Mar 14, 2019 in Purgatory

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Photo Credit: Helen Olsson

Here was the devastating part of my recent trip to Purgatory. The snowfall report was 24 inches in 24 hours. A tally like that promises the kind of over-the-head blower powder shots that you’ll be telling your grandkids about. But I was in a car with another mom driving away from a ski-in-ski-out condo at the base of Purgatory towards the town of Durango. We were like fish swimming upstream against the traffic of rabid powderhounds heading to the resort. What gives, you ask?

I had come to Purgatory to watch my 18-year-old

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Mar 13, 2019 in Aspen Snowmass, Eldora

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Photo Credit: 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

The ultimate mashup is coming to Colorado this week. With stops in Aspen and Eldora, the 10 Barrell Brewing Co. Beercat is one part brewpub, one part snowcat. Pro snowboarder Mike Basich crafted the Beercat out of a vintage 1987 Spryte snowcat on top of which he custom-built a tiny brewpub with walls that fold down, transforming into decks for the ultimate slopeside happy hour.

The 10 Barrell Beercat will be at Aspen on March 15

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Mar 12, 2019 in Winter Park, Eldora

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Photo Credit: Carl Frey, Winter Park

Getting to and from Colorado’s high country can be a challenge for college students across the state, especially those without a car. However, there are plenty of alternate transportation options—plus some good old-fashioned ones—that allow even the carless among us the chance to enjoy Colorado Ski Country and its many ski areas.


Simple, efficient, relatively-environmentally friendly and cheap, carpooling has been the name of the

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Mar 12, 2019 in Monarch


Photo Credit: Monarch Mountain

Due to incredibly good snowfall during the 2018-19 ski season, Monarch Mountain has announced it is extending its ski season for an additional two weekends. After April 7th, Monarch will be open for skiing, snowboarding, cat skiing and tubing with limited on-mountain services Friday-Sunday (April 12-14 and April 19-21).

Monarch is sitting on a 100-inch base and has received over 240 inches thus far, with a favorable forecast for more winter storms throughout the month of March and into April.

“This season has already proven to be quite an

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Mar 12, 2019 in Purgatory, Hesperus Ski Area


Photo Credit: Purgatory Resort

With Purgatory Resort crossing the 300” mark for total snowfall this morning and sister mountain Hesperus Ski Area reporting 188”, both ski areas announced today they are adding ski days to the 2018-2019 winter.

Purgatory is extending the daily operating schedule through April 7 and will be open Saturdays and Sundays thereafter, although a closing date has not yet been announced.

Hesperus will be open everyday this week from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. as part of their

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Mar 08, 2019 in Steamboat

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Photo Credit: Steamboat


Starting tomorrow, March 9, Steamboat Ski Resort will move into extended spring closing hours, which will continue through closing day, April 14. Please see the below chart for specific lifts and closing times. 



Regular Season

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Mar 08, 2019 in Aspen Highlands

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A family ready for their Aspen Highlands ski day. Photo by Helen Olsson. 

My ski tips hung over the pitch of Steeplechase at Aspen Highlands. One little push, and I’d be ripping turns and playing with gravity on the elevator-shaft pitch. That’s my favorite thing to do on skis. (Well, aside from powder). I love me some steeps.

“I am not skiing that,” my daughter announced. “No way.”

My husband, Jeff, and my 18-year-old

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Mar 07, 2019 in Winter Park

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Photo by Carl Frey at Winter Park Resort. 

When the season’s this good, you never want it to end and thanks to the over 250” of snow that has fallen so far this season, Winter Park Resort’s iconic Mary Jane will remain open three extra weeks, with closing now slated for Sunday, May 12.  The Winter Park side will still close on the originally scheduled closing weekend of April 20-21 with Spring Splash still scheduled for Sunday, April 21, the culmination of four straight weekends of

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Mar 06, 2019 in Sunlight

189- SUN FF facebook Event coverToday Sunlight Mountain Resort announced it will offer free skiing and riding to all active firefighters and first responders as part of its new Firefighter Funday campaign. To be held each Wednesday of Sunlight’s 2018/19 season, Sunlight officials say Firefighter Fun Days are its way of recognizing the efforts of its local firefighters and first responders, as well as the hundreds of firefighters who came from out-of-state to battle wildfires throughout Colorado.

“This is a small way to recognize the tremendous effort, sacrifice,

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Mar 06, 2019 in Winter Park

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Photo Credit: Winter Park

With the best snow in the mountains in years, there are only nine more opportunities to enjoy the convenience of Amtrak’s Winter Park Express rail service from Denver to Winter Park this season.  The train will run this Friday, March 8, and then every Saturday and Sunday through March 31.             

Ticket sales are currently on pace to smash the record number of riders of more than 17,600 since the service was reinstated three years ago, further cementing its status as “Colorado’s

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