Companion Rescue Workshop is being put on by A-Basin Ski Area with the proceeds going to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center

If you go outside in the winter time you should take this course.

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Patrol is putting on this class.

Join CAIC, A-Basin Ski Patrol and patrollers from neighboring ski areas for a day of classroom instruction and hands-on outdoor scenarios on how to make solo and group avalanche rescues.

*A Lift Ticket or Season Pass is REQUIRED for this workshop*

Price includes pasta dinner and special presentation about being prepared in the backcountry after the workshop.

Price         $50.00      

Companion Rescue Workshop Pasta Dinner

Pasta for everyone! Join us after the Companion Rescue Workshop for a pasta dinner and special presentation about being prepared in the backcountry in the A-Frame (vegetarian options available).

Open to everyone, even if you’re not participating in the workshop! Bring your friends and join us in the A-Frame. All proceeds go to the CAIC.

To Sign Up Go Here.

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USA ProChallenge Host Cities for 2015 Announced. Different cities, Going to be a slightly Different Race. Cool!

Host Cities Announced for 2015 USA Pro Challenge

Fans Can Help Shape the Route for America’s Most Difficult Professional Cycling Race

Colorado’s largest sporting event is back for 2015, and today race officials unveiled seven of the host cities that will be highlighted as starts and finishes for the 2015 USA Pro Challenge. Taking place Aug. 17-23, the race will feature several dramatic changes for 2015, including a new overall start in beautiful Steamboat Springs, new host communities Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain and a challenging individual time trial course in in the scenic town of Breckenridge. And with six of the seven stages set, organizers are looking to fans to help determine the location of Stage 6.

“The start and finish cities for the 2015 USA Pro Challenge are going to create some unique challenges for the riders while also showcasing some of Colorado’s most beautiful regions to our worldwide audience,” said Rick Schaden, owner of the USA Pro Challenge. “We are always humbled by the amount of interest we receive from cities across the state that want to host the race and we feel confident that the partners we’ve selected this year will help us continue to raise the bar for professional cycling in America.”

After drawing more than 1 million fans each year and generating $130 million in economic impact to the State of Colorado in 2014 alone, the USA Pro Challenge will make its return with an overall start in Steamboat Springs. Over the course of seven days of intensely competitive racing, the world’s best riders will return to iconic Colorado cities that have been key parts of the race in previous years, such as Aspen and Denver.

In a mix of new and prior host cities, the stages of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge include:

  • Stage 1: Monday, Aug. 17 – Steamboat Springs Circuit Race
  • Stage 2: Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Steamboat Springs to Arapahoe Basin
  • Stage 3: Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Copper Mountain Resort to Aspen
  • Stage 4: Thursday, Aug. 20 – Aspen to Breckenridge
  • Stage 5: Friday, Aug. 21 – Breckenridge Individual Time Trial
  • Stage 6: Saturday, Aug. 22 – ???
  • Stage 7: Sunday, Aug. 23 – Golden to Denver

Last year, fans weighed in on the final stage and ultimately determined a route that took the riders from Boulder, through Golden and finished in Downtown Denver. Due to overwhelming fan interest and support, organizers are again letting people have a say in the course. Fans will be able to help shape the race by logging on to www.prochallenge.com/2015stage6 before 11:59 p.m. MT December 12, and giving their opinion on what part of the state Stage 6 should visit.

“Last year we turned to our dedicated fans to help determine the route for the final stage of the Pro Challenge,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge. “The enthusiasm and valuable opinions that we received convinced us that we should look to our supporters again for their input on the 2015 race. We know our fans are passionate about the sport and we’re looking forward to hearing where they want Stage 6 to go.”

A new overall start for the Pro Challenge, Steamboat Springs, with a population of just more than 12,000, should see that number at least double on race day. Located just west of the Continental Divide and Rabbit Ears Pass, Steamboat is the perfect location to kick off the race and showcase Colorado’s unique scenic beauty. And as the Colorado city that has produced more Olympians than any other, the riders should feel right at home.

In one of the most significant changes to the 2015 route, Breckenridge will host the individual time trial. Located 9,600 ft. above sea level, this course will test the riders with challenging, hilly terrain. With these additions combined with new host cities Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain Resort, the 2015 course will create dramatic moments for the riders and fans.

Known for lung-searing altitudes and intense climbs through the Colorado Rockies, the race is the largest spectator event in the history of the state. The 2014 USA Pro Challenge saw part-time Aspen resident Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing Team take the overall win for the second year in a row this past August in Denver.

“I am so happy to hear the USA Pro Challenge is going through Aspen again,” said van Garderen. “It is always great to be able to race in front of my family and close friends. Of course, I am curious to see the route they will pick and I am expecting it to be the most challenging route yet.”

Additional details regarding the exact start and finish locations of the 2015 race, as well as the specific, detailed route will be announced in the spring.


Colorado Inaugurates 2013-14 Ski Season

Resort Opening Dates Available.

Arapahoe Basin First Ski Resort in the Nation to Open for the Season

Colorado’s 2013/14 ski season is underway today as Arapahoe Basin opened its chair lift to crowds of animated skiers and snowboarders. At 8:30a.m., with an 18-inch base and lifts running, Arapahoe Basin became the first resort in North America to open for the 2013/14 ski season. Arapahoe Basin’s opening, along with recently announced pass deals and new improvements at Colorado resorts, has skiers and riders eager for the season ahead.

Several resorts in Colorado have taken advantage of cold nighttime temperatures and ideal humidity conditions over the past several weeks. Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area began making snow on the evening of Friday, September 27, and have made snow or received natural snow most days since then. New snowmaking equipment upgrades, ideal snowmaking conditions, and recent natural snowfall have added to Arapahoe Basin’s base accumulation resulting in the resort’s current packed powder conditions. Today skiers and riders accessed the Black Mountain Express lift and enjoyed skiing on intermediate run High Noon.

For Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), today’s exciting opening brings optimism for the season ahead. “Seeing skiers and snowboarders taking their first turns of the season is one of the highlights of the year,” said Colorado Ski Country USA President and CEO, Melanie Mills. “Since the first high country snowstorms several weeks ago, we’ve seen the enthusiasm in skiers and snowboarders building towards this day. Thanks to helpful weather patterns and the hard work of Snowmakers and groomers, all of Colorado’s resorts will open with top notch products our guests will enjoy.”

The recent autumn snow storms and early winter season conditions brought a robust crowd to Arapahoe Basin today, signifying skiers and riders are more than ready to enjoy Colorado’s signature winter sports. “Resorts continue to focus on the guest experience, with everything from safety to service,” continued Mills. “Whether the emphasis is on families, learning or value, visitors can expect the same qualities from resorts this year that keep them coming back to Colorado season after season.”

Amid all of the Opening Day celebrations, Colorado’s Governor, John Hickenlooper, congratulated Arapahoe Basin on being first to open saying, “It’s still fall but the 2013/14 ski and snowboard season is open for business in Colorado.” He continued, “Tourism and recreation are some of our most visible and important industries in Colorado, not to mention key economic drivers, and with today’s grand opening we are looking forward to a fun-filled and snowy year on the slopes.”

The race to host Opening Day is one of the highlights of the ski season, a title often held by Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin or Loveland. Both resorts are perched atop the Continental Divide giving them higher elevations, earlier frosts and colder temperatures. This also allows them to stay open long into the spring giving Colorado one of the longest ski seasons in the country.

Below is a current list of scheduled opening dates for CSCUSA member resorts*.

Resort Opening (and closing) Dates

Arapahoe Basin:                          October 13, 2013 – Early June 2014

Aspen Highlands:                         December 14, 2013 – April 13, 2014

Aspen Mountain:                         November 28, 2013 – April 20, 2014

Buttermilk:                                 December 14, 2013 – April 6, 2014

Copper Mountain:                        November 1, 2013 – April 13, 2014

Crested Butte:                            November 27, 2013 – April 6, 2014

Eldora:                                      November 22, 2013 – April 13, 2014

Howelsen Hill:                             November 30, 2013 – March 16, 2014

Loveland:                                   Mid October 2013 – Early May 2014

Monarch Mountain:                      Mid November 2013 – April 13, 2014

Powderhorn:                               December 12, 2013 – March 30, 2014

Purgatory:                                  November 29, 2013 – March 30, 2014

Silverton:                                   December 21, 2013 – April 13, 2014

Ski Cooper:                                December 14, 2013 – April 6, 2014

Ski Granby Ranch:                       December 11, 2013 – April 6, 2014

Snowmass:                                 November 28, 2013 – April 20, 2014

Steamboat:                                November 27, 2013 – April 13, 2014

Sunlight:                                    December 6, 2013 – March 30, 2014

Telluride:                                   November 28, 2013 – April 6, 2014

Winter Park:                               November 13, 2013 – April 20, 2014

Wolf Creek:                                November 8, 2013 – April 6, 2014

*Dates are subject to change.

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Colorado’s Passport Programs Introduce Colorado Kids to Skiing and Snowboarding

Colorado Ski Country USA’s Passport Programs Introduce Colorado Kids to Skiing and Snowboarding

First Class Program and Lift Access to Twenty Resorts an Unmatched Value for Families

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Aspen Snowmass Jeremy Swanson

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Monarch

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Photo credits: (L-R) Aspen/Snowmass, Jeremy Swanson; Scott Markewitz; Monarch Mountain

Denver, Colo. – September 2, 2013 – Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced today the Association’s popular 5th and 6th Grade Passport Programs are available for the 2013/14 ski season. The Passport Programs introduce fifth and sixth grade kids to skiing and snowboarding by giving fifth graders free access, and sixth graders discounted access, to twenty of Colorado’s finest ski resorts.

As the industry’s most influential program, the CSCUSA 5th Grade Passport allows fifth graders three days of free skiing at each of the twenty CSCUSA participating member resorts. The 6th Grade Passport allows sixth graders four days of skiing at the same twenty resorts for $99, which amounts to 80 days on the slopes for less than $1.25 each day.

Additionally, CSCUSA will offer First Class Lessons to complement the 5th Grade Passport Program. First Class provides fifth graders who are new to skiing and snowboarding the opportunity to learn the sport from some of the best instructors in the industry. Registered 5th Grade Passport holders who have never skied nor snowboarded, and are therefore considered “never-evers”, are eligible to receive a free ski or snowboard lesson and rental equipment during the month of January, which is also Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Fifth graders who qualify for First Class have the option of seventeen different resorts to have their introductory experience on snow. Advance reservations are required for First Class Lessons.

“Colorado Ski Country’s Passport Programs have introduced an entire generation of youngsters to skiing and snowboarding,” said Melanie Mills, president and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA. “By giving 5th and 6th graders the opportunity to ski and ride, we’re helping kids to become lifelong skiers and snowboarders. The First Class Lesson program ensures that novice young skiers and snowboarders will enjoy their introductory on-snow experience and grow to become ambassadors of the state’s signature sports.”

To register kids for the Passport Programs, parents can visit www.ColoradoSki.com/Passport. Details on the First Class Program can also be found at ColoradoSki.com/Passport. The CSCUSA Passport Programs enjoy the support of presenting sponsor, Chipotle, and of program partners Christy Sports and Credit Union of Colorado.

Participating resorts in the 2013-14 Passport programs include: Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, Eldora, Howelsen Hill, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, Ski Granby Ranch, Snowmass, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park and Wolf Creek.

For more details please visit www.ColoradoSki.com/Passport or call 303-866-9707.

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News May 27, 2013

Rundown of weekly news that might be of interest!

 

Legal

The age that minors become adults.

I am constantly writing about the different legal issues of minors, here you can check on what that means for your state.

The age when a minor becomes an adult is currently 18 in 47 states. Alabama and Nebraska state law says an adult is someone who is 19 or older and Mississippi an adult is 21 or older.

There are exceptions for all the laws on minority in each state. A minor can become an adult if they marry, if they are emancipated or by special statutory exceptions.

See http://rec-law.us/13YGKFq

 

Against the law now for kids to not pay attention?

Parents sue because kids were playing. Group of kids on a YMCA outing to a miniature golf course were playing around. One kid hit another in the mouth with a golf club and injured the girl. The parents are suing for inadequate supervision.

How many adults would you have to have to keep kids from playing around? 10 kids, 20 adults? The only result of these suits is kids are not going to be taken care of by adults except their parents.

See http://rec-law.us/11s9pNV

 

Commercial whitewater fatality on the Kenai Peninsula‘s Six Mile Creek.

See http://rec-law.us/11qnIm6

 

 

Skiing

Vail just got bigger!

Vail resorts just signed a 50 year lease to run The Canyons in Utah. This will make the Vail Season pretty amazing. Nine resorts (the PR forgot about #A-Basin) will be available to season pass holders in three states: CO, UT and CA.

See http://rec-law.us/159gWWI

 

Is resort a fake? Town is

New 23 lift resort has been approved in #BC Canada. Approval was granted by a town council of a town that does not exist…..

See http://rec-law.us/11yCD3F

 

Paddlesports

Rituals v. Habits

Great article about how commercial boatman, sometimes pick up habits that become rituals in the Grand Canyon.

See http://rec-law.us/13SNq7U

 

If you can call water flowing between concrete walls on a concrete floor a river……

The Los Angeles River is now open to the public again. Or at least 2.5 miles of it.

See http://rec-law.us/15iCm3b

 

Training

Future Career or future disability

Training kids too hard to early does not create great athletic prodigies, only injuries.

See http://rec-law.us/124vKIG

#Nike has stopped its support for #LiveStrong.

See http://rec-law.us/10xQPsb

 

Mountaineering

Climb meaning sitting in you easy chair with a beer

New iOs App allows you to climb Mtn Everest.

See http://rec-law.us/18om8tK

 

One way to get down

Video of a base jump? Paraglide off Mt. Everest

See http://rec-law.us/10MdBJm

 

Overachievers!

Not satisfied to climb Mt #Everest once, David Liano Gonzalez climbed it twice, in the same season, once from the South Side (Nepalese) and once from the North Side (Chinese).

See http://rec-law.us/13nZV9j

 

It’s still climbing….right?

Companies are considering putting a ladder on the Hilliary Step on Mt. Everest. There is already a ladder on the North side.

See http://rec-law.us/ZcpsTx

Nepal demanding payment for summit broadcast

There are actually rules for climbing Mt. #Everest. One of those is you cannot #broadcast from sacred areas. The summit is a sacred area. Now Nepal wants paid for a broadcast.

See http://rec-law.us/146m6Qi

 

OR Business

Things change

#Nike has stopped its support for #LiveStrong.

See http://rec-law.us/10xQPsb

 

OR Life

Animals are amazing

Video of amazing ways that animals defend themselves.

See http://rec-law.us/13YGCWv

Oh, I’m a survivor

What happens after 400 years under a #glacier and the glacier retreats? Well if you are a #Moss you start to grow again.

See http://rec-law.us/13YGExx

 

This is just so wrong

10 Apps for Enjoying the Great Outdoors

See http://rec-law.us/159rmWq

 

 

Environment

With Glaciers retreating the mountains are coming down also.

See http://rec-law.us/16sM4o9

 

Cycling

Infographic for cycling pre-ride checklist.

See http://rec-law.us/133kAka

 

Mind the Ride

A bike riding group, Denver Cruisers (http://rec-law.us/17t1bOD) which rides every Wednesday night around downtown Denver has created a bicycle awareness campaign.

The campaign is pretty stark, very good and great for a group just not to promote themselves.

See http://rec-law.us/18z1SDb

 

 

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Colorado Resorts Offering a Flurry of Early Season Ski Deals

Colorado Resorts Offering a Flurry of Early Season Ski Deals

Skiers can save with special offers on multi-day lift tickets, lessons, rentals, lodging, and a snow guarantee

DENVER, Colo. – November 9, 2012 – As the 2012/13 ski season gets underway in Colorado, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts are rolling out early season deals and incentives that underscore Colorado as a very attainable and affordable winter ski destination.

With the variety of discounted products recently released, savvy skiers will find that doing a little research can pay big dividends. “Guests have learned that by taking advantage of early season deals and booking their ski vacation early, they will yield the biggest savings and end up with a ski trip that fits their budget and needs,” explained Melanie Mills, president and CEO, Colorado Ski Country USA. “Resorts are able to leverage their partners in lodging, ski school and equipment rentals and put together some very creative and attractive packages.”

A sampling of resort early season deals is below and more can be found on www.ColoradoSki.com/deals.

Passes & Lift Tickets

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East Wall at Arapahoe Basin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin offers The Legend’s 4 Pass which is valid for four days of skiing or riding at Arapahoe Basin. The cost is $158 and the pass is non-transferable (this is a hard-card product that requires a photo) and available for purchase until December 14, 2012. Valid all season with no blackout dates, guests can purchase The Legend’s 4 online at Arapahoebasin.com or via phone by calling 888-ARAPAHOE.

Colorado Gems Card

The Colorado Gems Card is a discount card for use at the eight Colorado Gem resorts (Arapahoe Basin, Eldora, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski cooper, Ski Granby Ranch, and Sunlight). It offers deals and discounts that appeal to skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. In addition to the resorts’ upgraded season-long deals, there is a new component to this year’s Gems Card: Flash Deals. Flash Deals are special promotions and ways to save that are unique to each Gem resort and will be announced last minute throughout the season. CSCUSA will announce Flash Deals in the Gems newsletter, on social media, and on the Gems website www.ColoradoSki.com/gems. Only Colorado Gems Card holders will be able to take advantage of Flash Deals.

Powderhorn

The Powderhorn P-Card is neither a season pass nor a lift ticket, but still offers flexibility and savings. The P-Card is a $69 product that allows the purchaser one free day of skiing or snowboarding and additional days at 20 percent off a regular single day adult lift ticket for the rest of the season. Complementary to the P-Card is the Deca Card. The Deca Card can be used for gifts, families, groups, and friends. The Deca Card is $170 and allows the holder to purchase 10 half-price lift tickets, one at a time, all in one day, or any combination in between. It is transferable with no blackout dates. Details and more information can be found at www.Powderhorn.com.

Ski Cooper

New this season is Ski Cooper’s XP 4 Day Pass for $99. Providing direct-to-lift access (pass will be scanned at the lift), no blackout dates or restrictions, and the flexibility to not be used on consecutive days, this deal breaks down to skiing or riding for less than $25 a day. The XP 4 Pass is non-transferable. The $99 purchase price is good until opening day (November 22 as conditions permit) and then the pass can be purchased for $119 while supplies last. For details and more information please visit www.SkiCooper.com.

Steamboat

Guests are invited to spend the early season in Ski Town USA with the Boat Launch pass that offers three days of skiing and riding from November 22 – December 14. The pass is $129, but with snow in the forecast, Steamboat is offering discounted passes for the next week. For details and more information please visit www.steamboat.com/boatlaunch.

Sunlight

Sunlight offers a free lift ticket to Powderhorn passholders until December 20, 2012. Skiers and riders need to show their Powderhorn season pass at the Sunlight ticket window to receive a lift ticket for the day. This offer is valid for all ages and available from opening day at Sunlight (scheduled for Dec. 7) until December 20, 2012. For details and more information please visit www.Sunlightmtn.com.

Lift & Lodging Packages

Aerial view of Ski Cooper.

Aerial view of Ski Cooper. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Aspen/Snowmass

This year the Limelight Hotel in Aspen, where dogs are welcome, offers deals such as its Ski Free package* where guests can receive up to two lift tickets per day with a three night minimum stay, based on availability, and some blackout dates apply. Details and more information can be found at www.limelighthotel.com.

*Lift tickets do not have a dollar value and are non-refundable. Lift tickets are good at all four Aspen/Snowmass ski areas, including Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass.

Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain’s Powder to the Pillow deal gives guests overnight stays in their back pocket to use at any point in time. Guests can pre-purchase three to six nights of lodging and reserve the rooms throughout the season. Visit www.CopperColorado.com for more information.

Crested Butte

A destination known for their past ski free promotions, Crested Butte Mountain Resort offers free skiing for everyone on Opening Day of the 2012-2013 winter season. On November 21, 2012, everyone skis for free, no strings attached. If guests want to stay longer and still receive free skiing, they can book the Ski Free with Lodging package with Crested Butte Vacations at www.skicb.com or call 800-600-2803. Stay one night and receive a free day of skiing for each person on the reservation. This package is available November 21 – December 19, 2012.

Purgatory
Skiers and riders can escape to the scenic Colorado Rocky Mountains for $95 per person/per night with Purgatory’s Rocky Mountain Getaway. The package includes two days of lift tickets and two nights lodging at Durango Mountain Resort. For more information and to book, guests can call 800-525-0892 and mention the “Rocky Mountain Getaway.” Details and more information can be found at www.DurangoMountainResort.com.

*Price is per person, per night, based on double occupancy, minimum two-night stay. Packages may be further customized. Not valid 12/24/2012 – 1/4/2013. Other restrictions may apply.

Steamboat

Steamboat believes that the early bird gets the worm through early rewards package. Travelers can save 20 percent on lifts and lodging for four nights and three days, as low as $394 per adult. A minimum four nights’ lodging and three day lift ticket is required for all guests. Additional savings can be found with Steamboat’s Airfare Sale, with flights as low as $150 into Steamboat’s Hayden Airport. United, Delta and American Airlines have deals from locations including Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando and more. Travelers need to book by November 30, 2012 for the best savings. For details and more information please visit http://www.steamboat.com/plan-your-trip/deals-and-packages/early-rewards.aspx.

Winter Park

Guest can book five flexible nights of lodging for $169 per night at The Vintage Hotel and they will receive a free Winter Park Season Pass. The season pass allows unrestricted access to Winter Park’s cruisers and Mary Jane’s famous mogul runs all season long. Lodging must book buy December 12, 2012.

New this year, Winter Park is offering a Snow Guarantee. With the guarantee, previously booked vacations can be rescheduled for later in the season if snow conditions are not up to guest’s standards. Trips must be booked for arrival/departure between November 14 – December, 20 2012. Notification of rescheduling must be made 48 hours prior to arrival (by 4 p.m., two days prior to arrival) and will be on a space available basis. Rescheduled trip must be used by April 21, 2013. The cost of the early season vacation will be applied to the later dates and any difference in cost will be paid by the guest and no refund will be offered.

This season Winter Park is offering 25 percent off nightly lodging at the resort. The discount applies to Winter Park Resort properties including Zephyr Mountain Lodge, Fraser Crossing, Founders Point, and Vintage Hotel. Offer is not valid December 26 – 31, 2012 and March 10 – 14, 2013 and must be booked by December 12, 2012. Details and more information can be found at www.WinterParkResort.com.

Lift/Lessons

Aspen/Snowmass

Aspen/Snowmass invites guest who are new to the sports of skiing and snowboarding to take advantage of a lift and lesson package and get on the slopes in the early season. Right now, guests can buy 2, get 3 on lift tickets, equipment rentals, and group lessons (all kids group lessons ages 5 – 17 and adult group lessons level 4 and up). Packages must be booked by November 19, 2012 and are valid November 22 – December 20, 2012. To book this package and get more information please visit www.stayaspensnowmass.com.

Loveland

Loveland has a deal for those who have never tried skiing or riding before but always wanted to. With Loveland’s 3-Class Pass, guests can learn a new sport and receive an Unrestricted Loveland Season Pass to enjoy and practice turns all season long. Guests can simply sign up for three ski or snowboard full lesson packages, which include lesson, all day lift ticket and equipment rental. Once they complete the third lesson, they will receive a season pass. Additional charges apply for novice and low intermediate adults. Prices and more information can be found at http://www.skiloveland.com/skischool/3_class_pass.aspx

Ski Granby Ranch

Ski Granby Ranch (formerly SolVista Basin) offers the Get On the Snow (GOTS) program for never-ever-before skiers or riders. With Ski Granby Ranch’s GOTS Program, guests can learn a new sport and receive a season pass to practice everything they learned. The program includes two full days of lessons and equipment rentals. Once the second lesson has been completed, guests will receive a season pass. For more information, please visit http://www.granbyranch.com/colorado-skiing-snowboarding-ski-resorts-ski-and-ride-school.html.

Wolf Creek

The Beginner Package at Wolf Creek Ski Area offers never-ever skiers and snowboarders a combination lift and group lesson ticket to keep it easy on the first day. The $56 price includes four hours in a group ski lesson and access to the beginner Nova double chairlift. For $66 the same deal can be used for snowboarders. This package is offered to adult skiers/boarders, as well as children ages nine and up. For details and more information please visit www.WolfCreekSki.com

Anniversary Deals

Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain welcomes its 40th season in the skiing business December 7 – 9 with throwback deals. All weekend long, Copper is offering anniversary themed specials; $40 lift tickets, $.72 beer at Endo’s, $40 equipment rental for two and $40 Ski & Ride School and Woodward at Copper packages and much more. Retro snow suits are requested but not required; visit www.CopperColorado.com for more details.

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GEMS card now available at Credit Union of Colorado

Colorado Ski Country USA Gems Cards Now Available at Credit Union of Colorado

New Flash Deals Headline 2012/13 Season Gems Card

East Wall at Arapahoe Basin

East Wall at Arapahoe Basin 

DENVER, Colo, – Oct. 26, 2012 -Skiers and snowboarders can now benefit from saving on winter ski deals by purchasing a Colorado Gems Card for $10 at any of the Credit Union of Colorado’s 15 statewide locations. The cards are issued by Colorado Ski Country USA, and provide a variety of discounts – including new, time-sensitive Flash Deals – at eight of Colorado’s ski areas.

Credit Union of Colorado is a CSCUSA corporate partner, as well as a Gems program partner, and the primary retail outlet for the cards while supplies last. The Credit Union’s branch locations can be found at www.CUofCO.org.

Credit Union of Colorado also is an official partner for CSCUSA’s 5th and 6th Grade Passport Program, which provides free skiing and snowboarding for 5th graders and inexpensive access for 6th graders. For details on the Passport programs please visit www.ColoradoSki.com/Passport.

The Gems ski areas are Arapahoe Basin, Eldora, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, Ski Granby Ranch and Sunlight Mountain. Gems Card offerings vary at each ski area. For details or to purchase a card online please visit www.ColoradoSki.com/Gems.

 

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What’s new at Colorado Ski Resorts for the 2012-13 Ski Season

Unrivaled Guest Experience at the Core of Colorado Ski Country USA Resort Enhancements

For the 2012-13 ski season, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts are dedicated to solidifying Colorado as the top ski vacation destination, including exceeding guest expectations for services, amenities and resort facilities.

Colorado is synonymous with skiing because guests know they will find consistent powder snow framed by top-notch services. As part of their commitment, resorts are enhancing their profiles this season, adding new infrastructural components that will make visitors’ time on the slopes more efficient and rewarding. Improved snow making and maintenance at a number of resorts is calculated to enhance skiing and riding, while guest-facing developments such as new restaurants, increased terrain and additional built-in activities will supplement the overall guest experience.

These capabilities, along with numerous other additions and renovations throughout Colorado Ski Country, are intended to usher in a new era of guest service and help maintain Colorado’s position as the nation’s leading state for winter activities. Below is a complete round-up of the 2012-13 capital improvements.

New Infrastructural Improvements

Howelsen Hill, the oldest continuous resort in operation west of the Mississippi, is building a $1.75 million HS45 (Hill Size 45) ski jump that will be fully functional in summer and winter. Owned by the City of Steamboat Springs, Howelsen anticipates finishing this intensive project prior to this winter. When completed, the HS45 Ski Jump’s plastic surface will be sprayed with water, enabling skiers to slide on the surface and allowing youth level competitors to jump at Howelsen Hill in both the summer and winter. This will provide training for young athletes from around the nation to be competitive on a national and international basis.

Wolf Creek’s new Race Hutch will debut this season, located at the bottom of Charisma where the race-course finishes. Race equipment, fencing, gates, sound system and banners will be located in this small building. Also, new water-free composting restrooms will be installed at the base of the Alberta Lift replacing the current temporary port-a-potties.

Snowmass will add 230 acres of new terrain on Burnt Mountain this season, bringing total skiable acreage to 3,362 acres, making it the second largest ski area in Colorado. The terrain on Burnt Mountain features rolling, low-angle meadows, glades and spectacular views into the valleys between Snowmass and Buttermilk.

Loveland’s new on-mountain developments include complete renovations on The Ptarmigan Roost Cabin at the top of Chair 2 and The Rockhouse at the top of Chair 1. The interiors have been redone and the decks expanded to create more space for skiers and riders to take a break between runs and enjoy the views. The resort will also reconfigure Chair 2 to add an off-load station below the current re-load station, allowing the area to offer early and late season lessons for beginner skiers and snowboarders when Loveland Valley is closed.

In addition to its new on-mountain developments, Loveland will utilize its new snowcat to take guests up to The Ridge, a free ride designed to grant convenient access to its wider terrain.

Monarch received Forest Service acceptance of its new master plan last November. The Base Lodge expansion and remodel is the first project, a $2.3 million investment. An additional 16,000 square feet of space will enhance the facilities and services. The improvements include rejuvenation of the entire lodge, including creating indoor stairs to all levels, a handicap elevator, a fire suppression system and more seating throughout the Lodge.

Guests will notice the newly expanded Base Lodge upon arrival. On the right side of the building at the parking level there is now a direct-to-mountain walk-thru entrance.

As part of its commitment to improving the experience for beginners and introducing newbies to the sport, Arapahoe Basin is adding an $80,000 conveyor lift in the Pika Place Learning Arena. Already home to North America’s highest terrain park, the resort will prepare to open the 2012-13 season with the addition of a beginner-level terrain park, called Ace’s Kids Park, which will be adjacent to the new lift.

Winter Park Resort will add a new Tube Park for the upcoming season. This family-friendly amenity will give guests yet another exciting activity in the Village during the day and into the evening. Opening in December 2012, the new park will feature four lanes, conveyor lift access and a state-of-the-art warming structure with restrooms, hot chocolate service and flexible space available for groups.

Launched for the summer of 2012, Copper Mountain’s newest attraction – the Alpine Rush Zip Line – will continue to operate throughout the 2012-13 winter ski season. This family-friendly ride features a unique dueling-design which allows two guests to fly side-by-side as they soar 30 feet above Copper’s bustling West Lake ice skating rink. The flight travels 300 feet across the lake, reaching speeds of up to 30mph. Alpine Rush makes the perfect addition to Copper’s intimate, pedestrian-only Village, which also features restaurants, shopping and comfortable lodging, all within walking distance to the lifts.

Snowmaking Improvements

Colorado is known for having consistent snow conditions and the 2012-13 season will be no exception as a number of resorts invested in snowmaking equipment. Arapahoe Basin has purchased a new $250,000 snowcat, and Winter Park Resort will replace two of its snowcats, resulting in improved snow maintenance at both resorts. Steamboat Resort will add a new Bison groomer to its fleet, expanding and upgrading snowmaking capabilities, and will also add new 4-stroke energy efficient snowmobiles. Howelsen Hill will be introducing a new Super PoleCat snow gun to facilitate the hill’s snowmaking ability, complementing its new ski jump.

Last season, Copper Mountain partnered with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) to create the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center, an exclusive on-snow alpine ski racing venue designed to provide full length downhill training by early November each season. For the 2012-13 season Copper will fine-tune the automated snowmaking system for the Speed Center.

New snowmaking pipes are being installed at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, adding more acreage and more capacity to the East River aMount Crested Butte located at 38.884° -106.94...rea. Enhanced

snowmaking will allow the resort to open this area sooner, with better coverage in the early winter season. The resort has also leased a new Prinoth snow groomer, the Bison X,which will maintain one of the state’s best corduroy.

During the off-season, Telluride completed an operational and energy analysis on existing snowmaking equipment. After this study, the resort received a snowmaking grant through National Ski Areas Association’s (NSAA) Sustainable Slopes Program that includes five high-efficiency snowmaking guns. These new guns will be a significant addition to the 10 high-efficiency guns purchased last season, and complement the three new Piston Bully snowcat groomers that Telluride’s grooming department has added to its fleet to improve terrain grooming.

Wolf Creek not only purchased a new Piston Bully 400 Snowcat to improve terrain options, but has installed two more Gazex exploders, one in the Horseshoe Bowl and one on the Knife Ridge. The Gazex and Aviblasters are an integral part of Wolf Creek’s Avalanche Hazard Reduction Program.

Partnerships, Rental Fleets, Ski School Improvements and New Access

Copper Mountain, home of the unique Woodward at Copper, has acquired a 14’x14’ Super Tramp at the facility for the upcoming season. There are only three Super Tramps in the country. Woodward, dedicated to park and pipe progression, has also added a portable skate mini-ramp.

Silverton Mountain will begin hiking access, and heli drops for an upgrade fee, to new runs that require rappels in or out of couloirs and/or big snowy aprons. This will allow access to places like the Mad Dog, Close Out Couloirs off Storm Peak, and the Hidden Valley – a large, open powdery bowl with no accessibility except via a 100 ft. rappel. The new activity is $425 per person and promises the adventure of a lifetime.

Steamboat Resort has partnered with ski manufacturer Rossignol to create the Rossignol Experience Center. Rossignol’s line of Experience Skis were created to fit the needs of skiers ranging from novice to expert, making the progression easier, faster and more fun. Similarly, the upcoming season will see yet another step in the progression of Durango Mountain Resort as it has also partnered with ski manufacturer Rossignol to open a Rossignol Experience Center. The Durango Mountain Resort Ski School has been trained by Rossignol to incorporate the new Experience technology into their lesson programs, minimizing the learning curve and getting resort skiers out and enjoying the entire mountain quicker than ever. Crested Butte Mountain Resort will also introduce its new partnership with Rossignol this season, and the resort’s Rental and Demo Center will utilize Rossignol’s Experience Demo program to aid in the learning process.

Monarch is investing an additional $300,000 to improve the guest experience by expanding its rental and demo fleet of skis, snowboards and boots. Additionally, the Monarch ski school staff will don new highly visible green uniforms, and ski patrol will add new snowmobiles to assist guests and open terrain quickly and more efficiently.

Winter Park Resort has grown its rental fleet by adding new helmets, boots, skis and snowboards to ensure guests can enjoy the newest equipment available, while Wolf Creek has also invested heavily in its rental fleet to provide the same opportunity.

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Colorado Ski Country Gem card is now on sale. Best skiing deal in Colorado

2012/13 Colorado Ski Country USA Gems Card Helps Skiers Save More Money,

Ski More Powder

Now On Sale, 2012/13 Season Gems Card Features New Flash Deals

From left to right: Loveland_Dustin Schaefer, 2012/13 Colorado Gems Card, Arapahoe Basin, Monarch Mountain

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) today announced that 2012/13 Colorado Gems Cards will feature a new Flash Deal component and are now available for purchase.

The Colorado Gems Card is a discount card for use at the Colorado Gem resorts. It offers deals and discounts that appeal to skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. In addition to the resorts upgraded season-long deals, there is a new component to this year’s Gems Card: Flash Deals. Flash Deals are special promotions and ways to save that are unique to each Gem resort and will be announced last minute throughout the season. CSCUSA will announce Flash Deals in the Gems newsletter, on social media, and on the Gems website www.ColoradoSki.com/gems. Only Colorado Gems Card holders will be able to take advantage of Flash Deals.

For many Gem resort skiers and riders, purchasing the Colorado Gems Card is part of their pre-season ritual as they gather the tools they need to get the most powder for their purchase. The 2012/13 Gems Card can save card holders hundreds of dollars in discounts and deals that can be enjoyed throughout the season. “The Gems Card unlocks a mountain of savings and has become a vital tool for savvy skiers and riders looking to get the most out of their ski season,” explains Melanie Mills, president and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA. “And with this year’s added Flash Deals the potential for savings increases, allowing card holders to get even more value out of visiting their favorite Gems resorts this season.”

Purchasing the Gems Card before the ski season begins allows buyers to take full advantage of the card’s savings throughout the winter. Skiers and riders will get their money’s worth after using the card just one time. Multiple uses that take advantage of deals at the Gems resorts, plus utilizing the Flash Deals offered, could mean savings of thousands of dollars in one ski season. “Our Colorado season is typically one of the first to begin in North America, with a couple of our Gems resorts competing to be the first to open,” said Mills. “And because of the elevations of our ski areas, some of our Gems resorts are the last in the country to close, meaning that Gems Card holders have plenty of time to take advantage of one of the nation’s longest ski seasons.”

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The $10 Gems Card puts Colorado’s world-renowned skiing within reach for skiers and riders from Colorado and elsewhere around the nation. Some of the discounts Gems Card holders can take advantage of in the 2012/13 season include:

· A free lift ticket at Monarch Mountain

· Two-for-one lift tickets at three different ski areas

· Savings on lift tickets at all eight Gems ski areas

The Colorado Gems program is presented by Icelantic Boards. Gems resorts are: Arapahoe Basin, Eldora Mountain Resort, Loveland Ski Area, Monarch Mountain, Powderhorn Resort, Ski Cooper, Ski Granby Ranch, and Sunlight Mountain Resort.

To purchase a Gems Card, visit www.ShopColoradoSki.com. Cards are available now and will be available throughout the upcoming ski season until they are sold out. They can also be purchased beginning in October at all Colorado Credit Union locations, a proud corporate partner of Colorado Ski Country USA.


Safety First Mantra Highlighted At Colorado Ski Resorts

Safety First Mantra Highlighted At Colorado Ski Resorts

Safety Week Features Knowing the Code Giveaways, Safety Events, and Artistic Showcases
Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) and its 22 member resorts, in conjunction with the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), have teamed up to promote National Safety Awareness Week, which begins tomorrow, January 14, and runs through January 21.
With fresh snow on the mountains from the past week, CSCUSA member resorts across the state will host events, clinics and other activities designed to educate and remind skiers and riders of the importance of slope safety. These programs, promotions and prizes motivate safe skiing and riding behavior, and highlight the Skier Responsibility Code and various resort safety measures.
“This week reinforces the value of safety that our member resorts prioritize for our consumers,” said Melanie Mills, CSCUSA president and CEO. “Guest safety is number one at our resorts and this week is an excellent chance to refresh awareness about skiing and snowboarding responsibly, which is the best way for everyone to enjoy a day on the slopes.”
For CSCUSA member resorts, every week is safety week as resorts have safety measures in place permanently during the season. Examples of how resorts raise awareness about safety include providing information about snow safety and avalanches, educating guests about helmet use, posting reminders about proper hydration and sunscreen use, and designating slow skiing zones.
Ultimately, it is the responsible behavior of skiers and riders that make the slopes safe. Knowing the nationally recognized Your Responsibility Code is crucial to skier and rider responsibility. Referred to simply as The Code, it is comprised of seven principles that collectively outline on-mountain skier etiquette and safe skiing practices.
Responsibilities within The Code include:
  • Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
Below are details about resort-specific events happening for National Safety Awareness Week:

Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin is hosting a safety weekend on January 14-15 starting at 10 a.m. The base area will be filled with booths focusing on the terrain park, ski patrol, snowsports, and more. One of the sponsors will also be giving away 100 helmets each day, along with a raffle and cake.

Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain will showcase its year-long safety efforts with Copper Safety Fest on January 14-16 in Copper’s Center Village. Along with kid-friendly signage and messaging throughout the West Village, Copper is showing off artwork created by Frisco Elementary School third-graders that focuses on the Responsibility Code and Terrain Park Safety. Copper has also teamed up with many community safety entities like the National Ski Patrol, Copper Mountain Ski Patrol and Avalanche Dogs, US Forest Service, and more to offer tips and information during its family-friendly Safety Fest.
Safety Fest will also have a Flight-For-Life helicopter fly-over on January 15, as well as Avalanche Dog drills and an open house at Ski Patrol Headquarters. There will be daily prize drawings in Burning Stones Plaza.
Copper Ski Patrol is also inviting guests to join in sweeping the mountain during Safety Fest. Each day at 4:15 p.m., Ski Patrol will sweep the trails to make sure that all guests are safely off the mountain before it closes. Guest can sign-up to follow a patroller as they clear the mountain. Spots are limited, so guests must sign up by 2 p.m. that day. For more information and to sign up, call 970.968.2318 x 66124.

Echo Mountain

Echo Mountain celebrates National Safety Awareness Week with activities on January 14-21. Activities include a kids’ poster contest, an on mountain slope-safety scavenger hunt, a stretching session, Responsibility Code trivia and prizes, a Never Summer demo day, and more. Helmet discounts of up to 10 percent will also be offered to Echo Mountain pass holders at participating stores. For more information, visit http://www.echomt.com/.

Loveland

Loveland is kicking off Safety Week on Saturday, January 14 with a visit from Neptune Mountaineering and Pieps, who will join with the Loveland Ski Patrol to give guests avalanche awareness information and beacon training. The ski area’s terrain park crew will also be giving information on the Smart Style Program. Loveland will also feature a manned booth to give information on the skier responsibility code, the importance of sun safety with help from Rocky Mountain Sun Screen, and hydration issues with support from Vitamin Water.

Steamboat

Safety Week at Steamboat will feature a variety of safety messages and activities listed below:
§ Park Rangers: The designers, testers and maintainers of Steamboat’s Terrain Parks will be in Gondola Square January 14-16 sharing the PARKWISE code.
§ Meet Patrol: The men and women who help keep the mountain safe will be onsite in Gondola Square January 14-16 to provide additional information and answer any questions guests may have about mountain safety.
§ Bear the Safety Dog: Steamboat’s Safety Mascot will be in Gondola Square January 14-16.
§ Snow Safety/Avalanche Awareness: On Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15, Steamboat Ski Patrol will host special seminars on snow safety and avalanche awareness. The seminars are free to the public and meet at Patrol Headquarters at the top of Sundown Express Chairlift at 1:00 p.m. both days.
§ Know the Code Contest: Skiers and Riders will randomly be stopped on the slopes by members of Steamboat’s Patrol. If they know at least three of the seven parts to the Responsibility Code they’ll receive a prize. The contest runs January 14-22.
§ Billy Kidd One O’Clock Run: This is a free clinic by Steamboat’s director of skiing, who will be joined by Patrol.
§ Free Mountain Tours: Guests c join Steamboat’s Ambassadors with SlopeWise & Safety Information from Patrol at 10:30 a.m. at the top of Vagabond Trail.
§ Free Racing: Any guests who can tell the attendant one of the seven topics of the Responsibility Code races free at the NASTAR training course.

Sunlight

The Sunlight Ski Patrol and Valley View Hospital are hosting Safety Awareness Day at Sunlight Mountain Resort on January 21. As a part of the event, $2,000 worth of helmets will be given to kids in the valley. Visit http://www.sunlightmtn.com/ for more information on the day’s events.

Winter Park

During Safety Week, employees of Winter Park will be out on the mountain, around the Winter Park Resort base and in The Village at Winter Park, sporadically wearing their “Know the Code” arm bands. Guests that talk about the Code with Winter Park employees will be entered into a drawing for a 2012-13 Winter Park Resort adult season pass. During the weekends, Winter Park Resort will have tents set up at the bases of Winter Park and Mary Jane with NSAA giveaways.
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