Apr 27, 2009 in

Life in Ski Country is funny. It's not exactly like a box of chocolates, but it definitely has its surprises. Take this morning for example, here in Denver, we woke up to fresh snow, and in the mountains, they've been getting accumulations all morning.

Another example, last weekend Wolf Creek was closed for the season, and today we're proud to say that the resort just announced they will re-open this weekend, again! They already re-opened once earlier in April, but sometimes good snow just can't keep a resort from running.

May 2 and 3, Wolf Creek will run the Nova, Bonanza and Treasure lifts from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. The Alberta lift will be open pending conditions. Ski school

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Apr 23, 2009 in

This weekend is closing weekend in Aspen Highlands - again. It's their third closing weekend this season. There seems to be a trend in Colorado Ski Country this year of resorts closing and then re-opening, like they're teasing us with the sad news of the end of another season and then put us out of our misery with one more weekend only to deny us again. Wolf Creek re-opened last weekend and Echo just extended their season by a weekend.

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Feb 10, 2009 in

Woohoo! It's dumping in Colorado, especially in the San Juans. Just saw a report that said Telluride got 16 in the last two days and that it's currently under a winter storm warning.

That makes it the perfect time to check out all of the new steep lines the resort has opened up in the last year in the "sidecountry" terrain of Revelation Bowl and Black Iron Bowl. It's all inbounds and controlled for avalanches, so it will only open up if it's safe. It's a spectacular stomping ground for advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders, offering up some of the best vertical thrills in the state.

Much has been made about the opening of Revelation Bowl at Telluride this season, and rightfully so. The 400-acre expansion on the back side of the resort's rugged Gold Hill

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Dec 18, 2008 in

The calendar says winter begins Dec. 21st, but it rolled in this past week at Wolf Creek. The medium-sized family-owned ski area in southwestern Colorado might not offer the glitz and glamour of its mega-resort brethren, but its definitely near the top of the heap when it comes to snow.

Because of its location at the junction of two branches of the San Juan Mountains, Wolf Creek often gets the highest snowfall total of any of resort in the state, averaging a whopping 465 inches per year. Last year it all went out the window when more than 600 inches fell on its slopes. (Thats 50 feet of snow, if youre doing the math!)

When snowstorms swirl through southwestern Colorado, Wolf usually gets hammered with big dumps. Like this week, when the resort picked up 36

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Dec 15, 2008 in

With almost every resort officially open for the 2008-2009 season and copious amounts of snow falling, heres a list of some of the tasty new treats on the menu in Colorado to whet your appetite this winter.

1. The latest accoutrement in the transformation of Winter Park is the eight-passenger Village Cabriolet lift that will shuttle 2,800 skiers and snowboarders per hour from the free parking lots at the Vintage Hotel to the base of the new resorts new village.

What you need to know: It saves the long and sometimes slippery walk in ski boots from the car. (Cmon, weve all yard-saled in the parking lot before, even if we dont like to admit it.) Now why cant DIA install one of these to its remote parking lots?

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Nov 14, 2008 in

Arapahoe Basin will be opening The Molly Hogan Learning Area this Saturday, November 15. The Molly Hogan Chairlift will open at 9:00 am on Saturday morning. This means Snowsports Lessons for all levels will begin on Saturday as well. So call now to book your lessons, they will fill up quickly! For lesson information or to book a lesson, call 1-888-ARAPAHOE.

Oct 22, 2008 in

In case you were stuck behind your desk all day (or living somewhere other than Colorado) and didn't see the local news or check the Colorado snow report, it's been dumping in the mountains! Loveland and A-Basin both have a new foot of snow, and that means early season skiing and riding is just getting better. It also means new terrain will be opening at each of those areas soon. And if it keeps up, more resorts could be firing up their lifts sooner than their anticipated mid-November opening days. (Copper Mountain and Wolf Creek are almost ready!)

If nothing else, it could solve your dilemma about your Halloween costume, right? You can play hooky from work/school/whatever on Friday, get some turns in and keep your snow gear on for trick-or-treating and other types of frivolous

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Oct 20, 2008 in

Loveland and A-Basin have been open for almost a week. Yes, there's limited terrain, but this week's cold weather means more snow is on the way. Here are 10 reasons to get your gear together and head up for a day (or even a half-day) of skiing or riding:

10Because if you wait until December, youll wish youd gone earlier. (Trust us on this one.)

9If you start now, you can ski or ride yourself into shape. (Of course, making regular trips to the gym, going trail running a few times a week and laying off the donuts also helps.)

8You dont really need to rake those leaves and the really important football games dont begin until December anyway.

7The conditions are actually pretty good for October. Seriously. Plenty of coverage, no rocks, and lots of

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Oct 19, 2008 in

So I decided at the late Saturday night to zip up to Loveland for a few turns on Sunday morning. (That's Day 2 for me, if you're counting at home.) After sleeping in (you can do that in October and no worry about ski traffic), I picked up a friend, stopped for bagels and coffee and cruised up to Loveland. We buzzed the groomed terrain on the Catwalk, Mambo and Home Run trails, all the while looking toward the top of the mountain and thinking about a day later this winter when well ski the copious amounts of deep powder off of Chair 9.

We stayed long enough to get our fix, then returned back to the Front Range for an afternoon of yard work and NFL football. With two days under my belt in the first week, Im itching for the big snow that will start falling soon. Cold

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Oct 16, 2008 in

When Arapahoe Basin opened for the 2008-2009 season at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 15, the first seat on the Challenger chair lift was wrapped in a blue blow and dedicated to Edna Dercum, one of the founding members of A-Basin back in 1946. Dercum passed away in September at the age of 94, after spending much of her life skiing in Colorado.

Her husband Max Dercum, was on hand for the event. He smiled and acknowledged the honor, knowing the Edna would be smiling at the notion of another season of skiing in Colorado.

For more about Max and Edna Dercum, read this story by Steve Lipsher.