MTN Town Magazine Colorado - Spring 2014

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PUBLISHER’S GREETING As I sit and write it feels about as wintery as ever but there are subtle differences. I can hear the gurgling of water in the side stream by our office and the ice dam on the roof is dripping away – slowly. My feet will be free soon. I cannot believe that MTN Town Magazine is preparing to celebrate One Year of publishing and we want to thank you! Why MTN Town Magazine-Colorado? Well, every time I turned on the news it was all about the weather and events taking place on the front range. Publications were always specific to one area in Colorado or they would talk about the city and touch on the mountain towns. I felt like we deserved more. There are amazing, people and businesses thriving here and they all have unique stories to tell. The magazine started as a blog then moved to digital publishing and then ultimately here it is in your hands or maybe your reading our magazine on line. In this issue we talk about some great locally produced gear and products. We give you the inside scoop on some fabulous restaurants and the apres scene. There is a story on a jaw dropping mud season retreat run by a Telluride local. The feature story is an unbelievable narrative of the life of a determined woman who is a top Paralympics’ ski racer. If she can attain her dreams then so can you. Inspiration for all of us! Spring is here and there is ton to do, start planning some fun, sunny days. A sincere thank you to my writers, photographers, friends, family (especially my mom who does all of the event calendar listings and dining guide) and my Advertisers for believing in and being a part of our publication: MTN Town MagazineColorado. ~Holly Battista-Resignolo, Publisher 6

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Spring 2014 - Colorado

WHAT’S INSIDE 6. publisher’s greeting

12. monarch mountain 16. mtn town favs

18. mtn town views 20. priorities

22. girly gear

24. gear to get out


26. outdoor innovator 28. mtn town focus

30. sup yoga fitness tips 32. the mtn trail

34. mountain biz


36. danielle unstead 40. getaways

44. real estate & gardens 50. mtn kids 53. art

54. cocktails 60. eat


62. maya

66. little cambodia 68. coffee

72. mtn marketplace 74. event guide

82. closing notes



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This little mountain packs in a ton of fun and terrain types for every ability.

Story by: Allison Battista 12 Photo Credit: Monarch Mountain

Monarch Mountain Kayaks, Cats, Skiing, Snowboarding and a Cool Home Town

Crisp white runs, bluebird skies and terrain for all will greet you at Monarch Mountain. Located on the East side of the Continental Divide about 20 minutes from Salida this Colorado Gem is everyone’s mountain. A place that greets you with genuine hospitality and boat loads of fun – literally.

Skiing, Snowboarding One of the first pluses of Monarch Mountain is their location to parking. You literally pull up, exit your vehicle and you’re

on the snow, no buses or gondolas to lifts to access more lifts. Life is simple and sweet, perfect for families of course but Monarch is also a fantastic mountain for those who want a bigger serving of fun, adventure and challenge. Hike to Terrain will treat you to great caches of snow in Mirkwood Bowl, the East Trees, Elation Ridge and a ton of other runs that offer steep expert chutes and glades, rock cliffs, and excellent tree skiing. You’re a park Rat? No problem, The Never Summer Terrain Park has great features including cool natural features, funboxes, rails, hips, and hits for skiers and snowboarders. For those who are learning to launch their boards into new heights there is The Tilt Terrain Park, located just below the base of the Panorama lift. Back to newer skiers, there are plenty of groomed intermediate runs as well as the very cool. The Catepillar Lift is a hoot for newbie’s as well as their seasoned

Photo Credit:Monarch Mountain

Photo Credit:Monarch Mountain

friends and family. This 450 foot long covered conveyor lift has clear walls so you can see everything as you head up – talk about being spoiled! Monarch has done a remarkable amount of improvements over the past few years. They have dramatically improved the skiing experience with a new parking lot, new restrooms, a lodge expansion and upgrade, reduced pricing for children’s programs and the inclusion of the new Elmo’s Bar where skiers and riders can enjoy a cold or warm beverage without going up to the Sidewinder Saloon. Big screen televisions carrying sporting events and picture windows looking out onto the mountain make Elmo’s Bar the newest hot spot for Apres Ski. What hasn’t changed is the incredible, happy attitude there staff has at any time of the year. Everyone is friendly and helpful all the time.



A very hip amenity that the area offers is Monarch’s Cat Skiing. A full day of Cat skiing will bring you to over 1,000+

Photo Credit: Chafee County

acres of steep powdery runs, the stuff of your dreams. Monarch Cat Skiing is like booking a day on your own private mountain since the tour goes up with no more than 11 other guests per day (12 people max if you do the math). The Cat Skiing staff is well seasoned, certified guides who very experienced with the terrain. They know this area inside and out.

Kayaks With spring here in Colorado’s mountain towns the event calendar is packed with a ton of fun events and competitions. Go ski with a Naturalist, Demos Days, Kids Fest, Fundraisers and more are on the schedule until they close. Closing weekend is a like the finale to a fireworks display. Monarch’s signature event, Kayaks on Snow is a head to head race, similar to Skier Cross but in Kayaks, down a specially designed course featuring berms, banks, and bumps, ending in an icy pond! This is as fun to watch as it is to race. Some good swag is to be had at this event. Their closing day is

highlighted with a parking lot cook-off and tailgate party. Guests are encouraged to whip up their best eats costumes and decor. Best of wins a 2014/15 season pass among other prizes.

Cool Home Town As mentioned before Monarch Mountain is a 15 to 20 minute drive from Salida. If you have not visited there recently we highly recommend you check out their shopping and dining district along with the Arkansas River. So many new and unique shops have popped up along with restaurants, distilleries and breweries. Amicas Pizza & Micro-Brewery and Elevation Brewing Company are two prize winning breweries, Woods Distillery has some great whiskey, try The Fritz for dinner. There are killer coffee shops and fun clothing boutiques to browse through. This area is known as the Rocky Mountain “banana belt” and offers the classic Colorado opportunity to ski in the morning and bike, hike, kayak, raft or golf in the afternoon. The Chaffee County motto is “Now this is Colorado” – yes it is. Take your friends and family to Monarch Mountain with plans to have a whole bunch of fun, they will thank you. Monarch Mountain 23715 U.S. 50, Monarch, CO 81227 (719) 530-5000


Alternative Parking Ideas: Elevation Brewing Company 115 Pahlone Parkway, Poncha Springs, CO 719.539.5258 Park at the brewery, carpool up with folks and come down for Apres. Recommended Lodging: Palace Hotel, 204 N. F Street Salida, CO 719.207.4175 Mountain Goat Lodge, 9582 Hwy 285 Salida, CO 719.539.7173 Mountain Motel, 1425 E. Hwy 50 Salida, CO 719.539.4420 Tudor Rose, 6720 CR 104 Salida, CO 719.539.2002

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<< Beyond the Hive

Beekeeping has been this family’s occupation for several generations. With the newest generation, Jamie and Jacy Johnston, taking over the business, a whole new line of products and a beautiful shop has popped up. Raw Honey, Creamed Honey, Honey Sticks, Honey Pearls, Bee Pollen and other edibles are only part of what they have to offer. Beauty Honey in the form of lotions, beeswax products, balms and more can be found on line or in their lovely Salida shop on 209 W 3rd Street.

<< Sean Swarner

With only one functioning lung, a prognosis of fourteen days to live, and being in a medicallyinduced coma for a year, Sean Swarner is the first cancer survivor to stand on top of the world - Mt. Everest. Sean has broken through defined human limitations in order to redefine the way the world views success. Sean was diagnosed with two deadly, different, and unrelated forms of cancer, once at the age of thirteen and again at the age of sixteen. After an incredibly poor prognosis, and being read his last rites, Sean astounded the medical community when he survived both these brutal diseases. He realized that after defeating cancer twice, no challenge would ever be too great, no peak too high. Originally founded in 2001 by Sean and his brother Seth, The CancerClimber Association had its sights set on funding cancer research. After the realization that it takes many years for donated money to actually support research, CancerClimber decided that it wanted to help people touched by cancer now. Today they are assisting those with cancer to focus on living an active, healthy life. Their focal point is on hope and giving people the tools needed to overcome cancer with the right attitude and to come out on the other side with a more positive outlook on life.


MTN Town Favs << Slayfest

Fishermen, Fisherwomen; both are passionate about their sport and this company is too. Today, the word Slaying is slang for a day of epic fishing, usually catch and release where fish are caught by the minute and is every anglers dream. To celebrate that passion they have designed some great, high quality apparel advertising a passion for angling and the great state of Colorado. Their new designs are favorites that incorporate the Colorado flag. T-Shirts, Hoodies, Hats and Stickers ban be found online.

Tough Girl Tutus >>

Get ready for your race in style and show them you’re a grrrl who shouldn’t be fooled with. Coowners and mountain town gals, Julie and Christina, are runners and great friends who have designed the perfect racing accessory. The pretty tulle material comes in several different colors as well as a fun leopard pattern. They’re lightweight, have a wide spandex waistband, and a built-in race belt eliminates the need for safety pins. Wear with your own shorts or leggings underneath and walk, run, cycle or ski. Doing your first 5k? A hardcore athlete? Embrace the race and your accomplishments with a Tough Girl Tutu.

<< SOL Paddleboards

Mountain Town passion and ingenuity inspired Telluride local Johnny Lombino to create a quality, affordable, inflatable paddle board package. As an avid kayaker and SUP enthusiast, he has a sound grasp of the river, the paddle market, and its needs. After three years of research and design, Johnny is proud to offer the SOL Inflatable Paddle Board fleet! All SOL SUP’s come complete with a backpack, gear tie downs, pump, repair kit, and a high-quality Bravo paddle - everything you need to start paddling. They have a board for everyone in the family; even the kids can find a board that fits them perfectly. From kids to large adults SOL Paddleboards are reasonably priced and come with unbeatable customer service.

<< SUP on Lake Dillon, Frisco

Gte ready for a great new addition to the Lake Dillon watersport scene. Stand Up Paddle Colorado is leading the Colorado industry with one of a kind inclusive paddle boarding adventures on the Colorado River and Lake Dillon. Their base will be located at the Frisco Marina with lessons, tours and rentals. Join SUPCO this season for a family or group adventure you will not forget. They have SUP vessels for all ages and abilities and they can put together a fun and enjoyable tour that everyone can enjoy together.

GoPro Mountain Games, Vail >>


Head to Vail June 5-8 for the country’s largest celebration of adventure sports, art and music. Vail and the Vail Valley will play host to professional and amateur athletes from around the world. Titles and more than $110,000 in prize money will be offered to competitors in nine sports and 25 disciplines. Spectators will be entertained and athletes challenged; all can enjoy the multiple free concerts, adventure movies, photography contests and a stroll through gear town. You will want to spend all four days exploring the games and the surrounding mountain side. Here is a list of all the events: Biking, Climbing, Dock Dogs and Rocky Dog Trail Run, Running, Fishing, Kayaking, Rafting, Slacklining, SUPing and the Ultimate Mountain Challenge – an insane multidiscipline race, the most demanding race at the Summer Mountain Games. Athletes’ combine times in the 10K Spring Runoff, X-Country Mountain Bike, Road Bike Time Trial, and the Class III Down River Sprint determining the ultimate pro man and woman and the ultimate amateur man, woman and team. The Games are a Vail Valley Foundation project, a community organization that actively supports other nonprofit organizations making the Vail Valley a better place to live and work.

Photo Credit: Zach Mahone

MTN Town Views Wholefoods >>

Whole Foods has announced the Grand Opening of their newest MTN Town store at 261 Lusher Court, Frisco. On Tuesday, April 29, 2014 this carefully designed store will open to an enthusiastic consumer. Built at an elevation of 9,600 feet and named after the surrounding town, the new Frisco store will employ more than 150 team members. With a commitment to offering the highest quality organic and all-natural products they will partner with local producers and farmers, and support area nonprofits .

<< Are You Experienced?

The eighth annual Durango Wine Experience is set for April 24-27, 2014, in Historic Downtown Durango, Colo. The “Experience” offers three days of educational seminars, wine dinners and unique tastings, featuring thousands of wines, artisan spirits and craft beers. “You will not only get a taste of wine, but a true taste of Downtown Durango,” said Leah A. Deane, event coordinator and wine specialist. “Winery representatives will be on hand to pour you a glass, at 12 of our favorite Durango galleries, patios, boutiques, a secret garden and a brewery, all within a block or two of one another.”

I-70 Here We Go Again >>

Beginning this March the Westbound I-70 Twin Tunnels project will begin widening the westbound bore of the tunnel in Idaho Springs to about 53-feet. This will accommodate a third lane along westbound I-70 when the highway is eventually widened. Unlike the recent work done along eastbound I-70 to add a third highway lane from Idaho Springs to the bottom of Floyd Hill, this project will only widen the tunnel to accommodate a future third lane. It does not include expanding westbound I-70 to three lanes at this time. Estimated completion time is December 2014. Stay in tuned and in touch.

Spring, you never know what your going to get. The season is marked by snow one minute, sunshine the next. One thing for sure we always keep the boards out ready to go.


Vision by Elizabeth Kurtak A Winter Park Garden

Gear to Get Lilypond USA

by: Holly Resignolo


I love when I find an item that I think isn’t going to work and then discover that I was wrong after the whole concept of the particular item unfolds and reveals itself. This past fall I received a brilliant green bag made by Lilypond. It was a part of their upcoming 2014 line of products. The Morning Shadow backpack in Meadow Grass was lovely and reminded me of spring and it appeared to be what I was looking for, a bag I could carry or wear as a backpack. First appearances lead me to believe that this was a most unique item. The back straps crossed over the top of the bag’s opening and I felt it might hinder placing and retrieving items from the internal compartments. I fiddled with it and discovered the top would open right up, and placing items in and taking them out was not a problem at all. It would fit my laptop, notebooks and documents with plenty of room to spare. In addition to the large internal space the bag has a spacious interior pocket that closes with Velcro and becomes a sealed location for important items. I like how I can place an entire file folder in this protected area and it will not wrinkle or get dirty. Once you have loaded the bag up there is a zipper to close the top sealing out nasty stuff the environment might bring in.

The straps are adjustable and you can wear the bag like a traditional back pack or you can throw one strap over your shoulder and carry it comfortably too. There is also a smaller handle grip on the backside of the bag so you can pick it up and carry like a tote. On the front outside of the bag there is a large zippered compartment for easy access to whatever item you think you need to grab quickly. I use it for pens, business cards, my cell phone and some light weight gloves. This is not a bag for traditional backpacking but I have used it skiing, hiking, to business appointments, for groceries, working out, picnics and as an overnight bag on short trips away. For all I have put it through it is still clean. It sheds water and dirt nicely.


Lilypond is a companion line of products to the Colorado based Fishpond Brand. Fishpond is a collection of bags and gear specific to fly fishing and outdoor adventure travel. They are a company committed to the environment and giving back to all that has helped them become successful. Lilypond was created for women and has the same rugged construction that Fishpond has become known for. They have a ton of other great travel bags, wallets and accessories in beautiful colors and trim. Prices are as easy on the wallet. The Morning Shadow retails for $89 and is worth the price tag. This bag will be with you for a longtime. Check out all of their products on-line at

Play in Silverthorne

Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, in the shadows of the Ten Mile and Gore Ranges, the Town of Silverthorne has something for everyone! Silverthorne offers gold medal fishing waters, golfing, hiking trails, three state of the art playgrounds, and the Outlets at Silverthorne that offer over 50 top name brands. For more information 970.262.7370 | 430 Rainbow Drive Silverthorne, Colorado

Outdoor Entrepreneurs

Retro Trailer Design, Glenwood Springs


by: Holly Resignolo

It’s spring, a time when Colorado mountain town folk begin to think about where they stashed their camping gear and items for the upcoming season of travel and outdoor fun. For some of us we love to camp way out in our tents, for others we love having the convenience and shelter of a camper. This couple who live in Glenwood Springs love to travel and camp. The company they built has been based on a passion for restoration and an inspiration from seeing others who had converted old, beat up trailers into refurbished fun travel abodes. Meet Vicky and Richard Nash. Richard is a Home Builder by trade and loves to restore old cars. Vicky is a vivacious woman who was inspired by a group of women who had been restoring their old trailers with unique materials, finishes, murals and accessories. Eleven years ago Vicky and Richard married and two years into their wedded bliss Vicky decided to move forward with her dream and purchased a dilapidated 1962 Travel Trailer. Through Richards extensive knowledge of building they stripped the camper down to its studs and rebuilt, paying attention to every detail that had made the original release of the camper so spectacular. Vicky color coordinated the interior and exterior and when


they were done they had a prize winning travel trailer that caught the attention of everyone who saw it. Richard is a classic car collector and restoration is his hobby. He thought a restored car of the same era would be the perfect complement to the newly restored camper. He found a 1961 Ford Galaxie Sunliner convertible which he restored and then painted to match the trailer and voila – they are the hit of the highway and every camp ground they sojourn to. The camper and car have won a bevy of awards since that time and with that has come attention and many who would like to have their own restored camper. A business was built and they are now assisting others with their dream to have a cool restyled camper and for some, a car to match. Retro Trailer Design is now in business, they even have their own travel trailer office complete with computer table, drafting desk and filing cabinets. If you are considering the idea of refurbishing an old classic contact this couple of passionate campers to help you. Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Outdoor Entrepreneurs

by: Holly Resignol

Photo Credit: Kati Hughes

Big Agnes, Steamboat Springs Tents, Sleeping Bags, Sleeping Pads, Camping & Travel Accessories


by: Holly Resignolo


Bill Gamber is a long time local who makes Steamboat his home. In 2001, after many years backpacking the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness and beyond, he decided to launch a company that would answer the needs of the outdoor enthusiast who was looking for a better night of rest in the backcountry. Gamber designed and developed a sleep system sleeping bag that allowed you to slip your sleeping pad in a sleeve underneath the bag so you would never slip off of your pad while you were resting. The bags were designed for all body shapes and sizes, including kids. These lightweight, warm system bags were a hit and became the foundation of his company, Big Agnes. Bill’s company philosophy is, “work hard and play hard”. Employees all use and test the products they produce and

you can often find them meeting right where the gear belongs, outside in the back country, discussing how to make their products better. The staff is constantly tweaking at their designs until they are perfect. Bill is always thinking ahead. Big Agnes progressed from offering their system bags to producing ultra light backpacking tents. On the market today you will find award winning Ultralight Tents, Superlight, Backpacking, Mountaineering and even Car Camping Tents. They have a tent for every camper’s style and a sleeping bag to go along with it. Continuing the tradition of forward thinking Big Agnes recently added Apparel to their line of products. Utilizing the same innovative materials and systems their sleeping bags use Big Agnes is now turning out warm, technical, and insulating jackets with

700 and 850 fill power of Downtek, a water repellant insulation that keeps its insulating, breathability, and loft properties even when wet. The water and wind resistant shell along with the vertical baffle design helps retain and transfer heat effectively and ladies take note; they are very sliming to the eye. Like all of their products these jackets are light and packable and come in both Men’s and Women’s styles, hooded and non-hooded versions too. When I hear Big Agnes I think warm and we love that this Colorado mountain town company has seen such great success and accolades. Turn to their website to order or find a store where they are carried. It’s time to camp. Steamboat, Colorado

BIKE & STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD RENTALS Alpine Sports - All things FUN this Spring! Alpine Sports will shuttle you to the top of Vail Pass where you can cruise downhill on the paved bike path to Frisco. Or try Standup Paddleboarding (SUP) – a sport for all ages and interests.


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Palisade says “life tastes good here all year long” and we agree, especially in the springtime. Palisade is a great place to spend some time as the weather warms, especially if you like to ski one day and bike or hike the next. In between all that time you can experience all the great flavors the area offers. Wineries, the Peach Street Distillery, Palisade Brewing Company, restaurants, bakeries and more will invite you in for more than a day. The Festival Scene is heating up too. Edesia, Barrel Into Spring, The HoneyBee Festival, CNB Palisade Brews & Cruise, Palisade Bluegrass & Roots and more are on their spring calendar of events.


Looking for a Place to Eat? One of our favorites for breakfast and lunch is the Slice O’Life Bakery where classic hand crafted bake goods will keep

you coming back for more. For Dinner try The Red Rose Cafe. Their menu features Asian, Italian and American fare, with an emphasis on seafood and offers an award winning, all-Colorado wine menu. For Lodging you can choose from Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts or Camping. The recent addition of the Wine Country Inn has been a big boost to the town’s tourism. This small resort features restaurants, plush lodging and a beautiful outdoor pool. There are several adorable Bed & Breakfasts with flower filled grounds and great customer service. You’re a camper? The James M. Robb Colorado River State Park has sites with and without hookups available at Island Acres. Explore a variety of hiking trails, mountain bike trails and road rides ranging from beginner levels on Horse

Mountain to challenging climbs on new Palisade Rim Mountain Bike Trail overlooking the Grand Valley. Rapid Creek Cycle & Sports can outfit you for your hike or ride whatever your level is. Over 19 Wineries, a brewery and a distillery will keep your thirst quenched. You can visit on bike, your car or arrange a tour. Another unique attraction is The Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Area. This is one of only three areas in the western United States set aside for wild horse herds. There are more than 30,000 acres of rugged canyons and plateaus northwest of Palisade where about 80120 mustangs roam. To find out more I suggest contacting the Palisade Chamber of Commerce or visiting their site.

SUP Yoga - FIT OR FAD? SUP Yoga is taking to the water by storm! By: Juli Rathke

Everywhere you look, whether it's the resevoirs of Colorado, the lakes of the Midwest or the coastline of the Pacific, SUP (Stand Up Paddle) boarding is one of the fastest growing outdoor sports in the world.

With this somewhat new recreational pass time, leave it to the adrenaline junkies to add surfing to the mix and the fitness and wellness industry to start teaching yoga on the watercraft. 30

Here are a few reasons why you should try SUP Yoga yourself and see what all the rage is about. 1. It takes your yoga practice off your mat and outside. Who doesn't want to spend more time in the outdoors? I have personally tried SUP Yoga on every body of water except a river... coming soon. SUP can take you places you may never have ventured out to before. 2. You will work your core more! Your mat becomes a floating unstable surface, forcing you to engage your core more than you would on your own mat inside a studio.

3. You will perfect your poses. Think you have perfected your parivrtta trikonasana (revolved triangle)? Well, think again. Once on the board the unforgiving dynamic element of the board forces you to find better balance within your muscle energy.

4. There is new gear involved. Who doesn't love more gear to research, try out and perfect? It is a booming industry so there will be technological advances in the gear as more consumers find their ideal use for the craft.

5. Everyone in the family can do it. Even if you don't do yoga once you bust out some of your moves, even the kiddos will love to try some of the balancing act.

6. Meditation at its finest! We all know water is therapeutic (if you didn't then you should try this!) Just sitting on the board and floating, while closing your eyes can elicit a sense of freedom from all those things we carry with us each and every day.

If you are looking for great places to SUP, rentals can be found at nearly all the resevoirs in Colorado or log onto and check out their SUP activity section. When in Summit County, check out our classes through our studio at We promise, you will fall in love with it as quickly as we did.

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Mountain Bike Eagle by: Mike McCormack


Springtime in the Rockies marks the beginning of an annual pilgrimage for snowbound mountain bikers. Pining for warm temps and serpentine singletrack, they load up cars with gear and point their rigs west along Interstate 70, bound for Fruita or Moab. For years the sleepy Western Slope community of Eagle, CO served as a last outpost of sorts, a final stop for gas and road food. That’s slowly changing as Eagle completes its transition from gas and beef jerky stop to bona fide MTB destination for singletrack seekers across the state. This idyllic little community, thoughtfully nestled behind a tall ridgeline separating it from the busy highway, is quietly becoming not just a side trip on the annual MTB migration, but a true riding destination in its own right. Spring comes early to the eastern edge of Colorado’s Western Slope, Eagle in particular. Rides such as Boneyard (masterfully constructed by John Bailey, architect of the MTB course at the 1996 Olympics), Redneck Ridge, the newly

commissioned and constructed Haymaker Trail and Eagle’s Ranch Loops all offering early season riders a wide selection of hour-long loops, each linkable to create longer options. Each trail houses gleefully extended stretches of “I can’t believe this is legal!” Jedi-grade singletrack, with most opening by April 15th. Within weeks the sprawling trail network accessing the higher elevations and massive tracts of public land surrounding the community open up, and with them, the opportunities for back-of-beyond backcountry epics that begin in high desert sage and traverse aspen groves, old growth pine forests and above treeline exposure prior to dropping back down to town. Mountain Bike Eagle is an excellent guidebook to local (and extended) Eagle adventures. The new Eagle Outside Festival would be the perfect way to get a jump on your explorations.

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You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path. — Steve Jobs Enterprenship is crazy, difficult and chock-full of risk, and we do it with the hope of a payoff that’s likely years away. In the meantime, we scrape along with zero certainty, pouring our heart and soul into the belief, We Will Make a Difference. The entrepreneurial spirit isn’t just about money. It’s about building wealth through resources that only great relationships can bring. It’s about connecting the dots: those connection points of core values, intelligence, wisdom, desire and ability that are innate to people. It’s about having the intuition not only to know that they exist but also to know what to do with them to continuously cultivate innovation and initiative. History is a powerful teacher and one that comes with plenty of [business] lessons. Only with time, and everything that word entails, can we discover our purpose.

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US Ski Racer Danelle Umstead Has What It Takes To Strike Gold When you think about world-class athletes, certain qualities come to mind. Determination is one of them. So is persistence. Talent certainly plays a factor, as does drive. In the case of Danelle Umstead, a five-discipline alpine skier on the World Cup circuit, these are the words her coaches and friends use to describe her. They also use one more. Blind. Skiing Changes a Life


When Danelle Umstead was 13 she received a shattering diagnosis. She had retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic eye condition that would remove her vision. An optimistic person, whose friends describe her as “fun and bubbly,” Danelle didn’t dwell much on this time in her life when we spoke. She did share however, that by the time she was 28 years old, in 2000, she was in a really bad place. She’d recently lost her mother to cancer. She’d been forced to retire from her job and her vision was becoming even worse. Then one day, her father called her and invited her to ski. Danelle had never skied before. Her father had only one season of experience. So together they learned to ski, and dad learned how to guide his daughter.

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“Skiing transformed my life,” explains Danelle. “It helped me go from one extreme to the other.” Skiing also transformed her father’s life. The family moved to Taos, New Mexico to facilitate their new passion. Today, Danelle’s father is a ski instructor. And his daughter is a world-class athlete.

A Natural Athlete Together, the Umsteads are one of the strongest visually “My first recollection of Danelle was in 2006 at the Ski impaired alpine teams headed to Sochi. Spectacular in Park City,” recounts Ray Watkins, Danelle’s coach and a member of the Paralympic Alpine Skiing National Qualifying in all five alpine events – slalom, giant slalom, Super G, downhill and Super Combined – they are looking Team staff. to better the two bronze medals they won at the Vancouver “I remember seeing a very talented visually impaired athlete. Paralympic Games four years ago. I took her out and guided her for a few runs. She was super athletic, extremely driven and a perfectionist. She had all the “We’ve learned a lot over the years about working as a team. Our goal is to ski our very best as a team and if we get to the traits necessary to be a great athlete.” top of the podium, that is fantastic. We want to leave it all When Danelle met Watkins, she’d been skiing for six years. out there and do our best and be proud of what we’ve done,” She’d begun ski racing just one year earlier, when she and her shares Danelle. husband Rob, a professional ski coach, relocated to Park City, Utah. Trust is Fundamental Finding herself in the same town as both the U.S. Ski Team and the National Ability Center, a respected adaptive sports program located at Park City Mountain Resort, it seemed Trust is a big part of Danelle and Rob’s success. Husband and only natural to try racing. wife, parents and ski racing partners, they have to have good As a visually impaired ski racer, Danelle needed a partner. communication and unquestioning trust. Visually impaired racers work in teams, with the sighted For Danelle, trust is a way of life. “I have to depend upon member of the team preceding the blind athlete down others to be my eyes and give me verbal clues.” the racecourse, racing through the gates themselves “When we’re racing, I have to put my trust in Rob and know while providing on-the-fly feedback about the course and that he’ll give me the information I need to get down the hill conditions via two-way radios. as fast as I possibly can.” Danelle’s first guide was Sally Tauber, a Masters racer In addition to Danelle and Rob, Team Umstead includes their who’d stepped back from competition because of injuries. six year-old son Brocton, senior guide dog Bettylyn and their In addition to being a talented ski racer herself, Sally has a new guide dog, Aziza. degree in therapeutic recreation and had taught blind skiers in the past. At first, she didn’t want to be Danelle’s guide. “Brocton thinks were the best skiers in the world,” laughs Danelle. “He makes life so easy. While we’re working hard on “I was tired. I was injured. I just wasn’t excited about guiding the hill to improve our trust and communication, off the hill someone,” Tauber explains. “But Danelle was so persistent, he makes us laugh and smile. He makes it all worth it.” so energetic and fun to be around that I couldn’t help but get over myself and show up.” “She was infectious.” It’s A Gift

Headed For Sochi Danelle’s determination paid off. Not only did Tauber become her partner, but during their first year of racing, they won two bronze medals at the U.S. Disabled Nationals. Based on these results, Danelle made the U.S. Paralympic Team and began training at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colorado. Since Tauber wasn’t able to relocate, Rob became his wife’s guide and race partner. 38

Talking with Danelle, its quickly apparent that she has a great sense of humor. She’s able to laugh at herself and to joke about her vision. She comes across as personable and fun. Or as her coach, Ray Watkins puts it, “Everybody wants to be around Danelle. She’s a super cool person.” For those who haven’t been challenged in life by illness or disability, it’s hard to believe that she’s had not one, but two, potentially devastating diagnoses. On October 2010, Danelle woke up one morning to find

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herself paralyzed on her right side. Although doctors initially thought she’d suffered a stroke, it turned out to be Multiple Sclerosis. Not only could Danelle not move, but before she could ski again, she had to learn how to walk again. Within one month, she was back on skis, following an intense regimen of physical therapy, steroid injections and discipline. She says that it “wasn’t pretty,” but clicking into her bindings and sliding on snow proved to her how much she loves ski racing. “Life is a gift and living it is a choice. I want to live my life to the fullest. Anything that stands in my way will not tear me down.”

All the Necessary Qualities, Plus More Clearly Danelle is driven, persistent, talented and determined. She has all the attributes it takes to be at the top of her game as a ski racer. She’s also a wife and a mom. She’s blind and she has MS. She’s optimistic and bubbly, the person everyone wants to be around. She’s a super cool person. And hopefully, after Sochi, she will also be golden. For more information on Danelle and Rob Umstead and their quest for Paralympic Gold, visit

Guanaja, Honduras

Story by: Allison Battista

Photos by: Hart Roberts


Fly Fish Guanaja

A Mud Season Escape

IÂ write from the deck of the Fly Fish Guanja lodge, a small private island that sits over the South Keys in Guanaja, Honduras, right in the middle of the flats. I am continually distracted by the sounds of bonefish, permit, trigger fish, box fish, sharks, and jacks crashing through the water. I look up from my computer scanning the flats, seeing the fish, confirming my small place in this large world as I feel like a speck in the middle of nowhere, a beautiful nowhere. The rhythmic pounding of the surf hits the edge of where the flats drop into the Caribbean Sea. The view is like no other, shades of white sand in the flats of the shallow water fades into turtle grass that fades into coral that fades into the deep blue sea, an open canvass of infinite possibility, and for now, peace. A pelican watches me write, then sees a fish and descends upon the water. A gentle breeze licks my body. This lodge has everything I need for the ultimate tropical retreat. Minimal people, incredible fishing, great food, amazing diving, plush accomodatins, Stand Up

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Paddleboarding,treks to waterfalls and delicious sunsets. The operation is owned and operated by Telluride local Steve Brown and his amazing local staff. Anything you want or need is handled through them. A private kitchen staff will have breakfast and dinner ready and waiting. You can choose to get out and fish, explore or just laze on the deck.

coasts of Australia. Bo’s Island House offers diving trips at his North Side resort, near Michael’s Rock. Bo himself will take you diving on the small dive boat, while his wife and daughters prepare your meals. Close by is the fabulous waterfall trail where you will find beautiful foliage and a foot path to one of the islands large fresh water waterfalls.

Guanaja is an overlooked Carribean Island off of the Coast of Honduras that is still recovering from the ravages of Hurricane Mitch. This storm blew right over the island and then liked it so much it stayed for two days, destroying almost everything the native people on this island owned. The stories of heroism and survival told by each staff member I met are unbelievable. The perseverance of the people to rebuild is admirable. The main island rises out of the sea and has several small towns. There are no cars on the main island and the largest town, Bonacaa, is a smaller island with a maze of canals in between all of the buildings.

Back at the lodge you will find the guest house loaded with comfortable rooms, a large kitchen, nice bathrooms, giant deck, and a private beach. The lodge can comfortably accommodate 4 – 6 people. This small Cay is a vacation home that has been turned into a an intimate full service lodge.

Diving is spectacular. The island’s warm, clear waters support an extensive coral reef that is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and second only to the Great Barrier Reef off the

The area is both safe and family friendly for visitors from all over. Slightly off the beaten path Guanaja is accessed by small aircraft from the International Airport on Roatan. There are direct flights to Roatan from Houston, Miami and Atlanta. The best part is Steve and his staff will arrange it all for you. Fly Fish Guanaja is the ultimate retreat.

MTN Town Dwellings

Space Planning Tips for Smaller Homes by: Nancy Stone


Mountain resort communities as well as downtown urban lofts offer a variety of benefits to help us live life to the fullest. However, these structures we refer to as home don’t always provide us with ample square footage to live comfortably; entertain friends and family or store our vast array of recreational equipment and seasonal clothing.

There are a multitude of storage solutions you can purchase. More often those items don’t fit where you intended or they just shuffle one stack from “here” to “there”. Space planning can help. Remodeling your limited space with the intention to maximize its use not only makes the interior more valuable per square foot, it also helps you function more easily. For instance, a bed usually consists of a frame, box springs and a mattress. Under the frame is typically a cluster of shallow boxes filled with forgotten things, not to mention the collection of dust bunnies.

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You can add up to 66 cubic foot of storage under a queen mattress if you replace the frame and box springs with a platform. Furthermore, you have enhanced your health by eliminating the popular breeding ground for dust bunnies. Another opportunity for maximizing your limited space is wardrobe cabinetry. Framed closets are another poorly designed storage area in most small homes. Gain space by removing the framing around your closet and installing floor to ceiling cabinets. An 8’ wide closet with a 6’ door typically offers 8 foot of rod space and an 8’ shelf. The standard interior of the closet is 2’ deep and 8’ tall. Total storage space is 128 cubic feet. Total access is 40 square feet. Anything stored beyond the opening is in a proverbial world of MIA! Even if you have a great closet organizer system, you can’t reach the items past the door opening. The framed walls around this closet are taking 5” of depth from the room. Imagine removing the walls, door and header. Then, install tall cabinets with a variety of storage features. A well designed wall system in the same space can provide 12-13 feet of rod space a few drawers for foldable clothes and specialty storage for other items. The 5” depth of the (removed) wall is returned to the room, allowing the occupants to have more elbow room. Now you have 100% access to all of your belongings. No items are lost behind inaccessible areas. The room looks great, functions well and is easier to manage. Every room in your home can benefit from space planning and simple remodeling. Don’t be afraid if the plan becomes a big remodel. It will be worth the time and effort for years to come. Nancy Stone is an interior designer and remodeling contractor with Cornerstone Creations in Frisco, CO. She specializes in kitchens, bathrooms, lighting and maximizing small spaces.



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1. 1. MTN Town Magazine’s 10,000’ Test Garden 2. Breckenridge Community Garden 3. Silvana’s Garden, SIlverthorne 4. Mountain Roots Food Project, Crested Butte



It was once said “that gardening at altitude was next to impossible”. Over and over again I heard “good luck” 5. but I was stubborn and found a nice sheltered area in the yard, scratched at and improved the soil and yielded some fine herbs and greens. I tried tomatoes but at 10,000ft I found them challenging. With time and patience I have had some good success with a variety of vegetables. It is time again to start planning what I will grow. Every year I keep finding more and more people growing some really great and unique produce, especially in all of the community gardens that are springing up. You don’t have a good area to start your own garden patch? The community garden and rental garden plots that

3. are available these days are really amazing. I was very impressed with Crested Butte and Gunnison County’s Mountain Roots Food Project. The Mountain Roots Food Project is an amazing organization working to cultivate a community that is healthy and self-sufficient as a whole. They work to create personal, social, and environmental change through Sustainable Agriculture. In Gunnison Valley, they are exploring different ways for people to grow food together. The group has found gardens strengthen community bonds, provide food, and create recreational and therapeutic opportunities for the community. The Mountain Roots Food Project promotes environmental awareness and provides community education. They have

Community Gardens, Demonstration Gardens, Giving Gardens, Living Classrooms and more. When you’re in Crested Butte seek out the Elk Avenue Demonstration Garden and see for yourself. Looking for a Rental patch? Check with your town. Silverthorne, Breckenridge and Frisco have great opportunities. Chaffee County, Routt County, Grand County, Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Telluride and other Colorado mountain towns have programs you can participate in. Can’t find anything? Check with your local Colorado State University Extension program to see where you can find your little patch of paradise. The time to plant the seed is now; there is a lot to grow out there and a lot of places to grow it.

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MTN Town Skateboard Parks by: Nick Resignolo

It is that time of the year, area skateboard parks are digging out and revealing all of their features. There has been an incredible movement to improve, resurface and even recreate the parks up in Colorado’s mountain towns. There was a time when the skateboard parks in our towns consisted of a few lame rails, a ramp and maybe a small bowl. Towns and recreation districts have taken note of the popularity of the sport and have jumped on the concrete wave. A recent revamp of the Steamboat Springs skatepark has come to fruition and is extraordinarily popular with both local kids and adults. This is a sport for everyone. The old park by Howelsen Hill is now history and the new concrete park located on the western side of town on Shields Road is a tremendous new location with a great bowl from 5’ to 9’ with metal coping and pool coping and a spine. There is a good street area with pyramid and pole jam. The skateboard community there is stoked and is looking forward to future projects and expansions. Other towns are following suit. Over the past few years Edwards, Kremmling, Winter Park and Fairplay have added 50

skateboarding to their list of recreational opportunities. Carbondale is huge with a 14,000 sq. ft. park available to skate. Breckenridge is preparing to break ground on a new Team Pain designed park this summer. I have found two great resources to check to see the skateboard parks in our towns. Coloradoskateboardguide. com has great panoramas of each skate park in the state along with information on area contests, events and local shops in the area. is another solid resource with competition info, videos, skateboard company links, park reviews and more. Once more spring proves to be that great time of year when you can get out and do everything.

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Art Shows in Area Cafes are a Hit

Area coffee shops have always been a gathering place. These days they are offering more then Coffee. Cuppa Joe in Breckenridge opened their doors for an Exhibit featuring the works of Jennifer Cram. Area coffee shops have always been a gathering place. These days they are offering more than Coffee. Cuppa Joe in Breckenridge opened their doors for an Exhibit featuring the works of Jennifer Cram. On most days when Cuppa Joe coffee shop in Breckenridge is steaming up a delicious coffee folks are quietly seated chatting, working, and reading. On this night the shop came alive with greetings and exclamations on the beautiful artwork gracing the shops walls. No longer just a coffee house, shop owner Johanna Hirschboeck’s space was transformed into a gallery exhibiting local artist Jennifer Cram’s beautiful sculpture. It is not unusual these days for local coffee shops to open their doors for a special event, especially art. Cuppa Joe goes out their way to assist emerging artists in showcasing their work. On this evening Sculptress Jennifer Cram filled a large portion of this bright open space with delightful little ceramic butterflies

presented within several different installments. Her wish was to allow the viewer to find joy in something as simple as a butterfly. Cram’s love and passion is installations and the transformation of a space to reflect the artwork being shown. A Landscape Architect and Fine Artist by trade; Jennifer has been making things since she was a young girl. Print making and ceramic sculpture work is her forte with 20 years of experience making art and managing artists and studios. A Breckenridge local, Cram began with the town as a planner; she has since grown the public art program and the arts district for the Town of Breckenridge and is now Manager of the Breckenridge Arts District and Public Art Program. She is assisting in the evolution of the Breckenridge Culture Arts Division and its new campus that is currently under construction.

COCKTAILS Outdoor Apres The is nothing better then ending your day in the sun alfresco style. We have chosen a few favorites.

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Oasis Champagne Bar, Aspen Did you know Aspen Mountain is home to the world’s highest champagne bar? The Oasis is a mobile champagne bar that is relocated on a weekly basis. To find out where it is you have to be connected, connected to social media that is. Guests can find The Oasis through tweets and Facebook hints sent out by The Little Nell hotel. Before the opening of the bar each week @TheLittleNell on Twitter and Facebook at www.facebook/TheLittleNellAspen will push out messages on the bar’s whereabouts. Snowcats relocate the mobile bar to a new slope every weekend in the springtime. It is operated by The Little Nell – Aspen’s only five-star, five-diamond and ski-in, ski-out hotel – located at the base of the mountain. You will find the “in the know” enjoying glasses and bottles of Veuve Clicquot, as well as caviar and potato chips. You’ll recognize it by its yellow umbrellas, lounge chairs, solar-powered sound system, flags and other features. This is the way to Apres in Aspen. Photo Credit: Aspen Snowmass

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Great Room Deck - The Peaks Resort & Spa, Telluride The view is unbelievable and the opportunity to kick back after a day on Telluride Ski Resorts slopes is like a fairy tale. The Peaks Resort & Spa’s spacious deck can accommodate large groups of friends, family and associates with bar service available from the Great Room. Take in the panoramic views from the Great Room Deck. Relax by one of the five fireplaces or under a heat lamp if it’s chilly while taking in the spectacular views of Mt. Wilson. On a sunny day you can soak it all in on this grand deck. Cocktails, aperitifs, wines and a selection of domestic and imported beers are available from 11 Sunset. Happy Hour specials are affordably priced so don’t rule this out from your plans. The Resort often has live jazz and acoustic acts to add to the mood of their Apres scene. For more information head to their website

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Eddyline Brewery Restaurant, Buena Vista Apres here can refer to relaxing after a day of boating, hiking, biking, hot spring”ing” and skiing at Monarch Mountain. The bright sunny patio will bring a smile to your face along with the other folks who have a had a great day enjoying Chafee County and the town of Buena Vista. The Eddyline Brewery is a full service restaurant. They have fresh brewed beer and American, Barbeque, Burgers, Italian, Mexican, Pizza, Sandwiches, Steaks and Vegetarian appetizers and entrees. The patio is close by the Arkansas River in the South Main section of town. There is park across the way where you can watch your kids have some fun while you soak in some sun and suds. You can find the restaurant at 920 South Main, Buena Vista. Look them up online at

Peach Street Distillery, Palisade This warm Palisade patio is another great place to apres hike, bike, ski and SUP. The sun shines all day long on the distillery’s adobe patio and it is a great place to unwind and enjoy a Grand Valley sunset. Fabulous mixed drinks are whipped up from their multitude of distilled spirits. Bloody Mary’s are a hit, sweet fruity concoctions and classic cocktails are all served in Mason Jars giving the distillery a laid back unpretentious atmosphere. Head inside for a tour of the distillery and learn how they make their award winning spirits. You can find the distillery at 144 Kluge Avenue in Palisade. Give them a ring for directions or call (970) 464-1128. www.



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Mazzola’s Italian Diner 917 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat (970) 879-2405

Kelly Liken Restaurant 12 Vail Road, Ste 100, Vail (970) 479-0175

Laughing Ladies 128 West 1st Street, Salida (970) 539-6209

Breckenridge Brewery 600 S Main Street, Breckenridge (970) 453-1550

39 Degrees Lounge 2709 East Durant Avenue, Aspen (970) 925-6760

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Maya Restaurant

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Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon Story by: Claudia Carbone A taste of old Mexico graces the mountain town of Avon just below Beaver Creek Resort. Maya, in the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, is one of 20 different Latin-inspired restaurants in the portfolio of Chef Richard Sandoval. Maya is his first concept of the “Modern Mexican Kitchen” he opened in New York City in 1997; since then, his empire has spread throughout the world. Mexican-born Sandoval learned the biz from his restaurateur father, but the flavors of his childhood wafting from his grandmother’s kitchen influenced him most. At Maya, he’s replicated those traditional recipes and added a contemporary spin. The menu reads like a page out of his grandmother’s cookbook: Huitlacoche Enchiladas, Chipotle

Camarones, slow-roasted Pork Carnitas, Calamar Azreca, Pozole, and the signature dish—three kinds of Mole, each with 30-40 different ingredients over four choices of protein. Guacamole is prepared tableside, as it’s done at the best restaurants in Mexico City, and Queso Fundido cheeses melt atop a burner on your table. Vibrant flavors of Mexico dance in your mouth, making each bite a little celebration. Among the sweet offerings are classic Churros served with dipping sauces of chipotle caramel and canela spiced chocolate, traditional Flan, and crepes with caramel. Maya tastefully channels a Mexican hacienda with dark woods, amber glass lanterns and native tile and pottery. On the large mountainside patio overlooking the Eagle River, comfy sofas around glowing fire pits provide a cozy setting for apres ski and late-night happy hour from 9-11 p.m.. ($2 tacos, $5 marge and $4 bites). Specialty margs and more than 100 agave-based spirits and house-infused tequilas are featured from the bar which is a huge hit for vistors and locals alike. You will often see a great Apres ski crowds from Beaver Creek Ski Resort enjoying themselves here after a day on the slopes.

The Sunday “Bottomless Brunch” is an all-you-can-eat-anddrink affair for $35. Their unqiue approach to Brunch involves a variety of sample plates to enjoy along side their unlitimited Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Mexican Chocolate Waffles, Maya Benedict, Pan Dulche, Breakfast Tacos are more are all served as small portion plates so you can try a variety of items. The hotel offers free valet parking for Maya diners and the resort is a fantastic place to stay. Try Maya when your in Avon. 126 Riverfront Lane, Avon, CO 81620 Reservations: 970-790-5500


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Little Cambodia

Authentic Asian Cuisine in Salida, Colorado


Good things come in small packages and this little restaurant in Salida, Colorado is a true gift. I had the opportunity to drop in while I was enjoying FibArk last year and I have been dreaming about going back ever since.

This surprising little restaurant on North F Street, Downtown Salida, cooks up handmade authentic Asian cuisine. Hot Pho with a flavorful yet delicate broth, lovely noodles and fresh vegetables is what brought me back. Their menu and daily specials make you wish you had more then one stomach. Cambodian Fried Rice, Papaya Salad, Sticky Rice with Fruit, Steamed pork dumplings freshly mad, Thai Beef Salad and Seaweed Salad, Cambodian Chicken Curry served over rice noodles, topped with beansprouts, peanuts and mint... Bun, rice noodle salads with choices of meats, spring rolls and more. Are you salivating?

This unpretentious restaurant started as a farmers market food cart but demand for owner Phanny Jones beautiful cuisine enticed her to open this wonderful asian restaurant. The food is amazing, the service is warm and friendly and consider it a must any tim eof the year. To get there follow F Street towards the Arkansas River, they are in the last building on the right before East Sackett Street and the towns park. Give them a ring if you are lost. 135 N F St Salida, Colorado 81201 (719) 539-6599

Coffee & Books

Between the Covers Bookstore and High Alpine Coffee, Telluride


Coffee, undeniably it is one of the world’s most popular beverages. Caffeinated, rich and lovely it can wake us up or wind us down. Folks love it alone and with a friend. It is a highly social beverage that often brings together friends and family for warm conversations. It is definitely part of the fabric of our Colorado mountain town lives.

They say people don’t read books anymore and people only communicate via Facebook. This is where the media lies. Up in Colorado’s mountain towns it is hard to find a book store. You will not find a Barnes & Noble here. Borders, that once graced Summit County with its presence is gone, an empty shell of a big box. Thank goodness for the library. But what about buying a book? If your in Telluride we highly recomend the Between the Covers Bookstore. There you can buy a book and a cup of coffee or tea. Now this is social media. These owners are not afraid of electronic media and believe in the printed word. It is all about books when you walk through the front doors of Between the Covers Bookstore.

The store is like a long beautiful breezeway with floor to ceiling book shelves packed with great titles of fiction, biographies, cooking, self help, do-it-yourself and more. I loved how their lighting illuminates the area. It makes you want to stop and slow down for just a little bit. Pulling you along the hall is that great scent of brewing java and fresh baked goodies – the High Alpine Coffee Bar sits at the back of the Bookstore and offers plenty of seating along with a small alfresco deck with tables and chairs. A great event calendar will fill your schedule as Book Author signings, Poetry discussions, Coffee Talks for the young and old are open to the public. Another cool opportunity is their availability to host private parties, small business meetings, birthday parties and even bachelorette parties. Where are they?

224 West Colorado Avenue

Telluride, Colorado


The town. The mountain. The location. Vacationing in the Rocky Mountains has never been this fun! Beaver Run is a full-service resort that has something for everyone. Nestled slopeside at the base of Peak 9, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Historic Main Street, Breckenridge is just a short walk from our front door. Beaver Run is your winter playground. Come play with us.

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American style dining with a little Colorado flavor. 137 S Main St, Breckenridge • 970.453.0989 Reservations recommended • Events welcome Dinner 5-9:30 • Bar happy hour: 4-6 Don’t Forget to visit our sister Location

Visit to see our complete seasonal menu, as well as, our wine and craft beer selections.

200 S Ridge St, Breckenridge • 970.547.7100 Happy hour 4-6 • Dinner 5-9:30 reservations recommended Don’t Forget to visit our sister Location

Visit to see our complete seasonal menu, as well as, our wine and craft beer selections.

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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Event Guide

Spring 2014

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


MARCH March 15 – 16, 2014 Terrain Park Boot Camp, Snowmass March 16, 2013 Aspen Santa Fe Ballet March 16, 2013 Full Moon Party, Crested Butte March 17, 2014 Wheeler Opera House presents Monday Docs: Fore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, Aspen March 17, 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Train, Durango March 17, 2014 St. Paddy’s Day Celebration, Snowmass March 17, 2014 Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display, Steamboat Springs 74

March 17 – 19, 2014 Ririe-Woodbury Dance Ensemble, Ouray March 17 – 22, 2014 U14 Championships, Winter Park March 19, 2014 Aspen Writer’s Foundation – Winter Words presents Tom Reiss, Aspen

March 21, 2014 Wheeler Opera House presents The Company Men, Aspen March 21, 2014 Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series, Aspen. March 21 – 22, 2014 JAS Cafe Downstairs @ the Little Nell: Lavay Smith & The Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Aspen.

March 19, 2014 Wheeler Opera House presents The Fly Fishing Film Tour, Aspen

March 21, 2014 STARS of Tomorrow Camp, Steamboat Springs

March 19, 2014 Center for the Arts Presents Patty Larkin, Crested Butte

March 22, 2014 Applause!, Breckenridge

March 19 – 23, 2014 American Ski Classic, Vail March 20, 2014 Wheeler Opera House presents Live from the Met in HD: Falstaff, Aspen March 20, 2014 Cupcakes and Canvases, Keystone March 20, 2014 CB Film Fest Presents Muscle Shoals, Crested Butte

March 22, 2014 Ski Town Break Down Featuring Matisyahu, Crested Butte March 22, 2014 After Hours Snowshoe Tour, Durango durango-snowshoeing.aspx March 22, 2014 Saturdays at the Station, Keystone March 22, 2014 Albritton Demo Day, Monarch Mountain. March 22, 2014 Butterfly Roundup, Monarch Mountain

March 20 – April 20, 2014 Breck Spring Fever, Breckenridge spring-break

March 22, 2014 4th Annual Cabin Fever Dance, Silver Plume

March 21, 2014 Alpenglow Ascents Rando Series (1 of 3, ), Arapahoe Basin calendar.aspx

March 22, 2014 Bud Light Rocks the Boat, Steamboat Springs

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March 22, 2014 Winter Park Wipe Out, Winter Park

March 26 – 30, 2014 NASTAR National Championships, Aspen.

March 28 – 29, 2014 The Grand Traverse, Crested Butte

March 22 – 23, 2014 YSL Championships, Copper Mountain

March 26 – 30, 2014March 21, 2014 Bud Light Big Air Friday, Snowmass

March 28, 2014 Bud Light Big Air Friday, Snowmass

March 26–April 9, 2014 USASA Nationals, Copper Mountain

March 29, 2014 Aspen Santa Fe Ballet – Encore!, Aspen.

March 27, 2014 Wheeler Opera House presents Live from the MET in HD: Rusalka, Aspen

March 29, 2014 Elk Mountains Grand Traverse, Aspen/Crested Butte

March 27, 2013 ArtWalk Evenings, Crested Butte

March 29, 2014 Taste of Crested Butte, Crested Butte

March 27 – 39, 2014 Vail Film Festival, Vail

March 29, 2014 The Center for the Arts Presents Frequent Flyers, Crested Butte

March 23, 2014 The Al Johnson Telemark Race, Crested Butte March 24, 2014 Wheeler Opera House presents Monday Docs: Maidentrip, Aspen March 25, 2014 Center for the Arts Presents Eilen Jewell, Crested Butte March 25, 2014 Breck Ascent Series, Breckenridge

March 29, 2014 Saturdays at the Station, Keystone

April 3, 2014 Open Bard Poetry Series, Ridgeway.

March 29, 2014 New Belgium Brewing Scavenger Hunt, Loveland

April 3, 2014 First Thursday Art Walk, Telluride

March 29, 2014 Kayaks on Snow, Monarch Mountain For more information and registration, call 719.530.5081. March 29, 2014 Bud Light Rocks the Boat, Steamboat Springs March 30, 2014 Wheeler Opera House presents Dark Star Orchestra, Aspen March 30, 2014 2nd Annual Silver Queen Pageant, Crested Butte March 30, 2014 Edesia Wine & Food Festival, Palisade

April 4, 2014 Alpenglow Ascents Rando Series (2 of 3, ), Arapahoe Basin calendar.aspx April 4, 2014 First Friday, Carbondale April 4, 2014 First Friday Art Walk & Music, Gunnison April 4, 2014 The Center for the Arts Presents Telluride Theatre Burlesque, Crested Butte April 5, 2014 2014 Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival, Breckenridge

March 31, 2014 Aspen Writer’s Foundation – Winter Words presents Maria Semple, Aspen

April 5, 2014 Slush Huck/Pond Skim, Crested Butte


April 5, 2014 Red Bull Schlittentag, Keystone

April 1 – 13, 2014 Springalicious Festival, Steamboat springalicious-festival.aspx April 2, 2014 Masters of Tradition, Durango April 2 – 5, 2014 Taste of Vail, Vail April 2 – 6, 2014 46th Annual Flauschink, Crested Butte April 3, 2014 Kathleen Madigan, Durango 76

April 3 – 4, 2014

April 5, 2014 Bud Light Rocks the Boat, Steamboat Springs April 5, 2014 Cody’s Challenge, Steamboat Springs events/2014/04/cody-challenge.aspx April 5, 2014 Pink Vail, Vail April 5, 2014 SnowDash, Winter Park April 5 – 6, 2014 Rocky Mountain Division Open Moguls, Arapahoe Basin

April 5 – 6, 2014 Musical Melodrama, Silver Plume April 6, 2014 Closing Day: Buttermilk Mountain April 6, 2014 First Sundays – An Intimate Cabaret Experience, Dillon April 7 – 20, 2014 Spring Back to Vail, Vail April 8 – 14, 2014 Aspen Film Shortsfest 2014, Aspen April 9, 2014 Breck Ascent Series, Breckenridge aspx?page=1344 or call 970-453-1734. April 10-13, 2014 The Ultimate Snowmobile Event, Crested Butte April 10-13, 2014 Palisade Art Lovers 34th Annual Peach Blossom Art Show, Palisade April 11 – 12, 2014 6th Annual Palisade International Honey Bee Festival, Palisade php April 12, 2014 Moonlight Dinner – A Night in Italy, Arapahoe Basin April 12, 2014 WinterBike, Leadville/Copper Mountain event/161/?instance_id= April 12, 2014 34th Annual Cardboard Classic, Steamboat Springs springalicious-festival.aspx April 12 – 13, 2014 Sunsation, Copper Mountain activities/calendar/1075275127

April 12 – 13, 2014 52nd Annual Loveland Derby

April 17, 2014 Country Western Dance, Silverthorne aspx?page=17&recordid=1025

April 12 – 13, 2014 Musical Melodrama, Silver Plume

April 18, 2014 Beer-Pairing Dinner, Devil’s Thumb Ranch

April 12 – 13, 2014 Bud Light Rocks the Boat, Steamboat Springs

April 18 – 20, 2014 Maverick Classic, Fruita/Grand Junction/ Palisade html

April 12 – 23, 2014 Restaurant Week, Estes Park special-events/restaurant-week/

April 18 – 20, 2014 Desert R.A.T.S. Trailrunning Festival, Fruita festival/

April 13, 2014 Closing Day: Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Mountain

April 19, 2014 The Color Run, Copper Mountain

April 13, 2014 Imperial Challenge, Breckenridge

April 19, 2014 Sunsation – 2nd Weekend, Copper Mountain activities/calendar/633321409

April 13, 2014 Tentative Closing Date, conditions permitting, Devil’s Thumb

April 19, 2014 Peanuts The Easter Beagle Express, Durango

April 13, 2014 Closing Day Parking Lot Cook-off & Tailgate Party, Monarch Mountain April 13, 2014 Closing Day and 7th Splashdown Pond Skim, Steamboat Springs events/2014/04/7th-annual-splashdown-pondskim.aspx April 13, 2014 Jeff Solon Jazz Trio, Ouray music/104-jeff-solon-trio April 16, 2014 25th Annual Enduro, Arapahoe Basin mountain/calendar.aspx April 16, 2014 California Guitar Trio, Durango April 17, 2014 CB Film Fest Presents Maidentrip, Crested Butte 78

April 19, 2014 3rd Annual Rumble at 18 Road, Fruita April 19 – 20, 2014 Winter Park Springtopia, Winter Park April 20, 2014 Beach’N Egg Hunt, Arapahoe Basin April 20, 2014 Schneetag, Snowmass

April 20, 2014 Closing Day, Vail April 20 – 21, 2014 Springtopia, Winter Park events.html April 24-26, 2014 The Durango Wine Experience, Durango April 24-27, 2014 5 Point Film Festival, Carbondale April 24-27, 2014 Stanley Film Festivel, Estes Park April 24-27, 2014 19th Annual Fruita Fat Tire Festival, Fruita April 25, 2014 Alpenglow Ascents Rando Series (3 of 3), Arapahoe Basin calendar.aspx April 25, 2014 Ouray ForkFest, Ouray April 26, 2014 Corn Harvest Benefit Ski Party, Loveland April 26 -27, 2014 “Barrel Into Spring” Wine Tasting, Grand Junction & Palisade April 28, 2014 Breckenridge Closing Day


April 20, 2014 Closing Day: Aspen Mountain and Snowmass.

May 1, 2014 Open Bard Poetry Series, Ridgeway

April 20, 2014 The World’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt, Copper Mountain

May 1, 2014 First Thursday Art Walk, Telluride

April 20, 2014 Slush Cup, Keystone

May 2, 2014 First Friday, Carbondale

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May 2, 2014 First Friday Art Walk & Music, Gunnison May 2 – 3, 2014 Narrow Gauge Days Durango May 2 – 3, 2014 10th Annual 18 Hours of Fruita Fat Tire Festival, Fruita May 2 – 3, 2014 Brews & Cruz Festival, Palisade May 3, 2014 Shakin’ at the Basin May Concert Series, Arapahoe Basin May 3, 2014 Collegiate Peaks Trail Run, Buena Vista May 3, 2014 Estes Park Duck Race, Estes Park special-events/duck-race/ May 3, 2014 George Town Loop Rail Road Opens, Georgetown

May 3 – 4, 2014 Grand Valley Dressage Society Horse Show, Grand Junction

May 10, 2014 Grand Valley Marathon, Palisade

May 3 – 4, 2014 Musical Melodrama, Silver Plume

May 10, 2014 Hayden Cog Run, Hayden php

May 4, 2014 First Sundays – An Intimate Cabaret Experience, Dillon

May 14, 2014 Vail Whitewater Race Series, Vail

May 4, 2014 18th Annual Rose Hill Rally, Grand Junction

May 15, 2014 CB Film Fest Presents “Spinning Plates”, Crested Butte

May 10, 2014 Shakin’ at the Basin May Concert Series, Arapahoe Basin calendar.aspx

May 16, 2014 Country Western Dance, Silverthorne aspx?page=17&recordid=1025

May 10, 2014 Dandelion Day, Carbondale

May 16 - 18, 2014 Grand Mesa Llama Classic, Grand Junction

May 10, 2014 Canine on the Creek 5K Run/Walk, Dumont May 10, 2014 Desert R.A.T.S. Classic 100K MTB Race & 50K Fat Tire Ride, Fruita

May 16 – 18, 2014 5th Annual Car Show, Pagosa Springs May 16 – June 28, 2014 TOP Jewels Jewelry Exhibition, Durango


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May 17, 2014 Shakin’ at the Basin May Concert Series, Arapahoe Basin

May 21, 2014 Vail Whitewater Race Series, Vail

May 17, 2014 Ride for the Pass, Aspen

May 23, 2014 Spirit Challenge php

May 17, 2014 Double Box of the Piedra, Durango more information. May 17, 2014 Frisco Town Clean-Up Day & Appreciation Party, Frisco for more information. May 17, 2014 Sage Burner, Gunnison May 17, 2014 Healy House Museum Opens for the Season, Leadville May 17 – 18, 2014 Jazz Fest&Art Walk, Estes Park special-events/jazz-fest-and-art-walk/ May 17 – 18, 2014 Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, Fruita May 17 – 18, 2014 L’Eroica (The Hero) 2014 Bike Race, Grand Junction May 17 – 18, 2014 2014 “Barrel Into Spring” Wine Tasting, Grand Junction & Palisade May 17 – 18, 2014 Weekend Warrior Fishing Tournament, Gunnison May 17 – 18, 2014 Rockin’ Bhakti Yoga Weekend, Steamboat Springs rockin-bhakti-yoga-weekend May 21 – 26, 2014 Mountainfilm in Telluride, Telluride

May 23 -25, 2014 Paddle Fest & Buena Vista Pro Whitewater Rodeo, Buena Vista or call 888-265-2925. May 23 -26, 2014 Feast! Vail May 23 – 27, 2014 36th Annual Mountainfilm Festival, Telluride May 24, 2014 Shakin’ at the Basin May Concert Series, Arapahoe Basin calendar.aspx May 24, 2014 Double Box of the Piedra, Durango Available only on May 24th and 31st. May 24, 2014 Whitewater Rafts & Brewery Crafts, Durango May 24 – 26, 2014 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Durango May 24, 2014 Gunnison Growler Weekend, Gunnison May 24 – 26, 2014 Memorial Day Weekend, Estes Park special-events/memorial-day-weekend/ May 25, 2014 13th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs, Arapahoe Basin calendar.aspx May 25, 2014 The Ultra Upper Animas, Durango

May 25 -26, 2014 Vail Valor Races, Vail May 25, 2014 Frisco’s Rockin’ Dock Park, Frisco rockin-dock-party-season-opening-celebration/ May 28, 2014 Vail Whitewater Race Series, Vail May 31, 2014 Shakin’ at the Basin May Concert Series, Arapahoe Basin calendar.aspx May 31, 2014 Double Box of the Piedra, Durango May 31, 2014 Whitewater Rafts & Brewery Crafts, Durango (970) 247-4789 or visit www.mild2wildrafting. com/specials/whitewater-rafts-brewery-crafts. html May 31, 2014 Gold Mining Days at the Georgetown Loop Rail Road, Georgetown May 31, 2014 Turquoise Lake Half Marathon, Leadville May 31, 2014 The World’s Greatest Living Songwriters Of All Time Tour, Ouray May 31 – June 1, 2014 Special Olympics Colorado Summer Games, Grand Junction May 31, 2014 Bristlecone Foundation Legacy Forest Planting, Silverthorne aspx?page=17&recordid=1267

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Closing Notes

A Call to Conserve by: Art Burrows

During the next 50 years we are facing water challenges unlike any we have seen in the last 400 years in the west. How we adapt with these challenges is up to us and will reflect what our values are and where our priorities are going. There will be many strategies involved and many new novel approaches to conserving a valuable resource that 36 million Americans can’t exist without. Will unrestrained population, energy and economic growth continue? Or will we begin to plan and adapt on a broad urban and energy scale, adapting to the finite resources which every other living thing on the planet is ultimately limited by? Each year, on average we have a 1.2 million acre foot deficit in the Colorado River Basin. To understand this amount think of 5 completely full Dillon Reservoirs. That is the amount of water that we are annually using, but is not replenished in the Colorado River Basin. Now add reliable forecasts in Climate Change. Read on: As a result of climate change, the mean annual runoff in the Colorado River Basin is projected to decrease by 8.5% by 2050. In the future, this will have wide ranging effects on how we use and manage water from eastern Colorado all the way to Mexico. For positive changes to happen it is up to us to decide in the next 20, 50 and 100 years, using the tools we have, intelligent urban planning, water conservation and realistic population limits that relate to actual resource availability. Perhaps the best way to approach this challenge is to think of what we would like to leave our children and how much do we really need to be happy with our lives. Ironically cities like Las Vegas are doing the best job of conservation at the moment. We are not far behind with regard to living in a limited resource environment and will need to take notes if we want a sustainable water future that balances our needs with the natural river systems of the Colorado River Basin. 82


You’re not limiting happy to an hour

Here the simple things make your days full of wonder. A cruiser bike ride to your new favorite coffee shop. Canoeing with views of snowcapped peaks. A walk to somewhere you’ve only seen on your screen saver. A concert in the park. Your happy hour is now 24 hours.


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