Spring skiing and snowboarding is alive and well in Colorado, thanks to new snow this week and heavier-than-usual totals since January 1, and several ski areas have already announced extended seasons to make the most of it. Aspen Mountain, originally scheduled to close on April 20, announced on Thur ... More >>
It's all about cocktails today. Cocktails, and the spirits in them. DSTILL will hold its second annual showcase tonight at the McNichols Building in Civic Center; meanwhile, the second annual Apres Ski Cocktail Classic will be putting a little sauce on the slopes starting today at Aspen Snowmass. ... More >>
Aspen International Fashion Week promises to be a fun-filled event showcasing world-renowned designers who make cold weather fashion hip. One of those designers is Leonard Gorski, founder and designer of Gorski Furs, who will present the Winter 14/15 collection at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, March 14 on t ... More >>
With St. Paddy's Day just around the corner, many people are already licking their lips over corned beef and cabbage, not to mention green beer. But before that annual bash begins -- with events stretching from Saturday until the actual St. Patrick's Day on March 17 -- there are many more dignified ... More >>
Yesterday, we shared a completely hysterical Inside Edition report about smoke shacks at Colorado ski resorts -- a longtime phenomenon that our William Breathes has been writing about in depth for years. Turns out, though, that one of the main settings for the Inside Edition piece -- Leo's Smoke Sh ... More >>
With the mountains getting more snow, Arapahoe Basin already open for the season and additional resorts set to follow soon, it's time to start planning trips. But what's the best destination if you've got a family? The folks at the Colorado.com website have some ideas. They've listed seven ski area ... More >>
In a post about the first meeting of the Denver City Council's recreational marijuana committee, chairman Charlie Brown shared anecdotes he's heard about public pot smoking at ski areas since Amendment 64. But a spokeswoman for Colorado's ski industry says resorts have had virtually no problems with ... More >>
New Belgium Brewing and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. will team up this winter by opening a brewery-themed slopeside après-ski restaurant in Snowmass and a separate bar inside the newly renovated Westin Snowmass Resort.
After one of the mildest winters in recent years, leaving some areas of the parched high country with less than 10 percent of normal snowpack -- not to mention forests ravaged by drought and pine beetles, ready to explode into wildfires like the rapidly expanding High Park blaze -- this may not sou ... More >>
Matthew Bowers, a 36-year-old from Greenville, Texas, reportedly died on Wednesday after a skiing accident at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. By our count -- one an industry spokeswoman disputes -- he's the eighteenth person to perish on Colorado ski slopes this season, one more than the previous hig ... More >>
Photo courtesy Copper Mountain ResortSanta didn't bring much in the way of fresh snow for Christmas (apparently some of you skiers and snowboarders out there have been naughty this year) but he did manage to get some turns in after making his rounds in Colorado, shredding his way into the Fac ... More >>
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 >>
Crested Butte Mountain Resort marks its fiftieth birthday on Wednesday with a throwback nod to its old Ski Free promotion: Stop by the CB Adventure Center to pick up a free lift ticket, then jostle for first-chair bragging rights when the lifts start turning at 9 a.m. Stop by the Butte 66 deck for b ... More >>
Welcome to the online version of The Edge 2011-2012, Westword's annual insider's guide to winter activities. This season has already seen plenty of snow, and that's just the beginning, as the 25 resorts profiled below have added new terrain, lifts, features, events and restaurants. To sort it ... More >>
Yesterday marked the official ownership transition at Grand Mesa's Powderhorn Resort: Andy Daly and brothers Ken and Tom Gart bought the ski area at auction on August 4 for just $577,500, plus an additional 700-acre development tract below the resort for $825,000, spending a total of $1.4 mil ... More >>
If you've been dreaming up how you'd do things differently as king of the mountain, this could be your week: Powderhorn Ski Area CEO and President Steve Bailey and Dean Skalla, who have owned the ski area since 1999, are selling it in an auction on Thursday at 1 p.m. at the resort's Day Lodge ... More >>
Photo courtesy Copper Mountain ResortThe USSA announced yesterday it's bringing its early-season U.S. Ski Team Speed Center training facility to Copper MountainCopper Mountain's apparently not content to be merely a focal point of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association's freestyle Grand Prix se ... 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:
Last week the International Olympic Committee officially announced that Ski Halfpipe will debut as an Olympic medal sport at the 2014 Games in Sochi. That's big news for one local ski resort: For U.S. athletes the road to Sochi will begin at Copper Mountain, host of the first Olympic qualifie ... More >>
Still from "Better Off Dead"Every ski resort in Colorado got hit with snow from Sunday's storm, good news for the Spring Break set and anybody looking to get some last days in before the season's over, and even better news for the local economy: All that white stuff equals lots of green stuff ... More >>
All week we've been hearing word that snowboarder Mark McMorris landed a first-ever triple cork 1440 in the terrain park at Snowmass during filming for the forthcoming TransWorld Snowboarding: Park Sessions video, and now TransWorld has the must-see video.
Have these guys heard it's still illegal to toke at Breckenridge Ski Resort? Doubt it.In November, voters in Breckenridge approved the decriminalization of marijuana in the community -- and the town council has now approved regulations relating to the measure. As of January 1, 21-and-older ad ... More >>
A Flickr photo.Aspen will cost you some green -- but it's all good, because it is green too.Heads up, tree-hugging tree skiers: Aspen Mountain Ski Resort ranked number one out of all western ski resorts on the Ski Area Citizens' Coalition annual environmental impact report cards for the 2008-2009 ... More >>
Courtesy Colorado Ski Country USASki Cooper has a decent mix of terrain. But experts may be a little dissapointed by the lack of steepness. Forget the traffic on I-70 and the hours-long liftlines at Keystone. Head out for a long weekend this winter to poach the secret stashes at Colorado's small- ... More >>
Colorado State University students are being asked to be very cautious when considering a trip to Mexico for spring break. The U.S. State Department has even issued a warning that reads like a proverbial grocery list of national problems. Why risk it? It's really hard to keep looking over your shoul ... More >>
Leave it to those merry pranksters at the Smoking Gun to spot this moment of utter embarrassment and hilarity at Vail Mountain resort last Friday. It turns out a skier attempted to ride the high-speed lift at Vail's Blue Sky Basin, but when the seat didn't fold down all the way he somehow slipped th ... More >>
What just happened? This stuff. Today in Backbeat Online: • A live review of the Smashing Pumpkins at the Ogden Theatre. • Eric Eyl's Mile High Makeout deals with dead days. • Ozric Tentacles moves to Fort Collins. Today in Cafe Society: • Steuben's toasts the end of Prohibition -- 75 year ... More >>
Click here or on the cartoon thumbnail to see a larger image; it'll take a few seconds. The "Cultural Ambassador," or Q1 visa, was created by Congress back in 1983 to help the Disney Corporation staff its newly opened Florida theme-park. The Epcot Center showcases the pavilions of eleven foreign co ... More >>
First came Lime, the restaurant/nightclub that debuted almost seven years ago in a basement space with a walk-out patio in Larimer Square (1424, to be exact, once home to the beloved Cafe Promenade) and still packs in the crowds. Then came Lime XS, at 730 East Sixth Avenue, which also packs in crowd ... More >>
Ah, 1995: a time when entire Best Of categories were devoted to the O.J. Simpson trial, Bernie Bickerstaff and Dikembe Mutombo were still dominating the sports pages, and Mel's Bar and Grill was still new. Check out the winners from our 1995 Best Of issue after the jump.
Breckenridge kicks off the holiday season with a party.