There’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.
Many 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.
Loveland 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.
Seeking 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.
Winter 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.
For 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.
Trying 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.
Colorado 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.
Minnesota’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.
New 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.
Many 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.
Construction crews at Utah's Snowbasin have built a new reservoir on the mountain this summer to solidify snowmaking at the northern Wasatch resort.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Steamboat 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.
Okemo 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.
Skier 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.