MTN Town Magazine Colorado - Fall 2013

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Magazine Colorado Fa l l I s s u e | 2013

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PUBLISHER’S GREETING It’s Fall and you never know what your going to get. One year is as different then the next. The season is currently producing lots and lots of rain. We are all saddened by the horrible floods destroying peoples homes and lively-hoods on the Front Range and hope to find ways to help you all. The question on everyones mind is when will the sun come out and then when will it snow!? This issue is about the transition of summer into winter in Colorado’s mountain towns. Its focus is on the people who sustain each community with businesses that assist in supporting others. There is an additional theme to this issue that involves autumn and the Fall Harvest. It is about the food that is harvested here locally and used by area restaurants. Now, I know growing tomatoes is difficult but it can be done. Over the past few years I have seen a rise in businesses that are built from locally sourced products. We open with MTN Town Favs and highlight a few of these products. Our next article discusses a bee keeper who is keeping her 100 year old family business alive and thriving in a time when bees are declining. The folks at Weston Boards and Meier Skis are taking beetle kill and milling it into fabulous boards and skis. The theme continues in our kids section and MTN Dwellers articles. From farm fresh vegetables to beetle killed wood there are people up here who are building unique and valuable businesses. My hope is to make everyone more aware of them in this issue. On a closing note I want folks to remember that there are mountain towns that have been ravaged by fires and floods. They have a message; they are or will be open for business! Be sure to visit them. ~Holly Battista-Resignolo, Publisher 6


Fall 2013 - Colorado


WHAT’S INSIDE 6. publisher’s greeting 13. vinotook 15. mtn town favs 17. mtn town views 19. priorities 21. good gear 23. beyond the hive 25. wellness 31. yoga on the mat


33. mtn man mojo 37. biz 39. beetle kill boards 51. nordic inn 55. real estate 59. kids


61. art 63. wine 71. eat 83. festival & events guide 91. bonjour




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Vinotok Crested Butte celebrates harvest and gets the grump out For a few days in September, the funky town of Crested Butte gets a little funkier. Pagan costumes, groups of maidens, parties, songs, poems, a grump, and a big bonfire. It’s a little difficult to explain what is going on, but we’ll give it our best effort. Vinotok is a storytelling and harvest festival that marks the transition from summer to fall and eventually winter. It is a time when Crested Buttians bond together in what is almost a combination of Thanksgiving and New Year’s. As ski season is the centerpiece to life in a ski town, it makes sense to begin the new year when the new season begins. It is one last chance to get together, outside, before winter sets in. This celebration of life, love and nature consists of a week of various events such as farmers markets, story telling, and community dinners. The week culminates with the trial and burning of The Grump. “The grump idolizes that which needs to be flushed out,” explains Chad Reich, CB’s community radio program director and Vinotok lover. “It is a collection of an entire community’s black cloud, which needs to go away. The grump becomes a combined physical manifestation of those things we do not want to carry. Through the burning of the grump, we are able to physically see and feel the heat of ourselves letting go.” And as the grump burns out the people hit the reset button, we are left in the most primal setting, gathered around a bonfire as a community, looking forward to the coming winter. -Edward Dujardin, Photo Credit: Trent Bona


MTN Town Favs << Copper H2O Colorado’s mountain town water is fresh and buying water at the store is uneccesary. In an effort to reduce bottled water consumption Copper Mountain installed highly efficient bottle re-filling stations around their resort. Thier quest is to be 100 percent plastic bottle free. Each time a bottle is refilled, guests are helping to reduce the amount of plastic being thrown away, or the resources needed to recycle it. Copper Mountain’s goal is to have these stations at all drinking fountains that are in common areas around the resort. Bring your water bottle this winter.

Farm to Table >> The farm-to-table practice just got a lot easier for mountain town restaurants, grocery stores and food providers. Source Local Foods based in Broomfield, CO distributes natural and organic produce, meats, cheeses, dairy and much more from Colorado ranchers and farmers straight to mountain communities. As middle man, Source is one-stop shopping for fresh high-quality local food.

<< Summit Soap Co. Here is one cool, clean company producing soaps from recycled, purified plant oils sourced from local eateries. Approximately 80% of their ingredients are gathered from within 100 miles of their Breckenridge factory. Company owners Dara Lor and Dan Fernandez offer more then just bar soaps. Their line of products include foaming soaps, balms and massage oils for personal and commercial use. Stop in to their factory and pick up some of their personal care products or buy online now and a portion of their profits will head to Colorado Flood Relief. 14

Colorado Proud >> The Colorado Department of Agriculture has ramped up the promotion of Colorado agricultural products by including the Colorado Proud logo at grocery stores, farmers’ markets, garden centers and restaurants. When you buy locally grown, raised and processed food and agricultural products, you are receiving high quality fresh products and helping Colorado’s economy, local farmers, ranchers, greenhouses, manufacturers and processors in your area. Look for the logo.

<< Brewski Bones Take two home brewers, a bunch of spent grain from the beer making process, combine it with their creative spark and you have Brewski Bones. Mark McDonnell and Kyle Velvis perfected a recipe for mans best bud to enjoy as they sipped upon their own cold beers. Spent grains fresh from Crazy Mountain Brewing Company are combined with delicious dog treat flavors of peanut butter and egg. The mixture is baked up in a commercial kitchen in Minturn and the result is their signature product Brewskibones Beaver Balls. Buy them here

Vail Composts >> Vail Resorts reduces, re-uses and recycles hundreds of thousands of pounds of food waste, cardboard, plastics, energy and comingled products to help support the environment. Their Mountain Environmental Department recycled over 250,000 pounds of corrugated cardboard and 300,000 pounds of co-mingled material.. Beaver Creek Resort diverted food waste from the landfill during the last two winter seasons and transported it to a local farm where it was used as livestock feed. Keystone Mountain Resort collected approximately 154 tons of compostable waste and turned it into Class I Compost, a nutrient rich soil amendment. Kudos to Vail! 15

<< Frisco Wassail The winter holidays in Frisco kickoff with Wassail Days, December 7 through the 15th. What is Wassail? A delicious blend of warm apple cider stirred up with spices for you to enjoy. Merchants on Main Street will be competing for the Frisco Wassail Day Cup. The best Wassail is based on your vote. Stroll down Main Street sipping some warm Wassail and enjoy the holiday lights and unique shopping opportunities in this great town. Wassail Days is filled with family photo opportunities, Holiday lighting display, Russian horse drawn sleigh at the gazebo, carolers and more.

Woodward at Copper >> This past summer the Woodward at Copper barn, a 19,400 square foot facility, reopened their facility with an additional 4,000 square feet of multi-level platforms. Snowflex surfaces were replaced with a new and improved Skatelite surface allowing BMX, mountain bike and skateboards to join in the fun. Progression is the objective. New Park Ski and Snowboard teaching technology was created for individuals to experience gentle to advanced jumps into foam pits. Get ready for the season with some great fall camps and drop in dates.



Take a group of passionate Crested Butte locals, start gathering their stories and images from Gunnsion County and post it on an online platform and you get This cool media website covers the progression of action sports in the West Elk mountains of Colorado and beyond. Event info, athlete profiles, videos and more are being posted daily by Edward Dujardin, his brother William, Trent Bona and seven other contributors. Their website is a great way to stay in touch with Crested Butte and the local scene in Gunnison County.

MTN Town Views Breckenridge Nordic >> A new lodge is being birthed at the Breckenridge Nordic Center on Ski Hill Road. The beautiful new ‘Oh Be Joyful’ Lodge will serve as the day lodge for nordic skiers this season. This is a buidling born from the passion of the Dayton Family and is being constructed from locally sourced Lodge Pole Pines affected by the Mountain Pine Beetles and Douglas Fir from the Rockies Mountains.

<< Loveland Cat Skiing Get ready for a terrific year of Cat Skiing at Loveland. Get your lift ticket and access waiver signed, then head out on Loveland Ski Area’s Free Ridge Cat Tours. The Ridge Cat Tour provides FREE cat skiing access to the North Side of the Ridge on a first-come, first-served basis when conditions are suitable. Grab a ride on the snow cat waiting just beyond the Gate 1 North off Chair 9. Snowcats will drop skiers & riders off at gate 4 North. This ski terrain is only accessible by foot or snowcat - there is no lift access here.

Chris Anthony Youth Initiative >> Chris Anthony, a Colorado native and longtime Vail resident, has competed most of his life at an international level and traveled as an athlete and on-screen personality with the Warren Miller Film Team. He recently launched his Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project to help kids improve their quality of life through education and by empowering them with a powerful message, “If you can Dream it, then set a goal for yourself and reach for it”.



Fall is a time of transition. The hues of summer fade into the brilliance of autumn while winter dusts our peaks. Take time to reflect on what has been and what is yet to come.

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Over 100 Years of Beekeeping in Colorado’s MTN Towns

Good for You Beeyond The Hive, Salida


Who would have thought a major Beekeeping Company has been operating in the Colorado Rocky Mountains since 1908? This family owned and operated business has seen four generations of family management which initially started with Walter Leckenby selling honey off a wagon in front of his house. The Colorado Honey Company was established in 2001 by Jeff Johnson distributing the family honey to bulk accounts nationwide. The most recent generation added a delicious new twist to their selection of products. Jamie and Jacy Johnson created Beeyond The Hive in 2005 with a vision to share their passion and excitement for the industry by bringing a young and fresh approach to the retail market. In 2011 they opened a bee-licous store in Salida complete with a Honey Harvesting Room where honeycomb is uncapped and extracted from the Hives along with bees wax for their beauty products. The process is fascinating and can be experienced each year at harvest in their Salida location. Once harvested their honey is sold in both bulk and in smaller portions. In their store and online you will find Raw Wildflower Honey, Raw Orange Blossom Honey, Raw Raspberry Honey, Creamed Honey, Honey Pearls, Honey Stix, Bee Pollen, Beauty Honey, Honey Balms, Beeswax Lotion, Beeswax Soap, Beeswax Candles,


Beeswax Tealights andBeeswax. Who knew there could be so many fabulous products? Here are a Few Interesting Bee Facts: • Honey bees have been here around 30 million years! • An Average beehive can hold around 50,000 bees. • It takes nectar from about 2 million flowers to make 1 pound of pure honey. • The average worker bee is an undeveloped female who makes about 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. • The average Bee lifespan in the wild: Up to 5 years They state on their website that Beekeeping is not only their occupation, it is also their passion. You can feel that passion when you enter their lovely Salida store where they arrange all of their products so prettily in the showroom. Be sure to visit them. Beyond The Hive 209 W 3rd Street | Salida, CO 81201 • (719)539-3443

Wellness & Recovery

Discovering Health and Harmony Through Nature The Roots of Chinese Medicine by Lynne Drakos


The mountains beckon us. Tantalizing, challenging, mesmerizing, and even addicting they invite us to make figure eight turns down glistening snow-covered slopes, to scramble across knife-edged rocky traverses to summit the next fourteener, to sit next to an icy stream and hear its whispers, to relax and take in peaceful pink alpenglow from a cozy campsite. Nature brings us to the mountains for a visit or a lifetime for some lucky ones. By hiking through a field of blood-red Indian paintbrush or biking up a steep,


switch-backed path to the top of Vail pass, we are immersed in nature’s continuity, its’ never-ending cycles of life. Long ago and far away in what is now Asia, ancient peoples were living their lives in harmony with nature and applying their inherent awareness of environmental processes to their health and healing. Chinese Medicine is ancient, originating several thousand years ago. Its’ roots are found in Taoist philosophy, which sees life as a constantly-changing, interrelated system and is inextricably linked to

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combined into safe, personalized formulas to address disharmony in the body. Chinese Medicine evolved during a time before people had access to diagnostic tests including, x-rays, MRI’s, EKG’s, lung function tests, blood tests, and the commonlyused thermometer. Hence, these ancient cultures based their theories of health and medicine on what they knew and were surrounded by nature. The basic belief in Chinese Medicine is that the cycles we observe in the natural world are functioning in our bodies as well. Our predecessors saw themselves as an interconnected part of the processes they observed and believed that the human body followed nature’s lead. If an environment was devastated by a forest fire or flood, these ancient peoples trusted that the affected area would take time to regenerate and renew. Young seedlings would slowly begin to take root and restore stability to barren slopes. Prehistoric cultures were far more patient than modern day society, and lived with the understanding that balance and harmony are an everchanging part of life. Our society is in need of a lesson from them as we find ourselves continually seeking quick fixes, ruled by technology, and taking on excessive responsibilities. To escape the pressures of the big city and the daily grind, we venture to and connect with nature. There is no better way to discover the benefits of patience and being present than moving deliberately through the crux move on a rock climb or waiting out a storm beneath a canopy of towering firs. We can learn volumes from these ancient cultures instead of falling prey to the

predominant cause of modern day disease–stress. Stress is not a harmonious condition, it is an ultra-significant modern day cause of disease. Stress leads to anger and frustration, which both stagnate the flow of Qi and deplete the amount of energy in the body. Common patterns of disharmony caused by stuck energy include migraine headaches, stomach acid reflux, pre-menstrual syndrome, infertility, and a myriad of other medical conditions. Constant worry takes over in the dark of night causing disharmony and conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, chronic diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome and other common pathologies. We need to follow nature’s lead to encourage balance and harmony in our lives. On your next raft trip or day on the river observe what happens when a dam blocks the river’s flow or an eddy forms, notice how the water backs up or endlessly goes round and round. Ideally, we want to be like a meandering stream, flowing easily around obstacles that arise. Why worry so much, does it really change anything? Does a pink wild rose or purple columbine consciously wonder if it will bloom next Spring? Follow nature’s lead and discover where it takes you. Lynne M. Drakos has provided safe, effective natural healthcare in our mountain communities for 20 years. She is state- and nationally-licensed in Chinese Medicine and is a provider for numerous health insurance companies. Her office, A Balanced Crane Acupuncture Clinic, is located in Breckenridge, CO. She can be reached at:









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The Yoga Space, Glenwood Springs


Nidra, Form and Flow Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Slow Flow Set in a little house turned studio you will find The Yoga Yoga, Lunchtime Yoga, Sivananda, Yoga for Athletes, and Space Studio just off of Grand Avenue on 14th Street in Glenwood Springs. Clean wood floors and a bright sunny more classes are available throughout the week. room will greet you as you arrive at this welcoming Whether you are in town for business or fun, restore and center. Classes are ongoing, with two to four classes per renew yourself in this welcoming space in Glenwood day and open to drop-ins at anytime. Springs. The teachers were very in tune with their classes, offering acceptance to all who gathered and instruction to assist each individual in bringing more awareness into Visit this local’s studio: their practice. The energy was serene and happy during 309 14th Street my Vinyasa Flow class. Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601 Classes range from Level 1 to Vigorous and the offerings 952.240.5998 are plentiful: Sunrise Yoga, Candle Light Yoga, Yoga for Healthy Living, Gentle Yoga, Foundations of Yoga, Yoga

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Typically we think of the hard-core athlete who rips on snow as the person in the gym doing plyometrics grunting to get those results they need for top performance. However, exercise specialists and trainers like myself, are all about the “undoing” of the competition or performance and are instructing more and more athletes of all ages and abilities to the yoga studio. If you are training for a marathon and all you do is yoga, of course you won't obtain a personal best the next time out. So it is wise to use your sport-specific training whether it be on the slopes, on the court or otherwise. But what is imperative, especially with higher volumes of training and repetition, is the body’s ability to recover and I don’t just mean a day off. Yoga provides the training tools to aid your body's overall recovery leading to increased longevity and performance in your sport.


There are 5 elements of fitness: cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, body composition and flexibility. I list them in this order because typically this is how the athlete thinks of them with flexibility being dead last. But let me paint a little picture. Without the ROM - range of motion - in and around a joint, dictated by both muscle tendons surrounding the joint and the ligaments holding the joint together, the body is not able to move in its fullest capacity. Limiting ROM, aids in reduced flexibility and increases the body’s risk for injury during performance. Said as simply as I can... without flexibility you reduce your body’s ability to move.


Many sports, such as cycling, running and xc skiing have very repetitive movements usually in one direction and in one plane of motion. These sports can develop certain muscle groups while ignoring others. Over time, this process causes imbalances in the muscles and joints leading to overuse



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injuries. For instance, tight hamstrings and hip flexors will cause the body to recruit from other joints, joints not intended for bearing extra loads. Even though you may be stretching pre or post workout, you typically stretch the same muscles in the same direction of movement from the activity. Yoga can help minimize this overuse tendency as it is multi-plane, and it incorporates the importance of stabilization with twists and counter quadrant movements. It is not linear like most high repetition sports.








It can be a little intimidating heading into the yoga studio the very first time. Here’s the thing, EVERYONE is doing yoga for their own reasons and for most, it is because they are working on something, not because they are awesome at yoga. So pick a class level that is right for you, ask a few questions, try out a few teachers until it starts to click. Give it a week or two and it will become part of your routine. Look for keywords on the yoga schedule like restorative or gentle. Even the some of the toughest guys like LeBron James and Ray Lewis practice yoga regularly. Remember to leave the ego at home and take it easy. Using your competitive mindset in yoga is counterproductive both mentally and physically. Oh... and breathe, it isn't as easy as it looks to relax!

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Two Guns Distillery - Moonshine & Wild West Whiskey


At an elevation of 10,200 feet the newly opened Two Guns Distillery may be one of the highest distilling operations in the United States and they have something great going on. Fulfilling a lifetime dream for B.A. Dallas, a professional artist turned alchemist, he opened the doors to his boomtown bar to allow everyone to try his smooth, mixable Single Six Rocky Mountain Moonshine and Wild West Whiskey. B.A. spent several years in Kentucky where he first learned to distill from some expert craft distillers in the area. This was not back woods distilling but learning how to make a smooth, delicious product that you would want to savor, blend into your favorite cocktail and share with friends.


Fast forward several years to their arrival in Leadville, B.A. and Sarah were settling in when someone introduced them to a recipe discovered in an old distillers log dating back to the late 1870’s. During that time local folks did not have the luxury of being able to procure a fine bottle of spirit at a liquor store. Townsfolk would distill their own spirits themselves as there was plenty of grain available in the area in the form of horse feed. More grain then horses to feed. From this recipe Wild West Whiskey was born and is a tribute to the grit of Boomtown settlers of the past. The distillery is a great new addition to Leadville. A sheltered out door seating area is complete with picnic tables and cornhole setup to enjoy. During the summer a vendor makes wild game sausage available for patrons

to purchase and enjoy. Year round the tasting room is a relaxed, laid back location to try their moonshine and whiskey as tasters or as a mixed drink. Repurposed wood beams and tractor seats make up the bar seating area along with old railroad track to rest your feet upon. Much of the bar has come from up-cycled wood products too. The view of their Frankenstein like distilling apparatus is the center of attention and everything is out in the open for you to see. There is no behind the scenes distilling here. The moonshine is remarkably smooth and mixes into just about every cocktail mixer imaginable. Their version of the Moonshine Moscow Mule even surprised me, as well as their Mojito; they are not anything like those Everclear concoctions from college frat parties. B.A. attributes much of this palatability to the altitude. Their mash cooks 27 degrees lower then those produced at sea level and he feels it keeps the mash from getting over cooked and bitter. In addition to using a local recipe they also use local grains and employ area residents. Another note, all

spent grains are sent to feed local chickens, once again showing a great partnership between businesses and the environment. The distillery has become a place for Leadville residents to meet. Although there is no food available in the tasting room during the winter months you can bring your own munchies in to enjoy with their drinks. It is a great new addition to the town and you will love the welcoming vibe that the distillery gives off when you come through their front door. Whiskey and Moonshine not your thing? Then at least check out BA Dallas’s artwork hanging on the walls, there’s a lot of talent in his bones. When you are in Leadville be sure to stop in for a taste: Two Guns Distillery Leadville

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A few months back, I was referred to a new client who needed help running the business she inherited from her father. She had no experience in this line of work and had been pursuing her own corporate career prior to receiving the “gift� of business ownership.

Prior to our engagement, my client made the fatal business mistake of thinking that, since the employees and clients were loyal to her father, they would automatically be loyal to her! She was wrong! Employee and client loyalty takes years to develop, and it is a slow process of building relationships, trust, and accountability. The employees would do anything for her father; she naively assumed this would be the case when she took over. In reality, the entire team quit within 6 months due to her poor management skills.

Susan A. Roberts is a Certified ActionCOACH with a sincere passion for helping businesses succeed and reach their optimal potential..

I have used this client as an example in my years of coaching. Here are some top lessons in helping your business succeed or fail: Have a PLAN: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Yes, you must have an actionable plan. It can be a simple three-page plan; as long as it can be followed, it works. Your action plan helps you focus on your goals and your vision, as well as set out plans to accomplishing them. I

Employee Retention: As my client realized, loyalty to the employer takes time, trust, and respect. She had not shown her team respect, honor, and leadership, hence, the mass exodus. Your team is the window to your clients, and they must be valued, rewarded, and respected. Be slow to hire and quick to fire if your new team is not a good fit for your culture. Poor Financial Controls: My client thought quick books were “easy,” and when the bookkeeper left, she took over the task herself. This was a very bad idea as she did not have the financial acumen to understand how to run the business by the numbers. As a successful business owner, you have to keep financial and business records, and you have to review your revenue and expense report each month. If you don’t know how to do these or don’t want to, get help from someone who does. A good financial professional or coach is the best investment you can make in your business.

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Lack of Experience Running a Business: A close second to losing the employees, this was a fatal flaw for my client. She did not understand her industry, the skills required to offer her products and services, and trends in the industry. She also did not have the relationships with her clients or her strategic partnerships. Her employees took these relationships with them when they resigned. Competition: Customers will go where they can find the best products and services. It’s important for you to know who your competition is, what they have to offer, and what makes your own products or services better. Delivering mediocre service in today’s market is a huge mistake, today’s client wants WOW for the same money they have paid for mediocre in the past. Procrastination: You can’t afford to waste time on unimportant tasks while critical tasks pile up. All tasks need to be done; if you don’t like to do them, you must hire someone to do them effectively. I have seen this trait kill many businesses. Waiting to make a decision is a bad decision in business. Making a decision is sometimes better than no decision at all. My client procrastinated providing raises, creating a marketing budget for the team and firing a disruptive employee. This and the mistakes listed above lead to a compete faliure of the entity.

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BEETLEKILL BOARDS Story by: Holly Resignolo


Meier Skis and Weston Snowboards


Hand made boards and skis are being made by passionate artisans right here in Colorado from beetle killed trees. This is an instance where snowboarders and skiers have come together to produce some incredible snow riding products from renewable resources, taking some of the pain away from the beetle kill epidemic and creating joy instead. Meier Skis and Weston Snowboards were both born from the simple question “What if”? And they are both making their mark in today’s snowsport industry.

Meier SkisMatt Cudmore’s “what if” lead to the creation of his boutique ski business in the garage of his Glenwood Springs home. The thought came from the simple idea of, could you take a tree, cut it down and shape it into a ski that would be able carve turns on the same slope it was born on? That was in 2009 and after some testing and tweaking they are on a trajectory of recognition with their most recent award, Skiing Magazine’s official selection for 2014 Stamp of Approval, and Editors Choice for the Summit Daily News. The ultimate goal of Meier Skis was to produce a high performance lightweight ski. With Matt’s background in engineering and AutoCAD the process was both scientific and creative. For two years he perfected the craft producing skis for his friends and family by combining layers of pine with aspen and other woods harvested from Colorado’s forests. 39

Two years ago Matt introduced Meier Skis to the public. Since then he has picked up business partner Ted Enyon, who decided to fly the corporate coop to chase his passion for the ski business, and produced nine different ski models for the public to choose from. The company has made sure that Meier Skis are identifiable with their clear top sheet showing the beautiful grain and blue stain of the wood below with unique designs on the tip and tail to identify which ski model it is. Skis are produced for Powder, Big Mountain, All Mountain and Park skiing styles. Meier Skis are also the official ski of Ski Sunlight Mountain in their hometown of Glenwood Springs.


As Meier Skis grew they moved from Matt’s small garage into a larger space. A relationship was then fostered with Weston Snowboards, another company with a “What if” vision. Their question was more “what should we do with all of these Pine Beetle killed trees”.

Weston SnowboardsBarry Weston Clark has spent most of his time in the forest, first in Washington State as a child and more recently here in Colorado. He had owned property in

the Minturn area and had watch in dismay, like all of us, as the forest turned red. He desired to permanently settle in Colorado’s mountain towns and wondered how to use all of our dead pine in a meaningful way. Barry, a woodworker, loves to snowboard and wondered if he could create snowboards with a Pine Beetle veneer topsheet. The veneer idea didn’t work. He gathered some intelligence and with former Pro Snowboarder Mike Whitefield they re-crafted the pine along with poplar layers and pressed it. The result was very successful and from that turning point Weston was born.

Last year he refurbished the old pink stucco building in the middle of Minturn with recycled wood and beetle kill products. His family opened the doors to Weston Outdoors and Weston Snowboards. Barry relocated his family from Denver to the area to both enjoy life and to assist in running the new family business. Five different snowboard models are offered with all of them available as a split board. The Beetlekill is an all mountain board and is the showpiece for beetle killed wood. The Pitch is a split board for backcountry access; the Lodgepole is a Park Specific board that also serves as an all mountain board. The Beetle Juicy is a great women’s board and

Two local companies making skis and snowboards from beetle kill wood


the Powder is designed for truly deep days. You can also find an all mountain board that supports the CAIC – Colorado Avalanche Information Center. It is a limited edition board so get it while you can. In addition to the boards he is manufacturing he also sells backcountry gear for all outdoor enthusiasts at the Minturn store. Barry is very proud to be making a product in Colorado, contributing to the environment and the community by providing jobs, and bringing income to the community he lives in. As Barry said to me, ‘We are making Snowboards that have soul, the soul’s of the tree’Ws you are riding on here in Colorado”. There is a great relationship between both Meier Skis and Weston Snowboards with equipment being used and some shared between the two companies in Glenwood Springs at the Meier manufacturing shop. Jobs, income and the love of snow are being produced by these great new companies. Be sure to check them out.

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The competion and race to open for the 2013 -2104 Winter Season between Loveland Ski Area and Arapahoe Basin has officially begun. Mountain operations have fired up their snowguns and have been blowing. We have seen them but how does a snow gun make snow? Here is a quick synopsis: Snow guns produce snow by combining cooled water and compressed air. Snow guns have two different hoses attatched to them. One runs air and the other runs water. The air is compressed and atomizes the water as it blows. These water droplets will freeze and crystallize, as long as the air temperature is below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, creating snow. As your bringing out the cold weather gear and prepping up for your season stay tuned to each of the ski areas website’s. As long as temperatures remain cold the snow will blow. Opening dates have not been set as of yet. This is always an exciting time of the year.



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Gunnison County’s longest operating lodge, the Nordic Inn has undergone complete interior and exterior renovations that retain the property’s Colorado classic appeal while delivering contemporary amenities. Located in Mt. Crested Butte, only steps from the ski area base, this year-round property was purchased in November 2012 by local owners Kim & Ken Stone who are dedicated to continue the legacy of personalized customer service established by Allen and Judy Cox, who owned the Nordic Inn for more than 40 years. Renovations were completed in two stages beginning in 2012 with the public spaces and 15 guest rooms finished in time for ski season and the remainder of the work wrapping up in June 2013. All 28 guest rooms, common spaces, the exterior and an on-property chalet that sleeps eight were renovated. The main floor lobby, breakfast room and great room feel like a spacious, tastefully decorated Colorado mountain home and are perfect for lounging, playing games, reading a book and planning the next day’s adventures. High-speed wireless Internet access, daily continental breakfast and free parking are among the complementary amenities. There is also the added convenience of a free electric ski resort shuttle that runs from the Nordic Inn parking lot to the base area in winter and the free Mountain Express bus that travels the two miles into Crested Butte year-round. All guest rooms on the main floor have attractive hardwood floors that are well-suited for the mountain lifestyle and guests bringing pets. Two of these rooms are ADA accessible, making it convenient for clients of the nearby Adaptive Sports Center and others needing easy access. On the second story, rooms have newly carpeted floors and ceilings adorned with reclaimed pine beetle wood. Solid wood doors, new bathroom fixtures, granite countertops, ceiling fans, dual pod coffee makers, 400 thread count linens, Sealy Posturepedic mattresses, down pillows and comforters, and Basic Earth brand personal care products are features in all rooms. For guests seeking more living space and additional amenities and features, Nordic Inn has the Signature 49

Mountain Suite and Nordic King Mountain Loft. The Signature Mountain Suite features two queen beds, one and one-half baths, a living room, full, with hardwood floors throughout. The Mountain Loft is privately located on the second floor away from other guest rooms and has a large custom king bed, vaulted wood beam ceilings, a finely appointed bathroom complete with an oversized steam shower for two, and a refrigerator, microwave and espresso machine The lower level of the inn has been transformed into a meeting and event space for groups of up to 60, complete with an over-sized, flat-panel television and comfortable leather furniture. There also is a new secure bike storage room with a nearby exit door that leads to bike washing and repair stations. Also outdoors is a newly installed patio with a new hot tub that is easily accessed by heated sidewalks. Careful attention was paid to retaining iconic features such as the great room fireplace modeled after one Allen Cox admired in Germany and a hand-painted tile ski scene located on the landing of the second floor. Before opening as the Nordic Inn in 1962, the structure was a dormitory with storage closets lining one hallway that the new owners converted into secure ski/snowboard storage with a ski and snowboard boot dryer. With the recent announcement that Crested Butte Mountain Resort is lowering adult season pass prices by more then 40 percent, Nordic Inn has created the first-ever B&B/Ski Season Pass. This unique pass includes unlimited skiing all winter at CBMR and 10 nights of bed and breakfast lodging at Nordic Inn that can be used for multiple visits at any time from Nov. 20, 2013 through April 6, 2013. The cost is $1,899 for one person and $2,498 for two people traveling together and staying in a Signature King Room ($1,249 each). Additional nights of lodging beyond the 10 nights can be purchased at a 40 percent savings from the Nordic Inn’s regular rates Nordic Inn 14 Treasury Road, Crested Butte 970-349-5542.

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For inhabitants arriving on the gold rush scene in the mid-1800’s, a locally sourced home had been the tradition in Colorado’s mountain towns with the harvest of local logs to create shelter

This log home, owned by Jason Rodon in Summit County, is a combination of two homes from that era. The front cabin, known as the Fletcher cabin, was built in the late 1860’s and was moved from across the old Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. It survived a roof fire previous to the move. The back cabin, was known as the Carter cabin, was built in the late 1850’s and was moved from behind the current Carter Museum. It was Edwin Carter’s first house and later his taxidermy workshop where he preserved specimens that still exist around the world. The cabins were moved to their current location in 1975 by John Todd. Jason, who owns Trimworks and Meta Yoga Studios, still primarily heats the home with an 1892 Franklin wood stove which will run in the winter with a continuous fire for several months at a time. He has also modernized the home with updates to the kitchen, bathroom and other areas. So much history still exists in the house. You can see where newspaper was once layered to help with the home’s insulation and the colors of age have been brought out by the current owners.

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In recent years we have seen the rise in desire for log home living. With beetle kill has come the availability of products for flooring, finish work, furniture, doors, cabinets, cabins and houses. If a log home is in your future be sure to do your research for years of comfort and beauty. Be aware that these homes require special upkeep and maintenance. Here are few things to remember so you can enjoy the feeling of warmth and comfort from the golden glow of polished logs. Dust your walls at least four times per year. Because of the wood grain there are many nooks and crannies where dust, dirt and pollen can get lodged. 54

Wash your logs carefully with Murphy’s Oil Soap once per year. Be sure to inspect your logs inside and out to avoid water and pest damage. Walk around the exterior often to spot any problem areas. Maintain your exterior finish; if you see any mold growing wash the affected area immediately. Logs need to breathe. Don’t coat your logs with products that seal in moisture and prevent them from breathing. The coating will peel and crack creating a lot of refinish time.


Renewing Real Estate with Repurposed Products A major trend we are seeing is the creative use of products that no longer serves the function they were designed for. From re-purposed lumber and corrugated metal to car parts and industrial lighting fixtures. Seen recently are tastefull ways to grow produce in old barrels, xeriscaping and water saving sytems for gardens and lawns.


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It’s hard to grow a pumpkin at 10,000 ft. but it is Autumn and memories of scouring pumpkin fields for the very best pumpkin invades my memories. Halloween candy and costumes dot the shelves of our Colorado mountain town grocery stores. Harvest, a time in Colorado brings Apples, Peppers, Corn, Grapes, Wheat, Peaches and PUMPKINS! There is nothing like heading to the pumpkin farm for a session of pick your own pumpkins. We know a plethora of places to go on the front range but what about here in the high country? After a little research, here are a few suggestions, some complete with corn mazes, fun activities and more. Make a plan, gather your friends, load up the kids and go!!! 58

Ryden Ranch Maize Maze 6234 County Road 226 New Castle 970-984-2190 Late summer and fall Friday, 1 p.m. – Dusk Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – Dusk Admission: Adults: $8 Children $6 Under 6: free The maze is a mile of paths from entrance to exit, but one wrong turn can become a two-mile adventure. Directions: From I-70 take New Castle exit (105). Drive through the 4-way stop, onto Castle Valley Boulevard, then right at Road 245 (second stop sign). Stay on 245 for five miles, veering left onto Road 226. Continue on Road 226 for two miles to the corn maze on the left.

Niemann’s Pumpkin Patch 6501 County Road 214 (peach Valley Road) New Castle 970-984-3850 Saturdays and Sundays, September 28 through the end of October. Open in October Monday through Thursday for group appointments – call. Pumpkins for sale in the shop or farmstand, pumpkin patch-pick in the field, Fall festival, straw hay bale maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, concessions/refreshment stand, group tours. Directions: From I-70 take Exit 105 toward New Castle. At flashing red light turn left on Highway 6/24. Go 1.5 miles out of town and turn right onto County Road 214 (Peach Valley Road) — it’s the first road out of New Castle. Niemann’s Pumpkin Patch is .6 mile on the right. U Pick – Pumpkin Patch-Pick in the Field 6072 County Road 214 (peach Valley Rd)

New Castle 970-984-9090. Alternate Phone: 970-379-9415 Open September 28 to October 31st: Monday to Sunday, 8 am to Dusk. Directions: I-70 Exit 97 (Silt CO). Go Right (East) on highway 6 & 24 towards New Castle. Left (North) on Davis Pt Rd, OR Mid Valley Rd, Right (East) on Peach Valley (CR 214). Farm on the RIGHT. Follow U Pick Pumpkin Patch signs – they are on all local roads. Payment: Cash or Check. Delicious Orchards 39126 Highway 133 Hotchkiss (970) 527-1110 Opening October 1st 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Choose your perfect pumpkin in their pumpkin patch. Try some farm pressed Organic Apple Cider. Taste some amazing Colorado Wines. Complete with cafe serving delicious food from local ingredients. U-pick our organic fruit. Have a picnic. You can even stay in their camp ground with great views of the nearby mountains. Studt’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze 21 1/2 and 1 1/2 Road Grand Junction (970) 462-6361 October 1 – 31 Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – mid-nite Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Dart Acres Corn Maze, Kidz Maze, Pumpkin Jump, Corn Pit Slide, Hay Mountain, Horsedrawn Wagon Rides, Farm-Animal Train, Petting Zoo, lunch and concession area, photo area, special events and activities! . Covered Bridge Ranch 17249 6250 Rd. Montrose (970) 240-0106 October (pumpkins) Sunday, 12 p.m – 5:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m, Saturday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Pumpkin patch, hayrides, farm tour, u-pick. Public restrooms, picnic area. Directions: Go west on Hwy. 90 from Montrose to Dave Wood Rd., turn south to large stone and log. Entrance gate on right side of road.

Mountain Arts “Racing the Storm” Mixed-Media on Canvas by Lelija Roy

It is safe to say that artist Lelija Roy is obsessed with aspens. After moving to Colorado ten years ago she quickly developed a deep affinity for the tree. An aspen grove’s striking white and black trunks, shimmering textures and changing leaf colors combine to form the heart of Lelija’s richly textured landscapes. Add in some of Colorado’s most iconic peaks and we have an artist whose skilled hands perfectly capture the wonder of the high country. Aspens are a unique tree. Every aspen grove is composed of a single, connected organism. The oldest and heaviest organism on earth is said to be an aspen grove. Aspen forests thrive at elevations above 5,000 feet, making them a staple of Colorado’s mountain towns. Given such a unique tree, it takes a unique approach to truly capture their beauty. 60

Lelija creates each of her works on canvas in a series of layers. Acrylic paints, rice papers, silk, lace, pastel and more combine to form her highly textured paintings. Lelija’s combination of materials perfectly captures the feeling of wandering through an aspen grove or standing on a ridge overlooking the surrounding lakes and peaks. Her color palettes create a wonderful changing of seasons. Winter’s soothing blues and purples give Lelija’s paintings a calming feeling, while the changing leaves of an aspen grove in fall provide an energetic, uplifting mood to her work. Lelija’s work is always on display in the Art on a Whim gallery in Breckenridge, Colorado. Many gallery visitors have likened watching Lelija paint to watching a forest grow before their eyes. She is frequently on hand to provide demonstrations and show her newest collections.


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WINE Colorado’s Wineries are nothing to scoff at. Take a tour of the Grand Valley. Photos By: Mark Battista Story By: Gaynia Battista


Grand Valley Wineries Canyon Wind Cellars/Anemoi Wines 3907 NORTH RIVER ROAD, PALISADE, CO 970.464.0888

Maison la Belle Vie Winery 3575 G ROAD, PALISADE, CO 970.464.4959

Carlson Vineyards 461 35 ROAD, PALISADE, CO 888.464.5554/970.464.5554

Meadery of the Rockies 3701 G ROAD, PALISADE, CO 877.858.6300/970.464.7899

Colorado Cellars Winery/Rocky Mountain Vineyards 3553 E ROAD, PALISADE, CO 800.848.2812/970.464.7921

Mesa Park Vineyards 3321 C ROAD, PALISADE, CO 970.434.4191

Colterris Winery 3548 E 1/2 ROAD, PALISADE, CO 970.464.1150/303.956.6954 DeBeque Canyon Winery 144 KLUGE STREET AT 2ND STREET, BLDG 3, PALISADE, CO 970.464.0550 Desert Sun Vineyards 3230 B 1/2 ROAD, GRAND JUNCTION, CO 970.434.9851 Garfield Estates Vineyard & Winery 3572 G ROAD, PALISADE, CO 970.464.0941 Grande River Vineyards I-70 AT EXIT 42, PALISADE, CO 800.264.7696/970.464.5867 Graystone Winery 3352 F ROAD, CLIFTON, CO 970.434.8610 Gubbini Winery 3697 F ROAD, PALISADE, CO 970.270.7185/970.464.5608

Plum Creek Cellars 3708 G ROAD, PALISADE, CO 866.788.7586/970.464.7586 Ptarmigan Vineyards 221 31 3/10 ROAD, GRAND JUNCTION, CO 970.434.2015 Reeder Mesa Vineyards 7799 REEDER MESA ROAD, WHITEWATER, CO 970.242.7468 St. Kathryn Cellars/Talon Winery 785 ELBERTA AVENUE, PALISADE, CO 970.464.9288 Two Rivers Winery 2087 BROADWAY ROAD, GRAND JUNCTION, CO 866.312.9463/970.255.1471 Varaison Vineyards & Winery 405 WEST FIRST STREET, PALISADE, CO 970.464.4928 Whitewater Hill Vineyards 220 32 ROAD, GRAND JUNCTION, CO 970.434.6868

Hermosa Vineyards 3269 3/4 C ROAD, PALISADE, CO 970.640.0940


Garfield Estates Vineyard & Winery

Located in Palisade, Garfield Estates Vineyard & Winery is close to I-70 and is easy to access. We arrived via car and spent some time with Linda, the winery’s knowledgeable hostess. She gave us the history of the Winery and let us know about their upcoming events and tours while she poured. The winery was launched in January of 2000 by Jeff Carr and a business partner with a dream of growing grapes and starting a great winery. The dream has been many years in the making while their planted vines grew and spread in the vineyard. All of the right ingredients of vines, time and the addition of a wine maker have resulted in award winning wines that are gaining national attention and recognition. Nine Wines were available to sample and enjoy at the winery. Linda’s expertise on each product was outstanding while her presentation would make the novice of wine novices feel at home. The Estate grows four varieties of

white grapes and three varieties of red. My favorites were the S2 and 2010 Malbec. My friends each had their own preferences but we all agreed the wines were excellent. Here are their current offerings: 2011 S2 (Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon) 2009 Fume Blanc 2010 Viognier (Special limited bottling) 2009 Cabernet Franc 2009 Estate Syrah 2010 Malbec 2009 Vin de Glace (Icewine) Vin de Chocolat (Chocolat infused Port Wine)

Garfield Estate’s tasting room is open 11am to 5pm seven days a week. In January and February their times of operation change to12pm to 5pm Monday – Friday. Be sure to stop in and be welcomed by their staff and become informed through their knowledge of wine. 3572 G Road Palisade, CO 81526 970-464-0941

Mesa Park Vineyards, Palisade


It all starts with a desire. In the case of Brad and Brooke Webb their desire was a passion to enjoy and experience delicious wines. A majority of their vacations involved visiting wineries throughout the United States. In 2008 they decided to embark on a winery tour through the Grand Valley. That innocent tasting trip changed their lives when they discovered a winery they had never heard of before. All of their wines were delicious. The owners had established the winery in the late 90’s with eight acres under vine, but were preparing to retire and move on; the winery was for sale. Brad and Brooke returned to their suburban home and corporate jobs realizing this was a dream they wanted to pursue. With very little persuasion they approached Brooke’s parents, Chuck and Patty Price, and discussed the possibility and potential of owning the winery. It has been a family run operation ever since. Now into their fifth harvest the Mesa Park Vineyard is producing over a 1000 cases per year and winning awards. Most recently their Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon received a Gold Medal at the Colorado State Fair. 66

Their operation and tasting room is housed in a classic red barn. Crushing, fermenting and bottling all are under the same roof. We spent time with Brooke discussing each wine and learned a lot about what it is like to start up a business with very little experience in agriculture. Their wines are a testament to their passion. Each one is delicious and unique. Here is what we sampled: 2010 Riesling Barn Owl Red 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Barn Owl White Rose of Merlot Finz Dessert Wine 2011 Cabernet Franc

The Webb’s and the Price’s have had a desire to learn and have become entrenched in Palisade, sitting on the Palisade Advisory Committee, supporting water rights, and assisting with migrant worker issues crucial to the agricultural community. In addition, Brooke has started the Young Farmers & Ranchers of Mesa County, a local chapter of the NYF Coalition. Be sure to stop in when you head down and you can take some of their passion home with you. Mesa Park Vineyard 321 C Road Palisade, CO 81526 970-434-4191 67


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World Flavors in Americana Cuisine by: Claudia Carbone


Moroccan mainstay. Lamp shoulder is ground up and Like all Americans, the cuisine at Blue Plate has combined with cracked wheat, preserved lemons and ancestors from around the globe, thanks to Adam spices to make Kafta, a middle eastern meatball dish. Roustom, chef and owner of the popular eatery in He combines beef with Italian sausage and laces it Avon. With an American mother, a Syrian father, and with pomegranate molasses for his twist on a classic childhoods in Damascus and New England, Roustom, meatloaf. From his New England days comes Fish n’ together with his wife and business partner Elli, has Chips—fresh scrod lightly breaded in cornmeal flour created a restaurant to please every palate. They call served with homemade tartar sauce and skinny fries. their world-inspired food “Americana cuisine.” Mussels swim in a heavenly sauce of North African I recreate flavors I grew up with,” said Roustom, who started early in life with Middle Eastern infused American spices that call for more bread for dipping. Roustoms’ food. For example, his childhood peanut butter sandwich Friday night whole pig and lamb roasts have become legendary, and their steaks and burgers from grain- and came on pita bread with homemade Syrian apricot jam. corn-fed Colorado cows earn bragging rights. After his family moved to the U.S., he started cooking The best-selling entree is mouthwatering schnitzel—a at age 12 on Cape Cod, which led him to schooling in thinly sliced pork or veal cutlet coated in bread crumbs culinary arts. The fusion stuck with him. and floated in butter until the coating creates a souffle Diners at Blue Plate reap the benefits of Roustom’s that “gives it a hug.” The famous Blue Plate schnitzels international culinary upbringing. He braises Colorado are a big hit with the Austrians in the Vail Valley and give lamb with roasted tomatoes and pickled lemons, a 71

Also from Europe is traditional cheese fondue. Chocolate fondue is for dessert, as is the best popover you’ll ever eat. Encircled with fresh fruit, the baked confection’s crispy crust covers a melty soft interior. The casual restaurant is sensibly divided into a bar that looks onto an open kitchen and three dining areas: a family dining room, an “adult” dining room and a delightful European-style garden patio. Roustom is a hands-on, passionate chef who works side-by-side with his cooks, gently but firmly giving suggestions. “I cook with my heart on my sleeve. I believe in doing it right, doing it from scratch and doing it with love,” he said. 48 E. Beaver Creek Blvd. (in the Boat Building) Avon, CO 970-845-2252

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Devil’s Thumb Ranch Locally Sourced, Conscious Food


Sustainability awards, Awards of Excellence, Best Green Development, Award for Environmentally Sensitive Remodeling & Expansion, Wine Spectators Award of Excellence, and the accolades go on for the Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa. Delicious and locally sourced dining options await each visitor who takes the time to come to this magnificent resort.



The Resort houses two restaurants Heck’s at the Ranch and the Ranch House Restaurant as well as the Hallowed Grounds Coffee Shop. These locations are overseen by Chef Evan Treadwell whose past achievements include an Iron Chef Award as well as other regional cuisine awards, with his experience coming directly from the California slow food movement. This movement has grown into a national culinary movement for sourcing from local growers and keeping our communities sustainable. We had a chance to learn more about Devil’s Thumb Ranch, a name that extends back to the Ute Indians. We have decided it should be renamed the Green Thumb Ranch with all of the environment initiatives the facility has going on going on. Chef Treadwell discussed the ranch owner’s mission to be green. “They are 100% committed to sustainability by using their own geothermal plants to heat all of their buildings, introducing solar energy to help power the operation, practicing water conservation through the use of energy and water saving machinery and reducing, reusing, recycling and local sourcing everything possible.” All of this is just as important to Chef Treadwell and his practices in the kitchen and dining rooms. Food products are sourced from sustainable companies with an emphasis on using local farm products and trying to be Colorado Proud. Grand County was 77

once the lettuce capital of the state. Today he is able to procure lettuces, most herbs, asparagus, onion, garlic, micro grains and creamery products from the area. He tries not to look beyond Colorado’s borders for cheeses, beef and lamb. He has a great relationship with Carol Morales of Morales Farms in Granby using everything their farm has available at the time. You can find a bevy of culinary themed special events throughout the year at the ranch: Brewmaster Dinner Series; Chef Demo Dinners; the Food to Table Paella Dinner; and the James Beard Foundation Dinner at the Ranch make up the culinary schedule this year. On October 4, 2013 join the James Beard Foundation as

they celebrate, nurture, and preserve America’s diverse culinary heritage and future. Devil’s Thumb Ranch and Chef Evan Treadwell have been chosen to be one of the locations where this event is held. Only prominent and talented chefs are invited to join their efforts. Future initiatives for Devil’s Thumb Ranch will be the inclusion of a herd of Wagu Cattle. They are currently living on the Front Range of Colorado and will be brought to the ranch to live and graze Summer 2014. Make a reservation for a night in one of their restaurants or take a few days exploring Devil’s Thumb Ranch where your footprint will be reduced, your culinary knowledge will be expanded and you will be delighted.

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Fall 2013 Event Guide

Calendar of Events For a complete list and details on Colorado MTN Town Events visit our website!

SEPTEMBER September 19 – 22, 2013 Breckenridge Festival of Film, Breckenridge September 19 – 22, 2013 22nd Annual Colorado Mountain Winefest, Grand Junction p75mNkyP.dpuf September 20 – 22, 2013 5th Annual Steamboat Oktober West, Steamboat Springs September 21, 2013 Golden Leaf Half Marathon, Aspen September 21, 2013 2013 Autumn Color Run, Buena Vista www.bvautumncolorrun-es2005.eventbrite. com/?rank=6# September 21, 2013 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Cortez


September 21, 2013 Music on the Mountain – 2013, Glenwood

September 26 – 29, 2013 Crested Butte Film Festival, Crested Butte or (303) 204-9080.

September 21, 2013 20th Annual Tour De Vineyards, Grand Junction

September 26 – October 1, 2013 Aspen Filmfest, Aspen

September 21, 2013 Mountain to the Desert Ride, Telluride

September 27 – 29, 2013 24th Annual Fall Photo Experience, Durango

September 21 – 22, 2013 Summit County Colorado Parade of Homes, Breckenridge id=83#landhere

September 27 – 29, 2013 Mesa Verde Country Balloon & Art Festival, Durango balloon/balloon.html

September 21 – 22, 2013 Autumn Gold Festival, Estes Park.

September 27 – 29, 2013 9th Annual Fruita Fall Festival, Fruita

September 22, 2013 Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show, Vail September 22, 2013 Jazz at the Market, Vai l September 24 – 28, 2013 ATV Historical Color Tour, Buena Vista

September 27 – October 06, 2013 Vail Restaurant Week, Vail/Beaver Creek September 28, 2013 Aspen Art, Aspen

September 25 – 27, 2013 Fall Art Festival, Glenwood Springs aspx?EventID=4583

September 28, 2013 Ultra Race Of Champions – Ultra Distance Running, Breckenridge, Frisco, Copper, Minturn, Vail

September 26 – 28, 2013 The Meeting, Aspen events/the-meeting

September 28, 2013 Potato Day, Carbondale September 28, 2013 Grand Finale – Rimrock Rodeo, Fruita

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September 28 – 29, 2013 Summit County Colorado Parade of Homes, Breckenridge id=83#landhere September 28 – 29, 2013 Elk Fest, Estes Park The haunting call of the bull elk fills the Estes Valley during the early days of fall. The call begins with

OCTOBER October 2, 2013 Beyond the Beauty: Japanese Garden Presentation, Frisco October 3, 2013 First Thursday Art Walk, Durango

October 3 – 6, 2013 Durango Cowboy Gathering, Durango October 4, 2013 James Beard Foundation Dinner at the Ranch, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, Tabernash October 4 – 5, 2013 Celtic Fest & Octoberfest, Carbondale Poster%202011.pdf

October 4 – 6, 2013 3rd Annual WellBeing Connection New Moon Retreat, Waunita Hot Springs Ranch, Near Gunnison or 970-765-7108 October 4 – 6, 2013 Vail Valley Cup Soccer, Vail October 4 – 27, 2013 Aspen Art Museum Roaring Fork Open, Aspen

October 4 – 6, 2013 Breckenridge Craft Spirits: 4th Annual Still on the Hill Festival, Breckenridge spirits-festival

October 5, 2013 Frisco Cross Cyclocross Race, Frisco

October 4 – 6, 2013 Eagle YogaFest!, Eagle

October 5, 2013 Tour of the Moon Cycling Classic, Grand Juction 85

October 5, 2013 Walk 4 Life, Grand Juction October 5 – 6, 2013 Desert’s Edge Triathlon Festival, Fruita desertsedgetri/#general October 6, 2013 John Denver Tribute, Breckenridge eventschedule.aspx?clientID=riverwalk or 970547-3100 October 10 – 13, 2013 Durango Heritage Celebration, Durango www.bestdurangocoloradovacations. com/2013/04/11/plan-now-for-durango-heritagecelebration-in-october.aspx October 11, 2013 John Denver Tribute, Aspen aspx?OrgNum=4365 October 11 – 13, 2013 Telluride Horror Show, Telluride October 12, 2013 The North Face Speaker Series with Conrad Anker, Breckenridge speaker_series/ October 12 – 13, 2013 Durango Double, Durango October 12 – 13, 2013 2013 Peanuts The Great Pumpkin Patch Express, Durango October 13, 2013 Pumpkin Fest. Silverthorne &recordid=735&returnURL=%2findex.aspx October 18, 2013 Country Western Dance, Silverthorne or 970.262.739

October 18 – 19, 2013 The Language of the Fantastic – Literary Festival, Grand Junction October 18 – 19, 2013 Wine in the Pines, Keystone Wine+in+the+Pines.axd?year=2013&month=10& eventview=calendarview October 19, 2013 ACES Harvest Party, Aspen October 19 – 20, 2013 2013 Peanuts The Great Pumpkin Patch Express, Durango October 21 – 13, 2013 Telluride Horror Show, Telluride October 25, 2013 HOWLaween Ball, Silverthorne October 25, 2013 Brewmaster Dinner Series, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, Tabernash 970-726-5632 or October 26, 2013 KOTO Halloween Bash, Telluride calendar/2013-10-26/koto-halloween-bash October 29, 2013 Climb to Glory Benefit for Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project, Denver October 31, 2013 Halloween Monster Bash – Arapahoe Basin calendar.aspx?id=25d6f0ec-f6f2-4e48-b94c724fa2b358cc

NOVEMBER November 1, 2013 Copper Opening Day, Copper Mountain

November 1, 2013 Opening Day at Keystone, Keystone November 7, 2013 First Thursday Art Walk, Durango November 8, 2013 First Tracks: US Alpine Ski Team Naming, Copper Mountain November 9 – 10, 2013 7th Annual Dryland Mushing Event, Buena Vista or 303- 395-4181 November 10, 2013 USASA Rocky Mountain Series, Copper Mountain November 11 – 15, 2013 USSA NorAm Race to the Cup, Copper Mountain November 15, 2013 Country Western Dance, Silverthorne or call 970.262.739 November 16 – 17, 2013 Colorado Days, Copper Mountain November 21, 2013 Celebrations Around the World, Silverthorne aspx?page=17&recordid=739 November 21, 2013 Chef Demo Classes & Dinner, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, Tabernash 970-726-5632 or November 23, 2013 38th Annual Sugar Plum Festival, Gunnison 970-641-6931 November 23, 2013 Opening Day for Crested Butte Nordic Center November 27, 2013 Opening Day, Crested Butte Mountain

the breckenridge craft SPIRITS Festival October 4 to 6



A Grand Tasting of Handcrafted Spirits Saturday, October 5 at 4 pm, Riverwalk Center $25 in advance, $30 at door including: Tasting Glass Craft Spirits Tasting Craft Cocktails People’s Choice Voting Bluegrass by the Honey Gitters Artisan Snacks

Poker Run Historic Saloon Walking Tour Breckenridge Distillery Open House Honey Gitters at the Gold Pan Walking Tours of Breckenridge Hangover Brunch & Bloody Mary Specials Dining Passports




November 27, 2013 Opening Day and Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Scholarship Day, Steamboat Springs November 28, 2013 Opening Day for Skiing at both Aspen Mountain and Snowmass Ski Areas. November 28, 2013 Opening Day for Frisco Adverture Park Tubing Hill, Frisco November 28, 2013 Opening Day, Telluride November 28 – 30, 2013 Thanksgiving Training Camp, Crested Butte November 29 – 30, 2013 Woodward Grand Reopening, Copper Mountain

DECEMBER December 5, 2013 First Thursday Art Walk, Durango December 6, 2013 A-Basin Rise & Shine Rando Series (1 of 4), Arapahoe Basin calendar.aspx?id=adcd95f8-5e6c-44a0-a2d24534aabb6470 December 6, 2013 Light Up Carbondale, Carbondale December 6, 2013 Gunnison Night of Lights, Gunnison December 6–8, 2013 The North Face Park & Pipe Open, Copper Mountain December 7, 2013 8th Annual Aspen Summit for Life, Aspen

December 7, 2013 Lighting of Breckenridge & Race of the Santas, Breckenridge the-lighting-of-breckenridge December 7, 2013 Winter Festival and Parade of Lights, Grand Junction December 7 – 15, 2013 USSA NorAm Speed Series, Copper Mountain December 7 – 15, 2013 Holiday Bazaar, Silverthorne December 7 – 15, 2013 Wassail Days, Frisco December 12 – 15, 2013 Dew Tour, Breckenridge

Rocky Mountain RepeRtoRy theatRe


Named “Colorado’s Premier Summer Musical Company” by the Denver Post. When the sun goes down in Grand County, the spotlight shines on this Rocky Mountain gem. Each summer and fall, this professional theatre company in the heart of Grand Lake offers high-quality Broadway musicals and showcases the nation’s top young talent. Three hit musicals in the summer guarantee there is something for everyone. Show-stopping singing and dancing, and award-winning production values make this a must-see. With a brand new, state-of-the-art theatre complex and a long list of Broadway alums, RMRT has become a wildly popular destination for visitors. This is the perfect evening attraction for families as well as avid theatregoers. Show times, ticket sales and travel info can be found online at, or by calling (970) 627-3421. | 970.627.6421

December 13, 2013 Kevin Nealon Comedy Show, Silverthorne aspx?recordid=1015&page=19

December 16–22, 2013 USSA Grand Prix, Copper Mountain

December 21 – 22, 2013 USPA WORLD SNOW POLO CHAMPIONSHIP, Aspen

December 13, 2013 Brewmaster Dinner Series, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, Tabernash

December 20, 2013 A-Basin Rise & Shine Rando Series (2 of 4), Arapahoe Basin calendar.aspx?id=b4e3fe59-f562-4a94-80916c9a335f2cf0

December 22, 2013 Jingle Bell Run, Carbondale

December 14, 2013 USASA Rocky Mountain Series, Copper Mountain

December 20 – 31, 2013 12 Days of Aspen, Aspen

December 14, 2014 Opening Day Buttermilk & Aspen Highlands December 14 Santa Dash, Frisco December 14 – 15, 2013 5th Annual Holiday Artwalk, Buena Vista

December 20 – 31, 2013 The Twelve Days of Copper, Copper Mountain December 20, 2013 Country Western Dance, Silverthorne aspx?page=799 or 970.262.739

December 24 – 26, 2013 Snowfest, Keystone December. 24 & 31, 2013 Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve Celebrations on the Slopes, Crested Butte Wrangler Day Camps, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, Tabernash 970-726-5632

December 21, 2013 Celebrate Christmas with the Basin!, Arapahoe Basin

Long Live the two-wheeLed traveLer.


Closing Notes Estes Park was hard hit by the recent Colorado floods;

however, this mighty mountain village has regrouped and

is working toward full recovery. While they do this, Estes

Park is welcoming out-of-town guests to return, taking in the incredible beauty and amazing adventures available

in Estes Park during the fall and winter. Rocky Mountain

National Park also experienced some damage from

flood waters, but is opening incrementally as areas are inspected and approved for safety.

Some roads leading to Estes Park are under construction,

so guests are directed to take a breathtaking route

along the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway – one of the most

popular fall foliage drives in the state. The route stretches

from Golden or Interstate 70 through Black Hawk and

Nederland to Estes Park (complete directions and Google map below). Access to Estes Park is also available from the west on Trail Ridge Road, US Highway 36, through

Rocky Mountain National Park, weather permitting.

Travelers will take in views of the mountain slopes

twinkling with the golden aspen leaves along the way.

“Our community has come together to help residents and businesses rebuild as quickly as possible,” said Brooke

Burnham, Director of Communications and Public

relations for Visit Estes Park. “It may be a while before the

entire town is at 100%, but we are excited to be able to

welcome guests back to support our local establishments as we recover. Many businesses were untouched by the

flood and more are opening every day.”

For information about how Estes Park is recovering,

including a list of open businesses, upcoming events

and travel information, go to

ColoradoFlood or contact the Estes Park Visitor Center at 970-577-9900. For media inquiries, please contact

Brooke Burnham with Visit Estes Park at 970-586-0500 or

The Peak to Peak Scenic Byway begins at Black Hawk

and travels CO Highway 119 north to Nederland where it

merges onto CO Highway 72 north past Ward, taking CO

Photo Credit: Light It Up Blue Aspen


Highway 7 north to Estes Park.

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