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Centenarian Skis A-Basin on Mother’s Day Weekend

Elsa Bailey at Arapahoe Basin

Elsa Bailey made it up to Arapahoe Basin for her 101st birthday party on Saturday. She skied down Pika Place, possibly setting a world record for the oldest woman to strap on skis and descend downhill. Her ski pals from Colorado Springs, the VIBES crew, and her friends and family came in from all over the country to help her celebrate.

She told stories all morning, memories of a hilarious and sharp woman who began skiing more than 75 years ago at age 25. With skiing post-100 years old now crossed off her bucket list, she turns to other items on it, including touring the Norwegian fjords, seeing polar bears in the Arctic and visiting Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park.

Read the full story on the CSCUSA Blog.

Chairlift Confessions: Powder Flu

[WARNING: This blog post is NSFW - Employees: if your boss sees you reading it, you can kiss your next powder day goodbye. Kids: do NOT let your parents see this unless they're very cool, or already have the Powder Flu themselves. Read with caution]

You don’t want to be sick, right? But you do want the conditions to be sick out on the slopes. So what happens when you’re not sick, but the conditions are? Colorado Ski Country has the answer. It’s called the powder flu, and it’s extremely contagious around here.

Read the full blog post at Blog.ColoradoSki.com. 

Colorado Inaugurates 2013-14 Ski Season

Colorado’s 2013/14 ski season is underway today as Arapahoe Basin opened its chair lift to crowds of animated skiers and snowboarders. At 8:30a.m., with an 18-inch base and lifts running, Arapahoe Basin became the first resort in North America to open for the 2013/14 ski season. Arapahoe Basin’s opening, along with recently announced pass deals and new improvements at Colorado resorts, has skiers and riders eager for the season ahead.

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Colorado Ski Country Resorts Entice Guests to Celebrate Labor Day with Slew of End-of-Summer Soirees

There’s still another month’s worth of summer fun to be had at Colorado’s mountain resorts before the colors begin to change, the night air becomes crisp, and the minds of alpine enthusiasts begin to wander towards tune-ups, new gear, pass purchases, and early snowstorms. Many resorts are offering great summer activities and lodging specials through the end of September.

The Labor Day weekend is the last holiday weekend as resorts begin their preparations for the winter. Whether washing down an afternoon’s worth of competition chili with renowned microbrewed beer, attending music festivals featuring award-winning musicians, taking a ride in a vintage aircraft, or enjoying the many summer sporting and recreational opportunities at Colorado’s resorts, the Labor Day weekend festivities offer something for everyone. Below are some of the events and activities taking place during the long holiday weekend around Colorado Ski Country.

Photo Credit: Jeremy Swanson

Aspen/Snowmass

Labor Day weekend festivities at Aspen/Snowmass are headlined by the Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival, featuring three days of world-class concerts on multiple stages, eclectic food, beverage vendors, and more. This year’s acts include Jason Mraz, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Keith Urban, Train, Little Big Town, Journey, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Colorado’s own Paper Bird. Additionally, the final Bluegrass Sunday atop Aspen Mountain at the Sundeck will take place on Sunday, September 1, featuring the Roaring Fork Valley’s own Smuggler Mountain Boys. Visit jazzaspensnowmass.org for more information and to purchase tickets.

On Labor Day, Monday September 2, the most adventurous eaters in Colorado will convene at the foot of Aspen Mountain for the second annual Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival and Barbecue, hosted by the Ajax Tavern at the Little Nell Hotel. This all-you-can-eat/drink event will feature conventional oysters on the half shell, Rockefeller oysters and other creative oyster hors d’oeuvres, and the famed Rocky Mountain Oyster. Tickets are $75 and are available at https://ajaxtavern.ticketbud.com/oysterfest. For more information and reservations, please call 970-920-4600 or 888-843-6355. Or visit www.thelittlenell.com.

Photo Credit: Tripp Fay

Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain’s Labor Day tradition, Copper Country, is a free Labor Day festival tradition celebrating the best of the American spirit. Incredible live music, an arts festival, and Copper Kids Arts & Crafts come together to make this Labor Day weekend event ideal for the entire family. This year’s lineup includes Savannah Jack, The Long Players, Michael McDonald, Texaco Country Showdown and headliner Kenny Rogers. More information can be found at CopperCountryFest.com.

Crested Butte

On Sunday, September 8, Crested Butte Mountain Resort will host the annual Gravity Slave Downhill Mountain Bike Race, now a pure downhill format with a $2,000 cash purse for the winners of the Open Pro Class. Racing begins on Sunday morning, with course training from 8:30 – 10 a.m. and a 10:30 a.m. race start time. Registration is available online at www.skicb.com/mygroup with the package code: gravityslave2013. The $50 registration fee includes a race day ticket for Sunday, September 8.

Photo Credit: Kevin Krill

Special racer lodging rates start at $99 per night, plus a resort fee and taxes, which can be reserved by calling 800-810-7669.  For more information, visit www.ridecb.com/gravityslave or call Patti Hensley at 970-349-2217 and visit www.vimeo.com/71995088 to preview the challenging downhill course on the Avery trail.

The bike race coincides with Mt. Crested Butte’s annual Chili and Beer Festival on the weekend of September 7 and 8, 2013. Breweries from throughout the southwest will be on hand with their finest brews to take the heat off the chili prepared by Crested Butte locals. In addition to beer & chili tasting, attendees will be able to enjoy live music while taking in the beautiful backdrop of Mt. Crested Butte. Hosted by the Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce, this festival will bring together more than 1,000 enthusiasts to celebrate great beer and Mt. Crested Butte’s finest chili. For more information, visit http://www.cbchamber.com/chili--beer-festival.html.

During the entire month of September you can save 20 percent off all CBMR lodging. Stay in Crested Butte and enjoy the brilliant changing of the aspen groves and cottonwood trees into golden yellows, radiant oranges and dazzling reds. During the month of September, the Red Lady Express lift is open from 10am - 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Plan your stay over a weekend and receive a free scenic lift ride for each person on the reservation. To make reservations, call Crested Butte Vacations at (800) 600-2803.

Durango Mountain Resort

Durango Mountain Resort

Durango Mountain Resort is open weekends and Labor Day now through September 29. Visitors can enjoy a bevy of adventure activities including a new ropes obstacle course, new water runners, mountain biking, hiking, scenic chairlift rides, an alpine slide, climbing wall, bungee trampolines and more.

Guests can take advantage of lodging packages starting at $38 per person, per night, and enjoy two nights lodging and Total Adventure Tickets for the entire family, which include Alpine Slide rides, miniature golf and other activities like the bungee trampoline, the new ropes obstacle course, climbing wall, the new Water Runners, and more. To book the Summer Last Hurrah Package or for more information, call (800) 525-0892 www.DurangoMountainResort.com.

Steamboat

Labor Day weekend in Steamboat features a variety of events with something for everyone. On Friday, August 30, Colorado native musician Zach Heckendorf takes the stage at Gondola Square with his rich, hip-hop influenced acoustic-driven sound. On Saturday, August 31, the Steamboat Stage will host Skyfall, the latest installment in the James Bond film series featuring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, and Javier Bardem.

On Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, the Wild West Air Fest will bring a vintage and warbird static aircraft display, classic cars, radio controlled airplane shows, the Wings Over the Rockies KidSpace and much more. Visitors may purchase flights in several aircraft, from helicopters to World War II Navy bombers and others.

On Sunday, the Professional Bull Riding circuit comes to Steamboat with the Rocky Mountain Bull Bash. This thrilling event pushes cowboys’ skills to their limit as they take on top-ranked bulls to compete for a big cash prize. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Steamboat.com/things-to-do.

For more information about Labor Day festivities at and around Steamboat, visit Steamboat.com/things-to-do.

Telluride

This Labor Day weekend, the Telluride Film Festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary August 29 – September 2. The festival, which does not announce its program in advance, has hosted the North American or global premieres of four of the past five winners of best picture at the Oscars, including this year’s winner, “Argo”. The Telluride Film Festival and the Town of Telluride have announced that a new venue, The Werner Herzog Theatre, is being created to host this year’s festival. The theater will be located in Telluride’s Town Park Pavilion and will be the festival’s most technologically advanced theater, accommodating 650 pass holders. Visit http://www.visittelluride.com/ for more information.

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival. The Black Crowes, Jim James, and Melissa Etheridge will headline this year’s festival (September 13 – 15).  Additional musicians booked to play include Gary Clark Jr., John Hiatt, Mickey Hart Band, Anders Osborne, the Otis Taylor Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Allen Stone, ZZ Ward, The New Mastersounds, The Bright Light Social Hour, The Relatives, and the 2013 International Blues Challege champion Selwyn Birchwood Band. There will also be a sampling of some of the best craft breweries in the country. Visit http://www.tellurideblues.com for more information.

As summer winds down, Telluride will welcome the ultimate health and wellness festival, the Telluride Work Out Weekend Festival (Sept. 19 – 22). The Telluride WOW festival will feature presenters, instructors and athletes to hold fitness classes and interactive sessions on the latest health, fitness, wellness, nutrition and medical trends. Visit http://telluridewow.com for more information.

Winter Park

The Zoppé Family Circus welcomes guests into the intimate 500 seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition. Starring Nino the clown, the circus is propelled by a central story (as opposed to individual acts) that feature acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, cainine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. Tickets are $20 for VIP chair seating or $15 for general admission, and children under 2 are free. There will be one performance on Friday, three performances on Saturday and Sunday and one performance on Sunday providing guests ample opportunities to see the show during their Labor Day weekend at Winter Park. For more information, visit WinterParkResort.com/events-and-activities.

On the following Saturday, September 7, The Village at Winter Park will host the Whiskey & Wings Festival, featuring some of the best whiskey and wings in Colorado. Local restaurants will be presenting their finest chicken wings in a variety of styles and flavors, with visitors determining which delectable wings are the best.  Guests can wash down their wings with whiskey tasting while enjoying live music. Taste tickets are just $1 each (a buck per wing) while whiskey tasting is $10 for four tickets (good for two tastings) and a special commemorative Whiskey & Wings Festival glass. For more information, visit WinterParkResort.com/events-and-activities.

Colorado Ski Country Resorts Promote Slopewise Skiing and Riding for National Safety Month

January is National Safety Month at ski resorts across America, and Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts are hosting special safety-related programs and activities all month long to raise awareness and demonstrate the many ways they work to keep the slopes safe every day.

Colorado Ski Country USA’s First Class Program Kicks off in January

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) today announced the return of the complimentary lesson component to its popular 5th Grade Passport program: First Class. Launched in 2010, First Class provides one free beginner ski or snowboard lesson, including rental equipment, for 5th Grade Passport holders who are new to both the sports of skiing and snowboarding. These lessons, in coordination with Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, are provided at CSCUSA resorts during the month of January.

Colorado Ski Patrol: We’re all Skiers

Ski Patrol Spring

I hop on the 8 o’clock chair with a few Ski Patrollers at Durango Mountain Resort (DMR). I ask one of the patrollers what he thought of a recent article that seemed to suggest Ski Patrollers across the state lack in training.

“That article made us sound like a bunch of un-trained monkeys!” exclaimed TJ, a veteran patroller at DMR. “I resent that. We’re highly trained monkeys.”

The vibe here is relaxed, even on dawn-patrol. The snow has already begun to soften up on this late-March day. Festivities at the base area, known to locals as “the Beach” will include snow bowling, a pig roast, and of course, beer. Did I mention it’s college day?

“That’ll bring the rabble out for sure.” remarks Scott Clements, director of the Patrol at DMR. I’ve seen closing day at DMR before. It usually means costumes, antics, and lots of fun, so I know it’s going to be a good day to shadow the patrollers.

Read more at Blog.ColoradoSki.com

Colorado Skiers and Riders Can Save on Value Added Ski Passes at Labor Day Sales

With Labor Day weekend signaling the end of summer, Colorado skiers and riders can find significant savings on ski passes at the holiday weekend sales. Through the end of August and into September, major retailers and winter sports groups host special sale events focused on winter gear and apparel, including ski passes.

Cooling Temperatures Bring Snow to Several Colorado Peaks

As temperatures across Colorado's high country cooled off this week, several ski areas have been sending in photos snowcapped peaks and snow gun preparations. The cooling temperatures and rising moisture levels have several ski areas readying themselves for snow making operations. Check out the latest pictures form across Colorado Ski Country.

ABasin Photo:Kimberly Trembearth

Loveland Photo: Dustin Schaefer

Telluride Photo: Tom Watkinson

Copper Mountain Set To Open Tomorrow

Copper Mountain

The American Eagle chairlift starts turning at 9am on Friday, Nov. 2. This marks the commencement of Copper Mountain’s 40th Anniversary Season. Throughout opening weekend, guests can experience skiing and snowboarding off of the American Eagle chairlift, Easy Rider Surface lift and at two Woodward at Copper terrain parks. The Bouncer Terrain Park and Eagle Beginner Park will host over 20 features and 2 jumps, catering to all ability levels.

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Cyber Monday Deals

Visit our online shop until midnight (11:59pm) MST on Monday, November 28, to purchase your Colorado Ski Country posters, beanies and other accessories. The 2011-12 Gems Card is 25% off! Click the read more link below to browse our shop.

Durango Mountain Resort Offers a Unique & Convenient, New All Inclusive Package

Purgatory at DMR - James Bunten

Ranked by TripAdvisor as the best value ski spot for 2012/2013, Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort has unveiled a new All-Inclusive Package that includes everything needed for a dream winter vacation experience. The All Inclusive Package is unique to the ski industry in the U.S. because it includes slopeside lodging, lift tickets, lessons, use of Purgatory’s new Rossignol Experience skis or Burton Snowboards, and a daily dining credit valid in any of seven resort restaurants. This incredible three-day/three-night inclusive offer starts at just $199 per person/per night. Guests save more than $252 per person on this dream ski vacation.

Read the full blog post on Blog.ColoradoSki.com.

Early Bird Season Pass Deals

Resot: Eldora

With the ski season roughly two months away, most of our 22 member resorts are offering some killer specials on their 2011-12 season passes. Check out our season passes page where you will find all of the season pass information you're looking for. We have taken the hassle out of searching for this year’s perfect season pass with direct links to all of your favorite Colorado ski resorts. You better hurry, the deadline for these early bird specials is fast approaching. Don't miss out, get your 2011-12 season pass today!

Easter Weekend

With a weekend of sunshine forecasted in the high country, spring has officially sprung. Take a look at our list of events going on this weekend and don't forget to lather on the sunscreen. It's going to be a sunny weekend. 

Eldora Is Open!

Eldora

Eldora joined the party this morning becoming Colorado Ski Country's sixth member resort to open for the 2012-13 season. Eldora is reporting a 24 inch mid-mountain base and three lifts open servicing 10% of their beginner terrain and 10% of their intermediate terrain. Check out the snow report for the most up to date conditions from Eldora and the other open resorts.

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First Signs of Winter

Reports of light snow were reported in several locations above 12,000' across the state yesterday, September 6. Photos streamed in from Winter Park, Arapahoe Basin, and Loveland - once again proving that Labor Day marks the official start to Colorado's winter. Stay tuned, the 2011-12 ski season we once dreamed of is right around the corner.

Photo credit: Steve Krause, Winter Park

Photo credit: Steve Krause, Winter Park

Photo credit: Kimberly Trembearth, Arapahoe Basin

Photo credit: Kimberly Trembearth, Arapahoe Basin

Photo credit: Dustin Schaefer, Loveland

Photo credit: Dustin Schaefer, Loveland

Five Really Good Reasons to Get a 5th and 6th Grade Passport

Whether you’re a family of hardcore skiers and riders, or your kids have been begging to learn, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA)’s 5th and 6th Grade Passport is the best deal going. Here’s why...

Flash Deal: $20 Lift Ticket Today at Loveland

2012-13 Gems Card

Attention Gems card holders, this Friday (11/16/2012)  you can save 59% on a full day adult lift ticket at Loveland Ski Area. Simply present your Gems card at the ticket window and you'll be skiing or riding this Friday for only $20.

Don't have your Gems card yet? No problem, visit any of the 15 Credit Union of Colorado Locations during their regular business hours to pick up your card this week. Find the nearest branch at www.CUofCO.org/locations.

If you can't make it up to Loveland this Friday don't fret. There will be several other flash deals this season. Make sure you don't miss out on any more and order your Gems card today. Either head down to the local Credit Union of Colorado or visit our shop at www.shopcoloradoski.com to pick up a card today. 

Please note that cards must be present to redeem deal. No card, no deal, no exceptions.

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Flash Deal: $30 Lift Ticket Today at Monarch

2012-13 Gems Card

Attention Gems card holders, this week (January 14-18, 2013)  you can save 50% on a full day adult lift ticket at Monarch. Simply present your Gems card at the ticket window and you'll be skiing or riding this week for only $30.

Don't have your Gems card yet? No problem, visit any of the 15 Credit Union of Colorado Locations during their regular business hours to pick up your card this week. Find the nearest branch at www.CUofCO.org/locations.

If you can't make it up to Monarch this week don't worry. There will be several other flash deals this season. Make sure you don't miss out on any more and order your Gems card today. Either head down to the local Credit Union of Colorado or visit our shop at www.shopcoloradoski.com to pick up a card today. 

Please note that cards must be present to redeem deal. No card, no deal, no exceptions.

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Fresh Powder Marks the Beginning of March in Colorado Ski Country

The remarkable 2013-14 ski season in Colorado continued this weekend as Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts enjoyed another new round of snowfall.

Happy Holidays

With every Colorado Ski resort now open for the 2011-12 season there's only one question to ask yourself. Where are you going to spend the holidays this year? Check out the snow report for updated snow conditions from around the state. 

Happy Holidays

Twas the day before Christmas, when all through the state;
The snow was softly falling, skiers couldn’t wait.

The chairlifts were hanging by the slopes with care;
In hopes that the lift-ops soon would be there.

 The skiers were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of powder-shots danced in their heads.

When out on the hill there arose such a clatter;
They sprang from their beds to see what was the matter. 

Away to the lodge they flew like a flash;
Put on their ski hats and grabbed their goggle sash. 

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow;
Gave the luster of mid-day to moguls below. 

When, what to their wondering eyes should appear;
But a miniature gondola, and eight sets of ski gear. 

With a little round rider, so lively and quick;
They knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his powder turns came;
And he whistled, and shouted, and called resorts by name.

“Ski, Powderhorn! ski, Copper! ski Telluride and A-Basin!
Ride, Sunlight! ride Snowmass! , ride Steamboat and Silverton! 

Ski, Cooper! ski Eldora!, ski Crested Butte and Aspen!
Ride, Purgatory! ride Wolf Creek! ride Buttermilk and Howelsen!

Ski, Loveland! ski Aspen Highlands! and ski Winter Park!
Ski, Granby Ranch! and ski Monarch!

To the top of the mountain! To the top of the run!
Skiing and riding in Colorado is fun! 

And they heard him exclaim, ere he skied out of sight,
Happy holidays to all, and to all a good-night!

Here We Go Again!

After a great week of snowmaking and several fresh inches of snow, Arapahoe Basin ski area officials announce that opening day for the 2011-2012 ski season will be Thursday, October 13, 2011. Click the read more link below for more information.

Holidays in the High Country

Looking to get away this holiday season? Come visit Colorado. Explore everything from holiday festivals and fireworks to skiing and riding with Santa. Click on the read more link for details. 

How to Have an Enjoyable Family Ski Day Despite Varying Abilities

It’s a tough transition. Another one of those things they don’t tell you about when you first have kids, like how hard breastfeeding is, or about that infant witching hour. Your ski friends who are parents know. They’ve been there, toughed it out and made it to the other side. But they don’t tell you the reality right away for fear of dampening your excitement that you’re going to be a parent.

Howelsen Hill Ski Area is Open for the Season

Are you interested in becoming a medal-winning winter athlete? Then take a trip on US Highway 40 to Steamboat Springs and head to Howelsen Hill Ski Area, which is now open for the 2013-14 season. Located just across the Yampa River from downtown Steamboat Springs, Howelsen holds a unique place in the history of skiing: It has sent more skiers to international competition than any other area in North America.

I-70 Updates

This past April, the Colorado DOT began its latest project to help alleviate traffic conditions on the I-70 corridor between the Front Range and our mountain town communities. 

Introducing The Colorado Triple Play

Three of Colorado’s most historic and celebrated ski towns have joined forces to unveil the new Colorado Triple Play featuring an unprecedented two days of skiing and riding at Aspen/Snowmass, Steamboat and Winter Park Resort during the 2011/2012 winter season.

It's a Powder Day!

Holy smokes! Have you seen the snow report? It's true, over a foot of fresh powder fell in many areas across Colorado. Check out the snow report for the most up to date snow conditions from across the state. 

It's Never Too Early To Think Skiing!

Location: Abasin. Photo: Casey Day

All of us at Ski Country have been hard at work this summer preparing for the 2011-12 ski season. We are only a few weeks away from launching our 5th and 6th grade passport programs and the Colorado gems card. To be sure you are the first to know when you can pick up your Colorado Ski Country passes make sure to register to receive our newsletter by clicking here.

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in Colorado Ski Country USA

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts are offering deals to entice kids and adults to come to the mountains and give skiing and snowboarding a try, sharpen their skills or pick up a new discipline.

Keeping the Edge: Gear Maintenance

There’s nothing like feeling the G-forces of a true carve on a groomed run, or feeling like you’re flying while floating on deep powder.

Know the Code

Here in Colorado Ski Country, we proudly promote the seven points of the skier and snowboarder Responsibility Code. The Code is a list of seven key tenets established in 1966 by the National Ski Areas Association and promoted by ski areas nationwide.

Last Call!

Arapahoe Basin skier gets some air

Closing time. That's right, it's time to wax up those skis, get out your best spring skiing outfit and head on up to Arapahoe Basin's closing day festivities this Fourth of July weekend. A-Basin will be opening for one final weekend of skiing and riding July 1-4. Two lifts will be running from 8:30 am until 2:30 pm daily serving acres of spring skiing terrain.

This will be the first time the ski area has offered skiing on July 4 since 1997.

Lift tickets at A-Basin will be $39 for adults, $29 for youths (15-19) and $19 for children (6-14) during this final weekend of skiing.  No other discount or lift ticket offers will be accepted during this period. Season Passes valid at A-Basin during the regular season will continue to be valid during the final weekend of the season.

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