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Welcome to the Winter 2019/20 issue of Mountain Town Magazine. This magazine is about our passion for living within Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. It is a place of incredible beauty, filled with a multitude of recreational and lifestyle opportunities. The people who live here are tenacious, passionate and possess a high degree of determination, and perseverance. We live here because want to be here and we figure out how to make it work so we can stay living and loving each of our chosen Colorado Mountain Towns. Our opening feature is on Grand County. Local resident Christine Poyser has lived in and made the area her home for well over 7 years. This area is comprised of a multitude of towns and filled with a community of people who are a good example of those making it work in order to stay in a place they love. Being outdoors plays a huge role in the reason people chose to live at elevation. 365 days of vacation sits right outside our front and back doors. Access to trails is almost immediate and plays a big part in our day. Skiing and Snowboarding are what brings most of us to the mountains. It is a sport that takes hold of our hearts and we think about all summer long. The snow has been falling and the conditions are fantastic. Read how one friend has dedicated his life to getting in 100 days a season. There are so many talented folks within our communities; Artists, Chefs, Tech Geeks, Athletes, Moms, Dads, Philanthropists, Students, Entrepreneurs, Musicians, Brewers, Educators, Entertainers, the list is remarkable. In this issue, Mountain Town Magazine highlights some GREAT Restaurants, Cafes, and Eateries to experience in almost every town. Within our pages, we also cover Entrepreneurs, Gear, Family Fun, Events and Activities, Real Estate and more. If you love Colorado mountain towns then this magazine is for you! Now Get Out and Enjoy, Winter is Here!

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nty While North America’s number one ski resort, Winter Park Resort, on the county’s eastern portal is what most people think of when planning a trip to Grand County, there are seven other mountain towns stretching from Berthoud Pass to Rabbit Ears. Each of them unique in spirit, culture and adventure — there’s more to explore in Grand County beyond Winter Park. So hop in the car, set your sights west, and let’s go! Fraser

With its close proximity to Winter Park, Fraser shares much of WP’s resort culture. If you’re looking for family friendly activities off the mountain, check out The Foundry Cinema & Bowl and Grand Park Community & Recreation Center. The Foundry boasts eight bowling lanes, billiards, and two movie theaters that serve food and cocktails. For pricing and movie times, visit Foundry-WP.com. Open to the public year round, Grand Park Community & Recreation Center offers something for everyone. With a lap pool, slide, wading pool, hot tub and sauna, aquatic activities alone will entertain the entire family for hours. The Center also has dozens of cardio and weight machines, a climbing wall, gymnastics area and basketball courts. Next door to the Recreation Center is The Ice Box, an NHL-sized, partially enclosed ice rink. The rink offers skate rentals, open skate time (no sticks allowed), and family stick and puck time. For full details about pricing both at the Recreation Center and Ice Box, visit FraserValleyRec.org. There is a ton of outdoor fun at the Colorado Adveunture Park where you can tube the day away with your family and friends.

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Driving farther west on Highway 40, you’ll encounter the quaint little burg of Tabernash, home to Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Resort & Spa. Ranked first in the nation for its nordic ski trails, Devil’s Thumb is also open to the public. A day pass gains you entry to the Ranch’s nordic, snowshoe and bike trails. Equipment rentals are available, including for skijoring, kids chariot sleds and fat tire bikes. If you have a hankering for seasonal eats, don’t miss the Ranch House Restaurant & Saloon, which is located on the Ranch’s original 1930s homestead. And if you’re simply wanting 16

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to relax and unwind, the Ranch Creek Spa has you covered with massages, facials, soaks, wraps and scrubs. For pricing, visit DevilsThumbRanch.com.


In Granby, you’ll find Grand County’s other ski resort, Granby Ranch. With a smaller footprint than Winter Park, Granby Ranch still has plenty of terrain for everyone. Families will appreciate the mountain’s front side, which features mostly green and blue runs, and ease of access to the lodge and parking. For ticket pricing, visit GranbyRanch.com. If you’re looking for the perfect piece of Colorado memorabilia, don’t miss

Westside 40. Located inside the Visitor’s Center on the east end of Granby, Westside 40 is a makers market that features crafts, art and goods from local artisans. Take a few minutes to explore Granby’s main street. The murals that adorne many of the buildings were created during the town’s week-long mural festival. The 18-foot long mural on the wall at the west end of Granby was done with the help of local residents. Learn more about the mural project at GranbyChamber.com.

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"From skiing and snowboarding in Winter Park and Mary Jane to Nordic escapes and tubing Grand County has something for everyone.There is great food, drink, and adventure in every nook and cranny of this tremendous county."

THE SCHLEGEL & HART at the northern edge of Grand County, and is the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Surrounded by three large lakes, ice fishing is a popular winter activity, along with snowmobiling. The town has several outfitters that rent snowmobiles, and even allows you to ride sleds on designated town streets. If you’re seeking a cozier, indoor culture experience, check out the Rocky Mountain Reperatory Theater. Find the 2020 show lineup at RockyMountainRep. com.

Hot Sulphur Springs

Hot Sulphur Springs is the county seat, and also the best place in the county for a long, hot soak. The Ute Indians soaked in the natural hot sulphur springs, believing the waters to be medicinal and magical. Today, the Resort features 21 mineral pools and baths that range from 95 to 112 degrees Fahrenheit. The water is not recirculated (over 200,000 gallons of water pass through the resort’s pools every day), and doesn’t contain added chemicals. The Resort also offers a full menu of massage therapies. To learn more, visit HotSulphurSprings. com. As you depart Hot Sulphur Springs and continue west through Byers Canyon, drive slowly and enjoy the views above and below!


Soaking in the hot springs leaves you thirsty. Stop at the Parshall Inn (known to locals as the “P.I.”) for an ice cold beer, a game of pool and an amazing hamburger. The P.I. is open every day except Tuesday.


Despite being a quintessential one stoplight, 35 mile an hour town, Kremmling boasts the state’s first and only “brewstillery” restaurant. The Dean West, located on the north side of town square, features a beer brewery, whiskey distillery and great food. Adventure seekers will want to continue heading west on 40 up to Rabbit Ears Pass. Snowmobilers can enjoy the open terrain on the east side of the pass, while snowshoers and cross country skiers can park and enjoy the trails on the west side. Notoriously the coldest place in Colorado, west Grand County offers some of the area’s best ice fishing. Every year, Kremmling’s Chamber of Commerce hosts an ice fishing contest on Wolford Reservoir; this winter’s contest is scheduled for February 15, 2020. To learn more about west Grand County and register for the Wolford Ice Fishing event, visit KremmlingChamber.com.


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favorites Mountain Town residents are always on the hunt for the best gear and apparel to aid in their winter adventures. We have taken the time to test each one of these products in order to give you the real scoop on what works and what does not when you’re trying to stay warm, dry and ready to get out!

give'r mittens We had heard about this Jackson Hole startup’s gloves and when we saw the amazing mitten they had stitched up we had to give it a try. Let us tell you...These mittens blow winter away with incredible insulation that has protected our hands from some of Alaska’s gnarliest subfreezing temperatures (-40F) and wicked, long, cold days out on the ski course in Crested Butte. Definition of Give’r: To give it your all, go for it! So grab your self a pair. We bet they’ll last a lifetime.



We are sold on the Skullcandy Vert, wireless earbuds that come with a large button-shaped dial designed for gloved hands. There is no need to de-glove to adjust the volume. The back of the dial has a plastic clip that can be clipped onto goggles, helmet strap, shirt or backpack strap. The earbuds allow ambient noise to reach the listener’s ears which is important on the slopes as well as when your out on the road or trail too. They are super comfortable with a helmet on while snowboarding and tested well under a headband out on the Nordic track. The product charges quickly and is sweat and water-resistant. www.skullcandy.com


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Goodr Sunglasses

We were amazed at the comfortable fit of these sunglasses. It was the price tag that really knocked our socks off. Goodr seems to have crafted the perfect sunglasses complete with Polarized lenses. The company started the eyewear line with runners in mind but these fit every sport out there including skiing and snowboarding. The flexible frame works great in cold weather and comes in a ton of colors and designs. $25 each? Yes, please.


Hestra fall line glove

This leather glove was designed with Snowboarders in mind but are fantastic for any outdoor sport. The Hestra Fall Line is a rugged glove, burly but soft as butter inside and out with foam insulation that helps your fingers stay warm. The adjustable neoprene cuff seals out snow and cold while the thick back of hand protects you on the slopes or in the trees. True Hestra quality.


STEGMANN CLOGS These slip-on woolies are a classic and are the perfect shoe for a morning with a cup of joe by the fire, Hut Trips or a party. Winter parties equal piles of shoes by the front door. These clogs are perfect to slip into to enjoy an evening at a friends home. Personally, our favorite is peeling off our ski boots in the parking lot and slipping into these inst-warm shoes after a day outside.


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SNOW S TANG New this winter, the Snowstang bus service will provide direct access to ski areas from Denver’s Union Station and RTD’s Federal Station in Lakewood to Loveland, Arapahoe Basin and Steamboat Resort. Roundtrip fares for Loveland and Arapahoe Basin will be $25 for adults and Steamboat will be $40, with 50 percent discounts for children 2-11 and 25 percent for seniors and those with disabilities. There will be 40 days of service to each resort, running weekends from Dec.14 through April 19, plus the Martin Luther King holiday, Jan. 20, and President’s Day, Feb. 17. For more information, click here.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has expanded its statewide Bustang bus service to include Salida as well as daily service to Monarch Ski Area from Dec. 14, 2019 to April 5, 2019. With this expansion, Bustang now serves mountain towns near several Colorado ski areas including Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Copper Mountain, Echo Mountain, Monarch Mountain, Purgatory Resort, Sunlight Mountain Resort and Telluride Ski Resort. https://ridebustang.com/

Bustang Bus Service- The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has expanded its statewide Bustang bus service to include Salida as well as daily service to Monarch Ski Area from Dec. 14, 2019 to April 5, 2019. With this expansion, Bustang now serves mountain towns near several Colorado ski areas including Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Copper Mountain, Echo Mountain, Monarch Mountain, Purgatory Resort, Sunlight Mountain Resort and Telluride Ski Resort.

T R A C T I O N L AW S If weather conditions require, CDOT can implement Passenger Vehicle Traction and Chain laws. Motorists will be alerted to an active Traction Law or Chain Law by highway signage, COtrip. org or traffic/roadway condition alerts. Traction Law (Code 15) During an active Traction Law (also


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known as a Code 15), motorists must have either snow tires, tires with the mud/snow (M+S) designation, or a fourwheel/all-wheel drive vehicle. In August, legislation updated requirements for drivers using state highways during winter months. Specifically, it changed the required

minimum tire tread for vehicles on snowy roads to 3/16 of an inch. You can also install chains or an alternative traction device (like AutoSock) to be in compliance with the law if your tires aren't adequate. From September 1 to May 31, the Traction Law is active on I-70 from Dotsero to Morrison. All vehicles must carry traction law equipment or be traction law compliant on this 126-mile stretch. Passenger Vehicle Chain Law (Code 16) During severe winter storms, CDOT will implement a Passenger Vehicle Chain Law (also known as a Code 16). This is the final safety measure before the highway is closed. When the Passenger Vehicle Chain Law is in effect, every vehicle on the roadway must have chains or an alternative traction device (like AutoSock). Fines Motorists driving with inadequate equipment when a Passenger Vehicle Traction Law or Chain Law is in effect could be fined more than $130. If a motorist blocks the roadway because he/she has inadequate equipment when a Passenger Vehicle Traction Law or Chain Law is in effect, he/she could be fined more than $650 www.codot.gov



A Winter Priority! "Zipping Through Pow" by David V. Gonzales

Gonzales' colorful and energetic artwork appears on several national and international posters. Art collectors include Lindsey Vonn, Greg LeMond and recently was commissioned by the Tiger Woods Foundation. "Zipping Through Pow" depicts a snowboarder racing through some fresh powder. 30x40x2 acrylic Represented by: RaitmanArt.com




Custom Skis? Yes Please, it's easier than you think.

So you have heard of folks ordering custom skis and maybe you think that is only for the experienced or fullblown professional. Honestly, the idea seemed downright intimidating. I am a very good skier but I have never gotten wrapped up in the shop and tech talk Rocker? Underfoot? Camber? Sidecut? We met brothers, Morgan and Caleb Weinberg who own and produce Romp Custom skis out of Crested Butte, Colorado. Caleb says, “like a custom bike, golf clubs or surfboard are designed to perform exactly to the user’s needs and preferences. We are here to help make a skiers experience the best possible.” Custom skis can help improve certain aspects of skiing or they can be designed to maximize the skills of the skier. Custom skis make skiing easier, more playful and fun. Romp custom skis are individually handcrafted to help you ski your best. Their premium options will take you to an even higher level. Romp Skis’ builders tailor the flex and damping of the ski to your specific 24

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needs. The lightweight and extra damping of Countervail® increase edge hold and reduces chatter. The benefit? Reduced fatigue. Romps backcountry skis utilize carbon fiber to reduce weight while allowing the ski crafters at Romp to tune the flex pattern of your skis to your individual skiing style. Starting the process of creating a custom ski is as easy as picking up the phone or filling out Romps Skier Info Form to give their staff a place to start in understanding who you are as a skier. Questions are as easy as: • • • • • • • •

Age Height Weight Gender Binding System What kind of Skier are you truthfully What shapes of Romp skis are you interested in? Will these be your only pair of skis? Choose your ski's graphics!

You can even become a Romp Skis Guru! Learn about what Romp Skis is and what to do to earn discounts on everything they sell. Romp Gurus can earn up to 20% off skis by taking lessons and quizzes on important Romp Skis’ facts.   Gurus are offered special discounts periodically throughout the year and can earn even more by teaching their friends about Romp Skis. Start and finish Lesson 1  in order to access lessons 2 and then 3. These guys know skis and have been product testing on some of Crested Butte's sickest slopes since 2010. We love that they are brothers working together and keeping their factory local right in downtown Crested Butte. You can visit: 420 Belleview Avenue Crested Butte, CO 81224 www.rompskis.com

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Just over Freemont Pass, about a mile and a half from the Climax Mine, there is a turn-out on the right-hand side of the road. On and off since 2004, I have had the pleasure of working for White Mountain Tours as a snowmobile guide and taken thousands of people through this wonderland of snow. From performance tours to high adventures, we have taken guests to the top of “Capitol Hill,” into the depths of “Avalanche Bowl,” ridden the massive ditch we call the “Big Kahuna,” and played in endless meadows filled with feet of pristine Colorado champagne powder. The view from just below Chicago Ridge “named by the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division” is one worthy of a postcard with the Climax Mine and the tailing ponds in the forefront and peaks from the Ten Mile Range and the Mosquito Range visible as well. Nowhere near as busy as Vail Pass or Rabbit Ears Pass, this small and unsuspecting turnout on the side of the road leads to a veritable gem of backcountry terrain perfect for snowmobiling. With accessible meadows, tree runs, powder fields and plenty of vertical walls for marking, this area has all the makings of a Colorado classic. There is also an abandoned ski lift at the top of Chalk Mountain, diversion ditches from the Climax Mine and a hut that is part of the 10th Mountain Division which adds a historical component to the ride as well. As a guide, I have seen people riding both responsibly as well as extremely irresponsible. I feel that in Colorado we are blessed with access to terrain that the majority of people in the world can only dream about and many times we take it for granted. Substance abuse and negligent consideration for the landscape and other riders sometimes tarnish the reputation of riders out there recklessly causing havoc in the backcountry. In outdoor recreation, we tend to build a false sense of security based on outcomes from our past experiences. We build a certain confidence in the fallacy that because things have worked out for us in the past, they will continue to do so in the present. The same things that make this terrain and access potentially safe, its ease of access, plenty of open terrain, a well-respected tour operator with radios regularly in the area, can also serve as a detriment. In the outdoors we have a saying “everything’s all good until it isn’t.” 26

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If you are going to be riding anywhere, I suggest first of all that you go with someone that knows the area, even if it means paying for a guide the first couple of times. Never enter the backcountry alone. Second, I suggest you start early in the day to allow yourself plenty of time just in case something does go wrong; you better your chances of getting to a spot where you can be seen before it gets dark. Third, if you are in an area where there are tours or there are other riders, bring a radio and know which frequencies they use in case of an emergency; cell phones rarely work. Fourth, bring your tools and a spare belt. Having gear and Photo Credit: Xavier Fane tools to fix your sled, or potentially tow your sled, readily available in case things go wrong mechanically means that you can be proactive in contributing to your rescue. Don’t be the clown that can’t contribute or is embarrassingly unprepared. Finally, and most importantly, know your line out. Before the temptation of powder turns calls you into dropping into a remote meadow, really look at the terrain. Carefully look and study the landscape and see if you can see a line out. If you are with a group, have the most experienced rider drop in first and give the OK. You would be surprised how many times I have seen multiple riders overconfident on the size of their machines buried within 20 to 30 feet of each other. Also, really deep snow may cover hazards or features like ravines, ponds or mini creeks that don’t reveal themselves until it’s too late. I feel that in my time guiding in the backcountry I have seen it all. I have participated in rescues and evacuations, had machines break down, helped people dig out their sleds and most unfortunately been close when someone passed away because of an accident. In many outdoor mediums and sports, we have to obviously respect the land and Mother Nature herself. With sledding, you have to respect the machine as well. One should always be honest with themselves and know that an error in judgment can’t always be saved or over-compensated with the throttle. Stay sober, enter the backcountry with respect and reverence, be prepared, pick your riding buddies intelligently, and be safe. Follow these simple guidelines and truths and you’ll go a long way in ensuring that you’ll be enjoying our backcountry treasure.











Last year I heard about the launch of an exciting new book, "The Man Behind the Maps: Legendary Ski Artist James Niehues" that featured all of the maps artist James Niehues ("knee-hues") has painted since he officially stepped into the business of ski area map-making in 1987. I have never been one to memorize the names of trails or folding and unfolding ski area maps during my explorations of new ski areas. I always prefer to look up, as I drop off a lift, at the map that greets each skier and rider at the top of a lift. It always makes skiing a new place a little more exciting, choosing my route based on the length, contours, and shadows that the large maps offer up. Yes, it results in getting lost from time to time but I always found joy in experiencing the unknown and it never really got me into too much trouble. I love studying that great big posted map while I being in the moment, wondering what conditions I was going to encounter while in the back of my mind, remembering how to find my way back to the main lodge. After a day of fun I would then look at the pocket map to see, as a whole, all the places I skied that day and then save that map to reference for future adventures. This beautiful 292-page hardcover coffee table book opens with a foreword from the legendary Chris Davenport and moves into the engaging story of Colorado native James Niehues life and career that Colorado writer Jason Blevins captures in an engaging, enthusiastic voice. The art of Map-Making and Cartography is discussed in detail and then a fascinating section is 28

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devoted to the process and techniques James employs to create each map. How James creates his maps through photography and hand sketching is fascinating and reveals what a unique career he has honed for himself and his family. These sections are followed by all of the ski maps Mr. Niehues has ever painted (over 200) along with perspectives from colleagues in the ski and ride industry. I especially loved the last section of the book highlighting many of the paintings featured in the late Snow Country Magazine (circ 1988 - 1999), I guess I am a little biased. This is more than a book of pretty Maps, it is a recorded history of an artist who found his niche painting ski runs and creating the maps we use to navigate so many ski areas and resorts. Our family has already spent hours perusing the maps of areas we have visited. If skiing and snowboarding are a passion then this book should be on your shelf, open on a coffee table or next to your bed. It is a history and travel planning tool that should be consulted and daydreamed over often. "The Man Behind the Maps: Legendary Ski Artist James Niehues" is a true to life treasure map. Buy it here: jamesniehues.com




Athletes call it The Zone. Meditators call it the Mindfulness State. Researchers call it the Flow State. Whatever name you call it…the experience is powerful, unforgettable and fun! The goal of this article is to help you get “In The Zone” more often. Research has shown us…The Zone is a unique combination of physiology, psychology, and mental focus. Experience has taught me… the process of getting in the Zone is best achieved by following three simple steps. In this article, we are going to “focus” on Step 1… accessing a state of Calm. No matter the sport… when you seek peak performance, the process begins with accessing a feeling of Calm. Even if you can’t fully access the Zone… learning to be Calm while performing will transform the quality, consistency, and joy of all your performances. By the way… performances are not limited to sport. Music, art, work, gaming, and writing are just a few of the performances that can be enhanced by accessing Calm on command. Why is Calm so important? Because Calm has very powerful effects on your performance physiology, psychology and focus. The physiology of Calm… Did you know when you are in the Zone your brain waves are at a very specific frequency? This frequency is the core of your Zone experience. If you want to access the ideal brain wave frequency you must first quiet your thoughts, quiet your emotions and access an overall feeling of Calm. Think of the desired state of Calm (and the ideal brain wave frequency) as a lake with a surface that is smooth as glass. Thoughts and emotions are like winds that cause varying degrees of surface chop and waves on the lake. The more surface chop and waves…the more distractions you experience and the lower your potential is for peak performance. Your brain waves are very much like the waves on the lake. The more thoughts and emotions you are experiencing… the higher your brain wave frequency is and the lower your performance potential is. The bottom line of brain waves and performance is… the lower your brain wave frequency, the better chance you have for accessing Calm and achieving Zone performance. The psychology of Calm… Trust is the most powerful positive psychological component of Zone performance. When you Trust your 30

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skills and your training…you give yourself the best chance to perform at the highest level of your trained skills. Calm and Trust go hand in hand. The only way to access Calm while performing...is to Trust that you can accomplish your goal. If you feel the need to think about the specifics of what you want to do…you are essentially telling yourself that you do not Trust what you have trained. Intuitively…we understand negative emotions of any kind will completely undermine Trust and disturb Calm. Surprisingly… even positive emotions can disturb your level of Calm and undermine your self-Trust. This is because all emotions raise the frequency of your brain waves which takes you away from the state of Calm. I am not saying positive emotions are not helpful at times…but your level of Calm is always directly influenced by your ability to minimize thoughts and emotions. The mental focus of Calm. As much as we would love to believe that we can multitask…neuroscience tells us it is not true When we have multiple goals or focus on multiple tasks during performance…we are causing our brain to switch our attention back and forth between the tasks. This switching dramatically slows down information processing and…makes a state of Calm inaccessible. Imagine your focus is a laser pointer. When you have one goal… the laser pointer stays focused in one place which allows you to minimize distraction and maximize Calm. When you have multiple goals…it is like switching the light back and forth at a very high rate of speed. Now picture your mind is a cat chasing the laser pointer beam back and forth… back and forth. Lots of unnecessary energy will be expended, your focus intensity will be reduced due to the distraction of the constant switching and it will limit your ability to access Calm. Zone science tells us “one clear goal” is a key trigger for Zone access… the same is true for Calm. How do you learn to access Calm?

Fortunately you have many excellent sources to draw from. My favorite is breathing exercises. They are easy to do and very effective at helping you access the calm state. Alpha Breathing is a great exercise to start with. You can Google it to get the specifics... or feel free to contact me for more info. Remember... if you want more Zone, Calm is the first step on your path. Geoff Greig is an Award-Winning PGA Coach, Mental Fitness Innovator, Speaker and Author. www.ggzap.com.



G E N E R AT I O N W I L D Wilder loves playing outside, but there’s one day of the year that’s shorter than all the other days. On December 21, Wilder will literally race against daylight to maximize his fun with the Sun. A research study from the University of Michigan found that the average kid in America spends less than seven minutes a day running around outside in unstructured play. Seven quick minutes that are gone in a blink.

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That's not just a shame, it's not healthy. Because doing things outside makes kids stronger and more self-reliant. Outside is where imagination and curiosity run wild. And that's just the beginning.

Today, parents and caregivers are concerned about just how much time kids spend inside in front of a screen rather than taking part in fun outdoor activities. It’s practically the whole day. We gathered tips from experts around the world to help get kids off the couch and back outside playing again. There is no shortage of outdoor activities to get kids started. Read all about Wilder’s adventures, inspired by the creative minds of our Generation Wild community. Download the book for free or purchase a printed copy that will be shipped directly to your home. www.generationwild.com

Red's Backyard is a FREE hike park with features inspired by Red's actual backyard park right here in Summit County. Just steps away from Center Village, Red's Backyard is the spot to learn and hike with friends. www.coppercolorado.com

Kideaux Kideaux is a Colorado company founded in 2018 by Steve and Alyna; best friends and partners in life, love and losing their minds raising 6 children. Yes, 6! They share a love for being active, athletic and outdoors and are always looking for ways to instill that love in their kids. This small, family owned and operated business, based in beautiful Roxborough, Colorado was born as the duo began looking for ways to make it easier to get our kids outside and active while keeping them safe. They started coming up with ideas and products that improved their family's experiences. Kideaux's first three products were designed specifically with safety and convenience in mind. The Kideaux Dragon (left) enhances child ski and bike safety by making the wearer the visual center of attention. It is the perfect accompaniment on the slopes or hiking trail. Head to their website to order. www.kideaux.com


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I am Baloo, Copper Mountain's SAR Dog and I am always out working on and in the snow. I have a few suggestions for my fellow doggos' to try this season.


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Although the big ones occur, smaller ones happen more frequently. Worldwide it is estimated that 1,000,000 avalanches occur each year. While in the United States, it is estimated that 100,000 events happen. Though small slides can kill. In the United States, 25 avalanche deaths occurred during the 2018-2019 season https:// avalanche.state.co.us/caic/acc/acc_ us.php. Small avalanches can end real dreams for those caught in them. We go into the backcountry to enjoy the experience and excitement of winter sports, precautions should be taken. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) provides avalanche forecasts and education to reduce the risk of death by 36

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avalanches. They work to increase avalanche awareness with their “Know Before You Go� education program. CAIC encourages planning and safe practices for the winter outdoor sports person. With planning and education, you can have an enjoyable experience but it takes just one mistake to have deadly consequences. Avalanches aren’t the only thing which can end real dreams. The 2008 market crash was the worst market downturn ever wiping out unknown numbers of investors. The investors panicked and destroyed their dreams trying to time the market. Many of those investors have not returned to the market. As a result, they missed out on one of the largest growth periods in the market since the 2008 bottom. While equity investing can create the best returns over the long term, the stock market can destroy real dreams. It takes discipline to stay in the market when others panic. During a market downturn, the largest transfer of wealth will occur. Those investors who are properly diversified to their own risk preference and stay in the market during a downturn will benefit. Those who panic and leave the market

may never recover their losses. Long term investing wins the long game. Just as no one can predict when the next avalanche will take place. No one can predict when the next market crash will occur. So, what should an investor do? They should follow the academic principles of investing. Invest in equities as widely as widely diversified as possible. Stay invested in the market at all time according to your specific risk preference. Avoid stock picking, market timing and track record investing. Although no one knows when the next market downturn will occur, we do know that staying in the market for the long term is the best way to get returns. When it gets tough and the panic begins, it is good to be prepared with education and planning. Working with a financial coach who believes in the academic principles of investing will help you avoid that one mistake. Stone Advisors Inc. is a registered investment adviser. Information presented is for educational purposes only and does not intend to make an offer or solicitation for the sale or purchase of any specific securities, investments, or investment strategies. Investments involve risk and, unless otherwise stated, are not guaranteed. Be sure to first consult with a qualified financial adviser and/or tax professional before implementing any strategy discussed herein. Past performance is not indicative of future performance. www.coloradotaxcoach.com

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Triggered by the Great Peruvian Earthquake, the deadliest avalanche on record occurred in Peru on May 31, 1970. Large chunks of ice and snow accelerating up to 210 miles per hour wiped out two towns and devastated everything in its path. Twenty thousand people perished in this disaster. These large avalanches are amazing with the amount of damage they cause. https://www.worldatlas. com/articles/deadliest-avalanches-inhistory.html.

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How A Ski Bum

Preps for 100 Days BY R. SCOTT RAPPOLD

It's Oct. 24 and I just woke up to 8 inches of snow at my home in the San Luis Valley hamlet of Del Norte, Colorado Yesterday I was out hiking in a T-shirt. Tomorrow I may be out on my bike. Colorado weather is about as fickle as it gets. But one thing is sure... 38

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Winter is coming.

For the dedicated (or, as my wife might say, "obsessive") ski bum, all this early-season snow that has blessed Colorado this so far should be a reminder that you can't just drop into ski and snowboard season unprepared. To hit the season mentally, physically and financially prepared to ski 70, 80 or even 100 days is no easy feat. I should've started back in August, but winter, like the tax deadline, can seem like a far-off concept until it's

piled up on your lawn and you can't find where you left the snow shovel in April. Here is how one ski bum gets ready for the best season of the year. I haven't touched my ski gear since ski day number 101 at Arapahoe Basin back in May, so now is a good time to take stock. The night before opening day is too late to realize I'm missing a key piece of gear, so I look over everything. I check my helmet for dents. I look at my goggle lenses - are they so scratched it's time to get a new set for safety's sake? I examine my gloves. Are they still watertight? Do my snow pants still fit? Is the smell of sweat on my face mask finally too much for me? Does the zipper on my jacket still work? I put on all my base layers. I wear my ski boots around the driveway. You'd be surprised how stiff they can get after 5 months in the closet. I get my skis professionally tuned and waxed. While I do my own tuning and waxing most of the time, I still like to get them done by a pro at least once, so why not now so I'm ready whenever Wolf Creek, my local ski area, announces it's time to

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roll? And if it's time to hang up those 15-year-old rock skis with more craters than the surface of the moon, a ski shop techie will break the news. Plus, if I need to replace any gear, it's better to do it now, when I can comparatively shop than having to rush to the closest ski shop and pay premium prices the night before opening day.

Get my car ready What good is having all my gear ready and packed if I can't get to the ski area without winding up frozen in a ditch? The Colorado Department of Transportation has been cracking down in recent years on drivers unprepared for winter conditions. In fact, this year, driving on Interstate 70 in a passenger vehicle without snow tires or a traction device can get you a stiff fine. Living in the San Luis Valley and mostly skiing Wolf Creek and Monarch Mountain, I'm lucky enough to not have to navigate I-70 between Denver and the mountains (the worst stretch of highway in America) but that doesn't make the roads any less dangerous. In fact, Wolf Creek Pass is consistently the most dangerous mountain pass in Colorado. I check the traction on my tires. Insert a quarter upside-down into the treads. If the top of Washington's head is covered, they're still legal. I replace my windshield wipers. I make sure my tire cables are in the trunk, just in case, along with extra blankets, again, just in case. I ask my mechanic to check my battery.

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Oh, and make sure you have a snow and ice scraper in the car. You'd be surprised how easy it is to forget.

Get in shape You've probably seen it all the time: The out-ofshape tourist huffing and puffing after two runs, at the bar after four runs and back at the car after six. Skiing is physically demanding, especially considering the thin air at Colorado's high-elevation resorts. I try to stay active year-round but it's time to step it up a notch when the aspens begin to turn colors. I work the legs every day, be it hiking, mountain-biking or even roller-blading (yeah you'll look silly but I know of no other exercise so similar to ski movements.) Squats, lunges and running downhill are other great exercises.

Don't neglect the upper body either. Skiing and snowboarding are full-body endeavors and a strong core is essential.

Save some money The serious ski bum has long since bought their ski pass (some buy multiple passes) but that's only part of the expense of skiing - and who has time to work once the lifts are spinning? I work as hard as I can in the offseason and save every penny. Spend $2,000 on a new mountain bike? Nope. That can keep me in gas, hotel rooms and lunch beers for an entire season.

Quit your job Okay, don't actually quit until your local hill is actually open, but part of being a ski bum - perhaps the biggest part - is not having gainful employment to encumber you and keep you from skiing every day. As a writer, I get as many assignments out of the way by October and don't accept new ones after Thanksgiving, except, of course, stories about skiing. Many ski bums I know do work during the winter, but never at jobs that require them to be at work during weekday mornings. That's when the magic happens. Watch a ski movie It's snowing and it's time to get excited. Every ski bum should have a decent collection of ski movies to fall asleep on the couch to after a day of shredding. I personally have every film the late, great Warren Miller ever made, and Warren Miller Entertainment continues to put out new movies each fall, which can usually be seen in theaters in ski towns and nearby cities. You can also find plenty of ski stoke on the Internet or even at your local library.

Plan your dream season Fall is such an amazing time for skiers because nobody knows what is going to happen this winter. Make a list of the things you've always wanted to do in skiing. Finally ski Corbet's Couloir at Jackson Hole? Ski Palmyra Peak at Telluride? Take the Loveland Ridge Snowcat?

heli-ski British Columbia, but for those who do, now is the time to make those plans too. As Warren Miller used to say, "Do it this year, or you'll be a year older when you do."

Ski the white ribbon of death Colorado skiers are fortunate because we have the longest ski season in North America at Arapahoe Basin. The Summit County resort opened in early October this year and typically keeps the lifts going through May (and sometimes July!) Of course, early-season conditions often means machine-made snow, with dirt along the borders, nicknamed the "white ribbon of death" by generations of skiers and snowboarders. Still, you'll shock your legs into the season with harsh turns. And there's no feeling like being back on snow again, when the season is young, the cold air fills the lungs and all things are possible.

Make friends in ski towns The true ski bum only pays for a hotel room when absolutely necessary. The best way to ensure you're not freezing to death in your car in a resort parking lot is to make friends with other skiers with couches or floors you can sleep on when the snow is piling up somewhere besides your local hill. Social media is a great way to meet such folks. Try seeing who has checked in at certain resorts and "like" their posts. Joining Internet forums like Teton Gravity Research is another way to make far-off friends. The website couchsurfing.org is another great resource for the budget-minded ski bum (and aren't we all?) Just be prepared to reciprocate, like the way my phone suddenly starts to explode when Wolf Creek has gotten 5 feet in 7 days like it did last winter.

Or maybe you want to set a personal record for number of days skiing? Or maybe this is the year you try snowboarding? Or maybe you just want to get better at skiing the moguls? Most ski bums I know don't have the budget to, say, pop off to Japan for the deepest powder in the world, or

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Ski Area Updates & Improvements



In addition to improvements that seasoned skiers and riders will enjoy, Colorado Ski Areas and CSCUSA members are also offering a wide variety of guest enhancements and learning options that brand-new skiers and riders or those returning to the sport after some time away will be excited about this winter. Many will debut enhanced or remodeled rental shops including clothing rental options. Here is a summary of the many resort improvements at CSCUSA Ski Areas for the 2019-20 ski season. 42

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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

After completing a 468-acre terrain expansion into the Beavers and the Steep Gullies last season, including the new four-person Beavers chairlift, A-Basin is continuing to upgrade its facilities. 2019-20 will be the first full season of Il Rifugo, the highest liftserved restaurant in North America at just over 12,500 feet serving charcuterie boards, wine, espresso and stunning views of the Continental Divide. A-Basin will also have newly remodeled bathrooms in the basement of the main lodge. For the 2019-20 season, A-Basin has changed its pass partnerships for the upcoming season in an effort to reduce ski and snowboard visits on weekends and holidays and to improve the quality of the guest experience. A-Basin can now be accessed on a limited basis on the Ikon Pass,

Ikon Base Pass and Mountain Collective Pass. The only way to ski A-Basin more than 7 days without blackout dates is to purchase an A-Basin season pass for the 2019-20 season. For more information, visit www.arapahoebasin.com.

Aspen Snowmass

Guests at Snowmass can enjoy a new Italian restaurant located at 10,620 ft. at the top of Sam’s Knob. The new Sam’s, a $2.5 million remodel, will feature a modern Italian concept that will offer diners sweeping views of the Elk Mountains and a sophisticated and lively food experience. All Aspen Snowmass food and beverage outlets will be straw free in 2019-20. Visitors to Aspen Mountain will find a new 730-square foot Four Mountain Sports rental shop located in the new W Hotel at the base of Aspen Moun-

tain. The Aspen Snowmass App will also feature increased rewards including a $15 food & beverage credit valid at on-mountain restaurants, $10 credit at Four Mountain Sports, $25 off Ski and Snowboard School lessons as well as exclusive access to all things Aspen Snowmass. Guests may also encounter employees on electric snowmobiles as Aspen Snowmass will introduce Taiga Motor electric snowmobiles into its fleet as part of ongoing sustainability efforts. The Little Nell, adjacent to Aspen Mountain, will celebrate its 30th Anniversary after undergoing a remodel in the spring of 2019 with events throughout the winter. The 10-year, $600 million Snowmass Base Village Development continues after the opening of the Limelight Hotel in 2018-19. A new community center, the Collective, will open in December 2019 featuring a new restaurant, Mix6, the Moxibar and a community lounge and game area. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com.

Beaver Creek

McCoy Park at Beaver Creek – This significant terrain expansion project – which will be served by two new chairlifts including a four-person, high-speed lift – will provide a rare beginner and intermediate bowl experience in one of the most idyllic settings in Colorado. The project, with its highly accessible, family-friendly learning terrain, received approval from the United States Forest Service last year and will be completed in time for the 2020/21 ski season.


High-Speed Lift to Peak 7 in Breckenridge – At Breckenridge, the company plans to install a new four-person, high-speed lift to serve the popular Peak 7 area. This additional lift will further enhance the guest experience at the most visited resort in the U.S. by increasing uphill capacity and improving circulation for the intermediate terrain on Peaks 6 and 7.


Cooper will welcome a lift and terrain expansion for the 2019-20 season featuring a new surface lift and 70 acres of new intermediate and advanced skiing terrain. This will be the first truly expert terrain in Cooper’s history. Cooper will also welcome RFID technology this winter helping guests enjoy a seamless experience. Cooper will have a variety of products for guests of all backgrounds including its First-Timer program, $30 Thursdays and a number of other discounted products. For more information, visit www. skicooper.com.

Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain visitors can explore 273 acres of expert terrain on Tucker Mountain with the new Three Bears chairlift. This three-person fixed grip lift, topping out at 12,421 ft, will access terrain that was previously accessible via snowcat or hiking only and provide stunning views of the surrounding area. Guests can enjoy a warming hut at the top of the lift and bathrooms at the bottom.

Copper Mountain has also begun construction on a new 127-room, four-story hotel with anticipated completion as early as 2020. Located in a portion of the Chapel parking lot, the Creekside Hotel will feature an outdoor patio nestled along West Ten Mile Creek complete with fire pits and hot tubs, giving guests a chance to unwind and soak in the views after a day on the slopes. For more information, visit www.coppercolorado.com.

Echo Mountain Resort

After opening its tubing hill in the 2018-19 season, Echo is adding a new food truck, Two Mile Pie, near the tubing hill serving pizza, drinks and snacks throughout the winter. Access to the tubing hill will also be more convenient with a new staircase and a new deck outside the rental shop. In addition to enjoying Echo’s emphasis on a non-judgmental atmosphere, guests can also purchase new pass products like the Night Season Pass or Midweek Season Pass for under $100. For more information, visit www. echomountainresort.com.


Eldora will roll out new buses in its parking lots this upcoming season to create an improved experience for guests moving between their cars and the slopes. Eldora is also finalizing a rideshare app that will help connect guests in order to facilitate carpooling and reduce traffic ahead of the season. Terrain park enthusiasts will be excited about Eldora’s new Zaugg terrain-shaping machine, which will allow the park crew to create consistent and innovative park features all winter long. The rental shop will also feature a new tuning machine helping guests to quickly receive ski and snowboard care and get back on the slopes. For more information, visit www.eldora.com.

Granby Ranch

Granby Ranch is replacing 5,000 feet of snowmaking pipe for the upcoming season. This will allow Granby Ranch to open all blue runs on opening day of the season, currently scheduled for December 13, 2019. Granby Ranch’s new food and beverage team will be offering specific themed dinner options for guests on Wednesday nights throughout the season. For the second season running, Granby Ranch will also offer groups the opportunity to rent the East Mountain for the evening including night skiing. For more information, visit www.granbyranch.com.


Hesperus will offer College Friday’s this season, giving college students in Colorado and New Mexico schools discounted tickets on Friday evenings to enjoy 100 percent of the mountain. Hesperus also offers first-timers over the age of seven up to three free lessons with the purchase of one full-day, full-price lift ticket. For more information, visit www.ski-hesperus.com.

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High-Speed Lift from Keystone Base Area – At Keystone, the company plans to replace the four-person Peru lift with a six-person, high-speed chairlift in order to increase outof-base capacity and improve circulation at the Mountain House Base area, pending certain government approvals.

Loveland Ski Area

A year after debuting the new Chet’s Dream chairlift, Loveland is partnering with the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Snowstang for the upcoming season. A roundtrip ticket on the new direct bus service will cost $25 with discounts for seniors, children and disabled passengers. Guests can be picked up at Union Station in Denver and the Denver Federal Center. Snowstang will run on weekends starting December 12 and will run through midApril, 2020 with some holidays. Families visiting Loveland for the first time can take advantage of the Family Private Lesson to learn together in a relaxed, noncompetitive environment as a family. For more information, visit www.skiloveland.com.

Monarch Mountain

Monarch will celebrate its 80th Anniversary with a new retail location next to the rental shop that will specialize in rental clothes and cold weather essentials for guests that need them. Ongoing tree thinning will allow Monarch to open a new gladed tree run as well as a children’s interpretive run. For more information, visit www.skimonarch.com.

Powderhorn Resort

Powderhorn will welcome a new food and beverage location in its base area, an Umbrella Bar for visitors to sit back and enjoy. Guests will also have the option of staying slope-side in the new tiny home village year-round. Powderhorn will also be launching a new app and website in the fall of 2019 to improve the guest experience. For more information, visit www.powderhorn.com.

Sunlight Mountain Resort

A three phase, $4 million expansion has begun at Sunlight with phase one underway this summer. This will expand gladed tree skiing, add five new hike back runs and an additional 500 vertical feet of skiing in the expert only area of the mountain for winter 2019-20. When completed, the entire project will feature a new lift and 100 acres of new terrain. For more information, visit www.sunlightmtn.com.

Telluride Ski Resort

Guests to Telluride can experience 40 new acres of northfacing gladed terrain around Lift 9 this upcoming winter. This new tree skiing will be for advanced and expert skiers and will also include new natural features like steep chutes and rock drops. Guests can also download Telluride’s new app that includes up-to-the-minute lift status information, snow reporting, trail status, an interactive trail map, push notifications and more. For more information, visit www. tellurideskiresort.com.

Winter Park Resort

Purgatory will offer free ski and snowboard lessons to all first-time skiers and riders of all ages. Children 10 and younger are eligible for a free season pass through the Power Kids program. Young adults up to 36 will also receive discounted season passes. For more information, visit www.skipurg.com.

A new 6-person Sunnyside chair will be installed for the 2019-20 season, replacing the old 3-person fixed grip chair in one of the most popular areas of the resort. The $6 million upgrade will reduce ride time from eight minutes to under four minutes and reduce lift lines at the bottom of Parsenn Bowl. For the first time, Winter Park will also offer guests guided off mountain adventures like nighttime experiences or backcountry skiing or riding. For more information, visit www.winterparkresort.com.

Silverton Mountain

Wolf Creek Ski Area

Purgatory Resort

Silverton Mountain will expand its unguided season for the upcoming winter, now beginning March 18, 2020 and running five days a week, Wednesday-Sunday through April 19, 2020. This is over a 50 percent increase in available ski days during the unguided season. For more information, visit www.silvertonmountain.com.


Guests visiting Steamboat this winter will enjoy the new gondola, which will expand uphill capacity from the base 44

area by nearly 40 percent. The new gondola will also provide a more seamless experience with gondola cabins flush to the ground allowing riders to walk straight on as opposed to stepping up to get into the cabin. Ride time will be reduced from 12 minutes to under 10 minutes. Also new this upcoming season, Ikon passholders will have access to night skiing Thursday- Monday from December through March. Guests in need of rental equipment can experience the new refurbished and expanded Steamboat Sports in the base area with an improved rental process and more retail offerings. Visitors can also look forward to a full season of the Taco Beast, Steamboat’s roaming snowcat turned food truck. For more information, visit www.steamboat.com.

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Wolf Creek will celebrate its 80th birthday this winter. A new run, Orion’s Beltway, will offer beginners and intermediates a new option when exploring the mountain. The new Powderroom will offer seasonal pass holders the option of renting a locker for the season. The Raven’s Nest, a modern two-story restaurant located at the top of the Raven Lift, will be upgraded with a new sunroom in the lower level. The remodel will open space and create a more vibrant area for the new Raven’s Grill Café including a new menu. For more information, visit www.wolfcreekski.com..

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K I T C HE N S Mountain Town Kitchens The Kitchen, where the party starts and ends. If you're planning your dream kitchen from scratch or your kitchen layout needs renovating or you simply want to refresh a tired color scheme, now is the perfect time to create the kitchen of your dreams. But what's hot in the world of kitchen design and how does it fit into your vision? Today's kitchen design incorporates perfectly blended form and function while technology inserts itself into the recipe, increasingly present in your appliances to help make day to day life a little easier. The kitchen is considered the heart of the home so it makes sense to make it a family dream space whether that’s with a traditional country style, handcrafted woodsy look or an ultra-modern sleek design. It has always been the hub of all activity but the kitchen has evolved with open concept living to make living and cooking an all in one experience. Today a mix of standout finishes and materials to create zonal kitchen schemes are not restricted by four walls or customary layouts. For some, the kitchen is still a space to love and cherish as well as show off some of your favorite appliances and utensils. For others it a space with clean lines where everything is hidden away and does not impose on a luxurious living area. We sat down with Wendy Yates the Creative Director and Founder of Abigail-Elise Design Studio (AE) and Well Fit Human Retreats to discuss our favorite room in the house, the kitchen, to get ideas and inspiration for your project. Yates has designed some beautiful mountain town homes and award-winning kitchens and shared a few tips with us. "Currently, we have been incorporating floor to full height cabinetry on one perimeter of the kitchen layout with roll-out trays for all of the appliances; Although this eliminates a bit of counter space, it creates a great opportunity to hide all the necessary small appliances that can create clutter while still keeping them accessible.�


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“Deep drawers rather then cabinets are a much better use of space and aesthetically more symmetrical. We love some of the new ways to stack dishes, pots, and pans in these drawers. If you have the room, we highly suggest a Butler’s pantry for your dry, canned goods and root vegetables.” Wendy always goes for a Silestone (quartz) sink over stainless, soapstone or other options - this material is super easy to clean and available in colors that coordinate with almost any surface. “Hands-free faucets are a great addition with no impact to additional cost and today’s models are sleek and easy to clean.” Another important feature to consider is a variety of lighting types, Yates and her team love to add lighting at the toe kick, as well as above in a soft LED version. This adds an ambiance to function and works with the room’s decorative lighting. Yates is a firm believer that wellness is created with the efficient use of space, material, and functionality within one’s environment. Since the kitchen is a highly-populated area of the home, focusing there can start the dialogue in incorporating the Abigail-Elise Design Studio motto “Lifestyle Design for Living Well." Pinterest is a great source for mining ideas that match your inspirations. Having a designer assist with your project will assist you in reaping the rewards of a high functioning space long after your project is complete. With efficiency and mindful design, you’ll be years into cooking your way into your friends’ and families’ hearts and stomachs.


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Last fall, the U.S. Justice Department

announced the Trump administration would end DACA on March 5, 2018.

We chose Jovan Enfermera (we have chosen to change her name in order to protect her) as a ‘Woman Who Rocks The Rockies’ due to her bravery and determination to better herself and humanity with her skills and services. “DACA is the only way I get to serve my patients and community. My authorization, which is good for two years, expires in 2019. After that date, I won’t be able to legally work in this country any longer and my future as a nurse will be uncertain. I actually run the risk of being deported, not for a criminal history or felonies but for having been brought here when I was six years old.” Members of Congress from both parties have pledged to solve this problem. Our senators, Republican Cory Gardner and Democrat Michael Bennet, have worked together to write a bill that would allow people like her to earn citizenship after 12 years. The bill also included $25 billion for border security.

It has been over eight months since DACA was rescinded. During that time, the House of Representatives has taken hundreds of votes, but none have been to protect Dreamers. “providing advanced, creative care to the women of Colorado for more than 20 years” Fortunately, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) has introduced H. Res. 774, which would enact the “Queen-of-the-Hill” rule allowing a vote on four immigration bills including the Dream Act and USA Act—both of which provide an earned pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. Even more, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) has introduced a discharge petition that has nearly garnered support from a majority of the House. Once a majority is secured, the House will be forced to enact H. Res. 774 and vote on the four bills. Offering a diverse selection of beauty, handbags, gifts & more — The Colorado should continue to address ourin Breckenridge! Maggie Pondlegislature is the newest unique and posh boutique nursing shortage, but we hope our lawmakers in Washington will Come experience the flagship PEAK 10 SKIN® beauty bar. If you enjoy do their part to ensure Colorado doesn’t lose this determined fine shopping, willcaring, find something perfect to suit your taste. young woman and manyyou other committed people contributing to our towns, states, and country who are living in the same situation. by Holly Battista-Resignolo, Publisher, MTN Town Magazine

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The wild west lives on in this quaint hotel just off the main drag of what was once known as the “Hollywood of the Rockies,” Durango. Built in 1892 The Rochester Hotel has witnessed and weathered the history of this once rough-and-tumble, picturesque mining town. Thanks to a loving restoration in 2012 by the mother and son team of Diane Wildfang and Kirk Komick, the hotel was transformed from a 33-room boarding house into a 15-bedroom hotel with queen and king-sized luxury rooms. The rooms and common areas are tastefully adorned with some of the original antiques and woodwork from the hotel as well as pieces that befit a hotel born of the wild west era. The hotel now celebrates Durango’s western and motionpicture legacies. Each room is themed for one of the movies filmed in the area, among them Across the Wide Missouri and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It’s easy to fall asleep in the comfy beds, dreaming of stagecoaches clacking down the street and train whistles in the distance. Or perhaps you can catch City Slickers or The Lone Ranger—both also filmed locally, on the flat screen TVs in the rooms.


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Just a block off Durango’s Main Street and a short jaunt from some of Durango’s best dining at The Ore House and drinks at the speakeasy The Bookcase & Barber, the Rochester is also close to local shops and breweries like Steamworks Brewing Co. The hotel is nestled among trees and hides a Secret Garden where visitors can rest and relax, enjoy the complimentary gourmet breakfast with a menu that changes every morning, or check out an intimate concert on a warm summer’s eve. The hotel also rents the garden for events and weddings. Those on business trips or retreats can rent conference or meeting space at the adjacent R Space, a meeting and coworking space. Visitors are greeted by complimentary freshly made cookies and a selection of teas. Or they can buy customcrafted cocktails from the hotel bar in a lobby that gives off the air of a cozy saloon. A fantastic way to unwind after a day of local adventure on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad or jaunting around town on the complimentary bicycles. www.rochesterhotel.com

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Looking to gather with a grand group of friends? Then give an All-Inclusive Resort in Cabo San Lucas a try and you will have the perfect winter getaway celebration location. When people live in a place where others come to vacation it seems silly to want to get away. Living in a mountain town is a dream come true. Beautiful views, outdoor activities, and a connected community but, sometimes you dream of an escape to soft white sand rather than fluffy snowfall and sunny warm weather to bring life to your pale, winter skin.


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I dug out the summer clothes and said goodbye to spring skiing to escape to the popular tropical destination of Cabo San Lucas. This Mexican town is a mecca for college spring breakers but our scheduled week of Spring Break doesn’t align with our communities resort driven calendar. (A little secret, most mountain town public school calendars accommodate area workers and businesses since this is our region’s biggest weeks of tourism). For us, this holiday is pushed weeks later into mid-April. Once college students head back to school beach resorts offer some great rates along with an offseason feel. Escaping from crowds is a joy. Picking a hotel in a foreign country can be daunting as you’re researching

a place based on a stranger’s biased reviews. We tend to go with word of mouth around here and had heard locally that the Villa Del Palmar Cabo San Lucas, was a wonderful all-inclusive resort with its own swimmable beachfront that perfectly accommodates large groups and we were going to have a lot of people. This trip was our final holiday as high school “Seniors” and we wanted to vacation as one big group of parents, some grandparents, and young adults. The Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa Cabo San Lucas clearly had the capability to serve a mass of people when necessary. Since our group booked different types of rooms I was able to see the style and set up accommodation for varied family

size. Everything from comfortable hotel rooms to Penthouse suites was available and they were beautifully furnished with kitchens and space to kick back and relax. Guests could choose to book a room only offering or add an All-Inclusive package. where guests wore a wristband at all times giving access to unlimited food and drink without the need to carry a wallet. The food was astonishingly good given the reputation of all-inclusive resorts. There were seven main restaurants to choose from along with a market to stock your room. All were sit down restaurant establishments except for the sports bar with order to go pizza. The largest restaurant, Bella California, was a sit-down dinner and breakfast place that served a dazzling morning buffet. A second wonderful beachside cafe, the Carbon Grille was opened for dinner

and served outstanding grilled meats, seafood and vegetables on the cutest miniature tabletop grills. Bars were all over the resort that would hand you a drink whenever you asked. Beachside bar service was available during daylight hours too. My personal favorite was Sushi Original, a little sushi shack at the resort that had the freshest fish and presentation. It beat out most of the sushi restaurants I have experienced in our mountain towns. Local food vendors and restaurants were only a few minutes to walk from our location but the resort’s offerings were so good we did not feel compelled to wander off. The water on the beachfront wasn’t a relaxing role of azure waves that people imagine when they think of beaches. The beach at the Villa del Palmar drops off quickly causing the water to rise up and crash down with a great force. Some could be injury-inducing if you weren’t paying

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attention. Since our group is an active, daring bunch we grabbed tubes and rode the biggest waves possible before being washed out in the sand. The swimming area is roped off so you can’t swim too far out where area rip tides exist. There are no lifeguards but the resort’s security did let you know when the ocean was dangerous and should not be entered for recreation.

There are a ton of opportunities to recreate. Paddle Boarding, sunset cruises, parasailing, snorkeling cruises, Fishing, ATV Tours, Golf and more are all available. We had our entire group of 50 head out with Cabo Blue on their Trimaran Sailboat for a cruise and snorkeling adventure. The crew was fantastic along with the lunch and beverage selection.

On the beachfront, there were many vendors which is expected in Mexico. Some find them irritating constantly selling their wares but I loved browsing the beautiful products and hearing well thought out sales pitches while I practiced my Spanish. For those who didn’t want to see vendors, there was an area to escape their attention.

While visiting any foreign location the first thing people should be concerned about is crime. As a traveler, it is of the utmost importance to be aware of the dangers and to stay up to date with area news. Personally speaking, I neither saw or experienced crime whether I was in the sheltered, secured resort or in town.

The resort offered many activities if people weren’t willing to pay for things outside of the all-inclusive. This included nightly musicals, salsa dancing, swim lessons, fashion shows and more. For those who wished to swim offered several different pool areas. There was an adult-only pool, a shallower pool to cool down and a kids pool area too. The large whale slide in the kid’s section was surprisingly fast and could quite possibly take off your bathing suit, so be warned but have fun.

Visiting Cabo’s downtown was a nice beach walk away. Stores and gift shops, the marina, restaurants, clubs, pharmacies, and hotels dotted the streets. The areas local residents were very friendly and almost everyone is a salesperson which made it fun.

Drinking is a part of group travel to Mexico and the legal age of consumption is 18. Because the drinks are cheap and vacation means sleeping in choosing an all-inclusive resort was a smart choice. There were many clubs on the main strip that were a cab drive away. Once dropped off you could begin the club crawl. Nightclubs included great entertainment along with expensive drinks, dancing, and occasional strip shows. El Squid Roe was voted our favorite among all of the unique choices because of the venue’s multi-themed floors, games and dance opportunities.

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If you’re looking to travel as a group we vote going to an all-inclusive resort. It made our stay fun, hassle-free and a trip to remember for a long time to come.

Villa Del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa Cabo San Lucas www.cabo.villadelpalmar.com Cabo Blue Trimaran Cruises www.caboblue.net Airport Shuttle Service www.loscabosairportshuttles.com Tesoro Los Cabos - A really great hotel in town www.tesororesorts.com

Dine Local Wesley & Rose - The Surf Hotel, Buena Vista

southwest colorado dining

“A quiet mountain town escape, with the luxury you deserve” Our elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites have all of the historic details that embrace our heritage complete with all of the modern amenities you desire. Experience The Dining Room’s elegant yet comfortable fine dining with old west f lair. We proudly host weddings, special events and business meetings. Whether it’s f ly fishing the Rio Grande River, mountain biking our numerous all terrain trails, golfing on our championship golf courses, or simply enjoying the Colorado mountain lifestyle, we have something for everyone.

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P H O T O C R E D I T: B O N F I R E D U B


Rehabilitated to Rock and Roll the Public House Crested Butte celebrates Colorado breweries, wineries, and distilleries, locally sourced food, lodging and LIVE MUSIC! Walking into the Public House in Crested Butte is literally like stepping back in time. You can tell a terrific amount of renovating has gone into this lovely Victorian era structure. Originally built in 1882 as a boarding house and saloon the building had operated as a bar until 1957. The bar closed and the building remained a residence until the late 80’s when it was sold and was used as a retail shop. In 2013 the building was once again sold with a vision to meticulously restore it as a pub and music venue with three beautifully appointed upstairs lofts. The Public House was the vision of the husband and wife team Chad and Blake Pike, owners of Crested Butte-based Eleven Experience. The Pikes wanted to create a high-quality music venue to bring talented artists to town - the verdict: Mission Accomplished. The Public House greets its patrons with a turn of the century inspired Pub Room complete with ornate old-world woodwork, rich leather seating and a beautiful turn of the century bar. Their winter menu is hearty and delicious offering lunch and dinner options with a killer cocktail menu. The Tap Room in the Cellar offers high tech live stage performances with laser and light show capabilities. The Live Music schedule this winter is chock full of talented musicians. The Kitchen Dwellers, Trout Steak Revival, Lil’ Smokies, Dead Floyd, The Samples, Floodgate Operators, Jojo Herman and many more are lined up to perform during the 2019/20 Winter season. It is an intimate opportunity to get to know and enjoy your favorite band and dance those already rocked ski legs into the night. What a wonderful addition to downtown Crested Butte. www.publichousecb.com

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après Along the Trail and in the Backcountry Surprise Your Friends with a warm up while getting out for a Trek

Snowball Old Fashioned

What a fun way to liven up a Day Tour or Hut Trip! Grab a prepared kit from the Breckenridge Distillery and you'll have everything you need including a recipe book to warm up or chill out.

Backcountry Tea

1 oz Breckenridge Vodka 6 oz Hot Water Teakoe Tea – Try it with the Berry Bodacious or the Nirvana Limòn Teas included in the kit. Honey stick - clip one end and put open end down. Combine and steep to warm up TIP: once the honey stick is empty, snip the other end of the honey stick and reuse it as a straw. 58

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2 oz Breckenridge Bourbon 1/4 oz Maple Syrup *3 Drops of Bitters *Orange Zest *Dehydrated Cherries Chill with a snowball Combine all ingredients and stir. Add Snowball to your cocktail and chill.. *TIP: Recycle your orange peels and use berries from your trail mix. Get real fancy and make a smoked cocktail, use a smoking log from your fire. Safely remove the log, turn the glass upside down over the smoke, wait a few minutes and add the cocktail mixture to the glass. Swirl it around to get that smokey flavor. Add a cinnamon stick to your tea or cocktail mix and swirl to add a cinnamon kick to your cocktails. Many more Backcountry recipes ideas available at: www.BreckenridgeDistillery.com

chaffee county dining

Pasta | Sandwiches | Salads | dessert | beer | wine



Get Ya Beer Here THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF BREWERIES IN COLORADO. In Colorado's mountain towns we have 94+ Breweries to help keep you hydrated. Some with restaurants other with food trucks and nearby restaurants to bring in. Here are a few towns where you can really pack in the taste testing opportunities. Don't forget to have your designated driver at the ready.

Summit County

Uber your way on this journey or grab the Summit Stage Angry James - Silverthorne The Bakers Brewery - Silverthorne Dillon Dam Brewery - Dillon Pug Ryans - Dillon Highside Brewing - Frisco Outer Range Brewing Company - Frisco Broken Compass - Breckenridge Breckenridge Brewery - Breckenridge 60

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Get your Mountain Bike out or Hiking Boots on for this adventure Animas Brewing Company - Durango

Steamworks Brewing Company - Durango Ska Brewing Company - Durango Carver Brewing Company - Durango BREW Pub & Kitchen -Durango

Georgetown Bring the Dog

Guenella Pass Brewery - Georgetown

Steamboat Springs

Grab a Fat Bike and Go

Storm Peak Brewing - Steamboat Springs Butcher Knife - Steamboat Springs Mountain Tap Brewery - Steamboat Springs Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill


Take a Stroll

Storm Peak Brewing - Ouray Butcher Knife - Ouray Mountain Tap Brewery - Ouray


alcoholic, sweet and refreshing soda is available at the resort and at local retail shops in the Roaring Fork Valley (where Glenwood Springs and Aspen are located). The holidays spark lots of eating and drinking. It is no surprise that after the New Year many people participate in "Dry January". We have stumbled across some great new, Coloradocentric products that are delicious, with low to no alcohol, low caloric and another with buzz and buzz-free options

Tommy Knocker Sunny Pop

Sunlight, a mom-and-pop ski resort just 50 miles north of Aspen, has partnered with Tommyknocker, a Colorado brewery known for its ales and lagers, to produce what we believe is the first custom craft soda collaboration between a brewery and a ski resort. Most ski resorts have partnered with a brewery to produce custom branded beers. But, as a family-friendly resort, it made more sense for Sunlight to work with Tommyknocker to produce “Sunny Pop,” an orange crème soda. The non62

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Bonfire Brewing Root Beer

Homemade Second Street root beer on tap at Bonfire Brewery in Eagle is a favorite with the kids and is a great option you grown-ups who have given the fermented beverage the boot! Yes, it does have sugar in it, but hey, you brought your kid to a bar, what do you expect?! Why keep away from the social scene, belly up to the bar and enjoy this root beer with friends and family.

Ska Brewing - Hard Seltzer

Ska is ringing the new year with a new non-beer option for craft beverage lovers. The brewery will debut a 12-pack of canned hard seltzer in three flavors: Hibiscus Lime, Black Raspberry, and Blood Orange. These gluten-free, lowsugar drinks come in at 100 calories with 2 grams of sugar and are the perfect way to celebrate January guiltfree.

Oh Hi CBD and THC Seltzers

Durango-based Oh Hi Beverages crafts THC and CBD infused sparkling seltzers that are low in sugar and calories with a modest dose of cannabis. Four refreshing flavors– Pomegranate, Lemon Lime, Grapefruit, and Ginger Basil Limeade— are available in THC and CBD versions.

Elevation Beer Co. Kombucha

Elevation Beer Company presents the first-ever locally brewed kombucha in the Arkansas Valley crafting rotating flavors of kombucha to serve up at its tasting room and is also available in growler's to-go.


Hearthstone Restaurant 30 Years of Excellence in Dining BY PEPPER HAMILTON

The Hearthstone Restaurant in Breckenridge operating in a historic 120-year-old Victorian home has been a landmark for fine dining in Breckenridge for over 30 years now. The restaurant just celebrated 30 years of exceptional dining experiences, an anniversary that should not be overlooked in a town that has experienced so much change. The establishment’s history begins in 1989 when the owners purchased the building, renovated and refurbished its interior and re-opened in November of that year as The Hearthstone Restaurant. It is a dining experience savored by the local community and has been an employer of many a local over the years. Stepping through the Hearthstone’s antique double doors you will be immediately greeted by their professional staff and escorted to their plush first or second-floor dining room, each richly decorated in the Victorian style with lace curtains and reproduced antique chairs. Each table is topped with crisp linens, polished flatware, and sparkling glasses. The restaurant’s ambiance is further enhanced by fantastic views of the town, Ten Mile Range and the slopes of the Breckenridge Ski Resort. It is the staff’s attention to detail, exceptional service and Executive Chef Michael Halpin’s thoughtfully crafted menus that will make the evening memorable. Chef Halpin creates dishes that gathers from each season’s best products. Colorado lamb, naturally raised beef and game, as well as local produce from family farms around Colorado, are crafted into Culinary masterpieces here. 130 S. Ridge Street, Breckenridge, Colorado 64

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H o m e m a d e Fo o d . G r e a t B e e r . Fa m i l y Fr i e n d l y Live Music Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday Happy Hour Every Day 4 - 6pm Open 12 pm - 9 pm, Closed on Tuesdays Located in the Original Georgetown Depot

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TOP Mountain Town Restaurants, Cafes, Eateries, Bars, Pubs & Holes in the Wall


Steamboat Springs Mambo Italiano, is located in the heart of Steamboat Springs and an exceptional Italian dining experience yearround. With a seasonal menu filled with Italian Classics and creative twists on regional Italian cuisine. The restaurant is often hopping but their services has always been swift and professional. An award-winning wine list, fun old world inspired cocktails, apertif’s compliment their freshly made pastas, pizzas and classic recipes they prepare daily. Try their fabulous Antipasto, Beets & Burrata Salad, Veal Saltimbocca, Tagliatelle Bolognese and their amazing Bolognese with Hot Italian Sausage. Finish your evening off with a Lavazza Coffee and a Tiramisu or any of their beautifully prepared desserts. www.mambosteamboat.com

626 ON ROOD Grand Junction We love this charming restaurant in Grand Junction that offers innovative and eclectic farm-to-table menu selections on their Social Hour and Dinner Menus. The professional and well educated wait staff has an informative daily wine tasting so they can present offerings from an unparalleled wine list that spans the globe. 626 on Rood's chefs work with the Grand Valley’s local farms to create a spectacular menu filled with fantastic textures and flavors. We love that they are a Smart Catch Leader removeing any 'red list' items from menus to avoid over fished or farmed species that the environment. www.626onrood.com

Limelight Hotel ASPEN

A treat after a day of skiing. A lively atmosphere and great bar menu is makes for a fantastic après outing. Selections from their Italian comfort menus include whole-wedge Caesar salad, pork chop Milanese, and hand-tossed house fennel sausage pizza is perfect for dinner. A perfect night in Aspen awaits. www.limelighthotel.com

Wesley & Rose


Buena Vista Bright and Sunny, The Surf Hotel Wesley & Rose restaurant is a lovely spot for Brunch, Happy Hour and Dinner. Grab a snack or Shared Plate paired with a fabulous crafted cocktail, beer or wine. Dinner offers Pizza, Salads and Heartier fare. Sit by the window and watch the Arkansas River flow by. www.surfhotel.com

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Crested Butte So much to say, so little space. Rose Reyes, Montanya’s Consulting Chef creates Nouvelle Cuisine dishes with an Asian Fusion twist that fills Montanya’s delicious menu selections. After a day outside in Crested Butte we love enjoying her amazing Raman, Dan Dan Noodles and Rice Bowls. The cocktails are perfection too. www.montanyarum.com

Telluride Pescado offers fresh, affordable, beautifully prepared sushi, with an Asian-fusion menu in a relaxed atmosphere centrally located right downtown on Telluride’s main street. Vegetarian, and Vegan options available! www.pescadosushi.com

Garlic Mike's Garlic Mike’s, located in Gunnison Colorado sits on the banks of the Gunnison River and is celebrating 25 years of outstanding Italian cuisine. Specials and Classics grace their menu. Here you will find authentic Italian cuisine and a classic Italian ambiance. Try his homemade pasta dishes, picatta’s, parmigiana, and famous garlic fries. Here you will find authentic Italian cuisine and a classic Italian ambiance. www.garlicmikes.com

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This is one of the most romantic restaurants in Vail that offers lovely, prepared Swiss dishes from traditional recipes in the coziest of atmospheres. Indulge in fine classics and specialties with a touch of international culinary inspiration Alpenrose serves simple tasty home-style cuisine. Try their wonderful fondue, hearty goulash, dumplings specialties and Kässpätzle. The restaurants traditional Alpine desserts like Marillenknödel, Dampfnudeln, Palatschinken and Apple Strudel are so yummy. This is the perfect gathering spot for families, friends get together or a romantic table for two. www.alpenrose-vail.com


Frisco Pure Kitchen offers local, organic, grass-fed, sustainable, seasonal farm-to-table fair-trade products where everything on the restaurants menu is made from scratch all created to help you eat pure in Frisco, Colorado. www.pure.kitchen

Cabin Juice Breckenridge

Cabin Juice is the place where you come to swap tales and plan your next adventure in Breckenridge. They serve a fresh health inspired menu, finely crafted cocktails and family-style dishes. We love The Gravity Bowl filled with Heirloom grains, roasted vegetables, greens, beans, seeds and avocado. It gives justification for enjoying their amazing desserts from their in-haus pastry chef.



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Gather i ng Grou nds

Salida Gathering Grounds is the heart and soul of Salida. When you walk in you immediately feel like a local. The coffee is spot on, made to order breakfast bowls are healthy and filling and the gluten-free baked goods are the best in town! I highly recommend this beautiful place! www.gatheringgroundssalida.com


Golden Dining at The Buffalo Rose is more than a delightful culinary experience, it is also a trip back in time to the American West just as it was in the late 19th century. A visit to Golden simply isn’t complete without a stop in at "The Pulse of Golden" since 1859. The menu concept is best described as regionally inspired American cuisine with a strong Latin influence presented with a creative Western flare. www.buffalorosegolden.com/dining www.buffalorosegolden.com

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TIN CUP PASTY CO. Crested Butte

Pronounced Pass-tee! Tin Cup Pasty Co. was founded by Matthew, Lydia, and Genevieve Price in Crested Butte, Colorado in June 2019. TCPC pays tribute to the area’s mining past, bringing back the Cornish pasty long since forgotten in Gunnison County. Dine-in, or carry-out so you can get back to your adventures, either way, their pasties and sides are for the entire family to enjoy. Try a Craft beer, craft soda, and fun dessert too. www.tincuppastyco.com

Golden Horseshoe Sleighride Dinner

Summit County In their mining camp dining hall, you will be welcomed by the warmth of antique wood stoves, exceptional service and some fun entertainment. Waiting for you, on the hand-hewn log tables, will be yummy hot cocoa to warm you up after your sleigh ride. Grab a cocktail and enjoy a camp-style hearty 3-course dinner on tin plates like the miners had. The meal consists of your choice of a grilled steak, BBQ chicken or fish (a vegetarian and vegan option also available upon request). Add to this a fresh tossed salad, a wonderful chili, miner’s beans, corn on the cob, dinner rolls and plenty more. All of this is finished off with the BEST hot apple pie. www.coloradosleighrides.com.

Ore House

Durango Durango’s original Steakhouse, the Ore House has been serving the finest steak, lobster, and spirits in town since 1972. Their meals can’t be beaten. the Ore House’s food and beverages are created by a team of chefs that are passionate about sourcing fresh, wild, seasonal, regional, and responsibly harvested ingredients. Featuring antibiotic and hormone-free local beef, sustainable wildcaught seafood, free-range poultry, and farm to table ingredients. www.orehouserestaurant. 70

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frisco dining

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breckenridge dining

Open for Aprés Ski & Dinner

Breakfast, Lunch, Baked Goods, Beer, Wine & Lavazza Coffee

Wedding Cakes & European Pastries

100 N MAIN STREET . BRECKENRIDGE. (970) 453-4473


Hidden Gem, cozy tavern for food and cocktails after a long day on the mountain.

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42 Snowflake Drive Breckenridge, Colorado 80424 970-547-8507 • cutavern.com Located inside BlueSky at the base of the Snowflake lift

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Happy Hour Starts Here! Serving Award-Winning Cuisine Since 1989

Join us in our Lounge for delicious, seasonal Small Plates, as well as great specials on Local Craft Beers, Wine by the Glass, and Handcrafted Cocktails!

La Cima Mall, 520 S Main Street, Breckenridge


Happy Hour 4-6, Dinner at 5 130 S. Ridge St., Breckenridge www.hearthstonebreck.com 970.453.1148 {reservations recommended}




Dining MODERN AMERICAN CUISINE WITH ALTITUDE 1925 Airport Road | (970) 547-9759 (ext. 3)

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Treat yourself to our upscale cuisine complete with many steak options and an engaging kid’s menu. Located Slopeside Peak 9 at Beaver Run Resort 620 Village Road, Breckenridge For reservations call 970.453.8755


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Dine Local Directory ASPEN

Mawa’s Kitchen 305 Aspen Airport Business Center #F Aspen, CO (970) 710-7096 mawaskitchen.com


B reckenridge Distillery 1925 Airport Road Breckenridge, CO (970) 925-9788 breckenridgedistillery.com Briar Rose 199 Lincoln Avenue Breckenridge, CO (970) 925-9788 briarrosechophouse.com CU Tavern 42 Snowflake Drive Breckenridge, CO (970) 547-8507 blackdiamondgourmet.com Goldenhorseshoe Sleighrides Breckenridge, CO (970) 453-2005 coloradosleighrides.com The Mug Shot Cafe 435 North Park Avenue Breckenridge, CO (970)423-8821 Quandry Grille Main Street Station 505 South Main Street Breckenridge, CO (970) 547-5969 quandrygrille.com Sancho Taco La Cima Mall 520 South Main Street Breckenridge, CO (970)453-9343 sanchotaco.com Sauce on the Maggie Village at Breckenridge 655 South Park Avenue Breckenridge, CO (970) 547-5959 sauceontheblue.com Spencer’s Peak 9 at Beaver Run Resort 74

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Breckenridge, CO (970) 453-6000 beaverrun.com


The Lariat BV 206 E Main Street Buena Vista, CO (719) 395-9494 thelariatbv.com

Silverheels Bar & Grill 601 Main Street Frisco, CO (970)668-0345 silverheelsrestaurant.com The Uptown on Main 304 Main Street Frisco, CO (970) 668-4728 theuptownfrisco.com

Wesley & Rose 1012 Front Loop Buena Vista, CO (719) 966-7048 surfhotel.com/wesley-rose

Highside Brewery 720 Main Street Frisco, CO (970) 668-2337 highsidebrewing.com



Downhill Duke's Center Village Copper Mountain, CO coppercolorado.com Toast & Co Center Village Copper Mountain, CO coppercolorado.com


Montanya Distillers 212 Elk Avenue Crested Butte (970) 799-3206 montanyarum.com


Animas Chocolate Company 920 Main Avenue Durango, CO (970) 317-5761 animaschocolatecompany.com Ore House 147 East College Drive Durango, CO orehousedurango.com


Frisco Prime 20 Main Street Frisco, CO (970) 668-5900 friscoprime.com Kemosabe Sushi 605 Main Street Frisco, CO (970) 668-2100 kemosabesushi.com

The Alpine 1106 Rose Street Georgetown, CO (303) 569-0200 alpinerestaurantgeorgetown. com


Aurum 811 Yampa Street Steamboat Springs,CO (970) 879-9500 aurumsteamboat.com Steamboat Whiskey Company 55 11th Street Steamboat Springs,CO (970) 761-2467 steamboatwhiskeyco.com Table 79 Foodbar 345 Lincoln Ave Steamboat Springs,CO (970) 761-2463 table79steamboat.com Besame 818 Lincoln Avenue Steamboat Springs,CO (970) 761-5681 besamesteamboat.com Mambo 521 Lincoln Ave Steamboat Springs,CO (970) 879-9500 mambos.com Check our Restaurant Guide for more Colorado Mountain Town listings to consider for your night out!



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MTN AXE What is Axe Throwing....you ask? The oldest tool known to mankind is the AXE. Originally made from stone it served as an aid in foraging, hunting, protecting and building. In around 400-500 AD the first axes used as projectiles, known as throwing axes were used. These axes had a short handle, a sharp thick axe head and were used as weapons during the Great Migration. As a sport Axe Throwing has been an activity at Lumberjack competitions from the early 1800’s and has continued to grow from local gatherings in rural backyards to urban axe throwing venues across the world, gaining momentum with local communities and the formation of WATL; the World Axe Throwing League.

About Head to Breckenridge to experience MTN AXE Breckenridge, one of the first in Colorado's mountain town communities. Throwing lanes are available by the hour for parties of 4 or more and special group events up to 65 people. They will teach you to throw safely for a fun and empowering experience. Every Session includes a free electronic photo album of your MTN AXE Breck experience to share and enjoy! MTN AXE Breck like nothing else on or off the mountain. Come experience Extreme Fun MTN Style. www.mtnaxe.com


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Are you unsure about Winter Driving? Learn how at Bridgestone Winter Driving School in Steamboat Springs. The Bridgestone Winter Driving School has been teaching safe driving techniques in real winter driving conditions on purpose-built ice and snow tracks in Steamboat Springs, CO since 1983. Students, young and old, achieve competence and confidence using the latest products from title sponsor Bridgestone and Toyota automobiles.


OU R AY ICE F E S T I VA L The biggest Ice Festival in North America is poised to celebrate its 25th year to help support the operating costs of the Ouray Ice Park, a 401c3 Non-Profit. Ice climbers, manufacturers, inspiring speakers and enthusiastic climbers will converge on the town of Ouray for this event. The Ice Festival kicks off Thursday January 24th and celebrates women in ice climbing. Parties, music, films, gear expos and of course competitions will entertain spectators and test competitors through the entire weekend. Not an Ice Climber? This event is a great spectator sport too. Head to Ouray January 23 - 26, 2020. www.ourayicepark.com

CLIMB ON We are not sure if you have heard the news around town, but a brand new indoor climbing gym, Eagle Climbing & Fitness opened last year in Eagle! Eagle Climbing & Fitness has a 42 foot climbing wall and offers top-rope, lead climbing, and bouldering, along with options for everyone, from beginners to professional climbers.


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Get ready Bluegrass music lovers! WinterWonderGrass has announced their lineup and ticket sales. We suggest snapping them up fast as people from around the world will gather for a weekend of music and mountains. The 7th annual, Colorado homegrown festival, featuring 20+ bluegrass and roots artists on three heated indoor and one outdoor stage, returns to Steamboat Springs, CO February 22-24, 2020 with headliners Greensky Bluegrass, Billy Strings and Marco Price. WinterWonderGrass is committed to aligning with communities, artists and partners who share the focused


commitment to sustainability, philanthropic endeavors and the roots of mountain culture. Since its inception, WinterWonderGrass and its sister event, Campout for the Cause, have contributed $100K to local environmental groups, youth education programs, as well as local and global humanitarian causes. Enhancing the music will be tastings of Colorado local brew, cider and eats, the immaculate Steamboat champagne powder® and an unparalleled winter festival community. In addition to the aforementioned, the WinterWonderGrass Steamboat music

lineup includes sets by Keller Williams and the Keels, Nikki Lane, The Travelin' McCourys, Molly Tuttle, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, The Bluegrass Generals, Della Mae, ALO, Lindsay Lou, WinterWonderWomen, Pickin' on the Dead, Cris Jacobs, Che Apalache, Jon Stickley Trio, Meadow Mountain, Twisted Pine, Jay Roemer Band, Buffalo Commons, Bowregard plus special guests Bridget Law, Jennifer Hartswick, Pappy Biondo, Andy Thorn Music and Will Mosheim.


PINK VAIL 2020 Pink Vail 2019 astounded last year! Pink Vail had one of the most successful years of Fundraising in their event’s history. Wow! A goal of $800,000 for Shaw Cancer Center’s Spirit of Survival program was exceeded by $75,000 which benefits ALL of their patients by providing complimentary nutrition consultation, fitness classes, emotional counseling, wellness programs and much more. What a gift. This year they have set the bar at $900,000 so it is time to begin fundraising! Cancer affects so many of us and we’ve heard hundreds of amazing personal stories over the years. One fundraiser that stands out is Betty Grubbs, of the Arrowhead Alpine Club. Betty raised $29,739, the highest single-person fundraising effort for 2019. Grubbs found out she had cancer in May and the Arrowhead Alpine Club started raising funds then. Join in and have fun. www.pinkvail.com

● We are North America’s premier winter driving and rally school ● Learn to drive well on ice and you will have the ability to excel on any surface

● Our custom-built tracks are constructed and maintained to international standards ● We are open 7 days a week during the winter season

● We offer programs for beginners to seasoned professional race drivers

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Join us this summer in Breckenridge BRECK-READY?

Main Street Station and The Village at Breckenridge are hosting these three With a little preparation, a spirit of world class festivals, VIP Tastings, along with weekly adventure, andand a soft spotallfor nature events activities year long.

and the past, you’ll be on the trail to like a local. exploring BEANIE

Beginning June 7, 2020 Sundays, June 16th - Sept 1st, 2019

Every Sunday Through the Summer GOGGLES



■This land really is your land. Our state and federal agencies manage 42 percent of Colorado’s majestic landscape, and our cities and counties maintain even more. Learn about and respect the spaces we all own, share and sing about.

â– Stay back from the pack. Find your way to less-visited and off-peak destinations to minimize down time and maximize your connection with special places. â–  Bring along reusable water bottles or hot drink tumblers to limit waste and stay hydrated in our dry climate.

July26th–28th, 24, 25 & 26, 2020 July 2019

Wine, Music, Paring dinners + More

August 28, 29 & 30,2019 2020 August 23rd–25th,

Bacon, Bourbon, Brunch + Music



■Breckenridge has hundreds of trails on an integrated network throughout town and the White River National Forest. By sticking to these trails your helping natural areas stay natural. ■ Even though shortcuts can be tempting, please don’t take them. A few extra strides on the path will protect plants and the homes of the true locals.


27th–29th, 2019 NewSeptember Name! Breckenridge Beer & Ciders Fall Fest

Presented September 25, 26By: & 27, 2020

Pairing dinners, brunch, music & Tastings sponsors include:

sazarac, rip van winkle, breckenridge brewery

Main Street Station The Village at Breckenridge




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so others experience the joy of discovery. ■forever in a photo. Snap away, but only with a camera. ■ Colorado is beautiful all on its own. Building structures or campsites on public land isn’t cool. Keep it pristine for everyone to enjoy. ■ Treat all living things with respect. Carving or hacking plants and trees



■ Pack it in, pack it out. Or pick it up to leave a place better than you found it. Put litter, even crumbs, peels and cores in your nearest waste/recycling bin.



BRECK-READY? With a little preparation, a spirit of adventure, and a soft spot for nature and the past, you’ll be on the trail to exploring Breckenridge like a local.


■ Colorado’s low humidity has perks, but can create dry, dangerous conditions. HAT



■ Use care when smoking in Colorado’s dry climate. Always put cigarettes out completely, and don’t leave your butts behind.







■ Colorado is home to tens of thousands of furry, scaly and feathered creatures. To keep them – and you – safe, don’t approach them. ■ It is not adorable to feed wild animals. You could alter natural behaviors, exposing them to predators or even euthanasia.


■ Keep your furry buddies leashed when enjoying dog-friendly trails, and pack out their waste. All the way to a trashcan.





■ Chances are you’re not out in nature to people watch, so try out the lesser-known paths and sites. ■ Silence your cell phone before stepping into nature, and speak softly without using the speaker function. ■ Be considerate when passing others on the trails and yield to the uphill hiker and biker – they need the momentum. ■ Listen to nature. Keep your voice and music soft so all can enjoy the peace of Breckenridge.

©Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

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December December 19, 2019 Holiday Fest, Salida

Glowstick Pageant and a Torchlight Parade down Main Vein and Santa’s arrival at

December 20, 2019

December 24, 2019

New Year’s Celebration, Breckenridge

Santa Skis Monarch, Monarch Mountain Resort

Whether you want to ooh and ahh over fireworks, dance, have a romantic dinner or kiss that special someone at midnight, you’ve come to the right place.

Beaver Creek Extraordinaire Presents Cheer, Beaver Creek

December 24, 2019

December 31, 2019

December 21, 2019

Happy New Year from Copper Mountain! Say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020 with a Ski and Ride School Torchlight Parade and - of course - a mountain-side fireworks display. Elevate the evening with a special holiday Moonlight Dine & Ski.

Cinderella Pantomime Performance, Gunnison

Santa Claus and an elf will arrive at A-Basin at 11:00 a.m. to hand out candy to children in the A-Frame Lodge and Mountain Goat Plaza. After Santa visits the base area buildings he will visit children on Molly Hogan before heading up Black Mountain Express to visit our friends at Black Mountain Lodge.

December 21, 2019

December 24 – 25, 2019

Bud Light Curling Sessions, Snowmass December 21 – January 5, 2020

Family Christmas at the Hamill House, Georgetown December 21, 2019

Santa Claus on the Mountain, Purgatory

Santa at A-Basin with the Summit Choral Society, Arapahoe Basin.

Fun Race, Wolf Creek Ski Area

For a complete list and details on Colorado Mountain Town Events visit our website!


New Year’s Eve At Copper, Copper Mountain

December 31, 2019

Moonlight Dine & Ski: New Year’s Eve, Copper Mountain Ski down the mountain under the moonlight on New Year's Eve! December 31, 2019

New Year’s Eve, Crested Butte Mountain Resort December 31, 2019

Nye Concert Starring: Time Travel Dance Party, Keystone Resort December 31, 2019

December 21 – 14, 2019

December 27, 2019

Santa’s Village & Carolers, Snowmass

Picasso & Vino, Purgatory

Torchlight Parade & Fireworks, Monarch Mountain

December 21, 2019

December 27, 2019

A Very Electric Holiday, Steamboat Springs

10th Mountain Legacy Parade, Vail Resort

December 31, 2019

December 22, 2019

December 30, 2019

Picasso & Vino, Purgatory

Winter Comedy Series, Keystone Resort

December 22, 2019

December 30, 2019

Steamboat Holiday Festival, Steamboat Ski Resort

Colorado Whiskey Tasting and Cocktails, Purgatory

December 24, 2019

December 31, 2019 Moonlight Dinner Series - New Year's Eve, Arapahoe Basin Celebrate New Year's Eve with New York City at 10:00 p.m.

Torchlight Parade & Kid’s Glow Pageant, Copper Mountain

Copper will dazzle with a children’s


December 31, 2019 – January 1, 2020

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Fireworks & Torchlight Parade, Purgator December 31, 2019

New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks, Snowmass December 31, 2019

Torchlight Parade & Fireworks, Steamboat Ski Resort December 31, 2019

Korbel® New Year's Eve Party, Steamboat Ski Resort

events calendar December 31, 2019

New Year's Eve Pimps of Joytime, Telluride December 31, 2019

A Roaring NYE With Late Night Radio and Nobide, Telluride December 31, 2019

New Year's Eve Celebration, Winter Park Resort

January January 3, 2020

Silverthorne SnowBall, Silverthorne

The art + science + safety + fun of snow, will feature an avalanche dog meet ‘n greet, avalanche beacon training; snow science activities for kids; winter themed crafts and snow painting, snowman building and sledding. DJ, hot chocolate and adult libations will be available for purchase.

getaway: A world-class beer festival in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Meet renowned brewmasters and brewery owners, taste hundreds of big, Belgian style, and experimental beers, explore beer & food pairings, and learn from an impressive array of brewmasters and industry experts over an action-packed three-day weekend.

skijor clinic will focus on equipment, dog care, training, places to skijor, etc… Then the class will move outside to practice on the snow. It is $35 per class for Frisco Nordic Center season pass holders and $45 per class for non-season pass holders. January 11, 2020

Our Gang 4 Wheelers Racing, Georgetown

January 11 - 12, 2020,

Dawg Nation Winter Classic, Silverthorne

January 12 – 19, 2020

Dawg Nation Pond Hockey is back and bigger and better than ever. The Dawg Nation Winter Classic presented by DREP will be one to remember as we have partnered with the DREP team, the town of Silverthorne, and the Avs Alumni Association to create an incredible weekend. COME JOIN US FOR YET ANOTHER INCREDIBLE WEEKEND OF HOCKEY AND GIVING BACK!

Aspen Gay Ski Week, Aspen/Snowmass January 12, 2020

Our Gang 4 Wheelers Racing, Georgetown January 18 – 19, 2020

Copper's Safety Fest, Copper Mountain

January 10, 2020

Our Gang 4 Wheelers Fun Day for Practice, Georgetown

Celebrate safe skiing and riding at Copper’s annual Safety Fest. This weekend event includes avalanche dog demos, visits with ski patrol, and prize giveaways including a 2020/21 Copper Season Pass and Nokian Tyres!

First Friday! Art Groove, Estes Park

January 11 – 12, 2020

February 14, 2020

January 4, 2020

Join us in the Safety Village in Mountain Goat Plaza to celebrate NSAA’s Skier Safety Week. Arapahoe Basin's Avalanche Rescue Dogs will be in the Safety Village and then have some cake while learning more about skier and rider safety on the mountain. Show us that you "Know the Code" and get a Jr. Ski Patrol Badge! We want you to “Ride Another Day.”

January 3, 2020

Heathen Challenge, Sunlight Mountain A Nat'l Ski Mountaineering Qualifier January 5, 2020

Beaver Creek Running Series Snowshoe Edition, Beaver Creek January 7, 2020

Rise and Shine Rando Series #5, Arapahoe Basin

Starting in Mountain Goat Plaza at 10,780’ and finishing near the Summit at 12,474’, with twists and turns along the way, the The race will start at 7:00 a.m. in Mountain Goat Plaza (check-in begins at 6:00 a.m. in the Rental Shop). January 8, 2020

Up & At ‘Em Ski Race Series, Frisco January 9 – 12, 2020

Wintersköl, Aspen/Snowmass January 9 – 11, 2020

Big Beer Festival, Breckenridge

Join us for the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival. The perfect combination for a Winter Wonderland

NSAA Safety Village, Arapahoe Basin

January 11, 2020

Moonlight Dinner Series - Foods of Central and South America, Arapahoe Basin

Let our culinary team take you on a tour of France with classic flavors and cooking techniques. One of our most popular dinners! Live entertainment will be provided. January 11, 2020

Torah Bright Mini Shred, Aspen/Snowmass January 11, 2020

Durango Wedding Expo, Durango January 11, 2020

Dog Skijoring Clinic, Frisco

Skijoring is cross-country skiing while being pulled by your dog(s). This beginning

28th Annual Valentine’s Day Mountaintop Matrimony, Loveland

The 28th Annual Valentine’s Day Mountaintop Matrimony ceremony and reception is a Loveland tradition where new couples are joined in matrimony and married couples renew their vows in a mass wedding at The Ptarmigan Roost Cabin, elevation 12,050 feet, located at the top of the Ptarmigan Lift. The Honeymooner’s Apres Party for all participants and their guests follows the ceremony at the Loveland Basin. January 18 – 19, 2020

Winter Festival, Estes Parkl January 18, 2020

Heart of the Rockies Winter Wedding Show, Salida January 20 – 29, 2020

International Snow Sculpture Championships, Breckenridge

16 teams from around the world descend on Breckenridge, Colorado to hand-carve 20-ton blocks of snow into enormous, intricate works of art. Artists are only allowed to use hand tools, creativity and inspiration to bring their ideas to life. No power tools allowed! Teams sculpt countless hours across five days (totaling mo unta i ntow nm a ga zi ne.com | W I N T E R 2 0 1 9 / 2 0


around 96 hours), resulting in a temporary outdoor art gallery in Breckenridge! January 21, 2020

Rise and Shine Rando Series #6, Arapahoe Basin

Challenge yourself to all six or pick and choose which morning works the best for you and your workout schedule. Starting in Mountain Goat Plaza at 10,780’ and finishing near the Summit at 12,474’, with twists and turns along the way, the early morning Rise and Shine Rando Races are a fun and challenging way to start your day! January 22, 2020

Up & At ‘Em Ski Race Series, Frisco

Skiers are invited to come out for a morning of fun, friendly competition at the Frisco Nordic Center. Get a great workout, mingle with other racers, and grab a coffee and breakfast snack all before a days work. Races will be either skate or classic. January 23 – 26, 2020

X Games, Aspen/Snowmass January 25, 2020

Brewers Rock for Rescue, Silverthorne Head to the Silverthorne Town Pavilion for this fun beer festival that benefits the Summit County Rescue Group. Enjoy live music, beer, Pizza by the slice will be for sale from Sauce on the Blue, plus free popcorn! Check out the winter themed silent auction featuring tons of great items including skis and more. January 25 – 26, 2020

USSA Master’s Race, Copper Mountain

Former and new alpine competitors that continue their love for the sport, Slalom and Giant Slalom race on the demanding Ore Deal Race Venue. January 25, 2020

Boarding 4 Breast Cancer Poker Run, Copper Mountain

Participate in an on-hill poker run to raise funds for B4BC’s mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle for youth and breast cancer awareness. Grab a teammate and a map showing the location of 5 different stops on the mountain. You will draw one card at each check point and head to the finish, where the winner will be announced.


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January 25, 2020

Dog Skijoring Clinic, Frisco

Skijoring is cross-country skiing while being pulled by your dog(s). This beginning skijor clinic will focus on equipment, dog care, training, places to skijor, etc… Then the class will move outside to practice on the snow. It is $35 per class for Frisco Nordic Center season pass holders and $45 per class for non-season pass holders. January 29 – February 1, 2020

Rock N’ Roll Snowdown, Durango January 31, 2020

Snowdown Light Parade, Durango January 31, 2020

February 2, 2020

Our Gang 4 Wheelers Racing, Georgetown February 4 – 8, 2020

Durango Film Festival, Durango February 4, 2020

Our Gang 4 Wheelers Meeting, Georgetown February 5, 2020

Up & At ‘Em Ski Race Series, Frisco

Skiers are invited to come out for a morning of fun, friendly competition at the Frisco Nordic Center. Get a great workout, mingle with other racers, and grab a coffee and breakfast snack all before a days work. Races will be either skate or classic.

Father Daughter Date Night, Silverthorne

February 5, 2020


The Frisco Historic Park & Museum’s winter lecture series features 8 educational presentations held at the Historic Park Log Chapel every Wednesday, February 5 – March 25, 2020 at 3:00pm. Seating is limited so please arrive early.

A special night for Dads and Daughters to get dressed up and dance at the Silverthorne Pavilion!

February 1, 2020

Snowdown Balloon Train Ascension, Durango February 1, 2020

Eat, Ski & Be Merry, Frisco

Food + Drinks + Cross-Country Skiing From 6:00pm-10:00pm, the Summit Nordic Ski Club will be hosting and benefiting from a progressive ski dinner, Eat, Ski and Be Merry, which will feature food, drink, 2 bonfires and luminaries on a 2k loop at the Frisco Nordic Center. Guests are invited to ski or snowshoe their way along this candle lit route on the Frisco Peninsula. The evening will end with a party at the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge with music, drinks, more food and a silent auction. February 1, 2020

Our Gang 4 Wheelers Racing, Georgetown February 2, 2020

Beaver Creek Running Series Snowshoe Edition, Beaver Creek February 2, 2020

Winter Whiteout Dual Races, Lake City

Winter Lecture Series: Summit County Safe Passages, Frisco

February 6 – 9, 2020

Dew Tour, Copper Mountain

Attracting the world’s top competitive skiers and snowboarders, Dew Tour is an innovative contest series that showcases athletes’ creativity and style in the disciplines of modified superpipe, slopestyle, and streetstyle, as well as a team challenge competition. Spectators can enjoy a free front row seat to all the action as well as free concerts, sponsor village, autograph signings, and more. February 7, 2020

First Friday! Art Groove, Estes Park February 8, 2020

Moonlight Dinner Series - Foods of the Pacific Rim, Arapahoe Basin Let our chefs take you on a culinary tour of the Pacific Rim. Live entertainment will be provided. February 8, 2020

Spontaneous Combustion Community Bonfire, Frisco

What does a town of 3,000 do with “gently used” Christmas trees? We throw a party with a bonfire of course! Spontaneous Combustion is a community celebration,

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which features a bonfire and fireworks, as well as beverage (including beer from Outer Range Brewing Co.) and chili sales to benefit the Summit Nordic Ski Club. February 8, 2020

Our Gang 4 Wheelers Racing, Georgetown February 8- 9, 2020

Ski Spree & Taste of Sunlight, Sunlight Mountain Treasure Hunt kicks off during the day and the 3RD Annual Taste of Sunlight kicks off at 2 p.m. Great food, free music! Purchase Tickets online! Day two of mountain treasure hunt on Feb.9th February 8, 2020

50th Annual Frisco Gold Rush, Frisco Join us for the 50th Annual Frisco Gold Rush. Gold Rush is the longest running Nordic event in Colorado, and consists of classic and skate races open to skiers of all ages and abilities. Gold Rush is where the past and present come together to celebrate our historical mining heritage and embrace our snowy Nordic culture. Race Registration: Registration will open on Thursday, November 1, 2019 and will close at noon on Friday, February 7, 2020. Day of registration will be available from 7:00am – 10:00am on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Frisco Day Lodge. February 8, 2020

February 17, 2020 , Frisco

February 12, 2020

Enjoy some friendly competition among family and friends of all ages and abilities at the 7th Annual Bubble Gum Race Series on six Mondays in February and March at the Frisco Adventure Park.

Our Gang 4 Wheelers Meeting, Georgetown

Winter Lecture Series: The Ski Troops, Frisco During this 90-minute lecture on the 10th Mountain Division, Colonel Tom Duhs (Retired) United States Marine Corps, pulls back the curtain to reveal how the US Army’s specialized mountain infantry division operated. February 14, 2020

28th Annual Valentine’s Day Mountaintop Matrimony, Loveland

The 28th Annual Valentine’s Day Mountaintop Matrimony ceremony and reception is a Loveland tradition where new couples are joined in matrimony and married couples renew their vows in a mass wedding at The Ptarmigan Roost Cabin, elevation 12,050 feet, located at the top of the Ptarmigan Lift. The Honeymooner’s Apres Party for all participants and their guests follows the ceremony at the Loveland Basin featuring music, wedding cake, spirits and even a best dressed contest. Participating couples must preregister online in order to receive the Marry Me Ski for Free 2-for-1 lift ticket special. February 15, 2020

Wolford Ice Fishing Tournament, Kremmling

TELEfestivus 2020, Monarch Mountain

23rd Annual Wolford Mountain Reservoir Ice Fishing Contest

February 9 – 11, 2020

$5000 GUARANTEED cash prize for 1st tagged fish recorded at tent.

50+ Winter Games, Frisco

Dig up your fun loving and competitive spirit for the Summit County 50+ Winter Games at Keystone Resort, the Frisco Nordic Center and the Summit County Community and Senior Center from February 9-11, 2020. The Summit County 50+ Winter Games are in their 40th year and feature ice skating, alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, hockey skills events and snowshoeing. There will also be some lighthearted competition in the form of a snowball throw, and a chance to meet the other competitors at an opening night silent auction and carbo load dinner and silent auction. February 9, 2020

Our Gang 4 Wheelers Racing, Georgetown


February 11, 2020

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$250 cash prize for 2nd through 5th tagged fish recorded at tent. HOURLY BIG FISH PRIZES 7 AM–3 PM February 15, 2020

Copper Live: 10 Barrel Snow Beach, Copper Mountain

Break out the shades and pull up a chair to the fire pit for good times, good music and good beer. This edition of Copper Live includes the 10 Barrel Snow Beach plus free live music from indie rock band, The Griswolds. https://www.coppercolorado.com/thingsto-do/events/all-events February 15 – 16, 2020

Silverton Skijoring, Durango

Bubble Gum Ski Race Series

February 19, 2020

Up & At ‘Em Ski Race Series, Frisco

Skiers are invited to come out for a morning of fun, friendly competition at the Frisco Nordic Center. The Up & At ‘Em Ski Race Series will take place on select Wednesday mornings this winter. Get a great workout in, mingle with other racers, and grab a coffee and breakfast snack all before a days work. Races will be either skate or classic. February 19, 2020

Winter Lecture Series: Indigenous Music of Colorado, Frisco

Leon Joseph Littlebird embodies the spirit of Colorado. With roots in both pioneer and native cultures he understands the magic of the mountains and the Southwest. His great-grandfather was one of the original settlers in Blackhawk, Colorado, and his great-uncle was a classical music composer. February 21-23, 2020

WinterWonderGrass, Steamboat Resort

A boutique festival and gathering of bluegrass, roots and string bands, craft breweries, whiskeys & local brands. WWG is committed to sustainability and community. Get your tickets! February 21, 2020

Fireman's Firehose Relay, Arapahoe Basin

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Fire departments from across Colorado team up to participate in a unique slalom-style event. Teams of five firefighters race down a 15gate slalom course while holding on to 50 feet of fire hose as they raise money to benefit the Burn Camps Program at The Children's Hospital of Colorado. February 22, 2020

Talons Challenge, Beaver Creek February 22 – 23, 2020

Special Olympics Winter Games, Copper Mountain Copper is the official host resort for the annual Winter Games where more than 225 athletes participate in alpine skiing, cross country skiing, snowboard and snowshoe disciplines. February 22, 2020

Mardi Gras 4Paws, Frisco


Frisco does Mardi Gras with a twist by putting on a costumed canine parade and a street party to benefit a local animal loving non-profit. Whether you have a dog or not, this is the place to be to get your fill of canine cuteness and general good fun! February 22, 2020

Frisco Freeze Fat Bike Race, Frisco

Join us for the 4th Annual Race at the Frisco Nordic Center. This is your one chance to ride your fat bike on the Frisco Nordic trails. The fun 14k course will showcase amazing views of Buffalo Mountain and Ten Mile Range.

Saturday, February 1, 2020 SNSC is hosting the 4th Annual Progressive Ski Dinner & Party at the Frisco Peninsula as part of their Gold Rush Weekend All proceeds benefit local Nordic

February 26 – 27, 2020

The Futures Tour, Copper Mountain

In partnership, USSA and USASA introduce new freeski and snowboard events for entry level athletes to participate in sanctioned competitions. February 27 - March 2, 2020

Telluride AIDS Benefit & Fashion Week

Funds raised support AIDS Service Organizations in Colorado and Africa. February 29, 2020

Dog Skijoring Clinic, Frisco

This beginning skijor clinic will focus on equipment, dog care, training, places to skijor, etc… Then the class will move outside to practice on the snow. February 28, 2020

Our Gang 4 Wheelers Fun Day for Practice, Georgetown February 29, 2020

Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race, Aspen/Snowmass February 29, 2020

Annual Silver Plume Cabin Fever Dance, Silver Plume

March March 1, 2020

Our Gang 4 Wheelers Racing, Georgetown

Beaver Creek Running Series Snowshoe Edition, Beaver Creek

February 23, 2020

March 1, 2020

Our Gang 4 Wheelers Racing, Georgetown

Our Gang 4 Wheelers Racing, Georgetown

February 24, 2020

March 7, 2020

Enjoy some friendly competition among family and friends of all ages and abilities at the 7th Annual Bubble Gum Race Series at the Frisco Adventure Park.

March 13, 2020

Bubble Gum Ski Race Series, Frisco

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Our Gang 4 Wheelers Meeting, Georgetown

February 22, 2020

February 25, 2020


February 25, 2020

First Friday! Art Groove, Estes Park

Coutry Western Dancing, Silverthorne

Join dancers from Summit County and beyond for Country Western Dance night at the Silverthorne Pavilion.

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The Last Lift


As detailed in his book “The Longest Run: How a Colorado ski bum skied every day for more than eight years,” co-authroed by and Breckenridge writer Devon O’Neil, Hertrich, a longtime snow groomer for Copper Mountain, was forced to end his world-record streak in 2011 at his doctor’s request only after he was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia. Still, he took one last run even that day, bringing his tally just seven days short of a whopping 3,000 — every single day since his quirky quest began on Nov. 1, 2003, when the Marlins won the World Series. Hertrich initiated his Herculean streak after seeing the hoopla around some Jackson Hole skiers who had notched 6 million vertical feet in a season. After he passed 7 million vertical in 2004, he kept going. And going. And going, through bouts of the flu, injuries, and weather and logistical hurdles. Here’s how he pulled it off. He tallied six months of daily skiing each year while working at Copper Mountain. Then he’d hit shoulder-season days at Loveland and Arapahoe Basin. From there, he’d continue his streak into each summer as a snowcat driver at Mt. Hood in Oregon. “You have to remain dedicated,” he said. “Some days were really tough, and there were a lot of logistics to deal with. I also


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skied through some miserable conditions, as well as pain and illness. You just have to get up and deal. When I separated my shoulder, I still skied the next day; I just didn’t plant my pole.” He’d etch the final notches on those poles every year by travelling to South America — still somehow eeking out runs on consecutive days. “Changing hemispheres was tough,” he said. “Santiago is three hours later than Timberline, so I’d prepack my gear and take a pre-dawn run on other equipment before my flight, then skin for another once I arrived. Once I got lost driving in the fog and barely made it in time. Coming home to Colorado, my flight usually arrived in the morning so I’d hit Loveland on the way back.” Anything counted, he said, “as long as your skis are underfoot on snow” — even though some days that meant just a lone strip somewhere. Regardless, en route he amassed nearly 100 million vertical feet, spending nearly $10,000 a year to keep the streak going, as well as a peculiar record in Guinness. “To me the vert is more important — the record is accumulated vertical descent in consecutive days,” he said. “That’s a million vertical feet per month, which is a lot.” Get a life, you might begrudgingly think. Seems to us he’s had a great one. “A lot of people say it’s inspirational and shows a good work ethic,” he quipped. “But I was never looking to give motivational speeches. I’m the one who got to ski. And I think I’m pretty safe with the record — I doubt anyone will ever break it.” —Excerpted from Tales from a Mountain Town, available at www.eugenebuchanan.com.


Pat yourself on the back all you want for skiing those 100 days last season. That’s peanuts compared to the tally racked up by Rainer Hertrich: He skied — and on teles, no less — 2,993 straight days in a row. That’s every day for eight years, two months and 10 days.

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