Mountain Town Magazine Issue 35

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Issue 35 - 2022


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ometimes living at altitude is weird. I live just below the Saround 10,000-foot mark which means I and the friends who live me experience a larger share of winter than most of

the world. This is the time of year I open up Facebook and see pictures of daffodils and flowering trees on each person’s page. Many of us who call the mountains home glean a bit of sadistic joy freaking out friends living at lower elevations with pictures of our patio furniture covered with huge snow dumps in April, May and sometimes even June and July. Spring in the mountains offers everything from fresh pow laps, bike rides on gravelly roads and dry, south-facing single track, rafting, fishing, golf, and more. This time of year the snow is fickle, actually it is fickle most times of the year in Colorado. We dedicated space in this magazine to bring attention to Avalanche conditions, the CAIC and our Search and Rescue heroes. Yes, at this time of the year there are still avalanches. Our friend Jeff Meyer sat down with our writer Dori Welch and discussed, for the first time, his heart wrenching experience of losing a friend to an avalanche while out enjoying a day of snowmobiling. We hope his story and his reminders help keep you and your friends safe. There is a fabulous article on Search and Rescue. Our community’s neighborhood superheroes will dangle out of helicopters, drag heavy gear through deep snow or fast 4

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moving water and ski, snowmobile or trek in frigid temperatures through the night risking their own lives in order to save others. These unpaid, compassionate people are a family of folks who do it for no other reason than to save another soul. Our writer, Shauna Farnell, spent some time interviewing them to bring you a fantastic story, Saving Lives Under the Radar. We have articles for families, suggestions for great places to eat, and fun ideas for things to do in Colorado’s mountain towns. Local folk and entrepreneurs are highlighted too. Check out Claudia Carbone’s article about evening adventures under our bright full moons. She has a bucket load of suggestions for an exciting night out. We hope you enjoy our publication. COVID has not stopped us and we love crafting each issue for you and your friends to read. I love Colorado and its incredible mountain towns! Cheers,

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A Retreat to Colorado’s First Mountain Town If you live up in the mountains you know the transition between winter to spring and fall to winter often leads to a trip to the Front Range of Colorado. This Colorado mountain town is like the goldilocks of off season escapes. Not too cold, not too hot, but just right with a ton of fun to be had. The big difference between Golden and our other Colorado mountain towns is that it is only moments away from Denver and Boulder. It offers a warm respite at 5,675 feet high! Tucked behind South Table Mountain, Golden has preserved its small-town feel with streets lined with beautiful homes, unique shopping, art, entertainment and eats. As you roll into their downtown the iconic 58-foot arch over Golden’s main street proclaims “Howdy Folks! Welcome to Golden” and it is a sincere greeting from this hamlet’s towns folk. Founded during the Colorado Gold Rush of 1859, the 10

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city of Golden is the Jefferson County seat and home to world-famous Coors Brewery. Golden is the last Colorado mountain town you will encounter as you exit the Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Clearly it is the first mountain town you will encounter as you retreat from Denver and is a gateway to the fun and adventure of all of Colorado’s mountain communities.

Golden was once the most powerful city in the state and the capital of the Colorado Territory. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was also built in Golden during the energy crisis of the 1970s. Today, Golden is known for Coors Brewery, the Colorado School of Mines and is the seat of Jefferson County. Over the years, a variety of industries have thrived in Golden and it has matured into a hive of art, culture, entrepreneurship and is a true foodies delight. The city remains a center for industry, education, and now tourism, with sites such as the kayak park at Clear Creek. There are gorgeous mountain views in all directions. A river offering fly fishing, kayaking, and even gold panning flows through the center of town. There are more than 100 miles of hiking and biking trails, including the iconic climb up Lookout Mountain. There are colorful historic buildings from Colorado’s Gold Rush days lining their main thoroughfare with outdoor cafes, recreation stores, bike shops, galleries, and one-of-kind boutiques. And of course, this being Colorado, there are a half dozen breweries and distilleries with outdoor beer gardens and food trucks. Here are some getaway suggestions to do in this sweet little mountain town:

Stay in one of Golden’s Unique Lodges

There are a variety of places to stay in Golden. The new Eddy Taproom and Hotel is a perfect dog friendly base camp for your adventures with a great restaurant, outdoor play and dining space. Origin Hotel Red Rocks is a perfect spot right between Red Rocks and downtown Golden. The Dove Inn is a romantic bed and breakfast styled in a restored old Victorian. Table Mountain Inn and The Golden Hotel are located on the main drag of downtown.

Paddle, Bike, Fish and Stroll

Clear Creek flows right through the center of Golden with a paved trail running alongside it. This lovely Creekside trail runs 11.8 miles east to Denver and continues west of Golden up into the foothills. The creek has award-winning man made whitewater features perfect for kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding, and the upper stretches are renowned fly-fishing spots. The trail links directly to the Peaks to Plain Trail sections. This 65 mile trail is scheduled to be completed in early 2025. Clear Creek has a good population of small to mid-sized rainbow and brown trout and abundant bug life.4. Take a Free Bike Ride, from May - October, the Golden Bike Library (located conveniently behind the Golden Visitor Center on the banks of Clear Creek) has bikes available for free two-hour rentals, Pedal down the Clear Creek Bike Path, or try the more challenging 5-mile mountain-bike loop that circles North Table Mountain.

Hike the Old West

Blocks away from the main drag is the Golden History Park, a re-creation of an authentic frontier homestead with a barn, farmhouse and outbuildings, all in a spectacular setting. Stop and feed the chickens and check out two nearby hikes that visit old farmsteads. White Ranch Park has beautiful hiking and mountain-biking trails that lead to an old farm nestled in a valley, while nearby Golden Gate Canyon State Park has many trails that pass historic log cabins.

Bike, Run or Drive Up the Lariat Loop Trail

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From downtown Golden to the top of Lookout Mountain is an iconic Colorado stretch of road and boasts majestic views that stretch from Wyoming to New Mexico. This road, which gains 1,300-feet in just 4.3 miles, featured twice in the US Pro Challenge and ridden by the world’s top cyclists, is one of the classic bike rides in the state. It’s also one of the state’s best scenic drives, peaking at the 7,379-foot summit of Lookout Mountain with 360-degree views. It’s just a short walk from the free parking lot on top to Buffalo Bill’s Museum & Grave. Stop and learn about the famous Old | ISSUE 35 2022


West scout and showman, put a penny on his scenic grave and don’t miss the giant gift shop — If you’re looking for true Colorado souvenirs this place is for you.

Say Cheers: Beer and Distilled Beverages

After a climb, hike, bike or stroll, you might need some sustenance. And what could be better than fresh beer samples? The fascinating tour of Coors Brewery (the largest single brewing site in the world) takes you past endless copper kettles and into the packaging plant and ends with a chance to taste three glasses of their various beers. More of a craft beer person? There are eight craft breweries in Golden, three in downtown within walking distance of Coors.

Learn the History of Mountaineering

The Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum is fantastic. It is the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to the heroism, technology, culture and spirit of mountaineering. Whether you are thinking about summiting your first 14’er or you have climbed a dozen this is the place to start.

Ride a Train

Colorado is famous for its narrow-gauge steam railroads, but you don’t have to drive across the state to see them. The Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden has a half-mile of circular track and they fire up their locomotives and give everyone the thrill of riding a historic train all year long.


Clear Creek Canyon offers some of the best rock climbing in Colorado. It is largely known for sport climbs with some trad climbs interspersed. The rock varies from gneiss and schist to a sandy granite with a variety of ratings.

Eat Alfresco

The people of Golden are outdoor folk and almost all of the restaurants in Golden have outdoor dining. Some of the best patios include the Golden Hotel’s Bridgewater Grill, which has a sweeping patio overlooking Clear Creek; the Table Mountain Grill & Cantina, which has a flower-lined deck and a great view of South Table Mountain; and New Terrain Brewery, which has food trucks and rests at the base of North Table Mountain. The newly renovated Buffalo Rose, an authentic American West saloon and restaurant, has a retractable ceiling and stylish outdoor seating. There are more than two dozen restaurants. Join the locals at Woody’s Pizza, head to D’Deli to grab a delicious sandwich, check out the new Tributary Food Hall offering eight unique eateries to choose from or head to Golden Mill for interesting and authentic foods. You can eat in Colorado’s old capital, the state’s first capitol building is now a restaurant and bar, The Old Capitol Grill & Smokehouse.

Outfit Your Next Mountain Expedition

Golden has one of the greatest and most concentrated collections of outdoor recreation stores around. There are shops devoted to hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, fishing, camping, backpacking and hunting.


And we know it is a clique but the shopping is fantastic. There are unique finds along Washington Avenue. We love Baby Doe’s Clothing, Yo Colorado and the Spinster Sisters shop. Icelantic has a great little retail shop alongside their corporate offices and we love Bent Gate Mountaineering. There are also art galleries, jewelry, toy stores and coop spaces housed in the historic buildings along Washington Avenue. We love bringing our guests for a stay before we head up to higher altitudes, it gives them a little bit of edge on acclimating to our clear mountain air. Getaway with friends, family or alone. Golden, Colorado is the perfect retreat.


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Mountain Made Tina’s Wreath and Home Co Tina Leix of Grand County has always had a love for wreaths. To her, they’re not just for the holidays, but always had trouble finding one that’s well made, with special touches. After the loss of her mother and having two small child children she was inspired to begin designing her own products and leave the corporate life behind. Tina’s Wreath and Home Co. everyday & seasonal wreaths are crafted from her home workspace. All wreath features are faux and/or preserved to last many seasons with proper care. Choose from 38 different designs or work directly with her to bring your vision to life.

Quiet Kat QuietKat was founded in 2012 by twin brothers Jake & Justin Roach in Eagle, Colorado with a mission to design a better way to access the backcountry for hunters and anglers while replacing traditional ATVs and combustion-powered vehicles that were prohibited, too noisy, or simply didn’t fit on narrow trails. Nine years later and QuietKat has joined the Vista Outdoor family of brands including CampChef, CamelBak, Bushnell, Bell, Giro, and more! QuietKat has evolved into the #1 Hunt, Fish and Overland premium eBike in the market with a focus on utility. The brand has established itself as the leader in rugged all-terrain electric bikes.

Galena Mountain Galena Mountain in Leadville, elevation 12,893, is the brand’s namesake and embodies the spirit of bigger isn’t always better and that the little wild things in life are often the richest. This new company based in Leadville makes all sorts of Leadville-inspired backcountry sun shirts, guidebooks, simple webbing belts, and more. Their signature modern western shirts feature quarter-length pearl snap styling with different versions designed for backcountry skiing, alpine cragging, or just chilling out. Come visit their new retail shop at 108 West 6th Street in Leadville or visit:

SOL Tubes Based in Telluride, Colorado, SOL Paddle Boards has been handcrafting top-rated inflatable SUP boards for paddlers and rental outfitters across the United States and beyond. In addition to their Standup Paddle Boards and inflatable kayaks SOL has created a fully welded tube that you can use year-round. Bring it to your favorite sledding spot and slide your way down the slope. In the spring and summer jump into the river or lake for some fun family and friend time. The SOLtube’s 45” diameter and 12” tubes make it ideal for kids and adults to float or sled!

Non-Profit Nook Big City Mountaineers Big City Mountaineers work with the transformative power of nature in partnership with youth agencies to have a positive impact on the lives of young people. Their programs focus on providing access to the outdoors for youth from communities that have historically lacked equitable access to nature. By providing free, fully outfitted, and professionally led outdoor and backcountry trips, they’re able to give students ages 8 to 18 the opportunity to connect with nature and reconnect with their strengths, skills, and resilience. BCM works with other providers of outdoor experiential programs, like NatureBridge, NOLS and Colorado Outward Bound School. GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofits, has awarded BCM the Gold Star. To learn more: | ISSUE 35 2022


Mountain Dispatch Telluride Gondola is 25 Telluride and Mountain Village celebrated the 25th anniversary of the iconic Mountain Village Telluride Gondola on Saturday, March 12, 2022. With over 3 million riders a year, the gondola is the first and only free public transportation of its kind in the U.S. Originally built to improve air quality in the region by keeping cars off the road, the Gondola has been shuttling approximately 3 million visitors, residents, skiers, hikers, festival-goers and commuters over 10,500-foot Coonskin Ridge since December 1996. It is the first and only free public transportation system of its kind in the United States. Gondola Facts and Figures • 3 million trips per year • 20,000+ riders per day during peak seasons – one of Colorado’s busiest transit lines • 1st and only FREE transit system of its kind in the US • 113,000+ hours in operation since 1996 – no other system in the US has moved as many riders or ran as many hours At the end of 2027, the existing operating agreement expires, so the local governments and ski resort are working together to plan the gondola’s future. Photo: Telluride Tourism Board/Ryan Bonneau

Steamboat Resort to Add On-Mountain Employee Daycare This past fall, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation announced their intent to open an employer based childcare facility to serve the needs of young staff families. The first step in the process of opening the center was hiring a director. SSRC recently announced Sarah Mikkelson will lead the facility. Mikkelson has been a part of the childcare landscape in Steamboat Springs for 20 years, most recently serving as a preschool/pre-K teacher at Grandkids Child Care Center since 2017. Prior to that she was the Director of Steamboat Kids Play Garden. In the early 2000s Mikkelson was the Director of the Buckaroo Roundup Child Care Program when the resort previously had a childcare facility onsite. “To see this concept of opening an employer-based childcare facility take its first big leap by bringing on Sarah to direct the process is incredibly exciting,” said Rob Perlman, president and COO of Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “Her longstanding dedication to serving the youth of our community, and her previous experience with SSRC, gives us great confidence in the new facility and programming she will help build. Childcare has long been an issue in our community and the resort sees an opportunity to help make a difference. While we know there are still many hurdles ahead, including workforce housing, we remain committed to investing in our employee experience and offering this crucial benefit to our staff.” On mountain childcare is a greatly needed amenity for locals working in the ski and ride industry. We applaud the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. 16

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Ski Resorts to Extend Dates for a Full Season of Spring Skiing Everyone is cheering as ski areas are staying open later in the season. Vail Resorts recently announced a May 1st closing date for Vail Mountain, one of the latest closing dates ever for the resort. Breckenridge will keep Peak 8 open until the end of May and Aspen Mountain announced an April 24 closing date. The snow is great and continuing to fall. Here are all of our Colorado ski are closing dates to help you plan for more great days out skiing and riding: Arapahoe Basin: mid-June Aspen Highlands: April 10 Aspen: April 24 Beaver Creek: April 17 Breckenridge: May 30 Buttermilk: April 3 Cooper: April 17 Copper Mountain: April 24 Crested Butte: April 3

Echo: April 17 Eldora: April 17 Granby: April 3 Hesperus: March 20 Howelsen: April 3 Keystone: April 17 Loveland: May 8 Monarch: April 17 Powderhorn: April 3

Purgatory: April 17 Silverton: April 17 Snowmass: April 17 Steamboat: April 10 Sunlight: April 3 Telluride: April 3 Vail: May 1 Winter Park: sometime in May Wolf Creek: April 17

Central SBDC Brings Back - The Power of WE

The Power of WE (Women Entrepreneurs) conference returns to Salida on May 16, 2022, with thought-provoking content, resources, and tools to inspire women’s leadership development, creativity, and innovation in our mountain town communities and beyond. It will share the many Federal, State, and local funding opportunities that are available to women-owned businesses and tools and resources to access them. This event was crafted to encourage and support local women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs by setting alight self-awareness tools and practices in an environment to ignite positive change in women’s professional and personal development. Discussions will include the community scale challenges facing our rural areas and collaborate on methodologies to tap into entrepreneurial energy to address them. Join in this meetup and forums and learn about a myriad of connectivity opportunities. | ISSUE 35 2022


Charlie McArthur takes off on the currents of Spring runoff in his Kayak. Escape to the outdoors and remember your outdoor etiquette. photo credit: Aspen Kayak Academy


Entrepreneurs SOL Paddle Boards Growing an International Company in the Heart of Telluride I remember the first time I ever saw somebody stand up paddleboarding. It was on the Colorado River. We had Eddy’ed out to relax and let the kids play along the shore. My peripherals caught the sight of a man standing and floating along with the current of the river. My head snapped to take in the view and I howled with laughter! I had never seen anything quite like it and I wasn’t even sure if it was for real. I sought out a board to try and since that time it has become one of my favorite summer obsessions both on our mountain lakes and rivers. I caught up with SOL Paddle Boards founder, Johnny Lambino last Summer in Telluride. We had met back in 2013 at the New Sheridan Hotel after I had started this publication and he was launching his company. He told me the story of starting his company after he had been in Brazil during a paragliding trip. He had brought along an inflatable SUP board to the beach at Ipanema where local beach-goers and vacationers took notice while he was pumping up the board and then paddling along the shore. Like me, people were astounded! The strong attention to the sport on that day was where the seed was planted and SOL Paddle Boards grew. His board’s signature colors are a tribute to Brazil and certainly made his products stand out on roof racks around the state. It wasn’t just the colors but the quality and affordable packages he made available to the insatiable public demand for the new sport of SUP. Through his years of kayaking experience and diligent research, he has crafted and continually upgraded SUP board technology to make one of the lightest, strongest, and most durable products on the market. Today SOL Paddle Boards offers something for everyone interested in River, Lake, and Ocean SUP along with Yoga-specific products as well. In addition, SOL has inflatable kayaks, tubes

for both river and snow use (or just floating around with a beer in hand), and accessories galore. We personally love the Schrader Valve Adapter to quickly inflate all of our boards. SOL was chosen as a finalist for SOL’s patent-pending GalaXy Stringer System and was on display at Outdoor Retailer’s Snow Show this past January in Denver. This innovation places carbon stringers in an IXI shape on the bottom of the board for added stiffness and stability underfoot while transferring energy front-to-back (longitudinal) and side-to-side (torsional) for board

control. The system is available in the GalaXY and Carbon GalaXY. The Carbon GalaXY utilizes a carbon PVC laminate on the GalaXy stringer System and the sidewalls, offering the most rigid board that SOL has ever produced. This was a huge honor for Johhny and his crew. Watching this Telluride company grow over the years has been an inspiration. The power of water has been unmistakable for this homegrown company’s growth. Learn More: by Holly Resignolo


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Local Folk Celebrating 60 Years in Breckenridge with Trygve Berge and Sigurd Rockne Written by Leigh Girvin for MountainTown: Breckenridge

Friends since their youth. Competitive ski racing buddies. Ski instructors. Mischief-makers. Co-founders of the Breckenridge Ski Area. Trygve Berge and Sigurd Rockne came to Breckenridge in 1960 and helped create the community we know today. And they are still here. As ski town Breckenridge celebrates its 60th anniversary, and Trygve turned 90, we are honored to profile these Sons of Norway. Breckenridge, Colorado, in 1960 was “the ugliest town I’d ever seen,” said Sigurd Rockne. He and Trygve had just arrived to construct Bill Rounds’ lumber yard. Buildings in town hadn’t been painted in fifty years. Streets were dirty. Junk stacked everywhere. “And the rock piles,” Sigurd shakes his head. Breckenridge’s biggest eyesore, acres of rock piled tens of feet high, extended from the south end of town for miles northward. River cobble left behind by the dredge boat mining platforms that upended the river bottom in


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search of gold. Breckenridge long-timers learned to blot them out: Look Up, they’d say. For newcomers, the rocks blighted an otherwise lovely landscape. When Trygve and Sigurd arrived, Breckenridge was nearly a ghost-town. The surviving population held a tight grip onto the only economic generators: a school, the County Courthouse, one operating mine and three gas stations. Would the new recreation economy revive the town? Two years prior, the Rounds & Porter Lumber Company of Wichita, Kansas,

stealthily started buying up huge parcels of cheap land, thousands of acres of old mining claims and placer ground. With the coming of Dillon Reservoir, better highways and a tunnel under the Continental Divide, the company foresaw a demand for vacation cabins. Scan the code to continue reading:

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Family Books Wild Outside - Around the World with Survivor Man By Les Stroud In this 146 page book, Survivorman Les Stroud shares his experiences and Four Steps to Every Great Adventure: Prepare, Observe, React and Adapt from 12 amazing journeys he has taken around the world. From learning how to react to a swarm of mosquitoes, preparing for a journey into Moose territory, observing wildlife and adapting to a cold climate for an adventure, Survivorman gives helpful advice and information on how to be a better outdoor explorer. A great book for every young (and old) outdoor enthusiast.

Dinosaurs in Eagle County Colorado has a rich geologic history and is a mecca for Paleontologists searching for ancient organisms and dinosaur remains. Billy Doran, of Eagle County, is the founder of Fossil Posse, a summer camp for kids (and even big kids) where you can hold and examine fossil teeth, skulls, bones, shells, as well as dig for fossils in a “bone quarry” and make casts of fossils with plaster. Education on area fossils and the geology of the Eagle Valley are all part of the program. In addition, tours are available where you can hike to fossils, tracks, and various geological and paleontological points of interest in the area. Doran wanted to add to the experience and education of the paleontological history of tvhe Eagle Valley by creating `. The museum was originally set up at the Fossil Posse camp in military surplus tents but was limited to summer showing because the tents are unheated and unable to support snow loads. The museum was only able to be open from June 1st to Oct 1st. Pursuing his dream Doran secured a permanent home for the museum in Edwards. Located at 1121 Miller Ranch Road in Edwards they are in the midst of building out the museum, getting exhibits in place, and more. In this new home the museum will be able to bring the Dinosaurs to life year-round, and vastly improve the learning experience for kids and adults visiting or living in the Eagle River Valley and beyond. The museum is a registered 501c3 non-profit and is looking for donations that will go towards purchasing life-size dinosaur skeletons (life-size Camarasaurus and 24

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Allosaurus skeletons already on their way!!!), various other exhibit materials as well as the material for the displays. The facility is shooting for a June opening so stay tuned for updates and more information about The Museum at Dinosaur Junction. Look for camp information, events, as well as their Go Fund Me tab on their website.

Explore the heart of Summit County and discover where art meets adventure. See a show at the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, bike the Blue River Trail, and dine at new restaurants. Make Silverthorne the base camp for your next adventure.


Trail Interview With an Avalanche Survivor Spring Fever

by Dori Welch

In a small town, people have a tendency to know names, recognize familiar faces, and cross paths in various areas of life. Jeff Meyer moved to Breckenridge from Minnesota in 1997. A competitive snowboarder who mowed lawns all summer to buy his first snowboard, he eventually turned winning competitions into a career. He won the Vans Triple Crown in 2003 and appeared on Discovery Channel’s Stunt Junkies doing a 120ft flaming rail slide, among other TV and video appearances. If you ask anyone who has been around a while, they generally know who he is. In 2006, Katie Knudsen caught Jeff’s eye at a local bar. After introducing himself and chatting her up, they realized they were from the same Minnesota town. While they had never met at home, the two had even graduated from the same high school a few years apart. The pair grew their relationship and they married in 2010. I first encountered Jeff Meyer at Colorado Mountain College in 2000 while we worked toward associate degrees. Over the next two decades, we occasionally crossed paths in the backcountry, lived in the same neighborhood, and had kids attending the same daycare. Though privy to local tragedies through my work, I had not learned of his near-death experience in a fatal avalanche accident until collaborating to tell his story. Raised around avalanche disaster stories and education to prevent them, I arrived at the interview with curiosity and a knowing empathy. As a young child, I attended the daycare where Jeff’s child and my own would end up sharing a classroom decades later. Daughter of professional ski patrollers / Colorado Avalanche Information Center forecaster at the time, I can easily recall a day being sent home with another parent because mine was responding to an out-of-bounds avalanche that tragically took four lives. Over the years of my father’s career with the CAIC and teaching avalanche education, I was able to see and hear the event professionally presented many times. The snow science plus the humanity side of the many tragedies I learned about throughout my childhood and into adulthood fascinated me, and Jeff’s story immediately hooked me in on many levels. As a professional snowboarder, Jeff and his comrades used snowmobiles to access untouched slopes with their snowboards in the backcountry. Through the years, Jeff started focusing on the sport of snowmobiling itself and sought education specifically for snowmobile avalanche safety. He purchased all of the safety gear and practiced with his friends. Snowmobiling recreationally remains high on his list of favored activities. On April 9th, 2018, Jeff had a considerably fun spring day on his snowmobile with a group of friends, including his 26

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frequent riding partner, Fritz Boehm. A storm had just moved through Colorado leaving fluffy powder covering Rabbit Ears Pass, a popular recreation area about 25 minutes away from Steamboat Springs. Before leaving the Rabbit Ears parking lot to go ride, the group went through a routine avalanche transceiver check. Jeff explained the safety check: “One person turns their beacon to search mode and makes sure each person in the group is transmitting. Then that person switches to transmit and someone checks to make sure they are transmitting, and off we go.” While Rabbit Ears Pass is not a notorious area for avalanche terrain, there are places to get into potential trouble. As a good habit, most backcountry groups who recreate together maintain a routine check no matter where the activity is taking place, to ensure consistency. The group headed into the powder fields. “I recorded a lot of footage,” Jeff said. “I actually stayed up late making a video straight from my iPhone, there’s a lot of Fritz having a blast that day. He got to see it that night.” While the group covered many miles and laid fresh tracks for several hours, Jeff and Fritz decided to ride again the following day on terrain closer to home. “We didn’t leave it all out there,” he said, referring to having more energy and excitement for the next day. “It was probably going to be one of the last good days of the season.” Jeff paused. After a few moments of silence, his voice was softer as he reiterated, “I am really glad I finished that video from Rabbit Ears. It shows how much fun Fritz was having on his last full day on Earth. I am happy he got to see it, too.” Tears in his eyes, he leaned back in his chair and began to recount the events of the following day. Jeff and Fritz met at the parking area at the end of French Gulch Road near Breckenridge at about 9:00 am on April 10th. Blue skies and sunshine greeted the riders, and the temperature was expected to climb above 40 degrees. The storm had moved on two days before but temperatures had stayed cool, potentially preserving some fluffy snow to carve turns into. After unloading their snowmobiles, the two took off up a trail on Humbug Hill that eventually leads to a meadow where many trails meet. Jeff had been to a place up the Middle Fork of the Swan River and knew they had a chance to find some good stashes of snow. Partway up, they stopped for a break in another meadow. “We chatted about life, and what kind of things Fritz wanted to do,” Jeff said, looking into the distance while recalling the conversation with his friend. “He had some money saved up and planned to eventually buy a plot of land for his toys and to get more toys. For the moment, he was just out for a good time.” Whether it was confidence left over from the day before, the

knowledge each of them was wearing a transceiver, or the excitement to get fresh snow, neither rider brought up doing a beacon check that day. Jeff and Fritz continued to make their way up the Middle Fork, eventually coming to a drainage where they saw remnants of a prior avalanche. “We saw the debris and discussed how it was good it had already slid,” Jeff said.

“However, with that potential safety in mind, we still agreed to cross the drainage and into another area while riding one at a time.” Jeff went first. “I cut across the drainage and came over a hill. I laid out a few turns. It was only a minute or two and I thought Fritz would be behind me. When he wasn’t there, I immediately turned around to go see where he ended up.”

Jeff crested the ridge between the two drainages and spotted Fritz below, helmet off, working on getting his sled unstuck. In the same second, Jeff saw the snow above them release. “AVALANCHE!” he shouted as loud as he could. As he turned his sled downhill and hard-left attempting to flee, he caught a glimpse of Fritz’s face as he, too, tried to escape to safety. The next agonizing moments filled Jeff with terror as he focused on getting into a group of old trees he had just passed. “I couldn’t see behind me,” he reflected, eyes wide. “I had the throttle squeezed all the way open, and I didn’t care if I crashed the sled into the trees. I just needed to get to them and not get hit from behind, at any cost.” As every layer of the entire season’s snowfall slid by, Jeff likened it to a river. “It wasn’t a cloud, and it wasn’t chunks like concrete, even after the debris settled. It was a steady, huge river just slipping straight down the drainage.” Thoughts raced through his head about his family, his wife Katie, and their 3-year-old son, Knut. With the pain of the memory looking fresh on his face, he described the fear. “It was overwhelming. I knew if something happened to me, I would feel so guilty, and I would miss them so much.” He looked away from me and down at the table. When the river of snow had stopped, Jeff yelled out to his friend and called for him on the radios they were wearing. “Fritz! FRITZ!” There was no reply. Without hesitation, Jeff’s avalanche training clicked into action. “I immediately took out my beacon and switched it into search mode. Something flicked across the screen that may have been a number. I thought I had a signal from Fritz and hoped I would find it again.” Jeff traversed the debris field on his snowmobile, holding his transceiver over the snow. It kept searching, but no signals were popping into view. He discovered Fritz’s snowmobile partially buried and leaning against a tree. He quickly checked around and under it. He found Fritz’s tunnel bag separated from the sled, but there was no other sign of Fritz. “I was speaking out loud to myself the entire time. I could not figure out what I was doing wrong, or why the signal wasn’t connecting to my beacon. After about 15

minutes and 4 passes over the debris I told myself if there ever is a time to call 911, now is it.” The 911 call was placed at 11:09 am. The operator informed Jeff that the SOS signal from his phone gave them a good idea of where he was located, and he was able to confirm. While he waited for help to arrive, he continued his frantic, but controlled and calculated search. “I turned the transceiver off and on again. I tucked my phone into my hat and set it to the side, in case it was causing some sort of interference. I got out my probe for attempts at a blind strike. The field was huge to keep running across, and I tried to keep drinking water as I went. I kept listening out for the help that was coming.” As he searched, he was struck by the sting of suddenly being very, very alone. “I was having another fun day with a friend, and in a split second, he was just gone. He was gone! I couldn’t find him, and I was looking as hard as I could. Time was passing too quickly, but also so slowly. I wanted to be anywhere but there. I told myself I was never going in the snow again. I was moving to Arizona. I had fears of what the future held … Is this somehow all my fault? Is this going to give me PTSD?” As Jeff scrambled over the snow, he heard a helicopter in the distance. “It was the most welcome sound I have ever heard.” The Flight for Life helicopter landed at the bottom of the debris field and Jeff was there to meet them. Two people and a rescue dog got out. The rescuers introduced themselves as members of C-RAD, or Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment. One of the rescuers started the dog on a search, while the other began a transceiver and Recco search. Within ten minutes the helicopter was dropping off another C-RAD team, and they began to assemble. Before the second C-RAD team had started searching, the dog alerted over a section of debris. Within minutes the rescuer had skinned up to the site. He put his probe into the snow then yelled firmly and loudly, “STRIKE!” Everyone sprang into action. Jeff and the rescuers swiftly dug about four feet to reach Fritz, and he was quickly declared deceased. Jeff said until

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that moment, he realized though his mind had told him the chances for Fritz were basically zero, his heart had still been holding onto hope. “Maybe he was in a tree-well with a pocket of air just waiting for us to find him,” Jeff said, almost as though he still hoped the story would end differently today. “But it was too much time. I knew it had been way too much time.” With help at his side, the search at an end, and exhausted from running up and down the debris field, Jeff physically collapsed. The magnitude of what was happening was hitting him like a freight train. Without the distraction of searching for Fritz, it began to come up hard and fast. He began screaming into the snow. Jeff had experience with struggling around significant grief and already actively sought and received counseling. “I resisted dealing with the loss of my daughter Charlie,” he said, voice cracking. He stopped to reflect on his baby girl he had for a day in 2012. “I thought I could handle that loss with stoic masculinity. It didn’t work. I continually distracted myself by going in the terrain park as much as I could, then I started noticing that I had to apologize to people a lot for angry outbursts. Deep depression set in, making it difficult to get out of bed.” When I asked if the loss of Charlie directly affected his choice to accept the tough feelings in the backcountry instead of pushing them away, he gave a long pause and a deep breath. “YES,” he said loudly. “I already knew that wasn’t a healthy way to deal with such huge emotions. So, when I felt this wave come up, I let it take over instead of pushing it down. In the moment, I chose to fall onto the sword.” At the insistence of a rescuer, Jeff helped uncover and pull Fritz out of the snow. “I told them, I don’t want to see him, I don’t want to see him. One of them took the time to tell me he had been in my place, and how much of a difference in closure it had made for him to help with the recovery. I trusted what he said, and it turned out he was absolutely right.” Shaking and dreading what he might see, Jeff continued to dig out the snow. As they pulled him out, Jeff immediately noted how good Fritz looked. “He looked asleep. Nothing looked wrong with him, he looked perfectly intact.” While sobbing, Jeff sat with and hugged him kissed his friend’s forehead, and told him

how sorry he was. He says those moments of getting to say goodbye made a huge difference in how he coped. “We loaded him onto the helicopter, and he got to just fly right out of that valley. He just flew away, and I never saw him again.” They all started to make their way out. The Mountain Rescue group on the ground had staged at a trailhead off of Tiger Road, just north of Breckenridge. This was the shortest distance on snowmobiles to the accident site. Jeff helped get the skiers out who had flown in, giving one a tow behind his snowmobile. They came across the ground team, who had been unable to reach the remote location. They all reconvened at the bottom. Jeff was overwhelmed with the number of people and vehicles at the trailhead. Most of all, he was astounded by the compassionate professionalism and support from the rescuers who came to his aid. “A mission controller said to me, ‘You are never going to see these people again, and certainly not all together.’ He walked me to every person there, and I got to shake the hand of every single volunteer.” This helped Jeff feel some sense of closure from the immediate trauma, and deal with the next steps. As they packed up, Jeff thought to ask about why their transceivers had not picked up Fritz’s signal. It was then he was informed that Fritz’s transceiver had not been turned on. A rescuer said matter-of-factly, “When we checked, his transceiver was in the off position.” Jeff felt a huge weight lift off of him. He could go home knowing he had done everything he could do with what he had in the moments’ Fritz was buried. He had executed the search correctly with his training. He also felt the immediate sadness of it, as he knew it would have given him a fighting chance. “Nothing was wrong with him. He had no trauma or even a small broken bone. I had seen where his last location was. He wasn’t extremely deep, and I had been very close.” After another few seconds of silence, Jeff said firmly, “The checks at the parking lot are important. I won’t ever forget to ask everyone to participate in a beacon safety check.” A volunteer gave Jeff a ride home, another gesture he found incredibly kind and helpful in this time. As they made their way back toward town, Jeff’s phone got a signal. He finally got to hear a familiar voice – his wife Katie’s.

Aftermath / Takeaways

At work in her shop on Breckenridge Main Street, Katie Meyer received a text from a neighbor. “They asked if Jeff was snowmobiling and told me there had been an avalanche. I wasn’t worried at first. Jeff snowmobiles all the time and knows the backcountry inside and out. He takes all of the avalanche safety seriously.” She sent a text to her husband to confirm he was picking up their son from daycare, then returned to her work. Time passed, and Katie realized she hadn’t received a reply. An uneasiness crept in. “I honestly don’t remember the timeline very clearly, it turned into a blur.” Katie caught her breath, as though trying not to cry. Mustering up the strength only a spouse of an extreme athlete would understand she said, “I know that the possibility of him not coming home is real. I love who he is, and a big part of him is his love for these sports and activities. I’ve always told myself if he met his end in the backcountry, it would be doing something he loved.” Steadying her voice, she went on, “I think I was 28

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already arranging for someone else to get our son when I got a call from Search and Rescue. They told me they had Jeff and he was okay, but they wouldn’t answer me about his friend. I figured that could only mean something terrible.” Upon reuniting, Katie immediately noticed the sunburn. While searching and stashing his phone in his hat, Jeff had exposed his bare head to the spring sun and bright reflection of the snow. “He was burned from the back of his neck up and over to his chin. It was like a visible mark of everything else he had been through that day.” As the heaviness of the accident moved into their home that night, Katie recalled the support that poured in from the community. “Friends kept our son so we could process what had happened, and other friends came over to be with us. The Hangar, a local pizza place, heard about the accident from The Crown, the coffee shop next to my store. The Hangar sent pizza right to our door. In an overwhelming and emotional situation, the love that people demonstrated was amazing.”

The day after the accident, Jeff was giving his account to a Colorado Avalanche Information Center forecaster for a report when his son Knut came home from spending the night with friends. The gravity of the situation hit Jeff again, and the reminder of his thoughts of throttling his sled as fast as he could toward the trees to save his own life. “He didn’t totally understand the situation of course,” Jeff said of his young son, “but he was shaken because he knew something scary had happened to Daddy. I couldn’t help but imagine what he would be thinking and feeling if it had been me.” He visibly shuddered at the thought. Bruce Edgerly, Co-founder and Vice President of Backcountry Access, Inc., the company that makes the popular transceiver the Tracker, says transceivers not being turned on is its own pandemic. “Besides wearing it just one layer off of your body, I have another rule when it comes to wearing the transceiver. Put it on, turn it on. Take it off, turn it off.” Edgerly pointed out that checks should also be done while still at the cars versus just leaving the trailhead, where people may not want to turn around to get a forgotten transceiver or retrieve new batteries. He carries an extra transceiver in his car in case someone forgets theirs or it has an issue. He also carries extra batteries. Edgerly said beacon checks are important even after a meal break. “Last season I was caught breaking my own rule, as I had taken off my transceiver at lunch. It was discovered because of the check when we were headed back out.” He laughs, “I did hear about that for the rest of the trip, though.” He highlights the value of batteries and the relatively minuscule cost of going through batteries versus potentially saving a life. “The transceivers really go through the batteries slowly. It doesn’t save anything to wait to turn on the transceiver at your destination. It only leaves room for error. I keep my transceiver next to my bed, to easily put on over my bottom layer. Put it on, turn it on. Take it off, turn it off.” While he rarely runs into this issue, Edgerly also outlined the true danger of the use of obsolete analog technology for transceivers. They have a slower signal, which can cause anything from missed marks to false alerts of multiple burials. “It is worth it to upgrade with the new technology,” he insists. Almost exactly two years following the accident that claimed Boehm’s life, two snowmobilers lost their lives just days apart in the Tetons. Neither rider had turned on their transceiver.

As a longtime respected member of his local mountain community, Jeff Meyer is quick to point out the resources available and the supportive environment. “From the rescuers to the volunteer who drove me home, for what it was, they could not have been any better. People may not be aware of some of the support that is out there, including grief counseling through Bristlecone, and other places like Building Hope. This community is really incredible, and with mental health being highlighted in recent years, I want people to know just how much support and resources are out there.” Jeff also advocates for avalanche education and safety. “I had taken the Avy 1 course twice, and I have now taken it a third time. Between the training and practicing, the action of searching was automatic in a time of incredible stress.” The courses not only prepare for tragedy but more importantly greatly help prevent and avoid it. Education on how to read avalanche and weather forecasts, examine the snowpack, measure a slope angle, among other valuable information is readily available to backcountry recreationists. “Take advantage of it,” Jeff advises, “and continue to. I’ve learned that continuing avalanche education is as important as conditioning your physical body, to best prepare for the season. The entire experience was eye-opening and humbling. You can never have too much education on it.” Each year avalanches claim the lives of approximately 26 people in the U.S. The recreating victims are frequently people with high-level skills. Avalanche forecasters and educators work hard to help people enjoy the backcountry as safely as possible. Learning to read the forecasts and understand a moderate risk is important. For perspective, one forecaster said, “If going out to the bar on a particular evening came with a moderate risk of getting killed, would you still go that night?” Human factor contributes to each disaster, and educators always point out the common ones. Advocate for beacon safety checks, every time. A false sense of safety with transceivers and other gear such as Float packs and Avalungs can contribute to deadly choices. If you have any doubt, always speak up in your group. Compared to life and safety, batteries are cheap. Jeff again leaned back in his chair. Gazing down at the water of French Creek flowing near his Breckenridge home he said, “For almost 25 years, this community has been really good to me. That day really highlighted just how great community support can be. I want people to know how supportive it is, and what’s out there. It’s worth it to reach out.”

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Saving Lives Under the Radar Meet your friendly neighborhood superheroes: Colorado’s search and rescue teams By Shauna Farnell

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Superheroes don’t always wear capes, but they do lurk undercover in every mountain community, awaiting the next call to action. Dangling out of helicopters, dragging heavy gear through deep snow or fast-moving water, skiing, snowmobiling or trekking in frigid temperatures through the night, search and rescue teams sometimes risk their own lives in order to save others. 30

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For rescuers who have been at it for decades, like Greg Foley, who started with Alpine Rescue Team in 1979 and helped launch Grand County Search and Rescue (SAR) in 1984, choosing a single most rewarding mission – or even a dozen of them – is difficult.

One standout mission he mentions is “the Kelly Guzman case.” In June 2010, Foley’s team got the call that Guzman, a 45-year-old mother from Denver, had gone missing. Her abandoned car had been discovered stuck in a remote creek bed. “By the time we started looking for her, she was missing for four or five days,” Foley recalls. “We didn’t find anything on the first day. Then, we found a footprint; not a boot print, but a footprint. She had lost her shoes.” At least 10 days had passed from the last time Guzman’s family had seen her. With nightly June temperatures dipping below freezing, snow still on the ground in places and the nearby Williams Fork River tumbling high and fast, hope of finding her alive dwindled.

“I was on the field team that came across her,” Foley says. “When I came around the corner and saw her legs by the river, I said OK, here she is. She’s not going to be alive.” But she was. “She was in pretty rough shape. She was right next to the river. You could see the traffic on the other side, but she didn’t try to cross the river, which would have been a fatal move.” On piggyback and using a litter, the team carried her out of the rugged terrain. The ensuing sight of Guzman reuniting with her husband is one Foley will never forget. “I’ll tell you, any mission where we save a life is memorable,” he says. “The body recovery missions are also memorable. It’s such an important job to bring that person home whether they’re alive or deceased.”

Recovering the remains of those who did not survive an accident while pursuing fun in the mountains is the toughest part of the job for volunteer rescue teams. With 72 members, The Summit County Rescue Group ranks among the busiest rescue groups in Colorado. Driven by COVID as well as the general increase in visitors and outdoor recreation, the volume of calls has skyrocketed in recent years. The Summit group received a total of 144 calls in 2019, 185 in 2020 and 217 calls in 2021. These days, it’s not unusual to receive one urgent call after another in a single afternoon. As far as recoveries go, in his 40-plus years with Summit Rescue, Dan Burnett has personally dug out 39 avalanche victims, most recently two young snowshoers and a dog killed in a slide off of Hoosier Pass. | ISSUE 35 2022


“When you’re recovering the bodies of valuable humans that have died in the mountains, your hands feel like they’re anointed somehow because they’re the hands of loved ones who can’t be there to pick up their friend or loved one,” Burnett says. “You feel like your hands are the hands of hundreds of people.” This connection of hands is less figurative in one of Dale Atkins’ most memorable missions. Atkins started with the Alpine Rescue Group, based in Evergreen, in the 1970s. He was a 14-year-old junior member when he was among a group sent to search for a 3-year-old girl who had wandered

from her home in Idaho Springs one rainy afternoon. “We were put into field teams, tasked to search a hillside and a drainage,” Atkins recalls. “We happened to go into the right place at the right time. Our group found her.” The little girl was cold, but otherwise in good spirits. “We walked her out. She took turns holding hands with the half dozen of us on the team. She held my hand the same way my littlest sister did, hanging onto my pinky finger. Being one of the youngest in the group, I watched as our mission leaders turned her over to mom and dad with a sheriff’s deputy. Watching that was a beautiful thing, even for a squirrely teenager. I would say that’s the hook that has kept me in it over the years,” Atkins says. As a young boy, Atkins was inspired to join Alpine Rescue after losing his father in a private plane crash and realized the impact rescuers could make in such a situation. Some of his time with Alpine Rescue, which works with the Army National Guard to enlist powerful helicopters for special missions in Colorado’s unique high elevation and thin air, has been spent conducting hoist rescues. Requiring intensive training, hoist rescues involve dropping out of a Black Hawk helicopter that is often hovering thousands of feet above the ground, using a rope and equipment to rescue injured individuals in precarious locations that cannot otherwise be reached. Technology, including cell phones and GPS tools, have made such rescues much more successful. Atkins recalls two missions, nearly 40 years apart, on the notoriously deadly, 14,203-foot Crestone Needle in the Sangre de Cristo Range. The first involved a solo climber in the 1980s who had disappeared. Atkins and his team searched for five days without finding him. Then a group of climbers came across his body in a remote, hard-to-reach area where he had fallen off of the Needle. “The recovery took another four days over two weekends. The weather conspired against us,” Atkins recalls. “Here we are 40 years later and because of all the technologies and our increased use of helicopters, we rescued an injured climber and his partner from a similar place and everybody was home by lunchtime.”

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In this 2020 incident, the two climbers were scaling a technical route on the Crestone Needle when one climber fell about 30 feet, landing – luckily - on a sloping, snow-covered ledge. He had badly injured his ankle. It was about 4 p.m. and the climbers spent several hours trying to come up with solutions and ended up calling 911 at some point in the night. The call went to local rescue teams, which were already spread thin, then went through the Colorado Search and Rescue Association, which dispatched Alpine Rescue, a national guard helicopter with pilot, two soldiers, Atkins and teammate Mike Griffin. For this mission, Atkins was the one “at the end of the rope.” As the helicopter hovered a few yards from the knifelike walls of the Needle and surrounding cliffs, the green and brown sprawl of land below resembled what one sees from an airplane window. Atkins maneuvered into the open sky on a harness and rope and was lowered down to the ledge, where he quickly connected one climber into a harness to fly to safety and then returned for the other (see Atkins’ helmet cam footage). “Both of these fellows were really appreciative,” Atkins says. “The injured fellow worked on his climbing, went back last summer and finished the route.” He found this deeply validating. “It’s very rewarding to help somebody, whether it’s minor or someone has had a horrible accident,” Atkins says. “There’s great satisfaction working together with a team. When we respond to something, the entire team is bringing this huge wealth of skills and knowledge to someone having a bad day in the mountains.” The team dynamic is the first thing rescuers name as the key ingredient to a successful mission. Individually, however,


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there is also a common thread that binds these superheroes together. “Most people involved with mountain rescue, deep down inside there’s a compassionate part of their heart and soul,” says Scott Messina, a 35-year member of Mountain Rescue Aspen. “They want to help. If you look at a mountain rescuer, they’re a Jack or Jill of all trades – a good avy person, a good mountaineer – but compassion is a big part of it.” According to Public Information Officer Anna DeBattiste of Colorado Search and Rescue Association and Summit County Rescue Group, there are roughly 2,800 rescue volunteers throughout Colorado, each of whom spends an average of $1,587 a year of their own money on gear, training and travel. Search and Rescue teams are largely funded by donations and fundraising. To learn more about local teams or to donate, visit:

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The First Net-Zero Affordable Housing Project in Colorado’s High Country. Story by Stephanie Maltarich, The Colorado Sun Photos: Hugh Carey, The Colorado Sun This first Net-Zero project certainly won’t be the last,.despite the extra building cost, a 27-unit affordable housing community near Basalt is embracing a “net-zero” technique Jeremy Duncan enjoys scrolling through apps and websites regularly to check his family’s energy consumption at his home in Basalt. “Holy Cross shows you how much you are saving, and SolarEdge has a feature where you can look at solar panels and see which panels are used most,” Duncan said. “You can break it down by month. I like that stuff.” In addition to checking how much energy his family of four uses, Duncan’s local utility, Holy Cross Energy, sends updates about their energy consumption along with its impact on the environment. The utility provides perspective by quantifying the CO2 emissions the family has kept from escaping into the atmosphere along with the number of trees they’ve theoretically planted. Duncan’s house is in Basalt Vista, a 27-unit affordable housing community not far from Basalt High School. It is Colorado’s first affordable housing project in a mountain town built to produce more energy than it consumes in a year and claim the term “net-zero.” Basalt Vista may have been the first, but it certainly won’t be the last. A handful of mountain communities recently broke ground on their own projects — Telluride and Breckenridge will complete construction this summer, and Eagle and Avon have projects in the works. For many, the new buildings will serve as a holistic solution to a complex problem, help the towns reach their climate-action goals while keeping housing truly affordable with lower 36

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utility bills. Though the U.S. Department of Energy has an official definition for net-zero homes, there are no rules or regulations holding builders accountable to special construction guidelines. It’s also difficult to know if a home will be net-zero until residents pay utilities for a year or two. Jake Ezratty, program manager for Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley, the organization in charge of Basalt Vista’s planning and construction, listed the characteristics that qualify the homes for the net-zero label. “Solar panels on the roofs, efficient appliances, really tight building envelope with insulation, a special heating system that uses a heat pump air source and a heat pump water heater,” he said. Duncan feels the impact in his utility bill. He pays about $12 a month, the required minimum fee to connect to Holy Cross Energy. On a cool fall day, Duncan explained the heater has been running for three weeks, and he admits he is guilty of taking long showers. But, the price remains consistent, and it’s incredibly cheap. But it took some time to get there. “When we moved in September, the sun angle was down so we weren’t developing a lot of credits,” Duncan said referring to the energy credits his family banks from rooftop solar. “The bill was what you’d expect without credits, a couple hundred dollars.” Basalt Vista’s success depended on the collaboration of several local agencies and organizations. Habitat for Humanity took the lead on fundraising and construction. The Roaring Fork School district donated land behind Basalt

High School for the neighborhood, and Pitkin County covered infrastructure costs. Countless other businesses and organizationscontributed to ensure the project’s affordability with financial contributions and equipment donations. Builders are often wary of net-zero construction because of the higher price tag. Ezratty estimated even with all the donations, the project was still 15% more expensive to build than a typical neighborhood. The all-electric project also saved money by not running a natural gas line into the neighborhood. And despite slightly higher building costs, investing in renewable energy is intended to save homeowners money in the long run. True affordability Architect Erica Golden and her team at 2757 Design Co. designed the modern duplexes and triplexes that make up Basalt Vista. The keys to the last of the 27 homes will be handed over to new owners in May. The homes were priced from $270,000 to $370,000, compared with the median Pitkin County home price of $1.3 million in February. The houses are deed restricted, meaning that they can appreciate in value only 3% per year. The Carbondale-based firm was founded on a passion for affordable housing, and Golden said prioritizing net-zero homes in affordable housing projects is especially important. “It has to be considered as part of that discussion,” Golden said. “If you design affordable housing, that’s great. But then if you have a crappy, inefficient heating system, and you’re spending $300 to $500 a month on utilities in the winter, that’s not going to help.” Traditionally, deed-restricted and

workforce housing projects in mountain communities were built on the cheap, with inefficient baseboard electric heat that resulted in high energy bills during cold winter months. In addition to Basalt Vista, Golden and her team designed an upcoming project in Telluride along with a few projects currently in the planning stages in Eagle and Avon. Climate action through smart building The goal behind many net-zero projects can be tied to addressing each town’s climate-action goals. In Telluride, the new 30-unit Sunnyside rental complex is pushing the envelope by taking into account the carbon footprint of the entire project, from beginning to end. “San Miguel County has been doing a pretty deep analysis of our leading contributors to climate change,” county commissioner Hilary Cooper said. “Transportation and building are some of our largest contributors in the region.” Sunnyside received a grant from Colorado’s Department of Local Affairs to develop a carbon calculator. The calculator will track the embodied energy of construction, which includes building a road, moving dirt and mixing cement.

Cooper explained the county will offset the energy costs through a direct local offset, or formal carbon offset program, to make the project carbon neutral. “We’re hoping that this carbon calculator can inform future development that happens in the region so that we can all sort of put our heads together to determine how to offset all of the building that’s happening,” Cooper said. The Town of Breckenridge has three net-zero affordable housing projects under construction. All three were inspired by the energy goals created by the town in 2017. Jessie Burley, the town’s sustainability and parking manager, said Breckenridge has plans to reach 100% renewable electricity by 2035 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2030. The affordable projects, Alta Verde and Block 11, and the newly proposed Alta Verde II, will provide hundreds of rental units powered by onsite solar systems. Constructing these homes in a mountain community presented some challenges. “Breckenridge is obviously in an alpine environment,” Burley said. “So we had to calculate the snow load and the fact that these solar panels might not be fully productive throughout the year.”

The solar panels bank energy through a process called net metering, which allows energy to be offset throughout the year regardless of the weather. Homes send more energy to the grid during sunny summer months that allows them to draw the excess energy in the winter when solar panels might be covered with snow. To continue reading scan the QR code. | ISSUE 35 2022


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Breck Ironworks TM is a custom metal fabrication facility in Breckenridge, Colorado producing timeless handcrafted fire pits that take inspiration from Mother Nature. Handcrafted realistic logs, branches and pinecones made from recycled steel make Breck Ironworks’ American-made fire pits the centerpiece for outdoor living at homes and businesses in the Rocky Mountains and around the world. They also offer other steelwork services, with an emphasis on architectural and decorative elements.

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Studio Shed is an innovative take on a traditional backyard fixture. More than just a shed – it’s an extension of your home with a variety of uses: an office, an art studio, a kid’s playroom, or simply a place to store a mountain bike. Studio Shed, of Colorado, is a national leader in the rapidly growing market of smart, well-designed, prefabricated backyard structures available in a variety of sizes and styles. A backyard shed is no longer simply an afterthought, or a place to hide unwanted belongings. Today, backyard sheds can be found with finished interiors fully wired for power and Internet and made with sustainable materials and production techniques. 38

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Business Is Retirement a Dirty Word? By Steve Smith Retirement in the mountains of Colorado sounds like a dream come true for many. Yet for others, the thought of retirement can be a fraught subject, bringing anxiety and confusion. In my practice, I’ve worked with many clients who share their conflicting emotions. And I’ve learned: Retirement can be a dirty word. Retirement can accompany a feeling of loss. For those who love their work and the engagement and connections it provides, the thought of retirement creates a lot of angst. Business owners may long delay their retirement because of concerns about their legacy and the future success of their enterprise. Others are worried about the longevity of their investment portfolio. Planning for retirement in the 21st century is a whole new world for the current generation of the soon-to-be-retired. The old formulas don’t apply anymore because people now live well into their 80’s and 90’s. What will you do with all this time? How will you afford it? Whatever you want to call it, retirement means something different to everyone. Yet a common thread is achieving both a state of emotional acceptance of your new lifestyle and financial independence.

7 Hacks for Emotional Preparation

Preparing for retirement involves both financial and emotional considerations. As an independent financial planner, I’ve learned a few hacks to ease the emotional ups-anddowns of retirement: 1) Start thinking and talking about retirement earlier in your career. Engage with a financial planner and talk with your spouse so you have time to plan. 2) Is it possible to take a “faux-retirement”? Can you combine your PTO for a practice retirement? Try staying at home and working on the things you love. This period will also help you understand your post-retirement spending patterns. 3) Can you take a sabbatical? What about unpaid leave? Taking off a chunk of time can provide insights into your post-retirement life. 4) Tend to your relationships with family and friends, your most important assets as you move into your next chapter. 5) Start your succession planning. Do you own a business you’ll want to sell or pass on? Do you need to mentor the up-and-comers in your profession? Knowing you are leaving your professional life in good hands can ease the anxiety of stopping work. 6) Rest assured that you can go back to work. Many people do for psychological or financial reasons. 7) Plan for Your Encore. Volunteering? Hobbies? Fun-work? New business? Confidence that you have an encore within you can free up mental energy to fully engage in this next chapter of your life. 40

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Renew Your Focus on Financial Planning in 7 Steps

With the demise of company pension plans, most people are on their own for planning their retirement. Not everyone wants to DIY. Because planning can be daunting, starting with a comprehensive view of your financial picture can help put you on the right path. While not the full spectrum, here are 7 key considerations I’ve developed for financial planning for retirement: 1) Start with a sustainable spending and savings strategy. In retirement, spending decreases for some, and increases for others. 2) Explore ways to efficiently convert your nest egg into a lifetime of cash flow. As an independent financial planner, I’ll help you look at a variety of vehicles and methods, as well as apply stress tests to your different investment accounts. 3) Determine where you will live and the financial role of your home equity. 4) Network: Learn strategies from other retirees, mentors, coaches, and counselors. 5) Manage your tax bracket prior to retirement. This is especially important before age 72 when you must take distributions from your IRA. 6) Consider postponing full retirement. It offers a number of hidden benefits: • Waiting until age 70 to claim social security can add up to 8% per year to your benefit. • Delaying Social Security can have a positive effect on portfolio longevity. • Many clients are surprised, for example, at what an effect just $2,000/month of earned income can have on a plan. • Explore strategic Roth conversions. 7) Work with a financial planner. As an independent financial planner, I will customize your retirement plan to you and your unique situation.

Mind your State of Mind

Retirement, semi-retirement, life-shift: whatever you want to call it, the most important contributors to successfully planning for and experiencing retirement are a positive outlook and optimism. Putting the physical, emotional and financial elements together in one package enhances your success. Steve Smith, JD, CFP is Principle of RightPath Investments & Financial Planning, Inc. 970-668-5525 and visit

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Grand Colorado on Peak 8 By Holly Battista-Resignolo What’s better than a ski and snowboard vacation? A vacation that allows for ski-in and ski-out accommodations with adventurous amenities. That is exactly what you will find in Breckenridge at Grand Colorado on Peak 8. This slope-side resort is a vibrant escape with impeccable high-end residence accommodations complete with plush living spaces and spacious kitchens. As you enter the stylish open lobby complete with bar, entry to a fantastic spa, and comfortable lounge area you will be greeted by the GC8’s extremely knowledgeable and friendly front desk and concierge associates. There is no pretension here, when you walk in you immediately feel like a part of the ambiance and action of the Breckenridge Ski Resort. This is laid back, relaxed luxury. Family and friend groups will find a fantastic rooftop bar and lounge, delicious restaurant and tavern, a slopeside pool and an amazing hot tub deck elevated above it all for great

views of the ski area. Prepare to prune as you people-watch with a cocktail in hand. Access to town is a Gondola ride away but you may find there is so much to do that you go no further than the slopes of Peak 8. Private movie theaters, escape rooms, game room, skating rink, and activities-to-go will keep everyone entertained. We loved Après on the rooftop lounge. Take in 360-degree views of the Continental Divide, Baldy, and each peak and bowl of the Breckenridge Ski area. Dinner and Drinks at Robbie’s Tavern, followed by fun in the GC8 Gameroom capped off with a soak in the Hot Tubs was a highlight during our getaway. Stay for a week, a weekend, or become an owner and turn your visit into a healthy habit through fractional ownership at this coveted mountain resort.


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Cocktails REVELSHINE WINES We’re excited to introduce you to the perfect àpres and backcountry companion - Revelshine, world-class wines packaged in infinitely recyclable, unbreakable bottles. Revelshine goes where glass can’t go, keeping you adventure-ready without compromising quality. Intended to be shared and enjoyed outdoors, these light-weight, infinitely recyclable aluminum bottles are easy to load into a backpack, drybag, cooler or daybag. Head to a hut, campsite or favorite piste and then return the empty bottle to the recycling bin after their contents are thoroughly enjoyed. Revelshine is produced by fourth generation winemaker and avid mountain enthusiast Jake Bilbro alongside key athlete co-founders, including Colorado-based big mountain skier Chris Davenport, California-based freeskier Michelle Parker, and California-based snowboarder Jeremy Jones. The Revelshine line up includes a vibrant Revelshine Red, crisp Revelshine White,or bright Revelshine Rosé - each produced sustainably and pairing perfectly with the outdoors. Order online and get it on time for your next adventure.

CRAFT COCKTAILS IN A CAN Take it all with you in one can, distilled spirits, bitters, fruit juice, teas and a mixer, perfectly blended for you to enjoy after an adventure or with a good book in your camp chair. This too is the perfect àpres companion crafted by the folks who know a little something about adventure in the outdoors. Their three, new, Ready-toDrink cocktails in 12-ounce aluminum cans include: Gin & Tonic, made with Wood’s Treeline Gin and Colorado’s Timberline Tonic with house-made Grapefruit and Lemon Bitters. 11% ABV. Gingi’s Craft Cocktails Treeline Gin, Black Tea and Cardamom, made with our Treeline Gin, organic Assam and Orange Pekoe Tea, Cardamom and Lemon Peel. 8% ABV. Gingi’s Craft Cocktails Vodka Ginger Lemon, made with our Vodka, Ginger Liqueur, fresh ginger root, and lemon peel. 8% ABV. www. 46

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Nightlife The Lariat ReEmerges Several years ago Court Johnson stumbled onto a 135-yearold historic building in Buena Vista that had housed a neighborhood bar for over 100 years called The Lariat Bar and Grill in Buena Vista (The building has been a brothel, bar, post office, confectionery, and general store). Enchanted by its turn-of-the-century railway-town soul he saw the potential and decided to buy the place. A large renovation revealed the structure’s beautiful red brick walls and vintage oak floors. A “steampunk” touch was added to the original back bar that had been brought down on a train from Leadville 100 years ago, Then they installed the piece de resistance – a large elevated stage with an over the top sound system and plentiful dance floor space to enjoy it all below. Some of Colorado’s most beloved bands have graced this new stage, including Trout Steak Revival, Rapidgrass, Dragondeer, Grant Farm, Otis Taylor, and area favorite Bonfire Dub. Their national acts are also on the rise with John Popper (of Blues Traveler), John Primer (band leader for Muddy Waters), Goose, and Futurebirds wowing the Lariat’s crowd.

Then…Covid reared its ugly head and the music stopped playing. The dust settled and time stood still in the space that housed this remarkable speakeasy and roadhouse. Good things are hard to kill though and The Lariat just announced their Grand Re-Opening May 13, 2022, with Grant Farm to bring the establishment back to life. Leadville Cherokee is scheduled for the next day and they anticipate the music lineup to stack back up. The same great feel and vibe, new menu, and a Meyer house sound system will greet everyone from this point forward. The Lariat has also crafted a new menu to keep you energized for dancing throughout the night or to enjoy a nice lunch. An array of selections ranging from small plates to salads, grilled dinner entrees, and sandwiches will be ready to order. You can once again belly up to their expansive bar with fabulous bartenders ready to stir up a libation to your liking. Buena Vista had fast become a music sensation and the Lariat is back once again bringing live music to their fans. Check their schedule, get back out, and go enjoy a night of entertainment and fine food right there in downtown BV. 206 E Main Street, Buena Vista, Colorado


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Eat Adventure Dining at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse by Claudia Carbone As dusk settles over the Sawatch Mountains, we check in at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center at the base of Ski Cooper, nine miles from Leadville. We position headlamps on our foreheads and off we go on a one-mile uphill hike to dinner. Our destination is the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse, a popular gourmet dining destination at 10,800 feet. You’ve heard of adventure travel. This is adventure dining!

The Hike

Some cross-country ski, others snowshoe—we choose to walk the groomed trail since it seems like the least amount of energy output for us city dwellers! We emerge from the pine forest as the sun dips behind the peaks, turning the sky into dark blue velvet. In the clearing behind a deck illuminated with strung lights sits a large yurt—the cookhouse.

The Yurt

Upon entering, we immediately feel warmth from a glowing wood stove, a remnant from the barracks at Camp Hale, the training facility built in 1942 for the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. The owner, Roxanne Hall, grew up in Leadville and has connections. She and her husband Ty started the nordic operation and cookhouse in the early 90s.

Our table for two sits by a window overlooking the silky sky of early evening in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Kate, who checked us in, now has become our server. It’s just she and the general manager Erica Curry acting as chef who are in charge of dinners for 12 guests tonight. They perform without a hitch.

The Dinner

Kate brings us appetizers, two large dollops of Burrata smothered with cherry tomatoes and basil leaves with balsamic glaze and touch of honey drizzled over the top. We smeared the divine concoction on crusty French bread. A rosemary-infused olive oil with a hint of sweet balsamic waits in a small bowl for leftover bread, in which I happily indulge. Next comes a hearty White Bean Soup garnished with parmesan cheese, grilled prosciutto and scallions. A small Winter Salad of mixed greens, bits of goat cheese, cranberries, roasted sweet potato, and crunchy pepitas is laced with red onion dressing.

Second appetizers are spoons of Venison Meatballs swimming in roasted garlic au jus. First courses typically vary during a season, but entrees picked in advance from the website stay the same. From seven choices, including one vegan and one vegetarian, I chose the Pistachio-crusted Salmon with Dijon Wild Rice and roasted broccoli. My partner opted for the Bison Tenderloin with Chimichurri with a sliced baked potato, sour cream and roasted veggie. Our dessert is an individual Apple-Rhubarb Pie topped with lemon cinnamon Mascarpone, prepared at the Nordic Center by the designated pastry chef. Some of the dinner food is prepped there, then hauled up to the yurt kitchen for cooking every single day—nothing can be left at the yurt. “It’s a 9-hour day for all of us,” says Kate. Winter dinners are $95 each, which includes skis and snowshoes. Lunch is served Saturdays and Sundays. All by reservation only at 719-486-8114. | ISSUE 35 2022


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Dine Local Listings ASPEN Mawa’s Kitchen 305 Aspen Airport Business Center #F Aspen, CO (970) 710-7096

BRECKENRIDGE Breckenridge Distillery 1925 Airport Road Breckenridge, CO (970) 925-9788 Briar Rose 199 Lincoln Avenue Breckenridge, CO (970) 925-9788 Goldenhorseshoe Tour Co. Breckenridge, CO (970) 453-2005 Hearthstone Restaurant 130 South Ridge Street Breckenridge, CO (970) 453-1148 Mi Casa Restaurant 600 South Park Avenue Breckenridge, CO (970) 453-2071 Quandry Grille Main Street Station 505 South Main Street Breckenridge, CO (970) 547-5969 Sancho’s Tacos & Tequila La Cima Mall 500 South Main Street Breckenridge, CO (970)453-9343 Sauce on the Maggie Village at Breckenridge 655 South Park Avenue Breckenridge, CO (970) 547-5959

Spencer’s Peak 9 at Beaver Run Resort Breckenridge, CO (970) 453-6000

Frisco Prime 20 Main Street Frisco, CO (970) 668-5900


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

Montanya Distillers 212 Elk Avenue Crested Butte (970) 799-3206 Dogwood Cocktail Cabin 309 3rd Street Crested Butte (970) 453-9802

DURANGO Animas Chocolate Company 920 Main Avenue Durango, CO (970) 317-5761 Cyprus Cafe 725 East Second Avenue Durango, CO (970) 385-6884

The Uptown on Main 304 Main Street Frisco, CO (970) 668-4728 Vinny’s Frisco 310 Main Street Frisco, CO (970) 668-0340

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


Eno Cocktail Lounge & Wine Bar 723 East Second Avenue Durango, CO (970) 385-0105

Aurum 811 Yampa Street Steamboat Springs,CO (970) 879-9500

Ore House 147 East College Drive Durango, CO (970) 247-5707

Steamboat Whiskey Company 55 11th Street Steamboat Springs,CO (970) 761-2467


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Kemosabe Sushi 605 Main Street Frisco, CO (970) 668-2100 Silverheels Bar & Grill 601 Main Street Frisco, CO (970)668-0345

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Gravel Ride

Gravel Grinding? Gravel Riding? We know you have been hearing the term but what exactly is Gravel Riding? We all know Road Biking involves cycling paved roads and pathways. Gravel Riding is a cross between road biking and mountain biking where riders get out on unpaved roads and pathways on a sturdier wheeled bike. These Gravel Bikes have become very popular in recent years as they let you ride over dirt and gravel roads. Why gravel? Outback beauty, miles and miles of route options, smooth country roads, a forgiving learning curve, and a sense of solitude. Check out Steamboat Springs Guide to Gravel as well as their event lineup for the 2022 season.

Mine Tours

The Argo Mill and Tunnel is a preserved historic gold mining operation in Idaho Springs, Colorado. Their tours explore gold mining history and engineering. Come visit one of the region’s most amazing historic mining sites, the Mighty ARGO Mill. Their tour includes a visit to a history room to view a video describing the history of the ARGO Tunnel and Mill, a view into their ore mine, the Double Eagle, a descent through the historic 5 story ore mill, and a visit in the historical artifact museum at the base of the ARGO Mill. You can even have a chance to find real gold as they offer you a gold panning lesson!


Raft Colorado’s wild waters or find a relaxing float for your family and friends to enjoy on one of the many river corridors the state has to offer. Try the Upper Colorado, Arkansas River, San Juan, Yampa River or some of the more exciting tributaries like the Eagle or Blue River. Melt off has started. Check out Gunnison-Crested Butte, we did not know this but getting up close and personal with the rivers and lakes is what Gunnison County is all about. Not only is the area known for outstanding rafting and kayaking (ranging from Class I to IV on the Gunnison and Taylor Rivers), you’ll see amazing tricks at the Gunnison Whitewater Park. The Gunnison River Festival offers specials from outfitters including a dinner float trip, full-day rock climbing and rafting trip, as well as rafting and lodging packages. | ISSUE 35 2022


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During the long nights of winter, nowhere does the full moon shine brighter than in Colorado’s high country. With moonlight reflecting off the snow, it’s bright enough to read a trail map. Far away from city lights, the silvery moon hangs like a lantern in the inky sky, providing enough illumination for doing just about anything at night that you can do during the day. “The soft moon glow gives you the feeling you’re seeing the world as wildlife creatures do,” said Beth Sharp, a Summit County local. “Especially under a super moon—it’s daytime washed in blue!”


Skinning up With only the moon to guide her, Sharp spent her most memorable Christmas Eve skiing at Breckenridge. “At midnight, it was bright as day,” she said. Using skins (sleeves of synthetic material ribbed for gripping snow that fit over skis), she and friends climbed up the slope for a peaceful ski to the bottom. She advises choosing a familiar prepared run and keeping a lookout for lights of grooming machines. Loveland Pass Skiing the pass has been a full-moon tradition for years. It’s not uncommon to encounter 30-50 people at the 11,992foot summit on a clear night when you can see from ridge to ridge. Enjoying a picnic of wine and cheese before diving into the moon-beamed bowl, one skier said, “It’s not about getting in lots of turns. It’s about finding a nice spot to see the stars and bright moon at nearly 12,000 feet.” Take all the backcountry precautions, as this area is not patrolled. For a less risky adventure, hike the ridgeline.

Steamboat Powdercats The Moonlight Descent I did a few years ago has been tamed to skiing in the magic light of the alpenglow rather than full moonlight. Nevertheless, it is for lovers of deep snow—first tracks through meadows of Steamboat’s famous Champagne Powder at the top of Buffalo Pass. The heated 60

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snowcat grinds deep into the forest and arrives at a remote cabin where a hot three-course dinner awaits. But first we took three or four short but oh-so-sweet powder runs. The three Alpenglow Tours (extra hour, Apres party, dinner) can be tacked on to the cat-ski day for private groups only beginning Feb. 1. Bring your camera! 800-288-0543; Cross Country Pick a familiar trail, one that you hike or ski during the day, dress in layers as the weather can change quickly, and then kick and glide to your heart’s content. It’s so quiet, all you hear is your breathing and the skis hissing in the snow under them. “After dark, the snow freezes, so between the fast conditions and the hazy light, it feels like you’re flying,” said Adde Sharp, remembering childhood memories under full moons.


One of the best and inexpensive ways to experience the tranquility of the shadowy woods or brilliant peaks is to walk across them on snowshoes. It’s true that if you can walk, you can snowshoe. As in cross-country skiing, pick a familiar trail and dress in layers. I like snowshoeing up Boreas Pass Road south of Breckenridge for a spectacular view of the Ten Mile Range drenched in moonlight.


Mushing in the moonlight is magical, not just for the bright scenery but Huskies seem to be more alert and run better in the crisp night air. “Moonlight changes everything,” said Lisa Mapes, guide and owner of Cosmic Cruisers Sled Dog Tours in Crested Butte. She and husband Dave love nocturnal sledding, but are not offering night tours to the public right now. However, Krabloonik Dog Sledding in Snowmass offer a Twilight Tour through the wilderness that includes a campfire with hot drinks and a chance to love on the dogs. The earlier in the season you go, the better chance of catching the moon rising. 970-923-3953;


“Over the hill and through the woods” takes on new meaning when you’re guiding a powerful snowmobile on the trail. The adventure is heightened when only headlights and the moon light your way. Here are 11 places to vroom your snow vehicle around the state, compiled by Colorado Tourism.

Ice Skating

Many outdoor rinks in mountain towns stay open until 8 p.m., just enough time to get the winter moon glow. Such is the case at the famous Evergreen Lake on Saturdays. With 8.5 acres of groomed ice, it’s the largest Zamboni-maintained rink in North America. This year they are dividing it up into smaller rinks for social distancing. Reservations are required. 720-880-1391; Claudia Carbone is an award-winning travel writer and member of the Society of American Travel Writers, North American Travel Journalists Assoc. and Denver Woman’s Press Club. Currently, her work is published in The Denver Post, Colorado Expression Magazine, London Sunday Telegraph, and RealFoodTraveler. com. Her blog Sleepin’ Around covers any place you can sleep on vacation.

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The moon reflecting off hot mineral water in the chilly nighttime air adds a new dimension to what Colorado’s Ute Indians call pagosa, meaning “healing waters” for their therapeutic value. The state offers nearly 50 hot and warm springs, our most beloved natural resources. Some are clothing optional at night for adults only, like Strawberry Park Hot Springs in Steamboat. Open until 10 p.m., they do not allow flashlights or lights of any kind, making lunar light even brighter. Rustic cabins, a train caboose, covered wagon and tent camping site are available for overnight guests. 970879-0342;

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Dashing through the snow ‘oer the fields can be any time of day, but under a full moon it’s the perfect postcard winter scene. Combine a ride bathed in moon beams and pine-scented air with an old fashioned chuckwagon dinner with entertainment and you can cross it off your bucket list. Be sure to dress warmly and bring a blanket as they can no longer provide them due to COVID. 970-453-1520; dinner- | ISSUE 35 2022



March 1, 2022 Mardi Gras Celebration, Snowmass

Snowmass celebrates Fat Tuesday on March 1st! The day will kick off with the final day of Mother of All Ascensions. Enjoy classic Cajun food & drink specials being served throughout the Village. Ski down to Base Village for the Bud Light HIFI Concert and bead toss from 3 pm-5 pm. Snowmass will top off this Fat Tuesday with a firework finale over Fanny Hill at 9 pm.

March 2 – 6, 2022 Durango Film Festival, Durango

The upcoming Durango Independent Film Festival marks the 17th year of the annual event. About Durango Film: Durango Film brings a community together with independent filmmakers for the unique opportunity to experience and discuss global, innovative, and diverse films.

March 2, 2022 Ice Sculptures Live Carving Demo, Snowmass

From December 8, 2021 – March 2, 2022, enjoy an ever-evolving ice walk around Snowmass Village. Watch the sculptures evolve throughout the season with live demos on select Wednesdays from local sculptor, Thomas Barlow.

March 3, 2022 Outdoor Divas Women’s Demo Day, Loveland Ski Area

Ski like a girl . . . and find your true love! The Outdoor Divas visits Loveland for a women’s specific demo day. This is your chance to come and try all the latest women’s ski equipment before you buy it. To RSVP, contact, or stop by one of the Outdoor Divas locations. There is no cost to participate, although a driver’s license and a credit card are required for deposit as is a valid lift ticket.

March 4 – 7, 2022 USASA Rocky Mountain Series Slopestyle, Copper Mountain

Friday, March 4th, 2022 – Slopestyle 1 – FS and SB – Breaker, Youth, Junior, Jams, Collegiate and Open Monday, March 7th, 2022 – Slopestyle 1 – FS and SB

March 4, 2022 First Friday! Art Groove, Estes Park

Get your Groove on and explore the local Galleries Come out and do the Free tour from 5 - 8 pm – see what’s happening in the Fine Art world here in Estes Park. www.estesartsdistrict. org/first-friday.html

March 4, 2022 Winter First Friday ArtWalk & Music, Gunnison

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March 4-6, 2022 Leadville Ski Joring, Leadville

At Leadville Ski Joring and Crystal Carnival Weekend, see the unique sport of skijoring and join mountain bike and Nordic ski races, paintball biathlon, and umpteen other kinds of winter fun!

March 4 – 6, 2022 30th Anniversary US Extremes Reunion Weekend, Mt. Crested Butte

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the US Freeskiing Extremes in Mount Crested Butte, Colorado. The Crested Butte Snowsports Foundation invites you to enjoy time on and off the slopes with former and current freeskiing athletes as they gather for a reunion of snowsports enthusiasts like no other!

March 4, 2022 First Friday - Silverthorne Rail Jam, Silverthorne

The Silverthorne Rail Jam will bring our community together to celebrate the ski season with a live rail jam on the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center Lawn. Join 40+ semi-professional and amateur skiers and riders as they launch themselves off of numerous rails, jumps and other park features. The event will include live music and food and beverage available for purchase.

March 5 – 26, 2022 Extraordinaire Presents Bloom, Beaver Creek Resort Celebrate the colors and liveliness of spring with performers and live music.

March 5 – 6, 2022 Special Olympics Winter Games, Copper Mountain Copper is beyond proud to be the official host resort for the annual Special Olympics Winter Games. More than 200 athletes will participate in alpine, cross country, snowboarding, and snowshoe events. special-olympics-22

March 5, 2022 Snowshoe for the Cure, Frisco

It’s a Frisco tradition, and Snowshoe for the Cure is all about pink, happy, hope and time on Frisco’s trails. event/nordic-center-events/snowshoe-for-the-cure/

March 5, 2022 Matt Milski Race, Lake City

Registration starts at 9:00 am, Race starts at 10:00 am Race Info: There will be categories and prizes awarded for Alpine ski, Telemark and snowboarding. Lift tickets will be free for race participants. Lunch will be provided for racers.

March 5, 2022 Mineral Belt Mayhem – Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series, Leadville

Join a bike race and support mountain biking trails near Leadville. You get groomed trails and new places to ride! The Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series is a major fundraiser for the Cloud City Wheelers, which have built over 20 miles of trail in Lake County.

March 5, 2022 Snowball Sweepstakes, Powderhorn Mountain Resort

We are proud to host the Grand Junction Rotary Club’s annual Snowball Sweepstakes, a fundraiser benefiting a variety of local non-profit organizations. events/featured-articles/event/15-snowball-sweepstakes.html

March 5, 2022 Uncle Clyde’s Run & Slide, Purgatory Resort

Get ready for the whackiest race ever in Durango! It’s on the tubing hill. Run up… tube down. Repeat! Most laps wins! Oh, and it’s a relay race!

March 5, 2022 Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race. Snowmass A premier ski-mountaineering race that tests athletes’ endurance as they race in teams across all four area mountains. The grueling course covers 24 miles and more than 10,000 vertical feet.

March 5, 2022 STARS Mountain Challenge, Steamboat Ski Resort

You are invited to join us for the STARS Mountain Challenge. This premier charity ski and ride event features skiing and riding on one of the most beautiful mountains in the U.S.

March 5 – April 10, 2022 Bud Light Rocks The Boat Free Concert Series, Steamboat Ski Resort Steamboat will once again be rockin’ as the Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series returns for the 23 year offering a great mixture of musical genres.

March 6, 2022 Slope Style Competition, Monarch Mountain

$10 Registration fee (Must have day of lift ticket or season pass to access lifts) Ski and snowboard competition in the Steel City Terrain Park. All competitors will take two runs in this judged competition.

March 6, 2022 Tribute, Wolf Creek Ski Area

Wolf Creek Ski Area hosts a number of “Fun Races” throughout the ski season. These races are free and open to skiers and boarders of all ages and abilities with a dual race format.

March 9, 2022 CB Nordic’s Pinnacle Orthopedics Community Race Series, Mt. Crested Butte

CB Nordic’s Pinnacle Orthopedics Community Race Series is bigger and better than ever! 10 races across the valley will allow you to have fun and stay fit all winter.

March 9, 2022 Snowmass Live Comedy Series, Snowmass

Here to kick off the month of March is creator of Los Angeles live show, “The Goddamn Comedy Jam”, writer, producer, actor and musician, Josh Adam Meyers.

March 10, 2022 Mardi Gras Party & Gumbo Cookoff, Keystone Resort

Bring your beads, get your taste buds ready, and your dancing shoes on as you taste the best gumbo in Keystone while listening to live music by The Nacho Men!

March 11 – 13, 2022 Subaru Winterfest, Copper Mountain

Subaru and Copper Mountain are thrilled to welcome back, Subaru WinterFest, a one-of-a-kind music and mountain lifestyle tour that invites friends, family, skiers, snowboarders, music fans, and dog-lovers alike to bask in their love of winter and adventure!

March 11 – 13, 2022 Winter Bluegrass Weekend, Keystone Resort

Celebrating its 10th year, Keystone’s Winter Bluegrass Weekend brings acoustic roots and mountain culture to Warren Station. Warren Station will be rocking for two nights with an amazing lineup featuring some of Colorado’s most talented string bands.

March 12, 2022 BrewSki, Frisco

What is BrewSki? It is a beer festival on skis at the Frisco Nordic Center. Where you throw on a costume. Stop at beer tasting tents along the trail to sample beers from 8 Colorado breweries. Win prizes for the best costumes. End with more beer tastings and music at the after party. It’s that easy.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS March 12, 2022 Free Family Race Day, Loveland Ski Area

Join us as the Loveland Race Club hosts a free Family Race Day. The race will take place off the Ptarmigan Lift in Bennett’s Bowl from 10 am – 2 pm and will be open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities. Come out and race your friends and family for fun and bragging rights. The race is free and open to everyone. Just sign up the morning of on the Basin Patio or at the top of the course.

March 12, 2022 Winter Carnival, Powderhorn Mountain Resort Carnival time! Get ready to play some games and win prizes! Starlight Snowshoe Tour, uphill races, Kid’s Winter Games, yoga class, live music, bonfires with s’mores, and much more!

March 12, 2022 McDonald’s Cardboard Derby, Purgatory Resort

The McDonald’s Cardboard Derby at Purgatory Resort is a classic winter competition you won’t want to miss! Build your derby racer out of cardboard and duct tape only, and pilot it down the slopes during one of the most fun days on the mountain!

March 13, 2022 Pi Day 5K Fun Run/Walk & Relay, Buena Vista Ready for some pie on the day before pi day? This event is for the whole family! This stroller-friendly course consists of 3 laps around the 1.04 mile BV Disc Golf Course trail.

March 13, 2022 Snowshoe Race Series, Beaver Creek Resort

The Snowshoe Race Series returns to Beaver Creek. For guests and locals alike who love to enjoy the pristine snowy terrain, the races will return with beautiful courses that vary monthly.

March 13, 2022 Bow Wow Film Festival, Grand Junction

Join us for the Bow Wow Film Fest at the Avalon Theatre on Sunday, March 13 at 1pm or 4pm! The Bow Wow Film Festival celebrates, educates, and inspires the human-canine bond through the art of short film.

March 13, 2022 Spring Fling Race, Wolf Creek Ski Area

Wolf Creek Ski Area hosts a number of “Fun Races” throughout the ski season. These races are free and open to skiers and boarders of all ages and abilities with a dual race format.

March 16, 2022 Wolves Visit the Mountain, Purgatory Resort

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March 16, 2022 Snowmass Live Comedy Series. Snowmass

The Collective’s own Sarah Sanders hosts the season’s final FREE Local’s Comedy Showcase. March 23 at 7:30pm ($10), we finish out the winter comedy season with a bang… and her name is Sarah Tiana.

March 17, 2022 Historic Ski & Snowshoe to the Magic Meadows Yurt, Crested Butte

The museum is excited to collaborate with the Crested Butte Nordic Center to host a historic ski and snowshoe out to the magic meadows yurt! You’ll learn about the history of the area, including the The Big Mine, Peanut Lake Mine, Pittsburg, and Augusta Mines during the trip out to the yurt, and upon arriving will be treated to a light lunch and an alcoholic or non-alcoholic refreshment of your choice.

March 18, 2022 Historic Pub Crawl, Crested Butte

Join us for our winter historic pub crawl to learn history while enjoying libations at three locations throughout Crested Butte with local historians presenting at each location.

March 18 – 20, 2022 Toyota Days, Loveland

Loveland is excited to welcome our valued partner Toyota back to Loveland for the season! Come visit the Toyota tent and enter to win great prizes like a Toyota, a Never Summer Snowboard and walk away with some awesome Loveland/Toyota goodies. This event is open to all guests and there is no cost to participate.

March 18, 2022 Country Western Dance, Silverthorne

Enjoy an evening of guided lessons from 7-8 p.m. followed by open dancing and cash bar until 11 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. Silverthorne Pavilion.

March 18, 2022 STARS Mountain Challenge, Steamboat Ski Resort

You are invited to join us for the STARS Mountain Challenge. This premier charity ski and ride event features skiing and riding on one of the most beautiful mountains in the U.S. This unique event allows participating teams to compete in a series of fun filled challenges for athletes of all abilities.

March 19, 2022 Moonlight Dinner Series #4, Arapahoe Basin

Our Moonlight Dinner series welcomes you to ski, snowshoe, or ride the lift under the stars to our mid-mountain lodge for a chef-prepared meal that will transport your taste buds to another part of the world. Join us March 19 for a night in Spain. Reservations are required. This will sell out quickly; our Moonlight Dinners are some of our most popular events. Check-in takes place between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. that evening in Guest Services. The 6th Alley Bar & Grill will be open for cocktails prior to the chairlift turning at 6:45 p.m.


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March 19, 2022 Copper’s Uphill Race Series, Copper Mountain

Whether you are a Skimo expert or just beginning with touring, join us for Copper’s Winter Race Series.

March 19, 2022 Al Johnson Memorial Telemark Race, Crested Butte Mountain Resort

The AJ is back! Racers will climb 660 vertical feet, followed by a 1,200-foot descent through Crested Butte’s infamous Extreme Terrain, all while sporting their best costumes and Telemark gear. There will be sweat, screams, hoots, hollers, prizes, glory, and costumes you’ll never forget. Come to the race or come to watch, just make sure you’re there on March 19!

March 19, 2022 Rocky Mountain Country Festival, Keystone Resort

Dust off your cowboy boots and shake off your jeans for a night of line dancing, live country music, and drink specials at Warren Station.

March 19, 2022 Fatty Patty – Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series, Leadville Join a bike race and support mountain biking trails near Leadville.

March 19 – 20, 2022 Equinox 24-Hour Ultra XC-Ski 2022, Leadville

Love to cross-country ski? Join us for this 3rd annual all-day and all-night ski! Mount Massive Golf Course Ski and Snowshoe Trails

March 19 – 20, 2022 U-12 Championship, Powderhorn Mountain Resort

U-12 Championship here at Powderhorn. TENTATIVE Under 12 years old ski race.

March 19, 2022 Hollywood Huckfest, Purgatory Resort

Get ready for big air, prizes, and ultimate glory! The Huckfest is a “slopestyle-freeride” event, with kickers above the cliff faces on the “Hollywood” expert terrain of the Catharsis run.

March 19, 2022 Snowcat Dining Excursion, Purgatory Resort

Last chance for the 2021/2022 season to experience a snowcat dining excursion, don’t miss out! Enjoy the mesmerizing views of the alpenglow over the Needles Mountains in this unmatched dining adventure.


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March 19, 2022 Moonlit Uphill Events, Winter Park

For those looking to venture out after the lifts close, these Uphill Events are calling your name! One of our event guides will get you set up with all the gear you need to power up the mountain under the light of the moon and stars.

March 23, 2022 Snowmass Live Comedy Series, Snowmass

We finish out the winter comedy season with a bang… and her name is Sarah Tiana.

March 25 – 27, 2022 Toyota Days!, Loveland

Loveland is excited to welcome our valued partner Toyota back to Loveland for the season! Come visit the Toyota tent and enter to win great prizes like a Toyota, a Never Summer Snowboard and walk away with some awesome Loveland/Toyota goodies. This event is open to all guests and there is no cost to participate.

March 26, 2022 Save Our Snow + Demo Day, Arapahoe Basin Mountain Goat Plaza

March 26, 2022 Ski Town Breakdown: Live Music Series, Crested Butte Mountain Resort Add live tunes, cold drinks, and good vibes to your spring ski days with free live music shows throughout the month of March and our Closing Weekend.

March 26, 2022 Mtn Dew Base Bash, Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Come join the party, we’ll be having a blast in the sun! Costumes encouraged!

March 26, 2022 Pond Skim & Closing Weekend, Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Closing weekend, weather permitting. Come join us for our annual Pond Skim, featuring the return of DJ Chandlebarr!

March 27, 2022 Fun Race: March Radness, Monarch Mountain

$5 Per Person Registration Fee (Must have day of lift ticket or season pass to access lifts) Head to head racing celebrating springtime in Monarch country. $5 per person registration fee and sign up will be day of at the Season Pass desk.

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April 1 – 3, 2022 75th Anniversary Party, Arapahoe Basin Join us for three days of celebratory events on the mountain, in the base area, and in our 6th Alley Bar & Grill. There will be fun, games, shenanigans, music, great food and drink, and good times with friends old and new. More details coming soon! In the meantime, you might want to get a costume (or two) prepared...

April 1, 2022 Winter First Friday ArtWalk & Music, Gunnison

Stroll down Main Street of beautiful, historic Gunnison from 5 – 7 pm on the first Friday of the month, to visit unique galleries, shops, studios, and more, featuring a wide variety of local art, artists, and musicians.

April 1 - 10, 2022 Springalicious, Steamboat Ski Resort

Incredible Colorado bluebird sunny days, hilarious and fun events, along with a boatload of Champagne Powder® snow mean that spring will shine a whole lot brighter in Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.®.

April 2, 2022 Pond Skim, Crested Butte Mountain Resort

The end of ski season is just another great excuse to celebrate, dress up in silly costumes and have wacky events, like the Pond Skim, where competitors attempt to skim across a man-made pond with their skis and snowboards.

April 2, 2022 Ski Town Breakdown: Live Music Series, Crested Butte Mountain Resort Add live tunes, cold drinks, and good vibes to your spring ski days with free live music shows throughout the month of March and our Closing Weekend.

April 2 – 3, 2022 Toyota Days!, Loveland

Loveland is excited to welcome our valued partner Toyota back to Loveland for the season! Come visit the Toyota tent and enter to win great prizes like a Toyota, a Never Summer Snowboard and walk away with some awesome Loveland/Toyota goodies. This event is open to all guests and there is no cost to participate.

April 2, 2022 Codys Challenge, Steamboat Ski Resort

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April 2, 2022 The Howlin’ Wolf Super-G/Downhill, Wolf Creek Ski Area A true Super G from the top to the bottom of Wolf Creek! Pre-Registration required. Check in at Base Camp at 8:00 a.m.

April 3, 2022 Pond Skim, Purgatory Resort

Get your skis shined up, grab a stick of Juicy Fruit, and show us your moves as you skim across the pond. Is the water cold? Nah.

April 6th - 9th, 2022 Taste Of Vail, Vail

During the annual event, upwards of 10,000 people can “Taste the Vail Valley lifestyle,” which showcases Vail’s world-famous resort village set against dramatic mountain vistas. Participants at the Taste of Vail experience the Vail Valley’s world-class restaurants, fine wine poured by winemakers and winery owners from top wineries around the globe, along with interactive seminars, an auction and dance, the Colorado Tasting on the streets of Vail, and more.

April 7, 2022 Outdoor Divas Women’s Demo Day!, Loveland

Ski like a girl . . . and find your true love! The Outdoor Divas visits Loveland for a women’s specific demo day. This is your chance to come and try all the latest women’s ski equipment before you buy it. To RSVP, contact, or stop by one of the Outdoor Divas locations. There is no cost to participate, although a driver’s license and credit card are required for deposit as is a valid lift ticket.

April 8 – 9, 2022 Mesas To Monuments Quilt Show 2022, Grand Junction A show of over 200 beautiful quilts of all types made by many talented quilters, sewing- and craft-related vendors, antique bed turning, antique quilt auction.

April 8, 2022 Spider Sabich Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony, Snowmass

The Bob Beattie Ski Foundation invites you to celebrate the life of one of American skiing’s greatest legends, the late Spider Sabich, upon his induction to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame.

April 9, 2022 Moonlight Dinner Series #5, Randonnée Dinner, Arapahoe Basin Our Moonlight Dinner series welcomes you to ski, snowshoe, or ride the lift under the stars to our mid-mountain lodge for a chef-prepared meal that will transport your taste buds to another part of the world. Join us April 9 for a special Hawaiian lūʻau. Reservations are required. This will sell out quickly; our Moonlight Dinners are some of our most popular events.

April 9, 2022 Distilled Spirits And Speaker Series, Keystone Resort Distilled Spirits and Speaker Series: Summit’s Top Cocktail

April 9 – 10. 2022 Loveland Derby, Loveland

For over 60 years Loveland Ski Area has been hosting America’s largest amateur ski race, The Loveland Derby! Racers from across the country dress up and travel to Colorado for the last race of the season. Don’t miss out on costumes, BBQs and fast-paced racing fun!

April 9, 2022 40th Annual Cardboard Classic, Steamboat Ski Resort

Steamboat’s traditional rite of spring returns to the Steamboat Ski Area . This wild and hilarious race features homemade cardboard crafts, constructed only from cardboard, glue, string, water based paint, duct tape, masking tape, balloons and other decorations, racing down Stampede to a hysterical finish.

April 10, 2022 Splash Down Pond Skim

April 17, 2022 Loveland’s Amazing Giant Easter Egg Hunt, Loveland

Join us on Easter Sunday for a Spring Skiing Giant Easter Egg Hunt! Gather at the Basin area for first chair at 8:30am and keep your eyes peeled for the giant hidden Easter Eggs as you ski down the slopes, browse the Sport Shop, and wander the base area. Huge eggs mean huge prizes such as skis, snowboards, and tons of other awesome goodies. There are a limited number of these giant Easter Eggs hidden around the Basin and only one can be claimed per person. There will also be thousands of small eggs for the little ones around the mountain, the base area, off Lift 2 and around Loveland Valley base area.

April 19, 2022 East Side Epic – Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series, Leadville

Join a bike race and support mountain biking trails near Leadville. You get groomed trails and new places to ride!

April 22 – 24, 2022 Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, Durango

The Splashdown Pond Skimming Championships hits Steamboat once again on Closing Day - Sunday, April 10th! Wrapping up another epic season at Steamboat, this event has antics like you wouldn’t believe.

Kick off springtime fun at the annual Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. There will be loads of bands, food, venues and entertainment through town and along the Animas River. During the day, there will be free concerts for everyone to enjoy, followed by hours of concerts at night.

April 13, 2022 Annual Enduro and Après Party, Arapahoe Basin

April 23, 2022 Earth Day Celebration + POW Carpool Day, Arapahoe Basin

April 15, 2022 Copper’s Uphill Race Series, Copper Mountain

April 23, 2022 Southwest Arbor Fest, Grand Junction

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Whether you are a Skimo expert or just beginning with touring, join us for Copper’s Winter Race Series.

April 16, 2022 Moonlight Music Series – Storm Pass, Gunnison Moonlight Music Series Storm Pass Saturday, April 16th , Doors 7:00, Concert 7:30 pm. The parts know each other well.

April 17, 2022 Beach N’ Egg Hunt, Arapahoe Basin

Mountain Goat Plaza A-Basin is having a party for Earth Day 2022!

Celebrate Earth Day with our premier outdoor festival! Listen to live music while you try out the valley’s food trucks and sip on Colorado craft beer!

April 24, 2022 Closing Day, Copper Mountain Come get your last turns of the season in!

April 29 – May 1. 2022 Durango Wine Experience, Durango

The Easter Bunny visits A-Basin for an egg hunt that both skiing and non-skiing kids can enjoy!

Join us at the end of April for 3 days celebrating food & wine in Durango! Experience three delicious days of educational seminars, wine dinners and unique tastings featuring hundreds of wineries, artisan spirits and craft beers.

April 17, 2022 Easter Egg Hunt, Frisco

April 30 – May 1, 2022 Toyota Days!, Loveland

The Easter Bunny will return to Frisco Main Street on Easter Sunday to hide 5,000 Easter eggs. Children 8 years old and younger are invited to search for candy stuffed eggs throughout the Frisco Historic Park and the Frisco Town Hall areas. The Easter Egg Hunt with begin at 12:00pm when the Easter Bunny rings the historic schoolhouse bell. The Easter Bunny will visit with children before and after the egg hunt on Main Street. Guests are encouraged to bring cameras for selfies with the furry guy. event/kid-events/easter-egg-hunt/

Loveland is excited to welcome our valued partner Toyota back to Loveland for the season! Come visit the Toyota tent and enter to win great prizes like a Toyota, a Never Summer Snowboard and walk away with some awesome Loveland/Toyota goodies. This event is open to all guests and there is no cost to participate. | ISSUE 35 2022



May 5 – 8, 2022 Sangha Festival, Durango

Sangha Fest celebrates wellness, community, spiritual growth and personal development through yoga, breath, music, meditation, movement, art, dance, nature, ceremony, and play. Sangha is the Sanskrit word for community or bringing together, and that is exactly the mission of Sangha Fest: to unite communities.

May 6 – 8, 2022 Toyota Days!. Loveland

Loveland is excited to welcome our valued partner Toyota back to Loveland for the season! Come visit the Toyota tent and enter to win great prizes like a Toyota, a Never Summer Snowboard and walk away with some awesome Loveland/Toyota goodies. This event is open to all guests and there is no cost to participate.

May 7, 2022 Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series, Arapahoe Basin

With longer days, sunnier skies and great snow conditions there is no better way to celebrate springtime in the Rockies than at A-Basin with live music on our stage in Mountain

May 12 – 15, 2022 Tico Time Bluegrass Festival, Durango

Join us for 4 days of the best in Bluegrass, Roots, & Americana on the banks of the Animas River!

May 14, 2022 Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series, Arapahoe Basin

With longer days, sunnier skies and great snow conditions there is no better way to celebrate springtime in the Rockies than at A-Basin with live music on our stage in Mountain

May 19 – 22, 2022 Tico Time Reggae Festival, Durango

“Jamaican & Domestic Reggae / Sound System Parties” LIVE BANDS – DJs – DRUMMING– YOGA – KIDS ZONE – WORKSHOPS – ART

May 20, 2022 Country Western Dance, Silverthorne

Enjoy an evening of guided lessons from 7-8 p.m. followed by open dancing and cash bar until 11 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. Silverthorne Pavilion. Event/218/166?curm=5&cury=2022

May 26 – 30, 2022 Mountainfilm 2022, Telluride (Virtual) , Telluride

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May 27, 2022 Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series, Arapahoe Basin

With longer days, sunnier skies and great snow conditions there is no better way to celebrate springtime in the Rockies than at A-Basin with live music on our stage in Mountain

May 27, 2022 CKS Paddlefest, Buena Vista

Head to Buena Vista for a weekend of river and paddling fun. www.

May 28, 2022 Swimwear Day, Arapahoe Basin

Let’s see your best swimwear! Celebrate spring by joining us to ski or ride in your favorite pool-side attire and beachwear!

May 28 – 30, 2022 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Durango

This is the big race! The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic is celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2022! Gear up or just watch as bikers race the train from Durango to Silverton all day.

May 29, 2022 Festival of the Brewpubs, Arapahoe Basin

Join us for Festival of the Brewpubs to sample some of the best beers Summit County has to offer! Come out for some super-scenic beer sampling! Event Is Rain Or Shine


June 4 – 5, 2022 Pride Weekend, Arapahoe Basin

Join us for A-Basin’s Pride Weekend with on-mountain fun, food and beverage specials, and LGBTQ+ celebrations all weekend. The LGBTQ+ community, friends, family, and allies are all invited. You with us?

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