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Marijuana celebrated at ‘New Years’ in Colorado

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Marijuana was the star attraction at New Years Eve festivities in Denver.

A new law passed last November making  marijuana in Colorado legal was largely celebrated during New Year’s Eve celebrations instead of the traditional uncorking of the Champagne bubbly.  Continue reading ‘Marijuana celebrated at ‘New Years’ in Colorado’

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Proposal to link Aspen’s ski areas by Gondola rejected

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The Silver Queen gondola on Aspen Mountain.

A request for $5,000 USD (£3,100) to run a study in to the viability of linking Aspen’s four separate ski areas has been rejected by the famous Colorado resort’s Elected Officials Transportation Committee (EOTC). Continue reading ‘Proposal to link Aspen’s ski areas by Gondola rejected’

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Reviving Chuchara ski area in Colorado could give a shot in the arm to the local economy

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Chuchara ski resort as it is today. A local development group is hoping to raise $14-million to redevelop the ski area.

A ski area in Colorado that has been closed for ten years may re-open if $14 million can be found to finance it. And locals hoping to revive the former Chuchara Valley ski area say their plan could add 600 jobs, where the region has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state. Continue reading ‘Reviving Chuchara ski area in Colorado could give a shot in the arm to the local economy’

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Winter X Games returning to Tignes next March

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The Winter X Games are headed off to Tignes, France next March.

After the success of the inaugural event last winter, Tignes has announced that the new European version of the Winter X Games, which has been a mainstay in the US for more than a dozen years, most of them at Aspen Snowmass in Colorado, will be back in the French resort for its second staging this coming winter. Continue reading ‘Winter X Games returning to Tignes next March’

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Monster Ski Charity Challenge for MS seeking participants

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Monster ski event is looking for MS fundraiser in Tignes.

A charity that supports people living with multiple sclerosis is looking for skiers and snowboarders to sign up for its upcoming Monster Ski event in France next February. Continue reading ‘Monster Ski Charity Challenge for MS seeking participants’

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Loveland Ski Area

Tourist Office

Loveland Ski Area
PO Box 899
Georgetown
Colorado
USA
CO 80444

Telephone: (303) 5693203
Website: www.skiloveland.com

Description

The tenth largest resort in Colorado and one of the highest in the world. A bigger mountain than Aspen with more snow than Steamboat. Loveland installed the world’s highest quad chair, and probably the world’s highest chair for the ’98 – ’99 season and in the process overtook A Basin as having the highest lift in North America (6th in the world).

Review

In the late 1930′s a group of adventurous skiers headed along the Continental Divide towards what is now known as Loveland and became the first to enjoy some of Colorado’s world famous powder snow. Al Bennett, Loveland’s original owner, is said to have built the first lift from spare parts and sheer tenacity. The current owner, Chet Upham, brought his passion for skiing and engineering expertise to Loveland when he became a partner in the Loveland Ski Tow Company in 1956. In the late 1960′s Loveland was one of the first ski areas in Colorado with an extensive snow-making system, highlighting one of the many technological improvements which he implemented during his association with the resort.

Traditionally, Loveland is one of the first ski areas to open each year and one of the last to close with the season running from mid-October to mid-May enjoying an annual average snowfall of 10m/33ft. A local favourite for decades, Loveland is really 2 areas with one ticket serving both: Loveland Valley and Loveland Basin which are connected by a chairlift and both have their own base area facilities. The resort has a reputation for great snow, reasonable prices and friendly staff, there’s room for everyone, and the attitude is relaxed – the Loveland state of mind.

The 10th largest resort in Colorado and one of the highest in the world, Loveland installed the northern hemisphere’s highest quad chair for the 1998/99 season and in the process overtook Arapahoe Basin as having the highest lift in North America (6th in the world).

Situated on the Continental Divide which runs along the crest of the Rockies from British Columbia, through the United States and continues into Mexico and Central America, Loveland’s 1,365 acres of varied terrain, split between the Basin and Valley areas have kept the faithful coming back for over 60 years. Loveland ski area is situated in North Central Colorado 56 miles west of Denver, the Mile High City and state capital, while the City of Loveland (Sweetheart City) is 45 miles to its north.

The City was named after W A H Loveland, a retired Army general and ex-railroad president so this is probably where the ski area’s name originated. Loveland has become a popular Valentine’s Day destination with dozens of couples tying the knot en masse at the top of the mountain. Couples are required to be either skiers or boarders so they can get back down the mountain afterwards!

Nearest accommodation is in Georgetown 19km/12 miles or Silverthorne 19km/12 miles both historic mining towns dating back to the late 1800′s when mining camps boomed in Colorado after the discovery of gold and silver in the area. Some of the towns are still inhabited but many have become ghost towns.

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Vail ski resort

Tourist Office

Vail Resorts
PO Box 7
Vail
Colorado
USA
CO 81658

Telephone: (970) 4765601
Website: www.snow.com

Description

The largest single ski area in the USA with the most high-speed detachable quads on one mountain. Regarded by many as one of the world’s top five all round ski resorts.

Review

One of the world’s most famous resorts and for many the top resort in North America, Vail is a surprisingly young resort, conceived in 1962 by a gentleman called Peter Seibert. In being wholly purpose-built rather than claiming some tenuous link to the ‘Old West’ it differs from many other famous Colorado ski resorts.

It’s different again from the other Colorado resorts that have been started from scratch in that Mr Seibert did a rather nice job – creating a US resort with an Alpine village feel and an ambience that the majority of North American ski centres sadly lack. He was helped on his way by the first business owners in the area – many of them from Austria and Germany, anxious to recreate a little of what they missed from home. The centre of what is now a town has been pedestrianised, further enhancing the holiday atmosphere.

Due to its incredible success the resort has inevitably spread out along the sides of the I 70 valley in both directions, with modern developments linked by an efficient shuttle bus to the central Vail Village. More than 4000 staff are now employed by Vail Resorts alone. The resort has also spawned new resorts such as up-market Beaver Creek and the developments at Arrowhead and Bachelor Gulch, as well as buying up near neighbours in recent years, including Breckenridge and Keystone – creating a very appealing group resort lift ticket in the process.

Indeed Vail is marketed very much as a ‘Valley’. Apart from the resort’s own developments they include revitalised original settlements such as the former rail centre at Minturn, home of quaint art galleries and a winery and the tiny community of Redcliff, an 1890s gold-mining centre in a picturesque canyon over Battle Mountain Pass.

Avon, between Vail and Beaver Creek (10 miles/16km apart) has developed from a ranching community into the administrative and commercial heart of Vail Valley. Beaver Creek, still marketed alongside Vail, has very much established itself as a unique resort in its own right whilst the newer-still Arrowhead, closest to the local Eagle County Airport, is centred around a Jack Nicklaus-designed Country Club of the Rockies. Because of Vail’s phenomonal success, building in the area shows no sign of slowing, to the alarm of some locals and environmentalists from outside the area who are becoming increasingly vocal in their concerns of ‘over development’.

In common with other Western North American resorts Vail gets huge powder snow falls each season, in Vail’s case averaging 27 feet / 842 cms per annum.

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