2017-18 Colorado Ski Season Opening

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, A-Basin, has won the first-to-open competition for this season. The resort is scheduled to open this Friday, announcing that the Black Mountain Express lift will turn at 9 a.m., giving skiers and snowboarders access to the intermediate High Noon trail. A-Basin mountain operations will continue to make snow as weather permits to open additional terrain. Loveland and A-Basin were the first mountains in Summit and Clear Creek counties to make snow this year, kicking off operations on Sept. 25. Unlike other ski areas, Loveland and A-Basin don't set opening dates, opting instead to spin lifts soon.…

Village at Wolf Creek Blocked Again

A federal court has once again blocked a land exchange key for the development of The Village at Wolf Creek. The Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture, a three-decade project pursued by Texas billionaire B.J. “Red” McCombs, is seeking the construction of more than 1,700 units that could house about 8,000 people near the Wolf Creek Ski Area. This week, Judge Richard P. Matsch denied a request from lawyers representing the proposed development to reconsider a decision he issued in May. The judge found that the agency tried to circumvent its obligation by relying on a law that requires it provide access to…

Continued Conglomeration of Major Ski Resorts

A joint 7/31/17 press release from KSL Capital Partners and Henry Crown and Co. announced the completion of the acquisition of Intrawest Resorts Holdings and Mammoth Resorts. A new company has been formed, Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, which now owns 12 mountain resorts: Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Snow Summit, Bear Mountain and June Mountain in California; Steamboat Ski & Resort and Winter Park Resort in Colorado; Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Ontario; Mont Tremblant Resort in Quebec; Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont; and Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia. The Crown family also owns the Aspen…

Return of the Ski Train

State officials and Winter Park staff recently announced that weekend passenger train service between Denver’s Union Station and Winter Park Ski Resort will begin Jan. 7, 2017.  The ski train was launched by the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad in 1940 to serve the newly opened Winter Park ski area. From 1940 until 2009, it offered skiers from the front range the opportunity to skip the infamous clog of traffic on I-70. With the addition of the train line from DIA to Union Station, the new ski train will also allow out-of-state skiers to avoid driving altogether. The ski train…

Vail Resorts Abandons “Park City” Trademark

Vail Resorts has given up its ill-conceived effort to trademark the name "Park City" after increasingly outspoken opposition from the local community.  Park City is an actual city, first established in the 1870's as a silver mining town, it has prospered first as a mining community then as a recreation destination. Last week the community held a rally outside a meeting between Park City officials and Vail executives.  It has been reported that even City Hall was considering a formal challenge to the application for the registering of "Park City." The application was filed in 2014 with the Patent and Trademark…

Boarder Heaved Off Chair Lift

An offhanded comment by an Aspen snowboarder resulted in his being heaved off his chair lift. Seth Beckton was enjoying the fresh snow at Aspen Highlands on Sunday. As he was riding up the Loge Peak chairlift, small talk was exchanged with a skier sharing the chair. An indelicate comment about measuring the depth of the powder by anatomy part led to offense taken by the skier, who felt he was being taunted by Beckton. According to Beckton, the next thing he knew, he was heaved out of the chair by the skier, falling about twenty feet to the ground.…

Professional Drones to Record Your Awesomeness

In recent weeks, many sources have reported the banning of private drones at most of the nation’s ski resorts. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), which represents more than 300 facilities in the U.S. and Canada, has drafted a policy that restricts drone usage without authorization. But Cape Productions is offering to film you in a highly polished manner worthy of the X-Games if you happen to be a guest at: British Columbia’s Fernie Alpine Resort; California’s Homewood Mountain; Colorado’s Winter Park Resort and Copper Mountain; Idaho’s Schweitzer Mountain; New Jersey’s Mountain Creek; Oregon’s Timberline Lodge and Mount Hood Meadows;…
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A-Basin Joins Loveland for Opening Day

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area has joined Loveland in opening today for the season.  This year's race to be the first Colorado area open developed into a tie with generous snowfall earlier this week. A-Basin’s 6th Alley Bar & Grill will be open throughout the day, with live music from Todd Johnson, and mug club sales starting at 8 a.m. Mugs are $45 each and sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, for discounts at the 6th Alley Bar & Grill and a free beer to kick off the season. Ski and board rentals will start at 8 a.m. and last until…
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Loveland Opens Colorado Ski Season

Loveland Ski Area announced that it would open for the winter season on Thursday, October 29. After an unusually warm fall, snow began falling last week bringing a total of 17.5 inches to the area. The snowmakers helped, running for more than 12 consecutive hours last Wednesday, anticipating the arrival of Thursday morning’s winter storm. Last week, Loveland Marketing Director John Sellers said the ski area was waiting for an 18-inch base to open for the season. Loveland met those requirements this week and will provide one top-to-bottom run with a solid, 18-inch base. Lift 1 will run from 9…
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2015-2016 Ski Season Opens in U.S.

Killington Resort in Vermont has opened the new ski season! The resort became the first to open for the season, welcoming pass holders on Sunday and the public on Monday. Skiing is open on two groomed runs in the North Ridge and on six features in the Reason Terrain Park. Access to open terrain will be via the K-1 Express Gondola which will upload from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and the North Ridge Triple which will operate from 9:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Please note that available terrain is for expert skiers and riders only. In Colorado, Loveland and Keystone began…
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