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Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Skiing & Snowboarding | 0 comments

The CSCUSA 2016-17 Double Diamond Award Winners

The CSCUSA 2016-17 Double Diamond Award Winners

Every year Colorado Ski Country USA honors individuals at CSCUSA Colorado ski resorts with Double Diamond Awards to individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry, including athletes, on-mountain professionals, and industry veterans. Colorado ski industry leaders gathered at Coohills in Denver to recognize ski area employees whose hard work and expertise provided outstanding guest experiences, including food and beverage professionals, guest service professionals, ski instructors, ski patrollers, groomers, terrain masters, snowmakers and a winter athlete of the year. Two titans of the industry, who have spent their careers championing the Colorado ski industry, were also honored. Two titans of the industry, who have spent their careers championing the Colorado ski industry, were also honored. The evening’s special guest was Lisa Hidalgo, meteorologist at Denver’s Channel 7, who presented awards. CSCUSA recognizes individuals from member resorts whose contributions to the Colorado ski industry often go unsung, but are of critical importance to its success.  Colorado Ski Country USA Double Diamond Awards L-R: Tony Marci, Copper Mountain Resort; Ryan Kempfer,...

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

Colorado Skier Visits in 2016-17 Ski Season 2nd Best On Record

Colorado Skier Visits in 2016-17 Ski Season 2nd Best On Record

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) announced today during its 54th Annual Meeting skier visits at its 22-member ski areas totaled 7.3 million during the 2016-17 season. It is estimated that after final numbers are tallied, the 2016-17 season will be the state’s second best season on record. This year’s season total was up six percent over the five-year average, marking the fourth consecutive year that skier visits at CSCUSA resorts have outperformed the five-year average. “This season had a little bit of everything,” said Colorado Ski Country USA President and CEO Melanie Mills. “A warm fall kept skiers away from the high country early in the season, but deep snow totals in December and January attracted record numbers of guests during the busy holiday period. Our resorts continue to set the industry standard for guest experience, which is reflected in this year’s numbers.” The 2016-17 season kicked off with Arapahoe Basin Ski Area winning the friendly race to open with neighbor Loveland Ski Area, becoming the nation’s first ski...

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Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Family, Skiing & Snowboarding | 0 comments

Keystone Resort is Snow Fun for Spring

Keystone Resort is Snow Fun for Spring

With 21 inches of snow in the past week and Keystone Resort remaining open until Sunday, April 16, the extended season will allow skiers and riders to enjoy an extra week of late season snow fun and turns through Easter. Don’t put away the skis and snowboards just yet. Plus, season pass holders can bring their friends and utilize remaining buddy passes for 50 percent off the window ticket rate during the final week of the season, April 10-16. Beginning Monday, April 10, all skier services including lift tickets and season passes, ski school, retail, food and beverage, and parking will be based out of River Run Village. On-mountain food and beverage offerings will be available at the Summit House and Labonte’s, while Timber Ridge and the Mountain House lodge will be open for bathroom facilities only. Lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the remainder of the season. While the final days of the season are on the horizon, there is still plenty of time to enjoy...

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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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