphalt, lane striping and traffic control devices are being put in place to permit left turns onto westbound Colorado Boulevard.
While this ramp detour is necessary to facilitate construction of the new bridge that is being built next to the existing structure, this ramp configuration will be similar to the redesigned, permanent interchange which will feature one westbound off-ramp onto Colorado Boulevard when work is complete this fall.
Construction activities are weather dependent and the schedule is to change. For additional project information, visit www.i70ppsl.com or call 303-223-6581.