Copper Mountain wants you to cheat on your steady mountain (for $39)

It’s the modern-age-old question for Colorado skiers and boarders: “What pass you got?” As in, what season pass did you buy/get/commit to?

Since the Great Pass Wars that began in the late 90s, the choice for many Colorado residents is either the Colorado Pass or the Rocky Mountain Super Pass. Both are outstanding values for anyone who hits the slopes more than five or six times a year (like, duh, why wouldn’t you?), and if you snu-snu (yeah, that’s the name I’m giving to the practice of skiing or snowboarding, since no one has ever come up with a good name to describe both, and I know it’s from Futurama, why do you think I chose it, besides I’m not sure if the Futurama writers didn’t abscond it from someone else even though I guess I could Google it and maybe find out if it’s a reference to something, but, and anyway I might change my mind down the road ’cause it’s my blog and I can do whatever I want, including writing really long and dangerous and ill-advised run-on sentences in a convoluted parenthesis explanation scenario that would be better off in a separate post but now that I’m on a roll I think I’ll just keeping rolling with it, ooh did you see that snowboarder who jumped into the opening ceremony of the Olympics, jeesh talk about pressure but he stuck it so mad props, oh hey is that my mac ‘n cheese on fire on the stove?) a bunch you can get your cost of snu-snu down to pennies a day. Almost.

But the problem with buying one pass or the other has always been your friends who bought the wrong other pass. It’d be great if all your friends had the same pass, and you could all snu-snu together all the time, but people gots their loyalties, and who’s to question loyalty to a mountain?

Anywhoo, Copper recently debuted their Swinger’s Pass offering any season pass owner a Copper lift ticket for $39. Just show up at the Copper lift ticket window with your other ski resort season pass and they’ll trade your 39 greenbacks for a day of snu-snu. From their Interwebz:

End Mountain Monogamy and Come Get Some!

There’s no question of loyalty here. It’s just a day riding a mountain with easier access, free parking and fewer crowds. Any season pass holder worldwide: Sneak over to Copper Mountain for a day and pick up the Swinger’s Pass for the easy price of $39! Get to Guest Services or to the Ticket Windows of Copper Mountain to purchase this sexy deal. This product cannot be purchased online.

Don’t have a pass to anywhere? Check out the High Four.

Deal is subject to change. Not valid 3/12 – 3/27/10 or 4/5 – 4/9/10. Limited to 1 day per person.

Not a bad deal. Now you can go snu-snu for cheap with a friend who has the other pass and get some strange. On the slopes, people. I know what you are thinking, and I would never resort to sex to promote snu-snu. And neither would Intrawest. I mean Pwder. Pshaww.

Buy some gas, get some cheap Colorado ski resort lift tickets deal is back

The half-price lift ticket gas purchase deal is back, now at participating Shell stations. Resorts in Colorado offering the BOGO deal are Copper MountainMonarch MountainPowderhorn and Winter Park. Props once again to Monarch for not having any weekend restrictions (not including their blackout dates).

Details (with blackout dates and days) can be found on the Ski Free Colorado website, or just head straight to the list of participating gas stations.


Colorado ski bum Charlie Toups jailed for illegal camping

If you’ve skied A-Basin in the couple of seasons, then you’ve probably noticed the truck camper belonging to hardcore ski bum Charlie Toups parked in a lot near the CDOT garage.

Jason Blevins of the Denver Post fills you in on the mysterious man in the camper with a story on his arrest:

From the story:

Toups first ran afoul of the Forest Service, which prohibits living on public land, in 2007 when he was back living in Loveland in the ski area parking lot.

So, he fired up his most recent home — a tired Ford, its hood and doors closed with ropes, its bed topped with a dilapidated camper. He rattled over Loveland Pass, towing a trailer full of old skis and a rusting Honda motorcycle. He landed in the Colorado Department of Transportation utility lot on Forest Service land next to Arapahoe Basin ski area.

On Nov. 14, five months after a Forest Service cop issued Toups a ticket for camping on public land in the CDOT lot, they came for him with a warrant for his arrest.

Toups had missed two mailed summonses, sent to an Aspen-area post office box he never visited.

While there are other ski and snowboard bums living part of the year in parking lots, snow caves, campers, buses, cars, trucks, yurts, teepees, closets, porches, sheds, garages, and attics, few seem as dedicated to skiing as Toups.

“I ski because it is a portal, a gateway to health,” he said, noting that in all his years on skis he has never been injured. “But when I moved into that lot, I was desperate. Sure, I may live like a bum, but I do not behave like one.”

Here’s hoping that Toups is soon back on the slopes.

UPDATE: There’s now a FREE CHARLIE TOUPS! Facebook page. It has 583 fans as of 9:45 p.m. MST on Monday, Jan. 11.

UPDATE 2: Charlie is free, receives deferred prosecution.

Mobile app testers wanted for I-70 traffic monitoring program

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Drive Interstate 70 in the Colorado mountains, and have an iPhone, Blackberry or Android? Then GoI70.com would like to check your beta action. From the GoI70.com blog:

GoI70.com is looking for Jackrabbits – volunteers to help test and give feedback on the GoI70 mobile phone application. The application is the mobile connection to the GoI70 social network, travel alerts and road information.  Users will receive mobile phone updates of I-70 road conditions and speeds, and can send and read messages by other users along the highway.

The mobile software is in an early beta stage of development. It will be revised and expanded in response to the testers feedback on ease of use and desired features. The mobile app testers are the first members of the I-70 Jackrabbit Corps which is the core of the I-70 social network.

We are looking for people with advanced smart phones (iPhone, recent model Blackberrys or Android-based phones) who drive the I-70 corridor. Testers will load the application on to their phone and use it when they are traveling I-70. We need volunteers who will participate in our traffic monitoring program and send messages to the I-70 social network about driving conditions encountered in their travels. Because this is software in early development we are looking for volunteers with a healthy curiosity about new technology, a bit of free time and lots of patience.

If you are interested, send an email to info@i70solutions.org Tell us your name, smart phone type and model, phone number, and an email address where we can send you information.

Smart riders in Colorado know to avoid I-70 at peak times (Saturday mornings, Sunday afternoons), but sometimes you just can’t help it. Since the solution to ski traffic on I-70 is still decades and piles of $$$ down the road, here’s hoping that technology can help out.

Or you could move to Leadville, live in a van down by the Arkansas River and hike your butt up to ride down. Sounds like a solid Plan B to me.

Descente offers 40 free lift tickets for jacket purchase

Seems like a sweet deal if you’re in the market for a new parka. Via Descente:

This jacket comes with a free lift pass to each of the following North American resorts. Use as many as you would like. Some people use enough of these passes to pay for their jacket many times over. Windham Mountain, NY; Copper Mountain, CO; Winter Park, CO; Arapahoe Basin, CO; Powder Mountain, UT; Big Bear Mountain, CA; Alpine Meadows, CA; Arizona Snow Bowls, AZ; Big Sky, MT; Sundance, UT; The Canyons, UT; Spirit Mountain, MN; Boyne Mountain/Boyne Highlands, MI; Indianhead, MI; Cannonsurg, MI; Shanty Creek, MI; Boston Mills/Brandy Wine, OH; Sunday River/Sugar Loaf, ME; Holiday Valley, NY; Hunter Mountain, NY; Wachusett Mountain, MA; Jay Peak, VT; Bretton Woods, NH; Waterville Valley, NH; Bear Valley, CA; Ski Train, CO; Mission Ridge, WA; Nashoba Valley Ski Resort, MA; Trollhaugen Ski Resort, WI; Appalachian Ski Mountain, NC; Angel Fire Resort, NM; Sunrise Resort, AZ; Rabbit Hill, AB; Big White, BC; Silver Star, BC; Grouse Mountain, BC; Kicking Horse, BC; Mt. Norquay, AB; Canada Olympic Park, AB; Hockley Valley Resort, ON; Mont Saint Sauveur Resorts, PQ; Sun Peaks Resort, BC.