Jan 09, 2019 in Winter Park, Copper Mountain
Submitted by: Helen Olsson

When you ski with the family most weekends of the season, it’s a treat to have an adult only day on the slopes.

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Helen Olsson and her adult family on the slopes of Winter Park Resort. 

By Helen Olsson

My three kids are teenagers now, which means the family ski trip has been our modus operandi for some 16 years. (Our 18 year old started skiing at two at Steamboat in corduroy pants and little red boots.) It’s what we do. Pack all the kids, skis, boots, poles,

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Dec 13, 2018 in
Submitted by: Helen Olsson

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Photo courtesy of Winter Park Resort. 

Finding the right ski boots can mean the difference between a productive, fun day of runs and a day of discomfort and potential injury. Whether you’re renting for the day, for the season or purchasing your gear, it’s essential to get the right fit. Luckily, Christy Sports offers some tips for finding ski boots that are a perfect fit.

According to Christy Sports, the most

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Nov 21, 2018 in Loveland
Submitted by: Helen Olsson

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There’s a new high-speed detachable quad chairlift at Loveland, and it’s a game changer. On a weekend in October, I rode the new Chet’s Dream along with ski racers and coaches up for early training and diehard skiers and riders itching for that first day on snow. Replacing Lift 1, the new Leitner-Poma lift is the first (ever!) high-speed lift at Loveland, which ushers the resort firmly into modern times.

If you ever rode the old Lift 1, you may remember it crept uphill at the speed of molasses. Because it was a fixed-grip chairlift, there

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Apr 24, 2018 in Insider Secrets, Skiing & Snowboarding, Summer
Submitted by: Helen Olsson

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As skiers trade skis and snowboards for mountain bikes and hiking boots, it's time to store all that snowsports gear. There is an art to properly storing and maintaining your equipment over the summer, from storage wax on the boards to buckling up your boots properly. When the snow starts to fly next season, you don't want to spend opening day catching your turns on rusty edges.

Follow these tips to prolong the life of your gear and make for a smooth transition next fall from

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Apr 24, 2018 in Uncategorized
Submitted by: Helen Olsson

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Here's a short list of what I recently pulled from the pockets of my kids ski jackets: two Lifesavers (loose and sticky), a rumpled trail map, some loose change, one large screw (really no explanation there), crumpled tissues, lift ticket stubs, a pocketknife, a small rubber ball, a half-eaten gluten-free energy bar and some orange peels. There's little on this list that I would like to be pulling out next fall.

I've left this pocket-purging ritual till October, and I can tell you it's supremely unwise. Last

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Apr 09, 2018 in Copper Mountain, Snowmass, Purgatory, Steamboat, Summer
Submitted by: Helen Olsson

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Photo courtesy of Copper Mountain.

Alpine Coasters at Colorado ski resorts offer another way to get your downhill adrenaline fix.

For our family, one of the traditions of spring break in the mountains is to choose an alternate method for sliding downhill rather than on our usual skis and snowboards. Some years it’s been snow tubing; sometimes it’s old-fashioned sledding. This year, we treated the kids to Copper Mountain’s

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Feb 26, 2018 in Aspen Highlands
Submitted by: Helen Olsson

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Photo by Dan Bayer courtesy of Aspen Snowmass

Ascending Highland Bowl, Aspen Highlands’ crowning glory, is one for the bucket list. But before you make the trek, consider these locals’ tips.

Hiking Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands is a rite of passage for any diehard skier or snowboarder. It’s a 782-foot bootpack ascent from the top of the Loge lift. Without a doubt, when you ski Highland Bowl, you have earned your turns.

My son and I made the trek a few weeks ago. Aspen Highlands was reporting four inches of

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Feb 26, 2018 in Aspen Highlands
Submitted by: Helen Olsson

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So you've decided to cross Highland Bowl off of your ski checklist. You've planned your trip and read advice from local experts, now it's time to make sure you have the gear to make the hike-up and ski down as enjoyable as possible. Here's a rundown of the items you'll want to make the journey one to remember.

SKI AND SNOWBOARD CARRIERS

Ski Carrier, $40
Aspen Snowmass sells a simple

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Jan 30, 2018 in Aspen Mountain, Crested Butte, Copper Mountain, Events
Submitted by: Helen Olsson

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Photo by Tripp Fay courtesy of Copper Mountain.

The Super Blue Blood Moon is coming (January 31!). And what could be better than skiing underneath it?

Skiing and riding under a full moon (or just a star-studded sky) can be a singular experience. After the lifts close down for the day and the sun begins to dip, avid outdoorsy folk don’t head for the bar and dance in their ski boots. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Instead, they head back out for after-dark winter

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Nov 28, 2017 in Eldora
Submitted by: Helen Olsson

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Photo via Eldora's Facebook

Last Saturday, Eldora christened its new $5.5 million high-speed six-seater Alpenglow chairlift. There were champagne bottles on hand, a red ribbon, a giant cowbell, and a collection of diehard Eldora skiers who’d risen with the sun to be the first to ride the new lift, which is the crown jewel of new owner Powdr Corp.’s $11 million capital

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