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Feb 2–15 | FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
In case you’ve somehow missed it (but really, how?), the skiing world championships are coming to Vail and Beaver Creek for the first time they’ve been on U.S. snow in 16 years. There’s more than just skiing (...
February 2 2015, 8:00 AM
Colorado's golden girl Mikaela Shiffrin skiing a gate on the giant slalom course; photo © Jonathan Selkowitz
One of the biggest events on Colorado's 2015 calendar arrives just two months into the year: the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, which will be held in Vail and Beaver Creek from February 2 to 15. As you'll read in our February issue (hitting newsstands Friday), $58 million worth of...
January 27 2015, 10:00 AM
Mikaela Shiffrin carves a turn during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup women’s giant slalom competition on October 25, 2014, at Sölden in Austria. —Photo by Getty Images
There’s a section on Vail’s Golden Peak course that even good racers dread. It’s a steep rollover, usually covered with thick ice, that melts into a treacherous dip in the slope. Coach Simon Marsh remembers standing off to the side of this particular obstacle back in 2001, hoping to get his young...
Photograph courtesy of Vail Resorts.
The after-lunch slump on a ski mountain can spell doom for any family trying to wring out every slope-side minute from their pricey ski passes. But thanks to Beaver Creek's Candy Cabin—new to the resort this year—skiers and riders of all ages can enjoy an afternoon sugar burst to give them the...
January 12 2015, 12:35 PM
—Courtesy of Alex Fenlon
The 10th—and final—run of the day unfurls below me. During the nine previous descents, I hadn’t been the fastest, most aggressive, or prettiest rider on the snow, but I was probably the most grateful.
After all, my chance to experience Irwin, a legendary backcountry spot near Crested Butte...
Pictured: Chris O'Donnell and his sons; Image courtesy of Chris O’Donnell
On November 7, 2013, Denverite Chris O’Donnell and his 10- and 11-year-old sons, Finn and Tanner, skied both Loveland and Arapahoe Basin. The twofer marked the beginning of the O’Donnells’ mission to ski all 24 of the resorts available through the Colorado Ski Country Pass and the Epic Pass’ School...
—A rendering of Buttermilk Mountain’s new ski school
Nearly 12.6 million people hit the slopes last winter, and 26 percent of them were kids. To appeal to this active demographic (and wallet-wielding parents), this season, four Centennial State ski mountains are increasing their offerings for the pint-size set with more than $8 million in...
—Courtesy of Getty Images
Last fall, Steamboat Springs–born Olympians Bryan and Taylor Fletcher followed a strict eight-hour-per-day Nordic combined training schedule at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Park City headquarters: ski jumping, weight lifting, and roller-skiing up to 20 miles with poles in hand. This...