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The Ikon Pass could be a gamechanger for ski passes in Summit County

by The Mountain Living Team

Currently there are three passes that will grant you access to all the Summit County ski areas and a few just outside the county border; the Epic Pass, Copper Pass & Loveland Pass.  The Epic Pass offers access to all the Vail Resorts properties.  It includes Breck, Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek and A-Basin. The Copper Mountain Pass is either a single mountain pass or can be combined with Winter Park & a few days at Steamboat.  The Loveland Pass is just Loveland. Next year there will be a new pass available, the Ikon Pass and it could give Vail Resorts a run for their money.  

The Ikon Pass includes Copper Mountain and 24 or 25 other resorts across the country.  There are 2 options to buy, $599 or $899.For $599 you will get unlimited access with no blackout dates to three Colorado resorts; Copper Mountain, Winter Park and Eldora, Big Bear in California, Blue Mountain & Tremblant in Canada, and Snowshoe in West Virginia. You also get unlimited access with a few blackout dates to three more California resorts plus 5 days at  Steamboat and Aspen Snowmass in Colorado plus Jackson Hole, Deer Valley and several other mountains in the East & in Canada.  The higher price point gives you unlimited access to 12 resorts and 7 days at the remaining 13 resorts.  Passes for kids under 12 are less than $200 and they offer military, college & teen discounts. 

It doesn't replace Epic Pass in Summit County.  There's still only one mountain in the county included but if you plan to take some ski vacations you have a whole lot more options.  I have already heard some people say they will buy this pass instead of the Epic and maybe get a cheaper pass, like the A-Basin/Keystone pass to add some additional Summit County resorts.  

We try and take a ski trip a few hours away every year.  We did Jackson Hole this year, Wolf Creek the year before and Steamboat before that.  Destination trips like that will certainly factor into the pass decision for many people.  

More information about the new Ikon Pass is available on their website.  Passes go on sale March 6th.  Like most passes, these may go up in price the longer you wait to buy. #IkonPass

Comfortable Ski Boots? Have you seen these boots by Apex?

by Meredith Adams

Comfortable Ski BootsJason & I had finished skiing for the day, sat down on a bench at the base area of Copper Mountain to put our cat tracks on our boots when we ran into another skier that was calling it a day.  He sat down next to Jason and proceeded to take his ski boots off.  It only required unhooking a couple of buckles and he stepped out of a ski boot frame but remained in boots that looked like snowboard boots.  He connected a strap to the ski boot frames and was ready to throw them over his shoulder and head out.  

It turns out the boots he was wearing were Apex ski boots.  The gentleman said he has type 2 diabetes and as a result has a lot of problems with his feet.  If it wasn't for these boots, he may have had to give up skiing.  He continued to tell us how comfortable and warm the boots are and that they are even easy to put on.  The outer frames connect to your skis just like any other boots so no special bindings are required.  That day he was trying out the high performance boots which run around $899.  Other versions of the boots are available as well.  He was definitely a raving fan of these boots.  

Apparently there is an Apex Demo Center in the Denver Metro area.  According to this skier, they offer a week long demo for $100.  You can then apply your demo money towards your purchase if you decide to buy.  

The thought of comfortable, warm ski boots that are easy to walk in before and after you ski is intriguing. These boots also make hike to terrain and back country options sound much better than hiking in my current ski boots or carrying ski boots as I snowshoe up the mountain.  When the time comes for new ski boots, these Apex boots are going to be on my list as an option to try.

We hit the jackpot at Copper Mountain Resort!

by Meredith Adams

We were reluctant to ski on a Saturday but Copper Mountain was reporting 32" of snow in the last week. We had to go. With only 3 lifts open we knew the lines would be long, and they were. We headed up the Eagle after waiting for what seemed like a really long time in the singles line. Then it was on to the Excelerator to hit the top of the mountain. We didn't want to go back down to the bottom and wait in that line again unless we had to. The Excelerator usually doesn't have much of a line but today it did. We finally made it to the top. We didn't linger with the gusty winds at the top and headed towards Ptarmigan, the only way down. Along the way we noticed a crowd was building. Skiers and riders were looking into Mine Dump where ski patrol was packing snow. I could hardly hear the ski patroller as she asked for help with the packing. "Five at a time," she said, "and if you're not orderly, we'll have to stop." After a short wait the first five headed down the slope. We watched as they enoyed the fresh powder. Then 5 more went, then 5 more. The anticipation was almost unbearable as we listened to the whoops and hollers of those on the slopes. Finally it was our turn. Off we went. The snow was worth the wait. Soft, fluffy powder that was easily knee deep greeted us with every turn. Fresh tracks on a Saturday! Knee deep powder on our second ski day of the year! A spectacular ski day at Copper Mountain We floated through the powder, down the slope until we connected back to Ptarmigan. We high fived each other, grinning ear to ear as we headed back to the Excelerator lift hoping we would get a second run down it. It was all I could do to wait patiently as the lift took us back to the top. We made our way back down to the Mine Dump entrance. It looked like they were still letting everyone in and we could breathe easy knowing we'd get another run as great as the first. Then, they told us they were going to open CDL too. We traversed behind ski patrol to the top of CDL. We were going to be in the first ten people to go down this run today! We couldn't believe our good fortune as we headed back into the powder. We were experiencing conditions that rivaled some of our best days last year; which was a phenomenal season. Unfortunately, we had work to do and couldn't spend any more time on the mountain. We left feeling like we hit the jackpot or won the lottery. The smiles still haven't left our faces. Thank you Copper Mountain for an incredible start to the 2014/2015 ski season

Ski Season Opening Day 2014

by Meredith Adams

Arapahoe Basin is the first ski area to open for the 2014-2015 skiing and riding season! Temps are forcast to be in the 50s today so it's like spring skiing in October. We stopped by this morning to give you a quick look at what it looks like on the slopes today. Plan to do some Beachin' at the Basin soon!  

Breckenridge ski area now open!

by Meredith Adams

Breckenridge ski slopesToday was opening day for the final ski area in Summit County to open for the 2013-2014 ski season. As Breckenridge opened for it's 52nd season today skiers and riders hit the slopes enjoying a blue bird day on 7 runs adding up to 127 acres and just 5% of Breck's total terrain. With good snow so far in November and more snow in the forecast Summit County ski areas are anticipating more terrain opening quickly. Keystone, Copper Mountain and A-Basin are open along with nearby Loveland ski area. Vail and Beaver Creek will be open before Thanksgiving but with all this terrain open now, there's no need to wait to get your ski legs back. Strap on those skis and boards and get a taste of the upcoming season. I finally hit the slopes for my first day on new skis and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed myself. My Vokl Kenja skis lived up to all the hype and wowed me. Even as I headed down the same run for the third time at Keystone, I was having a blast turning and jumping, finding my edges and my legs. I was giggling like a little kid as I caught air over a little jump. The smile never left my face during my two hours on the slopes. If you haven't been out yet, take a couple hours and remind yourself how much you like skiing and riding. No matter the conditions or the terrain, you won't be disappointed in early season skiing in Summit County

Two more Summit County ski areas open for business

by Meredith Adams

Copper Mountain ski areaWith snow reports of 4" - 5" in the last 24 hours, Keystone and Copper Mountain both cranked up the lifts and opened the mountains for the 2013-2014 ski season today. Keystone Resort opened with 4 runs accessible by 6 lifts and totalling 65 acres. 3 green runs and one blue. 4" of new snow plus more snow all day today is suppose to give way to sunny skies tomorrow which should make for an epic opening weekend. Take a look at current conditions from River Run or other Keystone Mountain Cams Copper is opening up with similar conditions to Keystone. Today you'll enjoy 3 lifts accessing 4 runs and 59.5 acres from Center Village. Sherpa, Copper's new app is also available to download to your smartphone. Connect via bluetooth to the speakers in your helmet and get directions and tips as you ski. Take a look at the mountain from Copper's Center Village camera. With ski season underway, maybe you need your own ski condo. You can own a 3 week share on the mountain for under $20,000 or a ski-in ski-out penthouse for more than $1,000,000. No matter what is the best fit for you, The Mountain Living Team can help you find it.

Blogging is a bit like skiing

by Joanne Hanson

It is much easier if you start at 4 years old. However, as a skier who took her first lesson at 40, I can tell you that it is not impossible. Today, although I don’t think I qualify as an expert skier (I have yet to ski Tucker Mountain at Copper), I consider myself at to be advanced, even though I got a late start. Although the “right” way to ski changes frequently, it still doesn’t change as fast as technology, and I find it increasingly difficult to keep up in that arena and still do my full time Realtor duties well.

Blogging works perfectly for me in that my goal has always been to give my clients the information they need, and lots more they didn’t know they needed. I still have plenty of things to say. This blog makes that very easy to do, but my technology shortcomings become readily apparent. So, if you see a link that doesn’t quite work, or notice the lack of graphics and photos, be patient! They will come as soon as I figure out how!

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