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Skiing is one of the most expensive hobbies you can get into, but thanks to one of those made up national holidays, "Play Hooky and Ski Week," you can get great deals on lift tickets across the country this March.
The website to find them on is called Liftopia, and it's pretty straightforward. It's a discount "lift ticket deal engine" that partners with over 250 resorts across the U.S. and Canada. In this case, it has a special site set up for "Hooky Week" from March 3rd to 7th, and there are some great opportunities on single and multi-day passes, with the typical savings in the 30-40% range.
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Utah Claims to Have the Greatest Snow on Earth, But How Does Steamboat's 'Champagne Powder' Compare?
We told you about the sexy, clothing-optional Strawberry hot springs and showed you photos of a pretty amazing ski day, but now it's time to get a little nerdy. For years, Utah has claimed to have "the greatest snow on earth" with its classic trademark, but Steamboat Springs and its "Champagne Powder" might have something to say about that.
We'll save you the science lesson, but what it all boils down to is the amount of water in the snow. A study conducted by the University of Utah concluded that while other areas may get similar snow fall, it is the low water content of Utah's powder (along with smart marketing) that gives it its worldwide reputation.
Those crazy Coloradans are up to it again!
We gave you the scoop on how to buy pot legally in Colorado, and although smoking marijuana isn't technically allowed on the slopes, you can now showcase your bro-tastic apres habit thanks to the new "Juicy Fruit" design from Folsom Custom Skis out of Denver.
Over a foot of new snowfall dropped on Steamboat Springs prior to Super Bowl weekend, setting up deep runs through its infamous trees on Saturday. The locals refer to the area's snow as "Champagne Powder" (which we'll tell you about later), but it was when the storm passed that things got epic.
Every skier/boarder loves a good snowfall, but one thing that gets sacrificed on the account of a storm is the views and scenery on the mountain. When we woke up on Sunday morning, the clouds had cleared to reveal what is known as a "blue-bird sky" in ski lingo, providing a striking contrast with the white of the snow that had caked on to the Aspen and pine trees. Because the Broncos had yet to embarrass themselves, hope was indeed heavy in the thin Rocky Mountain air.
As we begin February and settle in for the last home stretch of winter, we thought a glimpse of how beautiful it can be would do you well.
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Taking a soak in a hot tub after a day on the slopes is a classic apres-ski activity, and while the modern whirlpool at the hotel will do the trick, many Colorado towns offer the option of going all natural in a mountain hot spring.
Now, to be fair, this is a double-edged sword. The hot springs are "natural," meaning that the heated water is coming from the ground, but the infrastructure is man-made, added to make it more accessible, such as handrails, stairs, concrete walkways, etc. This creates a fusion that lands somewhere between mountain and modern, and sometimes it works out better than others in terms of the atmosphere it creates. Some seem really phony (cough, Glenwood Hot Springs, cough), and others, like Strawberry Park Hot Springs in Steamboat, are really well done.
For those wondering about the significance of the name "Peak 6," it is simply following a pattern of naming that Breckenridge has used for some time. Peak 6 joins the already existing Peak 10, Peak 9, Peak 8, and Peak 7, so apparently the resort is going backwards down the number line, from left to right on the trail map.
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For those lucky enough to have the day off, the first three-day weekend of the year arrives in just a few days. The country honors Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, January 20, and that means it’s your first chance to get away for a long weekend during 2014. There’s so many places to escape for a few days, but if you’re looking for a suggestion—how about hitting up Vermont for the weekend. Here’s a few of our picks and recommendations if you’re looking to get away for the weekend.
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With each new season comes new questions about what passengers can and cannot take onboard a plane. Thus, we'll be addressing some of the most popular requests with a series called, "Got Baggage."
If you spend most of summer hoping for winter so you can hop on a plane to carve up some powder, pay attention. There's a lot of gear to ensure your trip won't start in tears when you've forgotten something for the slopes, and some airlines are bit more lenient with your ski gear than others.
We're talking about ski boots today. Here's our run down of airline policies regarding ski boots as carry-on or checked luggage:
It might have taken over ten years, but the long wait for another expansion at Breckenridge Ski Resort is finally over. For the first time since "Peak 7" opened in 2002, the resort will debut a new section of terrain this week known as "Peak 6."
Set to open at noon on Christmas Day, Peak 6 will have two new lifts and give riders access to intermediate and expert terrain above treeline. In total, the expansion will add 543 skiable acres, 400 of lift-served terrain and 143 of hike-to terrain.
A few weeks ago, we took a weekend trip into the mountains outside of Denver to partake in some cross country and downhill skiing. It was on the day of our downhill adventure that we hit a snag, something we think happens to a lot of groups: One person, whether it's due to ability, interest, or finances, decides they aren't going to ski that day, and are left to their own
devices vices at the lodge bar. It's not a terrible scenario -- ski lodges are great -- but had we gone to Abasin, our friend could have simply hit the beach.
Abasin -- short for Arapahoe Basin -- is located in Summit County, right down the road from resorts like Keystone and Breck. You won't find any fancy village at Abasin -- it has remained small and towny, attracting mostly local riders due to the fact that it does not have lodging on site. Despite that, it has one of the best ski-and-be-social scenes in all of Colorado thanks to a tailgating area known as "the Beach," one where you can smell the grill from the lift.
Thousands of people will follow the snow into the Rockies this winter to shred some powder, and big names like Breck, Vail, and Aspen are sure to attract their fair share of tourists in Colorado. But those who are stepping into skis for the first time should consider hitting Keystone, another Vail Resort in Summit County located between Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin.
Those who have been through the learning process of skiing or snowboarding understand how frustrating it can be at first, not only because of the learning curve attached to the sports but because, as a beginner, you are almost always confined to the base of the mountain. While it is understandable to some degree, it unfortunately means that you miss out on the grandeur and scenic views that are found at the summit and so much a part of the skiing experience.
For most celebrities the holidays are a perfect time to get away from it all. And, while some like to warm up on a beach, a ton tend to hit the slopes and cozy up by a fire. Here's a look at three of the most celeb-centric ski areas in the U.S.