Winter Park and Steamboat Springs have been the locations in Colorado where Old Man Winter has been most kind the last few years.
Fate has thrown quirky snowballs at the tiny, yet historically significant ski area ever since two Denver men were killed by an avalanche at Berthoud Pass Feb. 7, 1937, on the first day of lift-assisted skiing in Colorado.
Starting at the little town of Lenado northeast of Aspen, the trail follows a road used by skiers and snowmobilers in the winter.
For some, winter recreation means driving to a ski resort, paying for a lift ticket, and skiing groomed runs. Others, however, seek a purer outdoor experience. These people head to the “backcountry” of Colorado.
One of Colorado’s finest backcountry tours, the Trail of the Tenth, was actually the WWII training ground for a famous group of ski pioneers.
Light years from the corporate ski resorts along the I-70 corridor of central Colorado, Purgatory and Wolf Creek offer a divine reward for a little extra travel time — a touch of ski heaven
In keeping with the casual western atmosphere, Lost Trail owner Bill Grasser notes you won’t need a $500 ski suit to fit in. “Overalls are just fine,” he said. The trails are more than fine.
Unlike many resorts, Jackson is a rugged mountain first, a ski area second. Skiers here are merely privileged visitors.
The evacuation involved lowering skiers three at a time with harnesses 210 feet to the ground.
Snowboarding offers another way to have fun on a ski hill. Especially during an extended stay in the mountains, snowboarding is a good way to break up a week of skiing, particularly when conditions are less-than-perfect.