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Thursday, December 15,2011

High five

By Tom Winter
Let's face it, we’re spoiled. Colorado has some of the best skiing and riding in the world. Witness the fact that while we get to live here, people from all over the world descend upon our winter paradise each season, hoping to get a weeklong taste of what we get to enjoy all winter. They’re here for powder, parties, impeccably groomed runs and nightlife that ranges from the mild to the wild. Come to think of it, that’s why we live here, too.
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Monday, December 12,2011

Gear of the Year: Five items you won't want to live without

By Tom Winter
Christmas is coming, but the ski and snowboard season has already started. Regardless of whether you’re celebrating the start of winter, adding a few “special” items to that gift list, stoking out a friend with an early December birthday or rewarding yourself, here’s where to start your shopping list.
Wednesday, November 23,2011

Olympic mountain: Colorado's Beaver Creek

By Tom Winter
In 1976, Colorado voters were asked a simple question: “Should the state host the Winter Olympics?” The future governor Dick Lamm, answer was “no.” The no vote was a shocker. Orchestrated by who was a state representative at the time, and fellow rep Bob Jackson, the anti-Olympic movement of the ’70s found sympathetic ears in voters concerned about uncontrolled growth along the Front Range and out of control costs.
Thursday, November 17,2011

White Death: Avalanche season is here

By Tom Winter
Professional skier Jamie Pierre died Sunday afternoon in an early season avalanche while skiing yet-to-be-opened Snowbird. The Utah resort hadn’t commenced avalanche control work, and the upper parts of the ski area’s steep, avalanche-prone mountain had been getting pounded by snow and wind, filling in lines and enticing local skiers.
Wednesday, November 9,2011

Powder prophet

By Tom Winter
For Gratz, every day is perfect. At least from a weather standpoint. Gratz, along with fellow meteorologist and skier Andy Murray, is a founder of Open Snow, a website that’s currently geared toward snow reports but expects to expand to include other activities.
Thursday, October 13,2011

The art of snowmaking

By Tom Winter
The snow has started to fall. But let’s be honest. To really get the ski and snowboarding season up and running in style, Mother Nature needs a bit of help. A push in the right direction. A jolt of winter. Some snow. And any kind of snow will do. Enter snowmaking. Without it, many Colorado ski areas would face a fickle opening date. With it, some consistency is created.
Thursday, September 22,2011

Into the Earth

Canyoneering the Colorado plateau

By Tom Winter
The hike started innocently enough: a well-trodden trail from a Utah campground near the small ski resort of Brianhead. Soon, though, we left the trail and started bushwhacking up a steep ridge. The terrain was rough.
Thursday, August 25,2011

The art of tubing

By Tom Winter
The creek has been a time-honored escape from the heat of summer for decades. And with this years heat lingering and looking like blasting us in an inferno through September, the creek is the obvious place to go to cool off..
Thursday, August 11,2011

Colorado's 13ers

By Tom Winter
They are Colorado’s overlooked peaks. Hidden in the shadows of their larger cousins, Colorado’s 13ers number in the hundreds (637, to be exact). And while the 14ers get all the press, the diversity and challenges of these peaks are one of the state’s best-kept secrets.
Thursday, July 7,2011

Boulder's Grand Traverse

Wildflowers and more on the Mesa

By Tom Winter
We start early, as the eastern sun kisses the top of the Flatirons. The air is cool, but the crystalline Colorado sky hints at the heat to come. The valleys are still lush despite the summer. The spring rains lingered late this year, and the trail is still moist. We know we’ll see wildlife on our hike, but we’re not getting an early start in hopes of finding Bambi. Today we’re hunting wildflowers, and Boulder’s grand traverse, the Mesa Trail, promises to serve up a bounty.