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Colorado: Where Snow Goes to Live Its Best Life

a bluebird day in Colorado Ski Country USA

There’s a reason why Colorado is the #1 destination for skiers, snowboarders, and snow sports lovers of all kinds.

There are those Rocky Mountains. The views! The fresh mountain air! The sun’s sunniness! Why, Colorado’s skies put the blue in bluebird days. (Didja know that Colorado has more days of sunshine than Florida? Yeah we do.)

Colorado is home to some of the largest ski resorts in the country, as well as some of the state’s classic Gems. (See what we did there?) And those ski areas are open longer and later than almost anywhere else, which means the aforementioned skiers, snowboarders, and snow sports lovers of all kinds—we count ourselves among them, and we bet you do too—get more days making tracks on the aforementioned Rocky Mountains under the aforementioned azure skies. (That’s right, we said it: azure.)

But we who live in this glorious state, with its glorious mountains and weather and winter destinations, know that the essential ingredient, the secret sauce that makes Colorado a skier and snowboarder’s dream, is the snow. Because the snow in Colorado is some of the best in the world for skiing and snowboarding.

Why?

Colorado’s high elevation provides ideal conditions for snowfall. Many of the state’s ski resorts are located above 10,000 feet, which means that they receive large amounts of that pow-pow-powdery stuff each year. And, because of geography, the snow that falls is light and dry. Why? A lot of the storms that bring it originate in the Pacific Ocean and, on their eastward way towards the great state of Colorado, they pass right across three of the four main deserts in the US, including the Mojave. But whether those storms originate in the Pacific Ocean or Canada, their journey over deserts and other mountainous areas consumes a lot of their moisture. And just like you, they get dehydrated.

Which means that by the time most of those storm clouds hit Colorado, they’re gasping for water. Then, thanks to orographic lift, which Wikipedia reliably assures us is the scientific name for the rise that occurs when an air mass is forced from a low elevation to a higher elevation as it moves over rising terrain, the clouds climb and, as they do, they cool and voila: snow! Flurries! Blizzards even!

And, just to close the loop on this uniquely Coloradan phenomenon, dry snow, especially at elevation, is snow that stays in good condition for longer, allowing for more consistent skiing and riding throughout the state’s longer-than-average ski and snowboard season.

That season is in full swing, and it shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. So get yourself a Gems Card, if you don’t have one already, and hit the slopes, you bright, bold beginners and back bowl buffs, you careful carvers and half-pipe hotshots, you freestyle aficionados and powder pros! Here in Colorado Ski Country USA, there’s a mountain for everyone, and the snow that falls on them is the best in the world.

Ski Lessons and Life Lessons and Lots of Laughs, Oh My!

kids at the top of a ski run

If you’re anything like us, you know that feeling of standing at the top of a mountain poised on the ledge of a drop-in, skis or snowboard cantilevered into thin air, knowing that there’s only one way down and that’s… down. And you also know the feeling you get when you reach the bottom: whether you’re carving beautiful turns like Mikaela Shiffrin or stopping every few yards to check your progress, there’s only one way up and that’s… up. You did it. You did it!

The lessons we take away from skiing and snowboarding—for a single day or over a lifetime—are important and enduring. Remember the first time you rode the lift with strangers? The first time you followed your older brother into the trees? The first time you put together a whole run of perfect turns? Those feelings of self-confidence, courage, and accomplishment last for a lifetime. And there’s every reason to share those experiences with your kids.

First, there’s the obvious: skiing and snowboarding with your kids can be fun and rewarding for the entire family. It’s a great excuse to spend quality time together and a great way to bond. But wait… there’s more!

Snow sports require strength, balance, and coordination, and they use important muscle groups, including those in the legs, core, and upper body. Skiing and snowboarding can also help to increase cardiovascular endurance and burn calories, making them excellent options for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

In addition to the physical benefits, skiing and snowboarding can have a positive impact on your mental health and overall well-being. Few things feel better than gazing out over a breathtaking view and taking a good, long, deep breath of fresh, pine-scented mountain air. A bluebird day—and Colorado’s ski areas have the best bluebird days—can help to reduce stress and improve your outlook, to say nothing of the sense of pride that comes from improving your skills on the slopes. These things can boost your mood, no matter what your age.

And it may seem self-evident, but in this age of technology, it’s also worth saying that skiing and snowboarding are great ways to unplug. Taking a break from screens and technology and spending quality time with loved ones in a beautiful natural setting can be refreshing and rejuvenating.

It’s true that skiing and snowboarding require some initial investment in gear and passes and lessons, but we think the benefits far outweigh the costs. And we put our money where our mouth is: check out CSCUSA’s Kids Ski Passport for students in grades 3–6 and the voucher for two free junior rental packages from our partner Christy Sports that comes with it!

We’ll see you on the slopes, you skiers and riders, you powder hounds and park rats, you backcountry boarders and mogul, er… moguls. Here in Colorado Ski Country USA, there’s a mountain for everyone, and everyone benefits from a day on the mountain.

See Santa Ski & Other Seasonal Celebrations

Arapahoe Basin

December 24 | 9:00–11:00 am
Every year, Arapahoe’s own Tele Tim (aka one of A-Basin’s best snowsports instructors) hits the slopes in his Santa gear. Catch a run with him and see if you can out-shred Santa.

Aspen Snowmass

December 31 | 6:00–9:00 pm
Pull on your best boots and join us for a bonfire in Wagner Park. Boogie to the live DJ. It’s going to be brilliant.

December 31 | 8:00 pm
Whether you plan to party at a local nightclub or celebrate with family and friends, no one should miss Aspen’s annual mountainside fireworks.

Copper Mountain

December 24 | 4:00–6:00 pm
This Christmas, come to Copper. Bring your festive self for… a food drive! A torchlight parade! Fireworks over the halfpipe! A DJ spinning holiday tunes! A. Hot. Chocolate. Bar. Bring at least three items of non-perishable food to donate to the food drive and receive a Fiftieth Anniversary mug (while supplies last). It all goes down—and the fireworks go up—at Eagle’s Landing in Center Village.

December 31 | 5:00–10:00 pm
Come for Christmas. Stay for New Year’s Eve, with a parade, a DJ set, fireworks, and more, at Eagle’s landing in Center Village.

Granby Ranch

Storytimes and sing-alongs and skiing, oh my! Now Santa! Now snowshoes! Now aprés and ski! On snowga and night skiing and a great New Year’s Eve!

Loveland Ski Area

December 24 & 25
Santa hits the slopes at Loveland Basin and Loveland Valley with treats for children of all ages.

Monarch Mountain

December 24 | 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Bring the little ones and ski with Santa as he spreads Christmas cheer. Day-of lift ticket and/or season pass required to access the lifts.

Purgatory Resort

December 22 | 2:00–3:30 pm
Bring the kids to Purgatory’s base area to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. (Psst, kids… keep an eye out for Santa on the slopes!)

December 31 | 6:00–6:30 pm
A torchlight parade of patrollers and instructors will light up the night as they ski down the mountain. Then stick around for the fireworks, the festive music, and the seasonal drinks.

Steamboat Ski Resort

December 22
Join Steamboat Mountain CEO Rob Perlman and Rabbi Kolby Morris-Dahary of the Jewish community of Steamboat in a celebration of the Festival of Light. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, Jewish or not, you’re invited to sing songs, snack on some sweet treats, and light the Hanukkah menorah.

December 28 & 29 | shows at 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Slip off the slopes and stop by the Steamboat Stage for a demonstration of delightful dexterity. Our featured juggler will astound and amaze with knife juggling, hacky sack tricks, feats of balance, comedy, and more.

December 30 |  shows at 2:00 pm & 3:00 pm
Prepare to be taken aback by a performance of prodigious prestidigitation. Our magician will make you laugh, he’ll make you gasp, he’ll make you say, “How did he do that?

December 31
Celebrate the New Year Steamboat-style with fireworks and a snow cat parade, featuring the Steamboat snowsports instructors performing synchronized skiing, illuminated only by light of torches.

Sunlight Mountain Resort

There’s only one person in the whole wide world who’s allowed to load the lifts without a valid season pass, and I think you know who that is. Enjoy free hot cocoa for the kids and catch jolly ole Saint Nick taking advantage of Sunlight’s free-pass-for-Santa-Claus policy.

For the Good of Tomorrow

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Recycling and sustainability are a core fundamental principle of Phunkshun Wear, and we’re incredibly proud to use REPREVE® recycled fiber in our products for over a decade. Our foray into recycled fiber began when we introduced products that featured a Polartec® Classic 100® fleece lining to our catalog. An instant hit due to their thermal retaining properties, they also excited customers because the fleece from Polartec® is made using REPREVE® recycled fiber.

After a season of testing, we expanded the integration of recycled fiber throughout our entire product line, the first winter sports face-gear company to do so, and years before others started utilizing REPREVE®. Being early adopters to such a sustainable and revolutionary technology was an easy decision to make, it reduced our carbon footprint and has allowed to keep millions of plastic bottles out of landfills to help fight climate change.

REPREVE® is the world’s leading brand of recycled performance fiber. Using recycled instead of conventional polyester produces fewer carbon emissions. And giving plastic bottles a second life keeps them out of oceans, forests, mountains, and landfills.

The recycling process is quite simple –

Phunkshunwear process manufacturing

Source recycled waste. 

Recycled bottles and post-industrial waste (including our own) are collected worldwide.

Clean and flake. 

Waste material is chopped, ground, washed, and turned into flake to remove contaminants.

Make the Resin. 

Waste flake is melted and reformulated into high-quality REPREVE® resin.

Form the fiber. 

Resin is melted into liquid polymer and extruded to form fiber. From there, it is spun and air-jet textured into yarn.

Mill Fabric from the yarn 

Yarn is sent to one of our domestic partner fabric mills where it’s knitted into fabric

 

From there we print/cut/sew the fabric into one of our many wonderful facemask styles in our own Eco-Factory in Denver, CO.

Learn more about our Sustainability Initiatives >

The 2022-23 Colorado Ski Season is HERE!

Banner breaking 2022 season

The 2022-23 Colorado Ski Country USA ski season is officially open! Jubilant skiers and snowboarders kicked off the season this morning as Arapahoe Basin’s Black Mountain Express chairlift sent the first chair through the celebratory opening banner.

Happy snowboarders grab the first chair of the Colorado Ski Country USA 2022-23 ski season at Arapahoe Basin. Photo by Jack Dempsey for Colorado Ski Country USA

Arapahoe Basin, along with several other Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) members, have been making snow for the last couple weeks while Mother Nature came through with a nice early winter assist in the form of cold temps and some great early-season snow. As the season gets going, Arapahoe Basin skiers and riders can enjoy the replacement high-speed 6-pack Lenawee Lift, along with new on-mountain dining options.

“We all look forward to opening day every season and we’re glad to see folks getting out on the slopes at Arapahoe Basin,” said CSCUSA President and CEO Melanie Mills. “Skiers and riders can look forward to a fantastic ski season complete with new lifts, incredible dining options, and behind-the-scenes improvements that add up to an amazing experience in Colorado Ski Country USA!”

What’s New in Colorado Ski Country USA

Ski areas across Colorado Ski Country USA have been busy over the summer and fall with exciting changes at all 21 CSCUSA member resorts. The news this season includes more than a gloveful of big anniversaries: Copper’s 50th, Eldora’s 60th, Steamboat’s 60th, Sunlight’s 55th, and Telluride’s 50th. Not to be outdone, Steamboat’s Howelsen Hill is a spry 107 years old this season, the oldest continuously operating ski area in North America. And CSCUSA itself celebrates 60 years of promoting and growing Colorado’s ski industry. Whether it’s your first season on the slopes or your 50th (or more!) CSCUSA’s member resorts have #AMountainForEveryone.

Plan Now, Save Later in Colorado Ski Country USA

NOW is the time to make your plans and save on skiing and riding this winter. Two great ways to save and get out on the slopes are the CSCUSA kids Ski Passport and the Gems Card. The Ski Passport is for students in 3rd through 6th grades. It’s good for up to 80 days on the slopes this season for $59 per pass. Each pass also includes two free junior rentals from presenting sponsor Christy Sports. The Gems card lets you choose your discount on a classic Colorado skiing or riding experience at ten participating member resorts for $42.

Colorado Ski Country USA Resort Webcams

Arapahoe Basin Cams

Aspen Snowmass Cams

Cooper Cams

Copper Mountain

Eldora Cams

Granby Ranch Cams

Hesperus Mountain Cams

Loveland Cams

Monarch Cams

Powderhorn Cams

Purgatory Cams

Steamboat Cams

Sunlight Cams

Telluride Cams

Winter Park Cams

Projected Opening & Closing Dates for Colorado Ski Country USA Resorts

Here at CSCUSA our members rely on Mother Nature for the incredibly light and natural snow that so many people love to ski and snowboard every season. That also means these opening and closing dates are subject to change, depending on the conditions.

RESORT

OPEN

CLOSE

Arapahoe Basin

OPEN! (Oct 23)

Mid-June

Aspen Highlands

December 10

April 9

Aspen Mountain

November 24

April 16

Buttermilk

December 17

April 2

Cooper

December 7

April 16

Copper Mountain

November 14

April 23

Echo Mountain

Late November/early December

April 16

Eldora

November 18

April 16

Granby Ranch

December 10

April 2

Hesperus

December 17

March 19

Howelsen Hill

November 25

March 26

Loveland

Late October

May 8

Monarch

Late November

April 9

Powderhorn

November 25

April 2

Purgatory

November 19

April 9, then weekends through April 23

Silverton

December 29

April 16

Snowmass

November 24

April 16

Steamboat

November 23

April 9

Sunlight

December 9

April 2

Telluride

November 24

April 2

Winter Park

Mid-November

Mid-May

Mini-Homes make for Monumental Memories

Powderhorn Tiny Home Village

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Tucked along the northern edge of the world’s largest flat-topped mountain in Grand Mesa National Forest is Powderhorn Resort, a western Colorado favorite. With over 1,600 acres of mountain terrain, gorgeous glade skiing, and jaw-dropping views, Powderhorn’s location means it boasts more than 250 inches of light powder snow each year.

And this season, Powderhorn’s big news is tiny: tiny homes, that is. The resort has rolled out the first phase of on-mountain lodging: 6 tiny homes that can sleep a crowd, nestled right at the base of the mountain. These tiny homes go big on efficient designs, sustainable accommodations, and maximum comfort. Sleeping four to eight guests, depending on your selection, these tiny homes come equipped with a full bath, kitchens, and community firepits with comfortable Adirondack chairs just perfect for catching up on the day’s events over a s’more or adult beverage. 

Each home has a different layout and features to accommodate your travel needs but they’re all just steps away from the main chairlift. Whether you’re relaxing with a hearty, homecooked meal or gathering with others around the warm firepit, these tiny homes provide the perfect basecamp, making it easier for you to stay and play at Powderhorn Resort. 

Check out Powderhorn’s Tiny Homes >>

Exciting New Ski Country Restaurants Take Foodies to New Heights This Ski Season

Arapahoe Basin Dining Experience

A great day on the slopes isn’t complete without a delicious meal and this season, Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts are serving up an incredible array of cuisines and new foodie experiences. Whether you’re tucking into a hot slice from Echo Mountain’s Two Miles Pie pizza truck or indulging in mountaintop après at Winter Park’s Sunspot Mountaintop Lodge, you can find the perfect meal for your best day on the slopes. Check out the new offerings that will be available this season while you’re taking advantage of the best snow in the country!  

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area 

Steilhang is a brand-new alpine hut serving Colorado-made specialty German Sausages, Colorado-brewed German draft beer, and soft pretzels and strudel made by Denver bakeries. Located on-mountain sitting just above the tree line, this will be a place to grab a quick, tasty meal and cold bevy while resting your legs for another trip into Montezuma bowl.    

Il Rifugio will reopen this winter after a complete renovation and expansion project. North America’s highest-elevation restaurant offers European-style menu options. This is the perfect place for a relaxed, gourmet lunch with stunning 360-degree mountain views.  

Buttermilk 

Buttermilk’s base area restaurant is now called the Buttermilk Mountain Lodge (formerly known as Bumps). The space has undergone a top-to-bottom remodel that includes a new entrance, new interior finishes, an updated servery, a new bar area and a renovated outdoor space. The outdoor bar and grill has also been renamed The Backyard and includes wood-burning fire pits, electric seating areas and an outdoor bar and grill. Buttermilk’s updates set the stage for a welcoming, laid-back community atmosphere.

Cooper 

Getting in on the pub action is Ski Cooper’s new base-area spot called the Timberline Taproom. An updated menu this year features a variety of smoked meats prepared onsite. With additional outdoor firepit seating, the Timberline Taproom is the perfect stop to refuel while enjoying a day the slopes at one of Colorado’s oldest ski areas.  

Copper Mountain 

Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, Copper Mountain is celebrating with specially-crafted food and beverage items including a 50th Anniversary cocktail and pastries. And if you’re looking for the best bites to refuel and get back on the mountain, you can swing by Sendy’s Food Truck for a specially crafted selection of tasty street tacos and to-go burritos. 

Steamboat Ski Resort 

The changes powered by Steamboat’s Full Steam Ahead project include The Range Food and Drink Hall which will offer four new eateries with a variety of options for guests. Opening mid-winter, Sunshine Bowl Ramen, Twister Tacos, Why Not Sweet Spot, and Pioneer Pie will be located on the main floor, with the second floor featuring an outdoor deck space overlooking Steamboat Square and the resorts’ lower mountain. Did I forget to mention there will be a full bar on each floor?  

 

For more après options, check out this article >>

Summer Arrives in Colorado Ski Country USA

Telluride Wildflower Sunset

Summer has arrived in the Colorado high-country and Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts have planned a season filled with concerts, festivals, and activities for guests of all ages.

Summer in Colorado means bluebird days, breathtaking scenery, and endless opportunities for adventure. This summer CSCUSA resorts will offer something for everyone including mountain coasters, alpine slides, scenic chairlift and gondola rides, downhill mountain biking, hiking, disc golf, rafting, ziplining, paragliding, festivals, events, and more.

See below for a sampling of the exciting events Colorado Ski Country resorts have to offer this summer. Visit resort websites for additional details and activities.

 

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

Arapahoe Basin will host ‘Bikes, Brats, ‘N Brews’ this July, combining the now infamous ‘reverse enduro’ uphill mountain biking race, and A-Basin’s summer Festival of the Brewpubs for a day of bike riding, beer drinking, brat eating, and live music in the Mountains. The event kicks off the morning of July 30th with the bike race, followed by the festival in the afternoon.

On September 17th and 18th Oktoberfest at A-Basin returns for live music, dancing, beer, and pretzels in the high-alpine foliage. Guests can relax on the grassy lawn with friends, family, and pups and take advantage of free chairlift rides all weekend. For more information visit arapahoebasin.com.

 

Aspen Snowmass

The Aspen Snowmass Bike Park opens on June 21st, featuring more than 25 miles of purpose-built, diverse gravity trails ranging from beginner-friendly and flowing singletrack to dynamic and challenging technical descents. Guests can also find opportunities to learn from the industry’s best bike pros, with bike lessons, clinics, and camps available to riders of all ability levels. Snowmass is also home to the Lost Forest, an immersive on-mountain activity center located at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola. The Lost Forest includes a 5,700-foot track alpine coaster, a three-hour zipline and skybridge tour, ropes course, and climbing wall. Miles of hiking trails, a high-mountain fishing pond, and disc golf makes the Lost Forest an adventure for guests of any age. For more information visit aspensnowmass.com

 

Copper Mountain

The largest gathering of the summer is back for a second year at Copper Mountain. From September 9th through 11th, Union Peak Festival returns, celebrating the convergence of sport, community, and art with three days of live music performances, interactive art installations and booths, sports demonstrations, and community gatherings. Union Peak Festival has a heavy hitting lineup of free music, featuring X Ambassadors, Cold War Kids, and AJR. For more information visit coppercolorado.com

 

Granby Ranch

Granby Ranch will be open Wednesday through Sunday (and holiday Mondays) all summer long for golf, fly fishing, dining, sight-seeing, and of course, award winning mountain biking. Granby Ranch is planning an exciting docket of events and programming for all ages, including the Rocky Mountain Music Series, kicking off July 2nd with 40 Oz to Freedom and Twang is Dead. For more information visit granbyranch.com

 

Howelsen Hill

The Steamboat Free Summer Concert series returns this year for concerts all summer long. The series is a family-friendly gathering for locals and visitors, and will feature five concerts across the season with several national artists. For more information visit keepinitfree.com

 

Powderhorn Resort

A local favorite, Powderhorn will host their annual Gears & Beers Festival and Downhill Race on August 20th. The event will be full of scenic lift rides, live music, downhill mountain biking, and the beauty of the Grand Mesa. For more information visit powderhorn.com

 

Purgatory Resort

This summer Purgatory will host free live music every week, and signature events from the Mountain Archery Fest and Carve War’s Chainsaw Art Competition, to Summer Brew and the Mushroom Wine Dinner. For competitive cyclists, Purgatory continue to develop podium-quality terrain for new sporting events, including the Downhill Rockies race series in August. For more information and a full schedule of events visit purgatory.ski/events.

 

Steamboat Resort

Steamboat is excited to bring back Sunset Happy Hours this season every Thursday and Sunday starting June 30th through September 4th. Ride the Gondola to the top, take in the scenery, enjoy the culinary delights, listen to live music, and toast to the sunset overlooking the Yampa Valley. Sunset Happy Hour pricing is available for $25 for non pass holders, and free for 22/23 IKON pass holders. For more information visit steamboat.com.

 

Telluride Resort

Telluride will be open all summer long for world class mountain biking, hiking, and the inaugural season of their Telluride Racquet Club, a one-of-a-kind center featuring four tennis courts, four pickleball courts, and a fully-equipped Tennis Pro Shop. Telluride will also open their mountain biking terrain to class 1 e-bikes, giving a great opportunity for guests of all abilities to get on the mountain, and allow passionate Telluride riders to cover more ground. For more information visit tellurideskiresort.com.

 

Winter Park Resort

Along with the world-class Trestle Bike Park, Winter Park has a full slate of fun summer events for the whole family. Guests can join Winter Park for Mountaintop Happy Hours, movie nights at the gazebo, and live music every Saturday in Winter Park Village. On June 25th, Winter Park will host TheBigWonderful Beer Fest for a full day of music, 20+ Colorado Breweries, and over 40 craft vendors offering a variety of apparel, jewelry, fashion, and more! For more information visit winterparkresort.com.

Ski Industry Honors Standout Employees at Colorado Ski Country USA Double Diamond Awards

Ski Industry Honors Standout Employees at Colorado Ski Country USA Double Diamond Awards

DENVER – June 10th, 2022 – Colorado Ski Industry leaders gathered at the 59th Annual Meeting and Double Diamond Awards yesterday to celebrate the outstanding performance of ski area employees. Awards were presented to on-mountain and guest services professionals for their exemplary commitment to their resorts, their guests, and the ski industry as a whole.

The Double Diamond Awards were held at the Hotel Clio in Cherry Creek after the CSCUSA Annual Meeting. 

 

Kannon Thompson, Monarch Mountain

Groomer of the Year

Starting as a new operator 7 years ago, Kannon moved up the ranks at Monarch Mountain by taking initiative on special projects and additional loops. With Kannon leading the grooming operations at the start of the season, Monarch was able to open 22 groomed runs on just 22 hour notice, far exceeding the 9 that were expected.

 

Patrick Cooke, Aspen Mountain

Snowmaker of the Year

Over his years at Aspen Mountain, Patrick has been instrumental in the enhancement of the resort’s snowmaking platform, installing new lines, pumps, and communications upgrades. The excellent product Aspen is able to produce is a testament to Patrick and his team’s knowledge and dedication. Members of his crew are thrilled to work with him, and say they will continue to come back to his team year after year.

 

Brian Tedoldi, Steamboat Resort

Terrain Master of the Year

Over his two seasons at Steamboat Ski Resort, Brian Tedoldi has proven himself an instrumental part of the Steamboat team with his enthusiasm, passion for the terrain parks, and his unmatched desire to continue learning. Although an injury kept him off the snow this year, Brian still found creative ways to be productive and be a key member of the terrain team. His supervisors believe that his attitude, positive mindset, and leadership skills are no small part of Steamboat’s success this season.

 

Michael Zehnder, Copper Mountain

Food and Beverage Professional of the Year

Michael Zehnder is a key part of Copper Mountain’s food service success. Michael began his career at Copper in 2020, and this past season took on the leadership of Sawmill Pizza & Taphouse, a brand new Center Village bar and restaurant. Under his direction, Sawmill almost immediately became one of Copper’s most popular dining locations, receiving excellent scores for the food quality.

 

Tom Hickok, Winter Park

Instructor of the Year

For the past 24 years, Tom Hickok has taught generations of Winter Park guests how to ski. Tom is consistently raved about by his guests and has no shortage of returning students eager to continue to ski. When not teaching students, he is supporting his fellow instructors as a mentor, leading training clinics both on and off the snow – totaling 158 hours of peer training this past season. Tom’s commitment to the professional development of himself and his peers is the reason Winter Park’s instructors are more thoroughly certified than ever before.

 

Lindsay Wiebold, Arapahoe Basin

Patroller of the Year

Lindsay has been a valuable member of the Arapahoe Basin team for nearly four years, starting as a Stage 3 patroller in October 2018. Since then her determination and work ethic has been exemplary, earning her the role of Supervisor in 2021. Her eye for detail and initiative has been noticed by her peers, earning her ‘A-mazing’ recognition, the resort’s award for excellence among their employees.

 

Trish Sullivan, Steamboat Resort

President’s Award

Trish Sullivan has worked in the HR department at Steamboat for over thirty years, and was one of the first women to be appointed as a Vice President at the resort. She has guided Steamboat through four owners, seven new HR systems, and an increase of employees from 1400 when she started, to over 2100 today. She is a human resources expert, and has a deep wealth of knowledge on her ski area employees. She has been a great supporter of CSCUSA throughout her career, and her retirement leaves big shoes to fill.

 

Peter Rietz

Chairman’s Award

Peter Rietz is an attorney who has spent much of his career dedicated to working with ski areas and ski area employees to improve safety and risk management. He has been a steadfast defender of the Colorado Ski Safety Act, and co-wrote the last two amendments of the Act. He was also a co-author of ‘Your Responsibility Code’, one of the most valuable and well known tools used to keep ski areas safe. He has a passion for ski safety education, is an avid skier, and is a Level III PSIA certified instructor. .

 

Colorado Ski Country USA Projects Record Skier Visits

Colorado Ski Country USA Projects Record Skier Visits

Photo Credit: Aspen Snowmass

2021-22 Season Shows Recovery From Pandemic

DENVER, CO – June 9th, 2022 – Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced today at it’s 59th Annual Meeting that skier visits at its 22 member ski resorts increased by 14% during the 2021-22 ski season. CSCUSA is projecting a new statewide skier visitation record, edging out the previous record of 13.8 million visits in 2018-19 by a few hundred thousand. Skier visits during the 2020-21 season totaled 12 million. 

Colorado saw a slow start to the winter, with many resorts not receiving significant snowfall until mid-December, causing several resorts to push back their opening dates. Once resorts opened, their teams were hit by the Omicron variant of COVID-19, resulting in staffing challenges just as skiers and snowboarders arrived for the holidays. Snow totals picked up in the second half of the season. A busy February, and a snowy March and April brought a welcome change of pace from the early winter months. Spring saw the return of live music, pond splashes and goggle tans as skiers turned out in force to celebrate the return of après ski.

“Despite the challenges our mountains faced early in the season, we are pleased to report that our business has recovered from the worst impacts of the pandemic,” said CSCUSA President and CEO Melanie Mills. “This winter’s visits have had a positive economic impact in our communities and in our state, while bringing with them challenges that come with growth in visitation,” continued Mills. “That this level of growth comes despite a dry early season and the very limited return of international skiers, is a real credit to the hard work of CSCUSA resort teams and to the warm hospitality of our mountain resort communities.”

The reason that skiers and riders from across the world come to Colorado every year is for the great snow, the unbeatable mountains, and most importantly, the world class hospitality provided by Coloradans on and off the mountain. CSCUSA acknowledges and thanks everyone in our state who helps make Colorado a world class skiing and snowboarding destination.

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