Safety & gear to be emphasized at the Backcountry Experience booth
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY —Backcountry skiing will take a turn at center stage during the 2012 Snow Show in Denver with a Backcountry Experience exhibit aimed at educating retailers on the latest in backcountry-specific products and safety practices, including daily beacon-search contests during the show.
“It’s incredibly exciting to see the amount of growth that freeriding, backcountry and splitboarding are experiencing,” said Jeremy Jomes. “Every season more and more riders are eager to push the traditional limits and explore deeper into the backcountry. The Backcountry Experience exhibit at the 2012 Snow Show will put the category front and center for the entire marketplace to see,” Jones said. Continue reading “Backcountry to get spotlight at SIA Snow Show”→
Ski industry takes lighthearted approach to snow shortage
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Colorado’s ski town residents and snow enthusiasts from around the country are joining forces to try and rally the snow gods for the second half of the 2011-2012 season.
With below-normal snowfall — in some cases less than half the seasonal average — mountain communities are hoping to get the attention of Ullr, Mother Nature and Old Man Winter with snow dances, sacrificial bonfires and other ceremonies aimed at eliciting at least a few flakes.
The build the vibe, Colorado Ski Country USA is inviting everyone to spread the word via social media channels by posting videos on a special snow dance website.
Despite the lack of snow, Colorado is in better shape than some other parts of the country, thanks in part to extensive snowmaking, high elevation and relatively cold temps that have helped maintain the meager snow cover.
All CSCUSA resorts are open for skiing and snowboarding, with mostly beginner and intermediate terrain, making it a perfect time to take advantage of special promotions resorts are offering for January Learn to Ski and Snowboard month.
Resorts continue to host skiers and riders who are taking advantage of the sunny weather and enjoying being outside, on the slopes, spending time with friends and family.
Ah, spring skiing: Muscles warmed up for the season, bluebird skies, pleasant weather, and tourists careening at you from all angles atop iced-up slopes.
Quick side note: I do not begrudge out-of-towners unacquainted with mountain culture and lacking ski skills (commonly called “gapers”), for they subsidize my inbound skiing.
At the end of the season, I’m not sure the resorts break even from my packed sandwiches, backpack beverages and me. Furthermore, isn’t it healthy for Americans to break out of their comfort zones? Isn’t compassion toward such folks on the slope good karma for when we’re out in other realms bumbling through as a newbie? I digress, but suffice it to say, “Love thy gaper.”
Workshop focuses on teamwork between skiers and their canine companions
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — There’s no question that skiing (and riding) is the number one winter activity in Summit County, and getting out into the fluff with your dog ranks right up there. But sadly, local vets say that injuries to dogs from sharp metal edges are common in the winter, and some of those injuries can be very serious, severing critical tendons and leading to costly treatment and lengthy rehab.
One way to avoid that is to learn the proper technique for skijoring — cross-country skiing while attached to your dog with a waist harness. TheGold Run Nordic Center is offering a two-hour class this Saturday, Feb. 5 ( $55, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.) led by certified dog trainer and PSIA instructor Louisa Morrisey, who focuses on the teamwork aspect between humans and their canine companions.
Click here to visit Morrisey’s website, which is chock full of information on skijoring with dogs, including some basic FAQs and even videos of previous sessions.
Standing commission could help promote dialogue and develop recommendations
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — A couple of weeks ago, before putting my 12-year-old on a Breck-bound Summit Stage bus for a ski day with his friends, we went over the skier responsibility code together, not just reciting the napkin bullet points, but talking a little bit about why it makes sense that skiers and riders ahead of you have the right of way, and what the consequences of rope-cutting might be.
I’m not sure how much of that stuff stays in his head once he’s on the mountain, but I’m hoping some of it has started to sink in. In the end I tell him that it’s his responsibility to make the right choices, just like in every other aspect of life.