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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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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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With Park City, Vail Resort’s Epic Pass Gives Access to 22 Mountain Resorts

October 6, 2014
Skiing at Heavenly, South Lake Tahoe, one of the 22 Vail Resorts that can be accessed on Vail's Epic Pass © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Skiing at Heavenly, South Lake Tahoe, one of the 22 Vail Resorts that can be accessed on Vail’s Epic Pass © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

With the recent acquisition of Park City Mountain in Utah, Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass now offers access to 22 legendary mountain resorts and more than 32,000 acres of the best skiing and riding in the world.  At just $749, it also offers the industry’s best value, paying for itself in just five days, but that price is only guaranteed through Oct. 12, 2014.

The 2014-15 Epic Pass features unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City and Canyons in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Furthermore, Epic Pass holders have the opportunity to extend their skiing and riding adventures globally with up to five consecutive free days (when booking in-resort lodging) at the renowned mountain resorts of Les 3 Vallées, France (Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle) and Verbier, Switzerland, and five consecutive free days at Niseko United, Japan. Vail Resorts is offering the industry’s best-selling season pass at $749 for adults and $389 for children (ages 5-12), but these prices are only guaranteed through Oct. 12, 2014.

Interesting facts about the Epic Pass:

  • Just in the U.S., the Epic Pass grants unlimited, unrestricted access to 32,130 acres, 30,236 vertical feet, 1,378 runs, 245 lifts, 49 bowls and 41 terrain parks.
  • The Epic Pass is the world’s most popular ski pass, with pass holders in 80 countries and all 50 U.S. states.
  • The combined vertical feet is taller than Mount Everest (29,000 feet)

Vail Resorts offers multiple pass options for the 2014-15 season:

  • The Epic Pass™: Unlimited skiing all winter for $749. Enjoy unlimited skiing or riding at 12 resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City and Canyons in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. No blackout days or restrictions apply. Pass holders can also enjoy up to five consecutive free days each at Les 3 Vallées, France (Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle) and Verbier, Switzerland when booking in-resort lodging. New for winter 2014-15, Epic Pass purchasers will have access to five complimentary consecutive days at Niseko United, Japan–known as one of the snowiest and most celebrated powder skiing resorts in the world. The Epic Pass pays for itself in just over five days.
  • The Epic Local Pass TM  is perfect for people who can navigate a pass with restrictions.  At $569 for adults, $439 for teens (ages 13 – 18) and $289 for children (5 – 12), the Epic Local pass offers unlimited and unrestricted skiing at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado with limited restrictions at Park City and Canyons in Utah, as well as Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe. It also offers 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek in Colorado with holiday restrictions. The Epic Local Pass pays for itself in just over four days.
  • The Epic 4-Day ™ is optimal for guests planning one ski vacation during the 2014-15 winter season. At just $399 for adults and $219 for children (ages 5-12), ski any four days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City and Canyons in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe. In addition, pass holders receive four free days each at Mt. Brighton or Afton Alps. This pass pays for itself in less than three days and offers a savings of up to 25 percent compared to lift tickets. And, for a little over $1,000, a family of four can ski four days at the world’s best ski resorts whenever they choose.
  • The Epic 7-Day ™ is ideal for guests planning to ski seven days throughout the winter season. At $569 for adults and $289 for children (ages 5-12), ski or ride a total of seven unrestricted days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City and Canyons in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe. In addition, pass holders receive seven free days each at Mt. Brighton or Afton Alps.

Season Pass Benefits: Epic Pass and all Vail Resorts season pass holders will receive exclusive offers on lodging, dining, ski rentals, equipment, ski school and special events for the 2014-15 ski and snowboard season at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Park City, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood, as well as Mt. Brighton, Afton Alps and Arapahoe Basin. Season pass holders also automatically receive six Ski-With-a-Friend Tickets. Access to Les 3 Vallées, Verbier and Niseko United is only provided to Epic Pass holders and not holders of other passes offered by Vail Resorts (Epic 4-Day, Epic 7-Day, Epic Local Pass, Tahoe Local Pass, Summit Value Pass and Tahoe Value Pass). All season pass products are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Season Pass Insurance Option: Vail Resorts encourages guests to purchase pass insurance. All of the Company’s season pass products are non-refundable and non-transferrable; however, pass insurance covers pass holders in the event of unexpected circumstances including sickness, injury and job loss. Pass insurance is $20 for adults and $10 for children (ages 5-12). Coverage applies for all season passes, the Epic 4-Day and Epic 7-Day valid for the 2014-15 ski season.

All current prices on Vail Resorts season passes are only guaranteed through Oct. 12, 2014. For more information about the 2014-15 season pass line-up or to purchase a pass online, visit www.epicpass.com.

 

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

December 31, 2013
Winter Park is one of the Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts offering special learn-to-ski-or ride packages during January © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Winter Park is one of the Colorado Ski Country USA member resorts offering special learn-to-ski-or ride packages during January © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts are offering deals to entice kids and adults to come to the mountains and give skiing and snowboarding a try, sharpen their skills or pick up a new discipline. In addition to CSCUSA’s First Class program, which provides a free beginner lesson and equipment rental to qualifying fifth graders in January, resorts are offering significantly discounted lessons and Learn to Ski and Snowboard packages that include lift tickets, equipment rentals, and lessons taught by highly trained professional instructors.

Taking a lesson is a wise step in progressing as a skier or snowboarder. Safety and knowing your limits also add to a great day on the slopes according to CSCUSA Ski Instructor of the Year Ashley Sifers with Ski Granby Ranch. “This is really important. Recognize when you’re tired. Be aware of your surroundings and listen to your body,” explains Sifers. “You don’t have to eke out every minute of the day to have a successful, awesome day on the hill.”

Here are some of the Learn to Ski and Snowboard offers from CSCUSA resorts:

Arapahoe Basin

Learn to Ski/Ride Month Super Sunday Special

Good for kid or adult first timers only, the Super Sunday Special package includes a lift ticket, equipment rental, and a beginner lesson. Guests who purchase a Super Sunday lesson will be entitled to discounts on future lessons. Prices for adults are $99 for skiing and $107 for snowboarding, while prices for kids are $79 for skiing and $84 for snowboarding. The items in these packages can be purchased individually; Super Sunday lessons will be $59. Adult ski rental: $20; adult snowboard rental: $28; kid ski rental: $10; kid snowboard rental: $15; Beginner-area lift tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids. 2014 Super Sunday Dates are January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23. Valid for morning, half-day lessons only (10am-12:30pm).

Free One Run Lessons

Guests are matched up with instructors who learn the guest’s ability level and goals during a Black Mountain Express chairlift ride. During one run down the mountain on terrain accessible from the Black Mountain Express lift, instructors coach relatively minor movements that make major improvements to guests’ skiing. Sign-up is day-of, first-come, first-served from 10:00 am – noon. 2013-14 Dates: December 7, December 15, January 4, January 26, February 9, March 9. For more information, visit www.arapahoebasin.com.

Aspen/Snowmass

Beginner’s Magic For Adult Skiers And Snowboarders

Learn the basics of skiing or snowboarding from professional instructors who practice a teaching method that promotes peak performance and confidence and educates about the right equipment and mountain awareness. 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. Lessons start at $199 inclusive of lift ticket, equipment rental, and full-day lesson when booked at least seven days in advance.

For Kids & Teens – Experienced professional instructors share their wealth of knowledge and instill an appreciation for the mountain environment. Their passion is contagious and kids enjoy perfecting their skills while they develop a love for the sport. Beginners learn in a supportive and fun environment while developing confidence and life skills. They will explore the mountain, try new skills, terrain and snow conditions based on appropriate skill development and experience the thrill of the pipe and park and/or race course with expert coaches. Available at Snowmass and Buttermilk every day, kids will be in groups with other kids or teens of similar ages. Lessons start at $111 for a full-day lesson when booked at least seven days in advance. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com/schools.

Copper Mountain

Free Skiing and Riding for Beginners During Ski and Ride Month and All Winter Long

All season long beginners can access and learn for free on the Easy Rider carpet located in Center Village. Once basic skills are learned, a ticket for the Pitchfork chairlift is $15, allowing beginners to master getting on and off the lift while perfecting turning and stopping.

Woodward at Copper Barn – Great for Newbies and Beginners
This past summer the Woodward at Copper Barn underwent a half-million renovation project which opened the door far beyond snowboards and skis to now include skateboards, BMX and slopestyle mountain bike . All synthetic snow surfaces were replaced with a surface designed for wheels. Families and amateurs alike are invited to experience the renovations expanded offerings for never-evers with additions including a new beginner foam pit with two-foot and four-foot jumps, a pump track designed for the development of park skills, and new programming to bridge the gap and see results on snow. For more information, visit www.coppercolorado.com.

Crested Butte

$59 Beginner Ski or Ride Package.

For Learn to Ski Month this January 2014, Crested Butte Mountain Resort is offering a $59 beginner ski or ride package. The package is available for adults to learn how to ski or snowboard at a 63 percent discount. This package is for first-time skiers and snowboarders, age 15 and up only.  It includes an Adult First Time Beginner Adventure Ski or Snowboard lesson and a 1-day adult lift ticket valid for limited lift access on the day of the lesson.  Participants can also receive a 50% on rentals when they redeem their Liftopia voucher at the Adventure Center. Visit www.skicb.com/learn for more information and to book this package through Liftopia.com.

Loveland

Free Unrestricted Season Pass for Qualifying 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 register at the Loveland Valley between 8am and 9am. Pre-purchase price:  $315 for ages 6-14 skiers & snowboarders (Includes Season Pass) $345 for ages 4-5 skiers (Includes Season Pass) (4-5 yr old program includes early drop off beginning at 8:15am). For more information, visit http://www.skiloveland.com.

Monarch

First Timer Lessons

First-timer lessons at Monarch are conducted in a group setting and provide first time, basic, beginner instruction to get new skiers and snowboarders comfortable, moving and having fun on their equipment. Packages include all-day lift ticket, equipment and helmet rental, 2.5 hrs. of group instruction, and a snack.  Lesson begins promptly at 9:30 or 11:30 and are $89 for new snowriders aged 7-12 and $99 for ages 13 and older. For more information, visit www.skimonarch.com.

Powderhorn

Learn to Ski and Ride Season Pass Program

Powderhorn Mountain Resort and the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel join forces to bring back the Learn to Ski and Ride Season Pass Program for the 2013 – 2014 winter season. Designed for first time skiers or snowboarders ages eight and up, the Daily Sentinel’s Learn to Ski and Ride Season Pass program features three consecutive ski or snowboard lessons at Powderhorn Mountain Resort with the Intensive Series, which includes a full day group lesson with an hour break for lunch.

Lessons run from 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm and focus on weather precautions, changing snow conditions, etiquette on the mountain and the Skier/Rider Responsibility Code. Participants emerge from the series with a great foundation in their chosen snow sport, and are able to put new skills to the test on-mountain. Upon completion of the three-lesson program, participants receive a free season pass for the remainder of the 2013 – 2014 season.

Cost for the program is $269 for youth and pre-teen participants (ages 8-17), $320 for adults (18+) and $299 for full time college students. Visit www.powderhorn.com for a list of regular season rates and details on the Learn to Ski and Ride Pass pass program.

Purgatory

Discounted Basic Beginner Packages

Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort is pleased to announce two new low cost packages during January 2014 for children and adults who want to learn how to ski or snowboard. The program includes two new packages plus a discount card for future skiing or snowboarding.

The Basic Beginner Packages include full-day ski or snowboard lessons for adults/children, basic rental equipment, and lift tickets. Offered Jan. 6 – 31, 2014, the two-day package is $158, $100 off the regular price while the one-day package is $79, a savings of 39 percent.

Upon completion of the 1-Day or 2-Day beginner packages, participants will receive a card good for discounts on lessons, lift tickets and rentals for the remainder of the season through March 30, 2014.  These discounts are valid for use of the LSSM participant only and include lift tickets at $50 for adults, $40 for young adults, and for $30 kids; lessons are $39 for a half-day group lesson, $59 for full-day group lessons; ski or snowboard rentals are $20 for adult basic, $17 kids.  Blackout dates apply:  2/15/14 – 2/16/14 and 3/8/14 – 3/15/14. For more information, visit www.durangomountainresort.com.

Ski Granby Ranch

Get On The Snow Season Pass for Qualified Beginner Skiers and Snowboarders

For $199, complete two ski or snowboarding lesson days and graduate with a “Get On The Snow” season pass to Ski Granby Ranch, as well as a 20 percent discount coupon valid for a retail merchandise purchase. Get on the Snow is for level one, never-ever beginners ages 10 and up. This program is available from January 6 through March 6, 2014. Lessons do not have to be on consecutive days. Not valid with any other offers or promotions. No discounts offered for having equipment or passes. Black-out dates apply:  January 17 – 20, 2014 and February 14-17, 2014. Reservations required. For more information, visit http://www.granbyranch.com/.

Sunlight

Learn to Shine Program For First Time Skiers And Snowboarders

The Learn to Shine package includes three days of lessons, equipment rental and lift tickets. Plus, participants receive a free 5-Day ski pass once they’ve completed the lessons – all for $365. The three lessons can be taken on the dates chosen by the student, whether those dates are consecutive or not.

Skiers and snowboarders that participate in the Learn to Shine program are matched with top-notch instructors that will have them navigating beginner terrain by the end of their first day. For more information, visit http://www.sunlightmtn.com/.

Winter Park

Winter Park’s Family Easy Start
Learning to ski or snowboard is more fun as a family, and the Winter Park Ski + Ride School offers a great program that allows families to learn together, creating shared memories for one all-inclusive price. For $679 for a half-day or $859 for a full day a family of four gets four lift tickets, four equipment rentals, a private instructor, and access to all the amenities of the Private Lesson Center, including lockers, equipment storage, and a cozy lounge. For more information, visit www.winterparkresort.com.

Wolf Creek

First and Second Day Beginner Packages
These package is ideal for those who have never skied/snowboarded before. The First Day package ($60 for skiers, $66 for snowboarders) includes an all-day lift ticket to the Nova Lift and four hours of professional instruction (from 10am to noon, and from 1pm to 3pm) for new skiers and snowboarders ages 9 and up. The Second Day package ($70 for skiers and snowboarders) includes an all-day lift ticket to the Nova and Raven Lifts plus two hours of professional instruction. This package is designed as a follow-up to the 1st Day Beginner Package, although the 1st Day package is not a prerequisite. For skiers and snowboarders ages 13 and up. Prices quoted for the First and Second Day packages do not include equipment rental.

Children’s Camp Robber Clinic – January 11, 25; February 1, 8

This four-week program (Saturdays only) is designed to introduce 5 to 8 year olds to skiing or improve on the skills they already have, all in a fun environment. Children are grouped according to ability and ski with the same children and instructor each week to foster socialization and friendship. Activities include terrain garden, fun races, and mountain safety. Lift ticket, ski rental, four hours of instruction, lunch and snacks are all included each week. $210 for season pass holders; $240 for non-season pass holders. For more information, visit www.wolfcreekski.com/.

Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) is the not-for-profit trade association representing Colorado’s 21 ski & snowboard resorts. 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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Colorado Ski Country USA Resorts Delighted with Heavy Snow Accumulation for Early Season Conditions

December 5, 2013

 

Aspen, Colorado, shows off its abundant snow that will greet early season skiers and snowboarders.

Aspen, Colorado, shows off its abundant snow that will greet early season skiers and snowboarders.

A major snowstorm has blanketed Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) ski resorts with fresh powder, delighting skiers and snowboarders alike as snow totals pile up.

A potent combination of moisture and arctic air left significant amounts of new snow throughout the high country over the last couple of days. Central and southwestern resorts are experiencing the brunt of this storm and are expected to continue accumulating snow through Thursday. Snowfall has been extremely heavy at times in the last 48 hours; the powder piled up at a rate of two inches per hour in Telluride, which recorded 16 inches of snow this morning as the snow continued to fall at a remarkable pace.

Since the first flakes began to fall on Tuesday, Wolf Creek has received 19 inches of new snow so far, Monarch and Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort measured 18 inches with snow still falling, Ski Cooper reported 15 inches this morning as the powder collected, and Crested Butte reported a foot of new snow.

Elsewhere in Colorado Ski Country, 15.5 inches of new powder fell at Loveland, Arapahoe Basin reported 14 inches of new snow, Aspen/Snowmass received more than a foot of new snow, with more expected through tomorrow, Sunlight recorded 12 inches of new snow, Steamboat received 9.5 inches with more on the way, Winter Park and Eldora each received 9 inches, Howelsen recorded 8.5 inches, Powderhorn received 8 inches, and Copper reported 7 inches.

Recent weather patterns have accelerated the scheduled openings of several CSCUSA member resorts, and today’s storm will make opening day conditions even better. Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort will open for the season on Friday, December 6, Powderhorn will open Saturday, December 7, Ski Granby Ranch will open for the season on Wednesday, December 11, and Ski Cooper will open this weekend and will open for the season on Saturday, December 14.

Total recorded snowfall has already exceeded 100 inches for the season at Loveland; Aspen/Snowmass and Steamboat are zeroing in on this benchmark and may surpass it before this storm subsides, and many other CSCUSA resorts are close behind. While there’s nothing like an epic powder day in Colorado Ski Country, skiers and snowboarders should continue to keep safety in mind to get the most out of this fresh round of snow. Wearing the right equipment for enjoying deep snow, and taking extra precaution while skiing and snowboarding in flat light and reduced visibility is highly recommended. Know your responsibilities on the mountain; it’s the key to having a great day on the slopes.

Keep up to date on snowfall totals with the CSCUSA snow report updated by the resorts themselves: http://www.coloradoski.com/snow-report. Keep up to date on resort openings at http://www.coloradoski.com/resort-season-dates.

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Crested Butte, Colorado Opens for Season with Blast of Snow

December 5, 2013
Skier Scot Chrisman  shows the skiing is looking pretty good in Crested Butte right now! (Photo by Chris Segal)

Skier Scot Chrisman shows the skiing is looking pretty good in Crested Butte right now! (Photo by Chris Segal)

There are many reasons why one should be in Crested Butte, Colorado, right now. The first being that the resort is posting 12” of new snow in the last 24 hours and it’s still coming down. Second, the Silver Queen Express lift opens on Friday and the East River Express Lift on Saturday, meaning more incredible terrain to ski and fresh powder both mornings. Lastly, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) is adding a little bonus to their passholders on Saturday, by opening the Silver Queen lift 15 minutes early to give them first tracks on the new terrain in the East River area. Calling it the Peak Pass Poach, CBMR is opening the lift at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday morning for Peak Pass, Peak Pass+, and Choice Pass holders to get first tracks. Untracked. Ungroomed. And it’s going to be unreal.

For terrain openings, the Silver Queen lift will open for the season this Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9 a.m. This will open almost 100 more acres by Friday. Saturday, with the East River lift opening, another 65 acres will open, making this early the season, one of the best in recent memory.

For those looking to make a visit:

Ski and stay now through December 17, 2013 for $79 per person with the Early Season Package. The offer is based on double occupancy for one night of lodging and one day of skiing per person. To make a reservation visit http://www.skicb.com/earlyseason or call Crested Butte Vacations at 800-600-2803.

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