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Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, Is First Ski Resort in Nation to Open for 2013-14 Season

October 15, 2013
Arapahoe Basin, one of the Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts, became the first ski resort in the nation to open for the 2013-14 season (photo: Jack Depmsey)

Arapahoe Basin, one of the Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts, became the first ski resort in the nation to open for the 2013-14 season (photo: Jack Depmsey)

Colorado’s 2013/14 ski season is officially underway with Arapahoe Basin opening its chair lift to crowds of animated skiers and snowboarders. On October 13, at 8:30 a.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), the 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.

Here is a current list of scheduled opening dates for CSCUSA member resorts (subject to change).

Listed by Resort Name:

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


Listed By Open Date:

October 13:                                           Arapahoe Basin

Mid October                                          Loveland

November 1:                                         Copper Mountain

November 8:                                         Wolf Creek

November 13:                                       Winter Park

November 22:                                       Eldora

November 27:                                       Crested Butte, Steamboat

November 28:                                       Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Telluride

November 29:                                       Purgatory

November 30:                                       Howelsen Hill

December 6:                                         Sunlight

December 11:                                       Ski Granby Ranch

December 12:                                       Powderhorn

December 14:                                       Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Ski Cooper

December 21:                                       Silverton

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Colorado Resorts Entice Offer Ski School Specials During Learn To Ski And Snowboard Month

January 2, 2013
Kids make learn-to-ski look easy at Winter Park Resort, Colorado and what a view! Colorado Ski Resorts are making it easy and affordable for guests of any age to take up skiing and snowboarding, especially during January, Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, nationally © 2013 Karen Rubin/

Kids make learn-to-ski look easy at Winter Park Resort, Colorado and what a view! Colorado Ski Resorts are making it easy and affordable for guests of any age to take up skiing and snowboarding, especially during January, Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, nationally © 2013 Karen Rubin/

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts are treating beginner guests to a number of ski school deals and packages this season that are especially attractive during the month of January, which is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.

The snow from recent storms that spread across the state has left ideal conditions for beginners to learn, and presents the opportunity for seasoned sliders to expand their winter sport repertoire. With the industry’s top instructors, legendary ski schools, and packages teeming with value, guests are sure to find the resort, program, and experience that caters to their needs.

Below are lesson packages available at resorts throughout Colorado Ski Country, and ski school specials pertinent to Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.

Arapahoe Basin:

Super Sunday Special

Every Sunday in January, Arapahoe Basin will have special lesson and rental packages for newbie skiers and riders. These specials are specifically geared toward first-time skiers and riders – those who have never stepped foot in a binding or on a mountain. All packages include lift ticket, rental and lesson. Lessons are half-day, morning only.

Dates: January 6, 13, 20, 27

Adult ski package: $99

Adult snowboard package: $107

Kids’ ski package: $79

Kids snowboard package: $84

*lesson can be purchased a la carte for $59

One Run Lessons

With Arapahoe Basin’s One Run Lessons, Guests of any age and ability are matched with an instructor for one run from the Black Mountain Express lift to the base area. The purpose of this lesson is to suggest minor changes or improvements to the guest’s technique, and to introduce the guest to the resort’s snowsports instructors.

Dates: January 13, February 10, March 10

Times: 10am-noon

Sign-up is first come, first served, DAY OF only.

4 Lessons 4 U ($290):

Regardless of ability or discipline, guests can take advantage of four fully-transferable half-day, morning lessons for less than $75 per lesson. They can be used for kids, friends, or in combination with family members. They are available for all ability levels ages 3 and up, for child or adult skiing, snowboarding and telemark lessons (telemark lessons available Saturday and Sunday only). Lessons are good until April 28, 2013. Lift Tickets are not included and are available for $15 for kids and $25 for adults. More information can be found at


Adult Beginner’s Magic™
Learning to ski and ride isn’t just for kids. Aspen/Snowmass welcomes adults to Elk Camp Meadows in Snowmass, where students will learn to ski and ride mid-mountain in a private area specific to beginner skiers and snowboarders with their very own lift and magic carpet.

Aspen/Snowmass pros will get beginners out and about on the “easy” runs that will challenge them just enough. The accelerated learning method and equipment helps students succeed, and the resort’s top pros teach the lesson. Students will learn the basics of skiing or snowboarding from pros who practice a teaching method that promotes peak performance and confidence, and educates about the right equipment and mountain awareness. Aspen/Snowmass is so confident in this lesson that they created a unique package around it.

Available at Snowmass and Buttermilk every day, this program is best for adults who are first time beginners or who are only comfortable on beginner terrain. Beginner Levels (green terrain only levels 1 – 3) Lesson is a full day: 10:00am – 3:00pm and includes: lesson, beginner magic rental equipment, and a beginner area-lift ticket.

Costs run as follows: Full day: $203, full day with 7-day advance purchase: $193, one day extension: $143 per day. Three full days: $429, three full days with 7-day advance purchase: $408. More details can be found at

Copper Mountain

Save 50% on 2nd Day Ski and Ride School Adult Lessons

Learn how to ski and ride right the first time. Copper Mountain Ski and Ride School offers 50 percent off on second day lessons when a two day adult lesson is purchased. For more information please visit

Free Lift Access For Beginners At Copper Mountain

Learn to ski and snowboard at Copper Mountain without breaking the bank this January. Easy Rider carpet in Center Village is free for those just learning how to slide down the mountain. Once guests get the hang of skiing and riding and are ready to test their skills on more beginner terrain, a lift ticket for Pitchfork beginner chairlift is available for $15 and is the perfect terrain to hone in on new skills. Both tickets are available at a Copper Mountain ticket window and available all season long.

Learn To Ski And Snowboard Month Is Not Just For Never Evers

Learn how to spin in the park or conquer a box or rail with Copper Mountain Ski and Ride School and Woodward at Copper. Start the day at the Schoolhouse for skiing and riding then head to the Woodward Barn for a unique and fun experience on trampolines and in foam pits. Lesson packages include a lift ticket, lunch, and real-time GPS tracking provided by Flaik for superior safety and peace of mind for parents. Walk-ups are accepted until 9 a.m. on the day of lessons. Advanced Reservations are highly encouraged, for more information please visit

Crested Butte

North Face Guide

For guests interested in an extreme skiing or riding experience, but looking for some tips and tricks for success, CBMR’s Ski and Ride School created the North Face Guide. This in-bounds group tour allows participants to experience the resort’s famed extreme terrain, concentrating on skiing and riding off the High Lift and in the North Face area of the mountain. The tour includes an evaluation and light education, helping adventure-minded guests make the jump to extreme skiing and riding in a safe and controlled environment. Call Crested Butte Ski & Ride School for reservations 970-349-2211. More information can be found at


First Timer Lesson Package

Eldora’s First Timer Lesson Packages provides new skiers and riders with a four hour group lesson, rental equipment and a lift ticket for just $119. Eldora’s lower mountain terrain is perfect for first-timers looking to develop their basic skills. For more information please visit


3 Class Pass

Loveland Ski Area’s 3 Class Pass encourages a lifelong love of snow sports by rewarding first time skiers and snowboarders ages sis and up that complete three lesson packages with a free season pass. Newcomers can also pre-purchase the three lesson packages and use the pass all winter long.

Loveland Explorers

Explorers is a six week program where intermediate skiers and snowboarders ages 7-14 train with top level coaches from The Loveland Ski and Ride School and The Loveland Ski Club to develop their skills. Children learn and explore with the same coach all six weeks and the groups are limited to six students to one coach. Package is $469 and includes six full day lessons with lunch and a season pass.

The Loveland Ski and Ride School offers a unique private lesson for families looking to learn to ski or snowboard together. Up to four family members age seven and older learn together with the same instructor in a two hour newcomer lesson for first time skiers or riders. The $395 includes two hour lesson, beginner lift tickets and equipment rentals for four people. More information can be found at

Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort

Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort is offering three new low cost packages during January 2013 for children and adults who want to learn how to ski and snowboard. These new packages are only valid at Purgatory January 7-31, 2013 as part of national “Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month” and are geared toward people who have never skied or snowboarded and want to learn.

2-Day Basic Beginner Package only $149, a savings of up to 43%

Includes a full-day ski or snowboard lesson for adults/children, basic rental equipment for two days, and two days of lift tickets.

Lodging Plus 2-Day Beginner Package starts at $189 pp, a savings of up to 39%

Includes the 2-Day Basic Beginner Lesson Package ( lift tickets, rentals & lesson), plus two-nights lodging, based on quad-occupancy in Lodge at Tamarron. Some restrictions apply.

1-Day Basic Beginner Package only $79, a savings of up to 47%

Includes a full-day ski or snowboard beginner lesson for adults/children, basic rental equipment for the day, and a beginner lift ticket.

Be Back Beginner Discount Card

Upon completion of the 1-Day, 2-Day or 2-Day plus lodging programs, participants will receive a card good for discounts on lessons, lift tickets and rentals for the remainder of the season through March 31, 2013. These discounts are valid for use of the beginner only.

Lift tickets: $50 adults; $40 students; $30 kids

Lessons: $39 half-day group lesson; $59 full-day group lessons

Ski or snowboard rentals: $20 adult basic; $17 kids

Blackout dates apply: 2/16-2/17 and 3/10-3/16

Basic rental packages include skis/snowboards, boots, poles and helmet. Pre-registration is required for participation. Visit for details and to register.


Learn to Ski or Ride Season Pass Series

The Season Pass Series is designed for first timers ages eight and up who are new to either the sport of skiing or snowboarding and ready to commit to three lessons. At the end of the lessons, students have a great foundation and will be able to take their new skills all over the mountain. Additionally, when they complete all three sessions, they will get a free season pass for the rest of the season.

Lessons are a full day Group Lesson with an hour break for lunch and run from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Cost is $299 for adults including lesson, lift and rental and $249 for ages 8 – 17 including lesson, lift and rental and is available in three different tracks:

Intensive Series:

December 21-23, 2012 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) OR

January 2-4, 2013 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

Saturdays Series:

January 5, 12, 19, 2013

Sunday Series:

January 6, 13, 20, 2013

Young At Heart

One of the most popular programs at Powderhorn, Young at Heart is for skiers or riders over age 50 and this January special sessions will be held specifically for January Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Join the resort every Thursday to ski with friends and a guide from the Ski and Ride School. Groups are divided by ability, with an emphasis on fun, camaraderie and ski time. Stay after the lifts close for the weekly apres ski party in the Sunset Grille. Learn to Ski and Snowboard sessions will be held Jan 10, 17 and 24.

Young at Heart begins on December 20th and continues every Thursday until the mountain closes in spring. Sign in by 8:40 a.m. Groups go out promptly at 9:00 a.m. More information can be found at

Ski Cooper

The 3 Lesson Season Pass Program is available for first time skiers and riders at Ski Cooper. Participants can pay as they go and upon completion of the third lesson, they are eligible to receive a Ski Cooper 2012-13 season pass. Details and more information can be found at or by calling (800) 707-6114.

Ski Granby Ranch

Get on the Snow

Ski Granby Ranch has long emphasized beginner-friendly ski environments and instruction, and to turn first-timers into lifelong skiers, they’re offering a Get on the Snow (GOTS) program, where newbies complete two days of comprehensive instruction (including lift tickets and rentals) for $199 – and walk away with a season pass to boot.

The GOTS program emphasizes watching and learning with others in a group setting which creates a comfort level for the beginner. GOTS is offered January through mid-March, some date restrictions apply and reservations are required. Details can be found at


Learn to Ski & Ride Package

The Steamboat Ski & Snowboard School’s Learn to Ski & Learn to Ride clinics pair first time winter enthusiasts with some of the best instructors in the industry, including former Olympians, collegiate athletes and more. The resort is so confident that “Never Ever” students will be skiing or riding comfortably on green runs after their three-day programs that they guarantee it. Learn to Ski & Learn to Ride Packages offer three days of instruction, gear rental, lift tickets and the same instructor for all three days of instruction for 16 year olds and up. The Learn To Ride Program is part of the signature Burton clinic and features specialized equipment and proven teaching methods designed to help first-time snowboarders. Booking Learn To Ski or Learn to Ride Packages seven or more days in advance can result in a discount. For reservations call 800-922-2722, and for more information visit


Learn to Shine

The Learn to Shine program at Sunlight encourages beginners to take on three days of lessons with a free 5-day ski pass awarded upon completion. The package includes three days of lesson, equipment rental and lift tickets for $325. Guests can choose what days to take their lessons, whether they are consecutive or not. More details can be found at

3-Day Beginner Skiing Adventure
Enjoy miles of beginner terrain with instructors teaching skills that will have guests successfully skiing on their first day. With the 3 Day Beginner Package, guests can buy two days and get the third day free – includes lift, lesson, and rental. First time skiers only. 11:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Learn to Ride Beginner Snowboarding
Telluride partners with Burton Snowboards to offer the best experience in snowboard instruction. Included in the lesson are specifically designed beginner snowboards, boots, and bindings – which quickens the learning curve. Smaller class sizes and gentle terrain complete this unique experience. Package includes lift, lesson and rental. With the Learn to Ride Beginner Snowboarding Package, buy two days and get the third day free – includes lift, lesson, and rental. First time snowboarders only. Learn to Ride Beginner Snowboarding is offered 11:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. More information can be found at

Winter Park

Bob’s Mogul Camp

Winter Park is home to North America’s infamous natural bump terrain, Mary Jane. With six hours of daily coaching from Winter Park Pros, guests will be navigating the bumps best in no time. Students finish out the day with a special après party and video analysis. Winter Park Ski + Ride School Director, Bob Barnes, and his top mogul coaches perfect bump skiing for novices and experts. Groups are based on ability level and range from blue bump runs to double diamond bump runs.

January 25-27, 2013
February 13-15, 2013
March 1-3, 2013
Meeting location: Mary Jane Moffat Room; 8:30am
6 hours a day / $519

Wolf Creek

Beginner Ski and Board Package

The Beginner Package at Wolf Creek Ski Area keeps things easy for first timers by offering never-ever skiers and snowboarders a combination lift and group lesson ticket. The $56 includes four hours in a group ski lesson plus the beginner Nova double chairlift. Lessons are from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with a one hour break for lunch. For $66 the lesson includes the same deal for snowboarders. This package is offered to adult skiers/boarders as well as to children, ages nine and older. More information can be found by visiting

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Fun Freebies Add Value to Colorado Ski Country Destination Resorts

December 17, 2010
Crested Butte

Families visiting Crested Butte can take advantage of the free skiing for kids six and under, free Mountain Express shuttle from Mt. Crested Butte to Crested Butte and free fourth night of lodging (photo courtesy of Crested Butte Mountain Resort).

Skiers and riders have a lot of options to get more out of their ski season this year as Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts build in value to ski vacations with an assortment of free activities. From concerts, to races, to lift tickets, savvy deal seekers will find plenty of choices for fun and enjoyment offered completely free of charge.

Here are some highlights:

Arapahoe Basin’s May Concert Series is not only free but entertaining. Free concerts will be held in the base area every Saturday in May from 1pm-4pm. Guests are invited to follow spring skiing with libations and live music.

Aspen/Snowmass plays host to a number of events throughout the season, including the X-Games, World Cup Races and concerts. All events at the four mountains are free.

Families visiting Crested Butte can take advantage of the free skiing for kids six and under, free Mountain Express shuttle from Mt. Crested Butte to Crested Butte and free fourth night of lodging.

Sitting at the edge of Grand Mesa, Powderhorn Resort provides breathtaking views of the valley. Guests can take in the scenery on a free, one-hour guided mountain tour. Tours are offered every Saturday and sign-up is located at Guest Services.

Guests at Purgatory now have the chance to experience the latest craze in winter sports—snowbiking. Purgatory Ski and Ride School offers free snowbike licensing, which guests will need to have before speeding down the slopes. Rentals are available at Purgatory Rentals.

Kids at SolVista Basin at Granby Ranch can go straight from the slopes to the sledding hill for more fun on the snow. The Sledding Area is fenced off from ski traffic and provides kids and adults alike with a perfect place to play when the lifts are closed.

For those who want to stay out of the cold, Telluride offers free gondola transportation between the resort, the Intercept Lot, and the core of the Mountain Village. The gondola runs seven days a week from 7:00am-midnight.

Wolf Creek’s “Fun Series” offers races of all kinds during the 2010-2011 season. Entry is free and open to skiers and riders of all ages and abilities. The fastest racers in each age and gender category will receive gold, silver, and bronze medals and eternal glory.

Steamboat has free skiing with Olympians Billy Kidd and Nelson Carmichael. Guests can get pointers from the best while skiing on Heavenly Daze or Nelsons’ Run. Grooming reports will let people know what days Billy is skiing at 1pm, as well as which Sundays Nelson is conducting his free clinic.

Free Skiing

Copper Mountain offers free snowcat rides to the legendary Tucker Mountain, where skiers and riders can access more than 273 acres and 1,200 vertical feet of terrain. Cats run on select days from 10:00am-1:30pm and depart from the base of the Mountain Chief Lift.

Echo Mountain wants to help parents pass on their love of skiing and riding to the next generation. Lift tickets for children age five and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Season Pass holders at Eldora can enjoy free access to the Nordic Center as well as more than 40 kilometers of trails for cross-country skiing, skate skiing, and snowshoeing. Just steps from the ski lift, Eldora’s Nordic trails meander through forests, snow-covered alpine meadows, and mountain peaks. The Nordic Center offers complete rental packages, lessons, and clinics.

For those who have never tried skiing or riding before, Loveland has a great deal. Guests who purchase a 3-Class Pass from Loveland Ski and Ride school will receive a free season pass to help them work on their turns all season long.

Monarch Mountain has free deals for skiers and riders of all ages. Children ages six and under, as well as seniors ages 69 and over, can ski for free all season long.

Guests at Silverton Mountain can earn free unguided ski days by volunteering for Boot-Packing Days. Those who want to participate should show up—with pants duct-taped to boots—at the base area at 8:45am on any of the scheduled boot-packing days and be ready to pack down snow with their boots. No experience is required but participants must have a beacon and probe. Each day of boot-packing earns a free day of unguided skiing.

One of Colorado Ski Country’s Gems Resorts, Ski Cooper offers Gems Cardholders one free season pass after completion of three lessons.

Guests at Sunlight Mountain who print a coupon from can get a free child lift ticket with the purchase of two adult lift tickets.


When guests book a minimum of two nights of lodging at Winter Park between Opening Day and Christmas Day 2010, they will receive one free lift ticket per night booked. The “Ski Free at Winter Park” lodging package is available online at

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