Beginning Tuesday, November 27, through today, November 29, Winter Park Resort is selling lift tickets at an incredibly low price of just $39 that can be used from now through December 20. The limited-time offer also features 25 percent off lift tickets that are good from December 21 to the season’s end on April 21, allowing skiers and riders the ability to enjoy a great low price throughout the season, including typically busy times such as the holidays and Spring Break.
Just when skiers and snowboarders throughout Colorado began firing their home furnaces for the first time since April, some folks in Ski Country had a better idea: At 6:00 pm on Friday evening, Loveland ski area fired its snowmaking guns for the first time this season, kicking off the annual race to Opening Day in Colorado.
March 8, 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the dedication and opening of the westbound bore or the Eisenhower Tunnel at the Eisenhower/Johnson Memorial Tunnel west of Denver, which is the highest vehicle tunnel in the world at 11,155 feet. We thought it appropriate to give a shout-out to the Tunnel that has served as a lifeline to our sporting opportunities here in Colorado, and the role it played in helping develop our business and increased visitation.
The Passport Programs introduce fifth and sixth grade kids to skiing and snowboarding by giving fifth graders free access, and sixth graders discounted access, to twenty of Colorado’s ski resorts. The 2013/14 Passports are available now.
The 2011-12 5th and 6th Grade Passports are available now. To learn more about this incredible program click on the read more link below.
Arapahoe Basin will remain open seven days a week through June 5 and will reopen for summer skiing for at least two three-day weekends – Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays June 10, 11, and 12 and June 17, 18 and 19.
The ski area has reported over 420” of snow this season; 15” in the last week. Because of the strong snow season and current 94” base, A-Basin will be able to push the ski season into the summer. This is the first time the area will experiment being open on weekends only.
“Having our greatest season in years, ideally we would like to stay open on the weekends until the fourth of July, but it’s too early to know what the conditions will be to make that call,” said Alan Henceroth, COO of Arapahoe Basin.
During Arapahoe Basin’s Summer Season, the ski area will open at 8:30 a.m. with two lifts serving top to bottom skiing. Black Mountain Express will close at 2:00 p.m. and Lenawee Mountain Lift will close at 2:30 p.m. Lift tickets at the A-Basin ticket window will be $39 for adults, $29 for youths (ages 15-19) and $19 for children (ages 6-14) during the Summer Season. No other discount or lift ticket offer will be accepted during this period. All season passes and pre-purchased lift tickets valid at A-Basin during the regular season will be valid during this Summer Season.
A $10 barbeque lunch special will be featured on the deck at Black Mountain Lodge, the A-Frame café will be open for breakfast, and the 6th Alley bar will serve pizza and drinks. The retail and rental shops will be open with ski, snowboard and clothing rentals and sales.
Arapahoe Basin 2011-12 season passes are on sale now and include free skiing for the rest of the ski area’s Spring and upcoming Summer Seasons. For more information on the Summer Season, season passes or snow conditions call 888-ARAPAHOE (272-7246) or visit www.ArapahoeBasin.com.
This year, there is plenty to be thankful for, at least if you’re in Colorado. More resorts are opening, the snow conditions are great and there are endless activities happening Colorado Ski Country. Click read more for more on this weekend's events
At 9:00 AM today, Arapahoe Basin opened for the 2011-12 season. The Black Mountain Express lift is running servicing High Noon and the High Divide terrain park. Click on the read more link for the latest information.
Arapahoe Basin announced Saturday, June 18th, that they would extend weekend skiing through July 4th. The news spread quickly and Mother Nature herself dropped several inches of fresh snow to add to ABasin's already healthy season snow total. Arapahoe Basin’s unofficial picnic table snow report measured 6” new overnight and the snow continues to fall this morning.
For those chomping at the bit to go skiing, A-Basin will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 24, 25, and 26; they will also be open July 1, 2, 3 and 4. The last time skiing and riding was offered on July 4th was in 1997.
Sometimes it just works out, the stars align, things fall into place, the snow Gods are in a good mood and the next thing you know you’re waking up at a ski resort hotel to 14 inches of fresh snow and your kids are at home having fun with their Grammy and Grandpa.Such was the case when we visited Steamboat not too long ago.
We had a hunch we were going to hit a powder day while we were there based on the forecast but also the drive. The top of Rabbit Ear’s Pass was icy and snow packed, not great for driving but great for skiing.
In the morning the snow report read 14” in 24 hours, which was on top of 9” a couple days ago, which was on top of 30” within the week. Hot diggity dog, we Denver weekend warriors had hit the jackpot.
Read the full story and more at Blog.ColoradoSki.com
Spring time in Colorado Ski Country brings with it tasty BBQ's, free concerts, and plenty of sunshine. So slather on that sunscreen and head up to Colorado's high country for some spring skiing.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will close for the 2011-2012 ski season this Sunday, May 6, 2012. As hard as the staff has tried to keep the ski area open through May, unseasonably warm weather and lack of snowfall has brought the ski season to an early end.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area announced that Wednesday, October 17, 2012, will mark the official start to the Colorado ski and snowboard season. The Black Mountain Express lift will start at 9:00 a.m. MST to shuttle guests to the beginning of the intermediate High Noon trail at mid-mountain.
For more on this story visit ArapahoeBasin.com
Record Winter Snowfall Allows Aspen/Snowmass to Open the Top of Aspen Mountain May 28, 29 and 30 and Additional Weekends as Conditions Permit.
Aspen Skiing Company announced today that it will open the top of Aspen Mountain for skiing and riding on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28-30. Heavy spring snowfall and cool temperatures have left the top of the mountain covered in snow as the traditional summer operating season begins. With a base depth of 71 inches up top, the mountain will open with 25 runs and 136 acres of mostly intermediate terrain, served by the Ajax Express chairlift. In addition, the mountain will open on weekends after Memorial Day as conditions allow. Aspen Powder Tours will also be open offering powder and corn skiing tours on the back of Aspen Mountain.
Skiing and riding will be from the 11,212-foot summit with uploading and downloading on the Silver Queen Gondola from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with the last ride down at 4:30 p.m. Skiing and riding will be open from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Ajax Express chairlift. The Sundeck restaurant and Ajax Tavern will be open for dining and beverages.
“We haven’t had summer conditions this good since 2008,” quipped Rich Burkley, vice president mountain operations. “We figure that if we open for skiing maybe it will quit snowing. We encourage everyone to go up and make a few turns then jump on your bike, hit the trails or swing the golf club. It’s certainly a unique opportunity to enjoy everything the valley has to offer.”
Aspen/Snowmass Premier, Premier Silver and 6-and-under passholders are free ride free with their 2010-11 winter passes. All other Aspen/Snowmass passholders pay a discounted rate for skiing and riding; adult and senior passholders (age 18-69) pay $19, senior passholders (age 70+) pay $15, youth passholders (age 13-17) pay $13 and child season passholders (age 4-12) pay $10. Adult (age 18-69) single day tickets for skiing and riding will be $32 per day, youth (age 13-17) and seniors (age 70+) will pay $25 and children’s (age 4-12) tickets will be $15. Tickets will be sold at the Aspen Mountain ticket kiosk on Gondola Plaza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular summer rates will be in effect for foot passengers.
Aspen Skiing Company announced today that with the start of summer operations, the top of Aspen Mountain will be open for skiing and riding on Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27. Heavy spring snowfall has left the top of the mountain covered in snow as the traditional summer operating season begins. With a base depth of 33 inches up top, the mountain will open with 16 runs and nearly 90 acres of mostly intermediate terrain, served by the Ajax Express chairlift.
Skiing and riding will be from the 11,212-foot summit with uploading and downloading on the Silver Queen Gondola from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The gondola will be running from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with last ride down at 4:30 p.m. for regular summer operations. The Ajax Express chairlift will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open runs will include Silver Bell, Pussyfoot, Silver Dip, Blondie’s, Dipsy Doodle, Dipsy Headwall, Summit, Buckhorn, Pumphouse, Tourtelotte Park and North American. The Sundeck restaurant and Ajax Tavern will be open for dining and beverages.
More details coming soon.
Upcoming events in Colorado's high country have never been easier to find. Check out our events page to search schedules or events and activities from across Colorado.
Getting up to the high country this summer isn't only a great way to find cooler temperatures, but you'll also find that there are plenty of fun events and activities to enjoy. Looking to catch a jazz festival? How about a farmers market or bike race? Whatever it is you seek, we've got you covered. Head on over to our events page where we've compiled everything there is to do in Colorado's high country.
When I think of Arapahoe Basin I think of the East Wall, Palli Chair, Zuma, the Beach, and the Race to be the first resort to open in Colorado. I don’t think of lift lines, paying for parking or gourmet dining – until now. A-Basin’s Chef Rybak has done for the menu what snow making crews do for opening day.
Unlike A-Basin’s tasty terrain, before Chef Rybak came on board the food choices looked more like a bland pallet, but Chef took to the menu like Bob Ross to a blank canvas, instilling his own creativity in cuisine offerings and dining options, yet still keeping the menu in step with the rest of the resort’s affordability.
As the global voice of Colorado’s ski industry, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) represents the world’s premiere ski destinations. Its 22 member resorts encompass 28,791 skiable acres, 3,623 snowmaking acres, 2,328ft average vertical rise, and 1,749 trails. Resorts offer a wide variety of terrain by utilizing the natural landscape of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, hence, CSCUSA resorts are making it their duty to be good stewards of the environment in which we ski.
As the 2010/11 ski season nears its end and Earth Day 2011 celebrations begin, CSCUSA is highlighting resort environmental efforts. By implementing new means of generating and conserving energy, sourcing more sustainable ways of construction and snowmaking, and making it a priority to give back to their communities, CSCUSA resorts are leading the way in protecting one of Colorado ski industry’s most valuable assets for future generations of outdoor enthusiasts.
My husband was out of town for the weekend and I decided to take the kids skiing by myself. I don’t get a lot of time with them on my own and this seemed like a good way to get to know them again and make sure I still like them.
I thought of where to go and decided on SolVista Basin. SolVista is like a mini Colorado ski Disney. They know what kids like and they cater to them. They just make it too easy to visit. You can almost hear Its a Small World After All when you get out of the car.
Guest post by Kristin Lummis who blogs at TheBraveSkiMom.
One of my favorite Spring destinations is Snowmass. Yes, I love Snowmass because it is close to my home. But I also love Snowmass because it is a big mountain with a good bit of everything: super cruisers, steep extremes, gorgeous vistas and yummy food. The lift infrastructure has been continually upgraded through the years, most recently with the additions of the Sheer Bliss Express Quad and the Elk Camp Gondola. The terrain parks are graduated and my kids love them. And in the Spring, the sun is often warm and the snow soft well into the afternoon.
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.
[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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
On June 13, CSCUSA will host the 50th Annual Meeting bringing together leaders in Colorado's ski industry, experts in related fields, and other affiliated business professionals. The Annual Meeting delivers news, education, tools, strategy and networking opportunities to Colorado ski industry professionals during a full day of programming.
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.
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.