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Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Skiing & Snowboarding | 0 comments

Spring Butte – Crested Butte

Spring Butte – Crested Butte

There is no shortage of snow at Crested Butte Mountain Resort as the final few weeks of the ski season come into focus. We were there when the snow started dumping in December and we just got back this past week from an amazing trip with Spring like temps and conditions. The resort has received over 300 inches of snow this winter and is 100% open. As Colorado mountain town enthusiasts search for their last turns of the 2016-2017 winter season, there are plenty of reasons to make a trip to Crested Butte. To celebrate the plentiful snowfall and quintessential Colorado bluebird days, April is the perfect time for Spring Butte. Here are eight reasons why Crested Butte should wrap up your winter season: There is more time for skiing. CBMR’s Closing Day is April 9, 2017, which means that there is a full additional week of skiing compared to the previous winter season. Nobody loves kids like Crested Butte. Children 12 and under ski free at Crested Butte...

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Gear, Skiing & Snowboarding | 0 comments

Grass Sticks Ski Poles

Grass Sticks Ski Poles

Grass Sticks bamboo ski poles was born in 2014 in a garage in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Andrew Beckler, an engineer-turned-ski bum/coach/ski instructor, averaged over 100 days a season, and grew tired of ugly, bent, kinked and broken poles. He knew there had to be a better way. So Beckler set out to create a better pole and Grass Sticks was born. Why bamboo?  It’s an amazing material with the tensile strength of steel and a compressive strength greater than concrete. The Calcutta Bamboo from India, when cut to the length of a ski pole provides the perfect combination of rigidity and flexibility so it won’t snap or kink like aluminum. Traditional carbon fiber and aluminum ski poles are mined from the earth, industrially manufactured, and mass-produced using an incredible amount of energy. Per acre harvested, bamboo absorbs more carbon dioxide and produces more oxygen than any other plant, while generating three times as much lumber as trees.   Each Grass Stick pole is hand-sanded and finished with a UV/Moisture/Cold-proof clear...

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Skiing & Snowboarding | 0 comments

Jeannie Thoren, Champion of Women Skiers

Jeannie Thoren, Champion of Women Skiers

Jeannie Thoren has come full circle. At age 6 she learned to ski at Ishpeming, Michigan, near the home of her grandparents. Last year, 62 years later, she was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in that same town. What this Minnesota native has done to deserve the highest honor in skiing is no less of a miracle, considering the opposition she’s overcome. “I broke the arctic ice ceiling. Every time someone said I was crazy, I dug in my heels and stood my ground,” Thoren says on becoming the Ralph Nader of women’s ski equipment.     Her journey began when she was a ski racer, constantly being told by coaches to get forward on her skis, stop bending at the waist, and to lose her knock-kneed stance. Unable to do so, her growing frustration led to experimentation. Finally, she developed a system of modifying her equipment designed by men for men. It worked. Realizing she hit upon something that could be beneficial to...

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Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Skiing & Snowboarding | 0 comments

Extended Lift Hours for Aspen Snowmass Mountains

Extended Lift Hours for Aspen Snowmass Mountains

Ok, how awesome is this – As daylight hours last longer, selected lifts at all four Aspen Snowmass mountains will be open until 4 p.m. starting now through the rest of the season. On Aspen Mountain the Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Express and the FIS lift will run until 4 p.m. At Snowmass, the Elk Camp Gondola, Village Express and Sheer Bliss lifts will run later than 4 p.m. The Exhibition lift at Aspen Highlands and the Summit Express lift at Buttermilk will also run until 4 p.m.   In addition, sunset skiing on Aspen Mountain is set for Friday, March 31. The Silver Queen Gondola and Ajax Express will run until 6 p.m for skiing and riding. In addition to top to bottom skiing, the Ruthie’s side of the mountain will stay open with access back to the Gondola via Tower 7 Road. Let Daylight Savings Time begin (Sunday, March 12, 2017). ~MTN Town...

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Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in Skiing & Snowboarding | 0 comments

Keystone Resort to Extend Their Season

Keystone Resort to Extend Their Season

It has been dumping and with nearly 16 feet of snow, so far this season – the snowiest winter at Keystone Resort in at least 10 years – the resort announced today that it will extend the season by one week to Easter Sunday, April 16. Following the third snowiest December in Keystone’s history with 81 inches or nearly seven feet, the resort has already received another 81 inches of snow this month alone with a week still remaining before February arrives. This marks the first time in resort history that Keystone has received 80 inches or more of snow in back-to-back months. “The record-breaking snow seemingly has not stopped falling the past two months,” said Mike Goar, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Keystone Resort. “We’ve received more than 13 feet of snow in December and January, the second highest combined total ever for those two months. With such an impressive and historic amount of snowfall at Keystone, we are delighted to extend our season through Easter.”...

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Posted by on Dec 8, 2016 in Skiing & Snowboarding | 0 comments

Happy Birthday Arapahoe Basin – 70 Years Young

Happy Birthday Arapahoe Basin – 70 Years Young

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, it was the very first ski area I ever skied in Colorado. It became my winter home away from home, on an almost daily basis since we arrived in Summit County in 1990. The Basin was where we all convened to gang-ski, as often as possible. I watched myself and my friends grow up here, have families and then get our kids hooked on the ski area’s vibe. The Basin was THE ski area to be at and be from, there was no place better and I still feel that way to this very day. Lapping Pali, Hiking the West Wall, Skiing the Alley’s, Cardboard Derbying, Partying on the Beach until the sun went down, these are just a handful of the many things I have loved about my time spent at the ski area. One of my greatest memories is of an Easter gathering. We camped the night before in the upper parking lot, froze our asses off, and then skied all the next day finding...

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