Tag: Mountain Correspondent
[Editor's note: We're thrilled to announce the newest member of the Ski Country blogging team. Little Lightning is participating in Colorado Ski Country USA's 5th Grade Passport Program, which offers fifth graders up to sixty free days of skiing, as well as a free lesson and rental equipment for fifth graders who are brand new to skiing and snowboarding. Tune in throughout the ski season to keep tabs on her adventures as she visits resorts all across Ski Country, takes her skiing ability to the next level, and enjoys Colorado's signature winter sport.]
Hi, I’m Little Lightning and I will be eleven years old in October. I started skiing when I was three and when I was four it became my passion. I like to ski everything from trees, moguls, powder, to terrain parks, especially when I am with my friends and family.
I’ve been so excited about the 5th grade passport program since I heard about it a couple years ago. In the past, I have skied at Snowmass, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, Powderhorn, and three ski areas in South Dakota. I’m looking forward to being a representative for the 5th grade passport program and I can’t wait to ski at places I haven’t been before, like Eldora, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Loveland, Winter Park, Granby Ranch, Steamboat Springs, Ski Cooper, Monarch, Crested Butte, Telluride, Durango Mountain, and last but not least Wolf Creek.
I will do a report on every area I ski this winter and I will be letting everyone know where the good food is, the best skiing, and the shortest lift lines. Feel free to contact me at LLightning@Coloradoski.com with any questions or comments you might have.
Most of all I’m looking forward to making many new skiing and snowboarding friends. Think snow!
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.
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.
Despite the chucklings 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…)
Skiing is inherently silly. As stated by Dexter Rutecki in Aspen Extreme: “We’re not curing cancer here, we’re sliding down a mountain with sticks on our feet.” Skiing is fun, it’s silly, and it’s not to be taken too seriously.
Unless you’re a member of Colorado’s Ski Patrol.
For Ski Patrollers, skiing isn’t just a fun activity; it’s their job. Colorado’s Ski Patrol represent one of the most comprehensively trained groups in all of outdoor recreation. Medical training, mountain travel, search and rescue, evacuation, incident response and evidence gathering – you name it, the Ski Patrol is trained for it and ready to respond.
Desert Island question: If you had to pick just one mountain, just one spot to ski or board for the rest of time, which one would it be?
It’s a tough question, and thankfully it’s one you can completely ignore because in Colorado, you simply don’t have that problem. Colorado has a mountain for everyone. With tons of resorts and ski areas, there’s something here for everyone – which begs the question: what’s your thing?
Are you a powder-hound? Park-rat? Mogul-gopher? Aprés-aardvark? We tried to cram as much of our glorious state as we could in to a 30-second video. So take a look: see if your thing made the cut:
Skiing with kids can be tough.
As a recovering ski instructor who seemed to always get stuck instructing about thirteen four-year-olds, I can tell you that skiing with kids can make the days stretch on forever, and not in a good way. And skiing with adults ain’t easy for the kids either, especially when they’re learning. Dad wants to rip turns, grom wants to chill on the magic carpet. So what do you do?
It’s Colorado Ski Country USA Photo Quiz time. Test your ski cred and see if you can ace the quiz. Winners get bragging rights on Colorado’s greatest skiing Facebook page, and never-ending glory.
Ready for the quiz? Here goes:
QUESTION: What is going on in this picture:
Multiple choices below: