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Pg 10 - The Sunshine Express
what you expect from a real Colorado ski area.
are also manda-
Abundant natural snow (350+ inches) and friendly
tory for anyone
people are two of our strongest attributes. You
who wishes to
can walk from your car right to the lifts, prices are
reasonable, and the runs flow naturally back to
* Sat, Dec 8,
the base area. At Monarch you'll lose the crowds
but not your friends.
* Thu, Nov 22, Aspen Mountain. Rising out of
Highlands is the
the heart of downtown Aspen, Aspen Mountain
serves up a vertical smorgasbord of double-black
With an abun-
and gladed runs for skiers and snowboarders.
dance of expert
Opened in 1947, Aspen Mountain's steeps, bumps
and incredible views have been famous for de-
* Thu, Nov 22, Snowmass. Too massive to be
views of the Ma-
adequately explored in a single day, Snowmass
roon Bells, it's no
demands repeat trips. And who wouldn't want to
revisit over 3,000 acres of cruisers, steeps, terrain
there's Highland Bowl, Colorado's ultimate off-
parks and halfpipes, splayed upon a Rocky Moun-
piste experience, where a 30-minute hike to the
tain massif with a vertical drop of 4,406 feet? With
A Time To Ski
summit will reward you with 2,500-vertical-foot
23 lifts and 90 trails, Snowmass defies belief.
* Thu, Nov 22, Steamboat Ski Resort. Steamboat
descents down pitches as steep as 45 degrees.
Western Slope ski resorts
is actually a complete mountain range: Mount
* Sat, Dec 15, Buttermilk. Home of the ESPN
opening for the Winter season:
Werner, Sunshine Peak, Storm Peak, Thunderhead
Winter X Games through 2012 (an unprecedented
* Fri, Nov 2, Wolf Creek Ski Area. Often receiving
Peak, Pioneer Ridge and Christie Peak. 2,965 acres
run of eleven consecutive years), Buttermilk is also
the most snow in Colorado, Wolf Creek Ski Area
(1200 hectares) of permitted terrain offer a diver-
widely regarded as the place for beginners and
is located near Pagosa Springs. With over 1,600
sity of trails for all levels of ability. Gladed areas
families to cruise wide, rolling trails. Olympians,
acres and 465 annual inches, Wolf Creek is a hid-
of Pioneer Ridge, Sunshine and Storm Peak are
X games champs and other park kids brave the
den gem on the western slope.
giant features in the legendary terrain park. JUST
Steamboat's particular claim to fame, with legend-
* Fri, Nov 16, 9a, Vail Resort. Vail Mountain opens
ADDED...a high-speed quad up Tiehack.
ary Champagne Powder snow in the trees for the
for its 50th winter season when the lifts start turn-
* Sat, Dec 15, 3:45p to Sun, Dec 16, 3:45p, Powder-
most avid powder hounds.
ing at 9a. Get there early to witness the unveiling
horn Opening Day Celebration! With no crowds,
* Thu, Nov 22, 9a, Ski Cooper. Ski Cooper, one of
and dedication of Vail's new, state-of-the-art gon-
no lift lines, excellent kids programs and some
the friendliest and most affordable ski resorts in
dola at Mountain Plaza in Vail Village beginning
of the best glades and powder skiing in the state,
Colorado, will open for the season. Ski Cooper
at 8:30a. The dedication will feature speeches, a
Powderhorn Mountain Resort celebrates it's 46th
Mountain Resort in Leadville.
ribbon cutting and the first official gondola ride.
season this year. The westernmost ski resort in
* Thu, Nov 22, 9a, Telluride Ski Resort in Tellu-
* Sat, Nov 17, Crested Butte Nordic Center. The
Colorado, Powderhorn has it all: five lifts, three ter-
ride. The season has begun! Before you sit down
Crested Butte Nordic Center is a full-service cross-
rain parks, 1,600 acres and an average of 250 inches
for your Thanksgiving feast, come celebrate on
country ski center providing professional lessons
of light, dry powder. Come discover "The Soul of
the slopes with the opening day of the Winter Ski
and complete rental packages for skate and clas-
sical skiing, as well as ice skating, snowshoeing,
* TBA, Ski Hesperus. Enjoy skiing under the blue
* Fri, Nov 23, 9a, Durango Mountain Resort. Pur-
and sledding. The Nordic Center maintains more
skies and bright sunshine of our Southwestern
gatory at Durango Mountain Resort is known for
than 50 kilometers of groomed trails via three
Colorado winter days. Hesperus Ski Area also of-
some of the most consistent snow around. Fre-
trailheads, around the scenic outskirts of Crested
fers skiing under the stars!! From the top at 8,800
quent storms followed by sunny, bluebird days
Butte a quaint Victorian mining town and Na-
foot level to the lodge, 80% of Hesperus Ski Area is
create perfect conditions for pure alpine nirvana.
tional Historic District. Their trails, groomed for
lighted and waiting for you! Located 11 miles west
* Fri, Nov 30, 9a, Sunlight Mountain. Open-
both classic and skate skiing, can accommodate all
of Durango on Highway 160.
ing Day also kicks off the season-long treasure
ability levels, novice to advanced.
hunt. Every Friday on sunlightmtn.com, a clue
* Wed, Nov 21, 9a, Beaver Creek. Opening day at
The Bear Truth
will be posted to help seekers find the treasures.
Beaver Creek Mountain for the Winter season is
Two campers are walking through the woods
scheduled for Nov 21-Apr 14. Get your skis and
when a huge brown bear suddenly appears in the
* Sat, Dec 1, Howelsen Hill. Owned and oper-
snowboard ready! Vail Resorts.
clearing about 50 feet in front of them.
ated by the City of Steamboat Springs, Howelsen
* Wed, Nov 21, Crested Butte Mountain Resort.
The bear sees the campers and begins to head
Hill is Colorado's oldest continuously operated
Crested Butte is known for Colorado's best
ski area, since 1915, and has the largest and most
grooming and off-piste skiing where the longest
The first guys drops his backpack, digs out a pair
complete natural ski jumping complex in North
lines you'll see are behind your skis! A true des-
of sneakers, and frantically begins to put them
America. Howelsen has been the training ground
tination resort, unlike many of Colorado's "day
on. The second guys says, "What are you doing?
for more than 79 Olympians making over 130
tripper" ski resorts, attracts visitors who like to
Sneakers won't help you outrun that bear."
Winter Olympic appearances, 15 members of the
come for a longer visit and get to know the place.
"I don't need to outrun the bear," the first guy
Colorado Ski Hall of Fame, and 6 members of the
Winter also brings such delights as snowshoeing,
says. "I just need to outrun you."
National Ski Hall of Fame.
cross country skiing, dog sledding and snowmo-
* Sat, Dec 1, Silverton Mountain. Lift starts run-
biling in glistening forests and magnificent back
ning at 9am (guided skiers should show at 8:15).
"Nature is not a place to visit.
Avalanche beacons, shovels and probes are need-
* Wed, Nov 21, Monarch Mountain. Monarch
It is home." - Gary Snyder
ed to ski. Rentals are available at the mountain.
Mountain, located in South Central Colorado, is