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Don’t hibernate this winter

Bears hibernate, but you don’t have to. Just because the thermometer has dropped a few degrees and the rain has turned to snow doesn’t mean that it’s time to put on 40 pounds, curl up by a fire and wait for spring. You live in Colorado for Pete’s sake. Winter just ...

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. After a less than impressive 2011-12 season that left many a Colorado ...

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...

Flying high

Colorado´s ski industry is the leader in North America for good reason. Visitation to local favorite Vail exceeds 1.5 million skier days each year. That number, 1,750,000 skier days (one skier, skiing one day) last year alone at Vail, means that the ski area has the ...

Fresh winter grub

It´s been a long day up on the mountains and the Clif bar you had earlier did no justice to your hunger. Thankfully, ski resorts and towns in Colorado realize it takes more than just a chewy granola bar to satisfy famished skiers — and they reinvent their dining ...

Spend your money on gas, not lift tickets

After last year’s lackluster snowfall truncated the number of available ski days, it would be nice if Mother Nature gave a little foresight into what Colorado resorts may be in for in 2012-13. Without a time machine to take a peek at January’s snowpack, snow ...

Have a quieter white winter

If the lyrics to “Silent Night” are to be believed, winter is a time when “all is calm.” But try telling that to someone at one of Colorado’s ski resorts...

Basic training

Even for an expert, making the right decision can be tough. 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. It was ...

Hot gear for the coldest part of the year

Old Man Winter better make up for last year’s lousy snow season. After a good initial showing in late autumn 2011, most of the year was spent waiting for that big storm that never really came. Adding insult was the record-setting summer heat that broiled the ...

Kicking butt doesn´t require two legs

If Oscar Pistorius taught us anything at the summer Olympics it was that some people with physical disabilities don’t let the loss of their legs — or other limbs or senses — keep them from achieving lofty physical goals. While the “Blade Runner” created controversy, ...
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