Peter Shelton

Snowcat Rules

Posted in Ski evolution, Watch columns by pshelton on January 29, 2011

Heliski warm-up guy on his way to Canada. Gear geek with GPS/altimeter inside his goggles. High-flying former freestyler on a “guys trip” with his son. Eastern “bark-eater” soft-snow fanatic who grants himself at least one trip out West every winter. The snowboarder who knows he needs to get a split board and skins to access the backcountry but just hasn’t gotten around to it.

The crew aboard the San Juan Skiing Co. snowcat last week included many of the usual suspects. (more…)

Purgatory gets it right

Posted in Ski evolution by pshelton on April 9, 2010

Telluride’s neighbor ski area to the south, Purgatory, is displaying some heartening news on its website. (Current owners want to be known as Durango Mountain Resort, but that is a mouthful to which I haven’t yet grown accustomed.) Instead of shutting the lifts down as originally planned in early April, they will reopen for three-day weekends (Fri.-Sun.) as long as the snow lasts or until the end of the month. Sweet! They will run three chairlifts and offer reduced-price tickets. They’re doing this, they say, to reward their l0yal skiers. I say, right on; it’s the right thing to do.

More props: Aspen ends its daily operations this Sunday, April 11th. But it, too, is reopening for weekends, the 17th-18th and 24th-25th. Tickets are $39.