Santa’s Slaying Powder in Colorado Ski Country USA
The jolly old elf brought lots of early Christmas snow to CSCUSA resorts
While the Christmas holiday is just a few days away, Santa Claus has already been spotted making turns at resorts throughout Colorado Ski Country USA. It’s no wonder—he’s been delivering an early Christmas present, in the form of snow. It’s piling up, and resorts are gearing up for a great Christmas week.
Here are just a few places where Santa’s been spotted recently. We have it on good authority he’ll put in another couple appearances before he has to get to work this weekend:
Santa dropped by Arapahoe Basin to take a few turns telemarking, a form of skiing where the heel is free from the bindings. We hear Santa will be taking a few more runs to double check his naughty-or-nice list on Christmas Eve morning.
Skiers and riders at Granby Ranch can look forward to skiing with Santa in the afternoon of December 23rd and again during night skiing. He’ll even be giving out candy canes!
Skiing Santa will visit Loveland Ski Area on December 24th and 25th. He’ll hit the slopes at Loveland Basin and Loveland Valley with treats for children of all ages.
Santa is also expected to be at Monarch Mountain resort, near Salida, on Christmas Eve morning. Little ones (with lift tickets or a season pass) are invited to hang out with Santa as he skis the mountain and spreads Christmas cheer.
Santa and Mrs. Claus have been spotted at Purgatory this season as well. Kids of all ages can also enjoy the Inferno Mountain Coaster, guided snowshoe tours, and the tubing hill, which all open for the season Christmas Eve.
In Steamboat, powder-covered slopes all converge at the new Skeeter's Ice Rink. The newly-updated Steamboat Square is the perfect place for après activities like ice skating. The rink is free to the public with their own skates and skate rentals are available.
(Santa was caught on camera in Steamboat delivering LOTS of early-season powder to all the nice skiers and riders. Hit play below:)
At Sunlight, Santa Claus, the one and only person in the world allowed to load the lifts without a valid season pass, was seen making good on Sunlight Mountain Resort's Free Pass For Santa Claus policy. The jolly ole fellow visited Sunlight the weekend that the resort celebrated 55 years of operation in Glenwood Springs. Free hot cocoa for the kids.
Sarah Beatty, APR