Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is one step closer to gaining final approval for a 492-acre expansion that would include a new lift in the Beavers area. The ski area plan also calls for replacing Pallavicini chairlift, removing the Norway chairlift and adding a surface lift to ferry skiers and snowboarders to the popular backside Montezuma Bowl terrain.
Last week, the U.S. Forest Service released a draft environmental study for the planned projects. The agency will take public comments on the draft EIS through March 21. More information is online at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=41664. A public meeting on the draft Eis will be held at The Keystone Center (1628 St John Rd., Dillon, CO 80435) on March 2, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
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 “Skiing: A-Basin Enduro set for April 17”→
Upper Mountain hosting local teams; full-length speed training center slated to open Oct. 31, weather permitting
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.
$99 ticket valid anytime there are 4 or more inches of new snow
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.
Pre-season pass discounts end Oct. 31; Breckenridge Nordic Center plans Nov. 11 opening, and popular Nordic swaps coming up in early November
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)
$40 Super Senior (ages 70+)
Early Bird Rate for Joint Pass (Breck/Gold Run Nordic AND Frisco Nordic)
$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!
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: Opening day at A-Basin”→