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Archive for November, 2008

This is how you do it

Posted by frontrangeriffraff on November 29, 2008


Loveland Pass camping, November 2008. Sweet ride, sweet camper.

This camper rocks. Pure and simple. There’s no better way to travel and stay in the mountains in comfort in the winter for not a lot of moolah. Would you rather leisurely drive up I-70 on Friday night, camp out in your sweet camper, and wake up refreshed in the beautiful mountains, OR drive up Saturday morning with the stress-inducing herd, being tailgated by some asshat, and have to wait at the tunnel backup before you arrive late and miss first chair? Thought so.

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Happy Thanksgiving Colorado

Posted by frontrangeriffraff on November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving my snow-starved friends. Southwest Colorado is about to get dumped on. It’s a long weekend for many people. Crested ButteTelluride, and Wolf Creek and are open, and Silverton Mountain opens Saturday with free skiing in exchange for your mad bootpacking skills. You know what to do.


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Inexpensive parking space for sale in Vail

Posted by frontrangeriffraff on November 25, 2008


Yeah, you read that right. $500,000 for a parking space in Vail.

So drive (don’t walk) to Vail ASAP and put in your cash offer. I heard from a Realtor® that it’s a good time to buy.

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Breckenridge asks skiers to keep their dog poo off the slopes

Posted by frontrangeriffraff on November 25, 2008


This cute n fuzzy doggie reminds you to always pick up his poo.

Robert Allen at the Summit Daily News has a nice story on Breck’s efforts to accommodate skinners, a practice that is gaining popularity. It’s a well-sourced, well-written article that neatly explains the issue:

Breckenridge Ski Resort officials asked for cooperation from a rugged, growing breed of skiers who prefer hiking to riding ski lifts, as the resort undergoes base-area construction and balances business operations with after-hours access.

But the best part of the story “comes out” at the end:

Dogs and their droppings made for another conversation topic Thursday, as the resort has been dealing increasingly with fecal specimen left on the freshly groomed slopes.

I always wondered how dog poo ends up on ski trails. Now I know. So remember kids, don’t eat the yellow, or brown, snow.

My advice? Only eat fresh snow resting on tree branches. And make sure the branch is higher than, um, “waste” level.

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“Powder Ghost Towns” book finds lost Colorado ski areas

Posted by frontrangeriffraff on November 24, 2008


Powder Ghost Towns book cover.

Boulder writer, photographer, speaker and adventurer Peter Bronski has a new book out that any true Colorado skiing fan should run out and buy.

“Powder Ghost Towns: Epic Backcountry Runs in Colorado’s Lost Ski Resorts” is part history lesson, part backcountry ski guide for 36 defunct ski areas in Colorado and Wyoming. Places like Adam’s Rib, Conquistador and Hidden Valley are included, and all the areas in the book can be skied, provided you are willing to earn your turns (or shuttle in some cases).

Along with the history behind each area, this well-researched guide includes detailed location, approach and descent info. GPS waypoints, topo maps and aerial photos are also included, as are recent photos of each area. It’s a great guide for anyone with an interest in experiencing lost ski areas, or someone wanting to try backcountry riding, or Front Range riffraff that don’t want to buy lift tickets.

Bronski also put together a nice companion video that will get your snow-starved blood pumping.

And check out for even more lost Colorado ski areas.

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Free skiing deal spreads from Crested Butte to Steamboat

Posted by frontrangeriffraff on November 18, 2008


Steamboat is jumping on the stay-and-ski-free sledwagon. Similar to Crested Butte’s stay-and-ski-free deal, Steamboat if offering the free goods from opening day to Christmas. You have to stay three nights minimum, and get one less free day than nights stayed, and have to book by November 26, but it’s still some free action. The gist of the deal from their website:

Ski free by purchasing lodging for November 26-December 25, 2008 for a three night minimum stay. Package must be purchased by November 26, 2008, package includes lodging and lifts. Lift tickets are per person, limit 2 people per bedroom and are valid one day less than nights stayed. Air Tickets and Vacation Protection Plan premiums, once paid, are non refundable. Reservations cancelled 3 days or less prior to arrival are non-refundable. Other restrictions may apply – call for details.

Book by Opening Day – Nov 26th by calling Steamboat Central Reservations – 877.783.2628.


The Crested Butte offer is good opening day to December 17. The details:

This early season, November 26 through December 17, when you book your lodging with Crested Butte Vacations you’ll also receive FREE skiing. That’s right free… as in no cost to you for some of the best skiing on the planet.  Use this as an opportunity to shake off the summer cobwebs and experience truly uncrowded skiing and riding at its finest. Stay and ski free packages start at just $63 per person per night. Be sure not to miss one of the best deals in all of ski country. This special package is only available through Crested Butte Vacations. Please call 800.810.7669.

Subject to availability. Price based on double occupancy in a Standard One King Room at The Grand Lodge Hotel. Extra person fees apply for more than 2 adults. Price prior to all fees, taxes and optional Travel Protection. One day lift ticket per person per night on the reservation.

Also, Crested Butte is giving some cheap love to passholders of other Colorado ski resorts. Just show your season pass at the ticket window to purchase early season lift tickets for $29.50 per day through December 17. How cool is that?

So, what are you waiting for? Round up your riffraff friends, book some accommodations, and carpool your way to Freeville.

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And the best Colorado ski/snowboard/snow report is?

Posted by frontrangeriffraff on November 17, 2008

Front Range riffraff wanting to see snow conditions for all of Colorado used to have a great resource at Colorado Ski Country USA. Their snow report previously listed almost every ski area in the state, until Vail Resorts pulled out of the group earlier this year. Now their snow report does not include Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone or Vail. What’s a ski bum to do?

Well, there are many other sites to choose from. The Denver Post Colorado Ski Report is one of the best snow reports. Why? For starters, it lists snow totals for 24, 48 and 72 hours. Most other snow reports only give you 24- and 48-hour numbers. In addition, total acres open is listed instead of just number of lifts or percent of terrain. That’s a good thing to know early season, as total acres open is often the best indicator of who’s getting/making the most snow. You also get vertical drop. No RSS feed, though. Score: 8 woots! (Out of a possible 10.)


Denver Post Colorado Ski Report


The Rocky Mountain News Colorado Snow Report has less useful information. It’s more of a quick summary, although it does give you the window ticket price. (As if. Friends don’t let friends pay full window price.) And you do get opening/closing dates, which is helpful for planning. As with the Post, no RSS feed. Silly newspapers. Score: 6 woots!


Rocky Mountain News Colorado Snow Report lists 24- and 48-hour snow, base depth and weather. You have to click on each resort if you want more than the basics. They provide the Denver Post’s info, so it’s pretty much the same data once you click on each resort, but in a more drawn out, clicky fashion. RSS is also an option, which is a good thing. Score: 6 woots!

picture-5 Colorado Ski Report


And then there’s the Colorado Ski Country USA “Today’s Snow Conditions flown in by… Frontier.” You get the percentage of beginner, intermediate and expert terrain open, which could be useful. There’s not much love for KABVBC passholders, but it does include Arapahoe Basin. Info is “Updated twice a day by the resorts themselves.” They offer good RSS and email options, too, although they do their best to hide the RSS feed. Oh, and you can view it in metric measurements, which is cool for your Euro friends. And, as previously mentioned, there’s no sight of Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone or Vail. Score: 5 woots!


Colorado Ski Country Snow Report


Anywoo, those are the reports I found. Please leave a comment if you know of any other good online reports.

And stay tuned for an upcoming iPhone app snow report roundup later this season.

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Storm nails Telluride

Posted by frontrangeriffraff on November 12, 2008

While you were busy watching Obama wallop McCain last week, a storm hit the southwest Colorado mountains and walloped Telluride Ski Resort with three feet of snow in 24 hours in Revelation Bowl.

In related news, I’m moving to Telluride.

But seriously, let’s hope there’s much more of that sweet storm action all season. Telluride opens on November 27 if you want to head down now to camp out in the lift line.

Check the white goodness from last week:

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Yellowstone Club files for bankruptcy

Posted by frontrangeriffraff on November 11, 2008

Oh nooo! The Yellowstone Club in Montana, billed as “the world’s only private ski and golf community,” has filed for bankruptcy. From the Reuters story:

“Exclusive ski and golf community Yellowstone Club, in Montana, has filed for bankruptcy protection, a sign that the financial crisis roiling the real estate and leisure industries is not limited to the low end of the market.

The club, in the pristine mountain area around Big Sky, Montana, not far from Yellowstone National Park, is part resort and part residential community for the super-rich.”

I’m sure all you Front Range riffraff are crying in your oatmeal right now. I do feel bad for any legit contractors or workers who might get hosed from this. But I don’t feel too bad for the exclusive super-rich homeowners. These folks might be bummed, though.

Check the anger directed at the Yellowstone Club owners on the TGR forum.

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Find cheap gas for your ski drive

Posted by frontrangeriffraff on November 8, 2008


MSN Autos has a new beta of their gas price tracker. Already use Gas Buddy, you say? Well, MSN Autos has a new map scrolling feature that allows you to see the cheapest gas prices all along your route to the mountains. Works great for road trips too. Just enter your starting zip code and then use the blue navigation wheel to cruise around the map. Check it here. Cool, no?

So save some money on gas and blow it on other fuel.

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