New Gondola At Winter Park To Reduce Crowding

Winter-Park-Carve

More carving at Winter Park with new gondola. (Winter Park/Facebook)

Winter Park Resort has announced that it will replace the mountain’s workhorse Zephyr Express chairlift with a gondola – a move aimed to upgrade the mountain’s infrastructure and to shorten weekend and holiday lines.

Continue reading
  3309 Hits

Southern Rockies Power Pass Hits Early Market

Purg-Powder-Day

Power Pass begins at Purgatory. (Purgatory/Facebook)

Multi-resort season passes mostly cross state lines, even national borders. So the southern-tier Power Pass that just went on sale for next season stands out because of its distinct regional appeal.

Continue reading
  3077 Hits

Copper Cuts Season Pass Cost, Plans Chairlift-Gondola Combo

Copper-Snowy-Scenic

Copper to cut season pass price for next season. (Copper Mountain/Facebook)

The season pass battles are officially on for 2018-2019, and Copper Mountain has fired its salvo with an early-season pass priced about 25 percent lower than this season's top price.

Continue reading
  4216 Hits

Snowmass Fines Out-Of-Bounds Skiers

Snowmass-OB

Going into the backcountry appeals to many. (Snowmass/Facebook)

Recent efforts by ski and snowboard resorts and towns to penalize those who go illegally under the ropes reached fruition when Snowmass issued fines to four skiers who went into a closed area.

Continue reading
  3605 Hits

Insider’s Guide To Keystone

Keystone-TP

A51 Terrain Park is one of the best. (Keystone/Facebook)

At Keystone, the motto is “It’s all here.” From renowned terrain park to wide groomers to high-alpine bowls, the Colorado resort does have the full package. Aimed clearly on the family vacation business, Keystone focuses on how to keep the kids engaged, the teens entertained and the parents challenged.

Continue reading
  4940 Hits

Making Time For Cross Country Skiing

Fischertouring

The rewards are great for taking the time to get out onto the trails. (Fisher Touring)

One of the greatest challenges for many people who love to cross country (XC)  ski regardless of the snow conditions is making time to get out there. Skiers struggle with this, but there are easy ways make time and to be more prepared to enjoy skiing.

Continue reading
  4065 Hits

City Shreddin': Denver’s Free Terrain Park Cranks Up

Ruby-Hill-Boarders

Flyin' high over city of Denver. (Ruby Hill Railyard/Facebook)

For the 12th year, the nation’s best-known urban terrain park has opened at Ruby Hill Park in downtown Denver.

Continue reading
  5222 Hits

All Aboard! Winter Park Express Rolls Again

Winter-Park-Train-Rail

Ski train rolls up into the mountains every weekend. (Winter Park/Facebook)

North America’s only slopeside railroad service resumes this week with Amtrak’s weekend service to Colorado’s Winter Park Resort.

Continue reading
  5464 Hits

Purgatory Turns On Lights ‘Till Ski Hesperus Gets Snow

Hesperus-Night-Skiing

Until Ski Hesperus turns on lights, Purg will stay lit. (Ski Hesperus/Facebook)

Being business partners has its benefits, especially in times of little snow, as with Purgatory Mountain Resort cranking up night skiing and riding until local-hill partner Ski Hesperus receives enough to turn on its lifts and lights.

Continue reading
  5185 Hits

Olympic Qualifying Hypes Dew Tour At Breckenridge

Dew-Tour-jump

Snowboarder gets the height he needs to win Dew Tour. (Dew Tour/Facebook)

For more than a decade, the Dew Tour has attracted the top freestyle skiers and riders from around the world. This year, it will also be an Olympic qualifying event.

Continue reading
  5556 Hits

Diving Into The Forests For The Trees

TSV-Trees

Never too far from the forest at Taos. (Taos Ski Valley/Facebook)

Few things bring skiers and riders closer to the mountain than getting off the piste and into the forest.

Continue reading
  4257 Hits

Family-Run Resorts For Cross Country Skiers

Fischerfamily2

Create family memories on a cross country ski weekend. (Fischer)

Resorts run by families are great for family winter vacations packed with something for every family member from fresh home cooked food to the atmosphere and fond memories.

Continue reading
  4832 Hits

What’s New On The Mountains At Colorado Resorts

Purgatory-Scenic

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.

Continue reading
  3958 Hits

Insider's Guide To Loveland Ski Area

Loveland-Ridge-Jump

Leapin' off the ridge on bluebird day. (Loveland/Facebook)

Many of the original ski areas in Colorado went up hard by the snow-grabbing Continental Divide. Born in 1937, Loveland Ski Area is one of them, where above-tree line skiing and riding means never the same line twice … and the snow just keeps on comin’.

Continue reading
  6152 Hits

Eldora Installs First High-Speed Chairlift

Eldora-Lift-Base

First high-speed will get skiers and riders on slopes fast. (Eldora Mountain/Facebook)

The first high-speed chairlift on Eldora Mountain will debut this season, as the Colorado commuter mountain settles in under new ownership.

Continue reading
  5517 Hits

Beaver Creek Debuts Mountaintop Learning Area

BC-Red-Buffalo-Sign

New learning area atop Beaver Creek. (Abby Hein/Beaver Creek)

Virtually all ski and snowboard resorts put their beginner areas at the base where terrain is modest and access easy. Not at Beaver Creek.

Continue reading
  5215 Hits

College Student Discounts At Colorado Resorts

Wolf-Creek-College

Selected days at Wolfie mean deep stuff on the cheap. (Wolf Creek Ski Area)

Going to college has many benefits for one’s future, but one perk for the present is a discount on season passes at Colorado ski resorts.

Continue reading
  5412 Hits

Mountain Solitude: Huts, Yurts Await Backcountry Skiers

Sun-Valley-Yurt

Finding some freshies above Sun Valley. (Sun Valley Trekking/Facebook)

Heading into the backcountry transports skiers and rider into a world of powder, mystery and quiet – especially if the trip includes a night or two out in the woods.

Continue reading
  5604 Hits

Loveland Opens For 80th Season

Loveland-Jump

Not long before it's like this at Loveland. (Loveland/Facebook)

Ever since 1936, Loveland Ski Area has been among the first mountains to open for the winter season. And 2017-18 is no different for the Continental Divide ski and snowboard area.

Continue reading
  3063 Hits

Denver Expo Signals Official Start To Ski, Snowboard Season

Expo-Jumping-Boy

High-flyin' fun at ski and snowboard expo. (Colo. Ski & Snowboard Expo photo)

A sure sign that winter is just around the corner comes when the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo opens its doors in downtown Denver.

Continue reading
  4354 Hits