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Ski Season Checklist Part 1 – Front Range

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Do you think you’ve seen everything there is to see at Colorado’s Front Range resorts? Think again. Whether you’re brand-new to skiings or you’re a seasoned pro, this Front Range Ski Season Checklist will help you experience new thrills and rediscover old favorites at some of Denver’s closest ski resorts.

Arapahoe Basin – Ski or ride the Beavers and Steep Gullies. With one of the only major terrain expansions in the country, A-Basin added 371 new acres of most difficult and extreme terrain brand-new for the 2017-18 season. Guests will need to hike back to the Pallavicini chair until summer 2018, when a four-person lift will be installed. On your way back from the Beavers and Steep Gullies, stop by the 6th Alley Bar for an old favorite, the Bacon Bloody Mary.

Cooper – Celebrate the 75th anniversary of one of the oldest ski resorts in the United States. On New Year’s Eve, join Cooper for a birthday party complete with skiing and snowboarding, birthday cake, balloons, a torchlight parade and more.

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Copper Mountain – Cheer on Olympic athletes at the halfpipe and big air Olympic qualifying events during the U.S. Toyota Grand Prix. From December 6-10, Copper Mountain will be an international hotspot of Olympic hopefuls, big air and amazing displays of athleticism and national pride. While you’re there, ride 5,800 feet of thrilling turns, dips and drops on the brand new Rocky Mountain Coaster.

Echo – Head up after class or work for night skiing under the lights and stop to enjoy the “life-changing” French fries and a local brew in the Mid-Mountain Lodge. Echo offers night skiing six nights a week and hosts après ski favorites from the redesigned lodge with a restaurant and bar overlooking the Continental Divide. 

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Eldora – Ride the brand-new Alpenglow Express six-person high speed detachable lift. The biggest thing to happen at Eldora in decades, the new lift will cut a 15-minute ride down to four minutes, which means more time for powder turns, terrain park laps and cold beers.

LovelandSki with a U.S. Forest Service Ranger. This free, family-friendly event includes information on glacial geology, winter ecology, local history and the relationship between Loveland and the land we all enjoy so much. Hosted on February 24, March 14, March 31 and April 11.

Stay tuned for more ways to rediscover Ski Country as we journey to the Southwest, Route 40 and West/Central regions of Colorado in parts 2-4 of the Ski Season Checklist series.