October 30, 2017

  • Photo courtesy of Kathryn Robinson at CSCUSA.

    Photo courtesy of Kathryn Robinson at CSCUSA. Photo courtesy of Kathryn Robinson at CSCUSA.

    Last week, I stopped by A-Basin to log my first runs of the season. Most years, I admit, I’m not too excited about early season skiing. I’d rather ski late into the spring when more terrain is open and there’s tons of elbow room—and all that delightful soft spring snow. But I realized I’d never skied in October before. It seemed like a lark worth chasing.

    Sure enough, the experience was surreal. The parking lot was bone dry. No ice and snow, no mud or spring puddles. As I booted up, the scent of wood chips warmed in the sun made me think more of starting out on a summer hike than hitting the slopes. Weirdly, it just didn’t smell like skiing. At the base, I found small cadre of diehard skiers making laps on the Black Mountain Express chair. There were two runs to choose from, and I alternated left and right for a half-dozen laps.

    High above, East Wall scraped a blue sky, but it looked nothing like it does deep in winter. It was dusted in snow, but you could see the rocks and cliffbands usually covered in white. In the opposite direction, the view of Loveland Pass and the Continental Divide was a startling vista in hues of tan and brown. Bikers clad in Lycra and motorcyclists were still riding the pass.

    I saw skiers in tank tops and bikinis. Plenty of T-shirts and hoodies in the terrain park (that A-Basin can get a terrain park up and running before November 1 is, in and of itself, impressive). The day was sunny and warm. It felt like spring. Everybody was stoked. The common refrain on the chairlift was, “Can you believe we’re skiing in October?! This is crazy!” Most of the skiers and riders I ran into were Colorado locals. Folks from Summit County and the Front Range.

    Midweek in October at a ski area feels a little like Adult Swim at the local pool. I saw just two kids all afternoon. Maybe they were home schooled? Or maybe they were playing hooky, too. (I, for one, was playing hooky from work.) Not that I don’t love kids. I have three of them. But it was a decidedly different vibe. Like we were all sneaking in a ski day when we should have been at the grocery store buying candy corn and fake cobwebs to decorate our front decks. The day had a touch of the illicit.

    It wasn’t blower powder and it wasn’t chalky January snow on a steep high alpine cirque. But it was carving turns in snow—in October. And that’s one for the bucket list.

    When I got home, I told my kids I’d gone skiing. It was a giddy confession. They were mad. Envious. “You did not!”

    Yes, I did.

    Photo courtesy of Helen Olsson.

    Photo courtesy of Helen Olsson. Photo courtesy of Helen Olsson.

    Tips for Early Season Skiing

    • Go midweek if you can. You’ll have more room to wiggle (or wedel, as they say in Austria).
    • Don’t bring out your brand-new boards. Coverage is usually good, but it’s not unheard of to encounter a rock or two. If you have rock skis or an old snowboard, this is the time to use them.
    • Tune up those rock skis. Early season snow is primarily man-made, which can get a little slick in spots.
    • Wear thin socks. After wearing flip-flops all summer, your feet may feel a little pinched in ski boots. Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it by December.
    • Enjoy the gorgeous fall weather and have fun!

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October 26, 2017

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    By R. Scott Rappold

    It’s that time of year. There’s a chill in the air, snow on the highest peaks and winter is so close you can almost touch it.

    But we still have a few weeks until most Colorado resorts open, so what’s the skiing addict to do?

    The answer, of course, is to watch a ski movie. Some call it “ski porn,” for the drool-inducing effect these movies can have on skiers. From groundbreaking films by director Warren Miller in the ’50s to goofball comedies of the ’80s to the current generation of directors pushing the envelope of intense backcountry skiing, these movies will have you out waxing your skis and making winter hotel reservations.

    Here are some of the best.

    Blizzard of AAHHHS

    Like the name suggests, this groundbreaking 1988 film still has the power to drop your jaw. Nobody had filmed anything like this before, with athletes dropping cliffs and shooting down dangerously narrow couloirs, long before most ski areas offered such terrain. It’s even more amazing when you consider that powder skis had yet to be invented.

    Steep and Deep

    Warren Miller directed more than 50 ski movies between 1950 and 2005, movies that mixed his passion for the ski bum life with a sense of humor about it all (especially people who don’t know how to get off the lift.) This 1985 film may be his magnum opus, more off-piste, out-of-bounds snow-riding and less campy humor, and it convinced a generation of young skiers to push what they ever thought was possible on snow.

    Aspen Extreme

    Two guys from Detroit take on Aspen – the mountain and the posh resort culture – in this 1993 movie. Half drama, half skiing, with plenty of drug-fueled mayhem and partial nudity, it’s as memorable for the snow scenes as much as the portrayal of the ski bum trying to make it in the world of the rich and famous. As they say in the movie, “Skiing is the easy part.”

    Hot Dog: The Movie

    The ’80s saw no shortage of cheesy ski comedies, but this one set the bar. A promising young skier arrives at Squaw Valley, falls in with the wrong crowd, angers the wrong people and falls for the wrong girl … well you get the picture. Other movies tried to repeat the formula (see “Better Off Dead” or  “Ski School”) but nobody matched it. With plenty of raunchiness to go around, this isn’t a movie for the kids.

    Downhill Racer

    This 1969 film stars Robert Redford as an aspiring Olympic skier and Gene Hackman  as his coach. Serious and thought-provoking, it’s more character study and less ski porn, with critic Roger Ebert calling it “the best movie ever made about sports—without really being about sports at all.” No list of ski movies is complete without it.

    Valhalla

    Colorado College graduate Nick Waggoner of Sweetgrass Productions has fuzed cinematic art with the ski film format, making visually stunning ski movies that often seem to be about much more than skiing. This 2013 film is his best, about a man in search of endless winter. There’s also a naked skiing scene that will make you appreciate outer clothing layers.

    Journey

    Warren Miller’s narration was always one of the thing that made his movies great. This 2003 film was his last (subsequent movies used soundbites from old movies until ditching the great director’s narration completely.) Sure, the terrain got gnarlier, the skis fatter and the HD sharper as the company he sold his name to continued to make films, but there will always be something missing without Miller.

    James Bond

    Mr. Bond has always been an excellent skier. You have to be when people are trying to kill you on the slopes. Here are some of the best Bond ski scenes.

    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: One-and-done Bond George Lazenby set the bar high in the franchise’s first ski scene, with jumps and an avalanche.

    The Spy Who Loved Me: Roger Moore escapes a mountain chalet on skis and parachutes off a cliff. And who hasn’t wished for a ski pole with a dart gun in it?

    For Your Eyes Only: Bond doing an Olympic ski jump and a bobsled run? Oh yes, believe it.

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  • Mary Jane's Opening day at Winter Park. Photo by Carl Frey.

    Mary Jane's Opening day at Winter Park. Photo by Carl Frey. Mary Jane’s Opening day at Winter Park. Photo by Carl Frey.

    Fitting in an early season ski trip can be incredibly gratifying. Getting a quick start on the winter, and hitting the snow with a purpose in December sets skiers up for a big winter, the kind of season that sees lots of time on the snow and big skill improvements.

    Skiing early, in November or December, does come with a couple of caveats, however. Not every resort has full coverage this time of the year—but there are ski resorts that have exemplary track records in this realm, and there is a throng of them in Colorado. These are the ski resorts whose historical snowfall rates and December open terrain rates that make them very strong candidates for an early season ski trip.

    Colorado, as a destination overall, has some characteristics that make it a very strong play for finding snow on early season and holiday ski trips in December. Among those things:

    • High elevations, relative to most of the rest of North America, which helps keep snow on the slopes cold and preserved.
    • Lower average snowfall standard deviations, which means Colorado’s snow tends to be dependable and not as prone to gaps or droughts (like that of California).
    • Strong snowmaking resources, compared with the rest of the West, thanks to a decades-long long commitment to getting terrain open early in the season.
    • Good amounts of blue and mellow terrain that faces north. Steeper expert terrain, of which Colorado possesses plenty, requires more snow to get open. Gentler blue runs, however, especially ones that face north, are usually the first runs of the season to open and the last runs of the season to close. It’s why Colorado has so many ski resorts that are great for beginners.
    • Great air service. Booking a last-minute ski trip can be tricky – but it’s far easier when there are great regional ski airports—Aspen has an especially good one—available with directs that are great for Texas skiers, Midwestern skiers, and even those coming all the way from the East Coast.

    Some of the Colorado ski resorts that are the best bests for early season ski trips, according to stats compiled by ZRankings, a ski trip booking site:

    Steamboat

    Steamboat collects snow in copious quantities during the early season. It has almost no rivals in North America, in fact, when it comes to dependable early season skiing. Steamboat has an average of 93% of its terrain open by Dec. 25, and only 5% of its winters are so dry that the ski resort is less than 50% open at the end of the December. Steamboat is simply outstanding in this way, and it should be toward the top of every skier’s list when it comes to planning holiday ski trips to Steamboat.

    Aspen Mountain

    Aspen is a classic holiday destination for skiers. Town comes alive with festivities and fanfare. To go along with its top-rated accommodations, Aspen at Christmas is an excellent destination for skiers seeking snow and open terrain. Aspen Mountain, the legacy resort that funnels right into the middle of town, averages having 80% of its terrain open by Dec. 25, a great ratio that traces to Aspen’s high elevations and its strategically-placed snowmaking.

    Winter Park

    Winter Park piles up more snow than any other ski resort in Summit County. It also benefits from a large portion of north-facing terrain that preserves snow and keeps it cold. Winter Park average having 77% of its terrain open by Dec. 25, a stellar mark. It’s one of the best bets for early season skiing—and it also tends to have smaller crowds than some other major resorts during the holiday season.  The resort has a knack for catering to families, making it one of the top ski resorts for families in all of North America.

    Early season at Wolf Creek.

    Early season at Wolf Creek. Early season at Wolf Creek.

    Wolf Creek

    As many skiers from the southwest (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico) know, Wolf Creek is a brilliant play during the early season. Data for Wolf Creek’s open rate during December isn’t readily available, but here’s what we know for sure: In the realm of traditional ski resorts, Wolf Creek receives more snow, on average, than any other mountain in Colorado. On top of that, 65% of Wolf Creek’s terrain faces north, which means the slopes here preserve snow at a highly efficient rate, especially during the early season, when the angle of the sun is at its most oblique point. Take all of these things together, and Wolf Creek is likely the best bet for good snow depths in Colorado during the last month of the year.

    Copper Mountain

    Copper is great spot for skiers seeking terrain open during the early season. Its location just off of I-70, one of the closer mainline resorts to Denver, makes it a strong play for skiers looking to get fresh tracks right off of the airplane. Copper has advantageous geographical and terrain characteristics that help it preserve most of the snow that hits its slopes after Nov. 1: it has a base elevation that, even for Colorado, is quite high—9,700 feet—and a full 55% of the mountain’s terrain faces north, which means the sun barely gets to it during November and December. This is the reason that Copper skis so well for spring break, and even beyond. It’s also why the mountain ranks No. 20 in North America for overall snow quality.

    Loveland

    We’d be remiss not to mention the ski resort that’s often the first open in all of North America every fall. Loveland is not known as a destination skier’s mountain, but it has great fall lines and wide swaths of high quality terrain among its 1,800 acres that, thanks to the mountain’s high elevation—the base is way up at 10,800—that get snow early and keep it on late. Loveland is a fantastic ski resort to remember when it comes to early season trips, and its location on top of I-70 makes it a convenient dovetail with trips to other ski resorts as well.

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October 25, 2017

  • Photo courtesy of Copper Mountain.

    Photo courtesy of Copper Mountain. Photo courtesy of Woodward Copper.

    • Free Intro and Drop-In Sessions at the Woodward Copper Barn
    • Meet & Greet with professional snowboarders Torstein Horgmo and Cam Fitzpatrick
    • Movie premieres include ShredBoots “R3BOOT,” Arbor Snowboards “Cosa Nostra,” and Faction Skis “This is Home”
    • Bowl Jam Expression Session with professional skateboarder Taylor Bingaman and the Satellite Boardshop Skate Team

    Experience everything the Woodward Copper Barn has to offer at the 2017 Woodward Barn Bash on Saturday, Nov. 11. Groups of friends and families are invited to bounce, skate and ride in the 19,400 square-foot facility with free sessions, live music, giveaways, movie premieres, and more.

    It all kicks off at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 11 with free Barn sessions beginning at noon offered on a first-come first-served basis. Intro Sessions are fully coached sessions designed for newcomers to The Barn, while Drop-In Sessions are open-gym style for those who have already completed an Intro Session.

    “This event is designed as a community open house that welcomes kids, parents and the young-at-heart into The Barn to check out what Woodward Copper is all about,” said Chris Stellato, Woodward Copper’s regional marketing supervisor.

    An exclusive Expression Session for skate participants will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the skate bowl with pro skater Taylor Bingaman and the Satellite Boardshop team.

    “If you’re a parent bringing the kids, stick around in the afternoon for live music from the Well Beings,” said Stellato. “Those who are coming later for the films are encouraged to come by around 5 to enjoy tunes from DJ Landry, as well as a cash bar and food.”

    The fun continues into the evening with an autograph signing featuring pro snowboarders Torstein Horgmo and Cam Fitzpatrick before the lights dim for premieres of some of the latest ski and snowboard films including ShredBoots “R3BOOT,” which includes footage from Woodward Copper terrain parks at Copper Mountain. Additional features include Arbor Snowboards “Cosa Nostra,” and Faction Skis “This is Home.”

    For more information on the Barn Bash and Woodward Copper, including winter programming on-snow and indoors, visit WoodwardCopper.com.

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October 18, 2017

  • Photo courtesy of Dave Camara at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.

    Photo courtesy of Dave Camara at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Photo courtesy of Dave Camara at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.

    Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA)’s member resorts recognize between tuition, textbooks, meal plans and everything else, college is expensive. Ski areas across Colorado, from the Front Range to the Western Slope and down to the southwest corner of the state, offer dozens of deals and discounts to keep skiing and riding affordable for college students and young adults.

    Individual Resort College Student Deals and Discounts

    Arapahoe Basin – Arapahoe Basin offers the Elevation 4-Day Pass for $169, giving college students the opportunity to ski or ride four days with no blackout dates for less than $45 per day.

    Aspen Snowmass Premier College Pass – The premier pass includes unlimited skiing and riding at all four Aspen Snowmass resorts, plus more than $1,000 in exclusive passholder benefits and discounts. College students between the ages of 18 and 24 who are enrolled in an accredited four-year college receive the Premier College Pass for $659, a discount of more than $1,500. College students can also purchase the College X Pass for only $92, a 2-Day Pass valid for skiing or riding during the X Games in Aspen Snowmass January 25-28, 2018.

    Cooper – Cooper offers the XP Pass, valid for skiing and riding any four days of the 2017-18 season with no restrictions or blackout dates, for only $119. Ski for less than $30 per day.

    Copper Mountain College Season Pass – The Copper Season Pass includes unlimited skiing and riding at Copper Mountain and three free days at Purgatory, Monarch Mountain and Taos Ski Valley. Eligible college students can purchase the Copper Mountain College Pass for $339, receiving more than $110 off the full-price adult season pass.

    Crested Butte College Peak Pass – Crested Butte season passes, including the Peak Pass and Peak Pass Plus, offer unlimited winter lift access plus free days at up to nine partner resorts. College students with proof of full-time enrollment can purchase a Peak Pass for $559 until December 2, a discount of $370.

    Echo Mountain College Season Pass – Echo Mountain offers a College Season Pass for $229 for students who show a student ID at the time of pass pick-up, a discount of $20 off the full-price adult pass.

    Eldora College Full Pass – Eldora offers a discounted season pass for full-time college students under age of 26 for $339, providing a $110 discount off the adult pass price.

    Granby Ranch 4 Pack – This non-transferable 4 pack is valid for 4 days of skiing or snowboarding January 8 through April 1, 2018 for only $139.

    Hesperus Young Adult Value Pass – Hesperus offers a season pass with limited blackout dates for the 2017-18 season. Young adults between the ages of 19 and 24 can purchase the Hesperus Value Pass for $109, a discount of more than $120, before the season starts.

    Howelsen Hill College Student Passes – Howelsen Hill offers a college discount on all three of their 2017-18 season pass offerings. Full-time college students can purchase an Alpine Pass for $120, a discount of $60; a Nordic Trail Pass for $110, a $50 discount; and an Alpine & Nordic Combined Pass for $180, a discount of $125 off the adult full-price pass.

    Loveland Young Adult Pass – Loveland offers a discounted price on season passes for young adults between the ages of 15 and 22. The Young Adult Pass costs $299, a discount of $100 off the adult season pass.

    Monarch Mountain College Pass – Monarch’s season pass offers unlimited skiing at Monarch Mountain, plus 50 free or discounted days at partner resorts. College students can purchase the pass for $269, more than $200 off the full-price season pass.

    Powderhorn College Full Season Pass – Includes unlimited skiing or riding at Powderhorn, plus additional days of free skiing and riding at more than a dozen partner resorts. The Powderhorn College Pass is only $369, a $130 discount.

    Purgatory Resort Power Pass for Young Adults – The Power Pass offers unlimited skiing at five mountains, including Purgatory Resort and Hesperus Ski Area, with no blackout dates, plus 3 free days of skiing or riding at more than a dozen partner resorts. For young adults ages 19-24, the Power Pass is currently $489, a savings of $310 off the adult pass.

    Silverton Mountain Spring Unguided Pass – This pass includes all of Silverton’s spring unguided season (March 30, 31, April 1, 7, 8, and 9), plus an exclusive private day at Silverton on March 29 and 36 days of skiing and riding at partner resorts, for only $169.

    Steamboat College Season Pass – Steamboat’s season pass includes three days of access to partner resorts and passholder benefits in addition to unlimited skiing and riding at Steamboat. Full-time college students pay $849 for the season pass, saving more than $650 off a full-price adult pass.

    Sunlight Mountain Resort – Sunlight offers the Slope & Soak 4-Pack, pairing a day of skiing with a soak in a luxury natural hot springs, for only $199. College students can also purchase the Sunlight Season Pass for $359, a discount of $100, and receive additional “ski free” days at seven partner resorts.

    Telluride Young Adult Season Pass – Telluride’s season pass includes unlimited skiing and riding at Telluride, plus unlimited half-price tickets at all Mountain Collective resorts. Young adults between the ages of 19 and 24 can purchase the Telluride season pass for $1,400, saving $700 off the full-price pass.

    Winter Park College Season Pass – Students with a valid student ID can purchase a season pass to Winter Park Resort for $359, a discount of more than $100 for unlimited skiing and riding at all seven of Winter Park’s territories.

    Wolf Creek College Days Lift Tickets – On select days throughout the season, Wolf Creek offers college students with a valid ID and a class schedule discounted lift tickets for $48. For the 2017-18 season, college days are Nov. 5 and 12, Dec. 3, Jan. 21, Feb. 25 and March 3, 24 and 31.

    Multi-Resort College Student Deals and Discounts

    Colorado Gems Card – For just $25 the Gems Card provides either two 2-for-1 lift tickets or two 30 percent off lift tickets at each of the ten Colorado Gems Resorts. This deal pays for itself after just one use.

    Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus – Perfect for college students who like variety and want to chase the best snow in Colorado, the RMSP+ provides unlimited access to Winter Park Resort, Copper Mountain, Eldora Mountain Resort, plus six days at Steamboat and three days at Crested Butte and Mt. Bachelor with no blackout dates. College students with a valid student ID can purchase a RMSP+ for $499, up to $140 off the regular adult price.

    Route 40 Pass – A great fit for students who want to ski U.S. Route 40, this pass offers unlimited access to Winter Park Resort, plus an additional four days of riding at Steamboat and three at Mt. Hood Meadows. Verified full-time college students can purchase the Route 40 Pass for $439, enjoying up to $110 off the Route 40 Pass.

    *All prices are subject to change.

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October 17, 2017

  • Photo courtesy of Loveland Ski Area,

    Photo courtesy of Loveland Ski Area, Photo courtesy of Loveland Ski Area,

    Loveland Ski Area will open for the 2017/18 season on Friday, October 20. “We have been waiting all summer for this and are excited to announce that Opening Day is finally here,” said COO Rob Goodell. “The snow we received in early October has been a tremendous help and our snowmakers have put in a lot of hard work to ensure the first turns of the season are good ones. We invite everyone to come celebrate the start of another season with us on Friday.”

    Lift 1 will run from 9:00am until 4:00pm on Friday and will offer skiers and riders access to one top-to-bottom run covered from tree-to-tree with an 18 inch base. The trails Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run make up this Opening Day run which is over a mile in length and nearly 1,000 vertical feet. “We have great coverage on the upper portion of the mountain,” continued Goodell.

    “We will continue to make snow on Home Run and around the base of Lift 1 this week and then move on to opening additional terrain as quickly as we can.”

    Loveland Ski Area opened on November 10 last season.

    Loveland Ski Area will be open seven days a week until Closing Day in early May. Lift operating hours are 9:00am until 4:00pm on weekdays and 8:30 until 4:00pm on weekends and designated holidays. Early season lift tickets are $61 for adults and $29 for children 6-14.

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October 16, 2017

  • Event Recognizes Local Alpine and Freestyle Skiers

    Photo courtesy of Colorado Ski Country USA.

    Photo courtesy of Colorado Ski Country USA. Photo courtesy of Colorado Ski Country USA.

    Fifty young alpine and freestyle athletes from across Colorado were recognized yesterday as USSA Rocky Mountain Division Colorado All-Stars. These promising young athletes compete on the local, national and international level in pursuit of their US Ski Team and Olympic dreams. The All-star team includes 30 alpine skiers and 20 freestyle skiers.

    “Congratulations to the new members of the All-Star team,” said Colorado Ski Country USA President and CEO Melanie Mills. “We’re thrilled to support the next generation of alpine and freestyle skiers as they train and compete across Colorado during this Olympic year.”

    As a proud supporter of local youth ski training, Colorado Ski Country USA awards all 50 All-stars a CSCUSA Colorado All-Star Pass which provides unlimited access to 22 Colorado Ski Country USA resorts to train and ski during the 2017-18 season.

     

    A complete list of all-stars and their ski clubs is below.

    Casey Andringa, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Freestyle

    Jesse Andringa, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Freestyle

    Max Bervy, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Alpine

    Taylor Brandt, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Alpine

    Cleo Braun, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Alpine

    Allyson Cornelius, Aspen Valley Ski Club, Alpine

    Cooper Cornelius, Aspen Valley Ski Club, Alpine

    Jacob Dilling, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Alpine

    Dexter Edelman, Aspen Valley Ski Club, Alpine

    Burke Fancher, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Alpine

    Bridger Gile, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Alpine

    Wyatt Hall, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Alpine

    Kaitlyn Harsch, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Alpine

    Ben Heofer, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Freestyle

    Sky Kelsey, Aspen Valley Ski Club, Alpine

    Serina Kidd, University of Denver, Alpine

    Kellen Kinsella, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Alpine

    Storm Klomhaus, University of Denver, Alpine

    Heidi Kloser, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Freestyle

    Edwin Kust, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Freestyle

    James Lahrman, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Alpine

    Tristan Lane, Aspen Valley Ski Club, Alpine

    Joey Lang, Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard Club, Freestyle

    Tegan Large, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Freestyle

    Gus LeBlanc, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Alpine

    Tanner Lyle, Winter Park Competition Center, Freestyle

    Matthew Macaluso, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Alpine

    Wiley Maple, Aspen Valley Ski Club, Alpine

    George McQuinn, Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club, Freestyle

    Hannah Miles, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Freestyle

    Tanner Murphy, Winter Park Competition Center, Freestyle

    Kyle Negomir, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Alpine

    Patrick Ottley, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Alpine

    Kai Owens, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Freestyle

    Nelson Oxley, Winter Park Competition Center, Alpine

    Cole Puckett, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Alpine

    Kenzie Radway, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Freestyle

    Hallee Ray, Winter Park Competition Center, Freestyle

    Jack Reich, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Alpine

    Allie Resnick, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Alpine

    Nicolas Richeda, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Alpine

    Maggie Ryan, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Freestyle

    Trey Seymour, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Alpine

    Avital Shimko, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Freestyle

    Oliver Smith, Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard Club, Freestyle

    Josephine Trueblood, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Alpine

    Trevor Wahl, Ski & Snowboard Club Vail, Freestyle

    Tori Ware, Team Summit, Freestyle

    Marat Washburn, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Alpine

    Landon Wendler, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Freestyle

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October 13, 2017

  • Photo taken by Jack Dempsey.

    Photo taken by Jack Dempsey. Photo taken by Jack Dempsey.

    Colorado’s 2017-18 ski season launched today with a crowd of delighted skiers and snowboarders celebrating the first runs of the season at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. At 9 a.m., atop an 18-inch base of packed powder, the Black Mountain Express lift began spinning, delivering skiers and riders to the top of intermediate High Noon trail.

    Colorado ski resorts across the state received double digit snow totals during the first week of October with many taking advantage of the cold nighttime temperatures to make snow. Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin started their snowmaking operations on Sunday, September 24. Recent natural snowfall and cold temperatures along the Continental Divide created good snowmaking conditions, allowing Arapahoe Basin to win the friendly #RaceToOpen this year.

    Following a successful 2016-17 season in Colorado, and a summer and fall of major upgrades and improvements at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts, A-Basin’s opening has skiers and riders across the country and around the world looking forward to enjoying Colorado’s dependable world class winter conditions.

    “Skiers and snowboarders everywhere look forward to the ski season kicking off in Colorado,” said CSCUSA President and CEO Melanie Mills. “Our snowmakers, groomers and operations crews work tirelessly to make this day a success, and it’s great to see the skiing community come together to celebrate the start of another season. Our resorts have spent the summer and fall preparing for this season’s guests by upgrading equipment, installing new lifts, opening new restaurants and preparing on and off mountain attractions.”

    The race to host Opening Day is a highlight of the early ski season, a title often held by either Arapahoe Basin or Loveland Ski Area. Both resorts are perched atop the Continental Divide, which provides higher elevations, earlier frosts, and colder temperatures, allowing them to stay open long into the spring, giving Colorado one of the longest ski seasons in the country.

    Photo taken by Jack Dempsey.

    Photo taken by Jack Dempsey. Photo taken by Jack Dempsey.

     

    Below is a current list of scheduled opening dates for CSCUSA member resorts*.

    Listed by Resort Name:

    Arapahoe Basin:                                    October 13, 2017 – Early June 2018

    Aspen Highlands                                   December 9, 2017 – April 8, 2018

    Aspen Mountain                                    November 23, 2017 – April 15, 2018

    Buttermilk                                             December 9, 2017 – April 8, 2018

    Cooper                                                 December 9, 2017 – April 8, 2018

    Copper Mountain                                   November 10, 2017 – April 15, 2018

    Crested Butte                                        November 23, 2017 – April 8, 2018

    Echo Mountain                                      November 21, 2017 – April 15, 2018

    Eldora                                                  November 17, 2017 – April 8, 2018

    Granby Ranch                                       December 15, 2017 – April 1, 2018

    Hesperus                                              December 15, 2017 – April 1, 2018

    Howelsen Hill                                        November 25, 2017 – March 11, 2018

    Loveland                                               Mid-October 2017 – May 6, 2018

    Monarch                                               November 22, 2017 – April 8, 2018

    Powderhorn                                          December 15, 2017 – March 25, 2018

    Purgatory                                              November 18, 2017 – April 15, 2018

    Silverton                                               December 28, 2017 – April 8, 2018

    Snowmass                                            November 23, 2017 – April 15, 2018

    Steamboat                                            November 22, 2017 – April 15, 2018

    Sunlight                                                December 8, 2017 – April 1, 2018

    Telluride                                                November 23, 2017 – April 8, 2018

    Winter Park                                           November 15, 2017 – April 29, 2018

    Wolf Creek                                            November 3, 2017 – April 1, 2018

     

    Listed by Opening Date:

    October 13                                            Arapahoe Basin

    Mid-October                                          Loveland

    November 3                                          Wolf Creek

    November 10                                        Copper Mountain

    November 15                                        Winter Park

    November 17                                        Eldora

    November 18                                        Purgatory

    November 21                                        Echo Mountain

    November 22                                        Monarch

    November 22                                        Steamboat

    November 23                                        Aspen Mountain

    November 23                                        Crested Butte

    November 23                                        Snowmass

    November 23                                        Telluride

    November 25                                        Howelsen Hill

    December 8                                          Sunlight

    December 9                                          Aspen Highlands

    December 9                                          Buttermilk

    December 9                                          Cooper

    December 15                                        Granby Ranch

    December 15                                        Hesperus

    December 15                                        Powderhorn

    December 28                                        Silverton

     

    *Dates are subject to change.

     

    The post Colorado is Officially Open for the 2017-18 Winter Season appeared first on Colorado Ski Country USA Blog.

October 12, 2017

  • Photo courtesy of Sunlight Mountain Resort.

    Photo courtesy of Sunlight Mountain Resort. Photo courtesy of Sunlight Mountain Resort.

    Local Filmmakers Invited to Submit Works for a Chance to Win a 2017-18 Season Pass

    Sunlight Mountain Resort is inviting local filmmakers to submit their best winter videos to be featured in the second annual Winter Stoke Film Festival. The film festival, produced in conjunction with the non-profit True Media Foundation of Carbondale, highlights a series of locally-produced short videos followed by the feature movie presentation “Line of Descent” by Warren Miller.

    Filmmakers are asked to submit outdoor adventure videos that “get us stoked for winter.” Three finalists are chosen for each Winter Stoke venue, and the audience votes for their favorite film. All finalists will receive two lift tickets to Sunlight and the crowd favorite wins a 2017-18 season pass. The evening includes a prize giveaway including a pair of Sunlight’s hand-crafted Sunny 700 skis by Meier.

    NEW! Winter Stoke Travels to Rifle’s Ute Theatre Dec. 21st!
    Winter Stoke organizers also announced that the traveling film festival has added a third showing in Rifle. Winter Stoke will be shown at these venues on the following dates:

    • Nov. 30: Vaudeville Theatre, Glenwood Springs
    • Dec. 7: Third Street Center, Carbondale
    • Dec. 21: Ute Theatre, Rifle

    HOW TO ENTER: Videos must be less than 3 minutes long. Submit videos by emailing a YouTube link to info@winterstoke.org. The deadline to enter is Weds., Nov. 1. Find more info about Winter Stoke at www.WinterStoke.org or email info@WinterStoke.org.

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October 10, 2017

  • Photo courtesy of Adrienne Saia Isaac at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.

    Photo courtesy of Adrienne Saia Isaac at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Photo courtesy of Adrienne Saia Isaac at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.

    Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) will open for the 2017-18 ski and snowboard season on Friday, October 13, 2017. The Black Mountain Express lift will start turning at 9:00 a.m., giving skiers and snowboarders access to the intermediate High Noon trail. Arapahoe Basin is often one of the first ski areas to open in North America. A-Basin mountain operations will continue to make snow as weather permits with the goal of opening additional terrain.

    “Mother Nature has been kind to the Basin,” said Alan Henceroth, Arapahoe Basin Chief Operating Officer. “It’s exciting to kick off the ski season earlier than usual, and welcome winter back to Colorado.”

    Skiers can get the best deal on early season lift tickets by purchasing online, in advance at tickets.arapahoebasin.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the mountain. Current lift ticket window pricing will run through December 15, 2017, with adult (ages 19-69) full-day tickets priced at $79, youth (ages 15-18) window tickets priced at $67 and child (ages 6-14) window tickets priced at $39. Children age 5 and under ski free every day of the season. Information about season passes and multi-day tickets can be found at ArapahoeBasin.com.

    Skier services available starting opening day include ski and board rentals (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at the Kids Center (for both kids and adults) and retail sales at Arapahoe Sports (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Snowsports value season private lessons are available starting opening day. Dining options at the mountain will include: breakfast at Legends Café from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; full lunch and après service in the 6th Alley Bar & Grill starting at 10:30 a.m.; lunch service at Black Mountain Lodge (mid-mountain) starting at 10:30 a.m. A-Basin Mug Club sales start opening day at 8:00 a.m. in Marnie’s Bar on the 2nd floor of the A-Frame; mugs are $45 and entitle the owner to beverage discounts in the 6th Alley Bar & Grill and a free beer to kick off the season. Mugs are sold on a first-come, first-served basis; limit one mug per customer and purchasers must be 21 years of age.

    Here’s to a fantastic 2017-18 season! We’re looking forward to having you back at the mountain.

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