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The Art and Science of Making Snow
Ever wonder how the resorts are able to have such great conditions when Mother Nature is not cooperating? It is all due to the guys with the big guns at the resorts, the snowmakers! Check out what it takes to be one of the first resorts in the nation to open and how they maintain those conditions into the summer.
Loveland’s Lead Snowmaker Mark Eldring takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the operation. He shows us how they blast the fluffy white stuff into the air to build the base. Cold temperatures, low humidity and a little help from mother nature doesn’t hurt.
Known for great early season conditions, Loveland is proud to offer locals a chance to warm up their legs to prepare for a long season ahead.
Unforgettable: Heliboarding at Silverton
It would be hard to beat a perfect day snowboarding down endless fields of powdery bliss—unless, of course, you arrive by HELICOPTER!Goodbye chairlift lines, hello heli!
Tucked away in the majestic San Juan Mountains, Silverton Mountain offers a wonderful guided back-country experience all within the confines of resort boundaries. It’s not for everyone, but for anyone who’s very capable on skis or a board and looking for an adventure, Silverton takes it to the next level. They promise run after run of advanced and expert terrain, steep vertical drops and an annual average snowfall of 400+ inches!
That said, you sure do earn your turns. There is only one chairlift, so be prepared to hike in high altitude, knowing your tuckered out self will have a good rest the night after. There are very limited facilities, so be prepared to pack a lunch and on occasion, leave yellow snow.
Of course, this is all part of the true adventure of Silverton, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Where else can you ride in a helicopter, UPS truck, and prison bus, all in the same day? Be sure to check out my Silverton experience heliboarding and be warned, you may find yourself booking your next trip right away.
Photo by Jason Lombard, Wolf Creek
Fresh Powder Marks the Beginning of March in Colorado Ski Country
The remarkable 2013-14 ski season in Colorado continued this weekend as Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts enjoyed another new round of snowfall. This most recent storm was widespread, blanketing the high country in fresh snow just in time for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy great conditions over the first weekend of March.
Since Thursday, CSCUSA resorts have enjoyed an average of 17 inches of new snow. Eighteen CSCUSA resorts enjoyed double-digit snow totals over the weekend, and five resorts enjoyed more than two feet of powder.
Resorts in the southwest of Colorado fared particularly well, as Wolf Creek celebrated 37 inches of new snow in the space of three days. Silverton recorded 33 inches of fresh powder, Durango Mountain Resort saw 27 inches, and snowriders at Telluride enjoyed 17 inches of new snow.
Further north, Loveland and Crested Butte also broke through the two-foot threshold with 25 inches and 24 inches of snow, respectively. Arapahoe Basin received 18 inches, and Copper Mountain and Winter Park each saw 17 inches of fresh powder. Ski Cooper saw 15 inches, Eldora and Monarch Mountain each received 14 inches of new snow, and Ski Granby Ranch accumulated 7 inches of powder,
To the west, Aspen Highlands measured 19 inches of new snow, Snowmass registered 14 inches, Aspen Mountain, Powderhorn, Steamboat, and Sunlight Mountain Resort all enjoyed 11 inches of snow, Buttermilk registered 6 inches, and Howelsen recorded 4.5 inches.
Conditions across Colorado Ski Country are in prime shape as March begins, historically Colorado’s snowiest month. Significant additional accumulation is expected this coming Tuesday and Friday. Knowing how to ski safely in deep snow is essential to having a fun day out in the powder. Visit http://www.coloradoski.com/page/ski-safety for helpful tips and to learn Your Responsibility Code, the list of best practices to ensure your safety on the mountain.
In Colorado Ski Country we sing and dance - @winterparkresort 7” of fresh snow #colorado #coloradoski #winterpark #powderday
We wish we woke up to this view every single day - 10 ” of fresh snow at Telluride #Colorado #coloradoski #telluride
Drop everything and head to the slopes. Right now. The snow gods won’t forgive if you miss 13 inches of fresh snow @skipurg #Colorado #coloradoski #powder #powderday #welovesnow
Wild Child & Porcupine Saddle open for the season @lovelandskiarea. Sigh! What a wild beauty she is! #Colorado #coloradoskicountry #coloradoski #loveland