Tag: Colorado ski areas

Copper Mountain ends the ski season with great music

It was a beautiful spring day for the final ski day of the season on Sunday, April 18, at Copper Mountain Sunsation. Check out Pato Banton & the New Generation and Los Lonely Boys at the Summit Voice YouTube channel:


Copper Mountain: Alt Games Awards Ceremony

Jonny Moseley presents a trophy to the women's free skiing winner at Copper Mountain's College Alt Games.

As part of Copper Mountain’s Sunsation, the 2010 Alt Games College Snowboarding and Free Skiing Open Championships were held  Saturday, April 10th at the Catalyst Terrain Park.  The country’s best collegiate skiers and riders competed.

The Alt Games are tentatively scheduled to air on The CBS College Sports Network  April 22 and April 25 at 8 p.m. EDT.  Event coverage will also be included in the one-hour highlight show airing on CBS Sports on Saturday, June 19 at 5 p.m. EDT.

Jonny Moseley, gold medal winner in men’s moguls at the 1998 Olympic Games, presented the medals and trophies to the winners, including two Colorado Mountain College students.

View the Summit Voice YouTube video here: Alt Games Awards Ceremony Video.

Weatherblog: More snow, avalanche danger hits Red Zone

The avalanche hazard in the Vail-Summit backcountry has hit the red zone, with triggered slides probable on steeper north to east-facing slopes above treeline. Click on the image for an explanation of the danger ratings.

Winter storm warnings and advisories issued, the avalanche danger climbs to ‘high’ in the local backcountry, more snow on the way

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s a powder day in Summit County, with up to 7 inches of new snow (Breckenridge and Beaver Creek) reported from around the Vail and Summit ski resorts. Copper reported 4 inches, with 3 inches at Keystone and 2 inches at A-Basin, which is now reporting a 35-inch base.

Steamboat also picked up 7 inches, while Winter Park benefited the most from the recent storm’s upslope component, picking up 8 inches to win the Colorado snowfall derby.

Get the statewide snow report here, and the Vail Resorts snow report here.

The new snow has kicked the avalanche danger into the red zone, with a high risk of triggered slides on north the east-facing slopes above treeline. Forecasters recommend that backcountry travelers avoid high-elevation slopes 30 degrees and steeper with wind-loaded north to east aspects. Continue reading “Weatherblog: More snow, avalanche danger hits Red Zone”

Blog-o-rama: Dancing chimps, ninja wings and good tequila

Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons, is getting some attention because there may be some water beneath the surface. PHOTO COURTESY NASA.

This week we feature a new Breck eatery, a local photoblog, dancing chimps and news from deep space. We are in the blogosphere!

Wings with a ninja kick
Every week we take a gander around the blogosphere to see what folks in Colorado have on their minds. We start in Breckenridge, where Ashley Dickson, who blogs as the Gypsy Journalist, checked out a new eatery recently and reported that Northside Pizza dishes up some tasty pies at reasonable prices, along with wings that pack a ninja kick.

Here’s an excerpt from her post, describing her boyfriend’s first encounter with the wicked wings:

“Jake had talked a lot of game before the wings arrived, and after he shoved one in his mouth, he went completely silent.

“This is just wrong,” he pleaded. “My whole body is sweating. I feel messed up. Look, I’m shaking. Who would do this to themselves?”

No amount of water or bread could cool the fire, and I watched the boys writhe in agony as they waited for the heat to subside. I admit, I was laughing at their pain, and I couldn’t help but think of the guy from Man vs. Food on the Travel Channel. No wonder that show has garnered such a fan base. it’s kinda fun to see grown men cry over chicken wings.

The bartender wouldn’t reveal the secret mix of spices that gave the Double Black Diamond their ninja kick to the gut, but he admitted that the peppers registered into the hundred thousands on the Scoville heat scale. To put that in perspective, a jalapeno pepper comes out to 5,000 on the scale.” Read the rest of the blog about Northside Pizza here.

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Weatherblog: ‘Natural’ cloud seeding in Colorado

A graphic showing the natural cloud-seeding effect.

Who knew? Icy high-level clouds can boost snowfall in the lower atmosphere with snowflake seeds

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — A moist northwest flow could bring some new snow to the mountains of Summit County in the next few days, especially with “seeder-feeder” dynamics in the atmosphere that could enhance precipitation.

I’d never heard that term until I called the Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service this morning to ask if we really are going to get some snow. No promises from the forecasters, but I did get a quick lesson about this natural version of cloud-seeding.

It occurs when a layer of high-level clouds drops tiny ice crystals into the moist air closer to the ground. Those crystals will help form nuclei for larger flakes, helping enhance snow in the northern mountains and around the Steamboat Valley, according to Ellen Heffernan, a Grand Junction-based forecaster with the National Weather Service.

More on natural cloud-seeding, the forecast and avalanche info after the break.

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Feb. 8 weatherblog: Stellar beauty

One of the images from the collection of Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley.

New snow:

Monarch: 6 inches

Wolf Creek: 1o inches

Powderhorn: 8 inches

Crested Butte: 7 inches

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Only the tiniest smattering of snow on the Summit Voice weather deck this morning, but what was lacking in quantity was made up for with crystalline beauty, with almost each flake standing out in stellar perfection.

Maybe it’s a year to appreciate the wonder of snow with an homage to Wilson Bentley, of Jericho, Vermont, who dedicated a big part of his life to capturing microscopic images of snowflakes and helped pioneer the field of microphotography at the same time.

Rather than worrying about how many inches piled up each day, Bentley occupied himself with capturing enduring images of more than 5,000 individual crystals. His fascinating story, and many of his stunning snowflake images are catalogued at this web site.

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40th annual Frisco Gold Rush photoblog

A frosty beard goes well with Nordic skiing, especially at the 40th edition of the Frisco Gold Rush!

Frisco and Breckenridge Nordic Center operator Gene Dayton said conditions were ideal Sunday for the 40th Frisco Gold Rush Nordic races, and he was hoping for a record turnout for the 5, 10 and 20k events. Check back later for more photos.

The Gold Rush is Colorado’s oldest, and one of the biggest, Nordic events, featuring 5k, 10k and 20k classic and skate races, along with snowshoe events, demos of new gear and family fun. Get more information on Nordic skiing in Frisco and Breckenridge here.

Here’s an excerpt from the Nordic Center blog:

“We are gearing up for the 40th Anniversary Frisco Gold Rush events beginning tonight with a Bonfire at the Frisco Marina at Dusk and Fireworks at 7:30 pm, and with 6 events for Nordic and Snowshoeing and a kid’s Treasure Hunt at 11:30 am at the Frisco Nordic Center on Sunday, Feb 7th …

We are open at both locations with great snow conditions (new snow this week and still trying today) for groomed cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Lessons, Clinics, Wax Shop, Retail, Ski & Snowshoe Tours, self-guided mapped and marked trails, destination huts, private, public and White River National Forest permitted trails …”

Mark your calendars: Feb 21st, 2010 at the Frisco Nordic Center…party, with games and kid’s festival, sledding, food, drinks and more. Get more of the blog here.

Get more info on upcoming Frisco events here.

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