Tag: spring skiing
By Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com
My calendar says that spring starts on March 20th. But, I know differently. Spring started on March 9th, at Copper Mountain.
Snow and Sun
As I’m sure you know, it’s been snowing– a lot. In fact, about a foot of fresh snow fell that weekend, from Friday to Saturday, providing amazing mid-winter conditions across Colorado. And then, just as surely as we all had to change our clocks on Sunday morning, we sprang ahead, not just in time, but also in temperature and season. Spring arrived on Sunday, with stunning blue skies, a late rising sun, and, by afternoon, amazing sun-softened conditions. (continue reading…)
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…)
Head to Powderhorn for a night of skiing/riding under the stars and lights at Powderhorn on Friday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1. The Take-Four lift will be open to Midway with Lower Peacemaker run along with the Easy-Ride lift and Bottom’s Up run under the lights. This is the first time Powderhorn has done night skiing and we will have more days throughout the season. The discounted rates will be available starting at 2pm, with lift access open from 4-8pm. All day ticket purchasers, Season Pass Holders and P-Card user tickets will be valid until 8pm. There will not be a discounted rate for P-Card holders for night skiing. Please purchase tickets at the Ticket Office.
This is the first time Powderhorn has had night riding and we will continue through the season with $15 Fridays from 3-6pm March 7, 14, 21 & 28. (continue reading…)
A well-muscled young man skis across a long, thin puddle of water in what may be a red Speedo but is more likely his underpants. He is soon followed by Duff Man, a Homer Simpson superhero complete with cape, rubber biceps, and utility belt stocked with cans of Duff beer. It is not Halloween.
The spring ski and ride season has been incredible recently at the ‘Basin, and today was no exception. The snow report you saw this morning was accurate – 12” of fresh snow blanketed Arapahoe Basin Ski Area today, just in time for another weekend of live music, amazing food and – of course – the best skiing still available in the state.
We’re loving the April snow that we’ve seen so far, and we’re having a strong late-season here in Colorado Ski Country. We have four resorts that are still open, Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Aspen Highlands and Winter Park, and we’re affectionately calling this the “season that won’t quit.”
This blog post comes to CSCUSA from Amber Johnson, editor of MileHighMamas.
I’ll admit it: I wasn’t a fan of Spring Skiing until recently. I had previously viewed it as a hot, slushy mess but at the end of last season, I looked at the bluebird sky, basked in the balmy temperatures, sailed down the mountain in my t-shirt (sorry, no bikinis here) and thought, “How have I missed out on this all these years?
Spring on the slopes is a non-stop party as temperatures and people thaw. If that is not enough of a draw, here are some tips for making the most of your spring skiing experience.
1). Sunscreen. If you weren’t slathering your sun protection on your face before, do it now. The sun is exponentially more intense and if you’re like me, your winter tan a.k.a. bone-white skin is highly susceptible to burning.
2) Layers. I’ll admit it: I packed for my spring ski trip the same way I would have in the dead of winter with long johns and my warm clothing. Ditch the heavy stuff but keep in mind it’s still chilly in the morning. By afternoon, you’ll be removing most of it.
3) Hydrate. Between the blazing sun, the altitude and the dry air, you’ll be surprised how quickly you fall victim to dehydration.
4) Gotta wear shades. For me, my goggles get waaaay too hot in the spring. Whether you stick with them or opt for sunglasses, remember your eyes need to be more protected than ever out there.
5) Change your skiing style. The snow is heavier in the spring so keep your weight more balanced on each foot. Don’t push through the snow and instead slice through it like a knife. Be sure to go a bit faster so you don’t get weighed down.
6) Speaking of skis, make they are tuned correctly. A warmer-temperature wax will keep your skis from sticking to the snow.
7) Here comes the sun. We worship the sun during spring skiing so be sure to follow it around the mountain. The best runs have full sun exposure to soften up the slopes for epic carving conditions.