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The Ski Train

Winter Park Express: ski train from Denver to Winter Park Resort
Winter Park Express: ski train from Denver to Winter Park Resort
All aboard the Winter Park Express, this skier experiences the reinvigoration of a Colorado ski train.

The jingling alarm didn’t wake me, but the sound of a train whistle did. I sat up straight. It was Ski Train Day—no regular Saturday ski day—when the Winter Park Express would run from Denver’s Union Station to Winter Park Resort and back.

Can Balsams be Bigger than Killington?

Les Otten | The Balsams Ski Resort
Balsams Resort owner Les Otten has big plans for the ski area.
Former ski resort mogul Les Otten offers a peek at his latest project and his big plans for the Dixville Notch resort.

Les Otten is back in the ski business with grand plans for turning one of the last remaining gems of New Hampshire’s grand hotel era into a full-amenity base area village and what would be the Northeast’s largest ski area. In a recent interview, the former CEO of American Skiing Co. sketched out his plans for revitalization of the Balsams Resort in far-northern Dixville Notch, well-known as home of first-in-the-nation voting.

The Extended Eastern Forecast? More Awesomeness.

Mad River Glen | Photo: Jeb Wallace Brodeur / Mad River Glen
Mad River Glen | Photo: Jeb Wallace Brodeur / Mad River Glen
Weather guy Mark Breen is loving this winter as much as the rest of us. And he sees more of the same in the longterm forecast. Sorry about that, Western resorts.

Mark Breen’s calm baritone is a familiar part of the soundtrack to life in Vermont, where his detailed daily forecasts air daily on Vermont Public Radio. He’s the senior meteorologist and planetarium director at the Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury, where his Eye on the Sky weather forecasts are produced. Breen doesn’t spend a lot of time riding ski lifts, but says he likes to get out with friends on nordic skis or snowshoes. And he’s a big fan of winter.

Colorado's Biggest Secret: Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain Resort
Copper Mountain Resort
Colorado's Copper Mountain Resort is poised to win the hearts of a new generation of skiers by giving them what they really want: a kick-ass mountain.

It's a clear, blue day in early March. A few thready clouds stretch out thin on the horizon. We’ve hiked a quarter mile from where the snowcat dropped us and are catching our breath at the top of Tucker Mountain. The patrol “dumpster” is the only structure—an ugly rectangular box marring an otherwise lovely view of the pyramid peaks of the Ten Mile and Mosquito ranges. The steeps of Copper Bowl, Fremont Glades, and the gastronomically named Taco and Nacho splay out below—50-plus-degree pitches packed with cold, chalky snow.

An Olympic-Worthy Opening at Double H Ranch

Pro skier and two-time Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht skied with campers at Double H Ranch’s Adaptive Winter Sports Program.

Campers at Double H Ranch’s Adaptive Winter Sports Program got a special treat for opening day—a visit from Olympic skier Andrew Weibrecht.

Weibrecht, a two-time Olympic medalist and World Cup Skier, was on his way home to Lake Placid, New York, when he stopped at Paul Newman’s Double H Ranch in January.

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