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Colorado skiing: Catch a free ride to the slopes Dec. 15

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The Front Range Ski Bus at Keystone Resort. Photo courtesy FRSB.

Local bus company offering a free demo day; season bus passes, four-packs and discounted ski tix also available

SUMMIT COUNTY — Who say’s there’s no free ride?

To celebrate the start of full winter operations, Front Range Ski Bus is running a free bus from Denver up to A-Basin, Keystone, Loveland and Copper next weekend, right after what looks to be one of the first real snowy and wintry weeks of the season.

The bus has already been running on a limited schedule and will start operating four days per week (Thursday – Sunday) on Dec. 14, with basic round trip tickets for $35, down from $39 last year.

“Riding the bus up to the slopes is a great way to make new ski and snowboard friends before you even get to the slopes,” said  said chief marketing officer Martin Beran, who frequently rides the bus to ride up at A-Basin. “It’s a relaxing way to get up to the mountains.” he said. “This day is a great way for Denver residents to try out Denver’s best ski bus service without spending a dime.” Continue reading

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Colorado ski areas likely to start making snow this week

Shot of cold air from Canada expected mid-week; lows Wednesday and Thursday could dip into the teens

Cold air from Canada is poised to spill into the center of the country during the coming week.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — In what sounds like good news for ski resorts eager to start making snow, the National Weather Service is forecasting a strong cold front to drop out of Canada mid-week, with overnight lows dropping into the teens and 20s starting Wednesday night.

That’s plenty cold to fire up the snow guns, which have already been moved into position at Arapahoe Basin and Loveland, the two resorts that traditionally compete for opening day honors. Starting Wednesday, nighttime lows should stay well below freezing, especially at the higher elevations. Continue reading

Breckenridge opening includes ‘hike-to’ powder stashes

The mountain is ready. Are you?

Breckenridge ski area will open some hike-to powder stashes in Horseshoe Bowl on opening day.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — The latest storm to slide across the Rockies dropped some decent snow, with storm totals ranging from 10 inches at Wolf Creek (now with a 22-inch base), to 8 inches at Copper, 7 inches at Loveland, 6 inches at Keystone and 5 inches at A-Basin. Click here for the statewide snow report from Colorado Ski Country USA.

More snow is expected on and off the next few days, so opening weekend at Breckenridge should be sweet. The resort hasn’t released an official snow report, but the late October storm dropped a few feet higher on the mountain. Ski patrollers working to get the mountain open said their snow stake showed a base depth of 29 inches after the pre-Halloween dump.

Per tradition, opening day will include a slopeside breakfast at the Ski Hill Grill (8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.) , with free eats for the first 1,000 guests. And if you’re hungry for powder, resort officials said they will open 117 acres of hike-to terrain in Contest Bowl and Horseshoe Bowl later in the morning. All that, and parking is free all weekend. Continue reading

Ski area chiefs to give annual update in Breckenridge

Snorkel-deep in A-Basin's Montezuma Bowl. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.

Panel talk on resort news followed by Q & A at annual ski area COO pow-wow

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Ski resort executives come and go, new lifts can be installed, but the mountains are eternal — and that’s a good thing for skiers and snowboarders, because all we need is a snow-covered hill and some wax-coated boards.

But we’re always curious about what’s new at the ski areas as the season nears, and the leaders of Breckenridge, Keystone, A-Basin, Copper and Loveland will once again oblige at the annual COO breakfast, which has become an autumn rite in Summit County. This year’s edition is set for Oct. 21, 8 a.m. at the Beaver Run Conference Center. Continue reading

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