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 >>
Damn ams! The USASA Nationals competition moves from snowboarding to freeskiing this weekend at Copper Mountain, with opening ceremonies on Saturday and competition running Sunday through Wednesday, pitting amateur skiers against each other in Superpipe, Slopestyle and Skiercross events. An ... More >>
The 2011 U.S. Alpine National Championships kick off today at Winter Park with the Men's Giant Slalom Nationals, and continue through the weekend with Women's GS tomorrow, Men's and Women's Super G on Saturday, and Men's and Women's Slalom on Sunday.
Do you have any idea what the street value of this mountain is? Echo Mountain is celebrating its 5th birthday party this year with $5 Friday night lift tickets for the next five weeks, tonight through April 18. And wait, there's more! Echo's annual Liptricks Not Lipstick terrain park contest ... More >>
Crested Butte Mountain Resort celebrates 20 years of hosting the U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Championships this week, a truly extreme action sports event that predates the X Games and other extremism in sports lexicography by about four years. The resort bills itself as "the birthplace of Big Mou ... More >>
AlliSports.comBreck Freeride team member Eric Willet, center, wins Men's Snowboard Slopestyle at the Toyota Challenge in Ogden, UTBreckenridge Ski Resort is getting a good return on investment from its Breck Freeride Team and its stepped-up park & pipe programs: Yesterday, Breckenridge snowbo ... More >>
The park and pipe crew at Buttermilk is a well-oiled machine after a decade of hosting the Winter X Games, making crazy stuff like Torstein Horgmo's triple flip, Kelly Clark's 1080 and Shaun White's tight pants possible, year after year. And the best part? Each year, Buttermilk's left with a ... More >>
Photo by Colin BaneVenture Snowboards onwers Lisa and Klemens Branner at Winter Park during SIA Snow Show's On-Snow Demo Days Now that the SIA Snow Show is officially over, after two days of on-snow demos at Winter Park following the trade show at the Colorado Convention Center, it's hard to ... More >>
Photo by Sarah AustinNever Summer Snowboards co-founder Tim Canaday shows off his 2011/2012 line at the SIA Snow ShowWe sifted through a mess of 893 snow sports brands representing at the SIA Snow Show to find the Colorado companies we love most, then asked them to show off their best boards ... More >>
Sebastian Toutant's decision to skip Denver Big Air pays off in X Games goldDenver Big Air organizers at the Denver Sports Commission and the LG FIS Snowboard World Cup were right to be upset that top riders like Canadian Sebastian Toutant (aka "Seb Toots") stood them up in favor of getting i ... More >>
Photo courtesy US Ski & Snowboard AssociationZach Stone (Canada), Rocco van Straten (Netherlands), and Michael Macho (Austria) on the podium at Denver Big AirMore than 14,000 snowboarding fans turned out for the LG FIS Snowboard World Cup Big Air competition on the Denver Big Air ramp in Civi ... More >>
Photo by Kate LevyThe Armada Skis team (left to right: Spencer Milbocker, Alex Bellmare, Ben Moxham) wins the Nature Valley Big Air Challenge on the Denver Big Air ramp Let's face it: If you build a 106-foot launch tower and then send competitors -- some of them as young as 14 -- careening do ... More >>
Wes Selby.At this weekend's X-Games in Aspen, all of Wes Selby's competitors will be paid to race in the Snowmobile Snocross. Selby, however, is essentially paying to compete. Raised in Granby where he still lives, Selby is the only privateer racing in the Snocross Sunday.
Britt Chester By now you've seen the monstrosity that's been constructed at Civic Center Park. Turns out it wasn't a mini-skyscraper skyscraper after all. It's a ramp, as you can see here in the photo taken just a bit ago from the top of structure by our always intrepid scribe and resident d ... More >>
The 100-foot launch tower erected in Civic Center Park for the Denver Big Air competition will see its first official action today at 5 p.m. (doors open at 3:30 p.m.) for the Nature Valley Ski Big Air challenge, a Battle of the Brands format that will pit the ski teams from Icelantic, Line Sk ... More >>
If you're looking to try something new, this is the weekend for you: January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month and Winter Trails Month, it's been dumping in the mountains and there are more camps, demos and competitions this weekend than you can shake a snowboard at. Here are a bunch of good ... More >>
We'll have some locals to root for when the Denver Big Air competition erects its 102-foot tall monument to skiing and snowboarding in Civic Center Park next month: In addition to the pro athletes invited to the Nature Valley Challenge Big Air Freestyle Ski event on January 25 and the LG FIS ... More >>
Photo via SkiCB.comGreetings from Crested Butte, reporting nearly a foot of new snow this morning.If you're planning a holiday ski vacation, you might want to go ahead and start it early: It snowed all weekend at most Colorado resorts, and it's expected to keep coming down until Thursday, whi ... More >>
Breckenridge is hosting the first stop of the Winter Dew Tour this week for the third year in a row, and the event's Peak 8 festival village opens today. All of the main-event finals action will happen on Saturday and Sunday, but head up today anyway: The format for the Nike 6.0 Open lets new ... More >>
Photo by Sarah AustinBreck Freeride team rider Colby West tests out the Dew Tour superpipeThis week, Breckenridge is hosting the first stop of the Winter Dew Tour for the third year in a row. The Nike 6.0 Open runs December 16-19 and, since they've completely redesigned the Freeway terrain pa ... More >>
Snowangel catches big air over City Hall manger scene. The holiday lights of Denver's City and County building will stay on through Big Air, but the statues of the nativity scene will be replaced with edgier characters that appeal to snowboarders. A "Living Extreme" decorative theme will focu ... More >>
Yet another reason to head for the hills this week: The new Summit Action Sports Film Festival in Breckenridge opens tonight at 5 p.m. at Brooklyn's Tavern, 500 South Main Street, with screenings of the People Crew's Cheers and five other ski and snowboard films. The festival continues tomorr ... More >>
Earlier this month we joined Boardistan and others in bitching about the pre-sale prices for the Denver Big Air contests coming to Civic Center Park January 25-26. This week, the Metro Denver Sports Commission announced new lower prices: Tickets for the Nature Valley Challenge Big Air Freesty ... More >>
At the leftover Yam Jam on Friday, skiers and snowboarders alike gathered to face it off freestyle in a casual post-Thanksgiving competition. They were facing off against each other -- the skier and snowboarder events were separate -- but the real rivalry was, of course, between those who fav ... More >>
Nobody's reppin' the local scene as hard as the new Snowboard Colorado magazine, and the third issue hit core snowboard shops this week. To pick up your free copy, look for the brand-new magazine racks made from Colorado beetle-kill wood. That's Skylar Holgate on the cover carving a big turn ... More >>
The good news? Tickets are on sale this week for the Denver Big Air ski and snowboard competition in Civic Center Park, January 25-26, a two-day event sanctioned by the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) and the International Ski Federation (FIS). The Denver Big Air contests will include ... 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:
Pre-ski in your armchairs before you hit the slopes.
Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task ForceThe Snowboard Bandits during a robbery. Michael Jason Martinez lived for kicking up out-of-bounds powder at A-Basin, Vail and Aspen -- that and robbing banks. Martinez won't be doing much of either for a while, though, since two weeks ago he was sentenced to te ... More >>
The Olympic sport thats sweeping the nation comes to town.
As reported with merciless pix on TheSmokingGun and with keen analysis by our own intrepid Joel Warner ("New Ski Move Spotted at Vail"), a 48-year-old skier at Vail got depantsed on the chair lift yesterday, dangling upside down for fifteen minutes while rescuers tried to get him down and fellow ... More >>