Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 1:28 pm
We've all heard the old adage that every snowflake is different, but they do have one thing in common: They're all white. That's also the image that many have of the people taking part in winter sports, including skiing and snowboarding, here in the U.S.
Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:14 pm
The X Games have officially begun, with the Women’s Ski SuperPipe Final Wednesday night at Buttermilk. When it comes to new events, there will be a Special Olympics giant slalom race, as well as a gaming center where people attending the event can compete for prizes and their own X Games Medals. This weekend will also have a wider array of events for disabled athletes than in the past. Overall at least three Aspen-area hometown favorites will be gunning for gold. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher was at a press conference with the athletes yesterday, and files this report.
Last season a record 12.6 million skier visits were recorded by Colorado resorts.
Jenn Rudolph is with Colorado Ski Country USA, an industry association that represents 21 ski resorts across the state. She says those resorts are reporting a strong early season.
"From the beginning of the season which was on Oct. 17 through the end of December we saw the amount of skier visits [reported] was only about 1 percent off of last year’s early season skier visits," Rudolph says.
Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 9:16 am
It’s that time of year when ski resorts crank up snowmaking machines to bolster Mother Nature’s delivery. Some resorts depend on man-made snow more than others and it’s possible the practice may be used more in the future. For Connecting the Drops, Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.
Dave Smith, with the ski resort, says Powderhorn had to delay its opening by 10 days because of above average temperatures and below average snowfall.
"Just after we delayed it we did start to see some additional snowstorms bringing in natural snowfall, but it also brought in colder temperatures so our snow making crews were able to get out there and create as much snow as possible to get a good solid base down there," Smith says. "And Mother Nature continued to bring us more snow."