Interstate 70 serves as the main artery of Colorado skiing. Weekend warriors sitting in a Sunday-evening traffic jam headed back to Denver might say that artery needs bypass surgery, but the highway is nonetheless essential to the state’s ski industry. Located at opposite ends of the busiest skiing stretch of I-70 in Colorado, Loveland and Sunlight share… Read the rest of the post!
Spectacular mountain scenery helps draw newcomers to skiing and snowboarding. Seeing an amazing vista on a clear day makes for pure pleasure. Not seeing a treacherous slope on a stormy day makes for pure pain. The correct ski goggle lenses are crucial in both situations. Considering examples of summit elevation such as Snowbird Resort in… Read the rest of the post!
Many Midwest ski areas have joined the general trend toward becoming year-round resort destinations. For one reason, it doesn’t make good economic sense to keep facilities shuttered during the summer months. While a golf course is the most popular warm-weather companion to a ski hill, the resorts also try to attract summer visitors with special… Read the rest of the post!
Ohio native Pete Wagner, 36, first used his engineering degree at a company that made golf-club shafts tailored to a player’s swing characteristics. Skiing since the age of 3, Wagner figured the same custom mindset could work for ski production. He left the golf world, earned an M.B.A. at the University of Colorado, and started… Read the rest of the post!
Set to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day, Boyne Mountain in Michigan will host its annual Carnival Weekend. The activities, March 16-18, will culminate with the Slush Cup pond-skimming rite of spring skiing on that Sunday afternoon. On Carnival Weekend or anytime during the winter, Boyne Mountain stands out as one of the few true destination… Read the rest of the post!
Although the “America the Beautiful” lyric about “purple mountain majesties” was inspired by Pikes Peak, the songwriter Katherine Lee Bates likely would have been equally impressed by the San Juan Mountains farther west in Colorado. Extending above 14,000 feet in many cases, the San Juan’s rugged peaks form impressive backdrops for the region’s two major… Read the rest of the post!
For destination skiers and boarders headed to the West, three major hubs—Colorado, Utah, and Lake Tahoe— provide many of the most popular choices. Excellent resorts such as Sun Valley, Taos and Big Sky do shine outside those three resort concentrations. Nonetheless, travelers find Colorado, Utah and Tahoe particularly accessible thanks to major airports in Denver,… Read the rest of the post!
Winter took a little while making it to the Midwest, but the Lake Geneva area in southern Wisconsin celebrates its annual Winterfest, Feb. 1-5. For skiers and snowboarders, Grand Geneva Resort and Spa will hold its annual Winter Carnival on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., to coincide with the broader event.… Read the rest of the post!
The Midwest may seem like an unlikely source of ski racing talent, but the sport’s current superstar, Lindsey Vonn, started racing in Minnesota. Her original home hill, not mountain, Buck Hill ski area near Minneapolis, actually has produced several Olympians. Even considering the lack of vertical, the Midwest region does not lack passion for the… Read the rest of the post!
Like almost any year, 2011 brought proverbial highs and lows. The 2011 front-page headlines tended toward the negative: the Japanese tsunami, the European economic crisis and the Penn State scandal. Skiing and snowboarding provide an escape from the worries of the world, so not surprisingly, the big snowsports stories were more light-hearted. 5. IOC Adds… Read the rest of the post!