Mar 05, 2010 in Uncategorized

Even though it's still a few weeks away, spring is in the air this weekend in Ski Country. It's always funny to me to see what crazy events happen at resorts when the days get longer and the snow gets softer. If pond skimming was an Olympic sport I think Coloradans would rule the podium.

The events listed below are just a sampling of what the resorts' calendars have on the agenda for spring. If you head up just be sure to bring sun screen, a bathing suit and a pig costume.

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Mar 03, 2010 in

Steamboat holds a special place in my heart because I used to live there once upon a time. But during that time I never had the chance to go powdercat skiing.

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Feb 26, 2010 in

From Denver, a day trip to SolVista is SoEasy. And when you hit it on a powder day like we did, it is SnowNice. Just a short drive down the valley from its neighbors Winter Park and Mary Jane, SolVista is a happy little place for kids and families, kind of like a winterized Romper Room.IMG_0023

The official name is SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch. The resort has three lifts, a full service base lodge with all the amenities to serve guests' needs,

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Feb 19, 2010 in

Monarch is celebrating its 70th anniversary this season and we arrived on a sunny morning after several days of fresh snowfall. While this was my third visit to Monarch, I had never actually skied the lift served terrain but had only skied the backcountry terrain accessed by Monarch Snowcat Tours. So with the kids in tow we set off to explore the all natural snow on the lift served runs that have been enjoyed by many skiers and riders for more than 70 years.IMG_0008

Our first lift ride up we settled into the chair, put

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Feb 17, 2010 in

With weather forecasters calling for snow in the mountains and a three day weekend ahead that included Valentine's Day, we packed up the family truckster and headed to Crested Butte. Plus, I needed to check out the new stuff at Crested Butte like the totally renovated Ice Bar and new Kids Adventure Center.

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Feb 13, 2010 in Uncategorized

I skipped into the kitchen singing, "We're going on a ski trip, thanks to Colorado Ski Country USA." When my three boys and my husband, Wade, asked where we were going, I told them that we were going to the Wolf Creek Ski Area, a high alpine ski resort that rises up from its 10,300 foot base. A place that proudly boasts 465 natural inches of snowfall a year, the highest snowfall in Colorado.

My excitement began to wane and my concern began to grow when Wade began to map out the arduous route to southwestern Colorado and said, "You'll probably be sleeping the entire time anyway. Don't get me wrong, I have always wanted to ski Wolf Creek and am up for the powder skiing if you are, I am just gearing myself up for what is ahead, my little Mommy Blogging Travel Writer."

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Feb 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

Gabrielle Blair is blogs at DesignMom.com


The ski trip was fantastic. We've done quite a few day-ski-trips in the last few years, but this was the first time we actually stayed at the ski resort and made a vacation of it. Here are the highlights:

1) Woodward
While my crew was hitting the slopes, I spent an afternoon checking out Woodward. It basically blew my mind with it's awesomeness. The Barn at Woodward is a one-of-a-kind facility with indoor ski jumps, trampolines and tumbling, a skate/bmx area, a lounge. Basically, it's both a place

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Feb 09, 2010 in

Even though Learn to Ski & Ride month is officially over, here in Colorado Ski Country USA, we feel that every month is Learn to Ski & Ride month. (You can put that in needlepoint if you like.) This week we focus on the world of adaptive skiing. Many Ski Country resorts offer programs and lessons for adaptive skiers of all ages, and Winter Park is actually home of the National Sports Center for the Disabled.

Crested Butte is one resort that offers an adaptive sports program and to get some

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Feb 08, 2010 in

I skied at Arapahoe Basin and Buttermilk this weekend and got first hand experience of the over-the-top guest service at our resorts here in Colorado Ski Country USA. I also learned that those years of college recreation might be starting to catch up with me as I can't seem to remember anything anymore. Luckily, I'm willing to take one for the team so folks can learn from my mistakes. (Photo: Arapahoe Basin_Casey Day)

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Feb 05, 2010 in

Last week Colorado Ski Country USA was at the Nexus of the winter sports universe as the SIA Snow Show took place in Denver, the On Snow Demo happened at Winter Park, and X-Games 14 went down in Aspen/Snowmass with record attendance.
The show was closed to the public so if you who didn't have the opportunity to explore the show room floor, we put together a little vignette of the products that were at the show. For those of us with product addictions, being on the floor of SIA was like being a 22 year old medicinal marijuana user who just moved to Denver.
To put things into perspective, 800 brands were shown, 1.3 million lbs of stuff was brought into the convention center, 14 acres of carpet was laid down, and somewhere between 15,000 and 19,000 people attended (the number

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