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Fresh Powder Marks the Beginning of March in Colorado Ski Country

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.03, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

3.3.14 Wolf Creek Jason Lombard

Jason Lombard, Wolf Creek

The remarkable 2013-14 ski season in Colorado continued this weekend as Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts enjoyed another new round of snowfall. This most recent storm was widespread, blanketing the high country in fresh snow just in time for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy great conditions over the first weekend of March.

Since Thursday, CSCUSA resorts have enjoyed an average of 17 inches of new snow. Eighteen CSCUSA resorts enjoyed double-digit snow totals over the weekend, and five resorts enjoyed more than two feet of powder. (continue reading…)

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Cat Skiing at Monarch Mountain, with Tips for the First-Timer

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Feb.14, 2014, under General

Monarch cat ski Kristen Lummis

by Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com

When guided cat skiing started at Monarch Mountain in the late 1980s, not a lot of people had heard of Monarch, according to long-time guide Gail Bindner.

Established in 1939, Monarch is one of the oldest resorts in Colorado. Straddling the Continental Divide with views from Pikes Peak to the 14ers of the San Juans, the resort is both surprisingly close to Colorado Springs and Pueblo (1 ½ to 2 hours) and remote. The nearest town is Salida, with a population of just over 5,000. (continue reading…)

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At Wolf Creek, Happy Days are Here Again

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Feb.05, 2014, under General

2.6.14 Scott Rappold Wolf Creek 1

(The lovely Mrs. Rappold finds herself some freshies Feb. 2 at Wolf Creek)

By R. Scott Rappold, funemployed journalist
Originally posted at funemployedcolorado.wordpress.com

Anyone who knows me knows I like skiing powder. A lot.

Obsessively.

So when my wife wanted to apply for a job here in Alamosa, I supported the move enthusiastically, with visions of endless powder days at ski area Wolf Creek, the king of Colorado powder. I had made many long pilgrimages here from Colorado Springs over the years, bypassing closer ski areas to get my ski tips in the legendary snow, 430 inches a year on average, which allows them to rightfully claim to have “the most snow in Colorado.”

And wouldn’t you know it, my arrival here in the San Luis Valley ushered in a long, extended dry spell at Wolf Creek. From around the Christmas holidays through all of January, it seemed hardly a flake fell at the king of Colorado powder. Storms went north and I chased them, all the while pining for the steep fluffy chutes, remote tree runs and huge open slopes of Alberta Peak just an hour from home. It was so warm and sunny, many slopes on Wolf Creek Pass were rocky and bare of snow, an unprecedented situation that also made me fear for the upcoming fire season. (continue reading…)

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Aspen Highlands To Open For A Bonus Weekend, April 27-28

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Apr.16, 2013, under General

Aspen Skiing Company has announced that Aspen Highlands will reopen for the weekend of April 27-28 in appreciation of skiers and riders for a great season. While Snowmass, Aspen Mountain and Buttermilk are closed for the season, Aspen Highlands will remain open through April 21 as scheduled and then reopen April 27-28. Consistent snowfall over the last week has made for great conditions and enjoyable spring skiing and riding on the mountain.

Aspen Highlands_Jeremy Swanson

Aspen Highlands_Jeremy Swanson

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Spring at Snowmass: Ski Late on Friday, Stay for the Weekend

by Guest on Mar.09, 2013, under General

This blog comes to Colorado Ski Country from Kristen Lummis, creator of BraveSkiMom.com.

For the past eleven years, the last day of the work week meant Bud Light Big Air Fridays at Snowmass. This competition invites all comers to show their stease on the 40-foot jump on Upper Fanny Hill. It’s an impressive display of progressive insanity and flight. And while Big Air Friday still welcomes in the weekend at Snowmass, it’s no longer the only game in town.

Tubing Fun at Ullr Nights

Tubing Fun at Ullr Nights

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Chairlift Confessions: Powder Flu

by Mountain Correspondent on Mar.02, 2013, under Colorado Skiing, Insider Secrets

[WARNING: This blog post is NSFW - Employees: if your boss sees you reading it, you can kiss your next powder day goodbye. Kids: do NOT let your parents see this unless they're very cool, or already have the Powder Flu themselves. Read with caution]

You don’t want to be sick, right? But you do want the conditions to be sick out on the slopes. So what happens when you’re not sick, but the conditions are? Colorado Ski Country has the answer. It’s called the powder flu, and it’s extremely contagious around here.

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Totally Average at Telluride

by Mountain Correspondent on Feb.23, 2013, under Colorado Skiing, General, Resorts

For decades, the mere utterance of the word “Telluride” has conjured up visions of jagged peaks, crusty miners, an authentic western main street, and the mystique of some of the best skiing in Southwest Colorado.  And the myth holds up: even an average day at Telluride is anything but, well, average:

How was my day? Eh, the usual.

How was my day? Eh, the usual.

The totally average Telluride experience continues…

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