All In The Family: 'Mueller Mantra' Thrives East And West

Mueller familyThere’s an uncanny ability to sense what visitors and vacationers are seeking. If it’s adventure, they supply it — mountain coasters, pipes, parks, canopy tours, fine dining. If childcare, they provide it. Music, got it. Basics? All covered.

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SnoCountry's Best Heli Skiing/Riding In Lower 48

Telluride Heli-SkiMany skiers and snowboarders dream of hopping into a helicopter and heading into the deep backcountry for a day far outside the ropes. Alaska and western Canada remain the premier locales for heli-skiing, but the Lower 48 has its own quality selection.

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Loveland, A-Basin First Out Of Gate As Colorado Resorts Set Opening Dates

Loveland early groomingThe unofficial race to open first in Colorado is over for 2015-2016, with Loveland Ski Basin and Arapahoe Basin both opening for the season on Thursday, October 29.

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Colorado's Loveland Ski Area Opens Thursday

LovelandLoveland Ski Area opens for the season Thursday, winning the race to be the first Colorado Resort to welcome skiers and snowboarders for the 2015-16 season.

 

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Unions Crop Up At Western Resorts; Beaver Creek Ski School Seeks Representation

Beaver Creek ski instructorsSeeking better pay, the ski and snowboard instructors at Colorado’s Beaver Creek are the latest employee group to attempt to form a union at a major Western resort.

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Mountain Flights In Colorado More Frequent, Convenient This Winter

Aspen AirportWinter travelers to Colorado resorts have a choice: Take advantage of convenient flying into Denver International Airport and make the two-hour drive to Summit County, Winter Park or beyond.

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Classic Echo Mountain To Reopen As Closest Ski Area To Denver

Echo Mountain LogoFor three years, only budding ski racers have been able carve up Echo Mountain – the closest Colorado ski area to Denver metro, but In 2015-2016, it’s open for all again like it used to be.

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Western Resorts Rush To Ban Camera Drones As Their Popularity Rises

Go Pro DroneTrying to get ahead of the popularity of videoing from remote-controlled drones, many Western resorts have banned their use – citing safety issues and both FAA and U.S. Forest Service concerns.

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New I-70 Toll Lane Aims To Speed Up Return Trip For Colorado Day Trippers

I-70 Express LaneColorado Skiers and snowboarders well know that traffic jams on Interstate 70 can be mind-numbing – especially on weekends – so they may not mind paying to travel a new express lane aimed at reducing congestion this winter.

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Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton Epic Passes Offer Plenty Of Choices

Aston AlpsMinnesota’s Afton Alps and Michigan’s Mr. Brighton are both part of the Epic Pass, which offers unlimited access to all of Vail Resorts western ski areas as well as both Midwest resorts. It offers as much slope time for diehard Heartland skiers and riders as they want.

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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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Loveland Turns One Lift Into Two To Improve Traffic Flow

Loveland constructionIt’s not often that an American ski resort actually shortens a chairlift, but that’s exactly what’s been going on over the summer at Loveland Ski Area.

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Strudel To Steins: Octoberfests Are Ski Resort Fall Staple

October fest at SnowbirdMany American towns adopted the popular Munich festival of Oktoberfest due to their German immigrant populations. Ski resorts have followed, offering celebrations with traditional Bavarian music, dancing, beer, food, and activities. Most offer free admission and lodging specials. 

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More Water Storage Upgrades Snowbasin’s Ability To Make Snow

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5660/20875840660_e879550c3d_z.jpgConstruction crews at Utah's Snowbasin have built a new reservoir on the mountain this summer to solidify snowmaking at the northern Wasatch resort.

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SnoCountry’s Best Offbeat Summer Fun At Western Resort Bases

Mountain Coaster at SnowbirdThe scenic chairlift ride, the downhill mountain bike run and the alpine hiking trek have long been standard fare at summer mountain resorts – but the focus has moved off-mountain lately.

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Crested Butte Gets Go-Ahead To Begin Expansion Project

Crested Butte TecaliThe potential for lift access on the back side of Crested Butte Mountain Resort has come into clearer focus with U.S. Forest Service’s OK for a review of plans for Teocalli Bowl 2.

 

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New Lift At Snowmass Will Improve Access To Steepest Terrain

High Alpine Lifeline at SnowmassThe realignment of the second-highest chairlift at Colorado's Snowmass will give skiers and riders more runs in the bowls and glades of the mountain’s most challenging terrain next season.

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Steamboat Gets Go-Ahead To Put 10-Year Plan In Motion

Steamboat Four Points RestaurantSteamboat Resort in Colorado has begun work on a soup-to-nuts, decade-long improvement plan that is aimed at becoming more efficient in moving its core market of families and novice-intermediate visitors around the mountain.

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New Lift-Served Evolution Mountain Bike Park To Open July 4 At Okemo

Okemo Bike ParkOkemo Mountain Resort has added lift-serviced mountain biking to its lineup of summer and fall amenities. The South Ridge Quad A will provide access to more than three miles of trails in the resort’s Clock Tower base area as the first phase in the development of the Evolution Bike Park at Okemo. The Evolution Bike Park at Okemo will be open for the July Fourth weekend.

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Colorado Ski Country Member Resorts Report 7.1 Million Visitors; Down Slightly

Steamboat powderSkier visits at the 21 member resorts of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), a trade association, totaled 7.1 million in 2014/15, off by a little more than one-half of one percent compared to last year’s total. The numbers were reported at the groups annual meeting this week.

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