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Vail Resorts’ Colorado Resorts Start Season With More than a Foot of Snow, More on the Way

December 7, 2016
Keystone Mountain Resort

Keystone Resort is already able to offer top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding, thanks to early snows © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

VAIL, Colo. – Dec. 7, 2016 –  Vail Resorts’ four Colorado resorts – Vail Mountain, Beaver Creek Resort, Breckenridge Ski Resort and Keystone Resort – already have received a good base of snow, and are preparing for 10 days of additional snowstorms. Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek Resort received 7 inches of new snow in the last 24 hours and 13 inches in the last 48 hours, bringing the seven-day snowfall total for the two resorts to 18 and 19 inches, respectively. Keystone and Breckenridge both received 11 inches of new snow in the last 48 hours. The current extended forecast is calling for consistent snowfall in Colorado until Sunday, Dec. 18.

“The flow of moisture from the Pacific will continue for most of next week and next weekend, through about Sunday, December 18,” said OpenSnow Meteorologist Joel Gratz. “It might not snow every second of every day between now and the 18th, but it might. It’s going to be a great storm cycle for base building and opening more terrain.””

In Eagle County, Vail Mountain opened its legendary Back Bowls last weekend and debuted the new Sun Up Express (#9), which marks the ninth new chairlift in the last 10 years. Vail is currently offering 1,285 skiable acres accessed via 11 chairlifts.

Beaver Creek Resort will begin operating Rose Bowl Express Lift (#4) on Thursday, accessing additional intermediate and advanced terrain in that area and bringing the total skiable acres to 513. On Saturday, Beaver Creek will open four additional chairlifts, including Strawberry Park Express Lift (#12), Riverfront Express Gondola (#7), Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lift (#18), and Lower Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lift (#15). Downloading will be required on Lower Beaver Creek Mountain Express Lift (#15) to access The Landing, shuttle system, and parking lots. The additional terrain opening associated with these lifts will provide skiing access between Beaver Creek Village and Bachelor Gulch and will provide guests with more than 600 skiable acres of terrain.

In Summit County, Keystone Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resort woke up to 5 and 6 inches of new snow, respectively. Both resorts anticipate opening additional terrain during the next week and are currently offering top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding.

Watch as the snowfall continues throughout Colorado by searching and using the hashtag, #giftofsnow. Resorts, skiers and snowboarders will continuously post images directly from the mountains to offer a minute-by-minute look at the Gift of Snow.

All guests are reminded that they must observe all posted signs and closures, especially during the early-season. Closed trails may contain hazards due to early snow coverage. Accessing closed terrain is a violation of the Colorado Ski Safety Act and will result in the loss of skiing privileges and could involve prosecution and a fine.

Dew Tour – Dec. 8-11, 2016

At Breckenridge, the much-anticipated kick-off event to winter, Dew Tour, returns to the resort for its ninth year this Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 8-11, 2016. Experience the new Dew Tour experience on the mountain and in town with concerts, the Powder Awards, TransWorld SNOWboarding Riders’ Poll Awards, slopestyle and new Adaptive competition on Peak 8, night streetstyle event in downtown Breck and more. See the full schedule on www.DewTour.com.

Snow Daze – Dec. 9-11, 2016
Vail is continuing its celebration of the start of winter with snow, après, and free concerts at Vail Snow Daze from Dec. 9-11. After a day spent exploring the mountain, visit the sponsor expo village and demo the latest gear, après at parties throughout the village, and wrap up the night with free live concerts by Michael Franti Trio, Turntable Review, Lettuce and Marvel Years. For a complete event lineup, visit www.vail.com/snowdaze.

Keystone Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular – Dec. 16-18, 2016

Keystone presents the inaugural Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular, a weekend of festive on-mountain fun for the entire family. This free event will showcase a variety of activities and Kidtopia programs that make the resort a top destination for families, including nightly firework displays, a torchlight ski parade led by Keystone’s Ski & Ride School, and a mountaintop celebration where guests can enjoy free snow tubing, snowcat photo opportunities, live music, hot cocoa and fireside stories with Santa. Kidtopia, Keystone’s season-long free family programming, will animate the mountaintop with bigfoot adventure walks and a ski patrol-dog meet and greet, plus a special lighting ceremony of the world’s largest Snow Fort to create an unforgettable weekend.

Ski and Snowboard Lessons

Vail resorts offer world-class ski and snowboard lessons for every beginner, intermediate and advanced skill level. Whether it’s your first time on snow or you are a seasoned skier looking to improve your skills, time with a professional will take your abilities to the next level. Additional information about Ski and Snowboard lessons at Vail Resorts can be found here.

Skip the Line and Buy Online

Hit the slopes at Vail Resorts with advance purchase lift tickets. Buy early for the best rates for your ski vacation. Vail Resorts guarantees the lowest prices when you purchase your lift tickets online at least 7 days in advance of your visit. For additional information on lift tickets and to purchase tickets, visit here.

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate ten world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher in Australia; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc.

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Keystone Mountain Resort Expands Family-Friendly Programming

October 16, 2016
Keystone Mountain Resort

The famous snow fort that is part of Kidtopia at Keystone Mountain Resort, Colorado © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Keystone Resort, one of the easiest major resorts to reach from Denver International Airport, one of the few major resorts that offers night skiing, as well as combined access to Arapahoe Basin with its lift ticket, is famous for its family-oriented Kidtopia programs.

Keystone Resort offers a wide variety of comfortable and family-friendly lodging options, from affordable hotel rooms to welcoming, family-sized condominiums. Plus, an unmatched Kids Ski Free program, free daily events, and unique offerings and special events perfectly complement the more than 3,000 acres of skiing and snowboarding terrain.

Here are some of the many things to look forward to this winter at Keystone, one of the Vail Resorts (and included on Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass, details at EpicPass.com):

Keystone’s Kids Ski Free Program Turns 5
Keystone has long been the place where kids rule, and this year the resort’s unmatched Kids Ski Free program turns 5 (which just so happens to be the same age that kids can officially become a part of this awesome program). With more than 100,000free kids’ lift tickets provided to families since the inception of the program in 2012, there is a whole lot to celebrate as Kids Ski Free enters its fifth year. This year guests can look forward to free Kidtopia events and parties, including a special weekly birthday bash with Ripperoo, plus free skiing of course! Every day, all season long kids 12 and younger ski for free at Keystone with no blackout dates when parents book just two or more nights in one of Keystone’s numerous accommodation options, which span from affordable hotel rooms to family-sized condominiums. When it comes to family, no one does it better than Keystone!

Keystone’s Mountain House is Base Camp for Families
Having served as the original base area when Keystone’s founders, Max and Edna Dercum, first brought their family to the resort, this winter the Mountain House base area is ready to welcome a new generation of ski families to Keystone. Centrally located, the Mountain House base area offers an oasis for ski families and the perfect base camp for any ski day, offering smaller crowds, free and convenient family parking and an updated family restaurant concept. Plus, with free preferred parking just for families at Mountain House, it’s easy to get from the lots to the lifts, providing direct access to the resort’s family ski and ride zone, The Schoolyard. Families can also take advantage of conveniently located lift tickets, rentals and Camp Keystone – the resort’s kid-centric Ski and Ride School experience, where interactive displays, game-aided learning and a 24-foot slide that propels kids into their adventure on the snow will have little rippers begging to go back to “school.” When you’re ready to hang up the skis and boards for the day, relax fireside or continue the fun with Kidtopia activities that take place twice-a-week at Mountain House during Sunday’s Ice Cream Birthday party with Ripperoo and Wednesday’s Giant Snowball Launch.

NEW Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular – Dec. 16-18, 2016
Keystone’s Kidtopia continues to redefine the family resort experience with free activities and events on and off the snow every day of the week starting Friday, Nov. 25. This winter Keystone presents the inaugural Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular, a weekend of festive on-mountain fun for the entire family. This free event will showcase a variety of activities and Kidtopia programs that make the resort a top destination for families, including nightly firework displays, a torchlight ski parade led by Keystone’s Ski & Ride School, and a mountaintop celebration where guests can enjoy free snow tubing, snowcat photo opportunities, live music, hot cocoa and fireside stories with Santa. Kidtopia will animate the mountaintop with Bigfoot adventure walks and a ski patrol-dog meet and greet, plus a special lighting ceremony of the world’s largest Snow Fort to create an unforgettable weekend.

The Kidtopia Experience March 5-11, 2017
With the addition of the Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular, this winter season is bookended by two awesome Kidtopia events as the Kidtopia Experience returns for an extended week-long celebration. Start your family spring break early and be a part of all the kid-centric festivities and live outdoor music at the Kidtopia Experience, March 5-11.

Behind-the-Scenes Chocolate Tours with Keystone’s Very Own “Willy Wonka”
Keystone Resort’s executive pastry chef Ned Archibald welcomes guests for a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse into his world of decadent desserts and chocolate making at the resort. Take a break from the slopes one morning to experience these can’t-miss tours designed for kids (and parents), and meet the man himself, tour his chef’s workshop and make delicious treats of your own to take home. No golden ticket required; these Chocolate Tours are free to attend. Offered on select dates throughout the season. Schedule TBD.

On-Mountain Family Adventures, Minus the Skis and Boards

Keystone Mountain Resort

Adventure Point, just steps away from the Kidtopia Snow Fort, features up to eight lanes of high-speed tubing action for kids and kids at heart. © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

With Keystone’s enclosed River Run Gondola, mountaintop adventures like snowcat tours, snow tubing and fondue dinners are accessible to the whole family regardless of skiing ability. The Mountaintop Snowcat Tour is a must-do family activity that provides an exclusive glimpse of Keystone’s high-alpine bowls, where breathtaking views of the Continental Divide and surrounding mountain ranges await. Adventure Point, just steps away from the Kidtopia Snow Fort, features up to eight lanes of high-speed tubing action for kids and kids at heart. To cap off an evening of mountaintop adventure, guests can enjoy two gondola rides en route to Keystone’s North Peak, where Der Fondue Chessel offers an exciting and interactive dining experience for the whole family, complete with accordion-wielding musicians in lederhosen, all at 11,640-feet elevation.

Experience the Mountain Together with a Family Private Lesson
Whether your family is new to skiing and snowboarding or you’re seasoned snow veterans, those looking to develop new skills, improve technique or explore the mountain like never before can enjoy the Keystone Ski & Ride School’s Family Private Lesson together. Taking advantage of shared on-snow time, bonding is just an added bonus to these specially designed lessons. Private lessons can be reserved for up to six family members (or friends) of similar ability, and with instructors who specialize in working with the whole family you can rest assured that everyone’s ski and snowboard needs will be met on the snow.A family private lesson at Keystone is the perfect way to create memories together and take your shared passion to the next level, so this new product is a can’t-miss for snow-loving families.

Keystone Resort’s more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, average of 300 days of sun a year, convenient lodging and variety of on- and off-snow activities all combine to provide the ideal location for winter vacations. As one of the closest ski resorts to Denver, Keystone is the ultimate family resort destination. Convenient touches like free parking, including front-row family parking, and complimentary red wagons to help parents tote gear and kiddos to and from the slopes help make a winter family visit to Keystone easy and hassle-free. For more information visit keystoneresort.com.

 

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Colorado Ski Country Celebrates Spring with Events, Activities Galore

February 21, 2016
Copper Mountain, Colorado. Colorado resorts offer a slew of special events and activities during spring © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Copper Mountain, Colorado. Colorado resorts offer a slew of special events and activities during spring © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

DenverColo. –As Colorado’s 2015/16 ski season enters what is typically the state’s snowiest month, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts have calendars full of events, deals, promotions, and activities for the whole family. Between now and the end of March, guests at CSCUSA ski areas and resorts can celebrate spring and participate in fun racing events, enjoy a diverse range of live music, learn new tricks in the terrain park, partake in giant on-mountain scavenger hunts, and much more.

Here are just some of the early spring festivities at resorts across Colorado Ski Country between now and the end of March: 

Arapahoe Basin

Alpenglow Ascents Rando Challenge (Race 1 of 2) – March 12

A-Basin’s spring uphill/downhill ski mountaineering race provides a great afternoon challenge for ski area guests. Whether training for the Traverse or just trying out their randonee equipment, this race is an awesome way for athletes to work out in the alpenglow. Registration is 3:30pm; 4:30pm race start. The entry fee is $25; no lift ticket needed. For more information, visit www.arapahoebasin.com.

6th Annual Save Our Snow Celebration and Demo Day – March 26

A benefit for the High Country Conservation Center (HC3), $20 from each lift ticket sold at the window goes to the HC3. Participating guests will celebrate sustainable practices and meet Colorado companies working to keep winter white. The ski area will also be demoing local Colorado ski and snowboard manufacturers for a donation to the HC3. Guests can try out the latest in Snowsports gear, learn about A-Basin’s efforts to improve the sustainability of our business and find out how they can make a difference for the environment in their everyday lives. For more information, visit www.arapahoebasin.com. 

Aspen Snowmass

16th Annual Bud Light Spring Jam – March 18-27

The 16th annual Bud Light Spring Jam will bring two weekends of competitions, downtown concerts and parties to Aspen Snowmass. The festival features everything from the 17th annual KickAspen Big Air, where skiers and snowboarders compete under the lights at the base of Aspen Mountain, to free Bud Light Hi-Fi Concerts with acts such as Nahko and Medicine for the People, Big Gigantic, and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers. Other events include a snowboard Banked Slalom competition, Terrain Park Boot Camp sessions that offer instruction on how to slide a box or hit a rail in a mini-park at Snowmass, as well as the inaugural Colorado Collegiate Freeride Championships. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com.

Cooper

10th Mountain Division Day at Cooper – February 19

Each year Cooper honors the men of the 10th Mountain Division to whom we owe our existence as an industry and an organized winter sport. The day will culminate with an S-Formation “Ski-Down” on the Molly Mayfield trail. Several surviving veterans are expected to participate, and those who are unable to ski will ride in one of Cooper’s 12-passenger Chicago Ridge snowcats. For more information, visit www.skicooper.com.

Cooper Mogul Competition – March 19

Cooper invites skiers to test out their bump skiing skills in the competition course and have a chance to win cash and other prizes. The competition will be divided into Junior (11-17) and Adult (18+). Prizes in the Junior group will include awesome selections of Cooper swag, and a 2016/17 season pass for 1st place. Prizes in the Adult category will include a cash purse and pass products. The course will be bumps-only. Scoring will be based on turns (75%) and speed (25%). A “bonus” 5% will be available for air, but air must be taken from a mogul, as no jumps will be built in the course. Inverted aerials not allowed. For more information, visit www.skicooper.com. 

Copper Mountain

USSA U-19 National Championships – February 28 – March 4

Copper is home to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association’s under-19 Alpine Championship 2016. The best of the best in alpine ski racing, ages 16-19, will compete for a National title in slalom, giant slalom, downhill and Super G races. For a detailed schedule, visit www.coppercolorado.com.

Moonlight Dine & Ski – March 19

Join Copper Mountain for their last Moonlight Dinner of the 2015/16 ski season. Participating guests will ride the lift to Solitude Station, where they will enjoy fine dining and live entertainment. Once dinner is complete, guests are invited to ski down a groomed run under the moonlight. The evening finishes in Center Village with a celebratory cocktail. Learn more at www.coppercolorado.com. 

Crested Butte

Ski Town Breakdown – March 19

Skiing, springtime and music go hand in hand at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. The resort hosts its annual Ski Town Breakdown on Saturday, March 19, featuring a free KT Tunstall show in the base area. After spending a day on the slopes, guests at Crested Butte will enjoy this awesome singer and songwriter that is sure to wow the crowd with her energy, spirit and jams! For lodging deals visit www.skicb.com/deals. 

Eldora

Easter Sunday – March 27

Eldora is hosting Easter Sunday of fun for everyone. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to say hello to all the children and he will hit the slopes as well for some fun on the snow. In addition, the resort will host an Easter Egg hunt for kids in the base area, featuring eggs loaded with candy and great prizes including Eldora goodies and more. For more information, visit www.eldora.com. 

Howelsen Hill

25th Annual Steamboat Pentathlon – March 5

The Steamboat Pentathlon, hosted by the City of Steamboat Springs Parks & Community Services Department, is a one-of-a-kind spring event featuring five athletic disciplines in one race. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Steamboat Pentathlon, which was first held in 1991. Participants can race as individuals, dynamic duos or as a team, with both short-course and long-course options available. The race is comprised of five separate stages that include alpine skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing, nordic skiing, mountain biking and running. Stick around after the race for the after party, featuring free food, drinks, prizes and participant raffle. All participants receive a swag bag, event t-shirt, free lunch and chances to win great prizes. For more information and to register, visit www.steamboatpentathlon.com. 

Loveland

Ski With A U.S. Forest Ranger – Wednesday, March 9

The U.S. Forest Service and Loveland Ski Area team up to host Loveland’s Ski with a Ranger Day. Guests can join a Forest Service Snow Ranger for a fun, free, and easy run centered around the relationships between Loveland and the land we all enjoy so much. Topics include glacial geology, winter ecology, local history, and partnerships and are suited for all ages (recommended for ages 8+). Meet at Ptarmigan Roost Cabin at the top of Chair 2 at either 10:15am or 1:15pm for a run with the Snow Ranger. Loveland will host another Ski with a U.S. Forest Ranger Day on Saturday, March 26.

Giant Easter Egg Hunt – Sunday, March 27

Visit Loveland on Easter Sunday for a giant Easter Egg hunt. Participating guests will gather at Loveland Basin for first chair at 8:30 am and keep their eyes peeled for the giant Easter eggs hidden on the slopes and around the base area. Huge eggs mean huge prizes like skis, snowboards, outerwear, lift tickets and more. This is an event for all ages.

The Easter Bunny will also be enjoying the slopes and there will be a more traditional Easter Egg Hunt just for kids off Lift 7 at Loveland Valley, a separate base area just for beginners. For more information about spring events at Loveland Ski Area, visit www.skiloveland.com.

Monarch

Telemark Festival  – February 21

Monarch is hosting a series of telemark workshops, tours, and other activities to show some tele love. Guided Mirkwood tours and tele lessons are available for $55. For more information, stop by the season pass desk or email mktg@skimonarch.com. 

Purgatory

Spring Break Fun at Purgatory for the entire Family, March 5-20

With games, giveaways and unique activities every day for kids, teens and adults, it’s nonstop fun for everyone during Spring Break at Purgatory in Durango, Colorado. Guests can enjoy live music, tubing hill parties, sleigh rides, dog sledding, family movie and game nights, snowshoeing, free yoga and meditation classes, teen dance and karaoke parties, and more. Purgatory’s March festivities continue with the Purgatory Cardboard Derby on March 26. For details, visit www.purgatoryresort.com.

Kids Ski free during Spring Break at Purgatory. Guests can save 25% on lodging and receive free lift tickets for the kids. For more information, call 800-525-0892 or book online at www.skipurg.com.   

Powderhorn

Night Skiing – February 26-27

The 3rd Annual Night Skiing is also the inaugural year of the Flat Top Flyer high speed detachable lift. Two runs from top to bottom, one of which will lead to the terrain parks which are illuminated as well. For beginners, the EZ Rider Lift will be operational and one EZ run will be under the lights. Tickets from 4:00PM-9:00PM will be $56 for 13 & Up and $35 for 12 & Under. Tickets from 12:00PM-9:00PM will remain the same as our normal ticket prices. Season Pass and P-Card Holders will be able to ski for free both nights (Mid-Week passes only good for Friday). In addition, Powderhorn is hosting a USASA Rail Jam under the lights! For more information, visit www.powderhorn.com. 

Ski Granby Ranch

Rock the Ranch

Granby Ranch hosts Rock the Ranch on Saturdays in March with live musical entertainment. Guests can start the month off on a good foot by skiing or riding for a cause at the Dress in Blue fundraiser event for the Colon Cancer Alliance on March 4th. At night head out on the slopes after après ski at Granby Ranch Grill for the only Night Skiing in Grand County, Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm – 8pm for only $17. Mom and dad can get out early on Saturdays for the Morning Intro Ski Tour, a beginner’s opportunity to get into the sport of Alpine Touring.

Beach Bash – March 26

Closing weekend is jam-packed with the Beach Bash celebration on Saturday, March 26, which includes snow cones, leis and a pond skim. The day will close with night skiing on the mountain and a Moonlight XC Ski and Snowshoe on the Golf Front 9. On the last day of the season, Sunday, March 27, head up the mountain for a Sunrise Easter Service, enjoy a special Easter Brunch at Granby Ranch Grill and visit the Easter Bunny during the Easter Egg Hunt. To celebrate the nearing bike season, the resort will be holding its first Granby Ranch Meltdown, an on-snow downhill bike race and kids’ fun ride. Register to race or come cheer as bikers get air and cruise through the turns on the way to the finish line. For more information visit www.granbyranch.com 

Steamboat

Bud Light Rocks the Boat Concerts – March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2, 9 & 10

The Steamboat Ski Area will again be rockin’ during the winter ski and snowboard season as the Rocks the ‘Boat Free Concert Series returns for the 17th season offering a great mixture of various musical genres. The Rocks the ‘Boat series has brought together everything from bluegrass and New Orleans style rhythm & blues to a traditional Irish sound to flat out rock and roll. The spring lineup includes:, Afrolicious, Magic Giant, Goonies, Jakubi, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Ozomatli and a soon to be announced band for closing day.

U.S. Freestyle Championships – March 18-20

Freestyle skiing makes its return in late March as the Steamboat Ski Resort hosts the 2016 US Freestyle Championships, featuring the America’s best men and women mogul and aerial athletes, including Olympic, World and National Champions. The 2016 Championships will take place across the Park Smalley Freestyle Complex, which consists of the Voo Doo aerial venue and the 1,000-foot vertical long adrenalin generating Mayer’s Mogul Course. Steamboat has one of the premier freestyle facilities in the country and is the place that launched numerous athletes on their way to the pinnacle of the sport including World Champion Ann Battelle, Olympic medalists Nelson Carmichael and Travis Mayer as well as 2014 Olympian and US Champion Eliza Outtrim. For more information about spring events at Steamboat, visit www.steamboat.com.

Sunlight

Defiance Challenge – March 4

The Defiance Challenge features ten hours of skiing on expert terrain. Lifts open at 7:00 am and close at 5:00pm. Proceeds from the event are split between the Sunlight Ski Patrol and the family of a fallen patroller with the National Ski Patrol. Registration is $150.00 per team and includes event hat, T-shirt, lift ticket, after event dinner and party. For more information, visit www.sunlightmtn.com.

Melanoma Awareness Day – March 5

Sunlight will host free skin screenings in the lodge from 10:00am – 2:00pm as well as a prize drawing featuring a Sunlight Season Pass and other prizes. All proceeds are directed to the Melanoma Research Foundation. For more information, visitwww.sunlightmtn.com. 

Telluride

Rail Jam at the Beach – March 12

Participate in Telluride’s annual Rail Jam, located at the Beach in Mountain Village. Registration begins at 12:00 pm at Mountain Village BootDoctors and runs until 2:00 pm. Freestyle sessions begin at 2:00 pm, the competition kicks off at 4:00 pm and awards start at 6:00 pm. 

Helly Hansen Scavenger Hunt – March 27

Helly Hansen will be hosting an on-mountain scavenger hunt using their app and geocaching. Guests who download the app will be notified when they are close to free Helly Hansen gear. From 1:00 – 3:00 pm, there will be a free beer tasting at Gorrono Ranch with Telluride Brewing Company and SweetWater Brewing serving up some of their most popular beers. For more information, visit www.tellurideskiresort.com.

Winter Park Resort

The 41st Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup – February 26-28

The Wells Fargo Ski Cup celebrates its 41st anniversary with a weekend featuring world-class disabled ski racers, Denver celebrities, Broncos alumni and amateur skiers/snowboarders coming together to benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD).

The weekend is highlighted by three races, the Corporate Challenge, a Pro Am style race where teams of five friends, family or coworkers are paired with an NSCD Competition Center athlete and compete for prizes; the Kids Snowplow Sprint, which features up-and-coming NSCD athletes and able bodied young skiers; and the Wells Fargo World Disabled Invitational. The weekend also includes a giant silent auction with items perfect for any budget. All proceeds go directly to fund NSCD programs, which serves over 3,000 participants on an annual basis and has delivered on its goal to “enable the human spirit through therapeutic recreation and sport” for over 45 years. For more information, call the NSCD at (303) 293-5711 or visit www.winterparkresort.com.

Wolf Creek

Weekend Fun Races at Wolf Creek

Fun Races at Wolf Creek Ski are held every weekend throughout the season with eight races in February and March. The modified giant slalom course with a dual race format is free to both skiers and boarders. With more than 14 age brackets, men, women, boys and girls of all ability levels are able to race for gold, silver and bronze medals. Races begin ‪at 11:00 a.m., awards are ‪at 3:30 p.m. on the sun deck of the main day lodge.

Wolf Creek will also be hosting a Wolf Creek Challenge Series. The series will include two races: A Giant Slalom with 40+ gates and a Super-G race course. The Challenge Series races are open to teams and individuals.  Entry rates for the races along with dates can be found on www.wolfcreekski.com.

Local Appreciation Days

Local Appreciation Days at Wolf Creek offer all guests a discounted lift ticket. No I.D. is required, everyone is a local that day. Lift tickets are $43 for adults, $26 for seniors and $24 for children. College Days offer students with a valid college photo I.D. and printed, current class schedule a break from the books and a $43 discounted lift ticket. For a calendar of races, local appreciation days, and clinics visit www.wolfcreekski.com.

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Crested Butte Mountain Resort Adds The Inn to its Portfolio

December 24, 2015
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Fireworks and torchlight parade at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Colorado.

CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. –Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) has added The Inn at Crested Butte, an in-town location, to its list of managed properties.

The Inn at Crested Butte is a small, yet charming boutique hotel with 18 recently renovated guest rooms. After a great day of adventure, guests will feel like they are coming home, as they lounge in the large hot tub or sit by the fire during their complimentary wine hour every evening. The Inn is also conveniently located in downtown Crested Butte, so guests can easily spend some time shopping, eating exquisite cuisine, or catching some of the local nightlife. While getting to the mountain every morning is easy on the free Mountain Express bus taking guests directly to the slopes every fifteen minutes with the closest stop only a block away.

“The Inn at Crested Butte is the perfect addition to the accommodations that we currently manage,” explains Dale Stetson, vice president of lodging at CBMR. “With its in town location, exceptional guest amenities and easy access to skiing and snowboarding, our guests can have a well-rounded ski vacation by including both our charming town and fabulous mountain.”

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is offering great deals on both lodging and lift tickets for those interested in staying at the Inn at Crested Butte by including the property in all of their standard winter packages such as their Ski Free, Stay Free promotion. For the full list of packages, visit www.skicb.com/deals.

Ski Free, Stay Free: Enjoy some of the best conditions of the season and an additional nights’ lodging and day of skiing free. Purchase three nights of lodging and three days of lift tickets between January 1 and March 5, 2016 and receive a fourth night of lodging and fourth day of skiing for free. For an even sweeter deal, between March 18 and April 3, purchase two nights of lodging and two days of lift tickets to receive the third night and third day free. Minimal blackout dates apply. This package is available only through Crested Butte Vacations by calling (844) 993-9545 or online at www.skicb.com/deals.

For more information about Crested Butte’s lodging, conference, meeting facilities, and special packages, call Crested Butte Vacations, (844) 993-9545 or visit the web site at www.skicb.com/deals.

 

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January is Learn to Ski, Snowboard Month in Colorado Ski Country USA

December 6, 2015
Learn to Ski in Winter Park, Colorado © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

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DenverColo. – January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month across America and Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member ski areas and resorts are offering special promotions and programs to make it easy for people to learn Colorado’s signature winter sports. Guests visiting CSCUSA member resorts in January will find package deals on rentals, lift tickets, and professional instruction, and in many cases resorts will reward successful first-time learners with a complimentary season pass after completion of a multi-day lesson program.

In addition, several resorts are participating in the World’s Largest Lesson on Friday, January 8. This group lesson will occur at ski resorts across America in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest multi-venue skiing and snowboarding lesson. Participating CSCUSA member resorts include Arapahoe Basin, Buttermilk, Copper Mountain, Powderhorn, Snowmass, Steamboat, and Sunlight.

With plentiful, soft snow and a small army of dedicated skiing and snowboarding instructors ready to create lifelong skiers or snowboarders, January is the perfect time to introduce a friend or family member to Colorado Ski Country. Here is a summary of the Learn to Ski and Snowboard activities and offerings at CSCUSA member ski areas. 

Arapahoe Basin

Super Sunday Lessons

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area’s Super Sunday lessons are morning, half-day only (2.5 hours) and include a lift ticket. Adults (ages 15+) are $80 and children (ages 3-14) are $100. Equipment rentals are not included but guests can find alpine ski and snowboard rentals on-site at the Arapahoe Basin rental shop.

Super Sunday lessons are available January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 as well as Friday, January 8 as Arapahoe Basin participates in the World’s Largest Lesson. For more information, visit www.arapahoebasin.com 

Aspen Snowmass

Buttermilk Deluxe Package

Join Aspen Snowmass for a special private lesson package on Buttermilk while they prepare for and host the Aspen Winter X Games. For $390, participating guests will receive a full-day private lesson and can bring up to four of their friends/family. Added benefits include flexible meeting times and locations, priority lift access, and overnight ski/snowboard storage and mountain transfers.

Valid January 18 through February 5, 2016. Reservations and pre-payment are required. For more information, visithttp://www.aspensnowmass.com.

Beginner Incentive Package at the Limelight Hotel

New this year at the Limelight Hotel, the property introduces the Beginner Incentive Package that will make any newbie to the sport a skier for life. Offered in conjunction with the Aspen Snowmass Ski & Snowboard Schools, the package includes three full days of adult beginner lessons and four nights at the Limelight Hotel. Daily lunch is included in the experience, and the property’s local guides will escort skiers and riders to the slopes each day. Ski or Snowboard boot rentals, skis, snowboards and helmets are included. Guests also have the option to rent goggles, gloves, jackets and outerwear upon arrival from local retail partners.

The package is valid during Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month from Jan. 2-17, 2016. Pricing for this all-inclusive package starts at $1,778 per person. Book now by visiting www.limelighthotel.com or calling (844) 854-3387.

Cooper

3 Lesson Package

Cooper’s First Timer 3 Lesson Package is available as a first time snow experience for those who have never skied nor snowboarded before. This program is intended for a first time snow sport experience only and is geared toward adults 13 years old and older. The package includes three two-hour group ski, telemark, or snowboard lessons, rental equipment, and access to Cooper’s Magic Carpet lift for $210, or $189 with advance online reservations. Lessons can be taken any time Group Lessons are offered during the season. For more information, visit http://skicooper.com/product/first-timer-3-lesson-package/. 

Copper Mountain

Ski and Ride School University: No More Excuses for Winter Sport Never-Evers

Inspired by National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, Ski and Ride School U offers newbies aged 18 and older a hassle-free and affordable option to catch the winter bug. For $199 the package includes:

  • Three ski or snowboard lessons
  • Lift tickets
  • Equipment rentals
  • Close-in parking
  • Lunch on the 2nd and 3rd day

Upon graduation and completion of the third lesson, Copper will award participants a free season pass so guests can progress further on the slopes for the remainder of the winter. Quantities are limited and the package must be purchased in person at Copper Mountain. For more information, please visit www.CopperColorado.com.

Crested Butte

Adult First Time Beginner Adventure Lesson

During the month of January, first time skiers and riders, ages 15 and older can sign up for a First Time Beginner Adventure lesson with the Crested Butte Ski + Ride School for $79. This package includes a full-day ski or snowboard lesson, full day adult lift ticket (valid for limited lift access on the day of the lesson) and half off a single-day equipment rental package. This offer is available to first time skiers and riders only. Limit one lesson package per person. Advance reservation required. For more information, visit http://www.skicb.com/learn. 

Eldora

Lesson, Lift and Equipment Rental Package for Children and Adults

Eldora Mountain Resort (EMR) is offering the Mountain Explorer Children’s Learn to Ski and Snowboard Package for $129. The day package includes an all mountain lift ticket, all day rental, and all day lesson, with snacks and lunch. Reservations are recommended; visit http://www.eldora.com/lessons.children.html for more information.

For adults, EMR is offering the EASY 1-2-3 for $129. The day package includes one day of lower mountain lift access, all day equipment rental and 3.5 hour lesson (2 hours AM and 1.5 hours PM). Visit http://www.eldora.com/lessons.daily.html for more information.

Loveland Ski Area

3-Class Pass For Kids

All children (ages 4-14) regardless of ability who pre-purchase or complete 3 full day lesson packages receive a free, unrestricted season pass to keep practicing their skiing or snowboarding skills for the rest of the season. Children’s full day lesson packages include lesson, lift access, rentals (ski or snowboard) and lunch.  Full day lessons are from 10am through 3:30pm daily. Phone reservations are available or guests can register at the Loveland Valley between 8am and 9am. Participants who pre-purchase can enjoy the season pass all winter long. Pre-purchase price is $336 for ages 6-14 skiers & snowboarders (Includes Season Pass); $360 for ages 4-5 skiers (Includes Season Pass & early drop off)

3-Class Pass for Newcomer Adults

The 3-Class Pass for adult first-time skiers or snowboarders is now available for pre-purchase. The pre-purchased package includes one All Day Newcomer and two half day Master the Mountain lesson packages. Upon completion of their third lesson, guests will receive a full, unrestricted Loveland Season Pass. Lesson packages include lesson, all-day lift access and equipment rental. Phone reservations are available or register at the Loveland Valley between 8am and 9am. Pre-purchase price is $331 (includes season pass).

Adult Novice/Intermediate 3-Class Pass

The Pre-Purchase program includes three 1/2-day Master the Mountain, full lesson packages, and an unrestricted Season Pass valid all season upon pre-purchase. Lesson packages include lift access and rental equipment, (ski or snowboard). Phone reservations are available at 800-736-3SKI or register at the Loveland Valley between 8am and 9am. Pre-purchase price is $471 (includes season pass). For more information, visit www.skiloveland.com. 

Monarch

Monarch Mountain celebrates Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month with affordable learn to ski and ride packages at the Monarch Mountain Ski and Ride School. Pricing begins at $55 for a half day youth group lesson. Visit www.skimonarch.com for details. 

Powderhorn

Learn to Ski or Snowboard Series

Powderhorn’s Learn to Ski or Snowboard program is for first timers only, skiers aged 5 and older and Snowboarders aged 7 and older. The program includes three full-days of lessons and EZ rider lift tickets and rentals for $169 (helmet not included). Upon completion, participants will receive a Graduate Card that entitles them to 50 percent off any additional lessons, rentals or lift tickets for the remainder of the winter season. Lessons are available Thursday-Sunday throughout the season and holidays. Lesson times are 10:30 am – 12:30 pm; 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. For more information, visit www.powderhorn.com. 

Purgatory

“One, Two, Free” Learn to Ski Package  

Purgatory Snowsports School offers a special learn to ski and snowboard package starting at $74 that includes 2 days of lift tickets, rental gear, full day beginner lessons. On the third day, receive a free lift ticket, 50% off rental gear and 50% off half-day lesson.  Participants also receive a 50% off discount card on lift tickets, rentals and lessons for the remainder of the season. Skiers & snowboarders can bring a friend to participate in Purgatory’s Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month program and receive a $25 Purgatory mountain card just for their referral, plus save 25% on a group lesson. For more information, visit www.SkiPurg.com/LSSM.    

Ski Granby Ranch

Get on the Snow

Ski Granby Ranch is offering a special program from January 4-31, 2016 called Get on the Snow for $249. Designed for first-time skiers and snowboarders aged 13 and older, Get on the Snow participants will receive two days of lessons and will ski and ride free at Granby Ranch for the rest of the season with a complimentary season pass upon completing their lessons.

Reservations are required. For more information, visit http://www.granbyranch.com/ski-ride-granby-ranch/get-on-the-snow.html. 

Steamboat

January Learn to Ski/Ride Package

Guests at Steamboat can build confidence while they learn in a safe, controlled, terrain-based environment with instructors that guide them every step of the way. Steamboat’s Learn to Ski/Ride Package opens the slopes with two days of lessons, rentals and lift tickets for just $199 from Jan. 4-31. Learn to Ski/Ride is available for adults and children ages 1st Grade and older. For more information, visit www.steamboat.com or call 800.299.5017. 

Sunlight

Skier Appreciation Day and Student/Teacher Appreciation Day

Skier Appreciation Day at Sunlight (January 8) offers $20 lift tickets to all skiers and snowboarders with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to the United Way of Garfield County. In addition, on January 10 Sunlight will host Student/Teacher Appreciation Day, with $20 lift tickets for students and free lift tickets for teachers.

United States Ski and Snowboard Association U-10/U-12 Festival

On Jan. 30-31, Sunlight fans have an opportunity to watch the nation’s top up and coming ski and snowboard racers as part of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association’s U-10/12 Festival. Come watch some of the ski and snowboard talent that just might be standing on top of the podium in future Olympic and World Cup races. For more information, visit www.sunlightmtn.com.

Winter Park

Kid’s Multi-Week Lessons

Winter Park Ski + Ride School’s multi-week Fish Programs can accommodate children from age 3 to 14. With the 7 week Piranhas Program, 5 week Barracudas Program, or the 3 week Minnows Program, kids will have a blast while making new friends, and developing new skills on the slopes. Groups are broken down by age and ability level, from beginner to expert. Programs include instruction from the same coach each week, GPS tracking, and lunch. Programs for the month of January begin at $259 and may be reserved here: http://www.winterparkresort.com/plan-your-trip/lessons/kids-multiweek-lessons.aspx 

Wolf Creek

Camp Robbers Clinic for Kids

Wolf Creek Ski Area offers a variety of ski and snowboard packages to help introduce never-evers to the sport. During the month of January, Wolf Creek is offering a four-week Camp Robbers clinic for kids. For $231 ($264 for non-Season Pass holders) lift ticket, ski rental, four hours of instruction, lunch, and snacks are all included each week. Children will be grouped with the same children and instructor each week for the clinic. Not only will the kids improve on their skills, but also this class design will encourage socialization and friendship over the four-week span. Mountain safety, fun races, and a terrain garden are all featured in this program. For more information, visit http://www.wolfcreekski.com.

Information about CSCUSA and its members can be found at www.ColoradoSki.com, on Twitter @ColoradoSkiUSA and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ColoradoSkiCountryUSA. This release and other press information can be found in the online press room at http://www.ColoradoSki.com/Media.

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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Breckenridge This Winter

October 17, 2015
Breckenridge, a Vail resort in Colorado (photo by Pete Iskyan)

Snow has begun to blanket Breckenridge, a Vail resort in Colorado, in time for opening day for the 2015-16 season  (photo by Pete Iskyan)

Snow has already begun to blanket Breckenridge Ski Resort as white peaks shined bright against pink clouds and blue skies in Colorado’s high country. Opening day is Friday, Nov. 13, and along with the numerous reasons to visit Breckenridge this 2015-2016 ski and ride season, the top five reasons will have you taking advantage of lodging deals, waxing your skis and dusting off your boots.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Breckenridge for the 2015-2016 Winter Season

  1. Snow My Gosh!
    Averaging nearly 30 feet of snow, Breckenridge has been one of the snowiest resorts in North America for the last two years. Snow has started to fall on Breckenridge’s five huge peaks and there will be skiing soon  from the highest chairlift in North America all the way into the hip mountain town of Breckenridge. And while Mother Nature has always been good to Breck, the resort has installed a mile of new snowmaking over the summer on Peak 6 insuring a holiday opening date for the lower part of the peak.
  2. Breck for Less
    Breckenridge offers a couple of ways to save on ski vacations throughout the season, but booking before opening day is the best way to save on lodging. Book now through opening day (Nov. 13) to save up to 30 percent on lodging at Breckenridge.com/deals. Breckenridge is one of the hottest spots to ski in the Western Hemisphere, so don’t wait!
  3. Tricks, Flips and Guitar Picks
    As host to top ski and snowboard events, Breckenridge sets the lineup for the winter with favorite events including the Winter Dew Tour, returning for the 8thconsecutive year to Breckenridge Dec. 10-13, 2015.  The winter Dew Tour features four amazing days of world-class snowboard and freeski competitions, live concerts, athlete meet-and-greets, events in town and the interactive Dew Tour Experience. January is all about celebrating snow and brings the quirky Ullr Festivaland awe-inspiring International Snow Sculpture Championships to downtownn Breck. Finally, spring flings forward with Spring Fever, the largest spring skiing festival in Colorado, March 18 through April 17. The month-long festival incorporates on and off-mountain events, live concerts on the snow and more.
  4. New School
    The Breckenridge Ski & Snowboard School enhances its offerings with more advanced, specialized instructions for faster learning; a new family-friendly slow zone with skill zone specific features; and instructors who focus on personalized instruction while providing the inside scoop to the mountain. Women specifically will benefit during Women’s Ski Week this February with women-only classes for all levels, first tracks, Women & Wine and more. Classes and guides are available for all ages and levels – find the perfect option for you and your group at www.breckenridge.com
  5. One pass to ski the world
    The Epic Pass continues to be the best value and most popular lift product in the industry offering guests access to 13 resorts in three countries and a savings of up to 35 percent as compared to single-day lift ticket pricing. The Epic Pass provides skiers and riders with unlimited and unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe, Afton Alps in Minnesota, Mt. Brighton in Michigan and now Perisher in Australia. Purchase by Oct. 11 for the lowest price guaranteed at $789 for adults and $409 for children, on EpicPass.com.

With snow now on the ground, Breckenridge is ramping up for its best ski season yet. Stay connected on Breckenridge.com for terrain updates, snow reports, lodging deals, event details and the lowest priced lift tickets guaranteed. Stay connected all year long at www.facebook.com/Breckenridge, watch official resort videos at www.YouTube.com/Breckenridge and follow @Breckenridgemtn on Instagram and Twitter.

With five huge peaks, 2,908 acres, four terrain parks, a 22ft Superpipe, 11 bowls, the highest chairlift in North America, family-friendly terrain and a world-class ski school, all situated above an authentic, hip mountain town with awe-inspiring views, there are good reasons why “Breck” is one of the most popular ski resorts in the Western Hemisphere. Renowned for the welcoming spirit and friendly character of its locals, with over 200 restaurants, bars, and shops, and numerous year-round activities and events, Breck embodies more than just a destination, it inspires a way of life.  www.breckenridge.com.

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Discounted Rates Kick in for Spring Skiing at Keystone Resort, Colorado

February 18, 2015

Spring skiing at Keystone, Colorado offers best of all worlds - great snow, long days, warm weather, and discounted rates © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Spring skiing at Keystone, Colorado offers best of all worlds – great snow, long days, warm weather, and discounted rates © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

March and April is the perfect time to plan a trip to Keystone Resort, Colorado, when rates are discounted, the days are long, there is night skiing (free on the day of arrival), the weather is warm and the snow is soft.

Discounted lodging offers, including savings of up to 50 percent off, are available for select dates and accommodations during the remainder of the ski season. All stays of two nights or more include Keystone’s Kids Ski Free offer for children 12 and younger. Keystone’s Kids Ski Free program contains no red tape, fine print, or blackout dates and is available daily, including weekends and holidays.

During Keystone’s Secret Season, Feb. 20-March 5, guests can receive up to 50 percent off mid-week visits and up to 33 percent off weekend stays. One-bedroom condos in River Run Village, a central location within walking distance of lift access, begin at $148 per night. In addition to fewer people on the mountain during this time frame, plenty of free family-friendly activities are available daily.

For guests looking for a perfect spring break getaway, 50 percent discounts on lodging options are available from March 19-27 for any length of stay. Additionally, 33 percent off lodging stays are available all season long.

March and April offers skiers and riders the chance to enjoy soft snow, plentiful late-season powder days, and sunny afternoons perfect for enjoying an après beverage on one of the resort’s many decks or patios. Keystone’s renowned night skiing operation will be available for most of the month of March, taking advantage of longer days and providing the opportunity for sunset turns and fun under the stars.

Warmer days and softer snow make spring a perfect time for newcomers to the sport to take advantage of Keystone’s Ski&Ride School. With lessons for all ages and abilities, families can hone their skills and pass on their love of snow sports. Late season at Keystone is also highlighted by a number of fun events, whether you choose to spectate or participate; rail jams, pond skimming and the hilarious annual Red Bull Schlittentag are all perfect events to plan a trip around.

Keystone’s 3,148 skiable acres of terrain, average of 300 days of sun a year, discounted lodging, free daily activities, and lots of on- and off-snow activities all combine to provide the ideal location for Spring Break vacations. When not skiing or riding, Keystone’s Kidtopia offers free daily programming; from a 4 p.m. Cookie Hour to Saturday night fireworks, there are a variety of additional activities to enjoy. Plus, Keystone’s many award-wining dining options provide the perfect backdrop for family gatherings, intimate date nights and memory-making outings with friends.

In addition to free lift tickets for children 12 and younger, guests who stay two or more nights receive free night skiing access on day of arrival, free ice skating with 20 percent off skate rentals and free yoga class admission.

As one of the closest ski resorts to Denver, Keystone is the ultimate location for families to enjoy the allure of the mountains; be it on skis, snowboards, ice skates, snow tubes or horse-drawn sleigh rides. For more information about Keystone, visit keystoneresort.com or call 877-204-7889. Follow the resort at @KeystoneMtn on Twitter or at http://www.Facebook.com/Keystone.

 

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Breckenridge Opens North America’s Highest Chairlift; Hosts Dew Tour Mountain Championships

December 8, 2014
Santa's day in Breck didn't stop with skiing! The first weekend in December, Breckenridge transforms into a sparkling holiday scene with the annual Race of the Santas, where hundreds of Santas race down Main Street Breck to benefit Adopt an Angel. Festivities continue in the festivities with the Lighting of Breckenridge.

Santa’s day in Breck didn’t stop with skiing! The first weekend in December, Breckenridge transforms into a sparkling holiday scene with the annual Race of the Santas, where hundreds of Santas race down Main Street Breck to benefit Adopt an Angel. Festivities continue in the festivities with the Lighting of Breckenridge.

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – Breckenridge Ski Resort has confirmed its spot on Santa’s ‘nice list’ by opening North America’s highest chairlift today.  Saturday morning’s Imperial Express SuperChair opening gives skiers more access to some of Breck’s amazing above-tree line terrain in the Imperial Bowl. Breck is now more than 50 percent open with 1561 skiable acres, just three weeks into the season.  Complete terrain and weather reports are available at www.breckenridge.com.

The Imperial Express SuperChair tops out at 12,840 feet after a quick 2.7 minute ride to the top of the Imperial Bowl. The famous chairlift offers easy access to three high-alpine bowls and hike-to access to the famed Lake Chutes and Snow White areas of Peak 8, when open.

The Dew Tour Mountain Championships Return to Breck, Dec. 11-14
For the seventh straight year, the Dew Tour will descend upon Breckenridge Ski Resort for four days of snowboard and freeski competitions, as well as live concerts and the interactive Dew Tour Experience, featuring athlete meet and greets, games and giveaways. Breck is the only winter stop of the Dew Tour, and from Dec. 11-14, world class freeskiers and snowboarders will compete in this internationally broadcast event, reuniting top snowboard and freeski athletes from the Sochi Olympics, including all eight superpipe and slopestyle gold medalists, in the first major competition of the season. Events include ski and snowboard superpipe and slopestyle for men and women on Breck’s world-renowned, award winning Freeway park and pipe. Get the full schedule of events at Breckenridge.com.

Breck for a Buck
Buy 3 days of lift tickets and lodging and get the fourth night for only $1.00! Breck for a Buck offers the savvy traveler a lift ticket and lodging package with unbeatable savings. Rules and Restrictions may apply. Discounts may vary. Blackout dates may apply. Based on availability. Visit Breckenridge.com to book.

Epic Day Lift Tickets – Lowest Price Guaranteed!
Buy Breck lift tickets at the lowest price guaranteed and skip the ticket window with the new Epic Day lift ticket.  Learn more at Breckenridge.com.

Visit Breckenridge.com for terrain updates, snow reports, lodging deals, event details and the lowest priced lift tickets guaranteed. Stay connected all season long and learn more about Breckenridge Ski Resort at www.facebook.com/Breckenridge watch official resort videos atwww.YouTube.com/Breckenridge and follow @Breckenridgemtn on Instagram and Twitter.

 

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UPDATE: Getting to Colorado’s Ski Resorts Just Got Easier With More Flights to Telluride, Denver

October 22, 2014

 

Steamboat’s winter nonstop flight program will feature new nonstop service from San Francisco International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, expanded nonstop air service on the Los Angeles and Seattle routes and an additional weekend Houston flight directly into Steamboat/Hayden Airport (HDN) for the 2014/15 winter season.

Steamboat’s winter nonstop flight program will feature new nonstop service from San Francisco International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, expanded nonstop air service on the Los Angeles and Seattle routes and an additional weekend Houston flight directly into Steamboat/Hayden Airport (HDN) for the 2014/15 winter season.

This winter, new flights and expanded service from major hub airports will make Colorado Ski Country USA even more accessible to skiers and snowboarders from all over the world. New service from San Francisco (SFO) and Washington, D.C. (IAD) and expanded options from Dallas (DAL), Los Angeles (LAX) and Houston (IAH) will bring domestic and international guests directly into the heart of Colorado Ski Country more conveniently than ever before.

Whether a short drive from Denver, a direct flight from across the country, or a direct international flight from one of eight different countries, guests to Colorado resorts have easy, efficient and comfortable options available to land them at their favorite Colorado resorts.

*Updated*: Denver International Airport – The Gateway to Colorado Ski Country

Having expanded its international service with United Airlines’ nonstop flight from Tokyo in 2013, Denver International Airport (DIA) recently announced that United will commence daily service from Panama City, Panama in early December 2014. DIA is one of the busiest airports in the world, and benefits from numerous direct flights from all major cities from coast-to-coast in the US, including a brand new service from Dallas Love Field on Southwest Airlines. With the addition of flights to and from Panama City, the airport will now receive visitors directly from eight different countries – Australia, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, Panama, and the United Kingdom.

From DIA, travelers can reach seven resorts in less than a two hour drive; Eldora Mountain Resort, Loveland Ski Area, Winter Park Resort, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Ski Cooper and Ski Granby Ranch.

Alternatively, once they arrive at DIA, visitors can easily connect to any of Colorado’s regional resort community airports, including Alamosa, Aspen, Durango, Eagle, Gunnison-Crested Butte, Grand Junction, Telluride/Montrose, and Steamboat.

*Updated*: Direct Flights to Regional Airports

In many cases, additional flight options allow guests to fly right to a resort direct from their originating city. These regional hotbeds include nonstop flights from cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Newark, Phoenix, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. With eight regional airports in mountain and resort communities, direct flights can put travelers slope side in no time.

Telluride Ski Resort boasts non-stop flights from nine major U.S. hubs and 10 total metropolitan airports to its main airport, Telluride/Montrose (MTJ), and has announced a 20 percent increase in destination flights this winter.

New this year, United will begin non-stop service from San Francisco (SFO) and American/US Airways will start Phoenix (PHX) flights to Telluride (MTJ). American Airlines flights from Dallas (DFW) will see a 50% increase, including the addition of the daily 76-seat CRJ 900 with first class cabin. United’s Newark (EWR) flights will now run on Sundays in addition to the historic Saturday service.

Daily and multiple daily flights are also available to Telluride/Montrose on United from Denver (DEN), Chicago (ORD), Houston (IAH), and weekly from Los Angeles (LAX). Delta flies daily over the holidays and then weekly from Atlanta (ATL). One of the few resorts offering a low-cost carrier, Allegiant will continue to fly direct to Telluride/Montrose from LAX and Phoenix-Mesa (IWA/AZA). Several shuttle options are available from the airport, and to book, please visit www.tellurideskiresort.com or www.visittelluride.com.

For travelers headed to Aspen/Snowmass, approximately 150 direct and connecting flights fly weekly into Aspen/Pitkin County Airport. From the airport, it’s only six miles to Snowmass Village and three miles to Aspen.

United Airlines provides daily direct flights to Aspen/Pitkin County Airport from Houston, along with four daily direct flights from Los Angeles and 13 daily flights from Denver on peak days. This is in addition to the airport’s four daily direct flights from Chicago/O’Hare and two daily direct flights from San Francisco, bringing United’s total frequency up to 24 daily flights in and out of Aspen/Snowmass this winter.

American Airlines utilizes CRJ-700 aircraft operated by American Eagle to provide 63 seats with nonstop service from Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles each with daily nonstop service to Aspen. In addition, from December 18 – March 29 Delta will provide service into Aspen/Pitkin County Airport from Atlanta and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Guests can find deals at www.StayAspenSnowmass.com and www.FlyAspenSnowmass.com.”

Gunnison/Crested Butte Regional Airport services direct flights from Denver, Dallas and Houston, and Chicago/O’Hare. Through American and United Airlines’ extensive flight networks, guests can get to Crested Butte from anywhere in the world. Upon landing, shuttles are available to transport guests to resorts in the area such as Crested Butte or Monarch Mountain. Guests can also utilize rental car services from Hertz, Avis, or Budget.

United Airlines will have two nonstop round trip flights daily between Gunnison/Crested Butte Regional Airport and Denver, while American Airlines will have one nonstop round trip flight daily between Gunnison/Crested Butte Regional Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with an additional second service in the peak holiday period. In addition, United Airlines will provide daily service from Houston International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport. For detailed information, visit http://bit.ly/2014-15-CBMR-ski-flights.

The Durango/La Plata Airport serves as Purgatory, Wolf Creek Ski Area and Silverton’s main portal for guests who are travelling lengthy distances. American Airlines offers daily nonstop jet service from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, US Airways offers service from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and Untied offers service from Denver International Airport. The San Luis Valley Regional Airport, which lies closest to Wolf Creek Ski Area, offers three nonstop flights to Denver International Airport.

Steamboat’s winter nonstop flight program will feature new nonstop service from San Francisco International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, expanded nonstop air service on the Los Angeles and Seattle routes and an additional weekend Houston flight directly into Steamboat/Hayden Airport (HDN) for the 2014/15 winter season.

New for the 2014/2015 ski and snowboard season will be Saturday nonstop service to HDN from San Francisco (SFO) and Washington-Dulles (IAD). In addition, Los Angeles (LAX) and Seattle (SEA) flights will both add an additional day of service during the winter. A new Houston (IAH) overnight flight, arriving Saturday and departing Sunday, rounds out the new offerings for the program.  The resort’s upcoming flight program provides access from 11 major airports on key U.S. carriers – Alaska, American, Delta and United Airlines. In addition to the cities mentioned above, Steamboat’s winter flight program includes service from Atlanta, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul, and New York/Newark.

The 2014/2015 winter flight schedule provides convenient connections from more than 300 airports nationwide and worldwide. Airfares and packages are currently available for purchase through Steamboat at 1-800-922-2722 or www.steamboat.com/winter-flights.

On the Western Slope of Colorado, passengers arriving into Grand Junction Regional Airport will find themselves at Powderhorn’s lifts in under an hour.

Sunlight Resort, nestled in nearby Glenwood Springs, is accessible via Aspen/Pitkin airport as well as Eagle Airport, and Grand Junction Airport. The Sunlight Shuttle runs to and from Glenwood Springs, as does the Roaring Fork Transit Authority.

Perched on Tennessee Pass just outside of historic Leadville, Ski Cooper is a hidden Gem resort that is easy to find. Eagle Country Airport is just over an hour drive from Ski Cooper.

Information about CSCUSA and its members can be found at www.ColoradoSki.com, on Twitter @ColoradoSkiUSA and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ColoradoSkiCountryUSA.

 

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Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, Claims Title as First Ski Resort in Nation to Open for 2014 Season

October 17, 2014
Exultation as Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, again takes claim to the title as first ski resort in the nation to open for the 2014-15 season (Jack Dempsey).

Exultation as Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, again takes claim to the title as first ski resort in the nation to open for the 2014-15 season (Jack Dempsey).

Denver, Colo. – October 17, 2014 – Colorado’s 2014/15 ski season is underway today as a crowd of ecstatic skiers and snowboarders celebrated at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Atop an 18-inch base of packed powder, at 9:00 a.m. the Black Mountain Express high-speed quad chairlift began delivering eager snow riders to the top of the intermediate High Noon run for their first turns of the year.

Several resorts in Colorado have taken advantage of cold nighttime temperatures to commence their winter operations over the past several weeks. Copper Mountain began making snow on the evening of Monday, September 29, and in addition to Arapahoe Basin, Loveland Ski Area, Winter Park Resort, and Telluride Ski Resort have made snow since then as well. Ideal snowmaking conditions and recent natural snowfall at high elevation allowed Arapahoe Basin to win the friendly Race to Open for the third consecutive year.

Following a record year for skier visits in Colorado, and a summer of major upgrades and improvements at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts, Arapahoe Basin’s opening has skiers and riders looking forward to the season ahead. “Since the first high country snowstorms several weeks ago, snowmakers and groomers have been working diligently to deliver a memorable Opening Day, and we’re thrilled to see our guests enjoy their first day of the season”, said CSCUSA President and CEO Melanie Mills.

Colorado’s ski areas are aiming to build on last year’s successful season with capital improvements, program upgrades, and new technology. “As always, Colorado resorts are focused on delivering a great guest experience”, continued Mills. “From innovative instructional programs and award-winning dining facilities to groundbreaking smartphone apps and multi-mountain pass products, our resorts’ ongoing dedication to quality, safety, and value is what keeps visitors coming back to Colorado season after season.”

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 Ski Area. 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.

Here are the scheduled opening dates for CSCUSA member resorts (subject to change):

Listed By Resort Name:

Arapahoe Basin:                                  Mid-October 2014 – Early June 2015

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

Aspen Mountain:                                November 27, 2014 – April 19, 2015

Buttermilk:                                          December 13, 2014 – April 12, 2015

Copper Mountain:                               October 31, 2014 – April 19, 2015

Crested Butte:                                      November 26, 2014 – April 5, 2015

Eldora:                                                   Mid-November, 2014 – Mid-April, 2015

Howelsen Hill:                                     Late November 2014 – Mid March 2015

Loveland:                                              Mid-October 2014 – Early May 2015

Monarch Mountain:                           November 26, 2014 – April 12, 2015

Powderhorn:                                        December 11, 2014 – March 29, 2015

Purgatory:                                           November 28, 2014 – Late March, 2015

Silverton:                                             December 20, 2014 – April 12, 2015

Ski Cooper:                                           December 13, 2014 – April 12, 2015

Ski Granby Ranch:                            Mid-December, 2014 – Early April, 2015

Snowmass:                                           November 27, 2014 – April 12, 2015

Steamboat:                                           November 27, 2014 – April 12, 2015

Sunlight:                                               December 5, 2014 – April 5, 2015

Telluride:                                              November 27, 2014 – April 15, 2015

Winter Park:                                        November 12, 2014 – April 26, 2015

Wolf Creek:                                           November 7, 2014 – April 5, 2015

 

Listed By Open Date:

Mid October:                                         Arapahoe Basin, Loveland

October 31:                                            Copper Mountain

November 7:                                         Wolf Creek

November 12:                                       Winter Park

Mid-November:                                    Eldora

November 26:                                       Crested Butte, Monarch

November 27:                                       Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Steamboat, Telluride

November 28:                                       Purgatory

Late November:                                    Howelsen Hill

December 5:                                         Sunlight

December 11:                                       Powderhorn

December 13                                        Buttermilk, Ski Cooper

December 14:                                       Aspen Highlands,

Mid-December:                                    Ski Granby Ranch

December 20:                                       Silverton

 

Information about CSCUSA and its members can be found at www.ColoradoSki.com, on Twitter @ColoradoSkiUSA and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ColoradoSkiCountryUSA.

 

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