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Colorado Ski Country Gears Up for Spring with Events and Activities Galore

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Feb.19, 2014, under Colorado Events, Resorts

Aspen Spring Jam

The Aspen Spring Jam, Aspen/Snowmass

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…)

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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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Why Not Head to Southwest Colorado for the Holiday Weekend?

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Jan.15, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

L-R: Wolf Creek Ski Area; John Trousdale, Durango Mountain Resort

L-R: Wolf Creek Ski Area; John Trousdale, Durango Mountain Resort

A three-day weekend is a precious and rare commodity. With Martin Luther King weekend just around the corner, we have some fun ideas to spark your imagination about a different part of Colorado than you might typically consider.

Durango, Colorado, is nestled in the Southwest corner of the state and is home to Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort. Purgatory has 1,360 skiable acres to explore with plenty of eateries to refuel after a long day of fun. Move over San Francisco, Durango happens to boast the highest number of restaurants per capita than any city in the nation. In addition to the skiing, here are other fun winter activities: (continue reading…)

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Safety Sunday: The Ski Patrol’s Canine Companions

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Nov.24, 2013, under Colorado Skiing

Thanks to the diligent work of the ski patrol, getting caught in an inbounds avalanche is exceptionally unlikely anywhere in Colorado Ski Country. However, if Mother Nature conspires against you and you get caught in a slide, there’s a good chance that a specially trained Ski Patrol doggy will dig you out, lick your face, and ply you with brandy.

Last season, Wolf Creek’s Patrol Director Eric Dietemeyer showed us this cool training session for Rico, one of their trusted rescue dogs.

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American Ski Pioneer Turns 100 At Wolf Creek

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Nov.20, 2013, under Colorado Skiing, General

Wolf Creek Centenarian 11-20-13

Photo Credit: Powder Portraits at Wolf Creek Ski Area

Members of the Gray Wolves Ski Club and fellow ski enthusiasts showed up at Wolf Creek Ski Area on Tuesday, November 19th to celebrate Charles Elliott’s 100 birthday. As usual Charles celebrated his birthday by going skiing but this time he had over 150 fellow skiers cheering him on. Charles is credited as one of the pioneers of skiing in the San Juans and is a founder of the Wolf Creek Ski Area. He was inducted into the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and is a lifetime member of the National Ski Patrol which he helped found in Colorado. He is also a past president of the Gray Wolves Ski Club. As part of the birthday celebration the US Freestyle Ski Team, which is currently practicing at Wolf Creek, made Charles an honorary member of the US Ski Team and presented him with his official Team jacket.

When asked how he felt about his special day Charles replied “I guess it is special, it only happens every 100 years”.  Charles has skied every year since 1934 except for the five years when he served in the Air Force during World War II. He is looking forward to celebrating his 101st, on skis of course.

Wolf Creek is reporting excellent early-season conditions, with a 36 inch base and 93% of the mountain open.  Wolf Creek is hosting the US Freestyle Mogul Team from Wednesday, November 20th, through Tuesday, November 26, with a break on Saturday, November 23rd. The practice run is on Alberta Face; and visible on the ride up the Treasure Stoke lift! The National Freestyle Mogul Team will be announced and the team will sign autographs at The Springs in Pagosa on Saturday afternoon.

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Wolf Creek Fires Up the Treasure Stoke

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Oct.28, 2013, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

11.26 Wolf Creek Josh Baker Treasure Stoke Opening

photo credit: Josh Baker, Wolf Creek Ski Area

On Saturday, October 26 Wolf Creek Ski Area opened a significant improvement to the core of its chairlift system. The Treasure Stoke chairlift, a six-person high-speed detachable made by Doppelmayr, replaces the existing Treasure lift and will provide guests with an easier loading and unloading experience. The ride up will be a little over six minutes; however, the lift’s capacity will remain the same. This will allow skiers and riders more time on the snow while preserving Wolf Creek’s low-density on-mountain experience.

Wolf Creek will reopen on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 and tentatively plans to open for the season on Friday, November 8. Having received 31 inches of snow in the season to date, the mountain presently has a 19-inch base. Be sure to check Wolf Creek’s snow report through the week for updates about the upcoming weekend’s terrain and  lift openings.

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A Mom’s Guide to Planning a Ski Trip

by Guest on Jan.25, 2013, under General

This post comes to us from Amber Johnson, editor of Mile High Mamas.

When we arrived back at our condo after a fun day on Winter Park’s slopes, I stopped and marveled. Our front entryway looked like a bomb had gone off and the carnage was an onslaught of gloves, boots, helmets and jackets.

Winter Park_Brad Torchia

Winter Park_Brad Torchia

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