Nov 26, 2019 in Eldora, Echo, Winter Park, Loveland, Travel Planning & Tips, Ski Country
Submitted by: Sarah Tuff Dunn

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Eldora Ski Area 

You’re flying into Denver International Airport (DIA) with your family, and you want to know where to hear for the best snow, the fewest crowds or simply the closest place you can click into your gear and go. Maybe you live on the Front Range, and have rarely driven deeper into the Rocky Mountains. Either way, this quick primer on a few of the closest Colorado Ski Country resorts will help set your GPS in the right direction.

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Nov 18, 2019 in Ski Country, Skiing & Snowboarding, Kids & Family Friendly Zone
Submitted by: Sarah Tuff Dunn

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Let’s face it: few of us are ever going to ski like World Cup superstars Mikaela Shiffrin, Lindsey Vonn or Bode Miller. But thanks to some sophisticated and fun clinics at Colorado Ski Country resorts, we can learn some world-class tips that will help us ski not only better, but also safer. Here’s a roundup of a few of this winter’s offerings.

Telluride Ski Resort:

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Nov 18, 2019 in Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Copper Mountain
Submitted by: Sarah Tuff Dunn

Opening Day at Copper Mountain

Colorado Is Open! That means it’s about time to take the family skiing.

For maximum fun and minimal fuss, it takes more planning than simply hopping in the car and heading to the Rocky Mountains, right?  

So, here are some solid words of wisdom from moms, dads and kids who’ve mastered the

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Oct 18, 2019 in Ski Country
Submitted by: Sarah Tuff Dunn

Granby Ranch Winter Nordic Trails
Nordic Skiing at Granby Ranch 

Fit to be Tried: Getting the family in shape for the Colorado ski and ride season


Marshmallows. M & M’s. Another hot chocolate. Not too long ago, I’d bribe my kids with anything

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Apr 08, 2019 in Telluride, Steamboat, Copper Mountain, Snowmass, Winter Park, Loveland, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Powderhorn
Submitted by: Sarah Tuff Dunn

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Photo Credit: Arapahoe Basin

Whoosh! That’s the sound of spring at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts, where pond-skimming contests, corn snow and costume parties have given my family and I yet another reason to make the most of the season. And this year, enough snow has fallen to stretch skiing nearly until summer. Here are some of the springtime rites of passage on the bucket list for me, my husband, Carlton, and our two children in 5th and 6th grade:

Skim Ilk:

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Feb 28, 2019 in Eldora, Copper Mountain, Winter Park, Aspen Snowmass, Telluride
Submitted by: Sarah Tuff Dunn

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Of the hundreds upon hundreds of trails available to us at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts, my family and I are still scratching the surface (and a very nice, groomed or bumpy or powdery surface at that). Still, we also like to click out of our skis and explore the other outdoor options open to us, from cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to shopping and even gallery hopping. So here are a few tips on getting the most out of a ski day, even when you’re not skiing or riding.

Make it a Skinny: On our recent trips to Eldora, I’ve

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Feb 15, 2019 in Copper Mountain
Submitted by: Sarah Tuff Dunn

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Photo provided courtesy of Copper Mountain. 

My family likes to eat—a lot. And when we go skiing to some of our new favorite resorts in Colorado, we eat, well, a lot. Still, with differing appetites, tastes and hunger levels, sometimes lunch can go completely awry. I’ve found myself wandering aimlessly through cafeterias without a clue of whether I want the bison chili, the Greek salad or just a Clif Bar to get me through the afternoon. Meanwhile, my husband, Carlton, my 12-year-old daughter, Dillon, and my 10

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Jan 29, 2019 in Kids & Family Friendly Zone
Submitted by: Sarah Tuff Dunn

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Photo by Dustin Schaefer at Loveland Ski Area.

Since moving to Colorado from Vermont, I’ve been fortunate to make many new friends with school-aged children—and I’m astonished at how many of them have let their skis get dusty in their basements. Some are too busy. Some have fallen out of skiing shape. But some are missing out on the mountains because they’re too tentative.

The fact is, Colorado skiing and riding is accessible for everybody. This is what I’ve discovered:

1. Ski

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Jan 11, 2019 in Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Copper Mountain, Cooper
Submitted by: Sarah Tuff Dunn

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Photo courtesy of Winter Park Resort. 

Your New Year’s resolution: Learn to ski as a family. You’re in luck, as January is Learn to Ski or Snowboard Month at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member ski areas offering special promotions and programs.

Now what? Navigating ski schools at a Colorado resort is easy when you know what to expect. First

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Dec 17, 2018 in Snowmass, Purgatory, Steamboat, Telluride, Winter Park
Submitted by: Sarah Tuff Dunn

By Sarah Tuff Dunn

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Photo taken by Carl Frey and provided courtesy of Winter Park Resort. 

Is there anything more magical than sequestering the family at a ski resort during the holidays, when the lights are as sparkly as the snow and Santas ski down the slopes? We think not. So here’s a look at some of the Colorado areas at which to say “cheers” during the most wonderful time of the year.

Aspen Snowmass: Horse-drawn carriages jingle through the snow-covered town as children

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