Skiing & Snowboarding

Kristin Rust / Alterra Mountain Co.

There’s still a few weeks left in this year’s ski season, but for many ski and snowboard enthusiasts, it’s to start planning for next season. While early bird deals on season passes tempt winter riders, the upcoming season also offers a new option: the Ikon Pass.

Courtesy of Backstage Theatre

As actors Charlie Schmidt and Cory Wendling would make their way from Denver to Breckenridge, they would joke about one of their favorite nostalgia films, “Hot Dog: The Movie,” and what that would look like on the stage.

Eventually though, they stopped joking.

“Three years later, it’s a full, two-hour musical,” Schmidt said.

Courtesy of Warren Miller Archives

Ski icon, filmmaker and author Warren Miller passed away Wednesday, Jan. 24 at his home in Orcas Island, Washington.

Miller, a World War II veteran and prolific filmmaker, produced more than 500 films about skiing, surfing, sailing and other sports, and authored 11 books and about 1,200 columns. He was best known for his adventure ski films, which featured thrilling footage, all narrated in his own humorous style. / Courtesy of Aspen Skiing Company

Colorado, a long-time leader in the ski industry, may become home to the world’s largest ski resort companies after Aspen Skiing Company’s spring expansions.

Highest January Snowpack For Colorado In Three Years

Jan 14, 2017
SNOWTEL / Natural Resources Conservation Service

After a very dry fall, Colorado’s snowpack has bounced back. Statewide, the snowpack is at almost 160 percent of normal, with the state’s historically snowiest months still to come.

“To have our snowpack where it is right now for the state is a really good position to be in going forward for water supplies into the spring and summer,” said Brian Domonkos, Colorado snow survey supervisor and hydrologist.

The good news extends to cities and reservoirs downstream of Colorado, like Lake Mead in Nevada which has experienced record lows.

Jeremy Swanson / Colorado Ski Country USA

The big storm that blanketed Colorado with snow this week made for a rough commute for drivers. Now, it’s going to lure them to the mountains. And the timing of the storm wasn’t bad for Colorado’s ski country. It hit on a Wednesday afternoon, meaning that by the time the weekend hits, all that powdery, soft snow will be on the minds of skiers and snowboarders.

And that’s good news for resort owners. Up to 20 inches fell on the resort mountains along the Interstate 70 corridor. Mountains elsewhere reported at least another 6 inches.

Jackie Fortier / KUNC

Predicting the weather for Colorado is a challenge - but doing it for entire seasons is even harder. According to University of Colorado, Boulder climatologist Klaus Wolter, we are “flirting” with a La Niña.

Scientists use a buoy system in the tropical Pacific Ocean, right around the equator, to relay various real-time weather data, including water temperature. When the ocean is cooler than normal, it’s known as a La Niña.

Colorado Department of Transportation / Flickr - Used With Permission

Nearly everyone agrees I-70 winter ski traffic is terrible. But can data help the savvy traveler avoid the worst days?

We collected five years of winter weekend travel times from the Colorado Department of Transportation. By analyzing data that is not readily available to the public, we were able to identify some trends. Will the findings shave minutes off your ski commute? Maybe. But we're not making any promises.

Colorado Department of Transportation

Hordes of skiers headed into Colorado's mountains over President's Day weekend. For most of them, it's a pretty good bet they experienced traffic congestion on I-70.

As Colorado's population grows, are these delays getting worse? It's a question worth asking. To learn the answer, KUNC analyzed five years of winter weekend travel time data from the Colorado Department of Transportation. The findings may surprise you.

Stephanie Paige Ogburn

Standing in his backyard on an unseasonably warm day in Fort Collins, Peter Workman is modeling a winter coat. It's nylon, forest green, and falls about mid-thigh on his slender frame.

Workman takes the coat off and shows off the label, sewn in by his grandmother: "Made from a Frostline Kit. Broomfield, Colo." This coat, handmade over 40 years ago, is a piece of Colorado outdoor history.