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publisher’s greeting It’s Fall and I think it might be one of the most beautiful displays of foliage I have experienced in the many years I have spent here in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. I am not sure what the mixture of weather was that resulted in this season’s turning of the leaves, but it has been glorious. We are waiting for the snow to fall and pulling out our warm wooly clothes. Many of us are prepping our yards and homes to be sure we stay warm. There is nothing like a crackling fire in a fireplace or wood stove to snug up to in the evening and know that it will help keep us sheltered from the upcoming winter storms. We talk about some of the ways we can keep our homes warm throughout the winter months, in this issue, and we hope it helps you as you prepare too. Fall is when we all take that last big road trip and revel in the bounty of the Colorado high country harvest, check out the local food scene and experience some of the amazing distilleries and breweries located in all of our mountain towns. We have a great article discussing “Elevated Libations” and a tour of the many brew pubs and unique spirits being made along the paths that take us from Vail to Aspen, and no you don’t have to worry about drinking and driving along this route. To compliment your trip we have some off the beaten path recommendations on places to stay while you’re wandering too. We celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit that lives up here with articles on the makers and visionaries that make our towns great in this edition. Colorado’s mountain towns are filled with “do’ers” making their dreams a reality in so many ways. We think you will agree. Colorado residents have a pioneering spirit that keeps our town’s unique and special. We love it here and hope you enjoy our region’s stories and profiles. ~Cheers, Holly Battista-Resignolo, Publisher

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It’s a hot summer day in Colorado’s Grand Valley. With the mercury pushing 90, I’ve found a cool respite on a shady, breezy patio. Hummingbirds flit amongst flowers and bountiful clouds fill the sky. I’m biting into an organic peach the size of a grapefruit, trying not to spill a single drop of heavenly nectar, despite the fact it’s running down my fingers to my wrists. As I savor this peach, just one of the many local delights we’ll eat this summer, I’m pretty sure I live in the center of the universe. My brother and I were raised just minutes from Colorado National Monument, a national park showcasing a wonderland of red canyons, towering spires and otherworldly sandstone formations. To the east is Grand Mesa, an enormous alpine plateau rising to 11,332 feet where we hiked, fished and camped during summer and skied during winter. The Book Cliffs, on the north side of the valley, gave us the opportunity to hike among herds of wild horses. As kids, we spent our time scrambling, climbing, exploring and daydreaming. It was idyllic and we took it for granted that this was, indeed, a grand place. Yet when we’d meet people from outside Western Colorado, many had a hard time pinpointing our county on a map. Once, while describing my hometown’s location (“1.5 hours from Moab, two hours from Aspen or Vail and 2.5 hours from Telluride”), my friend stopped me, saying, “It’s easier to say you’re from the center of the universe.” A Junction and a Crossroads Before it was known as the Colorado, the river that arises in Rocky Mountain National Park and flows to the Gulf of Mexico was called the Grand River. Grand Junction, Grand Mesa and the Grand Valley take their name from this river, which joins the Gunnison in this long, broad valley. The river gave the valley life, creating a vibrant farming, ranching and orchard trade,

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which continues alongside the booming wine industry. The next junction was built by the railroads, followed by the intersection of I 70 with US Highways 6 & 50. Transportation turned Grand Junction into a regional shopping, medical and shipping hub. And then came the energy industry, first in the form of uranium milling and most recently in oil and gas drilling. The inevitable booming and busting of these commodities nearly destroyed the region’s soul several times over. Yet these boom-bust cycles also inspired active-minded locals to build upon the region’s natural assets and put Mesa County on the recreation map. A Closely Held Secret, Revealed While it’s hard to pinpoint when the area’s outdoor abundance began to be acknowledged, one clear marker is the Coors Classic, an annual multi-stage professional cycling race that ran from 1980 to 1988. During these years, the Tour of the Moon over the Colorado National Monument was an immensely popular and photogenic stage. Today, the ride is a bucket-list destination drawing cyclists from around the globe. Couple this with plenty of room for climbing, backpacking and hiking, the Colorado National Monument is the area’s marquee destination. Excellent road cycling abounds throughout the valley, 14

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whether grinding up Little Park Road to the Uncompahgre Plateau or testing your legs on two of Colorado’s four Beyond Category climbs, Grand Mesa North and Grand Mesa South. The next recreational marker was the development of the 150-mile Kokopelli mountain bike trail between Loma and Moab, Utah in the 1990s. Today, there are three major trail systems in the Grand Valley, as well as significant rim trails in Palisade and Rabbit Valley. Ten minutes from downtown Grand Junction is the Tabeguache/Lunch Loops trail system. Lunch LoopWs offer everything from a pump track and teaching trail for beginners to expert-only downhill and cross-country routes that dodge giant boulders adjacent to maximum exposure. In May, Lunch Loops welcomes the Grand Junction Off-Road, a multi-day professional and amateur racing event, culminating in a grueling 40-mile singletrack race. In 2017 and 2018, Grand Junction will be the site of the USA Cycling Collegiate Road Cycling National Championships, a fitting tribute not only to the quality of the local riding, but also to the success of the Colorado Mesa University Cycling team. More Than Two Wheels In addition to biking, hikers can choose from hundreds of miles of trail on the Monument, at Lunch Loops, atop


the Uncompahgre Plateau, along the Colorado River and amongst the aspen and wildflowers of the Grand Mesa. Nearby Powderhorn Mountain Resort offers liftserved downhill biking in summer, along with fantastic tree skiing, long-lasting powder and family-friendly terrain during ski season. The Grand Mesa Nordic Council maintains 54 km of groomed cross-country ski trail, while in the summer, the hundreds of lakes and thousands of acres of National Forest covering the Grand Mesa draw fisherman, boaters, ORV enthusiasts and those looking for some backcountry solitude. And then there’s the Colorado River, it’s temperate waters perfect for floating, SUPing, paddling and fishing. Farm to Table and Art on the Corner Now let’s get back to those peaches... With so much agricultural abundance, the greater Grand Junction area is a farm-to-table destination, with outstanding downtown restaurants, notably 626 on Rood and Bin 707, offering local bounty to all comers. The Western Colorado Lavender Festival in July, the Palisade Peach Festival in August and the Colorado Wine Fest in September draw thousands of visitors to the area each summer and fall for a potent combination of relaxation, recreation and indulgence. Grand Junction is home to a professional symphony orchestra and monthly art walks through the city’s many galleries and studios. Additionally, Colorado Mesa University is a potent driver of the arts, with highly regarded music and drama departments. One of the easiest ways to experience the arts in Grand Junction is to take a stroll downtown. In the 1960s, community leaders redesigned the town’s Main Street, turning it from a four-lane throughway into an award winning, pedestrian-friendly “shopping park.” In addition to shops and boutiques, excellent lodging and plenty of bike shops, Main Street is an al fresco dining destination during summer and fall. It’s also home to Art on the Corner, an annually changing installation featuring over 100 sculptures. Of note, look for the statue of blacklisted, Academy Award winning screenwriter and novelist, Dalton Trumbo. You’ll find him hard at work in his bathtub in front of the Avalon Theatre. While at Grand Junction High School in the 1920s, Trumbo honed his writing skills working as a reporter for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. After one year at the University of Colorado, he left for California and never looked back. Yet here he is, hard at work, back in his hometown, in the center of the universe. Fall is an especially beautiful season in the Grand Valley. Mellow temperatures make it a perfect time to hit all of the region’s trails, both biking and biking, before snow falls. Ripening apples and the grape harvest are cause for celebration, most notably at the Colorado Mountain Winefest in Palisade next September.


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Weston Pass Hut There is a backcountry lodge at the top of Weston Pass near Leadville, Colorado that is ready to take your reservation. It has been lovingly built by the Camp family for folks looking for year round wilderness seclusion. The hut welcomes backcountry skiers, wildlife enthusiasts, x-c motorcyclists, hikers, mountain bikers, and anyone else who enjoys backcountry adventures. At 11,950 feet, the hut boasts the highest elevation of any Colorado backcountry lodging of its kind. It faces an open valley with stunning views of Mount Holy Cross and the surrounding mountains. In the summer, visitors can access miles of hiking trails in wilderness frequented by elk, hawks, bears, moose, deer, and coyotes. In the winter, skiers can access terrain ranging from steep bowls that challenge seasoned skiers to mild slopes that invite beginners. The hut is suitable for diverse groups of users with varying backcountry experience. During much of the summer, guests can drive, hike, or bike to the hut from either Lake or Park county. Although, high clearance vehicles are recommended. During the winter, guests can access the hut on skis, snowshoes, snowmobiles, or snowcats. The hut consists of a large communal area and four private bedrooms. Book directly at their website.

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RHINO RACK Rhino Rack makes durable and easy-to-use roof racks, luggage boxes, bike carriers, kayak carriers, load securing accessories, ski and snowboard racks and more. With customized products and the latest in carrier technology, you can rely on Rhino-Rack to transform your vehicle for work, play, or anything in between, especially now that their USA headquarters are right here in Colorado. We love how solid yet sleek their rack systems are. Adding or removing a component is a breeze. This is our choice of roof carrying systems to help get us and all of our winter gear to Colorado’a mountain town ski areas this season. Check them out online or find a local dealer to get your reack system together.

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SNÖBAHN Ok, we know that this is not a mountain town business but the fact is it is a ski and snowboard facility like none other in our state and should be given some serious respect. SNÖBAHN is a Colorado based company bringing the successful international concept of indoor ski and snowboard centers to the United States. SNÖBAHN offers a cost and time effective approach to learning and advancing ski and snowboard techniques. One half-hour of continuous skiing or snowboarding on their revolving slopes, at their average speed, is the equivalent of skiing a distance of over 20,000 vertical feet. Their ramps operate like a treadmill complete with angle and speed adjustment options. Learn how to get up on your edges and really carve a turn all under a temperature controlled facility where you can relax.

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COSAR CARD The “CORSAR” Colorado Search and Rescue Card helps everyone that plays or works in Colorado’s great outdoors help search and rescue (SAR) teams and sheriffs obtain reimbursement of their expenses of search and rescue missions, by paying into the Colorado Search and Rescue Fund. When you purchase a CORSAR Card, $2 to $9 goes into the fund. Twenty-five cents of each Colorado hunting and fishing license, Colorado Habitat Stamp and boat, snowmobile and off-highway vehicle registrations also goes into the fund. The SAR Card is not “insurance.” When SAR teams are called and carry out the mission, they won’t bill you. If you require and ambulance or helicopter those charges are completely different from SAR charges. Help support our search and rescue teams, buy a CORSAR Card. Cards are available at most outdoor sports shops or by telephone 970.248-7310.

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SKI AREA OPENINGS & UPDATE S Get ready for the season! Ski and Ride resorts are getting ready for you. Grab the Calendar and get these dates penciled in. Please note that these are proposed openings and are subject to change. just like our weather! Arapahoe Basin mid October Aspen / Snowmass 11/24 Beaver Creek 11/23 Breckenridge 11/11 Copper Mountain 11/11 Crested Butte Resort 1/24 Eldora Mountain 11/18 Howelsen Hill 11/26 Keystone 11/6 Loveland mid October Monarch Mountain late November Powderhorn 12/15 Purgatory 11/19 Silverton Mountain 12/29 Ski Cooper 11/28 Ski Granby Ranch 12/17 Steamboat 11/23 Sunlight Mountain 12/9 Telluride 11/24 Vail 11/18 Winter Park Resort 11/16 Wolf Creek 11/4 Arapahoe Basin: Celebrates their 70th Anniversary this year with significant investments into improving the base area, renovated buildings, improved walkways, upgrading skier services, expanding Arapahoe Sports and providing better outdoor seating and viewing areas. The ski area has recently updated all of its webcams and invested in a partnership with Prism for the Divide Cam, situated at the summit. www.arapahoebasin.com Aspen Snowmass: has undergone significant renovations for the 2016/17 season including an extensive remodel at Gwyn’s High Alpine Restaurant expanding the building’s capacity from 350 to 800, and a new bar complete with a large wood-burning fire place and bigscreen televisions. The Lynn Britt Cabin is now offering a lively après party at their quaint cabin featuring $6

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Woody Creek Distillers Gin & Juice Cocktails alongside après food specials starting at $5. Aspen will host the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals March 15-17, 2017, marking the first time the event has been held in the U.S. in 20 years. www.aspensnowmass.com Beaver Creek: The Pines Lodge will undergo a significant renovation of its 60 hotel rooms with all new hard goods trim, doors and technology upgrades. Beaver Creek’s White Glove First Tracks experience will invite guests to access flawless snow surface conditions, savor a gourmet breakfast at the exclusive Allie’s Cabin all before the resort opens for the day. www.beavercreek.com Cooper: This season Cooper will unveil a new mountaintop yurt lodge, a comfortable place to kick back for a break, complete with food, beverage and a large deck with stunning panoramic mountain views. A new Pistenbully 400 slope groomer will help continue to provide the softest and smoothest snow around. www.skicooper.com Copper Mountain: The resort is introducing two new eateries this season. On the Rockies, a new bar and entertainment hotspot in the resort’s Center Village specializing in craft whiskeys from Colorado and beyond, craft beer and a full menu of sandwiches, salads and other American fare. The Eagle BBQ, will offer a variety of barbeque options in a Colorado-themed atmosphere in Center Village’s Copper Junction building. Copper’s Green Team secured a grant from the State of Colorado to install four Level 2 electric car charging spaces, allowing vehicles to charge in 4-8 hours. Located at the Beeler parking lot, the Chargepoint interface allows users to schedule appointment times through a smartphone app, for free. White River Luxury Rentals will allow guests to book luxury units through the White River Luxury Rentals. www.coppercolorado.com

Breckenridge: The new Pioneer Crossing, a 490-seat restaurant at the top of the Peak 7 chairlift in Breckenridge will offer a large menu and incredible views. The Peak 9 Village Base Area gets a Facelift, the plaza area will see a new snowmelt system and brick pavers replacing the dated surface. The new space will accommodate signature Breck events throughout the year. www.breckenridge.com Crested Butte: The Mountain Resort will feature a new coffee shop, Coal Breaker Coffee, named after the Ruby-Anthracite. Coal Breaker is located in the Treasury Center in the base area and offers made-to-order crepes, breakfast sandwiches, espresso and hand scooped ice cream. A new, quarter million dollar, state-of-the-art Montana Crystal Glide Finish automated tuning machine has been added to provide speedy and accurate tuning of skis and snowboards to the Gunnison Valley. A Women’s Tips on Tuesday’s is a half-day women’s specific ski school led by Crested Butte’s top female pros that concludes with a glass of wine. www.skicb.com Eldora: has added new runs on Indian Peaks as well as upgraded key facilities in both Timbers Lodge and Indian Peaks Lodge. Other improvements include upgrades to snowmaking equipment and guest Wi-Fi internet. www.eldora.com.


Keystone: Keystone’s kids ski free program turns 5 and every day, all season long, kids 12 and younger ski for free at Keystone with no blackout dates when parents book two or more nights in one of their accommodation options. Family Private Lesson’s have been added to their ski school lesson options. www.keystone.com Monarch Mountain: is adding three designated uphill travel routes that will allow guests to trek from the base area to the top of the Continental Divide. Guests must register at the information desk to receive the complimentary uphill travel ticket. Also new this season, Monarch will have one, all-mountain point-of-sale system, Siriusware, that allows guests to log in online and reload their ticket products, skipping the ticket windows and increasing convenience. www.skimonarch.com

Purgatory: The Columbine beginner area has been expanded and re-graded to improve their beginners learn to ski and snowboard programs. The Snow Coaster Tubing Hill has been relocated, redesigned, and enhanced and a hazard tree mitigation project will vastly improve the health of the forest while enhancing tree skiing. A modernized rope tow, the T-3 surface lift, will transport skiers on the backside of the mountain to the Legends Lift 8 high-speed detachable-quad chairlift, which debuted last winter. The T-3 lift will also connect a new trail to the Legends Lift 8. The Legends Bypass, which opened last winter, will be widened and re-graded. Additionally, the snowmaking system has been enhanced allowing for snowmaking as early as October. This fall, Purgatory is opening a new retail, rental and repair services shop with apparel, gear, rentals, repair services, ticket/pass purchases, as well as the resort’s reservation center in Durango at 2615 Main Ave. www.skipurg.com Silverton: Silverton celebrates its 15th anniversary season. The ski area will unveil a new custom ski basket for helicopter skiing which will allow the Silverton heli to fly higher and faster than ever before and allow guests to get in more runs during their stay.

Other improvements include an all new demo fleet featuring state of the art Marker demo bindings.Silverton’s largest hotel, The Grand Imperial Hotel, recently completed a multimillion dollar renovation to return this historic building to its former luster with huge upgrades to the facility. www.silvertonmountain.com

Ski Granby Ranch: Ski Granby has added a new groomer and five new snow guns, which will increase snow making capability by more than 100 acres. Additionally, there will be new TVs and a new menu at the Grill. www.granbyranch.com

Sunlight: In preparation for the season, Sunlight has updated its fleet of rental equipment with the purchase of several hundred sets of new skis, snowboards, and boots plus new tuning equipment. Coupled with a fresh wax and high-precision tuning, visitors will be ready to shine during Sunlight’s 50th anniversary season www.sunlightmtn.com

Steamboat: Steamboat will replace its Elkhead fixed-grip quad with a Dopplemayr high-speed detachable quad, cutting ride times by more than half to the popular Sunshine and Priest Creek areas of the mountain,.Steamboat’s new mountain coaster will operate yearround in the vicinity of Christie Peak Express lift. A new Marmot concept store, located on the corner of 7th Street and Lincoln Ave will focus extensively on outerwear, apparel and accessories. Improvements to snowmaking equipment include a new Leitwolf snowcat and an upgrade to the pumphouse to increase water capacity for snowmaking. www.steamboat.com

Telluride: The Telluride Mountain Village Gondola system will celebrate its 20th anniversary in December with events and a festive gala. Telluride’s newest restaurant, Altezza at the Peaks, offers incredible views. Altezza, which means “height” in Italian, offers an Italian-inspired menu. Telluride is adding a number of ongoing, free, family-friendly events to take place when the lifts stop turning

for the day including a kids’ zone, a holiday prelude, movie nights and live music in the mountain village. Telluride continues to enhance snowmaking capabilities in the Meadows area that caters to Ski School and beginner skiers and snowboarders. www.tellurideskiresort.com Vail: The replacement of the Sun Up Lift with a four-passenger lift will debut this winter. The new Sun Up Express (#9) will be a primary lift on the Back Bowls of Vail Mountain, serving intermediate and advanced terrain and dispersing skiers and snowboarders into their legendary Back Bowls. www.vail.com Winter Park: The Winter Park Express ski train returns, restoring passenger rail service from Denver’s Union Station to the slopes of Winter Park with service each weekend beginning Saturday, January 7 through Sunday, March 26. This service is the only one of its kind in the United States. Four new state-ofthe-art snowcats, that can be used year-round to trim trees and bushes in the summer, will be able to groom almost 1,000 acres, which is a lot of corduroy. www.winterparkresort.com

Wolf Creek: This season marks the 40th year Wolf Creek Ski Area has been owned and operated by the Pitcher family and will debut a new lift for the 2016/17 ski season, the Lynx Lift, which will link the existing base area to a new teaching area. The top of the Lynx Lift terminal building will house a ski school greeting area facility designed for greater customer service for beginner skiers. A portion of the Tranquility Parking Lot has been paved and damaged areas have been repaired. New demos, sport and standard models of skis and snowboard rentals have been increased. Guests will see cosmetic improvements to the base area buildings and the Bonanza Lift. Radio telemetry for activating avalanche control exploders along the Knife Ridge out of the Horseshoe Bowl were added this spring. www.wolfcreekski.com

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GRASS STICKS BY PEPPER HAMILTON Grass Sticks bamboo ski poles was born in 2014 in a garage in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Andrew Beckler, an engineer-turned-ski bum/coach/ski instructor, averaged over 100 days a season, and grew tired of ugly, bent, kinked and broken poles. He knew there had to be a better way. So Beckler set out to create a better pole and Grass Sticks was born. We asked Beckler, Why bamboo? “It’s an amazing material with the tensile strength of steel and a compressive strength greater than concrete. The Calcutta Bamboo from India, when cut to the length of a ski pole provides the perfect combination of rigidity and flexibility so it won’t snap or kink like aluminum. Traditional carbon fiber and aluminum ski poles are mined from the earth, industrially manufactured, and mass-produced using an incredible amount of energy. Per acre harvested, bamboo absorbs more carbon dioxide and produces more oxygen than any other plant, while generating three times as much lumber as trees.” We like it and can attest, we have a pair of bamboo ski poles from the 1940’s that are still functional. These things last. Each Grass Stick pole is hand-sanded and finished with a UV/Moisture/Cold-proof clear coat. Grips are made of soft rubber that stays put in your hand with or without the 100% recycled polyester straps. And at the bottom, you’ll find a premium no-slip carbide tip and an interchangeable basket. Grass Sticks fully understands that along with high-quality equipment, lookin’ good also makes you a better skier, so each pole is custom-made to YOUR style! Countless colorful combinations of baskets and grips on beautifully finished high-strength bamboo will be sure to improve skiing and your chairlift social life! As a side note, this holiday season, you can purchase a Grass Sticks gift card, which is delivered with a bamboo key chain attached to a custom order card. The recipient selects their unique color combo and size and the custom poles are shipping right to their door. we are excited to use ours this season. www.grasssticks.com 22

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If you’re an avid winter athlete then more likely than not you own a necky. Those tubular garments of warmth are a necessary accessory that are not nearly as stylish or as soft as they should be. Meet Linda Watts, the owner of Steller Ltd. a Colorado mountain town company producing Neckies and Bandanas with attitude and gratitude that are soft as butter and offer a multitude of designs that sparkle and shine. Linda lives with her husband Troy and 16-year-old daughter Stella in Breckenridge (Troy claims he’s 29). Troy is the Alpine Director of Team Summit Colorado, and Stella is an elite alpine competitor enrolled at Summit High School. Linda, according to both of them, is the quarterback of the whole family operation. Those who know her use the title of “multitasking savant.” Troy helped with the legal formation of Steller LTD, but mercifully goes nowhere near Linda’s sewing operation. Stella and her army of ski racing competitor friends are essentially its chief product testing division. After defecting from Czechoslovakia as a child with her parents in 1980, Linda grew up in Boulder watching them forge the proverbial American dream. True to her European heritage and with strong family encouragement, she spent her youth cycling, running and skiing around the entire vertical environment of the of the rockies and beyond, becoming an internationally competitive cyclist and ski racer in her youth. Today she can be found with friends in Summit County paddling, biking, skiing, hiking, and . . . sewing. Oh, and laughing. A lot. She likes to laugh, perhaps with an occasional glass of wine. Ask her what her favorite daily mantra is and she’ll quickly reply “gratitude.” With a laugh, of course. 24

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Because of her background and her present daily forays into the four seasons of the Colorado wild, she’ll tell you she formed a distinct bias in favor of outerwear accessories that are not only functional and comfortable, but equal parts expressive and fun as well. When it comes to alpine environments, Linda says that that you can and should have your cake and eat it too, and that it need not break the bank. Last year she decided to put her knowledge of what works and passion for sewing together, hatching the “Steller Movement” and Steller LTD, a company geared towards creating high quality outerwear accessories that are immediately impactful, customizable, relatively inexpensive, and ridiculously fun to wear. This author acknowledges the truth of it. No matter what the latest designer down parka, snow pants and/or outdoor hat you might be wearing, if you slip on one of those comfy fleece-lined, handmade, Steller neckies, that will be the focal point of your ensemble. They’re really that cool. Linda claims that the “Steller Movement” is really nothing more than a tongue-in-cheek reference to that awesome feeling we all get while doing the things we love to do, while happening to be wearing the exact thing that fits your mood both on the inside and out. You know . . . “like a fashion meets practicality meets nirvana kind of thing.” She calls them Steller Moments and has droves of similarly minded lovers of her products Instagramming to that #stellermoment moniker every time they have one. Apparently it’s trending.Ladies? Come and get ‘em, we love them! www.stellerltd.com


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TRANSITIONING YOUR TRAIL FITNESS

BY JOE HOWDYSHELL Summers are precious in our mountain towns, and we cling to them long after the leaves have fallen. A warm fall is a blessing, but now you can feel winter in the air. You’ve started to think about adventuring on the snow and exploring the backcountry with your two and fourlegged friends. Whether you are a skier or split-boarder, options abound for backcountry skiing in Colorado. This can be anything from a quick skinny-ski behind your house to a full-on assault of a beautiful 3,000 foot line in the Gore Range. The tricky part, however, isn’t finding the terrain, it’s having the fitness to ski up whatever you want and make it back down again. But how do we make the transition from summer to winter without losing fitness or getting injured? When considering increased performance, it helps to use the analogy of your body as a car. We have an engine, which is cardiovascular fitness, and a transmission, which is sport specific muscle. During a seasonal transition, we want to build the new sport’s transmission quickly, while maintaining the strength of the engine you’ve built over the summer. First, for three weeks, spend one day every third day working on the new sport specific transmission by performing short “ski imitation” hill-repeats. Pick a hill that simulates a grade that you would skin up in the winter, and that is 2-5 minutes long. Hike up that hill with poles and your backcountry pack (that’s the ski imitation part), walk back down to the bottom, and repeat until you’ve accumulated 15-20 minutes of climbing. If hiking feels too easy, crank it up to a run, but make sure you allow yourself to recover as you come back down. Second, keep up your summer sport! On the days you aren’t doing hill-repeats, keep riding your bike or running

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the trails. These days can be long, but make sure they are easy, allowing you to focus your hard efforts on the new sport. By maintaining the miles of your summer sport, you will maintain the engine that you need to power the long days in the winter. It will also let you enjoy these beautiful fall days! During this transition period, it’s important to manage your recovery by taking at least one day a week off from all exercise, eating healthy (a large variety of colorful vegetables!) and drinking 2-3 liters of water per day. It can be easy to push a little too hard during this transition and get injured, so make sure you are concentrating on recovery and nutrition. Once you’ve finished those first three weeks, you may feel tired. If you do, reduce your training for 3-5 days, and take an extra day off (or two!). Once you are rested, jump right into three ski imitation days per week for three weeks. One of those days should be short hill-repeats, one day long hill-repeats (7-10 minutes per climb, 30-40 total minutes of climbing), and one long day of hiking. Again, keep up the long rides or runs on the other days, and keep a day off! After this six week transition process, you should feel like your new sport specific muscles are now strong enough to use the fitness that you gained from an active summer. Now you are ready to skin and ski to your heart’s content with new fitness and excitement for the winter to come! Joe Howdyshell is the coach and owner of the Summit Endurance Academy. He spends his time racing in jorts, drinking beer, and nerding out about exercise physiology. Want to raise your badass quotient by 5 points? Email him. Joe@SummitEnduranceAcademy.com


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SHEDING LIGHT ON “THE WINTER BLUES” BY KIMBERLY NICOLETTI Our active mountain lifestyle has its pros and cons when it comes to winter. With decreased daylight and cold temperatures, natural inclinations of animals — and most humans (especially those who don’t love winter sports) involve slowing down. In contrast, resort towns keep us revved up during ski season, working hard and playing hard. So, people who experience the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), can feel like the odd man out. You might believe that in Colorado, with its claim to 300 days of annual sunshine, people wouldn’t suffer from SAD, but they do, according to many mental health experts, including licensed professional counselor Michelle Marzo, in Frisco. “(SAD) sure does exist in the mountains,” Marzo says. To partially explain why, people like Nolan Doesken, climatologist at the Colorado Climate Center, say the 300-day count is nothing but an unmeasured PR slogan. Of course, Colorado does receive its fair share of sunny, or partially sunny days, especially when compared to the rest of the nation. But in reality, Doesken says the state averages just half of 300 full-sun days. Add fall and winter’s shorter daylight, and it makes sense people might experience some winter blues. “The sun going down earlier does effect moods,” Marzo says. “When it starts getting dark at 5 p.m., you just want to hibernate. Unfortunately, the world of work doesn’t let us hibernate.” Symptoms of SAD include moodiness, simple carbohydrate cravings, depression or grumpiness, sleeping more but still feeling tired, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and loss of interest in usual activities. Many people begin feeling symptoms in September or October and feel relief in April or May. It’s natural to feel urges to slow down with less daytime light, and when you can’t due to work or social pressures (and great snow), it can cause irritability. “It’s the way our culture operates,” Marzo says. “It doesn’t accommodate for that fluctuation of rhythm.” Other aspects may contribute to the winter blues. Changes in lighting, cooler temperatures, different smells — all of these trigger our senses, and thus our memories. These memories can range from back-to-school blues (from parents missing extra time with their kids to their own school-day memories that may not have been so fond), to upcoming holidays and family traditions. With so much emphasis on holidays, and thus family gatherings, people 28

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who moved to the mountains to live a bit of an alternative life, which doesn’t necessarily revolve around large, extended families, can feel a sense of loneliness, even if they love what they do and where they live. In fact, many people experience major depression around Thanksgiving and Christmas, Marzo says. Therapy and medication may be a route to try, but, if depression is related to light, then full-spectrum light therapy is usually, at the very least, an adjunct therapy. Scientific studies have shown that bright light therapy is effective in treating SAD, but the light must emanate from full-spectrum bulbs. The light stimulates photoreceptors, including melanopsin, which assists in setting the body’s circadian rhythms. This can help with insomnia and fatigue. “A lot of people swear by full-spectrum lights,” Marzo says. “It’s the little things that we don’t realize.” Many companies, including Verilux, which some doctors recommend, offer full-spectrum lights in a variety of styles, including tabletop models and arcing floor lamps. The light prompts the body to release hormones responsible for feelings of wellbeing. The lights can help people relax, focus, revitalize and combat SAD. Verilux’s compact lights fit easily on a desk or workstation and produce up to 10,000 LUX of natural spectrum light. The energy-efficient bulb lasts 10,000 hours and delivers nobuzz, flicker-free illumination that’s easy on the senses. The full-spectrum floor lamps stimulate the eye’s cones and rods, which reduces visual fatigue, when compared to a regular lamp. Full-spectrum light therapy should be administered close to the face/eyes for at least an hour a day; more time with the light often results in a bit more energy. Other companies have developed alternative means to stimulating the brain, as if it were bathed in natural light. Licensed practical counselor Rena Derezin, in Frisco, started using ear lights manufactured by Valke. She uses them 12 minutes a day, “and it has made all the difference,” she says. While there are always skeptics when it comes to “alternative” approaches to treating depression and fatigue, SAD is a validated syndrome, and since the 1980s, fullspectrum light has been shown to improve symptoms. In addition, simply taking time to accept any feelings of mild to moderate depression, knowing that it’s normal for many people during winter, can help reduce stress. “Attend to it,” Marzo says. “Self-soothe instead of judging it as bad.”


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Winter Creativity Crawl | Dec 10

Int’l Snow Sculpture Championships | Jan 28–Feb 5

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TO GET YOUR KIDS OUT FOR A GR E AT D AY S K IING & R IDING Getting the kids ready for a day on the Hill can be a process. As a mother of three children there were many times that we ended up at the base of the resort and yes, something important was missing... most often we would have forgotten ski poles and ski area season passes.Once, I even left my boots at home. I started making sure we laid everything out on the floor and systematically dressed from foot to toe prior to our outing. I decided one day to create a basic list that I copied and then checked off as we made our way out the door. It really helped reduce some serious crocodile tears, both the kids and mine.

NECESSARY: o Sunscreen o Winter Performance Socks o Thermal Bottom o Thermal Top o Warm Breathable Top o Snowpants o Ski/Snowboard Boots o Fleece top o Jacket o Necky o Balaclava o Helmet o Goggles o Gloves or Mittens o Hand Warmer Pack in Pocket o Skis/Board o Poles o Resort PASS - This was often forgotten!!! ADDITIONAL: o Sunglasses o Sunscreen o Lip Protection o Edgie Wedgies o Ski Training Harness o Water/Hydration Pack o SNACKS - For older kids put them straight into their pockets.

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END OF DAY PACK: o Fresh Socks o Snowboots o Hat o Ski Bag to load everything backup at the end of the day o Fresh Change of Clothes (if you are doing a long stretch on the road) o Water & Snacks ADDITIONAL ITEMS IMPORTANT TO YOUR FAMILY -This is for you to write in: o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o VERY NECESSARY: o Patience


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THE WRIGHT BUSINESSES M I N D F U L . I N D E P E N D E N T . C O L L A B O R AT I V E BY HOLLY RESIGNOLO

The business community is pretty solid up here in Colorado’s mountain town communities. We have strong corporate representation in the Tourism Industry, Oil, Mining & Gas Companies and the Agricultural field, keeping many employed. A rising trend that has been pushing boundaries is the region’s Startup Businesses. Incredible business ideas are coming to fruition and becoming a reality for many mountain town visionaries. The 2016 Wright Awards are proving that the Colorado Rocky Mountain region is no longer an area ruled by T-Shirt shops and Real Estate offices. For the past five years Something Independent, a progressive Denver-based company that cultivates business opportunities and entrepreneurism, asks the business community to submit nominations for their annual Wright Award. The criteria? A successful Coloradobased company displaying great leadership and commitment to their craft, who are shaping our economy while contributing to the Colorado lifestyle state brand. The Wright judges look for leadership and some grit, they hear from the nominee’s peers to recognize their enterprising spirit. Each year’s class of contenders represent a cross-section of companies. Some big. Some small. Some new. Some established. This year’s selection of nominees are primarily mountain town and west slope business. The selection, however, is rather diverse in what they do and the size of the companies; from an ice park in Ouray, to a music festival in Idaho Springs. to a teardrop trailer builder in Grand Junction. The nominees also include a couple of bigger more established companies too. The Finalist will walk away with a $5000 Cash prize and the honorable distinction of being a Wright Award winner. Last year’s 2015 winner, The Whole Work’s - Kelly Alford, the company’s co-founder, revealed that “It (the award) marked a different moment in the trajectory of our company. We came 32

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feeling like the new kid on the block. We left feeling we were part of this community of businesses that was going to be a part of making Colorado an incredibly inspiring place to grow a business.” THE 2016 FINALISTS: Bonsai Design, Grand Junction Creates world-class zip-line tours, canopy trekking parks, and challenge courses for businesses big and small around the world. Ouray Ice Park, Ouray The Ouray Ice Park is a human-made ice climbing venue operated in a spectacular natural gorge within walking distance of the City of Ouray, Colorado. It is home to more than 200 named ice and mixed climbs. The Park and its infrastructure are jointly owned and managed by the City of Ouray, the nonprofit Ouray Ice Park, Inc. (OIPI), and a mix of other private and public landowners. BAC - Backcountry Access, Boulder are producers of Tracker avalanche beacons/transceivers, Float avalanche airbags, avalanche shovels, avalanche probes, Stash packs, BC Link two-way radios, Scepter ski poles, and snow study tools. Rapidgrass Bluegrass Festival, Idaho Springs An annual music event centered around community growth and development in Clear Creek. Rapidgrass strives to empower personal and community growth of all kinds by showcasing music talent and celebrating the county’s exceptional local business. Vintage Overland, Grand Junction A family-run business crafting high-end, vintage-inspired teardrop caravan trailers, that are light-weight yet solid enough to tow behind almost any car and into any terrain.


South Main, Buena Vista A development company committed to building an environmental, economic and socially sustainable community by the shores of the Arkansas River in Buena Vista. Borealis Fat Bike, Colorado Springs Crafting world-class carbon fiber fat bikes known for their performance; from the super light and strong, to the affordable and highly praised. Johnson & Held, Englewood Johnson & Held is Colorado’s premier manufacturer of 100% handcrafted custom designed belt buckles, necklaces, pins, tie tacks, bola ties, badges, plaques, card cases, letter openers and key chains. Hala Gear, Steamboat Springs Producing incredible Inflatable Standup Paddle Boards for flat water, whitewater, river surfing and beach surfing. Waste Farmers, Denver & Delta Waste Farmers is a next-generation, sustainable, agricultural company focused on helping humanity meet current and future food demands while decreasing agriculture’s environmental footprint. Big Agnes, Steamboat Springs Producing a huge selection of technical tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and other camping and travel accessories.

Corbeaux Clothing, Aspen A husband and wife team started the brand two years ago as professional skiers living in Aspen, CO. They were motivated to design their own high-performance apparel and base layers after finding other technical wear was not meeting their needs or standards. Collectively, this group paints a pretty well-rounded picture of Colorado’s outdoor & lifestyle industries. All share a connection to the outdoors. The final selection for the Award winner begins with The Wright Roundtable with Luis Benitez, director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, on Monday, October 17. That evening, past contenders return as alumni to see, meet and celebrate the new class of contenders. On Tuesday, October 18, Award Night showcases all of the contenders to a very enthusiastic audience and panel of judges. The evening opens with crafted cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Space Gallery. A display area is open at that time allowing the contenders to showcase their business. A showing of individually produced videos from the contenders promoting their businesses is then presented to the attendees and judges. Three finalists are then revealed. Once selected and called to the stage, finalists are faced with a live Q&A from a sevenperson panel of judges. The judges will be asked to vote on the spot, determining the winner of The 2016 Wright. www.somethingindependent.com

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A celebration of autumn in Colorado’s high country BY J ULIE BIELENBERG

Palisade River Ranch, Palisade Procure the sweetest pickings

Located in the agricultural heaven of Palisade, this is the Western Slope’s newest, boutique river ranch. Prime picking come fall when guests can choose from either the Loft or Guest House (the ranch plans to offer glamping and events in 2017). Tour the nearly 100-acre estate with various ponds, trails, gardens and even a private 45-acre island in the middle of the Colorado River. Select the best of the Western Slope’s produce, meat, wine, and beer and bring it back to Palisade River Ranch. There are plenty of utensils, plates, glassware and grills to help make for one of the most romantic and memorable autumn evenings, feasting on the bounty in one of Colorado’s best kept secrets. Prices begin at $155 per night. Don’t forget to grab a glass of wine and wander down the road to hear the bullfrogs and chase away the fun nightlife with four legs. November and December, the ranch is still open and offers accommodation only 30 minutes from Powderhorn Mountain Resort and the winter fun of the Grand Mesa. The Ranch is also located just minutes from the Palisade Fruit & Wine Byway to purchase your goodies. www.vrbo.com/834797

James Ranch, Durango

Come for the burger, stay for the night

Ten miles north of Durango, stretching along the Animas River Valley, is James Ranch and their milk cows, tree nursery, loads of organic vegetable and flower gardens, irrigated pastures with chickens pecking around, ponds, tractors, and three generations of family working together. Come autumn, the ranch is a Southwest farm to table experience of both scenery and food—sights, smells and sounds of autumn circulate the Valley, it’s hard 36

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to realize this is work, and not play. Try and be at the ranch from 2 to 3 pm for a viewing of the James Family as they cut whey and curds of their cheese from the cows. “It’s harvest time, I get everything for my burger stand from my sister’s garden—head lettuce, potatoes for the potato salad, root vegetables, parsnip—it’s wonderful,” explains Cynthia James Stewart. “My sister Julie also has a rental house on our property that is available for guests year-round. We run our farmers market and stand as late into the season as we can.” During the warmer months, Stewart’s burger stand is running weeklong along with their market, but come autumn, it’s Saturdays only. There is always something to keep warm and busy on these 400 acres of lush, pastoral land with the San Juans as your backdrop. www.jamesranch.net

FINDING Gunnison River Farms, Austin Hogs in the River

If you’re thinking hog for the homecoming and autumn, then the Gunny is loaded with them—monster fish—and this season is the best for locals! The Gunnison River is known for it’s gold medal trout waters, and guests of Black Canyon Anglers, who can overnight through mid-fall at Gunnison River Farms, have the opportunity to go huntin’ for the big ones, 20+ inch Browns, Rainbows and maybe a Cutthroat, once the tourists of summer have vanished. The Gunny winds its massive hog-filled waters around Gunnison River Farms’ 1,400-acre, century-old piece of Colorado glory. Meander, like the fall Gunnison River, through the biodynamic orchard of apples, peaches, and pears. Book a trip with a guide, fish from the banks, or try a cast for the first time in their stocked ponds. Delta County is home to an array of local meats, poultry, and spirits to accompany the orchards’ harvest. Autumn with a hog and hops in hand is simply exquisite. If the season is over, book early for next year, the fish will always be there. www.gunnisonriverfarms.com

Redstone Inn, Redstone

Let the red inspire your decorating

Aspen is notorious for fall foliage of bright red, color displays and its quaint neighbor in Roaring Fork Valley is just as spectacular, but quieter. Go off the beaten path and book a couple nights at the Redstone Inn. Named after the mountain hamlet, the Resort is about 30 minutes outside Aspen, is open year-round, has a restaurant onsite, hot tub, pool (in season), 20+acres of grounds and

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plenty of space to enjoy the solitude of the season. Let autumn rain down its color on the few who venture to the throwback resort compared to Aspen. Plaid carpeting, antique furniture, spacious rooms, quiet hallways and views from every room await visitors. Hiking, horseback riding, exploration of nearby Marble, Jeep tours before the snow really starts to fall and fly-fishing are a few of the outdoor recreation that attract the curious. You can get a permit from the Forest Service and go to Coal Basin, right across the highway from Redstone Inn to cut down your own Christmas Tree. Drag your behemoth Evergreen back to your car at the Inn and saddle up to the bar to recount the day and toast the season. When weather allows, tennis courts and pickle bar are also available to guests. redstoneinn.thegilmorecollection.com

Elk River Guest Ranch, Clark

T H E S E WA N D E R I N G S A R E A N A U T U M NA L C E L E B R A T I O N O F C O L O R A D O C U LT U R E I N SEA SON

Dress It, Hunt It, Wear It

It doesn’t matter if you want to dress up; Halloween is hugely popular in Clark. “The local kids go around in a big van to homes and ranches that sign up for the festivities. The guests love it and community looks forward to it. And, there’s a big shindig in Steamboat along the main street for kids, as well during the holiday,” explains Becky “Bex” Damman, Owner/Operator, Elk River Guest Ranch. Plus, there’s plenty of bar space between hunters tales and plaid to grab a drink. “Guests could technically snowshoe out of our lodging and cut their own Christmas tree, as we do have snowshoes for rent during the winter Many of our winter guests are coming to cross-country ski, snowshoe, snowmobile, etc. and we’re in a great location for trails for each of those activities.” The guest ranch is only all-inclusive in the summer, so stays in the fall and winter are self-serve and most guests bring their own gear to explore. The property is very intimate, tons of snow is going to fall, and early as well due to its Northern location. www.elkrivergr.com

Sunrise Ranch, Loveland Free Fallin’

For an autumn and early winter experience that is only for the non-traditional traveler looking to slow down and explore one of America’s oldest “Intentional Communities,” we’ve got a feast for you. Located outside of Loveland is Sunrise Ranch, which could most appropriately be described as a hippy enclave with a cooking school, animals, and one addictive, laid-back approach to today’s changing world—both cultural, environmental and in terms of the landscape. Call to arrange a tour or meal, do not show up unannounced. I recommend a dinner, especially if it includes the locally harvested steak, potato and greens. www.sunriseranch.org

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Sip your Way Through Aspen and Vail “Elevated Libations” highlights high country craft brews and spirits

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Craft libations aren’t a new concept in Colorado, as the well-established brewery evolution throughout the state has seemed to have carved the way for local spirit innovations. While the Front Range started the momentum for this movement, mountain areas are keeping right up. In the valleys of Vail and Aspen alone, there are more than ten breweries and distilleries to visit. There’s only one dilemma: how will you taste your way to them all? Manor Vail Lodge in Vail and The Gant in Aspen have created an enticing road trip-worthy package called Elevated Libations. The well-used hashtag on social media reveals the popularity of the experience so far. “I like that it is a different way to experience the high country,” said Jill Anderson, director of sales and marketing for Manor Vail Lodge. “Most people come for activities or festivals or events, but it’s great to go at your own pace, and you meet interesting people along the way.” The package price varies with the season, from $495 (low season) to $945 (high season), and includes threenights in a one-bedroom condo, libation-inspired welcome amenities (like pint glasses and keepsake beer growlers), food and beverage credits, as well as special discounts to all designate libation locations. Travelers can stay at either Manor Vail Lodge or The Gant, or they can experience both. Since it’s likely you won’t want to drive (or shouldn’t) to and from brewery and distillery tastings, there’s an option to add shuttle transport to the package with Colorado Mountain Express (rates start at $79 per person).

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help you decide what to do when you’re not eating or drinking your way through these mountain towns.

that sets it apart from the rest, so marathon tasting days don’t get old, but they do get really fun.

Head out for an early day hike on the locals-favorite loop: Hunter Creek Trail to Smuggler Mountain. A steady incline takes you over bridges that cross the rushing creek, and the view from Smuggler gives a special angle to all of Aspen. To follow, lunch at Meat and Cheese is a must. Enjoy it on the patio with a glass of rosé, alongside a board of, yes, meat and cheese.

Ian Tulk, manager for 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit Company in Vail, said that Colorado has been on the forefront for the craft beer market for decades, and is now the “spirit revolution” is leading the way.

When your tasting tour begins, stops like Aspen Brewing Company give full mountain flavor. As owner and manager, Duncan Clauss, describes, the brewery is “downstream from nobody.”

“I think most people in Colorado enjoy the ‘earn your turn’ mentality and they are proud of it,” Tulk said. “We also want quality and uniqueness in the food and drink. So we push ourselves in that realm as much as we do on the mountain or trail — we are always looking for new and better and unique.” Max Vogelman, master distiller for Stoneyard Distillery in Dotsero — 30 minutes west of Vail, said he also thinks Coloradans themselves are the reason for the state’s place on the cutting edge of craft spirits.

“Our beer started with some of the best water in the world, coming from our pristine Elk Mountain Range,” he said. “Coloradoans are proud of their environment, and beer is no exception.” The brewery has a social scene with that post outdoor-play buzz that intoxicates so many who live and visit this state. In the summer season, the brewpub’s open-air patio looks right down on to East Hopkins Avenue in the heart of town. “Colorado has an amazing beer history and craft beer culture,” Clauss said. “In addition, craft beer is just one spoke in the wheel of locally sourced goods and services, and Colorado is all about local pride.” In Vail, fly fishing with guides from Gore Creek Fly Fisherman is an invigorating way to spend the morning in the outdoors before a tasting tour. The mountain rivers create a peaceful scene with their shimmering waters, while still full of movement and life. It’s a simple joy to spend a few hours in them casting for a high-country catch.

“They drink heartily, have good taste, and are open to new ideas,” Vogelman said. “The craft beer industry in Colorado has really paved the way for spirits, showing just how open the market is for new and creative diversity.” Colorado’s highcountry libations make their way into many mountain bar menus, too, and locally sourced restaurants like Sweet Basil and Root and Flower in Vail carry many of the state’s craft creations. Speak to Clauss, Tulk or Vogelman in person, or the three couples who started Marble Distillery, the head distiller of Woody Creek Distillers and the founders of Bonfire Brewing, and all of them will tell you it’s not just about business for them, it’s a passion they are excited to share, along with their stories and their tasty, elevated libations.

Just as Clauss mentioned, it’s this crisp and clean Colorado water that can make for such great brews and spirits. It’s also the love of the outdoors that seems to keep the people of this state thirsty for more. Each establishment has unique distilling and brewing methods

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THE HEARTH MAKES A HOME... WARM Who doesn’t love a warm fire after a day out in the elements. A cup of coffee in the morning or a glass a wine at night by the leaping flames is nostalgice and romantic. We look at a few options to keep you warm this winter. Fireplaces A wood-burning fireplace is a staple many homes. As one of the oldest methods for heating a home, wood burning fireplaces have advanced dramatically over the years. Masonry fireplaces are built brick by brick or block by block by a mason at the time a home is constructed. These fireplaces are expensive to build and maintain but are meant to last. Today, wood-burning fireplaces can take on any look you desire. While the traditional fireplace “look” is still available, modern see-through and peninsula varieties are becoming an increasingly popular alternative. Masonry fireplaces have little or no control over the amount of air that feeds the fire. This leads to terrific inefficiencies compared to other equipment. Wood, gas or pellet inserts are often installed in masonry fireplaces to improve these inefficiencies and increase the amount of heat delivered to a house without losing the ambiance.

Wood Stoves Wood Stoves are a top choice for efficiently heating interior spaces and creating ambiance. Wood stoves are no longer made simply of only cast-iron. Various materials and combinations of materials are now available, such as steel and soapstone. Stoves can be purchased in a variety of different colors, styles, and designs too. Due to requirements set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), new wood stoves available today are eco-friendly with heating efficiencies ranging from 63% to 80%. Not all wood stoves are created equal. For instance, a stove that weighs 500 pounds and has a 3 cubic foot firebox will provide heat for several hours longer than a stove that weighs half as much with a 1.5 cubic foot firebox. Indications that a wood stove is a product of good workmanship include the thickness of the steel, smooth welds, draft controls that operate smoothly, clean castings and snug doors. Glass doors on wood burning stoves allow you to see and enjoy the flames of the fire. Quality wood burning stoves will use ceramic glass. This glass is stronger and has better heat radiating properties than tempered glass. Airflow systems “wash” the glass with hot air so sooty deposits can almost be eliminated. Other helpful features available on wood stoves include blowers, cook-tops, rear heat shields and decorative

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doors. If you have plenty of accessible wood then this may be a perfect source of heat for your home.

Pellet Stoves Everyone loves a glowing fire, but for some, the chopping, storing and maintenance of a wood burning fire can be a hassle. You can still enjoy a roaring fire that is cost-effective and environmentally-friendly without all the effort with a Pellet Stove. Pellet stoves and wood burning stoves look similar but they are actually very different. Pellet stoves are sophisticated appliances that provide an energy efficient and eco-friendly heating option. Because of the environmentally and wallet friendly aspects of inexpensive pellet stoves, they have become much more popular in recent years. A wood pellet is about an inch long and the diameter of a pencil. They are typically made from bits of compressed sawdust and wood waste. The pellets are completely recycled, which means that these stoves allow you to heat your home with environmentally friendly materials. Pellets normally come packaged in 40-pound bags for easy handling and storage. Confluence Energy based out of Kremmling, Colorado is the largest wood pellet manufacturer in the western US making this an even more eco-friendly option. How do Pellet stoves work? Pellets are loaded into a bin or hopper that is usually located either on the top or back of the stove. An auger moves the pellets from the hopper into a burn pot or platform. The speed of the auger will determine the burn rate and the amount of heat delivered to the house. The majority of heat from a pellet stove is through convection. As air from the room is moved through hot heat exchange tubes designed into the stove, the heat is transferred from these steel tubes. A fan moves this heated air into the room. The exhaust blower sends the remaining combustion by-products out through a pipe in the back of the stove. Many operate their pellet stoves manually. A thermostat or remote control can be used to set and maintain the temperature in the room. The fire in a pellet stove is contained inside the heat box, which creates an efficient fire. In general, pellets create considerably less ash than burning wood and pellets also give off less creosote. All of this combined with the fact that pellets are made by condensing recycled wood materials into pellets makes for an environmentally friendly heating option. Many environmentalists even consider pellets to be carbon neutral. The actual pellets that are burned in the pellet stove are very inexpensive to create and to purchase. For this reason, pellets can be purchased in small quantities on an as-needed basis, which is in drastic contrast to wood, which is purchased by the cord as a large upfront cost to burning wood.

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be added to any room, match any decor and meet your heating requirements. Gas heating stoves come in direct-vent and vent-free varieties. Direct-vent gas stoves can be vented through an exterior wall or up through the ceiling and out the roof. If you are tired of burning wood and want to replace a wood-burning stove with a gas model, the existing chimney can be used to properly vent the new unit. Some vent-free model stoves, don’t require a vent at all. If should be noted that there is no vent to the outside and some are concerned about indoor air quality and health concerns associated with these stoves. If codes in your area allow their installation, in the correct application they can be effective and efficient heaters. A popular option offered on many models of gas heating stoves is a multi-function remote control. Turn the equipment on and off, control the fan speed or the heat output of the stove. Or put it in the automatic mode and let the remote control act as a thermostat. One of the main benefits of a gas-heating stove is the flexibility of installation. These heating units can be installed in almost any location within your home. The flames made visible through a glass window will certainly add to the ambiance of a room with a gas stove. Technology has enabled freestanding gas stoves to have a large glass window in the front. The logs too in many gas-burning stoves are a work of art. The design and placement of the logs are made to closely resemble real wood, giving the look of a real wood-burning fire. The gas log sets are often molded from a real wood form and then hand painted to get an almost identical look to real wood. Do you live in an area with frequent power outages? Are you concerned about big winter storms? With a gas heating stoves, you will never have to fish around in the dark for a candle and matches or bundle up in coats and blankets indoors when the power goes out in the winter. Instead, start your gas powered stove and enjoy a warm and cozy night by the fire. Gas stoves can also help you save on heating costs. Gas heating stoves are perfect for “zone heating� or heating one area or room. This is a great way to keep the rooms you are using nice and warm without wasting energy on heating rooms that you seldom use. The pilot light alone can keep a warm relatively warm. Maintaining all of these heating sources is very important. Understanding ash removal is essential. Ashes should be placed in a tightly closing steel container and kept away from combustibles after removal. There should be an understanding about the way embers can re-ignite for many days after lying dormant if they are suddenly exposed to air. For wood and pellet stoves to operate properly routine ash removal is important. The most dangerous aspect of wood burning units is the buildup of creosote in the chimney. Annual inspection and cleaning the chimney is highly recommended. Unless you have some mechanical aptitude and are familiar with codes and clearance requirements, all of these appliances should be installed by a professional. United Fireplace and Stove, National Fireplace & Stove and the HPBA are good resources for finding dealer and installers.


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ART IN ACTION Action. It is immediately apparent in every David V. Gonzales painting. Swaths of brilliant color combine and collide into instantly recognizable forms. They bring forth bikers cruising through aspen groves, skiers flying down mountainsides and bears charging through streams. Gonzales has mastered painting movement, launching a career that now spans decades to new heights

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to study at the San Antonio Art Institute. Now long established in the art world, expressing his fascination with relative objects moving through space and time has seen awards come fast and furious for this artist in motion. With athletics as a theme in so much of Gonzales’ work, he has chosen to work with the Summit County youth ski team, Team Summit. Gonzales is a big proponent of their mission of promoting character development through athletics by stressing self-reliance, persistence, dedication and achievement to Summit County’s young skiers. Gonzales says, “Their work transcends sports and carries on

into every aspect of the child’s life. They are helping to build our future by raising physically and socially aware children through sports.” To this end, Gonzales has partnered with the Raitman Art Galleries in Breckenridge and Vail to donate a painting for Team Summit’s annual Ski Ball fundraiser in December. This is the third straight year they have joined fundraising forces for this event. Brian Raitman, owner of Raitman Art Galleries says, “The Ski Ball is an inherently exciting event. Coupling the action of the evening with the action in Gonzales’ work and capping it with a live auction is too obvious of an opportunity to pass up. My business partner and


I grew up as ski racers, so giving back to the ski racing community is so important to us.” In conjunction with the event, Gonzales will have an exhibition of new works on display in the Raitman Art Galleries’ Breckenridge location. He will be painting live in the gallery for much of the time between our early winter holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Raitman Art Galleries has been in Breckenridge for almost ten years now, operating as Art on a Whim. The gallery has the same owners; they’ve just updated their branding. In additon to the donation to Team Summit Gonzales is alos producig a piece for the Aspen Nordic Ski Club to assist them with their fundraising efforts during the Winter 2016/17 season. The glue that holds Gonzales’ collection of work together is the powerful and purposeful brushstrokes with which he paints. To capture speed and motion like Gonzales is able, an artist must maintain an intense focus.

It is only through channeling the same inner drive to achieve that elite athletes are able to attain that an artist can translate their pursuits to panel. Gonzales prefers to work with acrylics on panel as the quick drying time of the paint and the rigidity of the panels he works on allows him to work quickly, thus capturing the intense rush of athletes in motion. None of Gonzales’ paintings depict static moments in time. Rather, every new creation is like a living entity. Each painting depicts a past, present and future; ever moving and unfolding. Blurred brush strokes combine with a knack for realism to translate people and objects moving quickly through their environments. This makes every painting come alive with a combination of color and energy. It makes Gonzales’ work instantly recognizable. Often, he has been likened to Colorado’s modern day version of the past master Leroy Neiman. Gonzales just happens to be deeply connected to our mountain communities.


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Art & Chocolate Walk

Do you love chocolate and free stuff? Get the best of both worlds on November 27th in Palisade, Colorado. Stores and vendors are all open and offering free chocolate to everyone all day. Get your card punched at each vendor and turn in your card at your last stop to be entered into a drawing for a big basket of goodies; filled with art, chocolate and many other wonderful things. The event starts at 10:30 am and lasts until 5 pm. Get started on your holiday shopping at this fun Palisade event!

James Beard Foundation Dinner

Continuing its advocacy for sourcing sustainable and locally grown products to elevate guests’ dining experiences while also supporting important causes, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, along with Denver’s top chefs, host the 6th Annual James Beard Foundation Dinner on Saturday, November 19th, 2016. A fundraising benefit for the James Beard Foundation and its scholarship program, guests will be indulged in the unique culinary talents of the region’s top chefs. Each one brings a storied background of talent, expertise and most importantly, passion, for what they do. www.devilsthumbranch.com

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World’s BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Fest

Beaver Creek opens the season on November 23rd with the 13th annual World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition. Five finalists will serve up their delightful creations to an eager crowd of cookie fans and one person will walk away $1,000 and bragging rights as the Official 2016/2017 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe of Beaver Creek. winter season.

Telluride Red

Telluride Ski and Golf Resort released its own red wine, made in collaboration with Sutcliffe Vineyards, a local Colorado producer, for purchase exclusively in all of its onhill and Mountain Village restaurants. Sutcliffe Vineyards’ winemaker Joe Buckel worked with TSG Wine Director Andrew Shaffner and Allred’s Restaurant Sommelier Katie Hall to customize the blend for the palates and appreciation of customers of Telluride Ski and Golf Resort. The wine, Telluride Red, is a blend of 53% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon, grapes all grown in Colorado. It is a blend made in the tradition and style of the right bank of Bordeaux. The 2014 vintage wine spent 14 months in neutral French oak barrels, was blended in fall of 2015, and then spent an additional three months in barrel prior to its release


Breckenridge Passport

Your ticket to dining specials! The Breckenridge Dining Passport is a unique fundraising and information-packed pamphlet available seasonally to diners granting access to discounts, special deals and fun promotions at participating restaurants. Each fall and spring, the proceeds from passport sales are donated back to the community through their scholarship fund or to another non-profit organization. The Fall Passports are valid September 26th through November 17th. All proceeds benefit Summit County Cares, which includes the Summit Community Care Clinic, Summit FIRC, Advocates for Victims of Assault and Summit County Social Services. Passports are available for purchase at participating restaurants and the Breckenridge Welcome Center. Each passport is valid for two people.

Wassail Days

Dec 2nd therough the 11th stroll among Frisco’s holiday decorations and one-of-a-kind shops offering unique Colorado gifts while sipping a steaming cup of warm Wassail (Old English apple cider) on Frisco’s charming Main Street and Summit Blvd. As you walk around town you will hear the sounds of carolers singing and holiday cheer while that towns light displays will dazzle you. Each stoe competes for the best Wassail and you are the judge.Wassail Days is filled with family photo opportunities around each corner, from the Holiday lighting display at the Triangle Park to the Russian Horse drawn sleigh at the gazebo.

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Main Street in Buena Vista is quickly becoming one of Colorado’s prime mountain town destinations. Nestled in at the base of the Sawatch Range, this small town nook offers a fantastic combination of restaurants, shops, parks, and trails. Sarah Haughey, a recent city dweller, mountain lover, and beer drinker decided that all that was missing was access to unique and rotating craft beers, so she decided to do something about it. Buena Vista’s new watering hole is on track to become a gem in Colorado for beer connoisseurs. The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar, located on Main Street in Buena Vista, CO is tucked behind a large iron gate, a community garden, and aspen trees. Patrons can sip curated beers from 10 rotating taps that arrive from around Colorado, the US, and the world, in an 1880s stable-turned-jail, complete with original wood beams and rock walls. BV’s most savvy beer drinker around town, Sarah, refined her beer drinking skills at the Crooked Stave Brewery in Denver and Elevation Brewery down the road in Poncha Springs. She believes in the products she offers and aims to carry breweries that are passionate about ingredients and their craft. “Many brewers short cut the ‘why’ of

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creating a good beer, which creates a mediocre product. Screw the ego, here’s why the beer is good and what it’s about. It’s about good ingredients, the quality, and the mindset behind the product.” Sarah states that she’s a firm believer in Karma, and beers that are created with passion and good intention rise above the rest, and this shines true in all artisan products, including the craft beer served at The Jailhouse. On any given day, the bartender on duty can guide you on a beer journey that offers a farmhouse, a sour, a barrel aged stout, and couple of hoppy options. In addition to this tap selection, they offer a curated selection of bottles that include traditional Belgian Saisons, Gueuze, and barrel aged offerings. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, the bartenders are far from beer elitists and are excited and passionate to talk and teach about the options. There’s truly something for everyone at the Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar. To round out the experience, a cozy patio with yard games, Adirondack chairs made from old wine barrels, fire pits, and a homemade Italian food truck make for a peaceful and fun-loving environment for spending time with friends and family.


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“This restaurant is a great new addition to Silverthorne’s growing community core and culinary scene.”

There is a fresh new addition to the growing chapter in Silverthorne’s town center development and it tastes really good. Sauce on the Blue is the brain child of Chevy Rashidi and his restaurant partners. They are not new to the food scene and have brought a beautifully laid out restaurant with an excellent menu for the local community and our area’s visitors to enjoy, Sauce on the Blue. Sauce on the Blue brings Italian Dining and Pizza with old world influenced recipes and preparations in a beautiful new location. The well thought out decor is inviting with a contemporary industrial feel with rustic finishes. The atmosphere is relaxing with views of towering Cottonwood trees and the Blue River flowing by its large back windows. Their back patio seating allows for the sounds of the scene to seep in while enjoying a glass of wine and the delicious Italian menu. The towering bar area is stunning and impressive as it rises a story and half ad filled with sparkling bottles of wine, liqueurs, and liquors for you to savor. An extensive wine list also includes an eight bottle wine cuvée system, so you can enjoy a fresh perfect pour, every time. The menu is pure Italian with Fresh Pasta’s, Eggplant and Chicken Parmesan, Bolognese and Meatballs, Chicken Marsala, Fresh Seafoods and daily specials all included on their Entree menu. Try the Arancini appetizer, it’s crispy and golden on the outside and gloriously cheesy on the inside. Their tangy marinara compliments it perfectly. The assorted cured meats, cheeses, and marinated vegetables are the perfect compliment to their wine selections. We love the eggplant tower, the eggplant is prepared perfectly for those who love this dish. Freshly made ravioli are on their daily specials list and include some unusually tasty combinations for you to try. Entrees are available as full portions and family portions so everyone can try a little of each. Delicious thin crust pizzas are available to eat in or take out. They have gluten free crusts if you are sensitive to wheat. On Sunday’s try Sauce on the Blue’s brunch. They off Tenderbelly Bacon Bloody Mary’s and bottomless Mimosa’s from 10am to 3pm along with egg and lunch dishes. Look for their Winemaker Dinners in the near future and Lake Dillon opening night dinners. Lunch and Dinner are served seven days a week from 11am to 9pm on weekdays and 11am to 10pm on weekends. The staff and management are all excited to be a part of Silverthorne’s community ad your dining pleasure. Be sure to make a reservation. 358 Blue River Parkway #H Silverthorne 970-468-7488 www.sauceontheblue.com

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STheORiviera M E Supper E N Club C H inAGlenwood N T E DSprings E Vsings E NaInew N Gsong BY CAITLIN CAUSEY If you’ve ever driven west on I-70 at night, you know that winding through the dark and cavernous depths of Glenwood Canyon can feel like quite a feat. As you exit the other side and perhaps breathe a sigh of relief, Glenwood Springs appears as something like a mirage heralding your return to civilization. Coming into town, you will immediately notice the glow of a great local icon beckoning from the roadside: the dazzling neon sign of the Riviera Supper Club. Curious travelers and devoted locals alike have patronized the Riviera Supper Club for nearly seven decades. Although “The Riv” has changed hands many times and seen umpteen renovations since it opened its doors in 1947, the establishment has been a mainstay along the Glenwood Springs riverfront for as long as most locals can remember. Many would agree that downtown Glenwood just wouldn’t be downtown Glenwood without it. So when the business went up for sale earlier this year, residents were relieved to learn that two new owners had stepped up to carry on the Riv’s storied tradition, and this time with a fresh vision: to return the restaurant to its roots as a bonafide supper club. “What is a supper club? A lot of people wonder that,” says new co-owner Jonathan Gorst. “Supper clubs were very popular in the 1940s and 50s. They were much more than just a place to dine--patrons had an expectation that an evening at a supper club would always include live performance as well.” Gorst, a gifted pianist with a formida60

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ble resume full of Broadway national tours and high-profile performances spanning multiple decades, felt that resurrecting a classic supper club experience would fill an uninhabited niche in Glenwood’s exploding 7th Street restaurant row scene. “We have free live music here starting at 7pm, seven days a week,” Gorst notes. “There is really nothing else like it within a 150-mile radius, and we are honored to bring this type of entertainment back to life in Glenwood Springs.” Patrons can expect everything from showtunes to Great American Songbook selections to jazz and ragtime and even new classics. Requests are welcome, and sing-a-longs are encouraged. “Come down around 9 or 10pm on a Saturday night, and you might hear the whole restaurant singing Billy Joel,” Gorst says. Romantics, history buffs and music aficionados will all revel in the restaurant’s atmosphere, a blend of oldtime charm and easy elegance with a generous lack of pretense. But what about the foodies? There is room at the Riv for them, too. Co-owner and executive chef Travis Owen has a special passion for crafting seasonal menus with a creative flourish. “Everything we do is handmade and in-house,” he says. “We are trying to keep things as close to home as possible--sourcing from local suppliers when possible and even bringing

ingredients from our own gardens this summer.” Gone are the days of beef stroganoff and chicken à la king, which often graced the menus of supper clubs past. The Riv’s selections are a unique melding of old and new, with nods to traditional favorites like the famous Mabel’s Prime Rib plus contemporary dishes with international influence. “Our winter menu debuts October 1st,” Owen notes. “It includes heartier cold-season items like swordfish, salads with roasted apple vinaigrette and desserts featuring pumpkin. Whereas our summer menu included a lot of fusion cuisine, our winter menu will bring more of that classic supper club experience, but upgraded to modern tastes.” Behind the bar, Owen chose to pay homage the restaurant’s established reputation as the best place in town for an incredible glass of wine. The Riv’s 40 options are sophisticated but approachable, and are as lovely enjoyed during happy hour as they are late at night after dessert. Gorst and Owen have created an ambitious vision for the Riviera Supper Club as the next chapter of its story unfolds in their hands. With captivating live entertainment difficult to find elsewhere and an ever-changing menu of culinary favorites, the Riv is neither something old nor something new: it is the best of both. 702 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs (970) 945-7692 www.rivieraglenwood.com


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AMAZING GRACE B R E C K E N R I D G E From the minute you walk in your embraced by warmth. An old Artistic Oak wood stove cranks out the heat while the Eatery’s back kitchen draws you closer with the aroma of fresh baked goods, brewing coffee and breakfast on the griddle. Grab a paper, a seat at one of their eclectic table set-ups and a fresh steaming cup of coffee on a chilly morning and you might feel like you just skinned into your favorite backcountry hut. However, this hut is stocked with your own chef and an array of healthy menu items to help jumpstart your day. Amazing Grace is located in the heart of Breckenridge in an old Victorian Cabin on the corner of Lincoln and French Street. The building housed the town’s first natural grocery store, back in the early 80’s and 90’s, until Monique Merrill purchased it and transformed it into the quaint and quirky cafe that it is now. The emphasis? Highly nutritious foods that are great for you, the environment and taste, well, Amazing. Their Scones, Biscuits, Cookies and Muffins all melt in your mouth and are produced with all natural ingredients. Breakfast is served from 7am - 3pm and includes five menu selections from the Rainforest Crunch Granola to my favorite, the B.O.B - Basic Organic Breakfast, with scrambled eggs, cheese, spinach and tomato accompanied by thick slabs of their fresh baked whole wheat bread toasted and buttered just right. Selections of veggie sausage or chicken apple sausage are available to compliment the dish. The restaurant offers Gluten Free and Vegetarian options as well. A huge lunch menu included sandwiches on their fresh bread selections, burritos, and some yummy, filling salads. Try Jaime’s Turkey Salad; avocado, cranberries, natural turkey and sprouts are tossed with mixed greens and finished with a raspberry vinaigrette. You will give thanks for this lovely meal. We love Meg & Tony’s Not-chos where blue corn tortilla chips are layered with black beans, spinach, cheese, salsa, avocado, shredded carrots and zucchini. As a top world adventure racer, Monique knows that nutritious foods will fuel you up and carry you further. Her staff are also a group of athletes and passionate outdoors people who also carry the belief that good food and good people will enrich your lives and send you out on a high note after a stop in at Amazing Grace. 213 Lincoln Avenue Breckenridge www.amazinggracebreck.com 62

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Happy Hour Daily Live Music 6 - 9pm Wed - Sat in the Bar Seafood, Steaks and Entrees Casually Elegant, Moderately Priced with Great Specials 601 Main Street, Frisco 970-668-0345

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Happy Hour is from 4 - 6pm in the Bar and Dinner Service begins at 5pm seven days a week. Featuring new American dishes crafted from all-natural meats and seafood, sourced locally Locallygrill, Sourced whenever possible. With a wood-burning a smoker and a rotisserie in his arsenal of culinary Organic Cuisine tools, Chef Ryan Worthen creates layers of flavor Lunch, reminiscent of family favorites, but notHappy easily Hour found at home. & Dinner 311 W MAIN STREET . FRISCO . 970-455-8382

310e-mail: Main Street . Frisco . 970-668--0340 info@tavernwestfrisco.com www.VinnysFriscoRestaurant.com


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When the occassion calls, our beautiful dining room serves the finest aged beef and fresh wild game in our landmark downtown restaurant. But not every day requires such a grand presentation. For those other dining days, we welcome you to the hospitality of our Saloon and its Small-Plates Menu, well stocked bar and casual setting. Dining out tonight? We are here to serve you.


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BRECKENRIDGE CRAFT SPIRITS F E S T I VA L Craft distillers each year gather in Breckenridge for the Craft Spirits Festival, which features a grand tasting, restaurant specials, poker run, workshops, distillery and historic saloon tours, cooking classes and more. This incredible event is set for October 21- 23rd. Be sure to reserve your tickets.

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

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Niemann’s Pumpkin Patch 6501 County Road 214 (peach Valley Road) New Castle 970-984-3850 www.niemannsgardens.com Orchard Valley Farms 15836 Black Bridge Road Paonia 970-527-6838 www.orchardvalleyfarms.com Studt’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze 21 1/2 and 1 1/2 Road Grand Junction (970) 462-6361 www.studtspumpkinpatch.com Covered Bridge Ranch 17249 6250 Rd. Montrose (970) 240-0106 www.coveredbridgeranch.com


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HAPPY HOLIDAY’S IN THE HIGH COUNTRY Santa Express Train on the Royal Gorge Route Railroad, November 18 – December 24 Take the kids on a real-life Polar Express experience this winter on the Santa Express Train. Children are encouraged to wear cozy pajamas while sipping hot cocoa and nibbling on cookies aboard the train. After a short 30 minute ride to the North Pole, Santa will hop on the train to pass out special holiday bells to the kids. The train also offers a romantic New Year’s Eve dinner for when the parents want a night out to themselves. Leadville Victorian Homes Tour, December 3, 2016 From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, Leadville’s National Historic Landmark District of Victorian architecture will open its Victorian homes for visitors to tour. Each home will be decorated in holiday finery and will offer appetizers and punch. End the night at the historic Tabor Opera House with a reception of light appetizers and drinks, followed by dinner at the Elks Lodge featuring a 1890s Victorian menu and a show of Victorian, Eduardian and SteamPunk fashions. Mesa Verde National Park Luminaria Celebration December 8, 2016 This December, Mesa Verde National Park will offer a special winter celebration at its ancient cliff dwellings. The pathways throughout the park will be lit up by luminaries (small paper lanterns) for this free event. The park will offer Ranger-guided tours of Spruce Tree House, the third largest cliff dwelling in the park along with self-guided visits from 4 to 9 p.m. There will also be food and music throughout the evening. 12 Days of Aspen, December 20-31, 2016 For 12 days in December, Aspen’s downtown will become a winter wonderland, bustling with free ice skating, visits from Santa’s reindeer, hot cocoa, holiday drink specials, holiday lighting throughout the

streets and more. Several events will take place throughout the 12 days including making your own ornament event at the Limelight Hotel. The 12 Days of Aspen will end on New Year’s Eve with a firework extravaganza over Aspen Mountain. Fine Dining by Sleigh, Crested Butte Grab your loved ones and ride to dinner in a snow-cat driven sleigh. Leaving from the Lodge at Mountaineer Square at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, arrive at Uley’s Cabin for a multi-course feast, crackling fireplace and Champagne. Dinner and sleigh rides run Wednesday through Sunday this winter and start at $110 per person (pictured above, photo by Trent Bona). Winter Picnic at the High Camp Hut Adventure Package at Hotel Telluride From December 17, 2016 through March 31, 2017, guests at the Hotel Telluride can experience a new alpine adventure with the ‘Winter Picnic at the High Camp Hut’ package. The package includes a three-night stay in an Elite View Room, an ‘Altitude Adjustment Amenity’ for acclimating to the altitude, a private guided snow shoe trek to The High Camp Hut with San Juan Outdoor Adventures, a private chef lunch experience at the hut, an in-house spa experience at the hotel and an evening après wine pairing with appetizers. Winter Wine Excursions, Beaver Creek New this winter, visitors can embark on an adventure starting at the Beaver Creek Nordic Sports Center to get fully outfitted in the latest snowshoe adventure equipment. From there, adventure on a 60 to 90 minute guided snowshoe with views of the Sawatch, Gore and Flat Top Mountain Ranges. The journey will end at the Osprey Fireside Grill where snowshoes will be exchanged for warmed shoes and guests can indulge in a selection of charcuterie and wine pairings served by Executive Chef Ryan Murray.

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events calendar FALL/ WINTER 2016 OCTOBER October 1, 2016 Potato Day Parade & Celebration, Carbondale October 1, 2016 Journey of Hope 5K Run/Walk, Durango

October 2 – 5, 2016 Strategic Leadership: Leveraging Strengths for Results, Telluride October 6 – 8, 2016 The Meeting, Apen

October 1 , 2016 28th Annual Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering Parade, Durango

October 7, 2016 First Friday Art Walk, Carbondale

October 1 – 2, 2016 Elk Fest, Estes Park

October 7 – 8, 2016 Celtic Fest & Oktoberfest, Carbondale

October 1 – 30, 2016 Mountain Fall Festival, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park.

October 7 – 8, 2016 Durango Heritage Celebration, Durango

October 1, 2016 Tour of the Moon, Grand Junction

October 8 – 9, 2016 Durango Oktoberfest, Durango

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October 8 – 9, 2016 Pumpkin Festival on the Train, Georgetown October 8, 2016 Dynamite Days Festival, Idaho Springs

October 1, 2016 St. Patrick’s Practice Parade, Leadville

October 8, 2016 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival, Palisade

October 1, 2016 Mountain Chile Cha Cha, Pagosa Springs

October 8, 2016 Second Saturday Gallery Tours and Art Reception, Salida

October 1, 2016 Fall Festival, Powderhorn

October 9, 2016 Piece of Cake Hill Climb, Powderhorn

October 1, 2016 Vail’s Top Shelf Harvest, Vail October 2, 2016 Evolution Bike Park Closing Day, Mt. Crested Butte

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October 2, 2016 Pumpkin Festival on the Train, Georgetown

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October 9, 2016 Kaiser Permanente Pumpkin Fest 2016, Silverthorne October 13, 2016 BRAvo Invitational, Telluride.

October 14, 2016 Ranch House Wine Dinner Series at John Ls’ Wine Cellar, Devil’s Thumb Ranch October 14 – 15, 2016 Historic Ghost Walks, Glenwood Springs October 14 – 16, 2016 Telluride Horror Show, Telluride October 15 – 16, 2016 Man of the Cliff, Avon October 15, 201 Breckenridge Fall Fest, Breckenridge October 15, 2016 Downtown Art Festival, Grand Junction October 16, 2016 Annual Okto-Beer-Fest, Devil’s Thumb Ranch October 17 – 20, 2015 Entries Due for Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition!, Beaver Creek October 20, 2016 Crested Butte Film Festival: Monthly Film Series, Crested Butte October 20 – 23, 2016 Global Solutions Forum, Vail October 21 – 23, 2016 Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival, Breckenridge October 21 – 22, 2016 Historic Ghost Walks, Glenwood Springs October 21 – 22, 2016 Wine in the Pines, Keystone October 21 – 22, 2016 Cemetery Tours, Leadville


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October 22 – 23, 2016 Oktoberfest at the Georgetown Loop, Georgetown October 23, 2016 Trick or Treat Street, Palisade

November 5 – 6, 2016 Oktoberfest at the Georgetown Loop, Georgetown

October 28, 2016 Trick-or-Treat Village, Beaver Creek

November 5, 2016 Rim Rock Marathon, Grand Junction

October 28 – 29, 2016 Haunted House Tour, Buena Vista.

November 5, 2016 8th Annual Pumpkin Smash Festival, Idaho Springs.

October 28, 2016 Nightmare at the Museum, Frisco October 28 – 31, 2016 Frisco’s Haunted House, Frisco October 28 – 29, 2016 Historic Ghost Walks, Glenwood Springs October 29, 2016 Truck-N-Treat, Fruita October 29 – 30, 2016 Oktoberfest at the Georgetown Loop, Georgetown October 29, 2016 Cemetery Tours, Leadville October 29, 2016 Spooky Shuffle 5k Trail Run, Pagosa Springs October 31, 2016 Trick or Treat on Main Street, Frisco October 31, 2016 Haunted Mansion/Trick or Treat Street, Leadville October 31, 2016 Haunted Hospital, Telluride

NOVEMBER November 3, 2016 Snowbar at Alehouse, Powderhorn November 4, 2016 First Friday Art Walk, Carbondale November 4, 2016 Opening Day, Keystone 70

November 5, 2016 Fall Back Beer Festival, Estes Park

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November 5, 2016 The Get Stoked Winter Film Series, “Ruin and Rose” Premiere, Keystone. November 8, 2016 Mini-Mayor Elections Results, Sunlight Mountain November 11, 2016 Opening Day, Breckenridge! November 11, 2016 Opening Day, Copper Mountain November 12, 2016 Frisco Girls on the Run 5k, Frisco November 12 – 13, 2016 Oktoberfest at the Georgetown Loop, Georgetown November 12, 2016 Georgetown Bighorn Sheep Festival, Georgetown November 12, 2016 The Get Stoked Winter Film Series Continues with Level 1 Productions “Pleasure” and Good Company’s, “Vice Versa” , Keystone November 12, 2016 Second Saturday Gallery Tours and Art Reception, Salida November 17, 2016 Crested Butte Film Festival: Monthly Film Series, Crested Butte November 17, 2016 Celebrations Around the World, Silverthorne November 18. 2016 Vail Opening Day, Vail

November 18, 2016 Holiday Craft Show and Fair, Leadville November 18, 2016 Country Western Dance, Silverthorne November 19, 2016 Xi Mu Christmas Bazaar, Buena Vista November 19, 2016 NASTAR Pacesetting featuring the U.S. Ski Team, Copper Mountain November 19 – 20, 2016 Colorado Demo Days, Copper Mountain November 19, 2016 5th Annual James Beard Foundation Dinner, Devil’s Thumb Ranch November 19 – 20, 2016 Santa’s North Pole Adventure Train Ride, Georgetown November 19 – December 31. 2016 Holiday Lights on the Train, Georgetown November 19, 2016 Holiday Craft Show and Fair, Leadville November 19, 2016 Opening Day, Purgatory Resort November 23, 2016 Opening Day, Beaver Creek Beaver Creek Opens for the Season! November 23, 2016 World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Competition Final, Beaver Creek November 23, 2016 Scholorship Day, Steamboat Springs November 23, 2016 Donation Day at the Telluride Ski Resort, Telluride November 24, 2016 Turkey’s Revenge 5K, Buena Vista


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November 24, 2016 Opening Day, Crested Butte November 24, 2016

December 1 – 23, 2016 Colorado Family Ski Month , Keystone

10th Annual Eagle-Vail Turkey Trot, Eagle

December 2 – 3, 2016 Summit for Life Benefitting the Chris Klug Foundation, Aspen

November 24, 2016 Turkey Day 5k, Frisco November 24, 2016 Opening Day at Telluride Ski Resort, Telluride November 25, 2016 36th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Beaver Creek November 25, 2016 Annual Snowcat Santa and Fireworks Celebration, Copper Mountain November 25 – 26, 2016 Catch the Glow Christmas Parade & Celebration November 25, 2016 Christmas Mountain Lighting & Parade of Lights, Salida November 26, 2016 GoPro Yam Jam, Copper Mountain November 26 – 27, 2016 Santa’s North Pole Adventure Train Ride, Georgetown November 26, 2016 Welcome Winter Family Carnival followed by the Lighting of River Run Village, Keystone November 27, 2016 The Art and Chocolate Walk, Palisade Nov 29, 2016 Rise and Shine Rando Series (1 of 4), Arapahoe Basin

DECEMBER December 1 – 31, 2016 Holiday Lights on the Train, Georgetown. December 1, 2016 Winter Stoke Film Fest, Glenwood

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December 2 – 4, 2016 Birds of Prey World Cup, Beaver Creek December 2 – 4, 2016 Holiday Craft Market, Breckenridge December 2, 2016 Light Up Carbondale (First Friday), Carbondale

December3 – 4, 2016 Annual Georgetown Christmas Market, Georgetown December 3, 2016 Downtown Parade of Lights, Grand Junction December 3, 2016 The Nutcracker Suite and Holiday Showcase, Keystone December 3, 2016 Leadville Holiday Victorian Homes Tour, Leadville December 3, 2016 Holiday Bazaar, Silverthorne

December 2 – 4, 2016 Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival, Durango

December 4 – 9, 2016 The Revolution Tour, Copper Mountain

December 2, 2016 13th Annual Festival of Trees, Fraser

December 4, 2016 Soup Cup Classic, Frisco

December 2-11, 2016 Frisco Wassail Days, Frisco December 2, 2016 Frisco’s Tree & Luminary Lighting, Frisco December 2, 2016 Leadville Holiday Victorian Homes Tour, Leadville December 2 – 3, 2016 Olde Fashioned Christmas, Palisade December 2 – 4, 2016 Telluride Arts Bazaar, Telluride December 3, 2016 Winter Holidays, Breckenridge Race of the Santas Lighting of Breckenridge Fat Bike Open December 3, 2016 Christmas Opening in Buena Vista, Buena Vista December 3, 2016 Santa Visits the Frisco Historic Park Museum, Frisco

December 6, 2016 Santa’s Calling, Frisco December 7, 2016 Winter Film Festival and Fashion Show, Sunlight Mountain December 7, 2016 Noel Night, Telluride December 8, 2016 Winter Stoke Film Fes, Carbondale December 9, 2016 Wassail Night at the Museum, Frisco December 9, 2016 Project Opening Day, Sunlight Mountain December 9 – 11, 2016 Vail Snow Daze, Vail December 10 – 13, 2016 Dew Tour, Breckenridge December 10, 2016 Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, Fruita December 10, 2016 Tommelfest & Holiday Gift Market, Devil’s Thumb Ranch


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December 10, 2016 Breakfast with Santa, Frisco December 10, 2016 Santa Visits the Frisco Historic Park Museum, Frisco December10 – 11, 2016 Annual Georgetown Christmas Market, Georgetown December 10, 2016 Grand Opening of The World’s Largest Snow Fort Saturday, Keystone December 10, 2016 Alpine Dance Academy Winter Showcase, Keystone. December 10, 2016 Day of Infamy Snowshoe Race, Sunlight Mountain December 11- 17, 2016 The Grand Prix, Copper Mountain December 11, 2016 Ugly Sweater Challenge, Frisco December 11 – 14, 2016 Leadership Skills for the Technical Professional and Emergent Leader Dec 13, 2016 Rise and Shine Rando Series (2 of 4), Arapahoe Basin December 14 – 24, 2016 Santa’s North Pole Adventure Train Ride, Georgetown December 14 – 16, 2016 SKADI Fest, Vail December 15, 2016 Crested Butte Film Festival: Monthly Film Series, Crested Butte December 15, 2016 Opening Day, Powderhorn December 15, 2016 Winter Stoke Film Fest, Rifle December 16 – 18, 2016 Kidtopia Mountaintop Spectacular, Keystone

December 16 – 17, 2016 Keller Williams and His Compadres, Keystone

December 24, 2016 Santa Skis Monarch Mountain, Monarch Mountain

December 16, 2016 Country Western Dance, Silverthorne.

December 26 – 31, 2016 Santa’s North Pole Adventure Train Ride, Georgetown

December 16 – 18, 2016 Sunlight Birthday Bash Weekend!, Sunlight Mountain

December 31, 2016 New Year’s Eve Celebration, Beaver Creek

December 16 – 18, 2016 Vail Holidaze, Vail

December 30 – January 1, 201617 New Year’s Bash!, Silverton Mountain

December 17 – 31, 2016 Beaver Creek Loves Kids WinterFest, Beaver Creek December 17, 2016 Sweaty Santa Fun Run, Pagosa Springs December 17, 2016 Winter Rail Jam, Arapahoe Basin December 18, 2016. Jingle Bell 5K Run Start at Independence Run & Hike, Carbondale December 18, 2016 Holiday Festival, Steamboat Springs

December 31, 2016 New Year’s Eve Starring Trout Steak Revival with Pandas & People, Keystone December 31, 2016 New Year’s Eve Torch Parade, Powderhorn December 31, 2016 Korbel New Year’s Eve Party, Steamboat Springs December 31, 2016 New Year’s Eve Countdown to 2017, Telluride

December 20 – 31, 2016 12 Days of Aspen, Aspen December 20 – 29, 2016 Beaver Creek Loves Teens Too, Beaver Creek December 20 – January 8, 2016/7 Keystone Chocolate Village, Keystone http://www.keystoneresort.com/ December 21 – January 1, 2016/17 Aspen Film Academy Screenings, Aspen December 21 – 24, 2016 Snowmass Holiday Fun, Aspen/ Snowmass December 21, 2016 Salida Holiday Festival, Salida. Dec 24, 2016 Santa visits A-Basin, A Basin.

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