Colorado Resorts Set For Summer Openings

Aspen mountain bikingIn the summer, Colorado resorts become a hub for warm-weather fun both around the base areas and on the mountains. 

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Amy Reents Is New MSAA Director As Chris Stoddard Steps Down

Amy Reents MWSALongtime Midwest Ski Areas Association (MSAA) Executive Director Chris Stoddard has stepped down after 25 years, and Amy Augustine Reents, who has been active in the Midwest ski industry for the past 25 years, has been named the new President/Executive Director.  

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Checking In On El Niño As Western Season Winds Down

Grand Targhee powThe Pacific Ocean warming phenomenon known as El Niño came roaring into the West this winter with great promise of above-average snowfall for all. For some resorts, that was true -- but not for all.

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Arizona Snowbowl’s First High-Speed Lift Highlights Four-Mountain Upgrades

PurgatoryThe four Southwest resorts under single ownership will continue to get upgrades this summer – with the first high-speed chair at Arizona Snowbowl headlining the projects.

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Wolf Creek Expansion Plans Move Forward Into 'Matchless Pod'

Wolf CreekWhen Davey Pitcher started dropping over the Continental Divide outside Wolf Creek’s boundaries, he was surprised to find “massive terrain.” Now, the resort owner is a step closer to sharing it with his customers.

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Colorado Resorts Head Into April; Some Aim Later

April will be the cruelest month for skiers and snowboarders who want to stay on the slopes but must stand down as Colorado resorts begin to shutter for the season. But there's still plenty of sliding' and riding' left.

Spring at Winter Park

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Lifts To Keep On Churning In West; Mammoth Aims For Memorial Day

El Niño’s largesse has fallen mostly on Sierra and Pacific Northwest resorts this season, prompting several to extend their seasons and others just happy to make it to their usual closing date.

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Chairlift Upgrade In Vail Bowls, Restaurant At Breckenridge Planned

Breck Peak 8Vail Resorts will continue investing in its portfolio of mountain resorts this summer by installing a high-speed quad chairlift at Vail and building an eating spot at Breckenridge.

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Beaver Creek Instructors To Set Landmark Union Vote; First Ski School To Potentially Organize

Beaver Creek instructorsSki and snowboard instructors at Beaver Creek are set to schedule a vote on unionizing, after garnering the requisite number of signatures for an election.

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Spring Highlights Top Bump Runs In Rocky Mountains

Bump skier TellurideAs spring skiing season arrives, you usually find more VW-size moguls than snorkel-deep powder at Rocky Mountain resorts. Combine with warm bluebird days, and you’ve got prime time for bump-a-holics.

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Copper Mountain Aims At Coaster, Other Summer Upgrades

Copper Mt.Summer at Copper Mountain will get the primary attention with upcoming improvement projects designed to keep ‘em coming up to the Summit County resort year-round.

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Trip Report: History Lives On At Monarch

Gun barrel at MonarchAbout 100 years ago up Monarch Pass, hard-rock miners relaxed by strapping on seven-foot skis and tried to make it to the bottom of Gunbarrel Hill without falling. No one knew how to turn, but they recognized the thrill of downhill skiing – a thrill that would forever live on at Monarch Mountain.

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Take A Day Off The Slopes And Explore

Wheeler Opera House AspenVacationers often take a day off from skiing or snowboarding during their vacation to check out what’s happening off the slopes.

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Expansion Plans At Arapahoe Basin Move Forward

A-Basin expansion planA lift up the rugged Beavers area, a new chair for the classic moguls of Pallavinci and a quad for beginners at the base – these are among the projects at Arapahoe Basin that have moved closer to fruition after an affirmative U.S. Forest Service action.

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Man Faces Charges, Treatment For Pushing Snowboarder Off Aspen Highlands Lift

Aspen HighlandsA brief verbal confrontation on an Aspen Highlands chairlift apparently led to an Aspen man allegedly pushing a snowboarder off the lift in January. 

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Steamboat To Go High-Speed Mid-Mountain; Adds Summer Fun

Steamboat kidsA frequent logjam for skiers and riders at Steamboat Mountain will get some relief, as the northern Rockies resort announced an upgrade for the Elkhead chairlift. Work is set for summer.

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Trip Report: No Mountain Does More Than Copper

Copper Mt. bowls

I pulled into the Copper Mountain parking lot at 8:30 a.m. with minus-8 temps on a midweek road trip -- Summit County crackling' cold. Not many others were there that early, likely because of the cold and that there had been two days since new snow fell.

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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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Vail Resorts Acquires Wisconsin’s Wilmot Mountain In Chicago/Milwaukee Market

Wilmot MountainVail Resorts has added Wilmot Mountain, along the Wisconsin border between Chicago and Milwaukee, to its stable of recent Midwest urban ski area acquisitions; Afton Alps, near the Twin Cities, and Mt. Brighton, near Detroit.

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Steamboat’s Howelsen Hill Sliding Downhill Endangering Historic Ski Jump

Howelson Hill SteamboatPersistent slumping on the slopes of Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs have ski jumpers, youth racers, town officials and history buffs worried that a piece of American skiing’s past may be slip-slidin’ away.

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