New this season, the world-famous Ice Castles are coming to Breckenridge. Ice Castles are created by ice architect Brent Christensen and he’s picked Breckenridge as the location of one of his three masterpieces this season. Visitors will enjoy the huge scene built entirely by hand using only icicles and water. The result is millions of…
New this season, the DoubleTree by Hilton in Breckenridge has undergone a two-year, complete renovation of all 208 guest rooms, meeting rooms, event space and public areas. According to the press release, each of the 208 newly refreshed guest rooms feature flat-screen, LCD TVs; mini-refrigerators; the DoubleTree by Hilton Sweet Dreams Sleep Experience; spacious work…
Based on today’s snow reports, it looks like we’re on track to see double-digit snowfall by this weekend. The mountains are going to be in great shape!
From Scott Condon at The Aspen Times:
The U.S. Forest Service is working on new rules that clarify that ski areas that lease public lands for their operations can charge people for uphill travel. The directive could affect fitness fanatics that use skis with climbing skins, snowshoes and stabilizers.
My favorite part of this article is how it was filed under Obituaries in the Summit Daily. My least favorite part of this article is the fact that mountains may be able to charge die-hards, only excluding them further from the kinds of terrain and activities that helped make the industry what it is today.
That said, I can see how a fee to offset the resources needed to manage the uphill access (staff reviewing applications, creating the passes, etc.) is reasonable. My guess is, the first mountain to implement fees (if any) would get a lot of backlash and PR, they’ll step back, and then slowly everyone will implement a very nominal fee.
If you’d like to submit a comment, you can do so at the Federal Register’s “Proposed Directive for Additional Seasonal or Year-Round Recreation Activities at Ski Areas”.
From Bob Berwyn at the Summit County Citizens Voice:
Arapahoe Basin and the U.S. Forest Service are moving ahead with the first formal step in the review process for a significant expansion at Summit County’s oldest ski area.
The proposal includes the following expansions and improvements:
- Adding a lift to the Beavers area which is (adding 430 acres)
- Expanding its reservoir for snowmaking water
- Adding a surface lift for easier access to the Montezuma Bowl
- Replacing the Molly Hogan lift and removing the Norway chair (potentially allowing for zip lines)
Keep in mind, this is an early phase in the review process but shows what the resort could look like in a few seasons.
Here’s an excellent video of the guys over at CloudGate Ariel Cinematography showcasing their innovative approach to filming ski races: flying drones with video cameras attached. The result: a seamless, single shot overhead, alongside, and even in front of racers as they travel down the hill.
(Thanks for sending this along, Dad.)
For the longest time I thought you had to make the trade-off between being able to ski expert terrain or ski with crowds. Spending a day at Monarch proved this wrong. We drove from Breckenridge, past Buena Vista and Salida to arrive at Monarch in about 90 minutes. Once we arrived, around 10:00 AM, we…
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