Skiing: A-Basin Enduro set for April 17

The race is on!

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With on-and-off snow in the forecast the next few days, conditions should be outstanding for the 24th annual Enduro at Arapahoe Basin, Colorado.

FRISCO — One of Summit County’s legendary spring ski events is back for the 24th time at Arapahoe Basin, where iron-legged (and rubber-kneed) skiers will lap the Pallavicini steeps in the April 17 Enduro.

The marathon ski race pits teams of two skiers against some of Colorado’s most challenging terrain, skiing or riding laps on a circuit of 20 designated routes from the top of the Pali lift. Each must be skied in consecutive order for the final run total to count. The record is 72 runs during the 10-hour (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) event. Continue reading

Colorado: Ski racers start training at Copper Mountain

Upper Mountain hosting local teams; full-length speed training center slated to open Oct. 31, weather permitting

Ski team luminaries and resort execs prepare for the opening of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Training Center at Copper Mountain in November, 2011.

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — After an intense early season snowmaking session, Copper is already hosting race training on the upper mountain, while U.S. Ski Team racers are looking forward to the scheduled Oct. 31 opening of the speed training center on terrain served by the Super Bee chair.

The training venue, which opened last year, has been touted as a game-changer for the U.S. team, enabling racers to make full-length training runs before key early season World Cup races at Vail and Aspen. The speed center opening is weather dependent.

To help get skiers psyched for the season, Copper is holding an online lottery that will enable a handful of passholders to win VIP access to the speed center, along with a chance to ski or ride with ski team racers like Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso. Continue reading

Summit County: Frisco Adventure Parks teams with Copper Mountain Ski & Ride School to offer beginner ski lessons

Find your ski legs at the Frisco Adventure Park, then shred the steeps at Copper or A-Basin.

‘Relaxed Start’ lessons offered thrice-daily, including a 4 p.m. session

By Summit Voice

FRISCO —The Frisco Adventure Park will soon be humming with the vibe of an old-time neighborhood ski hill, as the town teams up with the Copper Mountain Ski & Ride School to offer two-hour beginner ski lessons.

“Copper has always been Frisco’s mountain and Frisco continues to be our town,” said JP Chevalier, director of ski and golf services at Copper. “This relationship naturally led us to forming a service partnership, at the Frisco Adventure Park. The Copper Ski & Ride School is thrilled to be launching a first time family and friend introduction to snowsports in the heart of Summit County.” Continue reading

Copper Mountain brings back ‘Snow Day’ pass

$99 ticket valid anytime there are 4 or more inches of new snow

Flying high at Copper Mountain. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.

SUMMIT COUNTY — If you’re one of those skiers or boarders who only likes to ride in soft fresh snow, Copper’s Snow Day pass may be the ticket for you. The resort announced this week that the popular $99 pass is back for the season, valid for any day with four or more inches of new snow.

According to Copper, there are only limited number of the passes and they will only be available for a short time. Check out the Copper website for more info. Be the first to know if it’s a Snow Day by following Copper on Facebook and Twitter, or check out resort’s Snowstake Camera.

On average, Copper sees 30 days per season with 4-plus inches of new snow.

 

Summit County: Get your early bird X-C pass now

Pre-season pass discounts end Oct. 31; Breckenridge Nordic Center plans Nov. 11 opening, and popular Nordic swaps coming up in early November

Making tracks at the Frisco Nordic Center.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — With significant snowfall forecast down to the valley floors this week, local crosscountry skiers are no doubt also starting to think about the upcoming season. The Breckenridge Nordic Center has set an opening date of Nov. 11 and the Frisco Nordic Center will open a week later, Nov. 18, conditions permitting.

If you want to hit the trails as soon as they open, now’s the time to get your season pass at the early bird rate, with the 15 percent discount available through Oct. 31.

The popular Nordic ski swap is also coming up, first at the Breckenridge Nordic Center Nov. 11 -13, then at the Frisco Nordic Center the following weekend. Passes can also be bought online.

Early Bird Rate for Frisco Nordic OR Breck/Gold Run Nordic

  • $200 Adult (ages 13-59)
  • $145 Senior (ages 60-69)
  • $325 Family
  • $450 Corporate
  • $40 Super Senior (ages 70+)

Early Bird Rate for Joint Pass (Breck/Gold Run Nordic AND Frisco Nordic)

  • $255 Adult
  • $185 Senior
  • $380 Family
  • $500 Corporate
  • $65 Super Senior

Follow these instructions to buy a pass online:

*If you purchased your pass online last season, you will not have to do this step

Three easy steps stand between you and your 2011-2012 Nordic Season Pass!

1. Click Request Account on the following link- http://activenet8.active.com/breckenridgerec/

If the login page appears, click Create New Account.

2. Fill out New Account Request Form

Required fields have asterisks. When complete, click Submit at the bottom right of the page.

3. Check your Personal Email Account for a Confirmation

To activate your account, click on the link in the email. Clicking this link will redirect you to the site where you can login and begin registering for programs.

How to Purchase a Pass Online

1. Click Membership on the left side of the following link – http://activenet8.active.com/breckenridgerec/

If the login page appears, click Passes at the top right of the page.

2. Choose a Pass

Search for the pass you want to purchase and click on the title (blue and underlined).

3. Click Add to My Cart

Log in to your account with your Customer ID and password. Choose the member and confirm pass details. Choose Continue at the bottom of each page.

4. Payment

Finally, enter your credit card information on the Payment Information page. After clicking Continue you’re finished!

4. Early Bird Passes will be mailed to you the first week in November.

Colorado: Opening day at A-Basin

Summit County ski season under way

A lot of angels joined in the opening day celebrations at Arapahoe Basin.

The 18-inch base at A-Basin skied like a dream on opening day.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — There was a time when I wanted to start each season with the latest and greatest ski gear, but these days, I’m just happy that I can still bend down easily to lace up the liners of my 15-year-old Scarpas before joining my son in the lift line for opening day at Arapahoe Basin. Not even Halloween yet, and we’ve barely seen any frost on the pumpkin, but thanks to a spate of cold nights, perfect for snowmaking, and a little eight-inch assist from Mother Nature, it really is time to ski again.

I took Dylan out of school for the morning to let him experience the vibe. He’s grown up skiing at the Basin. This is his tenth season (he’s 13) but it’s the first time he’s been there to watch the lifts roll for the first time. He jumped right out of bed, too, without the usual school-morning routine, which involves moaning and pulling the covers over his head a few times.

So in the cool blue shadows of early morning, we line up in the maze, just a few spots back from the front of the line, eat donuts, listen to rock-and-roll and wait for the countdown. I also wanted him to be there for the memorial for A-Basin founders Marnie Jump and Max Dercum who both passed away this summer. Continue reading

Colorado: Arapahoe Basin opens for skiing Oct. 13

Opening day includes tribute to A-Basin founders Marnie Jump and Max Dercum

Arapahoe Basin opening day 2011-2012

Arapahoe Basin opens for the 2011-2012 season on Oct. 13.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Teaming up with Ullr, A-Basin’s snowmaking crews have put down a blanket of white that will enable the ski area to open for the season this Thursday, Oct. 13, with skiing and riding on High Noon. Continue reading

Colorado: USFS OKs new Copper Mountain master plan

A map showing proposed upgrades at Copper Mountain. Click on the image for a full-size version.

Long-range vision for resort includes new lifts, a summer mountain coaster and new on-mountain restaurants

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Copper Mountain’s new long-range master plan for addressing deficiencies in its aging lift network includes removing and replacing seven existing chairlifts and adding four new lifts, as well as new conveyors for the teaching area at the west end of the resort.

With one of the planned new lifts going up Tucker Mountain, Copper will also relocate and expand its popular snowcat skiing operation to 500 acres on the south side of the ridge running between Tucker Mountain to Jacques Peak.

The overall idea is to increase out-of-base lift capacity and dispersal across the mountain, according to the resort’s newest master plan, accepted by the U.S. Forest Service earlier this year. Full implementation of the master plan would increase the ski area’s comfortable carrying capacity from 11,870 to 15,630 skiers per day. The plan and related documents and maps are online at this Forest Service website. Continue reading

Does Breckenridge ski area need more terrain?

Forest Service holds July 7 Front Range open house on proposed expansion

Breckenridge Ski Area.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Front Range skiers and riders will have a chance to learn more about the proposed Peak 6 expansion at Breckenridge Ski Area next week, when the U.S. Forest Service holds an open house at the regional office at 740 Simms Street in Golden (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.).

Forest Service personnel will be available to discuss the draft environmental study for the project. White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams will make a presentation at 5 p.m. to describe the goals of the project and the alternatives discussed in the draft environmental impact statement. The meeting will also include information on how to comment on the proposal. The public comment period for the DEIS has been extended through August 9. Background and detailed stories on Peak 6 are online here. Continue reading

Summit County: A-Basin open for skiing through July 4

A fine end to an amazing ski season

Skiing at the Basin — photo by Liam Doran, courtesy A-Basin media library.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Keep those boards handy. The skiing and riding have been epic this year, and the season isn’t quite over yet. A-Basin has decided to extend the ski season to July 4 this year, staying open on weekends only through the holiday. It’s the first time A-Basin will be open on Independence Day since 1997. Details online here.

Two lifts are operating, the Black Mountain Express and Lenawee. Ticket window prices are $39 for adults, $29 for teens and $19 for kids. Details on ticket prices online here. The ski area is reporting a 50-inch base and 275 acres of open terrain. Lifts are operating from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

From Al’s Blog:

“The snow is good. People want to ski and ride. We will be skiing at The Basin on the 4th of July. We will re-open for two more weekends, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday June 24, 25, and 26 and Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday July 1, 2, 3, and 4.”

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