Skiing and Riding Continue in Summit County with Copper Sunsation

Keystone Resort’s neighbor, Copper Mountain Resort will host its closing weekend festivities in mid-April, and skiers and snowboarders can still make plans for more time on the slopes of Summit County.  Just a short drive away from SummitCove properties, winter fun will continue after Keystone’s closing date of Sunday, April 8th.

On Saturday, April 14th, Copper Mountain will introduce its first ever CopperMan event.  The race includes different themes (80’s, Superhero, Lumberjack, and Beach Bum) and a frozen obstacle course.  Live music will begin at 11:30 am on the Red Bull Tour Bus, featuring DJ Bedz, Lez Zeppelin, and The Spazmatics.  Then, Sunday, April 15th, join in on the inaugural SlopeSoakers Floating Rail Jam event.  Located at Jill’s deck at Woodward at Copper, there will be a pond with a rail floating on inner tubes.  This is a creative spin on the traditional pond skim.  Registration opens at 11am, with the competition beginning at noon.  Live Music will continue on the Red Bull Tour Bust at 2 pm with Michal Minter and Pato Banton and the Now Generation.

Neighboring resorts including Breckenridge, Copper and Arapahoe Basin will remain open in April, but be sure to check with each ski area for details on terrain and dates and times of operation.  SummitCove is proud to offer discount lodging for the remainder of Summit County’s ski season!

Keystone and Summit County Offer Plenty of Options for Women’s Ski Programs

The 2011/2012 Ski and Snowboard season has seen a large increase in programs specifically designed for women throughout Summit County.  Keystone Resort has seen tremendous success in women’s programs since adding Betty Fest to it’s event line up, even increasing the program this year.  Women who love the mountains and enjoy winter recreation are in luck, because Keystone and other Summit County ski areas are adding more and more activities and programs geared toward the ladies. Here’s a rundown of current programs that you may want to check out!  It’s a great opportunity to plan a girl’s getaway with some friends and family!

Betty Fest at Keystone Resort

There is still one more Betty Fest weekend at Keystone from Saturday, March 3rd to Sunday, March 4th.  This all-women’s program includes on hill training through Keystone’s stellar Ski and Ride school.  It also includes video analysis and discussions about nutrition and equipment geared specifically toward women.  This is a great opportunity to fine tune your skiing or riding skills with other women in a supportive environment.  Call 970.496.4170 for details on the final Betty Fest of the 2011/2012 season!

Women’s Wednesdays at Copper Mountain

This program is run through the Copper Ski and Ride school throughout the ski season.  Women from their late 20’s to 60’s participate in the program with all ability levels from beginners to experts.  Skiers and riders who participate are grouped according to ability and match with an instructor who stays with them for the day.  Lift tickets are a separate cost, and the lesson rates vary depending upon how many lessons you choose.  The program is still running through April 4, 2012, and you can call 866.385.0144 to get all of the details.

Legendary Ladies at Arapahoe Basin

Legendary Ladies is a part of the Arapahoe Basin Snowsports School.  It runs in 3 week sessions, and the next session is scheduled for March 7th, 14th, and 21st.  Groups of three to six women are grouped by ability and then paired with an instructor between 10am and 1pm.  Generally, intermediate to advanced skiers participate in the program, but anyone who wants to learn more can call 888.272.7246 for information!

Babes on the Bumps at Breckenridge

This independently organized program takes place on Thursdays and Fridays through early March at Breckenridge.  Each group is created based on ability, and a “Mama Babe” is assigned at a group leader in charge of meeting times and locations.  Breckenridge Ski and Ride School instructors do participate in the program.  Regulars need to commit to five of eight sessions, and there is an administration fee.   Participation requires both a season pass and lesson pass.

All of our SummitCove properties are located within a short driving distance of each of these great Summit County ski resorts, and we are happy to provide lodging for overnight stays as you sharpen your skiing and riding skills.  If you are planning a girls mountain getaway, contact a SummitCove Vacation planner today to find out more about reserving Keystone lodging!

Annual Updates on Ski Area Chiefs!

The Top Dogs of Summit County Ski Resorts give us an Update

Summit County is a gorgeous and, let’s be honest, adventurous place to be. The resorts open on new mountains, build new ski lifts, construct condominium buildings, and give us more and more to do every year. This year is no different, and the top execs have an annual COO breakfast at one of the resorts and hold a press conference of sorts. Here are the updates we are expecting for this year!

Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin is set to open up their new Black Mountain Express chair lift, as well as more developments on the Black Mountain Lodge. Arapahoe Basin had a strong season last year (thanks to April and May snow) and with the new chair lift and renovated areas, Arapahoe Basin is looking like a great for the 2010-2011 ski season.


The management of Keystone (and Vail Resorts) has switched around recently. Keystone has developed their Dercum Mountain slopes to help skier flow. There is talk about opening new ski lifts in East Keystone and also new lifts on top of the mountain, where the snow cat tours take place. Keystone is developing and new areas may become new hot spots and open up more ski in/ ski out opportunities.


Last year the Peak-6 lift was said to be in development and this meeting will discuss the goal further. There are also new lodging areas and more development in the town. Breckenridge remains steady as a rock.

Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain has just been bought by Utah-based Powdr Corp. and while they haven’t made any huge changes yet, that may all change. Powdr Corp has a reputation for focusing on skiing rather than real estate, but Copper Mountain is prime for some new lodges and condos, we’ll have to see.

Needless to say, there is a lot going on in Summit County with the five ski resorts (Loveland wasn’t mentioned). There will be a lot to look forward to this year and it’ll be nice to get the updates sooner rather than later!