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Liftopia Weekly Goods: Sept. 15, 2014

by RoseAnne Moises

Rockin’ white after Labor Day, as we’ve all heard, is a huge fashion faux-pas…except when Mother Nature does it—in which case, we applaud her impeccable sense of style! From light dustings to surprisingly impressive dumps, several mountains across North America… Read More →

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Family Ski Trips in Colorado To Fit Any Budget

by Eric Wagnon

For families who seek out the cold weather and snow, planning ski trips together can be costly. However, different ski areas can match varying family budgets. For example, Aspen/Snowmass and Ski Cooper can provide family-ski Colorado vacations on different ends… Read More →

Living Like a Local with the Mountain Collective Pass, Part 2

by Katie Coakley

You didn’t really think we’d leave you hanging like that, did you? Of course not! To recap, check out the first half of this guide, which features Alta, Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows.  This means There are still three resorts to cover, ensuring that… Read More →

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The Smart Skier’s Guide to Downhill Biking

by Kristen Lummis

I’m not one for body armor. While I always wear a helmet when I ski or bike, my taste in sports tends to run toward puffy jackets and cute running skirts.  Yet here I was with my family, dressed in… Read More →

Spring pow at Aspen/Snowmass

Best Ski Areas to Hit Up at the End of the Season

by Greg Champion

Is it really time to put away the skis and get out the Summer gear? It’s late April, and my Summer storage situation is complex. My camping gear is packed deep against the back wall of my garage, the dirt… Read More →

The Adventure Taken: Looking Back on the Mountain Collective Chronicles

by Michael Ames

Air travel is disorienting. This is why, given the chance like the one that the Mountain Collective pass offers, I’ll drive anywhere. After our last day at Alta, Sesko dropped me off at SLC International Airport, and as he drove… Read More →

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Fire on the Mountain: New Hike-To Terrain and Ullr Nights at Snowmass

by Kristen Lummis

When organized skiing began on Colorado’s Snowmass Mountain in 1963, it’s unlikely those early skiers, dreamers and developers could imagine how large and comprehensive the resort would become. In 1963, the mountain didn’t even have chairlifts. Those wouldn’t be installed… Read More →

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Snowcat Adventures – No Skis or Boards Required!

by Kara Williams

Let’s face it. We’re not all adventurous skiers or boarders who crave the untracked powder, backcountry bowls and pristine glades that snowcat tours offer. Some of us (ahem) actually like to stick to groomed corduroy on in-bound trails! Personally, I… Read More →

Ames has a superstition that makes him park and walk across every state border he crosses, always, on every road trip.

The Mountain Collective Chronicles, Chapter 4: The Lonely Road

by Michael Ames

Driving 507 miles in a single day is not, in the broader context of human history, a great endeavor. But when you’re in the middle of moving your life across North America in the back of a Subaru, driving 507… Read More →

Aspen: The Civilized Ski Town

The Mountain Collective Chronicles, Chapter 3: Aspen, The Civilized Ski Town

by Michael Ames

Every ski town has its own DNA. There is a unique culture that makes Telluride Telluride, and Mammoth Mammoth. These are small places with outsized personalities, and every town strives to be a destination like no other. The Mountain Collective… Read More →