Tag: skiing

Copper Mountain: Lift Off the Season

Snow – it’s the stuff boarders and skiers dream of – and it has arrived in Colorado’s mountains, where the slopes are getting ready for business. To celebrate the end of Colorado’s snow fast, Copper Mountain ski resort will host its sixth annual Lift Off festival Nov. 5-7 to mark the opening of the 2010-2011 season. The resort will kick…

To Ski or Not? Loveland Has Bargains for Beginners 2

To Ski or Not? Loveland Has Bargains for Beginners

Colorado is known for the snow, and to live here and not ski or snowboard must be a sin. But we exist. Outsiders, living on the fringe of Colorado society, who frown at the first snow and don’t know the difference between powder and corn. A day spent tumbling downhill in soggy clothes just doesn’t seem worth the high price…

A Yurt for the Night: In Colorado’s Snow Country

Like diamond dust sprayed on black velvet, shattered particles of light glisten in a crystalline winter sky. Overhead, the Milky Way spills a swath of creamy luminescence that flows through the celestial hemisphere. Stars glimmer with galactic intensity, undimmed by the glare of civilization. I stand mesmerized by the spectacle so seldom seen by city dwellers and condo-confined skiers. I…

A Brief History of Breckenridge: What Color Do You Like Your Gold?

Linda Kay Peterson pointed to the mountains as we stood outside the Breckenridge Welcome Center. “Look at the Ten Mile Range,” she said, “because that is the genesis of our mining town.” It’s a genesis that, according to Peterson, began 65 to 70 million years ago. Peterson is a volunteer and tour coordinator at the Summit Historical Society, as well…

10th Mountain Division Huts: Backcountry Sanctuaries

Last Dec. 31, the crisp air at the trailhead between Leadville and Vail felt invigorating. I had been looking forward to this day since March when I’d first thrown my name into the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association’s lottery system. Because I simply filled out an application and sent in the $25 membership fee, 16 happy people were pulling out…

For Families: Vail Cascade Resort & Spa

A father with three grown children in tow waits in the ticket office next to Chair No. 20 at the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa. He is seeking ski pass information, and makes his requests with an urgent, almost frantic tone. Only two hours are left to ski that afternoon. The clerk obliges calmly and courteously. With tickets in hand,…

Frisco, Colorado: Main Street to the Rockies

Frisco, a mountain town 70 miles west of Denver, is called Main Street to the Rockies. It’s the gateway to four major Colorado resorts – Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin. During the 1930s’ Great Depression, Frisco nearly became a ghost town, with only 18 residents at one point. It rebounded but, not being a ski town, Frisco remains…

Packing Like a Pro: 12 Tips for a Winter Park Ski Vacation

Packing light for a ski vacation can prove difficult, but packing right has just gotten easier, thanks to those in the know at the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce. In addition to the obvious ski pants, coats, gloves and gear (unless you want to rent equipment at one of the rental shops in Winter Park), here are 12 tips…

Vega State Park: Perfect Place to Play in Winter

Colorado state parks don’t close just because it’s winter. They offer an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities, no matter the season. Vega State Park, about 50 miles east of Grand Junction at the northeast edge of the Grand Mesa National Forest, is one park that serves the needs of winter enthusiasts. At 8,000 feet, the park is graced by snow…

America’s Tallest Sandbox: Try Dune-Hill Skiing

Outdoor aficionados might be divided into two factions – winter people and summer people. Winter people are those who live for the season when snow blankets the land. For them, nirvana is a white-clad peak where they can don skis and carve turns down never-ending runs. Summer people, on the other hand, prefer warm days, sunshine and playing on sand….