September 13, 2017

  • CSCUSA Member Resorts Announce New Investments and Events for 2017-18 Season

     Scott D.W. Smith, Purgatory Resort.

     Scott D.W. Smith, Purgatory Resort. Photo Credit: Scott D.W. Smith, Purgatory Resort.

    Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts will open for the 2017-18 ski season with new events, offerings, investments and capital improvements to continue providing a world-class skiing and riding experience for in-state, out-of-state and international guests.

    “Ski resorts in Colorado ski country are dedicated to continuing to improve the guest experience, adding new facilities large and small and upgrading behind the scenes infrastructure for the 2017-18 winter season,” said Melanie Mills, President and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA.

    Visitors to CSCUSA resorts will experience new chairlifts, new terrain, new lodging and dining options among other improvements across the state. Below is a summary of the many upgrades and events at CSCUSA resorts that guests will enjoy during the 2017-18 ski season.

    Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

    With one of the only terrain expansions in the country, Arapahoe Basin is adding 468 new acres over two years with the expansion into the Beavers and Steep Gullies. For the 2017-18 season, 371 acres of most difficult and extreme terrain will be open; guests will need to hike back to the Pallavicini chair. In summer 2018, a four-person lift will be installed for the 2018-19 season, and two more intermediate trails will be added in the Beavers.

    The rental shop is undergoing a remodel this summer to help guests get out on the slopes quicker during busy days. The resort will also launch a new website in October 2017, free device charging stations and free public wifi throughout the base area and at Black Mountain Lodge at mid-mountain. For more information, visit

    Aspen Snowmass

    Aspen Snowmass will host Olympic qualifying events when the U.S. Grand Prix stops in Snowmass January 10–January 14, 2018. U.S. Snowboard Team and U.S. Freeski Team athletes will be competing to punch their tickets to February’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.

    Snowmass will celebrate its 50th Anniversary all season long including $6.50 lift tickets on December 15, 2017. This was the original price for a lift ticket on opening day in 1967. Celebrations will also include a 50th Anniversary Golden Gala, monthly firework displays and other festive events.

    The Breathtaker mountain coaster will open at Snowmass Mountain in December 2017. The mountain coaster will drop guests more than 400 vertical feet on a mile of turning track and be open year-round. For more information, visit


    Cooper’s new mountaintop yurt lodge will be open all season. With delicious food, drinks and a large deck with stunning panoramic views, it’s a great spot to stop for a bite to eat. Cooper will also host four Moonlight Mountaintop Yurt Dinners on the first Saturday of each month from January through April 2018.

    The resort will celebrate its 75th Anniversary with a birthday party on New Year’s Eve with cake, balloons, a torchlight parade & more. For more information, visit

    Copper Mountain

    Copper Mountain will host Olympic qualifying events December 6-10, 2017 when U.S. athletes compete in the halfpipe and big air events during the U.S. Grand Prix. Visitors can enjoy a new lift and lodge, the Kokomo Express Lift and Koko’s Hut. The lift will serve beginner terrain in the West Village, while the lodge will offer seating, casual dining and more, complete with a large outdoor deck and sweeping panoramas of Copper Mountain and Tenmile Range.

    Copper will also debut the Rocky Mountain Coaster in fall 2017. With an overall length of 5,800 feet and a vertical drop of 430 feet, the mountain coaster will be a thrilling year-round experience for guests. Throughout the season, visitors will be able to leave their passes in their pockets as Copper is adding RFID technology to eight mountain access lifts.

    The Center Village will welcome three new restaurants: Toast & Co., a laid-back space for savory breakfast, brunch or evening libations, Downhill Dukes, where the menu features dog friendly items, and Ten Mile Tavern, an inviting restaurant and taproom featuring rustic modern interior décor, an indoor/outdoor fireplace, walk-up bar and elevated patio space for guests to gather. For more information, visit

    Crested Butte Mountain Resort

    For the 2017-18 season Crested Butte is enhancing the guest experience for beginners by re-grading the teaching terrain and introducing a new adult beginner area. Guests looking for a break from the slopes can enjoy a slice from the new pizza oven at Paradise on Crested Butte.

    A new program, CB North Face Guides, will help expert skiers and riders navigate the extreme terrain of the resort including the famed North Face. Crested Butte will host its annual Christmas Eve celebration, an evening complete with a torchlight parade and Santa Claus coming down the mountain in a sleigh pulled by a snowcat. For more information, visit

    Echo Mountain Resort

    New to Colorado Ski Country USA, Echo Mountain will open for the 2017-18 season with improved access to tree skiing areas at the resort. There will be wider trails to accommodate beginner skiers and riders and a new magic carpet in the beginner area to aid with lessons and those just learning how to ski or snowboard. For more information, visit

    Eldora Mountain Resort

    Eldora is introducing the brand-new Alpenglow Express six-person high speed detachable lift. This lift will cut a 15-minute ride down to four minutes, making it easier to ski more vertical each day and helping powder hounds catch early morning turns before heading back to the office. The Indian Peaks Lodge will also have free wifi and a new snowcat will provide a better grooming experience. For more information, visit

    Granby Ranch

    This winter Granby Ranch is expanding its cross-country skiing trails and adding to its programming, including new snow school lessons with Chris Anthony, an international competitor in both alpine racing and big mountain skiing. From more information, visit

    Hesperus Ski Area

    Hesperus will install additional lights to increase night skiing terrain for the 2017-18 season. The ski area will re-open the rope tow and install a new yurt, to provide additional indoor space for guests. The rental shop will be expanded and reconfigured for a more customer-friendly experience. For more information, visit

    Loveland Ski Area

    Celebrating its 80th year of operations, Loveland will continue the popular Mountaintop Matrimony event on Valentine’s Day. For more information, visit

    Monarch Mountain

    This winter Monarch will launch a new and improved website and feature improved cellular service at the mountain. For more information, visit


    Powderhorn’s mountain operations team has been working hard this summer to increase and improve glade skiing acreage at the resort. Powderhorn will also host its annual New Year’s Eve fireworks and torch light parade to welcome in the New Year. For more information, visit


    Brand new for the 2017-18 season, Purgatory Resort will have a mountain coaster, which will be accessible from the base area and operate year-round. The coaster will be 4,000 feet in length with a 300 foot-vertical drop, and will feature eight switchbacks and one loop, giving guests another fun activity snow or shine.

    Purgatory is also expanding its terrain with new intermediate and expert trails on the back- and front-sides of the mountain, and will add new gladed tree skiing. The triple chairlift, Needles Lift 6, will offer a new mid-way loading zone to provide an easier way to access terrain for ski teams, terrain park users, and skiers or riders who want to take laps on the frontside of the mountain.

    The resort will feature new snowmaking infrastructure including increased pumping capacity and more energy efficient snow guns. For more information, visit


    Guests at Silverton will be able to celebrate powder days of 50 inches or more with ski area provided snorkels throughout the season. Silverton has also revamped its season pass offerings to include an Unguided Spring Pass with 10 new partner mountains for only $149. For more information, visit


    Steamboat has made significant improvements to its gondola for the 2017-18 season, installing new grips, hangers, terminal equipment, electronic controls and other infrastructure to the resort’s main access point. These renovations will provide a faster, smoother and more efficient experience for guests.

    The Outlaw Mountain Coaster, which will operate year-round, opened September 8, 2017. The mountain coaster will descend more than 400 vertical feet with a riding length of more than 6,000 linear feet, making it the longest mountain coaster in North America. For more information, visit

    Sunlight Mountain Resort

    New for the 2017-18 season, Sunlight is building on its popular Ski, Swim, Stay Package by adding two new lodging partners in nearby Carbondale, Colorado.

    Sunlight is also holding elections for its Mini-Mayor, adding to its snow grooming equipment and continuing the Slope & Soak 4-pack package. Also returning for the 2017-18 season, Sunlight is relaunching the acclaimed Sunny 700 with new handcrafted Sunny 700 skis made by Meier Skis. For more information, visit

    Telluride Ski Resort

    Celebrating its 45th Anniversary, Telluride is continuing an ongoing multi-year, multi-million-dollar investment in snowmaking upgrades and technology. In 2017-18 this will include expanding the grooming fleet and investing in a new dual-purpose project that serves as a golf course practice facility in the summer months and a 15-acre terrain-based learning area during the winter ski season.

    Telluride will also continue refurbishing the Peaks Hotel, the resort’s largest hotel, including upgrades and refinements to the hotel’s spa. For more information, visit

    Winter Park Resort

    This winter, Winter Park will expand and improve the Winter Park Express, the train service between Denver’s Union Station and Winter Park Resort that was reintroduced last year. The addition of three First Friday trips will give guests a total of 27 round-trips to choose from. Prices on select departures have been lowered to $29 one-way, providing additional cost savings for those looking to travel to the slopes by train.

    The Winter Park Village will feature a renovated rental shop and a new retail location, reducing wait times on busy rental days. There are two new snowcats to increase grooming efficiency, 4,500 new feet of snowmaking pipe and 15 new snow guns to improve early season snowmaking.

    A new trail from the top of the Zephyr Express Lift to the Mary Jane Trail will allow easier access from the Winter Park side of the mountain to the Mary Jane side. For more information, visit

    Wolf Creek Ski Area

    Wolf Creek will open the 2017-18 season with the Lynx Lift, a new covered, conveyor lift that will service beginner terrain, but also help intermediate and advanced skiers access the Elma and Alberta lifts. The Lynx Lift will include an interpretive center featuring the endangered Lynx that has been reintroduced to the area.

    The ski area will expand its snow making capacity with new high-efficiency fan guns and add a new snowcat for grooming operations. A new point-of-sale ticketing system will make the ticketing and lesson purchasing process quicker for guests and allow season pass holders to go direct to lift. For more information, visit

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September 12, 2017

  • Photo courtesy of Sunlight Mountain Resort.

    Photo courtesy of Sunlight Mountain Resort. Photo courtesy of Sunlight Mountain Resort.

    Today Sunlight Mountain Resort launched a new pass option that adds season-long soaking at Glenwood Hot Springs in addition to skiing and riding at Sunlight for the 2017-18 season. Billed the Sunny Soaker Pass, the new offering is  essentially a combination of Sunlight’s season pass, and Glenwood Hot Springs, offseason value pass, said Troy Hawks, marketing and sales director at Sunlight.

    “The secret is out that Glenwood Springs is home to one of the best après ski experiences in the country, if not the World, so we’re extremely excited to offer this new season pass product that makes it a cinch to cap a great day on the mountain with a rejuvenating soak in the World’s largest natural hot springs pool,” said Troy Hawks, Sunlight marketing and sales director.

    The Sunny Soaker Pass is valid everyday of Sunlight’s 115-day season running from Dec. 8, 2017 to April 1, 2018. The pass is offered at three price points based on age. The Sunny Soaker Pass for adults aged 18 to 64 is $605. The Senior Soaker Pass for ages 65-79 is $429, and the Student Soaker Pass for ages 13-17 is $459. The Sunny Soaker Pass is only available for purchase on Sunlight’s website at

    Hawks said this latest collaboration with Glenwood Hot Springs marks the next chapter in what has been a long and successful cooperative partnership between the two companies dating back to 1989 when Sunlight first introduced Ski, Swim, and Stay family vacation packages. He added that Sunny Soaker Passes come with all of the benefits of Sunlight’s other season pass products, including free or steeply discounted skiing and riding at resorts in Japan, Spain, as well as other areas in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona. Sunlight season pass holders also enjoy 10 percent discounts on all food purchases at the mountain, plus 10 percent discounts on new product purchases at Sunlight Ski & Bike Shop, 309 9th St., Glenwood Springs.

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September 7, 2017

  • Chris Davenport skiing down a steep snow covered slope through powder in the mountains with a view of snow covered mountain peaks in the distance. Photo courtesy of Aspen Skiing Company.

    Chris Davenport skiing down a steep snow covered slope through powder in the mountains with a view of snow covered mountain peaks in the distance. Photo courtesy of Aspen Skiing Company. Chris Davenport skiing down a steep snow covered slope through powder in the mountains with a view of snow covered mountain peaks in the distance. Photo courtesy of Aspen Skiing Company.

    As the 2017/18 winter season approaches, Aspen Snowmass continues to invest not only in the resort experience through large headliner events, new partnerships and expanded products, but also in the resort’s infrastructure.

    This season, Snowmass turns 50 with season-long celebrations to commemorate this significant milestone. Also at Snowmass, the resort is scheduled to host the Olympic qualifier Toyota U.S. Grand Prix event featuring the best freestyle athletes in the country. As part of the Snowmass summer expansion titled The Lost Forest, the Breathtaker alpine coaster is scheduled to open for the 2017/18 winter season. In addition, American Airlines launches new non-stop flights from Phoenix this winter and the Mountain Collective pass continues to add resorts. On the sustainability front, Aspen Skiing Company, in partnership with the Elk Creek coal mine, reaches the five year milestone of capturing coal methane to generate electricity. Looking to the future, Snowmass Base Village is under construction as the largest ski resort development currently underway in North America totaling $600 million dollars with a future 10 buildings planned at the base of Snowmass. Construction has already begun on a new 99-hotel room Limelight Snowmass, new Four Mountain Sports store, a public plaza and a new Ice Age Discovery Center.

    The following details what’s new at Aspen Snowmass for the coming winter 2017/18 ski season.

    New Headliner Events

    Snowmass Celebrates 50 Years with Season-Long Festivities

    The 2017/18 winter season marks the 50th anniversary of the Snowmass Ski Area. Snowmass Tourism, together with Aspen Skiing Company and others, are creating a season-long celebration in commemoration of the anniversary. Celebrations include vintage, 1967 lift ticket pricing of $6.50 on Friday, Dec. 15 as well as a festive weekend of anniversary activities Dec. 15-17 such as a retro party at Elk Camp restaurant, fireworks display, the return of Banana Days, an on-mountain celebration at Spider Sabich Picnic arena and more. Additionally, throughout the season, the celebration continues with new gold signs that mark the original ski trails, monthly fireworks display over Fanny Hill, a new mural in Base Village commemorating the history of Snowmass and more. For more information, visit

    Snowmass to Host Toyota U.S. Grand Prix with Olympic Spots on the Line

    U.S. Snowboard Team and U.S. Freeski Team athletes will be competing to punch their tickets to the Olympic Winter Games in the 2017-18 iteration of the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix. Aspen Snowmass will host five qualification events Jan. 10-14 at Snowmass. The resort previously hosted one of the first halfpipe snowboarding Olympic qualification events and a big air snowboarding exhibition event in 1998. For more information as well as the detailed schedule, visit


    New Capital Improvement

    Breathtaker Coaster, Part of the Snowmass Summer Expansion titled The Lost Forest, Scheduled to Open Winter 17/18

    With a target opening of December 2017, the Breathtaker Coaster will feature a 5,700 foot-long track with a total ride time of seven to nine minutes. The coaster will span 410 vertical feet with the speed controlled by the rider, but there will be anti-collision technology for safety and a tandem option for small children. The Breathtaker will be open for both summer and winter operations in which the coaster will wind through the trees between Gunner’s View and Sandy Park ski trails on Snowmass Mountain.


    Air Service

    American Airlines to Launch New Non-Stop Flights from Phoenix Next Winter

    American Airlines is offering new daily nonstop flights to Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) starting this winter along with expanded service from both Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW) and Chicago O’ Hare (ORD). In total, American will offer up to eight daily flights from four hubs next winter while daily nonstop service from DFW will now continue throughout the fall. The timing of all these flights allows for connections from American’s entire domestic and global networks. In addition, Delta Air Lines serves ASE with nonstop flights from Salt Lake City, Los Angeles International Airport, Atlanta International Airport, and Minneapolis / St. Paul. United Airlines offers 20-25 daily nonstop flights from Denver, Chicago O’Hare, Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco International.



    Sugarbush, Vermont and Snowbasin, Utah Join The Mountain CollectiveTM as Resort Partners and Niseko, Japan as a Global Affiliate for the 2017-18 Season

    The Mountain Collective™ continues to expand access to the world’s top resort destinations for the 2017-18 season with the addition of Northern Japan-based, Niseko United, as a global affiliate and Sugarbush, Vermont and Snowbasin, Utah as resort partners. Additionally, existing partners Alta, Snowbird, Banff Sunshine, and Lake Louise will separate to operate as individual destinations within The Mountain Collective Pass, providing twice the number of days at popular destinations in Utah and Alberta, Canada. With these 2017-18 season additions, passholders will now have access to 40 days of skiing at 20 world renowned ski Destinations. For more information about The Mountain Collective Pass, visit



    New Dynafit Uphill Gear Available to Rent at Four Mountain Sports

    Four Mountain Sports will once again offer uphill gear to rent for skiers and riders who would like to uphill ski or skin up the mountain. New this year, the rental equipment has been upgraded to Dynafit gear, a global leader in the uphilling industry. Uphill skiing, also known as ‘skinning’ or ‘alpine touring,’ consists of special equipment that allows guests to hike uphill on their skis and then ski down. Dynafit’s best in class rental fleet for Aspen will include SpeedFit 84 skis, Radical boots and the Radical 2 binding. Aspen Snowmass offers an abundance of options for uphilling, whether taking a clinic through the Ski and Snowboard Schools, skinning up to a Cliffhouse Full Moon Dinner, or simply touring around the mountain, the resort’s uphill policy remains liberal to accommodate this ever growing sport. For more information about uphilling at Aspen Snowmass, visit



    Aspen Snowmass Hits Five Year Anniversary of Capturing Coal Methane to Generate Electricity—Remains the Only such Operation in the United States

    In 2012, Aspen Skiing Company partnered with the Elk Creek coal mine, Holy Cross Energy, and Vessels Coal Gas on a $5.5 million investment to capture waste methane vented from a coal mine in neighboring Somerset, Colo. The three megawatts of baseload power generated from the project produces as much energy as Aspen Skiing Company uses annually — approximately 24 million kilowatt hours. In addition, by destroying methane, a potent greenhouse gas, this project eliminates three times the carbon pollution created by the resort each year. The benefit of the project—and the electricity—flows not to the ski resort, but into the grid, reducing the carbon footprint for the entire region. This project is the only one of its kind in the United States.



    The Aspen Snowmass App: New This Year, Track Your Vertical Feet and Highland Bowl Laps

    New last season, Aspen Snowmass launched an App that offers a convenient way for guests to access mountain conditions, skiing/riding data such as tracked skier days, interactive mapping that track guests’ movement across each mountain and information such events, activities, lift tickets, lessons and more. New this year, the App will now track user’s vertical feet as well as Highland Bowl laps. For more information, visit


    Future Capital Improvements

    New Limelight Hotel Snowmass

    This spring, Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) began construction on the new Limelight Hotel Snowmass for a scheduled completion date of November 2018. The new hotel will feature 99 hotel rooms and 11 for-sale condominiums, plus a new restaurant and children’s game area. Modeled after the company’s existing properties in Aspen, Colo. and Ketchum, Idaho, the hotel will be located adjacent to Snowmass Mountain’s Elk Camp Gondola providing ski-in/ski-out access. The new hotel property will remain consistent with the Limelight brand featuring amenities and extras such as an expanded continental breakfast, après ski deals in the Lounge, live music, adventure activities such as First Tracks and Inside Tracks, a ski concierge as well as pet-friendly rooms. Stonehill & Taylor, based out of New York City, have been selected to design the interior, with plans to continue the Limelight’s contemporary yet casual design theme.


    Snowmass Base Village Development

    Construction has begun on the Snowmass Base Village development, a collaboration between three major players in the mountain resort business: East West Partners, Aspen Skiing Company and KSL Capital Partners.

    This premier mountain resort development, located at the base of Snowmass Ski Area, is the largest ski resort development currently underway in North America totaling $600 million dollars with a future 10 buildings planned at the base of Snowmass. Development is currently under way for the following:

    • The 99-room, 11-residence Limelight Hotel. The Limelight will also host Snowmass Mountain Club, an exclusive 230-member private club with member parking, lockers and lounge space right at the base of the mountain. The mountain-contemporary building was designed by Oz Architecture, with a clean, crisp interior design approach from Stonehill & Taylor.
    • A central public events plaza that will serve as the community’s gathering space with an ice-skating rink in the winter and events lawn during summer months, as well as fire pits, children’s pop-up fountains and other community amenities. The plaza was designed by Oz Architecture and StudioINSITE.
    • A residential condominium building adjacent to the Plaza and Elk Camp Gondola with three residences and a Four Mountain Sports store. The building was designed by Oz Architecture, with interior design by The Ranch House.
    • The Discovery Center, a public building that is anticipated to include a number of interactive activities for families and children. Programming for the Discovery Center is being contemplated around the discovery of Ice Age fossils found at nearby Ziegler reservoir that captured the community’s and world’s attention. It is being designed by Harry Teague Architects.


    Winter Operations

    Aspen MountainOpening: Nov. 23, 2017

    Closing: Apr. 15, 2018

    Aspen HighlandsOpening: Dec. 9, 2017

    Closing: Apr. 8, 2018

    ButtermilkOpening: Dec. 9, 2017

    Closing: Apr. 8, 2018

    SnowmassOpening: Nov. 23, 2017

    Closing: Apr. 15, 2018

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  • Public Election for Kids 12 and Under Kicks-Off Sept. 1  

    Winner Gets a Free Season Pass, New Pair of Skis or Snowboard and More!

    Photo courtesy of Sunlight Mountain Resort.

    Photo courtesy of Sunlight Mountain Resort. Photo courtesy of Sunlight Mountain Resort.

    Sunlight Mini-Mayor Gabby Noyes, 9, announced she will seek a second term this fall. The news came last week while Noyes made a guest appearance in the Garfield County Fair Parade held in Rifle, Colo. Noyes has since issued a video press conference announcing her re-election campaign. Watch the video here. 

     Last year Noyes, who hails from Silt, Colo., won Sunlight’s MiniMayor Election by just 26 votes over incumbent Mini-Mayor Elijah Mattson, 4, of New Castle. Noyes tallied 3,433 votes over Mattson’s 3,407 votes. In all 14 candidates ran for office and more than 10,000 votes were cast in the election.
    Mini-Mayor enjoys many exclusive benefits including a complimentary season pass, a new pair of skis or snowboard, and most importantly, a seat at Sunlight’s Executive Table. Sunlight’s Mini-Mayor keeps his or her constituency updated on breaking news and events by issuing regular press statements via social media throughout the season. Issues that the Mini-Mayor can impact include stickers, events, and the quality of hamburgers and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
    Officials at Sunlight said the office of Mini-Mayor “gives voice to a previously underrepresented but vitally important demographic of young powder hounds.” The office of MiniMayor serves a one year term, with a two- term limit, meaning that incumbents can only be reelected once. Only skiers and snowboarders aged 12 and under can hold the office.

    Campaigning for Mini-Mayor Begins Sept. 1
    The Mini-Mayor Campaign 2017 begins Sept. 1. Candidates and their adult campaign managers are asked to complete an online profile at the campaign website The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite candidates throughout the twomonth campaign period with final election results to be announced on Nov. 7, 2017. For more breaking news on Mini-Mayor Campaign 2017, follow the hashtag #MiniMayor or visit

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September 6, 2017

  • The 5th and 6th Grade Passports Offer up to 88 Days of Free and Discounted Skiing

    Photo courtesy of Granby Ranch.

    Photo courtesy of Granby Ranch. Photo courtesy of Granby Ranch.

    Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), the trade association and global voice of skiing and snowboarding in Colorado, announced today that registration is open for the 5th and 6th Grade Passport Program and the Colorado Gems Card. The popular Passport Program offers unmatched access to 22 ski resorts across the state by giving fifth graders three days of free skiing or snowboarding and sixth graders 88 days on the slopes for less than $1.20 per day.

    The Colorado Gems Card provides discounted skiing and riding with affordable prices at ten of Colorado’s most authentic ski resorts. Echo Mountain, located in Idaho Springs, will join the Passport and Gems programs for the 2017-18 ski season.

    “The opening of Colorado Ski Country USA’s pass products signals the start of another ski season here in Colorado,” said Melanie Mills, President and CEO of Colorado Ski Country USA. “With more participating resorts, the 5th and 6th Grade Passport Program and the Colorado Gems Card provide affordable access to ski resorts all across Colorado.”


    CSCUSA 5th and 6th Grade Passport Program

    The 5th Grade Passport provides fifth graders three days of free skiing at 22 CSCUSA member resorts. The 6th Grade Passport allows sixth graders four days of skiing at the same 22 resorts for $105 if participants register before November 30, 2017. After November 30, 2017, registration for the 6th Grade Passport will be $125 until January 31, 2018. Additionally, CSCUSA’s First Class lesson program complements the 5th Grade Passport Program and provides fifth graders who have never skied or snowboarded one free ski or snowboard lesson and equipment rental.

    To register for the Passport Program and for more information about First Class Lessons, parents can visit The CSCUSA Passport Program enjoys the support of presenting sponsor Christy Sports, and program partners Credit Union of Colorado and HEAD Skis.

    Participating resorts in the 2017-18 Passport program include: Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Cooper, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Granby Ranch, Howelsen Hill, Hesperus, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Purgatory, Snowmass, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park and Wolf Creek.


    Colorado Gems Card

    Appropriately named, the Gems resorts are among Colorado’s best hidden treasures. With affordable prices, and world-class terrain, the Colorado Gems resorts offer an authentic Colorado skiing and snowboarding experience. For just $25, the Colorado Gems Card provides either two 2-for-1 adult lift tickets or two 30 percent off adult lift tickets at each of the ten Colorado Gems Resorts, providing up to 20 days of discounted skiing or riding at Colorado’s hidden gems.

    For more information or to purchase a Colorado Gems Card, visit

    Participating resorts in the 2017-18 Gems Card program include: Arapahoe Basin, Cooper, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Granby Ranch, Hesperus, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn and Sunlight.

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September 5, 2017

  • Image by Ryan Bonneau courtesy of Telluride.

    Image by Ryan Bonneau courtesy of Telluride. Image by Ryan Bonneau courtesy of Telluride.

    As summer in ski country comes to a close, there’s another amazing season standing between us and opening day for the 2017-18 Colorado ski season. Rather than wishing the days away and hoping for snow, Colorado’s ski resorts celebrate autumn with the best fall festivals and events in the state.

    Enjoy Colorado’s breathtaking fall foliage with events featuring live music, delicious fall food, Colorado craft beers and more. Autumn will be over and ski season will be here in no time, so don’t miss out on your chance to celebrate fall in Colorado ski country.

    Arapahoe Basin

    Clam Bake and Lobster Boil – Sunday, September 10, 2017
    A-Basin’s Fall Tradition: Say goodbye to summer with a casual clam bake and lobster boil at A-Basin. Located in Mountain Goat Plaza, the clam bake features picnic-style seating, live music, generous portions of seafood, an array of sides, and that laid-back vibe we love about summer and the Basin.


    Cooper Fall Festival, Community Day & Warren Miller film – Saturday, October 21, 2017
    There will be live music, brews and food from 3pm to 6pm. The Warren Miller film starts at 7pm.

    Copper Mountain

    WitchCraft – September 8-10 and September 15-17
    Embrace the changing of the seasons and craft your perfect weekend at Copper’s newest festival, Witchcraft. With a haunted house, hayrides, pumpkin painting, trick or treat, a dog-costume competition, a kids’ costume parade, live music, a brew garden and stein hoisting, you’ll experience the warmth of fall in no time.

    Crested Butte

    Go Park to Peak to Pint Race – Saturday, September 9, 2017
    Fall is the best time of year to run on the many, many trails in Crested Butte – cooler temperatures, spectacular views and leaves blanketing the trails. And what better way to celebrate this awesome time of year than to host a trail run that starts in the town of Crested Butte (Rainbow Park), moves through the Upper Loop trail system, then on to the trails of Crested Butte Mountain Resort…All the way to the peak! From there, racers will end at the base area just in time to enjoy the infamous CB Chamber Chili and Beer Festival, a great tradition with locally made chili, tasty craft beer and live music.

    Vinotok Fall Harvest Festival – Saturday, September 23, 2017
    Vinotok, a storytelling and fall harvest festival with ancient roots, is a long-standing annual event in Crested Butte. A celebration that takes place on the autumnal equinox, which is the Pagan rite of Thanksgiving, is also known as “Harvest Home” or Mabon. It’s a celebration for the abundance of harvest, a time meant for us to give thanks through song, dance and feasts, which culminates on Saturday night with the trial and burning of the Grump.

    Granby Ranch

    2nd Annual Oktoberfest – Saturday, September 30, 2017
    Join Granby Ranch for the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest, featuring live music, food, a shuttle for transportation within Grand County and family games.


    Color Weekend – Saturday, September 23, 2017
    Take a scenic chair ride to enjoy the changing of the colors at Powderhorn! This long-standing tradition at Powderhorn gives friends and family a chance to come enjoy the scenery before the snow begins to fall down!


    Steamboat Oktoberwest – September 15-16, 2017
    Celebrate the season at a Steamboat-style Oktoberfest including Rocky Mountain beer, local food specialties and festivities unique to Steamboat Springs. The full weekend event will include a Friday night beer stroll through historic downtown Steamboat Springs, a Saturday Beer Garden featuring more than 50 Rocky Mountain Brewers, and Saturday Beer & Beef Tasting with live music. During the Oktoberwest event, guests will also be able to enjoy scenic gondola rides and the Coca-Cola Adventure zone featuring mini golf, a ropes course, a rock wall and Slingshot bungee jumping.


    Blues and Brews Festival – September 15-17, 2017
    Telluride Blues & Brews is a three-day celebration of blues, funk, jam bands, indie, rock, gospel and soul performances —accompanied by some of the best craft breweries in the country, a wide variety of food and craft vendors, children’s activities, late night shows and more.

    Festival of Cars and Colors – September 21-24, 2017
    The 3rd Annual Telluride Festival of Cars & Colors, September 21-24, 2017 is a world-class celebration for automobile aficionados and lifestyle enthusiasts set in the beautiful town of Telluride, Colorado. Nestled in the canyons of the San Juan Mountains, it’s placed against the backdrop of Telluride’s spectacular palette of September’s autumnal colors.

    Winter Park Resort

    Whiskey and Wings – September 9, 2017
    There is no better way to kick off fall time than with an afternoon of belly warming whiskey and fire breathing wings. This great event features a wide variety of whiskies from your Jack Daniel classics to Colorado locals. Nothing goes better with some whiskey than delicious wings. Eat wings from restaurants all over the valley and make sure to vote for your favorite. It’s for all the bragging rights!

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September 1, 2017

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    20161217_Winter Park_Carl Frey_3 Photo by Carl Frey courtesy of Winter Park Resort

    With a nip of fall already in the morning air and just 76 days until ski/snowboard season at Winter Park Resort, now is the perfect time to start thinking about winter adventure.  Christy Sports Powder Daze in Denver, which ends on September 5, is providing those anxious powder hounds early access to great deals and discounted passes while serving as the best opportunity to purchase favorites like Winter Park’s 4 Pass Freestyle, five days for the price of four, for the lowest prices of the season.

    Winter Park is adding an extra day to its popular Four Pass for a total of five days of skiing and riding with no restrictions for the price of four days at just $179.  To take advantage of the savings, all passes must be purchased in person at Powder Daze and this will be the only time this special Winter Park 4 Pass Freestyle will be offered this season.

    “The Winter Park 4 Pass Freestyle is the best value for those looking for the convenience of unrestricted skiing/riding without the commitment of a full season pass,” said Jodie Silva, Winter Park Vice President of Marketing and Sales.  “The $179 price breaks down to just $35 a day, roughly a quarter of the cost of a full-priced daily lift ticket during peak season, a substantial savings that is perfect for families.”

    For those looking for more skiing and riding on Colorado’s best snow, the Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus will also be on sale, featuring unlimited skiing/riding at Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Eldora, six days at Steamboat, and three days at Crested Butte with no blackouts for just $599.  Loyalists to Winter Park Resort can also get unlimited access to its Seven Territories with the Winter Park Pass for just $429.  The best time to act is now, however, as prices will go up on September 12.

    In addition to passes and gear, skiers/riders can also take care of their transportation to Winter Park, as Amtrak’s Winter Park Express tickets will be sold at Powder Daze as well.  Running in 2018 from January 5 to March 25, new additions to direct train service from Denver Union Station to the slopes of Winter Park Resort include “First Friday” round-trips on the first Friday of each month and a lower $29 one-way ticket on select departures.

    Powder Daze will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day at 8601 W. Cross Drive next to Southwest Plaza Mall in Littleton.

    For more information on Christy Sports Powder Daze and for a complete list of passes that will be available, please visit

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August 30, 2017

  • Open to all ages, contestants can run against friends, meet professional ninja athlete Natalie Duran, and compete for the coveted title of WreckTangle Champion.

    Photo by Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain Resort.

    Photo by Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain Resort. Photo by Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain Resort.

    The Woodward WreckTangle is made up of 10 obstacles designed to test balance, agility and athleticism in participants of all ages. 

    To celebrate the inaugural summer of Woodward Copper’s wildly popular WreckTangle challenge course, ninjas of all ages are invited to compete for the title of WreckTangle Champion at Copper Mountain on Sept. 15 and 16.

    “The WreckTangle has been an overwhelming attraction at Copper Mountain this summer,” said Chris Stellato, regional marketing supervisor for Woodward. “We’ve seen kids who make running through the WreckTangle part of their weekly routine right alongside adults who may be first time visitors to Copper and just want to try it out. It’s a very approachable and fun experience for all ages and we can’t wait to see the level of competition for the championship.”

    The Woodward WreckTangle is a ninja obstacle course designed to test athleticism, agility and amusement in both kids and adults. Inspired by Woodward, the WreckTangle leverages the brand’s experience in youth lifestyle and action sports like skateboarding, parkour, gymnastics, skiing and snowboarding.

    The format for the Woodward WreckTangle Championship consists of two attempts of completing the course as fast as possible with an electric course timing system used to record individual times. If a participant fails to complete an obstacle and chooses to walk around the obstacle, a one-minute penalty will be added to their time. The top three contestants with the fastest times from each division will advance to the final round where participants will complete another two attempts for the fastest overall time.

    A special guest to the championship event is Natalie Duran, an American Ninja Warrior competitor from 2012 and 2016. Duran, a professional rock climber and fitness model was one of the first women to advance to the Los Angeles finals last year.

    “I wish I had something like the Woodward WreckTangle when I was a kid,” said Duran.” Before I would get in so much trouble climbing trees, or jumping fences when all I really wanted was a playground like the Woodward WreckTangle to run, jump, climb, and just play to my heart’s content.”

    Participants of the Woodward WreckTangle Championship must be at least 8 years of age by Dec. 31, 2017. For competitors between the ages 8 and 17, there will be a male and female division in each age group. Contestants who are 18 years or older will compete in an open division. Additionally, a Parent+Child Team division invites parents to get in on the action and compete against other parent-child pairs for the best cumulative time.

    Registration check-in and WreckTangle warmup will take place on Friday, Sept. 15 from 5-7 p.m. The championship event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 with an awards ceremony to follow. Individual registration is $39 and includes a 2017 WreckTangle Championship t-shirt. For more information and to register, visit

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August 29, 2017

  • Idaho Springs Ski Area Becomes 23rd Member of State Trade Association

    Photo taken by Chad Vaughan and provided courtesy of Echo Mountain.

    Photo taken by Chad Vaughan and provided courtesy of Echo Mountain. Photo taken by Chad Vaughan and provided courtesy of Echo Mountain.

    Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), the state trade association and global voice of skiing and snowboarding in Colorado, today announced that Echo Mountain will join the association effective immediately.

    Echo Mountain, which is only 50 minutes away from downtown Denver and offers night skiing six nights a week, becomes the 23rd member of CSCUSA. The ski area will join Colorado Ski Country USA’s existing pass programs: the Passport Program, which offers 5th graders three free days of skiing and riding at 22-member resorts and 6th graders four days for only $105, and the Gems Card, which can be purchased for $25 and provides two-for-one lift tickets or 30 percent off adult lift tickets at the now 10 Gems Resorts.

    “Colorado Ski Country USA welcomes Echo Mountain to our family of world class ski resorts,” said Colorado Ski Country USA President and CEO Melanie Mills. “Echo will give families and individual skiers and riders, especially those along the Front Range, a new and convenient option when choosing where to enjoy Colorado’s consistently great snow conditions.”

    Echo Mountain is in its second year of operation under the direction of CEO Peter Burwell and General Manager Fred Klaas. The ski area offers six trails on 60 acres and features a redesigned lodge with a restaurant and bar overlooking the Continental Divide.

    “Echo Mountain is excited to be joining Colorado Ski Country USA to offer a family-friendly, affordable ski area close to the Front Range,” said Fred Klaas, General Manager of Echo Mountain. “We have something for everyone at Echo, whether you’re looking to grow your skills and explore new terrain or you’re a more experienced skier or rider looking for a few runs during the day or night skiing after work.”

    Echo Mountain is scheduled to open November 21, 2017. Open Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Echo is the closest ski area to Denver, just 35 miles from downtown. Visit for more information including season pass and ticket prices.

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August 25, 2017

  • Photo taken by Carl Frey. Courtesy of Winter Park Resort.

    Photo taken by Carl Frey. Courtesy of Winter Park Resort. Photo taken by Carl Frey. Courtesy of Winter Park Resort.

    Three Friday round-trips added to expanded weekend service between Denver and Winter Park; Lower fares on some departures

    Coming off a highly successful inaugural season, tickets for the Amtrak Winter Park Express passenger train service from Denver Union Station to the slopes of Winter Park Resort are on sale now at The 2018 season will also feature some additions to the service, including three “First Friday” round-trips, a reduced fare of $29 each way on some departures.

    The 2018 Amtrak Winter Park Express schedule begins on Friday, Jan. 5, and the train will run each Saturday and Sunday through March 25. The service will also include round-trips on two more “First Fridays,” Feb. 2 and March 2, to satisfy requests from the Denver business community for more opportunities for corporate groups. Customers can choose up to 27 round-trips, an increase from 2017, with 500+ riders on each train enjoying a comfortable and scenic ride on an historic route through the Moffat Tunnel, avoiding aggravating stop-and-go ski traffic on I-70 and U.S. 40.

    Also added in the coming season is a reduced ticket price, enabling guests to experience the fun and convenience multiple times a season. Adult tickets now start as low $29 each way on select departures and are on sale now. Children ages 2-12 can still ride for half-fare with each ticketed adult. Amtrak and Winter Park Resort have also made it easier than ever before to book group travel by calling 800-USA-1GRP and having an entire train/ski package – including lodging – crafted by resort representatives and Amtrak.
    The Amtrak Winter Park Express trains will again depart Denver Union Station at 7:00 a.m. and arrive at the resort at approximately 9:00 a.m., leaving Winter Park at 4:30 return to Denver at 6:40 p.m. All times Mountain. The station is served by the Denver’s Regional Transportation District’s commuter trains to Denver International Airport, light rail, local or intercity buses and Lyft, the new national partner of Amtrak, which is offering a discount for new users’ first four rides and rideshare requests directly from Amtrak mobile apps.
    The expanded Winter Park Express service is one of several improvements at Winter Park Resort for the 2017-18 season designed to increase convenience for guests, including a new retail location and major renovation of the resort’s primary rental shop totaling more than $1 million, various snowmaking and grooming improvements, and a new trail enabling easier access to the Mary Jane side of the resort from Winter Park.  The full suite of 2017-18 Winter Park passes are on sale now for the lowest prices of the season, but prices will be going up soon. Passes are also available at Christy Sports Powder Daze beginning this weekend.  Questions about the resort and its many features can be answered directly by Winter Park Resort by calling 888-923-7275.
    The seasonal Amtrak Winter Park Express continues to share this route with the daily Amtrak California Zephyr service, which stops in nearby Fraser, Colo., and operates during this period over its full schedule between Chicago and the San Francisco Bay, via Denver.

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