<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Winter Scene]]> <![CDATA[Outdoor events]]> Keystone Ski Area, often the leader among the bigger resorts in sending that first chair loaded with skiers and riders up the mountain, is offering up booty for its early season attendees in the form of the A51 River Run Rail Series.]]> <![CDATA[Music and events calendar]]> How the World Began — With the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company. 7:30 p.m. The Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826.]]> <![CDATA[Bring on the powderhounds: Colorado’s ski area overview 2012-2013]]> Colorado’s ski season opened this year on the slopes of A Basin, locally loved for its open bowl skiing, steep runs and the “Beach” base area that’s so friendly to tailgating parties. With some of the highest skiable terrain in the country, topping out at 13,000 feet, it’s not a surprise that A Basin’s season is one of the longest.]]> <![CDATA[Hot gear for the coldest part of the year]]> May you snowshoe into the deep woods and get a taste of the sublime stillness. And may you partake in some of the sweet winter gear that has been waiting to be dusted off and get on the mountain.]]> <![CDATA[Soaking in warmth in winter]]> There’s something special about submerging aching muscles in naturally heated, mineral-rich water when the temperature outside is below freezing or, better yet, it’s snowing.]]> <![CDATA[Winter Scene 2010: The firing line]]> It%uFFFDs cold. It%uFFFDs windy. Your hands are frozen. You%uFFFDve been snowshoeing for hours. Now the moment comes: the light on the Gore Range is perfect, with the snow reflecting the alpenglow that brushes the peaks. You pull out your camera. It%uFFFDs going to be the perfect shot.]]> <![CDATA[Winter Scene 2010: The great Colorado ski area over view]]> It%uFFFDs one of the wonderful problems to have in Colorado: picking the best place to ski or snowboard. Colorado boasts 26 major ski areas that range from the modest Howelsen Hill to the epic bowls of Vail. Picking the best ones for your style, budget and time can be tricky.]]> <![CDATA[Winter Scene 2010: Happy winter trails to you]]> <![CDATA[Winter Scene 2010: Gear up for winter camping]]> To some, the idea of spending a night outdoors in the cold, dark heart of winter is a miserable notion. But with the right gear and proper technique, the seldom-seen winter wilderness offers a pristine world of snowy marvels and crystalline, star-filled nights.]]> <![CDATA[Winter Scene 2010: Winter cycling essentials]]> <![CDATA[50 years of skiing Colorado]]> Talk to a skier who learned in the ’60s and they’ll tell stories of coaches imported from Europe to teach Americans how to tackle obstacles like moguls — knees together! — and ski edges sharp enough to shred your ski pants. Our rocker skis, wide leg stance and Gortex pants are a long ways from those experiences.]]> <![CDATA[Basic training]]> After three weeks camped on the Carroll Glacier in Alaska, waiting to ski a certain line after it went into the shade, longtime backcountry skier and guide Donny Roth finally set out for the summit. He and his team hiked to within 200 feet of the summit and assessed the situation. It was, he says, certain death.]]> <![CDATA[Entertaining options through the winter months]]> This December, the White Christmas Ball will return to impart a little bit of that ’40s charm on its guests.]]> <![CDATA[Desperately seeking snowfall]]> There´s a buzz building in the air with each cold nip and chilly breeze. Those long, light blue wispy clouds over the western horizon are surely harbingers of wind, freezing temperatures and snow.]]> <![CDATA[Winter Scene 2010: Winter fun for kids]]> Just because the weather turns cold and that white stuff starts falling from the sky doesn%uFFFDt mean you should park your kid in front of the television. Boulder County has a plethora of activities that are perfect for children during the winter months. From snow sports to local recreation center programs]]> <![CDATA[Winter Scene 2010: iPhone snow applications]]> <![CDATA[Winter Scene 2010: Hitting the smaller slopes]]> <![CDATA[Winter Scene 2010: Catch air]]> I%uFFFDve strapped on my snowboard for the first time in two years, and I%uFFFDm standing at the top of a man-made jump staring downwards at an intimidating 42-degree slope. I%uFFFDve snowboarded for 12 years %uFFFD I traded last year%uFFFDs snow season for a two-month jaunt around South America %uFFFD but I%uFFFDve always preferred going down a hill to soaring above it.]]> <![CDATA[Dig your way to warmth]]> The backcountry punishes mistakes fiercely, especially in the winter. But should you find yourself stranded in the woods during the winter, there are ways to ensure you survive the night.]]> <![CDATA[Winter Scene 2010: Hot styles, cold weather]]>