Tag: Colorado Ski Country
by Megan Barber, Curbed Ski
[Note: Curbed is an online magazine covering the built environment in sixteen major North American cities. Their newest venture, Colorado-based Curbed Ski, provides comprehensive coverage of ski resorts across the United States and Canada. We will be re-posting Curbed Ski's coverage of Colorado Ski Country USA resorts throughout the 2014 season.]
As the 2013-14 ski and snowboard season kicks into full gear, it’s important to remember the responsibilities each of as skiers and riders has while enjoying a day on the slopes at our favorite mountain resorts.
Recognizing that skiers must look after their own safety (and that of those around them), the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) developed the “Your Responsibility Code” in 1966 as a way to educate individuals about best practices for safe participation in alpine snow sports. Throughout the years, the list has evolved to include snowboard and chairlift safety. Following these simple guidelines will help to ensure your safety, and the safety of others while visiting alpine resorts. (continue reading…)
Hello! I’m Juliana Broste, aka “Traveling Jules,” Colorado Ski Country’s new Mountain Correspondent. With great honor, we kicked off the 2013-2013 ski season with a bang at A-Basin on Sunday, October 13, 2013. A-Basin is proud to be the first ski resort open–not just in Colorado–but in the whole country! Dedicated skiers and riders came out to celebrate opening day with an impressive lift line queue building up before sunrise! Enthusiasts loaded Black Mountain Express to mid-mountain and made turns down High Noon, with an adventurous crowd peeling off into High Divide Terrain Park. The crowd did not die off early, the lines lasted up until 4 o’clock closing. Cheers to the winter season! Bring on the snow!
As the country prepares for the biggest celebration of the summer, Colorado Ski Country resorts are enticing guests to experience the Fourth of July Weekend in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. This summer, the Fourth of July falls on a Thursday, giving visitors the opportunity to take an extended vacation in resort communities and sample the many events and activities taking place.
Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) acknowledged outstanding industry professionals at its fourth annual Double Diamond Awards Reception yesterday evening. The ceremony marked the conclusion to a milestone 50th Annual Meeting for the Colorado ski industry’s trade association. The Double Diamond Awards are CSCUSA’s hallmark event that allows industry professionals to come together and honor snow maintenance professionals, athletes, instructors, patrollers and industry legends. This year’s honorees ranged from a 14 yr-old straight-A student to a United States Senator. Bestowing the honors upon the winners, and presenting alongside President and CEO of CSCUSA, Melanie Mills, was longtime Colorado ski icon Billy Kidd of Steamboat Springs. Kidd was the first male athlete to win a medal at the Olympics in downhill skiing. Plenty of other industry representatives were on hand at the History Colorado Center to celebrate the 2012-13 season, and witness the best in Colorado’s ski industry be acclaimed.
Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced today at its 50th Annual Meeting that statewide skier visits totaled an estimated 11,445,000 in 2012/13. This estimation shows Colorado being up 3.95 percent compared to last season. Colorado Ski Country’s 21 member resorts hosted an estimated 6.4 million skier visits during the 2012-13 ski season. This represents an increase of 3.8 percent, or approximately 235,000 skier visits, over the previous season. Colorado resorts bested the estimated 1.9 percent uptick in visits in the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S., while falling short of the national overall increase of 11 percent. (continue reading…)
One of Wolf Creek Ski Area’s Ski Patrollers has some particularly bad breath. I’ve just watched Rico execute a rescue of a buried avalanche victim in a training drill put on by Wolf Creek, and as I congratulate him on a job well done, Rico’s halitosis washes over me and I’m struggling for fresh air, much like the simulated avalanche victim he just rescued. I can’t help but wonder what he had for breakfast.
Having smelled Rico’s breath, my guess would be dog food. And I’d be right, because Rico is one of Wolf Creek Ski Area’s avalanche dogs.