Five Peaks ski mountaineering race among the big spring comps at Breckenridge ski area
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Along with plenty of slopeside concerts and dining deals, Vail Resorts is offering a two-week season-ending pass for $199, valid at Breckenridge, Vail and Beaver Creek from April 10 through to closing day on April 24. For more info, go to www.vail.com, www.breckenridge.com or call (800) 404-3535.
It’s not quite the ski-free deal that Crested Butte once offered in the days of yore, but should help boost late-season skiing a bit, as Vail’s Colorado ski areas stay open later into the spring than they have in quite some time.
Retro Red Bull 1976 games returns for season-ending bash
SUMMIT COUNTY — The Gin Blossoms, Quiet Riot and the Samples are among the headliners at Copper Mountain’s Sunsation festival this year, back for two weekends in late April (April 16-17, April 23-24). More acts will be announced soon, according to a press release from the resort.
Along with the traditional free music, the retro Red Bull 1976 games will return, as well as the the CBS Sports Network’s 2011 Alt Games College Slopestyle and Rail Jam Championships, and, under the motto safety first, an attempt to set a world record for the most people applying sunscreen at the same time. Continue reading “Gin Blossoms, Quiet Riot at Copper’s 2011 Sunsation”→
SUMMIT COUNTY — Along with skier visits, the industry’s retail sector also appears to be making a nice recovery from the recession, with total sales in January exceeding $500 million for a new monthly record, according to a press release from Snowsports Industries America.
That followed sales of more than $1 billion in December for a season-to-date total of $2.6 billion, 16 percent more than last season. The West led the way, with sales were up 31 percent in equipment dollars sold, 17 percent in apparel and 19 percent in accessories sales.
One of the biggest growth sectors was in the realm of backcountry gear, and more specifically, alpine-touring set-ups, where sales for the year-to-date grew an astounding 102 percent from the previous season. Sales of crosscountry and telemark gear also climbed.
When fresh tracks beckon, I usually encourage interpersonal allegiances to fall by the wayside.
Wait for others when there are freshies to be found? No way José. “No family on a powder day,” however, sounds a bit harsh, even when said in Spanglish.
So it went last weekend with my brother, Garrett, visiting from Brooklyn. He caught the schussing bug last year when he came out to experience a slice of the skiing life. The rest of my family knows what a major role skiing holds for my husband and I, but Garrett is the only one who has actually seen it.
While my siblings and I excelled in the newspaper, choir and theater rooms, no one ever marveled at the grace and athleticism of the Palm kids. Hailing from Oregon and California, we went on a handful of trips to Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor over the years. None of us ever graduated beyond the green slopes, except for me when I went to college and skiing changed my life. Continue reading “Steep Shots: The family that skis together …”→
Colorado racer earns coveted title with secon-place finish in Italy
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Vail’s Lindsey Vonn continued to strengthen her position as one of the best speed event ski racers in recent years by winning this season’s World Cup downhill title just one day after nabbing the super-combined trophy.
SUMMIT COUNTY —An op-ed on ski industry stats was the most-read story at Summit Voice the past week, with a story on an unusual skier death at Arapahoe Basin close behind. Other top stories included continuing coverage of global warming, with a pair of stories about detailed mapping of sea-level rise impacts and a second story about how warmer temperatures may increase human exposure to waterborne disease.
Jenney Coberly has been working behind the scenes the past few weeks organizing Summit Voice content, so now all our global warming stories are available with a single click on the sidebar at this link.
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