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Thursday, November 15,2012

Success by The Book

By Tom Winter
The Book is a result of sweat. Of struggle. Of pain and mishap and, ultimately, of success. The Book is, says Palmer Hoyt, “how I learned how to ski again.”
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Friday, October 26,2012

Flying high

Inside Vail’s new gondola

By Tom Winter
The big news for Vail this year is the replacement of the aging Vista Bahn high-speed chairlift with the most technologically advanced lift in North America. Vail’s new gondola is a masterpiece of engineering.
Thursday, July 12,2012

Six feet and the smell of victory

Burro racing adds feet to the team — and a teammate who may not want to win

By Tom Winter
Burro racing probably won’t be coming to prime time on ESPN soon, but that doesn’t mean that the sport isn’t alive and well in Colorado.
Thursday, June 28,2012

Alex Willie named to USA World Cup Cycling Team

By Tom Winter
Alex Willie’s road to the 2012 Mountain Bike World Championships in Leogang-Saalfelden, Austria, just got a lot smoother. The 17-year-old cyclist, who was profiled in the May 31 issue of Boulder Weekly, has just been named to the elite United States World Cup Cycling Team as a downhill racer.
Thursday, May 31,2012

The future is all down

Life is looking up for mountain bike racer Alex Willie

By Tom Winter
Alex Willie might just be the best bike racer you’ve never heard of. He’s fast, damn fast, and he’s headed for the big time, with sponsorships from some of the best brands in cycling.
Thursday, May 3,2012

Getting wet

Author and adventurer Eugene Buchananīs watery life

By Tom Winter
Blame it on Boulder. At least that’s where author, adventurer and Boulder native Eugene Buchanan lays responsibility for an interesting, eclectic life that has taken him around the globe in search of steep rapids on remote rivers and some not so steep and rapid.
Thursday, April 19,2012

Going wild

Apryle Craig and Phil Magistro on kayaking to Alaska

By Tom Winter
Apryle Craig is reminiscing about her do-it-yourself kayak trip through the Pacific Northwest’s Inside Passage. The 111-day journey started in Washington’s Gig Harbor before traveling more than 1,200 miles to Alaska.
Thursday, March 22,2012

Knocked out, but still standing

Former elite freeskier Roy Leckonby on the accident that changed everything

By Tom Winter
Roy Leckonby is happy. He’s lounging in the corner of a Boulder restaurant, sipping a beer and eating Mexican food. He’s smiling and laughing and soaking up the moment. “I’m blessed,” he says. And he means it. Leckonby arrived in Boulder to attend the University of Colorado in 1996. A hotshot ski racer, he’d grown up speeding down the icy slopes of New Hampshire and other Eastern states.
Thursday, March 1,2012

Going down, fast

Boulder`s D`Ann Duft tanks ski racing in the 1940s

By Tom Winter
The technique is solid: weight firmly on the downhill ski, eyes ahead, shoulders square. There’s fire in the eyes, determination there. There’s also beauty and grace and something timeless.
Thursday, December 29,2011

Going Euro

By Tom Winter
There’s a habit among Colorado skiers to think that their mountain is the center of the universe. And while Vail may be the “best place on the planet” and Arapahoe Basin is where “the true hardcores hang out,” there’s another option to consider. And that’s the fact that as rad as these places are, they really don’t stack up to a place called Europe.