For those who have yet to discover the beauty of silver mountain, Colorado, it is time to rectify that mistake. The ski resort opened for the season on Friday, September 13, and the snow flurries made the summer months seem like a distant memory.
The resort will be opening its doors every day this week, offering a superb variety of ski runs and attractions. Although the snowfall has not been exceptional, the temperatures were surprisingly warm, which created the perfect conditions for a great season on Colorado’s highest peak.
Whether you are an experienced skier or a beginner just looking for the chance to ski and have fun, this year is the perfect opportunity to do so. It is quite likely that the snow will stick around for the whole winter, offering skiers and snowboarders a whole season of fun.
When Do The Snows Usually Melt In Colorado?
Due to its high elevation (10,000 feet above sea level), the weather in Colorado is quite unpredictable, changing from one extreme to the other. While some seasons are quite cold and snowy, other seasons are quite warm with little or no snowfall. It is therefore, quite difficult to pinpoint the exact beginning of the ski season in Colorado.
The best way to find out when the snows usually melt is to visit the ski station located at the top of the mountain and ask one of the resort’s personnel. Upon giving them your email address, they will answer all your questions regarding the ski season (hopefully, not sending you straight to their competitor for that particular area!)
The Ski Season Begins Early In Colorado.
Although it is quite common for the ski season to begin in the Upper Midwest and the Canadian provinces at the beginning of October, Colorado’s ski season actually starts very early. The first snow flurries usually fall around mid-September in the state, which means that the ski season is already in full swing. Even the smallest ski resorts, such as Vail, get in on the action quite early, offering a cornucopia of winter sports.
This Year’s Ski Specials.
As a resort with over 150 years of history, it comes as no great surprise that Silver Mountain has made a number of improvements and innovations to the sport in recent years. One of the most significant changes is the introduction of electronic slope signs above the runs. This eliminates the need for human flaggers who used to stop the traffic by waving their arms in the air.
The signs are powered by the solar energy and are completely automatic. They calculate the ideal slope based on the number of people on the slopes and other relevant data points, such as the weather conditions. This allows the ski runners to focus on their skiing without having to worry about getting hurt by falling rocks or tree branches. It also helps the ski patrol and other resort staff ensure safety on the mountain, especially during the night hours when it is most difficult to monitor the whole slope. In other words, safety is one of the main concerns of the ski resorts, which is a huge relief to the skier or snowboarder, since it means there are people out there who are actually responsible for their safety. It is also worth noting that the electronic signs have reduced the time and effort that the ski patrol and other resort staff have to spend on patrolling the mountain. They can now focus on other important matters such as ensuring safety and comfort for the resort’s guests.
A Whole Season Of Vail.
For the avid fan of the American television series, The Waltons, this year is the perfect opportunity to visit Vail with the family. The small town, tucked away in the White River National Forest, offers some terrific attractions, including fishing, water skiing, and a championship golf course. It also boasts some great skiing, especially with the Bluegrass Ski Club offering some amazing intermediate and expert trails.
On Friday, the 16th, Vail celebrates American Independence Day with a special display at the town’s square. The festivities start at noon and feature live music, food, and drink. If you and your family are seeking some adventure and would like to spend a night or two in a beautifully restored mountain lodge, there are plenty of places nearby where you can stay.
A Season At Stowe.
If you have yet to discover the greatness that is New England’s ski resort, Stowe, consider this year a good one to do so. Located in the Green Mountains, the resort features some of the best snowboarders in the world. The U.S. ski team trains in neighboring Vermont during the winter, which means that the mountain is pretty much in constant use. The snowboarders and other skiers can often be seen on the mountain, carrying their equipment through the trees and over the mountains. It must be quite the rush to get to and from the slopes in the morning and evening, as the whole mountain is a flurry of activity. The night life at the resort is quite vibrant, with lots of activity on social media networks like Twitter and Instagram as well. If you are looking for a getaway that is both historic and full of excitement, consider traveling to Stowe this year.
What About The Winter Olympics?
It has been 82 years since the Winter Olympics were last held in the mountains of Cortina, Italy. The competition is back this year, with the 2022 Winter Olympics being held in Beijing, China. With the world’s best athletes congregating at the famous Beijing National Stadium, it promises to be one of the biggest and most hotly contested competitions of the year. The most exciting event will be the opening ceremony, where all the countries’ athletes march under a single flag and share a giant memento of the first Winter Olympics.
While many people will be heading to the stadiums and arenas to watch the winter Olympics, it’s worth considering a trip to a smaller, more intimate venue. One of the greatest of all time, Gretchen Fraser, will be competing in her 70s for Canada. She is one of the greats of the ice skating rink, having won nine Canadian Championship titles and representing Canada at four Olympic Games. If you can, catch a glimpse of her at one of the small venues before she retires from competitive skating.
Silver Mountain Opens For The Season.
It’s a beautiful day at Silver Mountain, Colorado. The snowflakes are beginning to fall and the temperature is just above freezing. The snow is quite light and fluffy, which makes for an incredibly refreshing change from the dreary Midwestern winters. There is a festive atmosphere around the whole mountain and skiers and snowboarders are taking full advantage of the sunshine and crisp autumn air. The snow is high enough that everyone can enjoy the beauty of the peak and the brightly colored tents and lodge rooms. The snow is an indication that the ski season is upon us and it is time to bring out the ski gear.
Skiing is one of the most popular winter sports in the U.S., especially in the mountain states. There are over 50 million annual visitors to the U.S. alone, which means that it is quite likely that you will find a ski resort nearby. If you are a fan of winter sports, consider one of these places for your next ski vacation. The snow will stick around for the whole winter in many places, which means that there is always something to do. Even if you don’t consider yourself a fan of the winter sports, it is still quite likely that you will have fun skidazing around the mountain while waiting for the snow to melt in the spring. It also gives you the chance to see some incredible autumn colors reflected by the snow.