Archive for the ‘Ski Conditions’ Category

2013-14 Summit County Ski Season off to a good start

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

It has been cold and snowing on and off all month.  Loveland Ski area opened today.  Arapahoe Basin opened last weekend.  And these are the projected opening days for other local ski resorts:

Keystone:  Friday, November 1
Breckenridge:  Friday, November 8
Vail:  Friday, November 22
Beaver Creek:  Wednesday, November 27

Breckenridge Ski School ’10-’11 Holiday Calendar

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Consistently rated in the top 10 by Ski Magazine, and other leading industry publications, Breckenridge Colorado is one of the world’s premier winter resort destinations. And with annual skier/snowboarder visits consistently in the 1+ million range, chairlift lines can be an issue for some snow sliding guests during the days of peak visitation.

It is during these times of year that the luxury of using the lift access areas set aside for the exclusive use of Breckenridge Ski School customers takes on added value. The dates expected to be particularly busy at the Breckenridge Ski Resort during the 2010-2011 winter season are as follows:

Nov 25, Dec 19-21 and 26-31, Jan 1 and 14-15, Feb 18-24, Mar 13-17 and 20-23, Apr 18-19.

These dates are clustered around national holidays as well as the scheduled winter and spring breaks of colleges and high schools throughout the United States. Therefore, these peak traffic dates can be expected to apply somewhat to all of the destination ski resorts around the USA, not just those in Summit County Colorado.

As these are also the times of year when private ski and snowboard lessons are at their highest demand, it is best to reserve such lessons well ahead of time whenever possible. Otherwise, there is always the chance that instructors may not be available for the desired date(s) and time(s). Private ski and snowboard lesson reservations should typically be made once travel and lodging booking have been made.

Private ski and snowboard lessons have several advantages over group instruction, all of which revolve around the fact that they are customized sessions uniquely tailored to each individual. This allows for accelerated learning as well as increased flexibility of lesson plans and skiing and snowboarding experiences. For example, friends and families which hire their own private instructor are able to keep individuals of various ages and abilities together during the session.

On the other hand, group lessons allow guests the opportunity to meet other snow sport enthusiasts of similar abilities and ages.

Guests who do not wish to participate in a ski or snowboard lessons, but who still want to to their best to avoid the longest lift-lines of the day, would be well served by planning to load the chairlift during off peak traffic times of the day. The times of day when the most people are approaching the chairlifts is typically when the group ski and snowboard lessons are just getting started in the morning and right after their lunch break. For the Breckenridge Ski School, these times are 10am and 1:30pm. Even during the busiest times of year, chair-lift lines are rarely much of a factor prior to 9:30am, between 11:30am and 1pm, and after 2pm.

And whether taking lessons or not, eat a big (and nutritious!) breakfast before coming to the ski area, pack a light lunch and some water, and avoid the peak cafeteria and restaurant crowds between noon and 1:30pm.

Copyright 2010 – All rights reserved by Ted Amenta, Breckenridge Ski School ski and snowboard instructor.
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Ted Amenta is a Children’s Specialist II accredited PSIA Level III and AASI Level II certified Breckenridge Ski School ski and snowboard instructor as well as a Breckenridge Real Estate company Owner/Broker.

The Breckenridge Ski Resort opened today!

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Early guests on opening day enjoyed free pancakes, courtesy of The Breckenridge Ski Resort, and then headed off to enjoy any one of three lifts (Rip’s Ride, Chair 5, and the Colorado Super Chair. These three lifts serviced skiing and snowboarding on four trails: Crescendo, Spruce, Springmeier, and Trygve’s. In total, 108 skiable acres were open, just about 5% of the total available at Breckenridge.

The week leading up to opening day has been warm and dry. But prior to that, the 09-10 ski season had been off to a good start. In fact, early fall conditions were so favorable that one local ski area, Loveland, was able to open on October 7th. This was the earliest that any ski resort has ever opened for the season in the state of Colorado!

And as of this writing, Vail Pass is under a Winter Storm Warning through 6am on Saturday and parking is free in most lots through Sunday. So dust off the skis and snowboards, check the air in the snow tires, and head to Breckenridge for the weekend. See ya on the hill…

Breckenridge Ski Season Ending Well

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

The last day that the Breckenridge Colorado ski area will be open for the ’08-’09 season will be this Sunday April 19, 2009 and it is expected to be one of the best powder days of the year!

A winter storm warning is in effect from noon today (Thursday) through noon on Saturday and total snow accumulation is expected to be measured in feet.  After this Sunday, the only Summit County ski area that will remain open will be Arapahoe Basin which typically stays open as long as snow conditions and skier numbers allow.

The ski season started off well but then Colorado had the driest February on record.  The dry spell continued through mid March and then some late March storms brought snow pack levels to slightly above average for the time of year.  This current storm system is great news for those looking forward to spring / early summer fishing, rafting, and lake boating in and around Summit County as reservoirs are expected to fill to capacity and river flows are expected to be strong.  In fact, the fishing this year is already off to a fantastic start.

So…get ready to come up to Breckenridge this weekend and then break out the summer toys!

Let it Snow!

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

February 2009 was the driest February on record for Colorado.  And to make matters worse for the ski areas, the National Weather Service is forecasting that March is expected to be warmer than average with less than average precipitation.  During the first week of March, high temperature records have already been broken.  And more such records are expected to be broken later in the week.

Of course none of this is good news for the Colorado ski areas, rental property owners, ski town merchants, or anyone who just wants to get some powder turns in.

But this could mean an early start to the summer season in the high country.  Summer never seems to last very long up here and I for one would not mind getting another month of biking and boating in this year.  People are already playing golf in Denver which hit a record high temp of 74 degrees today.

The ski season started out well and snow pack is now about average for this time of year.  And some of our snowiest springs have followed very dry mid seasons.  So check back and I will keep you posted if we do get any big storms…