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Colorado Ski Country Gears Up for Spring with Events and Activities Galore

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Feb.19, 2014, under Colorado Events, Resorts

Aspen Spring Jam

The Aspen Spring Jam, Aspen/Snowmass

As we near the height of the ski season in the Rocky Mountain West, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts have a full calendar of events, deals, promotions, and activities for the whole family in addition to snow conditions that rival the greatest seasons in a generation. Between now and the end of March, guests at CSCUSA resorts can participate in a variety of fun racing events, catch a range of concerts, learn new tricks in the terrain park, partake in some of the most unusual scavenger hunts imaginable, and so much more.

Here is a sample of what will be happening at resorts across Colorado Ski Country between now and the end of March: (continue reading…)

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Come Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Colorado Ski Country

by Guest on Feb.12, 2014, under General

Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

With the holiday of love approaching just around the corner, CSUSA wants to help you make the most of your 2014 Valentine’s Day. Our member resorts across the state are reporting powder conditions with more powder to come, so what better way to spend it than to get back out on those slopes? Here’s a list of some fun events you might like to attend: (continue reading…)

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12th Annual Beacon Bowl to take place at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Feb.06, 2014, under General

The Beacon Bowl, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

The Beacon Bowl, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) will host the 12th Annual Beacon Bowl and Avalanche Awareness Day on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), a state-wide organization charged with forecasting backcountry avalanche and weather conditions, supporting CDOT in highway avalanche mitigation, and conducting community education programs.

“The CAIC does an extraordinary job, on a limited budget, of forecasting conditions for Colorado skiers and riders,” said Alan Henceroth, A-Basin’s Chief Operating Officer. “It’s our hope that the Beacon Bowl will raise some money to help them carry out their critical mission.” (continue reading…)

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Sometimes You Have to Drop Everything and Drive Halfway Across Colorado for a Powder Day

by Guest on Jan.28, 2014, under Colorado Skiing

Jan 21.14 Scott Rappold

R. Scott Rappold, Copper Mountain

By R. Scott Rappold

Originally posted at

Somewhere out there in the murkiness, in the vertigo-inducing clouds, was the powder day of a lifetime.

It was January 14 at  Arapahoe Basin, in the midst of the biggest snowstorm of the season to date, which would leave Summit County with triple-digit snow totals by the time it moved out.

If only I could see it. Riding the lower slopes was like skiing by brail. I knew everything underfoot was untouched powder, but to ski the upper half of the mountain? Terrifying. Montezuma Bowl? Out of the question.

Sensory deprivation is not a good thing on skis. Goggles froze only slightly more quickly than toes in these conditions. After four runs off Pallavicini Lift, it was beer o’clock.

As I sat nursing a beer, cursing the whiteout, I wondered, what was I doing here? Had I really dropped everything to drive halfway across the state in a misguided pursuit of powder? Would my efforts be rewarded or would blizzard-force winds wipe good snow away?

What was this folly? (continue reading…)

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Arapahoe Basin’s Montezuma Bowl to open Friday, January 10

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Jan.09, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

The Montezuma Bowl, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

The Montezuma Bowl, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) announced today that Montezuma Bowl, the ski area’s backside terrain, will open late-morning this Friday, January 10, 2014. Added during the 2007-2008 ski season, Montezuma Bowl boasts intermediate, advanced and expert terrain, as well as one of the best vistas in Summit County. The conditions this season have allowed for Montezuma Bowl to open over a month earlier than last season.

Open runs will include the intermediate trails Columbine, Larkspur and Independence; Columbine and Larkspur will be groomed top-to-bottom. This season’s tremendous snow coverage will also allow for some tree skiing terrain to open, such as Miner’s Glade. More trail openings will be announced on the Arapahoe Basin Facebook page as well as Al’s Blog as they occur.

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Arapahoe Basin’s Newly Renovated 6th Alley Bar & Grill is Open for Business

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Dec.11, 2013, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area’s newest on-mountain dining experience, the 6th Alley Bar & Grill, will open to the public with full lunch and après ski menus on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Regular hours will be: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Located on the main level of the A-Frame base lodge, the 6th Alley Bar & Grill underwent a $1 million renovation over the summer, tripling its overall capacity by expanding the bar area, creating balcony seating on the 2nd floor and adding weather protection on its outside venue, The Perch. (continue reading…)

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Safety Sunday: Ski and Snowboard Safety Tips from Jake Ziemski, Colorado Ski Patroller of the Year

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Dec.02, 2013, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Jake Ziemski

Jake Ziemski, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

By Kristen Lummis,

This summer, Jake Ziemski, an avalanche technician at Arapahoe Basin, was chosen as the Colorado Ski Country USA “Patroller of the Year.”

With this honor, Jake becomes the seventh A-Basin patroller to receive this award. He joins Ryan Evanczyk, currently the snow safety director, Patrick O’Sullivan, the resort’s risk manager, Rebecca Hodgetts, Tnoy Cammarata, the A Basin ski patrol director, Kelly Deeter and Leif Borgeson.

Clearly, A-Basin has a long and strong tradition of on-mountain safety.

Safety Matters

Parents are often concerned about safety when their kids start skiing. Even if they ski or ride themselves, it’s easy to imagine accidents happening. The same is true for biking, football, and even ballet. It’s easy to let your imagination run wild.

Luckily, it’s also easy to prevent most accidents and mishaps. Here are some safety tips from Jake Ziemski, the Colorado Patroller of the Year. (continue reading…)

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