Denver’s Urban Terrain Park Opens Early As Metro Shredders’ Playground

Ruby Hill DenverOver the past nine years, thousands of kids and adults in the Denver area -- and a few with layovers in the Colorado city -- have only to go to a metro park to get their shreddin’ jones satisfied. This season is no exception.

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Exclusive Cimarron Mountain Club Coming To Colorado; Just $4 Million To Play

Yellowstone Club slopesIf the lift lines are getting too long for you – and you have an extra $4 million around – then Cimarron Mountain Club is just the ticket. There’s one hitch, though: Only 12 people get to buy into the resort.

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Vertical Express For Multiple Sclerosis Hits The Slopes

 

Vertical Express for MS (Can Do Multiple Sclerosis)Vertical Express for Can Do MS, the only national event series that combines skiing and fundraising to empower people with multiple sclerosis (MS), kicks off Feb. 6 with seven ski resort events across the country. This event supports lifestyle empowerment programs for people with MS and their support partners. 

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Resorts On Public Land Retain Water Rights; ‘More Assurance Of Snow'

Keystone snowmakingWinter resorts that sit on federal land will have to prove they have enough water to make snow but won’t have to turn over water rights to the U.S. Forest Service, according to a recent directive.

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January Is Time For Western Newbies To Learn To Ski Or Ride

Learn to skiMost of us know someone who has never skied or snowboarded but would love the thrill of gliding down a hill on freshly groomed snow. But it’s hard to find the time, get the equipment and be confident that the ski school instruction at a particular resort will get your friend or family member properly introduced to the sport – and eager to return for more.

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The Biggest SnoCountry News Of 2015: Weather...Or Not


Soda Springs powderThe biggest rolling news story of 2015 across North America’s SnoCountry is, of course, the weather, including the return of that strong and totally unruly little boy — El Nino. Love him or hate him, and that depends on where you ski and ride, you are feeling the impact of this recurring atmospheric condition.

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New Lifts, Familiar Name Mark New Owners Retro Return To Purgatory

New lift at PurgatoryFor 50 years, winter sports-lovers have made the drive up the Animas River to strap on skis (and, later snowboards) to hit the slopes at Purgatory in the middle of Colorado's San Juan Mountains.

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Holiday Fun Lights Up The Rockies

Winter Park Christmas Tree LightingThe Christmas-New Years season at Colorado ski and snowboard resorts definitively says that winter is here for good, punctuated by traditional torchlight runs down the slopes, fireworks, Santa appearances and much more.

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El Niño To Be Nice In West, Naughty In Northeast For Christmas

Holiday snow forecastSki resorts throughout the Northeast are wondering just what did they do to get onto the naughty list? Was it all that snow last season? The cold temperatures too? Maybe we should just blame it on El Niño?

 

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More Snow In West, Springlike In East This Weekend

Forecast 12-9-15El Nino continues to play the same tune across North America with abundant snow in the west and spring-like temperatures throughout the lower midwest and Northeast, and the forecast shows little signs of change.

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Vail Runs Women-Only Programs Later In Day; More Time To Hit The Slopes

Vail women programsAdult women constitute a prime demographic for growth the ski and snowboard industry so, in the past few seasons, Vail has fine-tuned its ski school offerings to coincide with the schedules and desires of the females on the mountain.

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SnoCountry's Best 'Town Hills' In Colorado; Where It All Began

Hesperus Ski AreaWe often forget that skiing in the Wild West began on small hills that rose right out of the soon-to-be-famous resort mountain towns in Colorado -- the oldest being Howelson Hill in Steamboat Springs.

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World Cup: Aspen Winternationals To Feature Mikaela Shiffrin Nov. 27-29; Men Blast Off At Lake Louise

Aspen Internationals fireworksThe fastest female ski racers in the world take to Aspen Mountain Friday through Sunday, Nov. 27-29 for the Audi FIS World Cups at the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational. Star of the show? Certainly could be -- perhaps should be -- Colorado’s Mikaela Shiffrin in either the Giant Slalom or the two slaloms. Or all three. No pressure there.

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Thanksgiving Snow To Fall Across Rockies; Snowmaking Continues In Midwest, Northeast

Loveland Ski AreaIf Thanksgiving freshies are on your menu, you’re in luck as yet another series of storms will deliver more than a foot of snow to some resorts through the Holiday weekend.

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Taos Ski Valley Patrollers Narrowly Reject Union Amid Management, Operations Overhaul

TSV patrollerA single blank ballot spelled the difference in a vote by Taos Ski Valley ski patrollers to organize a union, which failed. 

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Big Thanksgiving Week Storm Cooking For Rockies

Powder DayThis could be the big one. No, really, it could be the mother of all Thanksgiving snowstorms. So hold the turkey. Hold the cranberry sauce. Hold the stuffing, and leave early - especially if you’re driving I-70 or I-80 - get a room and don’t forget the fat skis!

 

 

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Front Range Resort Eldora Targets Newbies, Day Skiers-Riders; Expansion Plans On Hold

EudoraThe trail map at Eldora Mountain Resort will look familiar this season, as the Colorado day-trip mountain adjusts its future plans in response to an expansion denial decision by the U.S. Forest Service.

 

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Stick Around: Seniors Get Free Tickets To Ski, Ride

Seniors at AltaOver the years, the free lift ticket has been a rite of passage for skiers and snowboarders who still hit the slopes in their golden years.

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More Resorts, More Terrain Open In California, Colorado

Wolf CreekThe first storm cycle of the season has brought much-need precipitation to California and the Pacific Northwest, and enough snow to open a few more resorts, and expanded terrain offerings in Colorado.

 

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Breckenridge Voters OK Lift Ticket Tax For 2016-17; Revenues To Ease Traffic

BreckenridgeFacing up to growing traffic and parking congestion, the electors of the town of Breckenridge overwhelming approved a tax on lift tickets that would go specifically to ease transit issues in the Colorado mountain town.

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