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[ Wed, 2010-04-28 14:04 ]
slushie
This childhood favorite can help you stay cool during hot summer workouts.

As the temperature rises your endurance decreases, making summer workouts hard on your body. That’s why long-distance runners sit in a cold bath or wear cooling vests before a summer marathon. Scientists have yet to determine the exact reason why your body tires faster in the hot sun, but a researcher in New Zealand has discovered an easier, faster way to lower your body temp before a strenuous summer workout: Drink a sugary, icy slushie.

[ Tue, 2010-04-27 14:21 ]
snowbird tram
They don’t call it Snowbird for nothing. Thanks to 100 inches of fresh powder in April alone, spring skiing continues at the Utah resort.

As of April 26, Snowbird stands alone in Utah. The state's other ski areas have shut down for the season, but Snowbird promises skiing through Memorial Day, weather permitting.

[ Mon, 2010-04-26 11:51 ]
Copper Mountain, Colorado, recently hosted the Red Bull 1976 Games, in memory of when Denver was awarded the 1976 Olympic bid, but then activists and politicians campaigned against it and the Games moved to Innsbruck, Austria. Retro skiers dressed in bell bottoms and stretch pants competed in a snowbladecross and an old school air contest, throwing daffys, backscratchers, and the first-ever double-tandem-big-air jump. Here's a video flashback to 1976.

Copper Mountain, Colorado, recently hosted the Red Bull 1976 Games, in memory of when Denver was awarded the 1976 Olympic bid, before activists and politicians campaigned against it and the Games moved to Innsbruck, Austria. Retro skiers dressed in bell bottoms and stretch pants competed in a snowbladecross and an old school air contest, throwing daffys, backscratchers, and the first-ever double-tandem-big-air jump. Here's a video flashback to 1976.

 

[ Fri, 2010-04-23 15:04 ]
national park week
In honor of Earth Day, all 392 national parks open their gates free of charge this weekend.

Most ski resorts may be closed for the season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy the great outdoors. National Park Week continues through this Sunday, April 25, and the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees across the country—from Acadia National Park in Maine to Zion in Utah. So, grab the kids, hop in the car and drive to your nearest natural wonder.

[ Fri, 2010-04-23 13:30 ]
Chairlift revue
The Whistler Players present the annual Chairlift Revue.

When you ride single on a chairlift, you can meet some pretty interesting people. The Whistler Players in British Columbia have turned the intimate experience of riding with strangers into a series of vignettes for the stage, aptly called the Chairlift Revue. The popular play is an annual event at the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival held in Whistler, B.C every spring.

[ Thu, 2010-04-22 15:52 ]
A family outfitted in helmets at Deer Valley Resort
Thanks in part to TV’s Dr. Phil, the State Assembly Committee in California has approved a strict law requiring everyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet on the slopes.

It hasn’t passed—yet. But the bill introduced by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) requiring everyone under 18 to wear a helmet at all California ski resorts has serious momentum. On Tuesday, April 20, the State Assembly Committee approved the bill, entitled SB 880, partially due to support and publicity from an unlikely source: daytime television talk show host, Dr. Phil.

[ Wed, 2010-04-21 17:13 ]
portillo
Ski this summer and help earthquake victims in Chile.

When an 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile on February 27, 2010, towns on the country’s Pacific Coast were heavily damaged. The ensuing tsunami destroyed countless homes and claimed the lives of nearly 500 citizens.

[ Mon, 2010-04-19 14:00 ]
Wines chilling at Taste of Vail
Wining and dining at 10,000 feet is a rite of spring at Vail, and a tasty way to cap off the ski season. From the Belgian Beer Lunch to the Aphrodisiac Food seminar, the weekend long event served up good times and great food. The best event: The Mountain Top picnic.

As an Aspenite, I could get skewered for saying this, but one of my all-time favorite foodie events is the Mountaintop Picnic held during the Taste of (gulp) Vail.

[ Fri, 2010-04-16 18:01 ]
winter park spring splash
Winter Park is among several of Colorado's ski resorts bidding farewell to winter this weekend.

It’s a bittersweet time. As the days grow longer and warmer, the snow slowly melts away, and another ski season ends. But, there’s still time for one last hurrah.

This weekend, several of Colorado’s ski resorts will close for the season: Vail, Copper Mountain and Winter Park. And how will Winter Park mark the occasion? With live music and pond skimming, of course.

[ Fri, 2010-04-16 17:47 ]
Loveland Derby
600 amateur racers from the U.S. and abroad gather at Loveland Ski Area in Colorado this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Loveland Derby.

The Loveland Derby, the largest amateur ski race in the U.S., runs this weekend, April 16–18 at Colorado’s Loveland Ski Area. Racers ranging in age from 9 to 20 will compete in this USSA-sanctioned event, sponsored by the Loveland Race Club. Olympians such as Billy Kidd, Sara Schleper and Spider Sabich all raced the Loveland Derby in their early careers.

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