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The latest news, deals, and events from ski resorts throughout North America.

Powderhorn Celebrates Season’s End with So Much Pow Luau

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Celebrating abundant snowfall this season, Colorado’s Powderhorn Mountain is hosting the So Much Pow Luau encore weekend of skiing and riding April 5-7.

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Seven Mountains That Are Great for Spring Skiing In And Near Colorado

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Spring skiing: when we wear fewer layers, swap goggles for sunglasses and don’t put on enough sunscreen. Strong storms in February and early March this year buried central and southern Colorado in many feet of snow, leading some resorts to extend their seasons and setting spring up for epic conditions.

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Kids Getting Active At Summer Mountains

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Willy Booker, head of Burke Mountain Academy which hones some of America’s finest ski racers, bemoans that kids are less active and athletic today and don’t get outdoors enough. 

One way to remedy that is to have fun at a mountain resort this summer.

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What’s New On The Mountains At Colorado Resorts

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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.

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College Student Discounts At Colorado Resorts

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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.

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Silverton Expands Heli-Skiing, Links Passes To Partner Mountains

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Gettin' to the ridge is top priority at Silverton. (Silverton/Facebook)

You’d expect the offseason around Silverton Mountain to be more about tourist trains, wilderness backpacking and RV touring than on-the-snow news. But the summer of 2017 has been busy time for the powder-only ski and snowboard area tucked into a crease of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains.

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Safe Skiing, Riding Focus In January

Safe Skiing, Riding Focus In January

Avalanche dogs at Arapahoe Basin show how to load a lift. (NSAA/Facebook)

Nothing can upset a day on the slopes like an accident, so the National Ski Areas Association focuses the month of January on reminding skiers and riders about safety on the snow.

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Colorado Ski Country USA Doubles Down On Gems Card

Colorado Ski Country USA Doubles Down On Gems Card

Cut into the powder at Sunlight with discounts from Gems Card (Sunlight/Facebook)

For many years, a regular in the wallet of Colorado skiers and snowboarders has been the Colorado Gems Card – providing discount lift tickets at the state’s less glamorous mountains.


Before Epic, before Mountain Collective, before the M.A.X. Pass, there was the $25 Gems Card that gave skiers and riders deals on day tickets at eight off-the-beaten-track resorts – what some may call “smaller” areas but many see as more nostalgic and authentic. Among Gems resorts, only Loveland Ski Area sits on busy I-70, and it’s always been known as a locals’ mountain.

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In hopes of attracting more folks to these hidden “gems” this season, Colorado Ski Country USA has increased the discounts on the card. 



To wit: Previously, the Gems Card got its holder two-for-one tickets at Arapahoe BasinSki Cooper, Eldora Mountain Resort, Loveland Ski Area, Monarch Mountain, Powderhorn Resort, Ski Granby Ranch and Sunlight Mountain Resort.  In 2016-2017, the card holder can get the same deal twice at these resorts, plus 30 percent off day ticket twice during the season. Or, the holder can get one of each deal at all resorts.

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The card costs $25 and can only be purchased online. There is a limit to the number sold, and photo ID is required when presented at a ticket window. Blackout dates are Dec. 18 to Jan. 3.

“The Gems card has been instrumental for savvy skiers looking for the best value, increased flexibility and access to more of our resorts all over Colorado,” said Colorado Ski Country USA President and CEO Melanie Mills.


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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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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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March Marks Start Of Party Season At Colorado Resorts; Shed Some Layers

Spring at SteamboatWinter’s cold is loosening its grip on the Rockies as the sun stays in the sky longer, and skiers and snowboarders begin to shed a few layers of clothing. The coming of March also means it’s time to party in the out-of-doors at Colorado resorts.

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Colorado's Powderhorn Plans $5 Million Upgrade; New Quad, Mountain Bike System

Powderhorn ResortA $5 million investment in Powderhorn Resort outside Grand Junction, Colo. was announced this week by owners Gart Capital Partners and Andy Daly. Goal is to improve both winter and summer recreation.

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Three-Inch Per Hour Snowfall Hits Utah On Way To Southern Rockies; PNW Set For Storms

Boarder at SolitudeMore than a few people likely called in sick with the powder flu in and around Salt Lake City this week as a couple of feet of powder fell on the Wasatch – and quickly. 

 

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Kids Clinics At Colorado's 'Local Hills' Popular With Families

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Many a Colorado skier or snowboarder first learned to carve it up at one of the smaller mountain resorts around the state. Carrying on this tradition, these “local hills” offer multi-day clinics  for kids who are beyond the beginner stage and want to get better … fast.

 

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Kids Ski Free Deals In Colorado Offer Variety

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Getting young skiers and snowboarders onto the slopes is a key to the future health of U.S. winter resorts – and why you see so many Kids Ski Free deals.

 

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Colorado Slopes See 3.8 Percent Increase In Visits For 12-13 Season

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More than 6.4 million skiers and snowboarders flocked to the slopes of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts for the 2012-13 season. 

 

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Colorado Resorts Jam Packed With Spring Events, Deals

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The Colorado ski and ride season lasts well into spring with ample events and activities. This spring is no exception as resorts are offering a jam-packed lineup of celebrations, concerts, and contests with various types of on-snow and slope-side activities.

 

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Colorado Resorts Buried In Light, Fluffy, Holiday Delight

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Following a slow, dry start to the season, the Pacific moisture express has arrived in Colorado, dropping fresh inches of fluffy powder at locations across the state. 

 

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Colorado Resorts Invest In Modest Improvements

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Most Colorado resorts had to scale back off-season upgrades in the face of an 11 percent drop in skier-days in 2011-2012, but regulars at a number of mountains will notice some welcome enhancements.

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