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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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..
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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.
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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.
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Thursday, June 23,2011

Wet!

Colorado’s deep snowpack means a long, wet summer for river rats story and photos by tom winter

By Tom Winter
The summer solstice means many things. For some, it's a chance to delve into their pagan roots. For others, it's an excuse to have a party.
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Thursday, June 2,2011

Rolling dice

Boulder’s leading mountain bike activist speaks out

By Tom Winter
As the Government Affairs Director for the International Mountain Biking Association, Jenn Dice heads up the lobbying arm of the leading mountain biking advocacy group in the United States. She rode into the job by accident, after getting involved in endurance mountain bike racing.
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Thursday, May 12,2011

Sneaky singletrack

By Tom Winter
That's about all you hear this time of year as mountain bike enthusiasts pack up their rigs, load the bikes on top and head west into the Utah desert. And while Moab does sound nice, those who are looking for something a bit different can turn their spring mountain bike road trips into exploratory missions, leaving the crowds behind.
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