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Safety Sunday: Ski Patroller Safety Tips

by Mountain Correspondent on Feb.16, 2014, under General

Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

Dustin Schaefer, Loveland Ski Area

There’s nothing better than a fun day skiing on the mountain. This much is true. But, if you sunburn the shape of your goggles onto your face and look like a raccoon for the rest of the week, that’s not so fun.
If you carelessly let go of your snowboard while strapping in and watch it fly down the mountain, well, that’s not so fun either. And, if you have a collision with an unsuspecting victim and send them to the hospital, well, that would be a huge bummer.

The first on the mountain and the last to leave, our trusty ski patrollers have seen it all! With safety always at top of mind, they’ve got tons of tips and tricks to help you have a great day on the mountain. We asked ski patrollers across the state of Colorado to share their top safety tips. From the laws of the land to smart suggestions, here are a few words to the wise, so listen up! Better to be safe than sorry! :)

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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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Talk to Your Children About Skiing Safety

by Guest on Feb.09, 2014, under General

Trails Merge

Durango Mountain Resort

by Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com

One of the surprising things about parenting is how much talking it takes.

Kids need guidance, whether you’re talking to toddlers about sharing and nap time, or to teens about sex and alcohol. No parent want to lecture, but each day we seem to do a fair share of it. At every stage of our children’s lives, there are topics that demand discussion.

Skiing safely, and skiing safety, is one of them. (continue reading…)

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Safety First: Your Responsibility Code

by Mountain Correspondent on Jan.27, 2014, under General

January is National Safety Month and resorts all across Colorado are celebrating in style to raise awareness to the folks on the hill. Arapahoe Basin’s Jake Ziemski, the 2013 Colorado Ski Patroller of the Year, shares some tricks and tips to keep you safe on the mountain. Jake walks us through the rules of Your Responsibility Code and surveys the little ones about skiing and snowboarding safely. There are lots of things you can do to keep yourself and others safe on the mountain, whether cruising the slopes or hitting up the terrain park. Find out here:

Safety First: Your Responsibility Code from Colorado Ski Country USA on Vimeo.

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Safety Sunday: Colorado’s Responders in Red

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Jan.19, 2014, under Colorado Skiing

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

When ski accidents happen, resort ski patrollers are first on the scene. These highly trained professionals are continually sharpening their skills for real life scenarios where their expertise can save lives. Here, some ski patrol members from Steamboat demonstrate an avalanche rescue.

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Powder Reigns All Across Colorado Ski Country USA

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Jan.14, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Tripp Fay Copper 1.11.14_18

Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

A widespread winter storm that entered Colorado last Wednesday has blanketed all corners of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) in snow, delivering powder days at all 21 CSCUSA resorts. This most recent weather system has dumped up to 31 inches on grateful snowriders in some places with more snow to come today. Since the storm began late last week, CSCUSA resorts have received 20.0 inches of new snow on average; 18 resorts have recorded double-digit snow totals, and seven resorts have enjoyed two feet or more of fresh powder. (continue reading…)

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Ten Tips To Have the Best Day of Your Life at Silverton Mountain

by Guest on Jan.13, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

DSC_0629.JPGPhoto of Silverton Mountain by Jason Barber

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.]

Silverton Mountain may have only one chairlift, but it is among the most memorable mountains you’ve never skied. With over 400 inches of average annual snowfall and 100% expert terrain, this unique ski area (don’t call it a resort) is big on powder and tiny on amenities. Leave your UGGs and fur coats at home, Silverton requires every skier to wear an avalanche beacon, prove pole, and shovel (rentals available). The easiest run down the mountain is 35 degrees, so only come if you are ready for an epic day of untracked pow turns and long hikes. Curbed Ski loves this place so we’ve created a handy guide to get you on the mountain and lovin’ life quicker than you can say powder. (continue reading…)

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