Skip to main content
  1. Sports
  2. Recreation
  3. Snow Sports

3 tips to get your early season skiing/riding up to par

See also

Loveland Ski Area, A-Basin, Copper, Breckenridge, and Keystone are open for the 2013-2014 season. More resorts and areas will be coming online shortly, in the next week or over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Here are three tips that can help improve your early season skiing/riding.

  • Ski/Ride mid-week. With limited terrain open at many of these resorts, although the conditions are awesome, the amount of crowds and traffic will be busier on the weekends than mid-week. If you can play hooky mid-week and plan it around a powder day, you will maximize your early season skiing/riding.
  • Start early and have a late lunch. Most people will go in for lunch from 12-1 pm. Start early when the lifts open and have a mid-morning snack. Then as people go in for lunch, stay out and enjoy a little less crowds for a while. Come in and have a late lunch while actually being able to find a table to sit at. This is a win-win. You avoid the lunch crowds and still have lunch while other people are out skiing.
  • Stay to the sides of the trails. Early season, there are always many race teams and people skiing/riding on limited terrain selections. Keep your turns more down the hill than across the hill and you reduce the risk of being hit by someone. While the Responsibility Code still applies here that the downhill skier/rider has the right-of-way, minimize the amount of time you spend going across the hill and maximize the amount of time you spend going down the hill.

Ski season has begun! Follow these simple tips so you have a safe early season and can enjoy the entire season. See you on the slopes!



  • David Price rumors
    Should the bottom-dwelling Tampa Bay Rays trade or keep pitching ace David Price?
    MLB Rumors
  • Hottest WNBA players
    Dig in to this WNBA slideshow and see what has Drake so hot and bothered
    20 Photos
  • Feeling groovy: The truth about Adam Wainwright and the grooved Derek Jeter pitch
    MLB News
  • Rory's dad cashes in
    Rory McIlroy's dad Gerry cashes in on $342,000 bet on son's British Open win
  • Bob Burnquist interview
    Examiner exclusive: Skateboarding legend Bob Burnquist talks Dew Tour and Toyota
  • 40-year-old cheerleader
    40-year-old mom Kriste Lewis becomes New Orleans Saints cheerleader
    NFL News