Jan 22, 2018 in Kids & Family Friendly Zone, Gear

It's in the bag (Continued from Part 2)

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Clothing and gear

For road trips especially, I prefer soft luggage I can squish into the nooks and crannies of my Prius. Thule isn’t just a master at helping you haul gear atop your car on a rack. Much to my surprise, they make incredibly smart and rugged luggage. Their

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Jan 22, 2018 in Winter Park, Snow, Deals

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In celebration of new snow, 11” of which dropped over the weekend, Winter Park Resort is offering discounted lift tickets of $99, a savings of $60 off the window rate, exclusively for skiing and riding this week.       

Tickets can be purchased either in person or online at www.winterparkresort.com and can be used beginning today and continuing through Friday, January 26.  The $99 tickets cannot be purchased this week and used at a later date in the

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Jan 20, 2018 in Kids & Family Friendly Zone

(Continued from Part 1)

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SOFT GOODS

I'm a gear geek and relish the research of what makes a sport like skiing or snowboarding enjoyable - which hinges on the comfort of your apparel. If your kid is warm (but not roasting) in proper gear, the odds are stacked in your favor for a good time on the hill. Clothing is largely similar for skiing and snowboarding with slight differences I'll point out as we cover items from head to toe. 

Generally speaking, snowboarding clothes tend to be baggier

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Jan 19, 2018 in Sunlight

Proceeds to Benefit Make-a-Wish Foundation 

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Today officials at Sunlight Mountain Resort announced that the ski area will now serve full plates of spaghetti on Sundays with 10 percent of proceeds to be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of America. The move comes after five-year-old Colby Rogers, currently serving as Sunlight Mini-Mayor, issued an executive order calling for spaghetti to be added to Sunlight’s menu. Sunlight’

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Jan 19, 2018 in Kids & Family Friendly Zone

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January is an ideal time to shop for gear before everything's picked over, and you'll find post-holiday sales galore like the New Year's one going on at Christy Sports. We headed over to their shop in Boulder to suss up what's new in gear this season and fill some holes in our gear inventory. In our quest to visit all 22 ski areas on my son's Fifth Grade Passport, I needed to ensure our goods were worthy of lasting 66 days on the slopes.

HARD GOODS: to rent or buy?

While I've been a

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Jan 18, 2018 in Skiing & Snowboarding

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Photo courtesy of Sunlight Mountain Resort.

At its core, skiing is a solitary experience. Even if you're up there with friends or family, it's basically just you, your skills and the mountain until you reach the bottom. 

The chairlift, however, is the great equalizer. You meet new people, have your few minutes of conversation and go on your way. It's where black diamond rippers meet newbies who barely know how to get off the lift. 

At risk of over-generalizing, we've put together a list of the different types of

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Jan 18, 2018 in Kids & Family Friendly Zone

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Fifth grade is a rite of passage in Colorado, marking the time local students can register for Colorado Ski Country's Fifth Grade Passport offering access to 22 ski areas, three days each - completely free. That's 66 days of skiing and a perfect excuse to sample some ski areas we'

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Jan 18, 2018 in Monarch, Deals

Proceeds Support the Salida Grainery and Salida Boys and Girls Clubs

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Monarch Mountain will offer a Ski Free Day on Monday, January 22, 2018 to help support the local community. Monarch Mountain will be accepting canned food and cash donations and in return guests will receive a free lift ticket good for that day or any other day during the 17/18 season. All food donations will go to the Salida Grainery and all cash donations will go to the Boys and Girls Club

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Jan 17, 2018 in Steamboat

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Visitors to Steamboat Ski Resort may notice something just a bit different near the base around Christie Peak Express this season. Perhaps a new chairlift or more magic carpets? Maybe a new bouncy castle or climbing wall for kids to enjoy? A new après-ski destination for sampling adult beverages?
 
Nope. Think more imaginative and fun.
 
In fact, it’s an entire mountain coaster—the Outlaw Mountain Coaster—only the longest of its kind in North

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