A fifth-generation native of Western Colorado, Kristen Lummis has been skiing almost as long as she’s been walking. She grew up skiing at Powderhorn, Aspen/Snowmass and Telluride and still loves to make turns with her family at those resorts and many others. Kristen claims she’s never had a bad ski day and makes it a point to discover the hidden charms of every mountain she explores. The ski mom behind BraveSkiMom.com, a popular resource for skiing and outdoor families, Kristen can also be found at other publications including Women’s Adventure Magazine, Colorado Ski Country’s Club Colorado blog and MTN Town Magazine. She is a member of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association. You can follow Kristen on Twitter @BraveSkiMom and on Facebook at braveskimom.

How to Find the Best Powder Runs

It’s not easy making a list of North America’s best powder runs.  The most obvious reason why, is that everyone (including me), keeps secrets.  Like mushroom hunters and CIA operatives, powder skiers are loathe to share their intel. While we… Read More →

Smugglers Notch

North America’s Best Value Ski Areas

In a 2016 survey, Colorado-based RRC Associates identified why people stop skiing and snowboarding.  Fully 39% blamed the cost of lift tickets and passes, some of which now top $200 if you walk up to a ticket window. Ouch.  It… Read More →

8 Ski Areas in New Mexico You Can’t Miss

We recently made the case for what makes skiing and snowboarding in New Mexico special. Some quick reasons? High elevation that means light, dry snow, powder that lasts for days, and a season that extends into March and April. Today,… Read More →

Red River Ski Area

Why Your Next Winter Trip Should Be to New Mexico

While there are many fantastic North American ski destinations, if you’re looking for a special winter trip, start with New Mexico.  The first ski trails in New Mexico were cut on Sandia Peak by the Albuquerque Ski Club in 1935…. Read More →

How To Know You’re Ready for Boxes and Rails

Here’s a scenario: You’re a solid intermediate skier or snowboarder. You ride most of the mountain and you’re feeling good about it.  Still, you keep thinking about the terrain park. You ride the lift over it. You ski by it…. Read More →

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Why You Should Never Teach Your Loved Ones to Ski

The next time you think about volunteering to teach a friend or family member how to ski, remember this true story.  It was a snowy winter evening in the mountains of Colorado. We were sitting in a hotel hot tub… Read More →

How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Kids’ Ski Gear

Getting ready for the ski season? Since we’re still ahead of the snowiest months, fall is a terrific time to do a family ski gear inventory. For a deeper dive on sussing out your own gear, check out our past… Read More →

15-Minute Workout: Get In Shape for Ski or Snowboard Season

If you’re a skier or snowboarder, chances are you’re also a biker, a hiker, a runner, a yogi or maybe even a gym rat. You know, someone who is in pretty good shape.  And while that may be true (or… Read More →

snowmaking machine or snow gun

How Is Snow Made? The Science Behind Snowmaking

When it started snowing last week at several Colorado ski resorts, there were few clouds in the sky and no natural precipitation in sight. The forecast was for sun.  But the weather was perfect — for snowmaking.  Making snow is… Read More →

Ideas for Free Summer Family Fun at Ski Resorts

Ah, summer! Long warm days and life at a slower pace; doesn’t it sound great? It does, until the days get hot and the kids get bored. Rather than getting grouchy or obsessively counting the days until school begin, get… Read More →