The 2012-2013 ski and snowboard season begins winding down this weekend -- with the first round of closing-day parties at Ski Granby Ranch, Powderhorn and Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort -- despite the fact that snow conditions are actually quite good, with more snow in the forecast. Here's a r ... More >>
Several years ago, Purina started broadcasting a line of commercials featuring a dog awakened by the scent of Beggin' Strips. Not knowing the odor didn't belong to real bacon, the dog frantically ran through the house, then finally found a strip and exclaimed, "It's BACON!" But while dogs may not kn ... More >>
Breckenridge opened for the 2012-'13 ski and snowboard season today, with two lifts and forty acres of terrain, joining Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Keystone and Copper Mountain. And with the So-Gnar Snowboard Camp Tour kicking off tomorrow at Woodward at Copper and OpenSnow.com (a Westword Best of Den ... More >>
Loveland lost the annual race to open first this season to the neighbors at Arapahoe Basin, but first chair tomorrow at 9 a.m. will still be a hot ticket when the ski area marks the start of its 75th anniversary season with a top-to-bottom run on the Catwalk, Mambo, and Homerun trails. See Also: ... More >>
It's beer festival season and the fiestas -- from the high country to the plains -- are going to come fast. The first two kick off this Memorial Day weekend, but they'll be followed by new ones almost every weekend this summer. Enjoy -- and keep some Advil around.
"We made a very tough decision today," reported Arapahoe Basin CEO Alan Henceroth in a dispatch sent out on yesterday. "Arapahoe Basin will close for the season Sunday, May 6. With the light snowfall, big wind events, and warm temperatures, Mother Nature made life for Colorado skiers very difficult ... More >>
With many Colorado ski areas closing this weekend (some of them ahead of schedule) and recent headlines bemoaning this season's abysmal snowpack across the state, it's easy to lament the sad state of this year's ski and snowboard season. But let's accentuate the positive for a moment: Yesterday Wolf ... More >>
What better time to take advantage of this city's proximity to the beautiful Rocky Mountains -- and some of the best skiing in the world -- than New Year's Eve? Keep reading for our list of the ten best ways to celebrate New Year's, mountain-style.
Courtesy Powderhorn Mountain ResortThe powder is stacking up.Powderhorn Mountain Resort fired up its lifts this morning at 9 a.m. for its 45th anniversary season (and its first season under new ownership). Appropriately enough, it's a powder day: The resort is reporting thirteen inches of sno ... More >>
Keystone and Copper Mountain open today, joining Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, and Wolf Creek. And make sure you smile for the cameras at Keystone, where its parent company, Vail Resorts, debuts the new EpicMix Photo social media app: A small army of professional photographers on the mountain will be ... More >>
Wolf Creek celebrated Halloween weekend with 22 inches of new snowTrick or treat, indeed: fourteen inches of new snow this weekend at Silverton Mountain brought the mid-mountain base tally to an incredible eighty inches (see powder porn after the jump). Wolf Creek got 22 inches before opening ... More >>
Thinking about taking a snow day and heading for the hills this morning? Crank up the Black Flag and point towards the Continental Divide, because the first snow of the season here in Denver hit ski country even harder, with Loveland reporting over 10 inches this morning at 5 a.m. and Arapaho ... More >>
Come out of the closet, gapers! Hot pink and electric blue ski and snowboard gear from the 1980s lives forever thanks to events like tonight's 8th annual 80s Ski Party at Mile High Station, 2027 West Lower Colfax Avenue, where they won't even let you through the door unless the bouncer needs ... More >>
Photo by Dustin Schaefer, courtesy Loveland Ski AreaLauren Weibert saw a rainbow on opening day at LovelandThe season of winter stoke is upon us: Wolf Creek, Arapahoe Basin, and Loveland Ski Area were all open over the weekend and, this being the 21st century, we found some sweet video covera ... More >>
2010 first chair photo courtesy Loveland Ski AreaFirst chair honors at Loveland will be up for grabs on FridayThe 2011/2012 ski season is officially upon us: Arapahoe Basin opened this morning and Loveland is opening tomorrow. Each will be open daily until well into the Spring skiing season.
Photo by Dave Camara, courtesy Arapahoe BasinA-Basin opens for business tomorrow.This morning, Arapahoe Basin announced it will open tomorrow, October 13, at 9 a.m., for the season. The ski area is reporting an eighteen-inch base after a week of snowmaking and several inches of natural snow. ... More >>
"It would be sad to see this much snow not being skied on at a ski area," says Elesha Goad, ticket office supervisor at Wolf Creek Ski Area, where they're opening this weekend to take advantage of the 36 inches of new snow that has fallen in the last 24 hours, and where the forecast calls for more t ... More >>
This afternoon marked the first real snow in the high country, which means the days of playing hooky to go skiing and snowboarding are just around the corner. To hold you over until then, enjoy these crowd-sourced photos from the mountains via the resorts.
Silverton Mountain is a good seven-hour drive from Denver in the winter, but we're going to argue that their season pass deal is too good to pass up, especially if you buy one this week while they're 50 percent off: Silverton is selling a limited number of 2011/2012 season passes this week fo ... More >>
Something about this recent run of three-digit-degrees days and Monday's closing day at Arapahoe Basin have us looking forward to next ski season already, and it turns out we're not alone: On Monday director Josh Berman and the Denver-based ski porn specialists at Level 1 Productions released ... More >>
Photo courtesy Arapahoe BasinA-Basin's "Lake Reveal" will be in action for 4th of July pond-skimmingIt's official: For the first time since 1997, Arapahoe Basin has enough snow on the slopes to stay open on weekends through the 4th of July. As of this morning the ski area is reporting a mid-m ... More >>
Arapahoe Basin photo archivesSame as it ever was: Summer season on the Beach at Arapahoe BasinSnow's out for the summer! Today is opening day at the Breckenridge Peak 8 Fun Park, where a $65 all-day pass ($32 for kids) buys unlimited access to the Gold Runner Coaster, SuperSlide, SuperPutt, M ... More >>
Photo by Arapahoe Basin COO Alan Henceroth, via ArapahoeBasin.comThe view from A-Basin this weekend, where more than 13 inches of new snow fell on SaturdayToday I'm headed for the slopes at Arapahoe Basin, where it has snowed more than 23 inches in the last three days and where, as I reported ... More >>
Photo by Pete Grannis, courtesy Arapahoe BasinA-Basin announces Summer ski season dates through at least June 19How about this weather we've been having? Local skiers and snowboarders fantasizing about 4th of July fireworks at Arapahoe Basin just might see their dreams come true this season: ... More >>
Lookout, mom! The Pagan Downhill crew ("sickest longboarding events in the world") is dropping bombs on Lookout Mountain this weekend for the 2011 Buffalo Bill Downhill Bloodspill, a skateboarding race pretty much guaranteed to live up to its gruesome name as 120 of Colorado's craziest skater ... More >>
Get dirty! Head to Fruita for the 16th annual New Belgium Brewing Fruita Fat Tire Festival this weekend, where organizers have dropped most of the pretense in favor of letting people go ride during the day and then party all night. Don't miss the Clunker Crit junker race on Saturday at 2 p.m. ... More >>
Photo courtesy Arapahoe BasinSpring snowboarding, A-Basin styleArapahoe Basin is not only still open (one of just two Colorado ski areas still going strong), it's 100 percent open and yesterday reported a 100" base, its deepest base since 2003, according to spokeswoman Leigh Hierholzer, who s ... More >>
Still haven't used all your sick days this season? Not quite ready to shift from ski/snowboard season to working in your garden? Here are three perfectly good excuses to call in sick and head for the hills this week:
$199 for a 2011/2012 season pass? Believe it.Many Colorado ski areas announced pre-season discounts on 2011/2012 season passes this week. Yes, we know there are still three or four good weeks of Spring skiing and shredding ahead of us, and that Arapahoe Basin will be keeping the dream alive u ... More >>
Arapahoe Basin photo archives, via SummitDaily.comOn "the Beach" at Arapahoe Basin, back in the dayBack in the day we had to ski to school uphill in both directions. Okay, maybe not, but you can still get an earful of old-school ski stories when representatives from Arapahoe Basin, Breckenrid ... More >>
We're #1! Come see the best roller derby league in the country in action when the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls (2010 Women's Flat Track Derby Association national champions) open their 2011 season on Saturday at the Fillmore at 7 p.m. The bout pits two of the league's teams - Dooms Daisies vs. ... More >>
Oxtail soup for the long haul Arapahoe Basin's Black Mountain Lodge will host the inaugural Dynafit Nacht Spektakel, German Feast & Randonee on Wednesday, January 19. And what's a randonee? Leigh Hierholzer, director of marketing for Arapahoe Basin, chuckles at the question, then says, "We t ... More >>
Photo by Casey Day, courtesy of Arapahoe BasinRing in the New Year at 11,500 feet at A-Basin's Black Mountain LodgeThis week we brought you nearly 100 great reasons to stay in town for New Year's Eve. Here are five equally good excuses to get out of Dodge:
Photo courtesy Vail ResortsAfter getting dumped on all week (nearly three feet, as of this writing) Vail is opening today with 1,150 acres and nine lifts. Eldora opens today, too. Winter Park opened on Wednesday and will open Mary Jane tomorrow. And Keystone, which opened on November 5, is op ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Expo 2008.An estimated 30,000 ski and snowboard junkies will flock to the Colorado Convention Center this weekend for the 18th annual Ski and Snowboard Expo. Here, five reasons you should be one of them:
Candace HorganWhile Keystone and Copper were celebrating their respective openings over the weekend, Arapahoe Basin, which opened on October 9, was giving their guests more terrain to ski.
Photo courtesy of Copper Mountain"Testing....testing....yep, it's ready." Each week, we'll tell you which three resorts should win your weekend. Last week, it was also the only three running lifts. This week, however, we had to actually make a decision or two to bring you the choicest mount ... More >>
If you're heading to the hills Memorial Day weekend, sustainability advocate Bill McKibben will be the keynote speaker at the Moving Mountains Symposium in Telluride today. It kicks off this weekend's Mountainfilm festival. For details, go to http://mountainfilm.org. From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Ma ... More >>
Test your search-and-rescue skills at A-Basin.
Celebrate Memorial Day with hot skiing and cold brewskis.
Ski season beckons the snow junkies
Beers and cheers for the American way at Arapahoe Basin this Memorial Day.
A photographer looks over the terrain of his adventurous career
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area