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Get It On In Rockies: January Is Learn to Ski and Ride Month

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All New Mexico resorts have discounted lessons. (Ski New Mexico/Facebook)

Ski and snowboard resorts all want more people on the slopes, and one way is to introduce newcomers to the sport.

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Off The Piste: ‘Cat Skiing Across The Nation

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Loadin' up for a trip into the backcountry (Cascade Powder Hounds/Facebook)

In greater and greater numbers, skiers and snowboarders have taken to snowcat rides into powder country all across the U.S.

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What’s New On The Mountains At Colorado Resorts

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Easier to get around Purgatory this year. (Purgatory/Facebook)

Each ski and snowboard season brings upgrades, improvements and just plain new stuff at Colorado resorts, where the competition for visitors is fierce.

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Plan The Unforgettable Ski Trip

Plan The Unforgettable Ski Trip

Whiteface offers the biggest vert in the East. (Whiteface)

Whether you’re a ripper or parent wanting to introduce kids to snowsports, now’s the time to plan a special vacation, and there’s nothing like trying something new or different to make it memorable.

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Colorado Ski Country USA Doubles Down On Gems Card

Colorado Ski Country USA Doubles Down On Gems Card

Cut into the powder at Sunlight with discounts from Gems Card (Sunlight/Facebook)

For many years, a regular in the wallet of Colorado skiers and snowboarders has been the Colorado Gems Card – providing discount lift tickets at the state’s less glamorous mountains.


Before Epic, before Mountain Collective, before the M.A.X. Pass, there was the $25 Gems Card that gave skiers and riders deals on day tickets at eight off-the-beaten-track resorts – what some may call “smaller” areas but many see as more nostalgic and authentic. Among Gems resorts, only Loveland Ski Area sits on busy I-70, and it’s always been known as a locals’ mountain.

Monarch Mountain

In hopes of attracting more folks to these hidden “gems” this season, Colorado Ski Country USA has increased the discounts on the card. 



To wit: Previously, the Gems Card got its holder two-for-one tickets at Arapahoe BasinSki Cooper, Eldora Mountain Resort, Loveland Ski Area, Monarch Mountain, Powderhorn Resort, Ski Granby Ranch and Sunlight Mountain Resort.  In 2016-2017, the card holder can get the same deal twice at these resorts, plus 30 percent off day ticket twice during the season. Or, the holder can get one of each deal at all resorts.

Locals' mountain Loveland

The card costs $25 and can only be purchased online. There is a limit to the number sold, and photo ID is required when presented at a ticket window. Blackout dates are Dec. 18 to Jan. 3.

“The Gems card has been instrumental for savvy skiers looking for the best value, increased flexibility and access to more of our resorts all over Colorado,” said Colorado Ski Country USA President and CEO Melanie Mills.


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Get Ready To Fly: Mountain Resorts Wired For Zipline Thrills

Get Ready To Fly: Mountain Resorts Wired For Zipline Thrills
Top of the Rockies zipline claims its the only cable that soars over a railroad. (Top of the Rockies)

About one-third of American ski and snowboard resorts have strung ziplines to keep the mountain thrills going through the summer.
Hundreds of thrill-seekers hook up and slide every offseason, choosing from full-speed rides (60 mph in some cases!) to more leisurely flights using hand brakes. Many combine with suspension bridges and other aerial challenges for a tour. Most ziplines have age and height restrictions – and require parents or guardians for youngsters.

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Tahoe's Homewood To Run Snowcat Tours; Colorado, Utah Tours Flush With Powder

Homewood snort toursA number of Rocky Mountain resorts and companies run off-piste snowcat powder tours, and now Homewood Mountain Resort will become the first in California to haul powderhounds to their heaven.

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Colorado Resorts Upgrade Lodges, On-Mountain Eateries

Colorado eateries upgradesNew lifts and trails often get the headlines during the off-season, but much of this summer’s work in Colorado centers around lodges, base facilities and restaurants.

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‘Local Hills’ Of Midwest, West Are Convenient, Fun, Family-Oriented

Buck Hill, MinnFrom Buck Hill to Howelsen Hill; from Wild Mountain to Sipapu, the U.S. abounds with local “family-oriented” ski hills that offer fun, convenience, and budget-friendly prices for all ages.

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Heavy Snow A Boost For Western Resorts, Bust For World Cup Ski Racers

Stevens Pass

The first major snowstorm of the season sent ski racers packing, and powder hounds reaching for fat skis.

 

“It’s the first powder storm of the season, and the crowd is going wild,” said Emily Moench, communications manager for Snowbird on Wednesday morning. “Powder hounds are chomping at the bit.”

 

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