With Colorado ski resorts now closed for the season – except for Loveland and Arapahoe Basin, which like to stretch out their ski days well into spring – I figured it might be a good time to look back at some of the state’s highlights of the 2012-13 ski season. Skiers and snowboarders were big… Read the rest of the post!
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 bike is sadly sitting covered and in serious need of a tune up. The Spring… Read the rest of the post!
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 into the salt flats of western Utah, I slung my boots over my shoulder and… Read the rest of the post!
This past Winter, many of you lived out your dreams of skiing and riding at four legendary resorts on one badass pass with The Mountain Collective: Alta, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows. You might’ve skied the Baldy Chutes at Alta. Or maybe you’ve explored Burnt Mountain for the first time at Aspen/Snowmass. Perhaps… Read the rest of the post!
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 until 1967, when the resort officially opened. For those first few seasons, skiers accessed the… Read the rest of the post!
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 get my adrenaline rush simply by watching my children speed-ski down straight shots and fly… Read the rest of the post!
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 was our passport to four of the most iconic mountain towns in the country, and… Read the rest of the post!
The first thing I saw was the wok. Granted, there is nothing quite like walking off a plane in a distant city and meeting an old friend at the curbside. Brother Sesko looked happy behind the wheel of his Subaru, like only a man driving free into the mountains can. His 188 Line Prophets with… Read the rest of the post!
Editor’s Note: Liftopia travel bloggers Michael Ames and Michael Sesko have just embarked on the road trip of a lifetime. In a mere two weeks, they’ll be hitting up all four Mountain Collective resorts: Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Alta and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows. They’ll be documenting their journey right here on the Liftopia blog in a… Read the rest of the post!
To me, a ski vacation isn’t complete without a soak in a hot tub and a sports massage to soothe sore muscles after a day on the slopes. I’d sooner spend money on a good rubdown than a fleece souvenir or a gourmet on-mountain meal. That’s how much I like to spend time in the… Read the rest of the post!