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Take sledding to new heights


Retail picks for this year’s best equipment

WINE & DINE Local libations and chef-favorite recipes

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Home Style Cooking In A Family Atmosphere

Full Service convenience Store


Fluffy Pancakes - Omelets - Burgers - Burritos Homemade Desserts - Ice Cream Treats Specialty Coffees & Teas - Mugs - Moose Gifts And our famous “Moose Wear”

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Make tracks down to the LOCALS favorite 115 W. Park Avenue, Kremmling Across from the Kremmling Mercantile 970-724-9987

101 Martin Way, Kremmling Located at the West End of Town (970)724-8979

Your Place for One Stop Shopping! Groceries • Deli & Bakery • Full Service, Old Fashioned Meat & Seafood Counter with Hand Cut Meats & Fresh (never frozen) Fish Fillets • General Merchandise Hunting & Fishing Licenses and Supplies Pharmacy Liquor Store


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PUBLISHER Matt Sandberg Advertising Jason Woodside Director Marketing Maggie Butler Director Editor Tonya Bina Advertising Debbie Harris Creative lead Ashley Detmering Creative team Afton Groepper

Carley Hoover Malisa Samsel Photography Byron Hetzler Contributors Reid Tulley

Leia Larsen Reid Armstrong Tim Nicklas Gaylene Ore printing & prepress

Colorado Mountain News Media CMNM General Manager

Jim Morgan

G r a nd Co un ty is a really special place to While Bears slumber, mountain folk come out to play.

From daybreak to Bedtime, there is plenty to do here. Whether Beginner or ex-

pert — sampling Berthoud backcountry or cruisers down JabBerwocky — you’ll Be enriched by the Grand winter experience. With Bellyfuls of food and laughter and the Best of aprés food, Beverages and musical viBes, Grand County will make a Believer out of you. And did we mention the Beautiful scenery? So grab your winter Belongings, and allow us to show you the way to Be…

Inside This Issue 5 | Be outgoing

Find out what’s happening throughout

22 | Be restful

the winter

natural hot springs

Find out what the ski retailers are

Local chefs share winter comfort recipes

8 | Be geared up bragging about

10 | Be adventurous No view is captured better than from a hot air balloon ride Cover Photo by Byron Hetzler/ Sky-Hi News

12 | Be on the edge A snowmobilers paradise

14 | Be outdoors

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18 | Be curious

Soothe those muscles in relaxing

26 | Be indulgent

30 | Be entertained Grand County is proud of its talented local musicians

38 | Be happy Apés happy, that is

40 | Be satisfied The “Bests” of Grand County

44 | Be safe

Mountain driving requires skill and calm nerves

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Ongoing Mondays in December and Saturdays January through March, 4-7 p.m., Cooper Creek Square, Winter Park. Enjoy free horse drawn carriage rides. Weekend BINGO through April 5. The Winter Park-Fraser Valley Rotary Club will host 13 BINGO nights during the ski season. Visit www.winterparkfraservalleyrotary. com for a complete list of dates. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., at Carvers in downtown Winter Park. Proceeds benefit charities in the Fraser Valley. Daily December 26-31. Grand Arts Council Holiday Melodrama. Grand Arts Center, Grand Lake. Boo the villain and cheer for the hero as they make their way through this traditional comic play. Always great for children of all ages, this is an audience participation

event. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for kids. Call 970-5313055 or visit www. for more information. Wednesdays starting December 18, 3-4 p.m., Winter Park Resort. S’mores by the fire. Daily December 20 – January 5, Ski Granby Ranch. Celebrate the holiday season with snowman village, gingerbread men, oldfashioned wagon rides and night skiing on select nights. Call 888-850-4615 or visit www. for more information. Fridays starting January 10. Friday Night Mini Rail Jams, 3:45-5 p.m., Bouncer Terrain Park, Winter Park Resort. Youth 12 and under are welcome to take part in this free

and non-judged rail jam where tricks are called out and everybody takes home some goodies. Call 970-726-1564 for more information or visit www.

December 6 | Hot Sulphur Springs Tree Lighting with Santa, 3-6 p.m., Hot Sulphur Springs Town Hall. Children can visit with Santa, have cookies and snacks and participate in some fun crafts. The lighting of the tree rounds out the day’s events. 6 | Festival of Trees, Fraser Recreation Center 4-8 p.m. Sponsored by the Fraser Valley Lions Club, each nonprofit decorates a Christmas tree/ wreath and the community comes together to view and vote on best tree. You will then have an opportunity to purchase these trees via silent auction. Santa Claus also makes an appearance.

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07 | C Lazy U Holiday Gala Benefit 6-11 p.m., C Lazy U Lodge, Granby. A distinctive Holiday Gala, proceeds benefit the East Grand Education Fund. Individual tickets are $150 per guest. For more information call 970-887-3111. 07 | Grand Chorale Christmas Concert, 7 p.m. at the Community House Grand Lake. Free concert by this nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of vocal harmony and fellowship. 07 | 31st Annual Chef’s Cup Dinner Dance 7-10 p.m. Winter Park Resort. This year’s theme is “Taste of Colorado.” Enjoy complimentary wine and beer while sampling food from Grand County’s finest restaurants. For more information call 970-726-1590. 11 | Ski Granby Ranch opens for the 2013/2014 season, 9 a.m. 14 | Fire Truck Rides with Santa, 1 p.m., Grand Lake. Call 970-6278428 for more information.

14 | ”Home for the Holidays”, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Grand Lake. For more information call 970-627-3402 or visit www. rockymountainrep. com 14 | Santa Visits the Village, Winter Park Resort. Santa will be visiting accompanied by dancing Christmas trees and What the Dicken’s Carolers. For details call 303-316-1564 or visit 14 | Tommelfest at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, Tabernash. Fun for all ages, this season kick-off celebration includes free Nordic lessons, team sprints, grog & beer garden, keg toss, BBQ, retail specials and prizes. For more information call 970-726-8231 or visit 15 | Santa Visits the Village, Winter Park Resort.

Santa will be visiting accompanied by dancing Christmas trees and What the Dickens Carolers. For details call 303-316-1564 or visit

15 | ”Home for the Holidays”, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, 2-4 p.m., Grand Lake. For more information call 970-627-3402 or visit

21 | Santa Claus at Granby Ranch, all day. Santa will be bringing out his skis to take laps with the kids. Bring your camera to take advantage of the great photo opportunities. 21 | Santa Visits the Village, Winter Park Resort. Santa will be visiting accompanied by dancing Christmas trees and What the Dickens Carolers. For details call 303-316-1564 or visit 21 | Holiday Carolers at Ski Granby Ranch, 2-5 p.m. The Original Dickens Carolers will stroll through the Base Lodge singing holiday favorites. Call 888-850-4615 or visit www. for more information.


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24 | Santa Claus Visits the Base Lodge, Ski Granby Ranch, all day. Santa will be on hand to listen to holiday wishes, take photos and bring holiday cheer.

22 | Santa Claus at Granby Ranch, all day. Santa will be bringing out his skis to take laps with the kids. Bring your camera to take advantage of the great photo opportunities.

22 | Santa Visits the Village of Winter Park Resort 23 | Santa Claus at Granby Ranch, all day. Santa will be bringing out his skis to take laps with the kids. Bring your camera to take advantage of the great photo opportunities. 23 | Holiday Carolers at Ski Granby Ranch, 2-5 p.m. The Original Dickens Carolers will stroll through the Base Lodge singing holiday favorites. Call 888-850-4615 or visit for more information.

24 | Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, 4 p.m., Winter Park Resort. The event begins with Christmas carols around the bonfire. Enjoy the torchlight parade with Santa and a spectacular fireworks display that lights up the slopes with Christmas colors. Immediately following, visitors are welcome to attend Christmas Eve interdenominational services. For more information call 970-7261564 or visit www.winterparkresort. com 27 | Historical Holiday Celebration at the Kauffman House, Grand Lake. Music, community, and fantastic food in a lovely Victorian setting. Tickets are $20. For details call 970627-9644. 31 | New Years at the Kaufmann House Museum, Grand Lake. Free gathering in the beautifully decorated Victorian museum to await the New Years Eve fireworks.

31 | Torchlight Parade, Party and Fireworks, Ski Granby Ranch. A family glow stick parade kicks off the evening at dusk, followed by a torchlight procession down the mountain. Ring in the New Year with a spectacular fireworks display and New Years Eve party. This celebration is free for all to enjoy. 31 | Diamonds in the Sky Fireworks, midnight, Grand Lake. Annual fireworks display over the lake. Call 970-627-3402 or visit www. for more information.

January 03 | Grand County Concert Series, 7-9 p.m., Church of the Eternal Hills, Tabernash. The 11th season opens with pianist Tao Lin and violinist Thomas Cotik. Adult tickets are $20. For more information call 970-887-3603. 04 | Silver Bullet Base Bash Live Music Series Presented by Coors Light, 3-6 p.m., Winter Park Resort. Free live music, drink specials and a great après scene right at the base of Winter Park Resort. For more information call 970-726-1564 or visit

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Ski Gear Must-haves This Winter Season We asked retail experts what equipment rises above the rest BY LEIA LARSEN Grand County is one of the best places to explore Colorado powder and peaks, and it has copious gear to help you get the most out of your season. Here are our picks for 2014.

Backcountry gear Backcountry touring’s popularity keeps growing in Grand County, along with avalanche technology. It’s a no-brainer to take safety essentials like beacons, probes and shovels on tours. And it’s increasingly becoming common to take along avalanche flotation devices as well. One of Grand County’s favorite backcountry gear shops, Icebox Mountain Sports in Fraser, is adding the BCA Float airbag to its backcountry arsenal this season. When deployed, the Float decreases your odds of being buried by avalanche debris with the “Brazil nut effect.”

Where to get it in Grand: Icebox Mountain Sports, 505 Zerex St, Fraser, CO 80442 970-722-7780


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Smaller objects sift into voids during the turbulence of a slide, while larger objects move to the top, the same way Brazil nuts rise to the top of a bowl of mixed nuts after shaking. The Float makes you bigger than surrounding snow debris, helping to keep you afloat. Icebox carries the pack in two sizes (BCA Float 22, $499.95 and BCA Float 32, $550), both roomy enough to stow avy gear, skins and goggles. They’re some of the lightest floatation packs out there, running between 5.5 and 6.75 lbs, so the Float won’t slow you down on the slopes until you need it to.

Skiing gear To get the most of Winter Park’s corduroy, Mary Jane’s bumps, and powdery laps on Berthoud Pass, Grand County skiers love a good pair of all-mountain planks. When it comes to ski versatility, it’s all about the rocker. Early rise in the tip with a regular camber underfoot and either a flat or slighted raised tail give flotation off-piste. But slightly shortened edges from the camber are easy to engage, making the skis carvable.

Where to get them in Grand: Epic Mountain Sports, 78941 Highway 40, Winter Park, 970-726-2868

Snowboarding gear For serious riders, the rave reviews for Nike’s boots keep piling. And this year, the Lunarendor ($430) is stomping all other boots on the market. The boot has an adjustable flex system with three degrees of stiffness, and external laces offer zonal stiffening, ensuring you get a custom fit. The boot’s Strobal Technology in both the liner and shell is climate control for your foot, both absorbing and reflecting body heat. Its responsive lunar foam supports ankles and encourages good riding posture. The Lunarendor’s stellar amount of features will keep you comfortable even on epic days and on gnarly terrain.

For men, the Rossignol Experience 88 —curvy with a 88mm waist and an “Auto Turn Rocker” – is a 30 percent tip and tail rocker with a 70 percent traditional camber underfoot. This technology helps the ski glide over powder, initiate quick turns on hardpack, and makes bumps a breeze. For all-mountain women, don’t let the Dynastar Cham 87’s ($600) pretty pink color deceive you. Its edges are easy to control for some aggressive carving and effortless turning. The paulownia wood core makes it 25 percent lighter than the men’s versions, and the Cham’s flat pintail delivers power, maneuverability and good float for all skier types.

While Nike hasn’t come out with a women’s Lunarendor, the Vapen ($220) is still loaded with features, but has a friendlier price tag. It has the same Strobal warming footbed to keep feet happy, and articulating in the cuff to allow for natural flex. The boots’ durable synthetic leather with snazzy new color schemes will pale only in comparison to your shredding style.

Where to get them in Grand: Divide Board Shop, 78927 U.S. 40, Winter Park, (970) 726-1001.

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Let the Wind Lift You Away

Ballooning is a spectacular way to take in the mountain views BY REID TULLEY


atching the sun mount the peaks of the Continental Divide while floating in silence 2,000 feet above the valley floor is handsdown the best way to see the Fraser Valley in all of its grandeur. The experience of riding in a hot air balloon is a rare treat — one of the most relaxing and pleasurable activities in the Valley and definitely the best way to get one’s bearings of this place in the Rockies. While floating above the Valley floor, you will get the best views of the area, spot some of the most diverse wildlife in the Valley, and pick pinecones as you cruise the treetops.


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Grand Adventure Balloon Tours has been operating out of the Fraser Valley for 18 years, and the pilot of the balloon, Jack Castellion, has been flying for closer to 25 years. Castellion and his wife, Sue, who is the host during flights, have ballooned in various places across the country, though chose to settle down in the Fraser Valley not only for its amazing scenery, but also the exceptional flying conditions the Valley provides. Due to Castellion’s exceptional control over the balloon and the complementary winds in the valley, he can take off near Fraser, travel “The winds have welcomed you with softness. south toward Tabernash, and then The sun has blessed you with his warm hands. land at almost the exact spot from You have flown so high and so well, where he took off. The stability of the That the gods have joined you in your laughter basket while flying and the gentleand set you back again into the ness of the lift-off brings about the loving arms of Mother Earth.” “sensation of no sensation,” ac— Au t hor U n k now n cording to Castellion, and provides for an incredibly Rides are offered during all seasons of the year, relaxing flight. Even those with a fear of heights can and while it may be cold during lift-off in the winter, overcome those fears by riding in the surprisingly temperatures increase by as much as 30 to 40 destable basket. grees as the balloon gains in altitude, making winter The loop affords views of all of the mountain flying more comfortable than one would expect. ranges that lock off the Fraser Valley from the rest Ballooning is described as “sky sailing,” because of the world. And with nearly 20 years of flying in much like a sailboat, the balloon is controlled by the Fraser Valley, Castellion possesses an extensive the wind. As the wind carries the balloon, the only knowledge of the Valley, the history of the towns, breeze one feels is the breeze caused by ascent and and he can name every peak in the surrounding descent in elevation. ranges. He also shares some history of ballooning. Jack and Sue are exceptional hosts and make Grand Adventures follows nearly every tradition of the experience fun, educational, and incredible. If ballooning, including a champagne toast with fresh you think the view from the valley floor is great, take fruit and pastries. Once the balloon lands, riders a morning and see the mountain peaks and valley receive certificates proclaiming them as aeronauts. from an aeronaut’s point of view.

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Channel Your Inner Sledhead SK Y-H I N EW S FIL E

Grand County’s terrain is your domain BY REID TULLEY No Grand County winter is complete without exploring the backwoods and mountain bowls on a snow machine. Whether looking to inject a little adrenaline into your vacation or just taking the family out to try something new while enjoying the rugged beauty of the mountains, snowmobiling in Grand County is guaranteed to provide a lifelong memory. It is a great way to take a break from the lift lines, and with guided and unguided tours in nearly every part of Grand County, it is a great chance for adventure beyond the ski mountain. Grand Lake The well maintained trail system surrounding Grand Lake has earned the town the claim to “Snowmobiling capital of Colorado.” Grand Lake boasts more than 100 miles of groomed trails, whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned gearhead. The trails are well-marked to help newcomers navigate every twist and turn, and detailed maps of the area are available. Grand Lake’s trail system is “one of the most extensive in the 12

state,” according to On the Trail Rental’s owner Nick Hanson, who also is president of the Grand Lake Trail Groomers, which maintains the extensive trails system.

nental Divide Trail at 12,500 feet — gear included. Snowmobilers on this trip gain a new perspective of the breathtaking Fraser Valley. You can also ride snowmobiles directly to and from any of Grand Adventures’ three rental locations, with one of their most popular facilities located at the north end of Winter Park. So take a break from resorts and hop on a snow machine to see what those woods look like up-close.

Winter Park “It’s so open and the air is so fresh that it makes people feel like a kid again,” says ‘Snowmobile Steve’ Willis, a 12-year veteran guide for Grand Adventures. Grand Adventures offers an array of trip options — including guided tours to the “top of the world,” or the top of the Conti-

Kremmling Rabbit Ears Pass is the hot spot for snowmobiling in the Kremmling area for its diversity of terrain, according to Tim Flemming, a service technician for Alpine Motor Sports in Kremmling. Whether your looking for some steep hill climbing, boon-docking in the trees, or

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more family friendly groomed trails, Rabbit Ears Pass “has it all,” Fleming said. You can hop off of the groomed trail leading out of the parking lot for the popular area into meadows with deep snow for some powder turns. Or, turn into the trees at any time to start exploring on your own. If

Where to Rent: On the Trail Rentals in Grand Lake - 888-627-2429 Grand Adventures in Grand Lake, Fraser, and Winter Park - 970-726-9247 Lone Eagle Snowmobile Rentals in Grand Lake – 970-627-3310 looking for a more gentle ride, the groomed trails on the pass can offer some beautiful scenery of the Continental Divide and

from 10,654 foot Rabbit Ears Peak, after which the pass is named.

Today’s snowmobiles run cleaner, faster, quieter BY REID TULLEY Whether it is cleaner and more fuel-efficient engines, extremely responsive handling, or new drive trains with faster acceleration, this year’s snowmobiles feature advancements gear heads love. Ski-Doo Ski-Doo’s Motion and Flexedge enables the edge of the track to flex as you make turns and allows the suspension to flew side to side as well as up and down. “Ski-Doo totally hit the nail on the head,” according to Joe Kelley, general manager of Power World in Granby. “Side hilling and deep powder turns are easier than ever.” Snowmobile makers have steadily been making more advanced engines for their snow machines. Both two-stroke and four-stroke engines are more powerful and more fuelefficient these days and have been designed to stand up to the tough environments of the mountains, while being more environmentally friendly. Ski-Doo’s Rotax Etec engines are the cleanest burning on the market, according to Kelley, and they also reduce the

amount of smoke created. Starting the new engines is easier than ever and most snowmobile makers claim a onepull start. The newer engines also run quieter than older models, making your time in the woods more enjoyable.

Arctic Cat Arctic Cat has also made advancements in technology for this year’s sleds including building the body of some of their sleds to shed more snow than ever before, resulting in an easier-to-control sled. The limited edition mountain series sleds made by Arctic Cat are now the lightest sleds on the market in true mountain conditions. True mountain conditions are the 40 inches of powder that everyone wants to find. Kelley touts he has sold 100 new sleds since 2011 and has not had a single one come back with major mechanical Where to Buy: issues. Polaris & Arctic Cat: Alpine Motorsports, Kremmling Ski-Doo & Arctic Cat: Power World, Granby Polaris: Spirit Lake Polaris, Grand Lake

Polaris Polaris has made advancements in their drive trains with the Quick Drive Low-Inertia drive system and belt, which reduces weight and improves the response of the sled. The drive system that was introduced in 2013 has a more lightweight brake system to reduce weight, and a maintenance-free belt drive that requires no oil or tensioner system. The result of the new drive system is a lighter and more responsive sled that increases the rider’s handling capabilities in deep snow.

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Experience Pristine Nature on a Winter Camping Trip Tips to make a snowy night in your sleeping bag worry-free BY LEIA LARSEN

Where to camp in Grand For information on open camping areas, permits, and treks meeting your ability levels in Grand County, contact the following offices: Rocky Mountain National Park Kawuneeche Visitor Center Location: One mile north of Grand Lake on Highway 34 Hours: Open daily (holidays excluded), 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Phone: 970-627-3471

U.S. Forest Service Sulphur Ranger District Location: 9 Ten Mile Drive, Granby, Colo. Hours: Open Monday through Friday (holidays excluded), 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Phone: 970-887-4100

Not quite ready for the bivvy? If you want a fun Grand County winter backcountry experience, but aren’t quite ready to hunker down in a tent, consider the Broome Hut. Located about a mile up Berthoud Pass, the hut is available for rent through the Tenth Mountain Division Hut Association. Check for more information and availability.



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lthough it takes a little extra work and preparation, winter camping has its perks. The crowds present during the summer months are gone. Campers get to experience a quiet and pristine Grand County winter wonderland. And its remoteness feels like a real adventure in the backcountry. To ensure a safe and comfortable winter camping experience, consider the following tips.



Pack purposefully

Winter camping requires a lot more gear, so carefully plan ahead to ensure you have enough food, adequate supplies and warm layers. Try packing your sleeping bag, socks and some base layers into a bivvy bag to keep them dry during your trek to the campsite. The bivvy bag can also add up to 10 degrees of warmth to your sleeping bag. Pack extra food and warm layers in case of unexpected weather and delays. Bring a four-season or mountaineering tent with adequate shelter from wind and snow.


Stay safe


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Find your spot

When considering a spot to set up camp, find an area clear of falling tree hazards and avalanched danger but also protected from wind. Rocky Mountain National Park requires all camps to be set up on either snow or rocks, never on vegetation or in meadows.

Do your research beforehand. Plan for extra time on the trail to compensate for the extra weight you’re hauling and variable conditions. Make sure to arrive at your destination with enough daylight to set up camp. Check the weather forecast and consult Forest or Park Service rangers before setting off. Understand avalanche conditions and take the appropriate safety equipment. If you’ve never had avalanche training, stay on slopes less than 20 degrees. Having a plan — and sharing it with others — will go a long way in ensuring a safe and comfortable excursion.

That blanket of pristine white also serves as a key source of water when winter camping. Be sure to bring shovels, pots and plenty of fuel to melt snow for drinking and cooking. Try piling a heap inside the tent vestibule for easy access when the weather’s bad and you’re stuck cooking inside. Snow can also become a nuisance without the proper care. Be mindful of the snow you’re tracking in so it doesn’t melt and turn your cozy tent into a soggy mess.

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Experience Winter Wonderland via Snowcat From scenic to epic, there’s a snowcat adventure for every experience level BY GAYLENE ORE w in t er par k & f raser


here are two vastly different ways to enjoy winter via snowcat in “Colorado’s favorite playground,” Winter Park. The mild option: take a scenic trek through Winter Park Resort’s trails without skis or a snowboard. On the wilder side: access backcountry trails to cut fresh tracks through Winter Park’s wilderness. Snowcats are the tracked snow machines that resorts use to groom ski trails. But thanks to the offerings at Winter Park Resort and Powder Addiction, snowcats also provide two unique ways to explore Winter Park’s winter wonderland. Winter Park Resort: Scenic Snowcat Tours Winter Park Resort offers a sightseeing snowcat tour of Winter Park Mountain in a heated,


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13-passenger machine. The two-hour tours are offered twice a day during the week and three times a day on weekends, including Fridays. Tickets are $49 per person, with children under age 3 riding for free as long as they can sit on an adult’s lap. (Reservations recommended; 970-726-1616.) Private groups can reserve an entire snowcat for two hours for $539. There’s also a private sunset tour available for $499. During the tour, the snowcat travels across many of the resort’s prime ski trails. “The great thing about our snowcat tours is that it gives people who aren’t into skiing or snowboarding the same access to the mountain that the rest of their group experiences,” says Steve Hurlbert, PR and communications manager at Winter Park Resort. Participants are encouraged to dress for winter weather. Snowshoes, a jacket, gloves, a hat and sunglasses are all appropriate. One final piece of advice: bring the camera

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Powder Addiction: Guided Snowcat Skiing & Riding Those craving a backcountry carving experience will want to check out Powder Addiction for snowcat skiing and riding through high alpine bowls, meadows, rock bands, open chutes and gullies. Certified, highly experienced mountain guides accompany guests to ensure safety. Powder Addiction operates in the Jones Pass Area, less than an hour from Denver, with an exclusive special-use permit through 2,600 acres of U.S. Forest Service land. Call (970) 726-5442 or go to www. for more information. Chamber of Commerce The Winter Park-Fraser Chamber ( is a nonprofit Colorado corporation created to help further and maintain responsible growth in the Winter Park-Fraser Valley area, located in the Rocky Mountains just 65 miles west of Denver.

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Grassroots ski hills preceded Colorado’s bigger resorts BY TIM NICKLAS grand coun t y h ist orical associat ion


hen driving around Grand County today, scars of lost ski areas dot the countrysides. Long before the dominant era of big resorts was the grassroots operation of community ski hills and tows. Above Tabernash was a once cherished hill. though there were several ambitious exceptions. Granby has two vanished areas, and under the Hot Sulphur Springs, the cradle of Colorado’s ski water and ice of the lake that bears its name is at industry, was the site of four lost ski areas of varying least one more. success. The legacy of the ski jump in Hot Sulphur In December 1911, skiing as tourism was Springs is well known, but few recall the most introduced to Colorado in Hot Sulphur Springs. ambitious and largest of the town’s ski areas, Snow Carl Howelson, looking for the perfect site, King Valley. Local residents desiring a return of the enthralled the crowd gathered for the Hot Sulphur community’s prominence among Colorado’s ski Springs Winter Sports Carnival, the first such towns organized to build an area that would rival event held west of the Mississippi. Following that any in the state. milestone event, enthusiasm for the sport of ski With a grassroots fundraising of $6,000, an estitook off in Colorado. mated $3,500 in donated labor and assistance from To accommodate the ever-growing crowd of the U.S. Forest Service, Snow King Valley opened recreational skiers, hills sprouted up throughout in 1947 to great fanfare and expectations. The area Colorado. And Grand County is rife with lost skiING consisted of three long runs served by a 1,500-foot areas. Every town in the county at some point rope tow. The base area had a warming hut, dining had its own. facilities, restrooms and a large parking lot. Most of the hills were small in size and existed Opening day at Snow King Valley was attended primarily to serve their respective communities, by many of the most recognized names in skiing. 18

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Most prominent was local legend Barney McLean, accompanied by fellow Olympians Gordy Wren, Barbara Kidder, Steve Knowlton and Dick Durrance. Other ski celebrities there that day were Thor Groswold, Steve Bradley and KOA announcer Tor Torland. Despite the overwhelming support and enthusiasm for Snow King Valley on opening day, the crowds quickly dwindled on the slopes. Most Front Range skiers did not venture beyond Winter Park for the more distant destination of Hot Sulphur Springs. The final year of Snow King Valley’s operation was 1952. North of Kremmling, near Muddy Pass, was Baker Mountain Ski Area. Joe McElroy and Willard Taussig built and operated the ski area on the weekends to provide an alternative to driving all the way to Winter Park for Kremmling kids and families. Baker Mountain operated in the 1950s. Families paid $70 for a lifetime pass to the area, but that lifetime did not last for very long. Legend has it that Baker Mountain closed due to too much snow. The expense and effort to keep the road plowed to it were not worth it for the few skiers that showed up on weekends. Furthermore, Bill Taussig would frequently find the rope tow buried, unable to carry skiers up the hill. Another legend concerning Baker Mountain is that it was there the term “Champagne Powder” was conjured up by Joe McElroy. The term is a trademark of Steamboat Ski Area these days. The largest, most successful, and longest-lived of Grand County’s lost ski areas was Ski Idlewild. Located between Fraser and what would become the Town of Winter Park (Winter Park was known as Hideaway Park then), Ski Idlewild can be termed a

“lost resort” in the truest sense of the word. The lodge offered overnight accommodations, a restaurant, a lounge, and certified ski instructors. The area was a low-key and less expensive alternative to Winter Park Ski Area. In 1960, Dwight Miller had Grand County’s first chairlift installed at Ski Idlewild. The lift was a double chair and was in use at the area a full two years ahead of Winter Park’s first chairlift. Catering to families, Ski Idlewild operated until the March, 1986, when the chairlift failed. With dwindling numbers, it was decided not to repair the chairlift and Ski Idlewild was shuttered. The remains of Grand County’s first chairlift can still be seen on the hillside where many learned to slide on the snow.

History at it s best The Grand County Historical Association, founded in 1974, operates museum sites in Fraser, Hot Sulphur Springs, and Kremmling. Cozens Ranch Museum in Fraser is located in the original ranch house, post office, and stage stop operated by the Cozens family in the late 1800s. The Grand County Pioneer Village Museum in Hot Sulphur Springs features many exhibits spanning Grand County’s fascinating and unique history. Heritage Park in Kremmling, opened during summer months only, has evolved from the single McElroy Livery Barn to a complex of six structures, with the most recent addition of the original Kremmling Depot of the famed Moffat Road. Cozens Ranch Museum and the Grand County Pioneer Village Museum are open year-round. For questions, call 970-725-3939 or visit s ky h i dai ly n e w s . co m





04 | Disco Skate Night, 5-7 p.m., Village Ice Rink, Winter Park Resort. Grab your skates and dance to 1970s disco music while the disco ball lights up the rink. For additional information call 970726-1564. 04 | Extreme Mountain Snow Races, Winding River Ranch, Grand Lake. Join in the fun and excitement of this snow machine sporting challenge. Call Teresa for more information 970-629-1215.

of Winter Park Resort. For more information call 970-726-1564 or visit

Rocky Mountain Outfitters at 970-798-8021 for information or equipment.

18 | Disco Skate Night, 5-7 p.m., Village Ice Rink, Winter Park Resort. Grab your skates and dance to 1970s disco music while the disco ball lights up the rink. For additional information call 970726-1564. 24-26 | Bob’s Mogul Camp, Winter Park Resort. There’s no better place to bump it up than at the home of North America’s best natural bump runs. Winter Park Ski and Ride School Director, Bob Barnes, and his top mogul coaches will perfect

25 | Stagecoach Classic, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort and Spa, Tabernash. The 30km/15km classic cross country ski race and tour will start at Devil’s Thumb Ranch, traverse through the former Idlewild Ski Area and finish with a post-race BBQ with live music at Hideaway Park in Downtown Winter Park. For details contact the Winter Park Chamber at 970-726-4118.

11 | Extreme Mountain Snow Races, Winding River Ranch, Grand Lake. Join in the fun and excitement of this snow machine sporting challenge. Call Teresa for more information 970-629-1215. 18 | Silver Bullet Base Bash Live Music Series Presented by Coors Light, 3-6 p.m., Winter Park Resort. Free live music, drink specials and a great après scene right at the base


your bump skiing whether you’re a novice or an expert. If you have questions about registration or program details call 303-316-1564. 24-26 | 26th Annual Three Lakes Ice Fishing Contest, Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Reservoir & Grand Lake. Raffle at the end of each day for great prizes. Contact

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25 | Silver Bullet Base Bash Live Music Series Presented by Coors Light, 3-6 p.m., Winter Park Resort. Free live music, drink specials and a great après scene right at the base of Winter Park Resort. For more information call 970-726-1564 or visit

25-26 | The 38th birthday bash kicks off at the Yager House at

Devil’s Thumb Ranch, then the party continues in Winter Park. Highlights of the weekend include an ice and snow sculpture contest,

champagne included. Reservations are required. Tickets are $125 for one and $230 for two. 01 | Disco Skate Night, 5-7 p.m., Village Ice Rink, Winter Park Resort. Grab your skates and dance to 1970s disco music while the disco ball lights up the rink. For additional information call 970726-1564. 08 | Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club of Grand Lake Flight for Life Poker Run, 9 a.m., Grand Lake Community Building. Ride Grand Lake trail system and help a worthy cause. There will be a silent auction and after party following. Call Toni Boettcher 720-208-6692.

a “Mary Jane and The Miner” look-alike contest, a pancake and birthday cake breakfast, free ski clinics, a Mary Jane sticker contest, a night parade in downtown Winter Park, and fireworks. For a full schedule of events contact Guest Services at 970-726-1564 or visit

08 | Silver Bullet Base Bash Live Music Series Presented by Coors Light, 3-6 p.m., Winter Park Resort. Free live music, drink specials and a great après scene right at the base of Winter Park Resort. For more information call 970-726-1564 or visit 14-16 | Bob’s Mogul Camp, Winter Park Resort. There’s no better place to bump it up than at the home of North America’s best natural bump runs. Winter Park Ski and Ride School Director, Bob Barnes, and

his top mogul coaches will perfect your bump skiing whether you’re a novice or an expert. If you have questions about registration or program details call 303-316-1564. 15 | Silver Bullet Base Bash Live Music Series Presented by Coors Light, 3-6 p.m., Winter Park Resort. Free live music, drink specials and a great après scene right at the base of Winter Park Resort. For more information call 970-726-1564 or visit 15 | Disco Skate Night, 5-7 p.m., Village Ice Rink, Winter Park Resort. Grab your skates and dance to 1970s disco music while the disco ball lights up the rink. For additional information call 970726-1564. 15-16 | Grand Park Dog Days of Winter, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Grand Park, Fraser. The International Sled Dog Racing-sanctioned event features a number of different categories of teams, such as one- and twodog skijor; three dog junior sled; four-, six- and eight-dog sled (non-sanctioned); and three- and

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February 01 | Grand Lake Annual Winter Carnival. Games and entertainment for the whole family. Call 970-6273402 for details. 01 | La Vie en Rose, 6:30-9:30 p.m., The Lodge at Sunspot. Presented by Winter Park Resort and Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA. A charitable evening with elegant French cuisine, wine &

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Historic town offers 21 mineral pools containing healing properties BY REID ARMSTRONG


he Town of Hot Sulphur Springs gets its name from the volcanically heated water that seeps out of its hillsides and into the Colorado River. The water is heated by fissures within the earth’s crust that release the heat of volcanic rock some 35,000 feet below the earth’s surface into groundwater. The heated water rises, creating seven natural springs that flow from Hot Sulphur’s hillsides. When the waters reach the surface there, temperatures measure between 104-126 22

degrees Farenheit. The Ute Indians first harnessed this healing water, understanding well the potential health benefits of soaking in mineral, hot-water baths. They set up their winter hunting camps near the springs in the shelter of the high walls that form the upper reaches of Byers Canyon. In 1840, William Byers discovered the hot springs and, recognizing their economic potential, enlisted the aid of the U.S. Calvalry and the U.S. Courts to bring

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the hot springs under his control. By 1900 the hot springs had its first pool house and the pools continued to be developed. Over the coming century, the town and the hot springs were developed, and today Hot Sulphur Springs is the seat of Grand County, with the courthouse, sheriff’s office and many county government offices located there. In 1997, the hot springs underwent an extensive renovation that culminated with the Ute Tribe’s spiritual leader blessing the

waters during a grand re-opening ceremony that was attended by nearly 1,000 people. The Town of Hot Sulphur Springs has been reinvesting in recent years, updating its water treatment system, repaving roads and investing in a pedestrian bridge connecting public spaces on either side of the Colorado River. The town is also home to the Pioneer Village Museum, the Pioneer Days event in June and a town-owned campground nestled in the cottonwood trees by the Colorado River within walking distance of the hot springs. Today, Hot Sulphur Springs Resort and Spa provides 21 hot mineral pools. Temperatures of the pools range from 95-112 F. According to the resort’s website, the water contains sodium, sulfate, chloride, silica, potassium, calcium, flouride, magnesium and trace elements of arsenic and lithium, “All of which are good for the inside and outside of the body,” adding, “Our water is drinkable as well.” The resort also offers lodging,

massage therapy treatments such as hot rock massage, reflexology, shiatsu, accupressure, herbal facials, body masks and exfoliating skin treatments. Children can enjoy the benefits of the hot springs too, particularly in summer months when the large outdoor swimming pool opens. They have access to four other warm outdoor pools year round and several indoor pools. When the local climate was cooler at the beginning of the last century, and Hot Sulphur received a lot more snow during the winter than it does today, the sloping canyon walls at the head of Byers Canyon created ideal terrain for the burgeoning ski industry. Hot Sulphur at one time had three separate ski areas in town. Several young Olympians were born there and learned to ski there. And, the first jumping competition west of the Mississippi was held in Hot Sulphur Springs in 1911. After a day of skiing, many

town residents enjoyed the soothing relaxation of soaking in the hot springs. Hot Sulphur’s ski industry eventually faded as equipment improved and skiers began seeking greater challenges on steeper terrain. But the hot springs continued to grow and evolve. Today, skiers and non-skiers, local and visitors alike find a soak in the hot springs an ideal winter activity. The pools are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Admission rates start at $18.50 for adults 12 and up. Locals discounts are available with identification. For more information, visit www.hotsulphursprings. com.

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Local Chefs Share Favorite Winter Comfort Foods BY LEIA LARSEN Chefs from four of Grand County’s popular restaurants keep diners warm with creative wintertime vittles in cozy settings. Here, they offer some of their favorite seasonal recipes that are simple enough to make at home.


Deno’s, Winter Park Deno’s Mountain Bistro has long been a Winter Park institution and favorite après stopover after a day on the slopes. Located in a historic structure that served as a stagecoach stop in the 1900s, the restaurant is warm and inviting, with its rich history and its characteristic “winter soul food.” In 2007, the restaurant’s original founder Deno Kutrumbos was inducted into the Colorado Restaurant Hall of Fame. Brothers Nick and Teddy are keeping Deno’s a firmly rooted mountain icon. This winter, expect to see plenty of slow-cooked, tender and savory dishes on their menu. “Nothing is more comforting in the winter than opening a delicious bottle of Cabernet and warming the soul with something braised,” Nick Kutrumbos says. braised lamb 4 pounds lamb shanks 1 bottle of dry red wine 1 cup of water 5 cloves of garlic 2 lemons  2 large carrots diced   3 celery ribs diced  1 large onion diced   Salt and pepper to taste 1 can cannellini beans  1 bunch kale 2 T. olive oil  4 sprigs rosemary 1 T. thyme   26

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Preheat oven to 325°. Pat dry lamb shanks and season with salt and pepper, preferably room temperature. In a large pot, use 1 T. olive oil to sear shanks until browned on all sides. Lower heat, add onion, celery, garlic and carrots and sweat for 5 minutes. Once mixture is beginning to caramelize deglaze with wine, making sure to dissolve any brown bits. Bring to a boil until alcohol is cooked off then lower heat to a simmer. Add shanks back to pot making sure 3/4 of the shanks are covered in liquid. Add rosemary, thyme and 1 halved lemon, cover tightly with heavy lid and cook in oven for 1 1/2 hours or until tender. Transfer shanks to a baking dish.  Strain the braising liquid and boil on high heat until it reduces by half, add salt and pepper to taste.  Add one cup braising liquid over shanks and reheat in oven for ten minutes    Sauté remaining olive oil, one clove diced garlic and kale.  When kale is slightly wilted add drained cannellini beans and sauté until hot.  Squeeze remaining lemon juice and finish with salt and pepper to taste. Remove shanks from oven and place on serving platter, arrange kale and beans then sauce with remaining braising liquid.

Brickhouse 40, Granby Executive Chef and Restaurateur Dino Kaplanis’s mission is to bring upscale dining to Granby. Teaming with head chef Brady Garrett, Brickhouse 40 has an eclectic and cosmopolitan menu, incorporating Kaplanis’s Greek background and Garrett’s training in both southwestern and Asian cuisine. This winter, Kaplanis and Garrett are embracing the season, offering everything from late night music and entertainment to cooking classes to give the community somewhere to escape the cold. And Brickhouse 40 offers great wintertime ambience. “We have five fireplaces in the restaurant, so when they’re all going and it’s snowing outside, it creates a great atmosphere,” Kaplanis said. The chefs at Brickhouse 40 also love the coziness of winter-themed foods. A favorite comfort food that’s simple to prepare is a dry-rubbed pork belly. “It’s so rich, and the flavor profile from the clove and cinnamon is indicative of the holiday season,” Garrett said.

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dry- ru b b e d p or k b e l ly Ingredients 5 pounds pork belly ¾ cup salt ¼ cup brown sugar 1 T. cracked black pepper 1 T. chopped garlic 1/8 t. allspice 1/8 t. cinnamon 4 c. chicken stock 6 cloves 3 carrots 4 stalks celery

Blend salt, sugar, pepper, garlic, allspice and cinnamon and dry rub the pork belly. Cover and chill for two hours. Place in large crockpot or baking dish so pork is completely submerged. Add stock, cloves, carrots and celery. Roast for 3.5 hours at 325°

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Tabernash Tavern, Tabernash With its rustic slate blue siding and tin roof, the Tabernash Tavern is a Fraser Valley landmark. But it’s the “comfort food with altitude” that has attracted locals and tourist alike since it opened its doors in 2008. Chef Alberto Sapien embraces high country and Western living by incorporating Wyoming gourmet grass-fed beef, wild game and farm-to-table produce. He changes menu specials weekly, embracing both his culinary creativity and the variety brought by changing seasons.

A favorite wintertime recipe is his lemon marmalade. Versatile and a cinch to prepare, it’s great on toast or omelets for breakfast, with a cold cut and cheese platter for lunch, or with a roasted chicken for dinner. “The uses are endless,” Sapien says. l e mon m a r m a l a de 4 cups sugar 4 cups water 10 large lemons

Zest and peel lemons. Peel pitch from lemon and wrap in cheesecloth. Thinly slice lemons. Soak all lemon ingredients in water overnight. Bring to a boil, then cover and slow simmer for an hour. Remove pitch in cheesecloth, cool and squeeze to remove pectin. Add sugar, bring to a boil and simmer until thickened, about an hour. s kyh i d a i lyn e w s . co m


Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Tabernash Executive Chef Evan Treadwell is building upon Devil’s Thumb Ranch’s reputation for sustainably focused cuisine that offers diners a casual and inventive approach to dining. A culinary leader in regional cuisine, Treadwell came to Devil’s Thumb Ranch from the AAA Four Diamond Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa in California, and his signature culinary style earned him an Iron Chef Award and Sante’s Culinary Award for Innovative Regional Cuisine. One of Treadwell’s favorite winter comfort foods is butternut and apple soup. “I love this soup because it’s easy to make,” he said. “It’s a hearty and satisfying fall/winter soup that’s vegetarian and vegan (if you substitute agave for honey and have the creme fraiche on the side), so it also works for any type of diner.” bu t t e r n u t & a p p l e s ou p 4 T. vegtable oil 2 large onions, peeled and diced 4 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed 2 butternut squash, about 3 lbs peeled, seeded & cut into 1-inch cubes 2 golden delicious apple, peeled & cored 10 cups chicken stock 2 bay leaf 2 sprigs of thyme 4 T. honey 1/2 t. ground pepper 1/2 t. ground coriander 1/8 t. ground nutmeg 1 t. Kosher salt (or to taste)

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22 | Silver Bullet Base Bash Live Music Series Presented by Coors Light, 3-6 p.m., Winter Park Resort. Free live music, drink specials and a great après scene right at the base of Winter Park Resort. For more information call 970-726-1564 or visit

March 01-02 | Grand Lake Catch & Release Ice Fishing Tournament. For details call 970-798-8021.

four-dog sportsman. The event is sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Sled Dog Club. For more information visit www. 21-23 | 39th Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup, Winter Park Resort. This event brings together worldclass disabled ski racers, Denver celebrities, Broncos alumni along with amateur skiers and snowboarders of all abilities for a

weekend of activities to benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), www. or www. 22 | Totally Insane Winter Blast at Ski Granby Ranch, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Ski Granby Ranch. Enjoy a day of family fun filled with activities and games followed by night skiing from 5-8 p.m. Call 888-8550-4615 for information.

01-02 | Steep & Deep Camp, Winter Park Resort. For those skiers that want to get off the beaten path, this camp explores the skills needed to fall in love with Mary Jane’s Steep trees and the Cirque. All participants must be comfortable in Black Terrain. Call 303-316-1564 or visit www. 01 | Silver Bullet Base Bash Live Music Series Presented by Coors Light, 3-6 p.m., Winter Park Resort.

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Big-city Music Sounds Just as good in the Mountains They could play music anywhere, but they choose to play here BY REID ARMSTRONG


or a small community, Grand County has a thriving music scene. From outdoor festivals in the summer to open mic nights and smaller indoor venues in the winter, a growing cadre of talented musicians is calling Grand County home. One of the major draws, they say, is other musicians: “I make the Fraser Valley my home for many reasons, and the level of musicians who also choose

to live here is one of them,” says bass guitarist Andy Irvine, who moved to the area in 2000. “From day one, I was blown away with the talent that is found here. Many of the musicians in the Valley have become like family to me.” Irvine is internationally known (he was featured on the cover of the March 2013 Bass Guitar Magazine and left this fall for a world tour that will include countries in Asia, Europe, South America and the South Pacific). He has released three inde“There are a whole lot of us pendent solo albums, his newest is The Way I Like It, 2013. musicians that are drawn to “I travel all over the world performing and educating, and in this process I see, hear and this place. We could all try to be meet many players, some of whom are quite famous and of high caliber.” hotshots in Nashville, but there’s Comparing those world-class musicians to musicians locally, Irvine says, “there is absolutesomething about the quality of ly no difference in capabilities. Perception is whacked sometimes in that way.” life here that inspires us and Among those local, “world class” musicians that can be heard playing in various weaves itself into our music. combinations around Grand County are: Andy Straus, Matt Brown, Matt Holliday, Matt “Hippy” It’s the lifestyle, the people, the Petty and Rob Gonzalas. Along with a variety of strong supporting musicians, they form the community. It’s a unique place, backbone of Grand County’s folk/bluegrass music scene. it’s inspiring.” These musicians play in some of the area’s most popular jam bands, including Hunker — M att B r o w n , m u sicia n Down (Wood for the Fire, 2009), Hotter N Grits and Hippy Hootenany; but they also hook up 30

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with other local musicians, including acoustic cover artists and “walking jukebox” Gary Key and jazz pianist Brad Pregeant of Tight Like That, to form smaller ensembles that perform regular gigs at local bars and restaurants. “Grand County has a big web of musicians,” said guitarist Matt Brown, who may be one of the area’s most versatile, having played banjo with Hunker Down, toured with Gary Key in the Caribbean and serenaded happy hour crowds on guitar with pianist Brad Pregeant at a variety of local restaurants. “You never know who is going to call you or who you might call on a whim,” Brown says. “Or, if you see those folks in the audience you say, ‘Hey, you got your instrument?’” Adding to that impressive list are folks like Grand Lake vocalist and 2010 Gospel Music Awards winner Peggy Mann; the crowd-drawing rock and roll cover band Acme Tribute Band of Grand Lake; Granby-based, Alan Parsons Band lead singer PJ Olsson who has also toured with Train, Ben Harper, Nelly Furtado, and Michelle Branch to name a few; and Lynnéa Godfriaux, daughter of the late jazz pianist and trombonist Jimmy Godfriaux, who has shared the stage with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Neville Brothers and Taj Majal among others. “There are a whole lot of us musicians that are drawn to this place,” Brown says. “We could all try to be hotshots in Nashville, but there’s something about the quality of life here that inspires us and weaves itself into our music. It’s the lifestyle, the

people, the community. It’s a unique place. It’s inspiring.” Brown’s fellow band member and college friend Andy Straus agrees: “Music is all over the place, but there’s something about the community here that is very close and personal and friendly. Everyone is willing to help each other out. That can inspire people to play music for the reasons it should be played: for the soul.”

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Straus is one of the lucky ones who has been able to turn his local music career into a full-time job. From booking and promotions to writing, practicing and recording, “I’m working on it all the time, whether or not I’m playing,” he says. Straus does some fly-fishing guiding in the summer between wedding gigs and outdoor events. Others, like Key and Brown, find odd jobs to keep the bills paid. Key has taken an interest in stonework and elk guiding

while Brown helps run Mackinaws Marina on Lake Granby. But when afternoon rolls around, these musicians almost always can be found sitting on a stool in a corner of a local bar or restaurant, strumming away. “If there’s a bar around here, I’ve probably played it,” Key says. One of the more exciting trends, Straus said, is the growing number of open mic nights, including Matt Petty’s at Ullrs, Adam Lyman’s at Crooked Creek Saloon and Straus’s at the Winter Park

Pub. These events are helping to introduce up-and-coming artists to local music fans and are getting them connected with some of the bigger names like Straus and Irvine. “Local musicians are the heart of any community and that’s a fact,” Irvine says. “We have a special and very organic talent pool in Grand County, and I’m honored to be a part and will never ever live anywhere other than Fraser. I most certainly will finish my days here among my beloved Valley musician friends.”

Where to hear them:

Gary Key: happy hour at Devil’s Thumb, aprés ski at Winter Park Resort, Winter Park Pub, Randi’s, Daven Haven and Crooked Creek Saloon. Matt Brown: Strip and Tail, Winter Park, every other weekend on Friday and Saturday, Brickhouse 40, Granby, every other Thursday, and at different venues in Grand Lake, including the Roadhouse, Pancho and Lefty’s, the Lariat, the Sagebrush and Mackinaws. Andy Straus: The Foundry Bowl and Cinema, Fraser, once a week, and at open mic night at Winter Park Pub, The Ditch in Winter Park, and aprés ski at Winter Park Resort and Ski Granby Ranch. Andy Irvine: The Foundry Bowl and Cinema Oct. 26 PJ Olsson: Brickhouse 40 Acme Band: Pancho & Lefty’s and other Grand Lake venues Peggy Mann: The Sagebrush and Gateway Inn in Grand Lake and other Grand Lake venues Brad Pregeant: Usually at Brickhouse 40, Granby, on Thursdays

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04 | Fat Tuesday Blues Party with Samantha Fish, 9-11:45 p.m., Smokin’ Moe’s Ribhouse & Saloon, Winter Park. Brought to you by the Grand County Blues Society. Visit 07-09 | Bob’s Mogul Camp, Winter Park Resort. There’s no better place to bump it up than at the home of North America’s best natural bump runs. Winter Park Ski and Ride School Director, Bob Barnes, and his top mogul coaches will perfect your bump skiing whether you’re a novice or an expert. If you have questions about registration or program details call 303-316-1564. 08 | Silver Bullet Base Bash Live Music Series Presented by Coors Light, 3-6 p.m., Winter Park Resort. Free live music, drink specials and a great après scene right at the base of Winter Park Resort. For more information call 970-726-1564 or visit 15 | Silver Bullet Base Bash Live Music Series Presented by Coors Light, 3-6 p.m., Winter Park Resort. Free live music, drink specials and a great après scene right at the base of Winter Park Resort. For more information call 970-726-1564 or visit 16 | Full Moon Skiing at Grand Lake Nordic Center. Featuring complimentary hot chocolate and marshmallows all evening by the campfire. $12 trail fee. Call 970627-8008 for details. 34

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Here at Sombrero Stables we have always strived to have the capacity, as well as price range, to bring large groups and families together for an unforgettable winter adventure at an affordable price. Our three large sleighs hold 16 people apiece, our smaller one, 10, and this winter we are also introducing the option of a private sleigh ride, with our new red two-seater one-horse-open-sleigh. The honor of pulling this new sleigh will be held by our newest single driving horses, the handsome dapple greys Fritz and Butch. We’ve hosted outdoor sleigh-ride weddings, marriage proposals, family reunions looking for an interesting twist, and families either exploring the mountains for the first time, or returning year after year to see their favorite teams and terrain. Sombrero Stables at Snow Mountain Ranch is part of many family traditions, and we invite you to start yours with us this year. PRICES: Hot Cocoa Sleigh Ride Adult $28 Kids 6-11 $25 Kids 3-5 $12 Under 3 FREE

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Discover the beauty and adventure of Grand County at Snow Mountain Ranch. In winter, explore miles of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. Try dog sledding, join us for yoga or relax in the sauna. Come back in the summer for hiking, horseback riding, fishing and more. Stay and play! Cabins, lodge rooms, yurts and campsites offer a range of experiences and prices for every family.


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Local Libations As you explore Grand County, have a sip of something special BY LEIA LARSEN Grand County is home to a host of winter activities, and a few specialty après options help you warm up and unwind after your cold-weather outing. Here are a just a few picks for pick-me-ups, as unique to Grand County as the winter itself.


Fontenot’s N’Awlins Hurricane $7.50 regular, $4 during Happy Hour, 4-6 p.m.

Traditional winter cocktails, like toddies and spiked cider, are great ways to warm up after a day in the snow. But sometimes when winter wind howls, it’s nice to be reminded of warmer climates. Fontenot’s specialty hurricane cocktail captures New Orleans zing and Gulf Coast sun in a glass. They give it a local twist by skipping the sugary syrup and grenadine, opting instead for real cranberry, grapefruit, orange and pineapple juices. Blended with white rum and a float of dark Cariba rum, the cocktail is neither too sweet nor overpowering. It’s perfectly pleasant and refreshing, just like a balmy afternoon on Bourbon Street.


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Winter Park Winery 2009 Grateful Red $25.97

Made from Palisade, Colo. grapes and handcrafted right in Fraser, the 2009 Grateful Red is as Grand County as wine can get. The Syrah, cabernet and merlot blend’s fullness warms you up from the inside out, making it a wintertime favorite of Colorado native and vintner Jon Brickner. The wine is earthy, full-bodied and pleasantly spicy with smooth tannins. Bickner made only 200 bottles of the blend. Stop by the Winter Park winery’s tasting room in Fraser (395 Zerex Street) daily from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. to sample it, or grab a bottle for a unique local gift.


Big Shooters Eggnog Latte $5

Located at the junction between three major ski epicenters and nestled within a winter playland, Big Shooters Café is a favorite high country stop. They use an eclectic mix of Colorado mountain coffee roasters, including Fraser’s Rocky Mountain Roastery and Steamboat Coffee Roasters. For a pre-ski jolt or cozy warm-up post-snowmobiling, try their eggnog latte. Instead of using flavored syrup, Big Shooters uses real eggnog delivered from Granby’s Meadow Gold dairy. For the kids, their cinnamon and white hot chocolate, topped with homemade whipped cream, is always a hit.


Grand Lake Brewing Co. Summit Pale Ale $9 for a six-pack

Brewmaster Eric Kohl calls Grand Lake Brewing Co.’s newest addition a “Colorado-style pale ale.” Big, bold and hoppy, this ale is as rugged as the Rockies and not for the faint-of-heart. The brew features 11 hop additions with a dry-hopped aging process after fermentation. Even with all hoppiness, the ale is surprisingly drinkable and has a mild finish. Grab a six-pack or fill a growler at the brewery’s Grand Lake location off of Highway 34. And if you forget to bring a few bottles home after your Grand Lake adventure, don’t worry. Grand Lake Brewing Co.’s beers are available at liquor stores in every county in Colorado.

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Explore the Best of Grand County Strive for satisfaction and seek a memorable experience BY TONYA BINA There are many places to go in Grand County, many activities to try, many foods to taste, many smiles to have. And as you explore this great place, map out the spots Grand County readers love. The Sky-Hi News Annual “Explore the Best of Grand County” publication gives readers the opportunity to select their favorites — from margaritas, to hiking trails to ski runs. Here is just a sample of first-place results. Find an Explore the Best of Grand County publication at the Sky-Hi News office in Granby or at to read more on local 2013 favorites.

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Surrounded by towering snow-capped peaks and primitive forests, Kremmling is nestled in the Colorado River Valley. The sparkling, clear mountain air lends an exhilarating feeling and an extra zest to life. Kremmling not only sits at the confluence of Muddy Creek and the Blue and Colorado Rivers, is surrounded by three major national forest (Routt, Arapaho, and White River), within close proximity to three major reservoirs, and we’re at the crossroads of Hwy. 9 and historic Hwy. 40. We are the “heart of the high country!”Fishing, hunting, OHV/ATV trails, hiking, snowmobiling, camping, horseback riding are just a few of the many things located in our backyard. Don’t forget to stop by any one of Kremmling’s wonderful shops to find that perfect Holiday gift for your favorite people. From Last Time ‘Round Thrift Store to Flowers by Marcia and The Kremmling Mercantile a variety of gift ideas abound. Remember the importance of shopping local and keeping your friends and neighbor’s in business.

KRemmling aRea ChambeR of CommeRCe & ViSiToR CenTeR P.O. Box 471, 203 Park Avenue, Kremmling, CO 80459 toll free: 887.573.6654 office: 970.724.3472 fax: 970.724.0397 email: info@

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April 05 | Spring Splash at Ski Granby Ranch. Celebrate with the traditional spring splash and music at the base area, outside bar, BBQ, best costume contest and DJ on the patio. Visit www. or call 888-8504615. 12 | Silver Bullet Base Bash Live Music Series Presented by Coors Light, 3-6 p.m., Winter Park Resort. Free live music, drink specials and a great après scene right at the base of Winter Park Resort. For more information call 970-7261564 or visit

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19 | Grand Lake Easter Egg Hunt, 11 a.m., Town Square. For more information call 970627-3402 or visit http://www. 19 | Cabin Fever Follies, 7 p.m., Community House, Grand Lake. Fun, music, drama and comedy. Call Andrea at 970-531-0804 for more details. 19-20 | Winter Park Springtopia, Winter Park Resort. A two-day skiing and music extravaganza featuring a pair of free concerts at the Winter Park base. Visit http:// 19-20 | 46th Annual CocaCola Spring Splash, Winter Park Resort. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the races beginning at noon. Watch as skiers and riders struggle through obstacles and attempt to skim across an icy pond to reach the finish line and post a time. Live music sets the tone for a closing day party that is fun for everyone. Visit www. 20 | Golden Bunny Classic Candy Hunt and Fun Race, Winter Park Resort. Winter Park Willie and the Easter Bunny deliver holiday fun with an on-mountain candy hunt in Discovery Park as well as a base area egg hunt for children under 5. For details and complete schedule of events visit http:// or call 970726-1564. 19-20 | Grand Lake Easter Egg Hunt, 11 a.m., Town Square, Grand Lake. Visit www.grandlakechamber. com or call 970-627-3402.

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A view you won’t forget. Whether an intimate family gathering or a large social event, every Grand Lake Lodge event displays the same impeccable service and creative menu planning. The views from the Lodge, overlooking Grand Lake and beyond, provide a fantastic setting for any type of event. Sites are available for corporate meetings, family reunion barbecues, parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions.

Please call 970.627.3967 to start planning your event today.

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Be safe

Mountain Driving Has its Challenges PHO TO S BY BYRON H ETZL ER

Most common mistake is high speed BY REID TULLEY It’s a powder day at the mountain and the snow is still falling. Are you prepared to brave the snow and ice to get those fresh lines?


eeping the necessary safety equipment in your car, truck or SUV is only the first step to being prepared for winter driving. Make sure you have the right information about road conditions and the knowledge to be able to keep your vehicle on the road. The most common winter driving mistake is driving too fast for conditions, according to Bob Wilson, a communication manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation. Driving too fast on snowy or icy roads can lead to lost control of the vehicle. Many become over-confident with four-wheel drive. “People think four-wheel drive means fourwheel stop, and that is not true,” Wilson said. Quickly hitting the brakes on snow or ice can cause the car to slide, or skid, even if your vehicle is equipped with an anti-lock brake system. 44

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“People always have to be prepared for the skid factor,” Wilson said. If your vehicle is not equipped with an anti-lock brake system, lightly pumping brakes is a safer way to slow on ice and snow. Keeping speeds low enough to enable a driver to make a complete stop if necessary is absolutely imperative, Wilson said. That can mean driving anywhere from 20 mph below the speed limit and giving vehicles in front plenty of space to ensure adequate time to slow down without hitting the brakes too hard. It is also important to remember that speed limits are set for dry conditions and do not take into account adverse driving conditions. And when driving in mountains, also be aware of wildlife that can at any time dart out onto the road. Keeping speeds under control and slowing

down gradually is the best way to prevent a loss of control. For this reason, it is important for drivers to try to leave earlier for destinations to allow flexibility in driving times, Wilson said. Another fatal mistake Wilson sees is drivers passing snowplows on the righthand side. Since snowplows push snow and debris to the righthand side of the road, passing a snowplow on the right can lead to broken windows and injuries. “The best place to be is right behind a snowplow,” Wilson said. “That is where the road will be clearest.” Another tip Wilson gives is to keep headlights on low beam and not to use brights when it is snowing. “Using your brights creates a mirror effect on snow, making it harder to see,” he said.

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Winter driving checklist •   Flares / reflectors to signal for help and warn other motorists •   Sturdy ice scraper / snowbrush / snow shovel to clear snow •  Battery or crank-powered radio to listen to emergency broadcasts       •   Flashlight with extra batteries or crank-powered flashlight •  Blanket or sleeping bag •   Chemical hand warmers •  Extra set of clothes including coat, hat, mittens, boots, etc. •   Gallon jug of water and non perishable food •   First- aid kit and essential medications •   Tire chains and tow strap •   Non-clumping kitty litter/sand for traction •   Jumper cables

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Explore Grand  

The Winter 2013-2014 edition. This tourist magazine aims to highlight all that Grand County has to offer, along with other tips and tricks t...