Browsing entries tagged with Colorado

4 Aug 2017

Low-cost US flights slash skiing prices

Low-cost US flights slash skiing prices

Norwegian has added two new low-cost flights to the US, which will further help reduce the cost of ski trips to North America this coming ski season. Norwegian will be flying into Chicago and Austin, Texas,…

23 May 2017

Aspen reopens for skiing this weekend

Aspen reopens for skiing this weekend

Aspen in Colorado will reopen this weekend thanks to a storm that brought 18 inches of new snow to the mountain last weekend. Skiers and snowboarders all over Colorado were celebrating the dump that brought…

19 May 2017

Colorado snow seals bumper season

Colorado snow seals bumper season

Ski resorts in Colorado are celebrating a sudden dump of snow that is bringing glorious spring conditions to the slopes. The conditions are so good some resorts are considering re-opening the lifts. “We…

6 Apr 2017

Norwegian to fly skiers to Denver

Norwegian to fly skiers to Denver

Skiers headed to Colorado and other ski resorts in North America have a fantastic new flight route from September, thanks to low-cost airline Norwegian. From 16 September, Norwegian will begin flying three…

21 Mar 2017

British skiers finish season strongly

British skiers finish season strongly

Slalom skier Dave Ryding has finished the season ranked eighth in the world after a successful last race in Aspen, Colorado and has said he is “very confident” of the future of the British team. The…

13 Mar 2017

A truly Epic Pass goes on sale

A truly Epic Pass goes on sale

Next season’s Epic Pass has gone on sale, offering unlimited, unrestricted access to an incredible 45 top ski resorts around the world. The 2017-18 Epic Pass, issued by Vail Resorts, is currently available…

17 Feb 2017

A-Basin to add “extreme” terrain

A-Basin to add “extreme” terrain

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Colorado has announced plans to expand for next season — increasing its skiable terrain by nearly one third adding some “extreme” skiing. Following a comprehensive…

11 Jan 2017

Free powder day pancakes in Aspen

Free powder day pancakes in Aspen

While a row is breaking out over whether skiing has or hasn’t been good in the Alps in recent weeks over the pond, a storm of historical proportions has been pounding ski resorts across North America.…

10 Jan 2017

Ski Train links Denver to Winter Park

Ski Train links Denver to Winter Park

A new seasonal train service running from Denver to the ski resort of Winter Park in Colorado started up last Saturday (7 January) and will run until late March. The Winter Park Express – dubbed “The…

20 Dec 2016

Snow is falling in the Alps - but where?

Snow is falling in the Alps - but where?

Snow has been falling in the Alps — with a storm hitting very localised areas. According to our snow guru Fraser Wilkin of weathertoski.co.uk (who produces our weekly snow reports) the heaviest snow…

22 Oct 2016

A-Basin opens for 70th ski season

A-Basin opens for 70th ski season

Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin Ski Area opened for the winter season on Friday after what a spokesman for the area called “optimal conditions” for the snowmaking team. Arapahoe Basin — or A-Basin as…

21 Oct 2016

Whistler added to the Epic Pass

Whistler added to the Epic Pass

Whistler Blackcomb has been added to the Epic Pass for the coming ski season, following the final closure on its acquisition by Vail Resorts. This means that all 2016-1t Epic Pass and Epic Local Pass holders…

4 Sep 2016

Epic Pass adds 13 Euro ski resorts

Epic Pass adds 13 Euro ski resorts

Some of Europe’s top ski areas have been added to the Epic Pass for this coming season. The multi-resort pass from Vail Resorts has added Les 3 Vallées, Paradiski and Tignes-Val d’Isère in France,…

29 Aug 2016

New lifts for Colorado ski resorts

New lifts for Colorado ski resorts

Two new lifts are being installed in Colorado ski resorts that offer welcome news for the coming season. Fans of Vail’s back bowls will enjoy faster access to their favourite powder stash with the replacement…

17 Aug 2016

Iconic ski resorts join Mountain Collective

Iconic ski resorts join Mountain Collective

Two big-name, iconic North American ski resorts have been added to the Mountain Collective pass, beefing up its already impressive list. Revelstoke in British Columbia and Telluride in Colorado are the…

8 Aug 2016

Vail Resorts to buy Whistler Blackcomb

Vail Resorts to buy Whistler Blackcomb

Vail Resorts is to buy Whistler Blackcomb in Canada, in a deal valued at just over US$1billion (CAN$1.4b) that is expected to close before the start of the season. The shock announcement, made today, comes…

2 Jun 2016

Avalanches “inherent danger of skiing”

Avalanches “inherent danger of skiing”

Ski resorts in Colorado will from this week not be held liable for skiers killed by avalanches while within a resort’s boundary. On Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that avalanches are among…

27 May 2016

Aspen reopens for late May skiing

Aspen reopens for late May skiing

It’s not just the Alps having extra snow — Aspen in Colorado has announced this week that it will be open for skiing on Memorial Day, Monday 30 May. Around 120 acres of skiing at the top of Aspen Mountain,…

27 Apr 2016

Bumper ski season for Vail Resorts

Bumper ski season for Vail Resorts

This season was a bumper one for Vail Resorts, with nearly 20% more visitors to its US ski resorts. The company has released its season-on-season figures on lift sales, reporting that the winter of 2015/16…

1 Jan 2016

Colorado launches ski Safety Month

Colorado launches ski Safety Month

Ski resorts across Colorado are to host a month-long series of programmes and activities to encourage skiers and snowboarders to keep safe on the slopes. National Safety Month takes place throughout January…

24 Dec 2015

Crystal launches celebrity skier quiz

Crystal launches celebrity skier quiz

Crystal Ski has launched a fun new online quiz “Which celebrity skier are you?” The news that Oprah Winfrey has just splashed out $14million on a new home in the Colorado ski resort of Telluride is…

17 Dec 2015

Skiing is big business in Colorado

Skiing is big business in Colorado

Skiing is big business in the States. A new study has shown that the ski industry in Colorado contributes $4.8 billion (£3.2 billion) to the state’s economy — and with some of the best conditions…

12 Nov 2015

Storms allow US ski resorts to open early

Storms allow US ski resorts to open early

It may be pastures green in the Alps at the moment, but in North America, some ski resorts are planning to open early thanks to recent falls of snow. Last night, Aspen Snowmass in Colorado announced it…

2 Nov 2015

Davos opens earlier than ever before

Davos opens earlier than ever before

The ski resort of Davos became the first non-glacier resort in Switzerland to open some skiing this weekend, taking advantage of the early snowfall. The resort opened Totalp, or piste number 15, on Saturday…

1 Nov 2015

Colorado ski areas open for the season

Colorado ski areas open for the season

Two ski areas in Colorado have opened for business. Loveland and Arapahoe Basin, two resorts that pride themselves on long seasons, opened last Thursday. Thanks to more than a foot of natural snowfall…

13 Oct 2015

More snow falling in the Alps

More snow falling in the Alps

Social media has had another blast of snow pictures and videos as the weather has closed in across the Alps. Tignes has announced 80cm of snow since 25 September — 10cm of which fell last night — and…

21 Aug 2015

Early offer on Vail’s Epic Pass

Early offer on Vail’s Epic Pass

If you’re planning to ski in the states this winter at any of the Vail Resorts-owned ski areas, it might pay to buy your ski pass now. Until Monday, 7 September Vail Resorts is selling its Epic Pass…

16 Aug 2015

Track ski lift waiting times at Vail

Track ski lift waiting times at Vail

Four ski resorts in Colorado will be using an app this winter that tells users how long they will have to wait in a lift queue. Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone have installed technology called…

15 Jun 2015

Ski season switches hemispheres

Ski season switches hemispheres

One ski season ended this weekend, and another began — on the other side of the world.  After a massive eight-month season, Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, USA, closed its lifts yesterday, Sunday 14…

2 Jun 2015

Skiers complete Colorado epic

Skiers complete Colorado epic

Three skiers have secured their place in history by climbing and skiing Colorado’s 100 highest peaks, a project that has taken five years. Pro skier Chris Davenport together with husband-and-wife team…

21 May 2015

Skiers hit the powder in Araphoe Basin

Skiers hit the powder in Araphoe Basin

While UK skiers are wondering whether the weather will warm up sufficiently to get out the BBQ this weekend, it’s a different story for skiers in Colorado. Weeks after most ski resorts closed their lifts…

24 Apr 2015

US resorts to tighten liability waivers

US resorts to tighten liability waivers

Ski resorts in Oregan, USA are considering asking skiers and snowboarders to sign tight liability waivers to protect themselves against lawsuits over injuries and deaths on the slopes. There are 10 ski…

31 Mar 2015

Vail to buy Perisher ski resort

Vail to buy Perisher ski resort

The Australian ski resort of Perisher has agreed a sale to Vail Resorts for AU$176.6 million (about £90.1m), which will join the now-global Epic Pass. Perisher in New South Wales (NSW) is the largest…

19 Mar 2015

Biggest US ski resort sale planned

Biggest US ski resort sale planned

The sale of 16 ski resorts in the US could make history if it goes through. The resorts, which include Crested Butte in Colorado, Sugarloaf in Main and Sierra-at-Tahoe in California, could soon be up for…

12 Mar 2015

More US resorts join up ski passes

More US resorts join up ski passes

More ski resorts in North America have teamed up on collaborative season ski passes for next winter. Sun Valley in Idaho has joined the Mountain Collective and the Tahoe Local Pass will include skiing…

10 Feb 2015

Drought forces US ski resorts to close

Drought forces US ski resorts to close

Lack of snow is not just affecting skiing in Europe — the west coast of North America is experiencing the worst drought in years. This week ski resorts across California and even on in Alaska have closed…

6 Jan 2015

US resorts host Learn to Ski month

US resorts host Learn to Ski month

Ski resorts across the US are this month running special offers designed to encourage newcomers to the mountains. The annual Learn to Ski and Snowboard month runs across the States throughout January.…

4 Dec 2014

Snow is coming to the Alps next week

Snow is coming to the Alps next week

Some some significant snow is in the offing over the next week or so in the Alps, says WTSS weather expert Fraser Wilkin, founder of Weather to Ski, so try not to panic about the snow conditions. Images…

19 Nov 2014

Ski resorts open to fantastic powder

Ski resorts open to fantastic powder

The snow continues to fall around Europe and North America, clogging up the roads and our social media feeds (anyone else’s twitter and facebook feeds going mad?). After a delayed start in Colorado,…

10 Oct 2014

Ski resorts start to crank in to life

Ski resorts start to crank in to life

Winter is most definitely coming. Ski resorts across Europe and North America have been inundating us with pictures of the first snowfalls and the news that their snow-making has cranked in to life. In…

12 Sep 2014

Park City will be biggest US ski resort

Park City will be biggest US ski resort

Vail Resorts have bought the Utah ski resort of Park City for a cool $182.5million (£112million), further strengthening the company’s grip on the US ski industry. Vail Resorts already owns the lease…

6 Aug 2014

Fitness tests for Aspen ski staff

Fitness tests for Aspen ski staff

If you’re heading to Aspen to ski this winter, you can rest assured the lift operators, ski patrollers and ski instructors will be fitter than fiddles. The Aspen Skiing Co has introduced a fitness test…

9 Jul 2014

Record year for Colorado ski resorts

Record year for Colorado ski resorts

Record snow conditions in the Rockies resulted in a similar record ski season in Colorado — with the state’s 25 ski areas logging 12.6 million visits over the 2013/14 season, a 10 per cent jump…

7 Jul 2014

Vail Resorts ploughs £50m into ski areas

Vail Resorts ploughs £50m into ski areas

Vail, Beaver Creek, Canyons and Breckenridge ski resorts are to undergo some major refurbishments this summer. Vail Resorts, which owns the four North American ski areas, is ploughing $85 million (nearly…

30 Jun 2014

Treasures uncovered at Breckenridge

Treasures uncovered at Breckenridge

Volunteers helping on a mountain clear-up in Breckenridge ski resort last week found an eclectic assortment of lost property. A rusty saw, a bra, several phones and iPods, golf balls, skis, snowboards,…

3 Jun 2014

Skiing continues at Arapahoe Basin

Skiing continues at Arapahoe Basin

It might be June, but the 2013/14 ski season is still going strong in one Colorado resort. Originally due to close on 1 June, the snow is so good at Arapahoe Basin that it will re-open over the next…

9 May 2014

Aspen closes with four parties

Aspen closes with four parties

Not content with one season party, Aspen/Snowmass in Colorado celebrated the closure of its 165-day season with four different parties. Aspen started its season early, and finished late, so on Sunday,…

30 Apr 2014

Crested Butte joins Rocky Mountain pass

Crested Butte joins Rocky Mountain pass

Another ski pass partnership in the US is gathering momentum. Crested Butte and Eldora Mountain in Colorado have been added to the Rocky Mountain Super Pass for next season. For the 2014/15 ski season,…

22 Mar 2014

Party season kicks off in the Alps

Party season kicks off in the Alps

Party season has kicked off in the Alps. From today (22 March) to 12 April, local DJs will be playing on the terraces of Verbier’s mountain restaurants, and the resort is offering 4 for 3: four nights…

18 Mar 2014

Aspen hosts first ever double pipe event

Aspen hosts first ever double pipe event

The Colorado ski resort of Aspen will tomorrow play host to a snowboard competition never seen before. From 19 to 23 March, the first ever double halfpipe competition will be held at the base of Buttermilk…

11 Mar 2014

Breckenridge extends ski season

Breckenridge extends ski season

The ski season in Breckenridge will be extended by an extra week, thanks to superb conditions going into the spring. Breckenridge resort officials have announced that the ski season will be finish on Sunday,…

6 Mar 2014

Japan joins the Epic Pass

Japan joins the Epic Pass

Niseko in Japan has joined the Three Valleys in France, Verbier in Switzerland and 10 USA ski resorts in the Epic Pass. For the 2014/15 season, Epic Pass holders will receive five free days skiing…

28 Feb 2014

Jail for drunk skiers in France

Jail for drunk skiers in France

Don’t drink and ski in France is the loud and clear message from prosecutors this week. If you go boozing and then get on your skis and snowboard, you face up to a year in jail or a fine of €15,000…

12 Feb 2014

Celebrate Valentine’s Day on skis

Celebrate Valentine’s Day on skis

Are you going to be skiing on Friday? In case it hadn’t escaped your notice, Friday is Valentine’s Day and ski resorts around the globe are getting into the romantic spirit — starting with Courmayeur,…

29 Jan 2014

Skiers heading back to US and Canada

Skiers heading back to US and Canada

Skiing in North America has suffered some terrible fortune in recent years, but this season looks to be a record-breaker. Last year, 11% more skiers and snowboarders visited US ski areas than in 2011/2012,…

15 Jan 2014

Controversy over uphill skiing in the US

Controversy over uphill skiing in the US

Skinning — or ski touring up the piste — has become so popular in the US that increasing numbers of resorts are introducing rules to ensure skiers chip in with running costs and stay safe on the mountain.…

25 Dec 2013

Peak 6 opens at Breckenridge today

Peak 6 opens at Breckenridge today

Skiers in Breckenridge, Colorado are getting an extra-special Christmas today, with the long-awaited opening of the resort’s Peak 6. There are more than 540 skiable acres on Peak 6, with 400 of those…

28 Oct 2013

Snow storms help ski resorts open early

Snow storms help ski resorts open early

It’s not just the UK that has been in the grip of a storm — in the past 24 hours there has been heavy snowfall in Canada’s Banff-Lake Louise-Sushine Village. The tourist office has issued a statement…

14 Oct 2013

Skiers queue for first lift at A-Basin

Skiers queue for first lift at A-Basin

Arapahoe Basin has again been the first ski resort to open in Colorado. A-Basin opened one the Black Mountain Express lift at 08:30 yesterday morning, opening up one intermediate run — the High Noon…

30 Aug 2013

Ski the 3 Vallées on Vail’s Epic Pass

Ski the 3 Vallées on Vail’s Epic Pass

The Three Valleys in France is the latest ski area to join Vail Resort’s Epic Pass, which already includes ski days Verbier and the Arlberg as well as the entire season in ten USA ski resorts. The Three…

31 Jul 2013

Steamboat plans night skiing

Steamboat plans night skiing

Steamboat Springs is planning to introduce floodlights on five ski runs for this coming season. The plan would light up around 1,000 vertical feet on Sitz, See Me, See Ya, Vogue and Stampede as well as…

24 Jul 2013

US ski resorts form Powder Alliance

US ski resorts form Powder Alliance

Crested Butte in Colorado and Sierra-at-Tahoe in California are among 12 ski resorts in western USA that have joined forces to form the Powder Alliance. The alliance of 12 resorts in nine different states…

20 Jun 2013

Breckenridge opens new ski area

Breckenridge opens new ski area

Breckenridge is adding more than 540 acres to its ski area during next season — boosting the resort’s skiable terrain by 23 per cent. The resort in Colorado, which currently has 2,358 acres at 2,925m,…

18 Apr 2013

Avalanche blocks road from Val d’Isère

Avalanche blocks road from Val d’Isère

Rising temperatures and sunshine on top of high levels of snow have led to high number of avalanches in the Alps this week. At 7:45pm on Tuesday evening, a snow slide blocked the road out of Tignes and…

4 Apr 2013

Fab April snow: don’t stop skiing

Fab April snow: don’t stop skiing

The pistes are empty, the lift queues non-existent and resorts are planning their closing weekends…but the snow in most places is outstanding and the sun is out, so if you have a chance to get away…

13 Mar 2013

Ski seven top US resorts on one pass

Ski seven top US resorts on one pass

Three major North American ski resorts have been added to the Mountain Collective pass for next season. Mammoth Mountain in California, Snowbird in Utah and Whistler Blackcomb in Canada have joined Alta…

5 Mar 2013

Heavy snow causes chaos in Colorado

Heavy snow causes chaos in Colorado

Heavy snow storms in Colorado have caused travel chaos and left the state on “considerable” avalanche alert. In the past 24 hours, Breckenridge reported 9in (23cm) of new snow, Steamboat 13.5in (34cm)…

10 Feb 2013

Piste maps added to Google Maps

Piste maps added to Google Maps

Piste maps from Aspen and Vail in Colorado, Sun Valley in Idaho, Squaw Valley and Mammoth Mountain in California and Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont are among some of the 38 US ski resorts added to Google…

19 Jan 2013

New high Colorado ski area planned

New high Colorado ski area planned

A new ski area of 1,300 acres for all levels of skier is being planned to open adjacent to Telluride in Colorado. Bear Creek is being billed as the highest ski area in North America — 4,132m (13,555ft)…

15 Jan 2013

GB skier James Woods wins again

GB skier James Woods wins again

British skier James Woods has won a second slopestyle ski World Cup. James “Woodsy” Woods, 20, from Sheffield, has won the FIS US Freeskiing Grand Prix in Copper Mountain, Colorado — a qualifier…

22 Dec 2012

Skiers rescued from chair in Breckenridge

Skiers rescued from chair in Breckenridge

Around 40 skiers and snowboarders were evacuated from a chairlift in Breckenridge this week after a mechanical failure. The evacuation, by rope, from the Peak 8 SuperConnect, took around three hours on…

16 Nov 2012

Colorado ski resorts support local flights

Colorado ski resorts support local flights

Ski resorts in Colorado are subsidising flights from major cities across the US in order to boost the numbers of skiers visiting the area this season. According to the Denver Post, resorts including Steamboat,…

19 Oct 2012

A-Basin first resort to open in the US

A-Basin first resort to open in the US

Around 2,000 skiers and snowboarders visited Arapahoe Basin in Colorado this week, the first US ski resort to officially open for the 2012-2013 ski season. Arapahoe, near Keystone, is an exceptionally…

12 Oct 2012

Snowmass adds double-black ski area

Snowmass adds double-black ski area

The satellite resort of Snowmass, in Aspen, will become the second largest ski area in Colorado, after a judge gave permission for trees to be felled on the east of its boundaries. Aspen Skiing Company,…

12 Sep 2012

Vail season pass offers three free Verbier days

Vail season pass offers three free Verbier days

Skiers who heading to Colorado to ski this winter could get three days’ free skiing in Verbier. If you buy an Epic Pass, which offers unlimited skiing this season in any Vail Resorts destination —…

9 Nov 2011

Snovember – more resorts open

Snovember – more resorts open

Mid-November brings another bunch of North American resort openings. And it has been snowing out there ... Last weekend Banff fired up the lifts in Lake Louise and Mt Norquay, and there has been good snowfalls…

11 Jun 2011

Breckenridge gets OK for expansion plan

Breckenridge gets OK for expansion plan

A project to expand the Breckenridge ski area took a step closer to reality this week, with the news that the US Forest Service has at last backed the plan. Breckenridge, which is owned by Vail Resorts,…

7 May 2011

US resorts step up to Climate Challenge

US resorts step up to Climate Challenge

Eight US ski areas are reported to have signed up for the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) 2011 Climate Challenge – to encourage resorts to target their plans and developments towards a more eco-friendly…

14 Apr 2011

Snapshot from Utah

13 Feb 2011

Powder in Vail

25 Jan 2011

What lies beneath ... Snowmass

What lies beneath ... Snowmass

Once in a while ski resort development unearths a fascinating secret. How does an ice age graveyard sound? Last October, contractors working on the drained Ziegler reservoir at Snowmass, Colorado, uncovered…

23 Dec 2010

Christmas cracker for US resorts

Christmas cracker for US resorts

It’s not just Europe making the headlines for the festive getaway ... many of the US ski areas will be enjoying their best December snowfalls for many years. It looks as though La Nina has set up…

5 Jun 2010

A-Basin wraps up season

A-Basin wraps up season

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado, shuts the lifts for the season on Sunday 6 June – after another eight-month winter. And from the photos it looks like there is plenty of snow left on the mountain. The US…

31 Dec 2009

A-Basin continues development

A-Basin continues development

Arapahoe Basin in Colorado has announced plans for a new lift next winter, which continues recent investment to redefine the resort as an international ski area. A fast quad is due to replace the Exhibition…

17 Nov 2009

Colorado ski train revived?

Colorado ski train revived?

The legendary Denver-Winter Park ski train, axed earlier this year, looks likely to return this winter following interest from another rail company. Back on track? According to the Colorado-Denver press,…

7 Oct 2009

Loveland wins, but Arapahoe breaks record

Loveland wins, but Arapahoe breaks record

It’s official … the season is about to begin in Colorado! Check out these deliciously white pictures from Arapahoe Basin. Arapahoe Basin will see its earliest ever start to the ski season when it fires…

23 Sep 2009

Arapahoe v Loveland

Arapahoe v Loveland

The temperature has fallen, the snowmaking machines are running and fingers are crossed for another early opening – but which will be first: Loveland or Arapahoe? The traditional race to be the first…

18 Sep 2009

Telluride to add more extreme terrain

Telluride to add more extreme terrain

If you’re into the steeps, deeps and challenges of North America’s expert terrain, Telluride will have more on offer this winter. The Colorado resort plans to open four more couloirs in its…

29 Apr 2009

Colorado ski train no more

The world-famous ski train that has served Colorado’s Winter Park resort for 69 years has run its final season. The popular Rocky Mountain rail service has run between Denver and Winter Park every…

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