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A-Basin first Colorado ski resort to open

Arapahoe Basin resort in Summit County announced today, Oct. 16, that it will open Friday for the first day of the 2014-15 season. This makes A-Basin the first skiing and snowboarding resort to open this year. The attraction’s Black Mountain Express lift will open at 9 a.m. and provide access to the intermediate High Noon Run,… Continue Reading A-Basin first Colorado ski resort to open

Ever wonder how a ski resort can report a foot of new snow while the weather service reports only a few inches? Vail Resorts says snow reporting is an inexact science after it was forced to retract its report of a foot of snow on Feb. 23 and change it to 2 inches. The resort… Continue Reading It’s not a snow job – Vail defends snow reports

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Federal ski bill would allow summer recreation

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A bill making its way through Congress would make it clear that ski resorts are not just for winter activities. The Ski Area Recreation Opportunity Enhancement Act has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now heads to the Senate. Current federal laws only allow ski-related activities on U.S. Forest Service land leased to… Continue Reading Federal ski bill would allow summer recreation

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Colo. ski resorts closing for the season

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Several Colorado ski resorts are calling it quits for the season. Eldora, Durango, Wolf Creek and Steamboat Springs have shut down their lifts for this year. Ski officials called it a banner year for powder snow. The Steamboat Pilot & Today reported that skiers there ended with a splash across an icy pond. Durango’s official… Continue Reading Colo. ski resorts closing for the season

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Colo.-based Whistler Blackcomb is testing an app that lets people use their iPhones and Android-based smartphones as ski passes. This spring, season pass holders or people with the Canadian resort’s frequency cards can download the free app and have their phones be scanned to get on lifts, much as phones can be scanned at the… Continue Reading Colo.-based app will allow smartphone ski passes

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Eldora ski area woos other resorts’ customers

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Eldora Mountain Resort is using an offer of free skiing to try to lure visitors from other resorts. On Monday, Eldora started offering a day of free skiing to anyone who presents a lift ticket or a season pass from any other ski area. The offer isn’t good on Saturdays though, and the resort hasn’t… Continue Reading Eldora ski area woos other resorts’ customers

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Snow equipment sales soar

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Thanks to La Niña, fans of snow sports spent a record $1B in December. That’s good news for resorts and local retailers. After early-season snow storms blanketed much of the nation, retailers have caught some serious air. Retail sales of snow-sports items hit $1 billion in December, an all-time one-month record. Not surprisingly, sales of lift tickets increased, as… Continue Reading Snow equipment sales soar

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Early snow gave the snow sports market a much needed boost in December, with the industry selling more than $1 billion worth of equipment, apparel and accessories during the month. It’s the first time snow sport sales topped a billion dollars in a single month, and the snow sports market is on track for a… Continue Reading Snow-sport equipment sales on pace for record year

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Storms quicken ski resort openings

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Plenty of snow landed on Colorado’s Rocky Mountains this past week, and Mother Nature’s gift has some ski resorts scrambling to open earlier than usual. Arapahoe Basin and Loveland, on the Continental Divide, opened first, and another eight inches has added to their already substantial bases. In southern Colorado, Wolf Creek has seen 22 inches of… Continue Reading Storms quicken ski resort openings

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Aspen Skiing Co. extending ‘sunset skiing’

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Aspen Skiing Co. plans to keep the chairlifts running a little longer at one of its four ski areas each Friday for spring skiing. Starting March 18, it plans to keep some limited terrain open at one of its mountains on Fridays until 6 p.m. Aspen Skiing Co. operates Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk and… Continue Reading Aspen Skiing Co. extending ‘sunset skiing’

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