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…)
By Veronica Whitney, El Montañes
January turned out to be a stellar snow month so far with conditions that were a good deal better than last year’s. More than six feet of snow have fallen in the Aspen area and Sunlight Mountain in January; that’s a lot of snow and it was added to a really good base that had been building slowly but consistently since early December.
So a few weeks ago, and after almost five consecutive days of snow, my husband Charlie and I headed to Snowmass, we targeted our favorite run there: Burnt Mountain. What made it an even more special day was that it was a Monday so when we finally skied down the Burnt Mountain Glades we never saw one person there, which reminded us of how this area resembles so much the backcountry. Aspen opened it to skiers last winter and I think it still has yet to be completely discovered because it is an amazing playground where you can keep finding powder stashes days after the last snow storm. (continue reading…)
Aspen/Snowmass will hold a community celebration to honor four local athletes headed to the Olympics. The ceremony will be held today at 4 p.m. in Gondola Plaza at the base of Aspen Mountain.
The ceremony will kick off at 4 p.m. with a proclamation by the mayor of Aspen, Steve Skadron followed by the CEO of Aspen Skiing Company, Mike Kaplan. The Olympians will be introduced and presented with a special gift. The ceremony will be followed by a party with food and drink specials at Chair 9 in The Little Nell.
“This community is committed to promoting and celebrating athletic excellence, and being represented by these inspiring individuals is truly an honor for all of us,” says Mike Kaplan, Aspen Skiing Company CEO. “All of us in the Roaring Fork Valley owe it to them to come out on Wednesday and give them our support. ”
The four Olympians are:
Torin Yater-Wallace – U.S. Freeskiing Team
Jeremy Abbott – U.S. Figure Skating Team
Simi Hamilton – U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
Noah Hoffman – U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
This send-off follows an announcement earlier this week that Aspen/Snowmass have reached an agreement in principle to keep the X Games in Aspen through 2019. For more information, visit http://www.aspensnowmass.com/en/events-and-activities/events/x-games.
ESPN and Aspen Skiing Company have reached a milestone agreement in principle that will keep the X Games in Aspen/Snowmass, Colo. through 2019. After a comprehensive bidding process, ESPN chose to continue its long-term relationship with Aspen Skiing Company, already the longest-tenured X Games host city. Now in its 13th year hosting the premiere winter action sports event, by the end of the extension Aspen will have been home to the event for nearly two decades.
“For the last 13 years, Aspen/Snowmass has been a fantastic location for the Winter X Games and we’re excited about extending our stay in Aspen/Snowmass and continuing our great relationship with Aspen Skiing Company,” said Scott Guglielmino, senior vice president, programming and X Games. “While the level of interest from other locations was excellent, the opportunity to continue our collaboration with Aspen Skiing Company proved the most promising for long-term growth and development of the event.” (continue reading…)
In a six-part video series, Our Story chronicles the people and places that make Aspen/Snowmass unique. One of those stories is the Coal Mine Methane Project.
Aspen/Snowmass has invested in a three-megawatt power plant at Oxbow’s Elk Creek Mine in Somerset, Colo. to generate electricity by capturing and combusting waste methane gas emitted from the mine. The company now generates as much energy as it uses during an entire year of operation from this unlikely partner. This type of clean energy collaboration is a business first in the United States.
“We love this project because it’s bipartisan, it’s has a huge impact on cutting greenhouse gases and it makes money,” says Auden Schendler, VP of Sustainability, Aspen Skiing Company. “It’s the only project of its kind in the West right now but we want to do many more.”
Colorado Ski Country USA would like to wish you and your family a Happy Holidays and a snowy New Year!
Many resorts have torchlight parades and fireworks between now and the New Year as well as other family friendly activities. Check out just some of what is going on in Colorado Ski Country: (continue reading…)
Three more Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts are opening this weekend with fantastic early conditions. Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Ski Cooper all begin their 2013-14 season at or near 100% of their terrain open, offering thousands more acres of great snow to skiers and riders across the state. Read below for more information on each of their Opening Day plans.