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Colorado Ski Resorts

By Sue Gabel, Examiner.com

Colorado is one of the most popular winter destinations so it’s no wonder this state would have five of the best ski resorts in the country. Skiing enthusiasts can score phenomenal all-inclusive deals, tons of fresh dry powder on the slopes and find a variety of events, activities, restaurants and nightlife.

Vail, ColoradoWhen most people think of skiing in Colorado, Vail is one of the first locations that comes to mind. Vail Mountain is an enormous winter hub for skiers, snowboarders, sledding, snowshoeing and anyone who is seeking the best of the best in resort form. Enjoy seven miles of sloping fun on both sides of the mountain. The resort itself encompasses more than 5,000 acres. It’s not only a favored family resort, but a singles resort too. Vail Mountain also offers skiing lessons at their ski school for both adults and children.

Aspen, Colorado. Another popular and talked about ski destination in Colorado is Aspen. Aspen’s resort town is a favorite with the rich and famous and other well-to-do individuals, but there are vacation packages available for various budgets. The Aspen ski and resort area features over 3,000 acres and its main mountain has a vertical drop of almost 4,500 feet. Aspen offers ski trails for everyone whether you’re a novice or intermediate skier. As one of the five best ski resorts in Colorado, Aspen is hard to beat with its variety of terrain parks, four on-site restaurants, retail and rental shops and comfortable accommodations.

Breckenridge, Colorado. With a base elevation of 9,600 feet, a vertical rise of almost 3,400 feet, 30 ski lifts and approximately 2,500 acres of ski terrain, Breckenridge is undoubtedly one of the five best ski resorts in Colorado. Open since 1961, Breckenridge has been providing winter sports enthusiasts’ hours of slope time for almost 50 years. Breckenridge has about 155 skiing and snowboarding trails available, and its longest trail called the “Four O’Clock” is 3.5 miles long.

Telluride, Colorado. For its unmatched beauty, hideaway location and friendly town, Telluride, Colorado, is not a well-known area, but is considered one of the five best ski resorts in Colorado. Telluride is actually located amongst 13,000 and 14,000-foot Rocky Mountain peaks, offering a unique ski-in, ski-out type of resort town. The resort has become so popular over the last few ski seasons, it has expanded another 400 acres. The Telluride Ski Resort area also features some of the best restaurants, hotels, shops and spas.

Crested Butte, Colorado. Rounding off the list of top five ski resorts in Colorado is Crested Butte. This historic mining town turned ski resort is nestled among beautiful snow covered mountain peaks. Known as “the perfect mountain” by the locals, Crested Butte offers slopes and trails for all levels of skiing experience. The slopes are wide and don’t get easily crowded which is an advantage to everyone. The mountain also features extreme skiing locations on the North Face and the Head Wall. As of 2010, the newly expanded Teocalli Bowl area now adds to the extreme skiing location of the mountain.

 


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There is an ideology when playing on your home golf course that says you should be able to dominate any challengers.

However, this same ideology can raise self-expectations to disastrous levels, and Steamboat Springs High School golf coach Andrew Donner saw his team flirt with that line at times Thursday in its lone regular-season home meet at Haymaker Golf Course.

“I always think it's harder to win on your home course,” said Donner, who is in his first year leading the Sailors. “It's always interesting when it's a home golf course, because I noticed the tension out there. I could see some stress early on.”

Top five teams

  1. Grand Junction 222
  2. Steamboat Springs 231
  3. Montrose 232
  4. Eagle Valley 241
  5. Rifle 242

Top 10 individuals

  1. Glen-Michael Mihavetz, Montrose 69
  2. Canon Olkowski, GJ 69
  3. Trevor Olkowski, GJ 70
  4. Britt Walton, SSHS 71
  5. Barrett Jones, Eagle Valley 75
  6. Will Firestone, SSHS 76
  7. Wyatt Carter, Rifle 77
  8. Mike Bingham, Moffat 78
  9. Holden Kleager, Basalt 78
  10. Jacob Smith, Rifle 79

Despite a few hiccups, the Sailors held strong to finish second as a team Thursday, shooting a three-player score of 231, nine shots back of first-place Grand Junction, a 5A school. Montrose finished third with 232, Eagle Valley fourth with 241 and Rifle fifth with 242.

“Overall, I'm happy. We won for the 4A side. We lost to a 5A school,” Donner said. “We won the 4A side, and that's really the most important thing. Some good numbers out of Britt and Will.”

Senior Britt Walton led SSHS with 71 to finish in fourth place. Walton, who finished sixth last year at state, has been a consistent force for the Sailors all season, with Donner believing he is capable of doing much more.

“I started off kind of bad with bogeys and then made a few ups and downs later and then brought it back,” Walton said. “I thought I did pretty well over all.”

Fellow senior Will Firestone was second for the Sailors, shooting 76 to finish sixth overall. Despite a strong 1-under par on the front nine, Firestone spent most of the day in a mental battle with himself that likely cost him a top five finish.

“I was very frustrated. I started off pretty good, then I just left a couple shots out there on the back,” Firestone said. “It's always a learning experience when you play bad. There are always positives to take from the round. Go out next time hoping to do a little better.”

Noah Bass was third for the Sailors with 84, with Jacob Taulman's 86 and Nolan Sankey's 87 rounding out the scores. Steamboat's usual No. 3 golfer, Jack Starkey, did not compete.

Winning the tournament was Montrose's Glen-Michael Mihavetz, who shot 69. He tied with Grand Junction's Canon Olkowski but edged him in a one-hole playoff. Canon's brother, Grand Junction's Trevor Olkowski, took third with a 70.

“There are still some things we need to work on and fix a little bit. I think our mental game needs a little bit of work,” Donner said. “The biggest thing is we are winning a lot of our 4A events, and that bodes well going into regionals.”

Thursday's tournament was an important tune-up for Sept. 22, when the Sailors will host their Class 4A regional at Haymaker. Donner said he is still looking for that fourth golfer behind Walton, Firestone and Starkey, but the options are there, and he feels confident about Steamboat's chances come postseason.

“We have a team that can win the region. We haven't won it in a while. Being at home, that's going to be a big advantage,” Donner said. “There's no reason we can't get three scores in the 70s come regionals, and that's probably what it's going to take to win it.”

The Sailors will travel to Craig Friday to play a match with Moffat County.

To reach Austin Colbert, call 970-871-4204, email [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @Austin_Colbert

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