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Snowboarder admires mountain views from Grouse Mountain at Beaver Creek, Colorado

Lovely spring skiing at Colorado’s sunny Beaver Creek Resort

Posted 3/31/19

The SkiMaven took a road trip to Colorado this week! I enjoyed bright blue skies, some fresh snow and some spring skiing conditions. I spent some time skiing at Beaver Creek Resort, which is in…

Vail, Colorado: Sunny & tons of terrain to play in, but no epic snow this year

Posted 3/23/18

As luck would have it, we were in Colorado recently when the snowstorms started pounding the Northeast! We had planned a get-away to Eagle County and Summit County long before it became clear that…

Skiing five fun, diverse peaks at Breckenridge, Colorado

Posted 3/13/18

Yes, it’s true: This is not a skiing post about Vermont. We went to Colorado last week! While Colorado is not having an epic winter by any means, it was still wonderful to ski in a little fresh snow…

Ski Cooper, Colorado: An old-school ski area high in the Rocky Mountains

Posted 3/1/16

In a land of hefty lift ticket prices and high-end skier lunches and après ski, we found a modest, little gem last week: Ski Cooper. No, not Copper Mountain, but rather Cooper ski area near…

Ski touring, snowshoeing and mountain lions in northwestern Colorado

Posted 2/27/16

In November, by pure coincidence, the Skimeister and I booked a flight to Colorado — well before we knew how rough the eastern ski season was going to be. Last week we were grateful to arrive in a…

Skiing at Snowbird: Snow, sun, wind & more in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains

Posted 4/2/14

When I think of my trip to ski at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah last week, I think of bookends. The ski trip was bookended by two snow storms, both dropping a foot or more of snow. In fact, my friends…

Lots of snow, views and bowl skiing at Vail Mountain in Colorado this week

Posted 2/13/14

On Monday morning, I caught myself giggling loudly while taking my first run through the powder at Vail Mountain. As I caught my breath, I looked around to see if anyone heard me or saw my giant grin.…

Beaver Creek, Colorado: Spring skiing down memory lane

Posted 4/14/13

Years ago I taught skiing at “The Beav.” That's what the locals called Beaver Creek Resort back in the day. It’s a sunny Colorado ski area with about 1,800 skiable acres located 10 miles west of its…

Vail powder skiing this week was more like mid-winter in Colorado than April!

Posted 4/12/13

This week SkiMaven continued a Colorado skiing adventure by heading to Vail Resort and Beaver Creek Resort. (I think I've mentioned that I'm spoiled rotten, right!?!) Located on Interstate 70 about…

Spring skiing at Colorado's Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain: Bowls, spring bumps, broad cruisers & solid snow coverage in Colorado's Summit County

Posted 4/8/13

SkiMaven took a field trip this weekend to Copper Mountain in Colorado's Summit County! I've skied there two days before – many years ago – and I recalled that I enjoyed this sizeable ski resort, but…

Google snowmobile comes to Vermont and gives you a virtual look at ski trails

Posted 1/3/12

Some fresh snow fell on ski areas in Vermont yesterday, most notably at the northern resorts, and today it is darn chilly and that is just fine with me! The ski resorts are reporting that they are…

Colorado's Arapahoe Basin on June 9--the day after closing.

US skier visits rocket to a new record, while A-Basin closes with powder

Posted 6/11/08

Skiers who took the time to drive to Colorado's Arapahoe Basin on Sunday had a powder day to close out their ski season. Yes, it had snowed a couple of inches the night before at the higher elevations…

I'm getting a Rocky Mountain high!

Mountains and glaciers and lakes, oh my!

Posted 5/30/08

As I pack to make a short family visit to Colorado, I'm daydreaming of snow-capped peaks and blue skies. The Rocky Mountains are in a league of their own and I can't wait to see them again. I…

Super Saturday skiing at Solitude in Utah

Posted 3/10/08

Solitude, a 50-year-old ski resort in Utah's Big Cottonwood Canyon, is billed as a best-kept-secret kind of ski area. For this reason, we decided to ski Solitude on our last day of our trip because it…

Lovin' high-altitude skiing (not boarding) at Alta, Utah

Posted 3/7/08

Wow! This place has got to be one of the most scenic places to ski anywhere. Alta ski area in Utah is perched high in the Wasatch Range and it seemed that in every direction you get a view of a high…

Brighton ski day with some snow, sun, steeps and glades

Posted 3/5/08

Today we spent the day exploring Brighton ski resort in Utah. We were skiing on a little bit of fresh snow from the day and night before, and a whole lot of base from an above-average season for Utah…

Snowbird, Utah

Snow and wind at Snowbird, Utah

Posted 3/4/08

Well the Skimaven has taken a field trip to Utah. Yup, a long way from Vermont. Now I'm skiing at 9 to 11,000 feet instead of 2 to 3,000. I can feel it when I bend over to buckle my boots! The…

Snorkeling at the Beav'

Snow envy

Posted 1/11/08

If those twits at Heavenly, Vail and Beaver Creek send me one more e-mail ... Their multimillion-dollar marketing machine keeps sending me mouth-watering photos of the three to 10 feet (that is not a…

Ah, skiing at Solitude looks lovely!

They're skiing out west

By Skimaven

Posted 11/1/07

Nothing like checking out western Web cams to get you thinking about winter. Arapahoe Basin in Colorado fired up its lifts for customers on October 10. Yeah, that's early. They say it's their earliest…

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