People who live in the Rocky Mountains are blessed with frequently excellent snow conditions and a variety of terrain, including tracks, trails, backcountry roads and sparsely timbered telemark slopes.
The Loveland/Keystone race to open first has become an annual rite of autumn in Colorado, bestowing “first-to-open” bragging rights to the ski area that can make the most snow the quickest.
Imagine stepping off a plane at Denver International Airport, boarding a train and zipping at 79 mph into Union Station. From there you board a train to Winter Park or Steamboat Springs, or, hop on Amtrak’s train to Glenwood Springs.
With a number of hiking and biking trails close to town, Steamboat almost makes one forget that it’s home to some of the best skiing (particularly glade skiing) in the world.
The climb up Grays Peak recently was not an exercise in solitude. At least 70 cars were parked in the trailhead parking lot and the 4.3-mile trail to the summit was well populated with hikers.
I look back up at the summit ridge. What a fantastic scene – deep blue sky, a jagged ridgeline and a white ribbon of snow descending from a majestic summit.
The early snows could help make 1995 one of the longest ski years in recent memory, as heavy spring snows extended the 1994-95 season late into May, June and July.
Before developers and city hall cronies eager to serve them discovered Denver’s Central Platte Valley, this vast area in the heart of Denver was an urban wilderness, frequented only by hobos, spray-can artists and adventurers.
Despite Glenwood’s many challenging trails, the town has several venues to quickly sooth a day’s aches and pains. Smack in the middle of town is the famous Hot Springs Pool.
This year, Colorado was blessed with an unusually high amount of spring snow that extended ski season beyond normal.