Even the recession has a silver lining: cheap skiing. Many—perhaps most—resorts nationwide are offering rock-bottom deals on next season’s ski passes. From Vail, Colo., to Waterville Valley, N.H., pass prices for the 2010/11 season are often at an all-time low if purchased before the lfits close. Here are a few examples, but contact your own favorite resorts for the latest deals as ski areas offer incentives and perks to motivate you to purchase next season's passes this season.
Almost four days after a massive rock slide closed a key Colo. I-70 ski corridor, traffic was flowing again in both directions. Extensive repairs are still needed, but a 200-mile detour is no longer required to drive to the Aspen valley and Steamboat region.
Traffic started flowing again at 3:05 pm Thursday through a key segment of Colo. 1-70 as crews had worked around the clock to open the damaged 17-mile "choke point" in the highway system. More repairs are still needed to open all four lanes of traffic, and the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph from 55 mph, with loads wider than 14 feet prohibited from the roadway. A rockslide early Monday over the Hanging Lakes section of I-70, just before Glenwood Springs, had closed the highway, spewing boulders—some the size of semi-tractors and weighing up to 66 tons—onto the roadway. Colo. Gov.
Steamboat Springs’ annual Winter Carnival (Feb. 3–7) is one of the oldest winter carnivals in the U.S.
Any celebration of winter that’s organized into Horse Events and Non-Horse Events has to be authentic. That’s certainly the case with Steamboat Springs’ annual Winter Carnival (Feb. 3–7), one of the oldest winter carnivals in the U.S. With equine-powered street slaloms, shovel races and skijoring competitions (shown), local ranch horses earn their oats.
Who doesn't have a helmets-saved-my-life story? A friend of SKI Magazine likes to tell the story of how a helmet saved her, not from a cliff-jump gone wrong or an underdone backflip 540, but from being a klutz. Our friend had just popped off the lift at a local Colorado resort when she slipped sideways and fell to the ground. The chair behind her swept up and conked her right on the back of the head and knocked her darn near unconscious. Had she not been wearing a helmet, she says, a concussion -- or worse -- was inevitable.