MTN Town Magazine - Spring/Summer 2018 Issue

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Townhomes Just two miles from the Winter Park ski area, in the heart of the Fraser Valley reveals Grand Park - a community representing that perfect balance of recreation, entertainment, socialization, and relaxation. Offering a wide range of home types from a townhome, condo, cottage or custom villa, Grand Park has something for everyone. Homes designed to fit the natural setting which is truly authentic to Colorado. Make memories that will last generations. Homes starting in the 300s. Visit our website and discover your new Colorado mountain home. Call to schedule a tour today 970.726.8700

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Wow, it has been warm. Spring actually feels like spring and that has not happened in a long time. I am enjoying the warmth and early start to the mountain biking season. At 10,000ft it takes a little longer for the leaves, flowers, and grass to really get going. The canopy of green is popping early, along with a profusion of wildflowers. Four years ago, as we were finishing up the second winter issue of MTN Town Magazine, I realized that the majority of the stories we were publishing involved men and very few women were discussed. It was relatively shocking to my female senses, but right in tune with the industry that surrounds us up here in the mountains. I remember when I first moved to Summit County and I walked into the Breckenridge Brewery, other than a single waitress there were no women to be found in that establishment. The statistics have changed since 1990 but the truth is there are still more guys than gals here. Looking at winter snow sport participant statistics the ratio is about 60% men and 40% women (SIA). In Mountain Biking, the statistics are even lower, somewhere between 10% to 30% of all mountain bikers are female (PinkBike). The outdoor industry is male-heavy but there are a lot of women out there making themselves known and influencing these sports. It is encouraging to note that the female tide is rising since we began publishing the magazine too. We do make 95% of the purchasing decisions so you know who holds the purse strings. The question is, are we (us females) treating ourselves to the good stuff? Now I know behind every good man is a great woman and we decided on that day to create one magazine a year that featured some of the amazing women living and working in our Colorado mountain towns and communities. We have stayed true to that promise and deliver to you our fourth year of ‘Women Who Rock the Rockies’. On the following pages, you will hear about some amazing entrepreneurs, authors, restaurateurs, philanthropists, musicians and more. All are women contributing to our communities and making them a better place to live. We also stayed true to including a token male within the issue. You will find him notable and worthy of the coverage at the end of our feature section. In addition, we discuss the incredible little town of Eagle and have some great information on events, music, festivals, and activities to plan for in Colorado’s mountain towns this summer. Read, enjoy and get out, it’s time for summer; the reason we stayed! Enjoy, Our mountain towns are so special. ~ Holly Battista-Resignolo, Publisher


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Eagle This Mountain Town Rips! by Joy Martin Photo: Devon Balet


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Get Dirty . Leave Happy From the sage-dusted mesas folding around the Town of Eagle, the sounds of hootin’ and hollerin’ rise from dusty trails framed by pinyons and juniper. Wild animals? Kind of. It’s really just the raucous exclamations of a community gone mad over singletrack. The adults in this high-desert haven have long been spinning their wheels to develop over 100-miles of trails. With nearly 1,200-acres of Town-owned open space, a trails coalition and a bunch of parents excited to usher in their minions to taste the sweet nectar of dirt, Eagle is now ripe for the pickin’, and the next generation is happily at work helping create the country’s first ever Singletrack Sidewalks program. Yep. Little rippers can now get an adrenaline rush on their way to study reading, writing and ‘rithmetic. One astute parent, Mike McCormack (of Breck Epic fame), noticed ribbons of singletrack paralleling the paved pathways connecting Eagle’s seven main neighborhoods and two public elementary schools. The trails weren’t consistent, but they did reveal the natural contours of the land where kids had cut corners. Instead of scolding the children away from their organic design process, McCormack banded with a couple of other trail nuts and got the city to approve a trail building project that would incorporate the eyes and hands of the youngsters. Now, mountain bike practice has turned into a part of the daily routine, and parents have only to fear that their offspring will quickly outpace and outrace them. It’s no secret that dirt makes people happy especially in mountain towns. The Town of Eagle has embraced their plethora of earth and instilled that pride and joy in the hearts of the youth. They’ll host the 11th-annual Eagle Outside Festival on June 1 to show-off their hard work and inspire visitors to take the gospel back to their own communities. Because, at the end of it all, two wheels are better than four. If all this dust and grime makes you thirsty, another Eagle treasure can take care of that. Bonfire Brewing was founded in 2010 in downtown Eagle crafting their brew from 100-percent pure Brush Creek water. They host the Bonfire Block Party coinciding with the Eagle Outside Festival, featuring live music from big names, like Sam Bush, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and more. Meanwhile, 7 Hermits Brewing sits up the street in Eagle Ranch, a master-planned residential community founded in 2001. Seven Hermits happily pours its own tasty concoctions and cooks up scrumptious vittles, offering up the perfect complement to a day spent riding bikes. But it’s not all about bikes in a town where a river runs through it. This summer, the Eagle River Park

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opens Phase 1 of its $5.7 million worldclass whitewater park. Kayakers, rafters, standup paddlers and tubers will get their faces full of Eagle River spray, while fisherman up- and downstream will still enjoy finding some solitude in these Gold Medal waters. Don’t let the gold fool you. The Town of Eagle sits 30-minutes downvalley of Vail and Beaver Creek’s glitz and glamour. While there are second homeowners and retirees, as in all mountain towns, Eagle maintains the sense of a place you could easily call home. It’s laidback and unassuming, a humble facade hiding a wellspring of riches. The storybook setting sits at 6,600feet above sea level. It’s built around 16

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the Eagle River and Brush Creek flowing between Eagle Ranch and downtown Eagle. Besides providing the natural spring for the breweries, Brush Creek serves as the perfect biome for buzzing wildlife and idyllic birdsong alongside the burbling, meandering creek. It’s little wonder that weddings, reunions and other community events book throughout the year at the Brush Creek Pavilion in the heart of this wetland oasis. Besides the Pavilion, Eagle has plenty of park space dotting town, including Town Park. On Thursday evenings throughout the summer, pack a picnic blanket and mosey down to the free concert series. There’s also free Yoga in the Park on Sunday’s, if you’re looking to get your Namaste on. The yoga adds balance to the endless offerings of trail running and mountain bike races taking place from April 15 till the snow flies. See?! It’s impossible to not talk about Eagle without talking about the beloved bicycle. But it makes sense to keep human-powered recreation at the hub of the conversation, considering the Climate Action Collaborative for the Eagle County Community launched in 2016. Bicycles are just one aspect of this countywide plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25-percent by 2025, and 80-percent by 2050.

The adults are savvy to the fact that it’s imperative for the youth to also roll up their sleeves and help lead the county toward sustainability. This is one reason parents couldn’t be more tickled to see their kids pedaling from home to school and beyond to the many camps and programs offered through WECMRD, the public library and more. One project-based learning model has popped up via the new Zealous Schools founded by Geoff Grimmer. Designed with the intent to spark passion in the youth, Zealous launches their flagship program for the 2018-2019 school year. In line with the community’s Climate Action Plan to be Zero Energy, Zealous plans to add solar panels to their building, which is located on Capitol Street in Eagle Ranch close to the Eagle Community Gardens and within biking distance of the pool and ice rink. Zealous students are required to complete 10 hours of community service each year. They’re encouraged to pick projects that they think their skills and innovation would best be utilized in. If that means following in their parent’s pedal strokes, imagine the Singletrack Sidewalks of the future! But I digress. It’s not all about the bikes. It’s also about coffee. Take downtown Eagle icon, Yeti’s Grind, for instance. They’ve been pouring up “small town comfort in a cup” since 2006, when



Nate and Tara Picklo opened doors to a community that makes all of the magic happen. Because who would have energy without a jolt of Joe? Meanwhile, back on the Ranch, Color Coffee Roasters opened in 2016. Like Bonfire Brewing’s humble beginnings as homebrewers, Color Coffee also started as a home roasting operation. They’ve since set out on a mission to create “an oasis of deliciousness and hospitality.” Caution: these guys are absolute fanatical hipsters, so expect only the utmost attention to detail and delicate latte art served by beard- and flannel-wearing natives. If all of this weaving and bobbing between Eagle Ranch and downtown Eagle makes you hungry, check out homemade empanadas at Loncheria Primabere or “the best damn East Coast Italian Tomato Sauce this side of the Mississippi” at Pastatively. For trendy, checkout Owashi Sushi on Broadway, or dress it down with a stop at the Brush Creek Saloon. And then get the hell out of town because there’s more to see. Ten miles southeast of Eagle, Sylvan Lake State Park is the perfect day-trip destination to take a fishing pole and some Moe’s Original Bar B Cue. Kick it under the gaze of towering pines and a horizon filled with mountain tops. For a real adventure, continue down the dirt road through resplendent aspen groves to find endless trailheads leading to high alpine lakes and wildlife hideouts. In the winter, this road shuts down and a whole new world opens to backcountry skiers, riders and snowmobilers. For the ultimate Rocky Mountain experience, book a stay at one of the 10th Mountain Division huts nestled in the White River National Forest. There’s nothing as cozy as schussing in blower powder by day and then snuggling by a crackling fire at night over whiskey and card games. If backcountry skiing isn’t your cup of tea, don’t forget that Vail and Beaver Creek are just a 30-minute shuttle up Interstate 70. While you’ll enjoy some of the world’s finest ski terrain, you’ll be happy to drive back to the arms of Eagle, where 7,000 of your new best friends await with open arms, hot coffee, cold beer and plenty of opportunities to talk about - you guessed it - bicycles. Because, at the end of it all, it is all about the bikes. And the kids. Really, it’s all about the people who pour their hearts and souls into making the Town of Eagle a dream place to visit, and maybe even live. County workers, massage therapists, trail builders, baristas, nail salon technicians, restaurateurs, contractors, real estate agents, teachers, grocery store clerks: it’s the faces that grace the sidewalks (singletrack or otherwise) who really add the spice of life to this little town in the Rockies. But don’t take our word for it. Find out what Eagle’s really all about on your next mountain town journey. Pack your appetite for adventure, and prepare to join in the revelry, hootin’ and hollerin’ alongside those tan, singletrack-slap-happy locals. Your heart will thank you.

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16 years ago Patty Denny got up her courage to bring her incredible truffles around the town of Telluride to see if she could drum up some interest in a business she was interested in starting. Friends and acquaintances had raved over her dark delicious treats, so too did everyone she brought those chocolates to. Today Patty has a thriving business in Telluride. It is a must stop anytime MTN Town Magazine is in fabulous Telluride. Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Wine and Tequila infused Chocolates, Raspberry or Banana flavored and more. So good! Stop in. 101 N. Fir Street or order online:

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An important consideration when selecting a quality sunscreen is its ability to stay on the skin and maintain effectiveness while under exposure to elements like water. In our high altitude communities this becomes very important for athletic activities involving contact with the environment. SPORT SPF30 was designed with longevity and the upmost effectiveness in mind. This water resistant sunscreen uses the synergistic properties of Titanium Dioxide and Octinoxate to prevent sunburn. It is perfectly suited for anyone who plans to spend long active amounts of time under the sun. Water resistant silicone oils help to maintain a solid hydrophobic barrier for 40 minutes duration, while Aloe and Green Tea (antioxidant) along with a blend of nourishing oils, including Vitamin E help moisturize, protect and invigorate the skin.

Pink Vail 2018 Astounds!

Pink Vail had one of the most successful years of Fundraising in their events history. Wow! A goal of $800,000 was exceeded for Shaw Cancer Center’s Spirit of Survival program. CONGRATS - $934,169 was Raised! 18

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One of the greatest parts of living in our Colorado mountain towns is having a pet to accompany us on all of our adventures. RMU has a fantastic new collar that has an embedded water bowl, that zips out with ease, so your fur baby always has an easy place to take a drink. If you’re like us, your dog says no way to the water bottle mouth squirt. Even better is the p-cord leash contained in the collar as a quick restraint and use in emergency situations. The dog collar can also be integrated into RMU’s Core Pack.

The Telluride AIDS Benefit (TAB) announced that 2018 was one of the most successful fundraising years ever for the organization. TAB will distribute $160,000 to nine beneficiary organizations in Colorado, Utah, and Africa. To date, TAB has distributed $2.7 million dollars.


MTN COOKBOOKS This book is the tastiest curation of recipes inspired by Telluride local Marla Meridith’s alpine travels around the world. There are tempting nibbles for everything you could ever desire, Belly-Filling Breakfasts, Freshies: Salads and Veggies, Savory Fare, Aprés All Day, Lucious Libations and last but not least…Alpine Desserts. Grab your copy from this mountain town gal for yourself or a friend. Perfect for summer and winter entertaining.

There is a sanctuary in the Carbondale that offers yoga, spa services, high prana foods, a peace garden w/ labyrinth and a reflexology path. Al of it is amazing but we love the reflexology path. Reflexology is an ancient healing art using points on the feet that correspond to various parts of the body. This path is made of natural stones in a variety of shapes and patterns, designed to massage and stimulate those reflexology points. This is Head to True Nature Healing Art Center in Carbondale to experience one of the very rare paths found in the United States.

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A beloved mountain town institution went through a year-long facelift that is about to be unveiled this summer. The Town of Dillon Amphitheater has been holding incredible events for 25 years and is known for their Friday and Saturday night concerts, with top-notch headliners and unparalleled views. In addition to music it also serves as a host to numerous, diverse, civic events such as dance nights, movie nights, naturalization ceremonies and other community services. The Dillon Amphitheatre has been aging and not meeting the demands of the towns audiences. Improvements to the facility were first prioritized in 2010 and were subsequently put on hold in favor of Marina improvements. In 2016, council revisited the project and determined it was time to take steps to enhance the facility. Work began in 2017 and will conclude this June. Facility improvements will include: • Increased and improved restroom facilities • Improved Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility • Streamlined backstage loading and unloading capabilities • Bigger Stage to Handle Larger Acts • An enhanced grade of grass seating area • Wider stairways and increased walkway • New and larger concession buildings With all that planning, some reward - a beautiful new amphitheater for one of the best open-air music venues in Colorados mountain towns premieres this summer. w w

PROTECTING YOUR HOME FROM WILDFIRE This year we all need to be concerned about wildfire and our homes. Here Are Some Tips To Protect Your Home From Wildfire:

Actively manage your roof. Clean roof and gutters of pine needles and leaves at least twice a year to eliminate an ignition source for potential fires. This eliminates an ignition source for firebrands, especially during hot, dry weather. • Stack firewood away from your house. Locate firewood at least 15 feet uphill from your home. Do not stack firewood under the deck. • Remove unhealthy vegetation. Trees and shrubs that are stressed, diseased, dead or dying should be removed so that they do not become a fuel source for potential fires.


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Create defensible space on flat ground a minimum of 75 feet around a home. Increase this diameter if the structure is located on a slope. Thin out continuous tree and brush (shrub) cover around structures. Remove flammable vegetation from within the initial 15 feet around structures. Beyond the initial 15 feet, thin trees to achieve 10-12 foot crown spacing. Occasionally, clumps of two or three trees are acceptable for a more natural appearance, if additional space surrounds them. Mow grasses and weeds to a height of six inches or less for a distance of 30 feet from all structures. Prune tree branches within the defensible space up to a height of 10 feet above ground.

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Dispose of all slash and debris left from thinning by either chipping, hauling away or piling and burning if allowed. Contact your local fire department or local Colorado State Forest Service forester for burning restrictions and/or assistance. Remove shrubs and small trees or other potential ladder fuels from beneath large trees. Left in place, these fuels can carry a ground fire into tree crowns. Trim any branches extending over roofs, and remove branches within 15 feet of chimneys. Place liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) containers at least 30 feet from structures. Clear anything flammable, including vegetation, from within 10 feet of all tanks.


The Leave No Trace Seven Principles are the bedrock of the Leave No Trace program. They provide guidance to enjoy our natural world in a sustainable way that avoids human-created impacts. The principles have been adapted so they can be applied in your backyard or your backcountry. Plan Ahead and Prepare Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit. Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies. Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use. Visit in small groups when possible. Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups. Repackage food to minimize waste. Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow. Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams. Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary. In popular areas: Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites. Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy. Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where Leave What You Find vegetation is absent. Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic In pristine areas: structures and artifacts. Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them. trails. Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species. Avoid places where impacts are just beginning. Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches. Dispose of Waste Properly Minimize Campfire Impacts Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the environment. Use a areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light. food and litter. Where fires are permitted, use established fire rings, fire pans, or Deposit solid human waste in catholes dug 6 to 8 inches mound fires. deep, at least 200 feet from water, camp and trails. Cover and disguise the cathole when finished Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand. Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet scatter cool ashes. away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater. Respect Wildlife Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely. Control pets at all times, or leave them at home. Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter. Be Considerate of Other Visitors Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience. Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail. Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock. Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors. Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises. To further educate yourself head to

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Welcome to the season of color! Spring and Summer shocks the senses dulled by winter. - Grand County, Colorado by Darian Simon-Toliver


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Mother Knows Best... No one ventures lightly into the Alaska wilderness. Careful planning, calculation and only the toughest gear will do. So when Thor Tingey returned from yet another epic packrafting trip (a combination of backpacking and rafting) outside of Chugiak with his raft weighted down by patches (again), he went straight to the best resource around for a definitive solution: his mother. A seamstress and gear designer by trade, Sheri Tingey was as determined as her son to fix the holey boat once and for all. Before he left for the trip, it’d weighed 3.5-pounds; upon his return, the patches tipped the scales to 13-pounds. This was madness. It was Y2K, for crying out loud. So she did as any sensible, nimble-fingered craftswoman would do: she disappeared to the basement and hand-built him a packraft from the best materials around. An avid kayaker, Sheri tested these crafts herself. Word of mouth fueled an interest in Sheri’s hardy rafts. She named the business Alpacka Raft. The boats didn’t sink. Or Spit. Soon after, Thor met his future wife, Sarah, who came on board to help with the burgeoning enterprise. In the beginning, Sarah and Sheri would frequent the Alaska State 24

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Fair to promote their wares, but after one too many days suffering in the pouring rain, begging people to visit their tarp-covered booth, taking turns buying Elephant Ears to pass the time, Sheri decided enough was enough. She launched a website. Seventeen years later, these long-lasting, high-quality rafts have redefined the curious sport. From navigating technical slot canyons to floating in the solace of an alpine lake with fishing pole in hand, every Alpacka Raft is pieced together to be the most effective packraft in the world for whatever adventure is calling to you. “[Packrafts] make water accessible for people in a way it wasn’t before,” says Sarah Tingey. “You’re not going to hike in a 100-pound boat, but carrying in an eight-pound boat can open up all sorts of terrain.” Tingey points out that packrafts are much more stable than kayaks, which can be tippy and unnerving for folks who aren’t used to water sports. And for people who don’t want to invest in an entire oar fleet, raft trailer, etcetera, packrafts open up all sorts of options, from ocean paddling, hunting and fishing access, family trips, solo trips, scientific exploration and of course running backcountry whitewater.

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“There really isn’t an average demographic,” says Tingey. “For instance, we have customers who never want to see whitewater. The only thing that’s standard is the desire to get out and experience nature on their own terms and want this vehicle to provide that flexibility.”

packraft adventures. Between sponsors and a silent auction, the event raised $10,000. Alpacka Raft has plans to work with other organizations to grow the festival June 29-30, 2018 and help turn it into a platform for promoting conservation and environmental stewardship.

While Alpacka Raft basecamp moved from Alaska to Mancos in Southwest Colorado in 2009, the primal spirit of the company remains the same. Captained by Sheri, Thor and Sarah, the team of 15 to 20 employees, depending on the season, takes pride in providing folks with the tools they need to pursue the adventures of their wildest dreams. The boats, which are light enough to stuff into a backpack, are shipped all over the globe, from Mongolia and Siberia to Antarctica and Argentina.

To further their involvement in conservation efforts, Alpacka Raft joined over 100 other Colorado Outdoor Businesses last summer in signing a letter to Colorado senators challenging them to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and keep it closed to any fossil fuel development.

The impact of the company extends beyond stem and stern to their surrounding community. For instance, in late Spring of 2017, a local business had a ruinous fire that put dozens of employees out of work. One Alpacka Raft employee suggested partnering with Mancos Valley Resources to host a film festival in order to raise money for their struggling neighbors. They signed on as the title sponsor for the inaugural Mancos Valley River Film Festival. “[The fire] gave us a very urgent and actionable need,” says Tingey. Despite the last-minute notice, nearly 300 people showed up for the five short films -all of which featured river focused, 26

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By supporting their local community and standing up for the global climate, Alpacka Raft thrives on constant, forward-motion mentality. This pioneer spirit earned them a nomination for the prestigious Wright award presented annually by Something Independent. But the biggest concern for the river rats isn’t if they’ll win but what the heck they’ll wear to the event?! Well-loved Chaco’s and shreds of recycled packraft material will probably win out over suit and tie. The Tingey’s don’t care so long as they’re getting more people out into the wild places. Check out these stellar people and their madein-the-USA crafts during Alpacka’s new showroom hours, Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in downtown Mancos. Happy paddling!

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MEDICINE RANCH A vanguard of integrated medicine

There is a new kind of mountain town draw: Wellness and Telluride’s Medicine Ranch is a vanguard of integrated medicine A couple decades ago, Telluride, like many mountain towns, was known primarily for its hedonistic aspects: powder skiing, rowdy music festivals and lively late-night bar scenes. But that’s changing as these towns grow up, says Joshua Geetter, who’s been practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Telluride for 16 years. These days, he says, mountain towns are also emerging as vanguards of health and wellness. “Now people come from all around the world for integrated medicine, health, beauty and wellness,” Geetter says. Geetter is living proof. He and his partner, essential oil expert Judy Godec, opened their integrated medicine business, Medicine Ranch, two and a half years ago in Telluride. And, they say, they launched the shop just in time to coincide with a wave of consumer interest in self-care, wellness and natural health. “We just jumped into a stream that was already starting to flow,” Geetter says. “What we’re doing 28

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is resounding with what people are looking for, and it’s just developing a life of its own from there.” The brick and mortar shop is split into two parts. The front of the store is an aromatic and softly-lit retail space filled with tinctures, essential oils, crystals, gemstones, elixirs, soaps and herbs, along with Godec’s organic skincare line, Venus and Vetiver. You can find tinctures for respiratory rescue, salves for muscle recovery and gemstones known for particular healing properties. The back of the store, meanwhile, is home to a treatment room, where Geetter practices acupuncture, herbology, bodywork and oriental medicine, as well as a production space where he prepares his medicine using organic ingredients, including plants, like arnica harvested in the San Juan Mountains. As a general practitioner, Geetter provides the gamut of care. “What I try to bring to the table is the lineage-based wisdom that can work for anything from the common cold to cancer, and from anxiety to zygote health,” he says. The pair met seven years ago as professionals and found they had

much in common; both worked to provide effective medical care based on ancient healing traditions. “It grew very naturally into us collaborating,” Geetter says. While Godec ran her business through an e-commerce site, Geetter was selling his tinctures and herbs from a small treatment space. Neither was particularly interested in retail, but felt they had the momentum to launch a joint venture. “It was kind of a leap of faith,” Godec says. “But it’s been so rewarding. It doesn’t really feel like retail, it feels like a living room. People come in all day and we chat about health and natural medicine.” While they’ve been steeped in the world of integrated medicine for many years, both are delighted to find that the mainstream culture is developing a growing appreciation of self-care and natural medicine. Ultimately, Geetter and Godec say their goal is to reach an even larger audience. “We like to be low footprint, high contribution and right livelihood, and we want to spread that to the world,” Geetter said. 615 W. Pacific Avenue, Telluride

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“Ignorance is bliss,” I said to myself as the Absolute Bikes Shuttle Van chugged up Monarch Pass. “I got this, just go slow when it gets technical.” We are about to tackle a mammoth ride that I have, really, only read about. The Monarch Crest Trail – IMBA Epic Ride . It’s known as one of “Colorado’s top 5 epic rides – classic high-altitude riding in the Rockies.” In all my naivety, I am picturing some short grunty climbs, fun descents, and some big views. I mean, It’s mostly downhill, right? “How about we ride the Monarch Crest Trail this weekend?” I had suggested on Thursday morning. I should have been suspicious when, without hesitation and within minutes, my boyfriend had a shuttle booked and a YetiBeti SB5c rented for me. Whoaa! That morning we poked our heads out of the tent to find a thick cloud cover and cool temps. The forecast looked promising so we weren’t too worried, but we were sure to bring extra clothing, snacks and a few bits and pieces of a first aid kit … just in case.. It was a Saturday in August and the parking lot at the top of Monarch Pass was packed with riders. “oh, with this many riders it can’t be that bad” I thought to myself. Feeling confident, we started to climb. My heart was pumping and my legs were screaming, but I was getting warming up so I ignored both. Not a lot of oxygen up there at nearly 12,000 ft. So it’s expected. The trail is soft and smooth, fun and easy. I like this. We keep climbing and then the amazing views of the San Luis Valley unfold in front of us. Gorgeous. 30

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The trail weaves and winds through the high alpine landscape. I am already impressed at the rocks I am rolling over with ease, go YetiBeti! We come to a “T” and go right into a dense forest of sorts. It’s a little more rooty and rocky on a narrow single track. I feel a descent coming on and just when I feel like we are alone, a big group comes up behind me. Surprisingly, I know a few of them from Breckenridge! Awesome! There are a few quick “Hellos” as I let them pass. I am feeling speedchallenged at the moment, but keep my chin up because I am having fun and that is all that counts! The descent to Marshall Pass is fun and heart-pounding fast, but watch out for wildlife. A deer came with feet of a high-speed collision with my boyfriend. That would have been a mess. The top of Marshall pass was a flurry of activity when we arrived. Mountain Bikers, Horseback Riders, Hikers and Dirt-bikers all enjoying the space in harmony. Perfect. I was ordered to “eat” even though I was not feeling hungry. I was already amped from the experience and the amazing machine I was riding. As we refueled, we noticed a few familiar faces riding our direction. More Breckenridge friends! Always super-psyched to chat about the ride and catch up. We decided to head out together for the 2nd leg of the Monarch Crest Trail (MCT). As you know, this was my virgin ride and it had been almost two decades since my boyfriend had ventured on to the MCT, but a few of our friends informed us that they ride this trail regularly. I was excited to have

experienced riders in the group but imagine the performance anxiety I was feeling. Oh boy. All for naught, they were all super cool and helpful. As we started the initial climb I lost sight of them, but they were waiting at the top. Pressure free! That climb was long and ongoing .. we just kept climbing. We hit a dirt road and found two boys on horseback leading a group of 12 on horseback. They looked like miniature cowboys on extra large horses. Graciously, they let us go first, but it was a struggle for me to stay ahead of them. The road was wide and rocky which would seem do-able, but the pitch was challenging me. I couldn’t get enough speed. Sucking-wind and pushing my bike (I probably shouldn’t admit that), I finally reached the top of the climb. The crew showed no signs of judgment, acknowledge that the climb “sucked” and then we moved on. (awesome) Silver Creek – The BIG descent I had been hearing about all day was just ahead of us and I was feeling nervous. Make Note: There is a beautiful wide open area with views in all directions at the intersection of The Silver Creek Trail and the Monarch Crest Trail. A great place to catch your breath and take in the view. The Monarch Crest Trail is not just ANY trail. It’s an epic ride that has notoriety, at least in Colorado. I imagine this ride has sealed the deal on a few marriages and broken some up. Some may ride this trail only once in their entire life, while others may ride it once a year with a big group of friends for special events. With epic rides, there are always great

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“Be sure to have a map. and consider printing out the description, if you aren’t familiar with the trail. It was super helpful during the ride.”


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memories and stories. Here is a story I heard. The White Linen Party: Once a year a large group of women riders, all different abilities, would meet to ride the MCT. That particular year, it was a White Linen Party theme. Each woman had to bring one item to contribute. They plan to meet at the Silver Creek Trail intersection.The ladies showed up and brought out bottles of wine, wine glasses, an assortment of fine cheeses, crackers, and fruit, but what brought it all together was a white linen table cloth. Can you imagine? For me, it conjures up quite a vision in my mind. A bunch of riders in helmets or with rad helmet-hair, bikes everywhere sitting around a log draped in lovely white linen. Laughing and talking. Keep in mind, this is a rather remote location. The looks, stares, and comments must have made the little party even more entertaining. The BIG descent was amazing. The trail surface varied quite drastically from scree to smooth to roots and rocky. There were some super narrow single track, ledges, rocks and technical sections as you get closer to Silver Creek. There were few a “F-bombs” muttered, some “Oh Sh*ts” and a couple, very loud “I love this bike!” I could not believe what the YetiBeti could roll over. She was such a spectacularly different experience than my old Santa Cruz Blur. I felt out of control only a couple of times, but recovered rather nicely. Incredible confidence builder. After the BIG decent and Silver Creek crossing the trail is slightly more technical and zigzags between aspens, rocks, and roots. It spits you out at the beginning of the Rainbow Trail. For me, the name “Rainbow Trail” ushers in mindful pictures of pretty wild flowers, smooth rolling trails and cute little munchkins dressed in green hiding behind trees. (Ha!) Well, kick that vision right out the window because in reality the Rainbow Trail should be called Gut-puncher Trail or Steepdrop Trail, but something other than Rainbow Trail. The crew I was with very accurately described the characteristics and challenges of the Rainbow Trail. Single track with some good downhills that drop into a creek with a steep short uphill that mellows out and contours along the ridge. I was warned there are probably 4 or 5 of the drops and then super short steeps and you can walk up the steeps if you need to. That description was exactly correct. What was not mentioned was how exposed the trail was to a steep drop off and how that alone would rock my confidence. Everyone else in our crew had NO problem with the trail exposure. They likely didn’t notice it and if you aren’t sensitive to trail exposure then likely you would have loved the drops and short steeps. So don’t take my word for it. Ride it. When we completed that 6.5 miles. I felt accomplished and thrilled that we could ride down the dirt road to Hwy 285 and skip the last section of the Rainbow Trail. (yay!) That evening it felt good to celebrate the ride. The challenges, accomplishments and the fact we had no flats or injuries … a very good day! I did sleep well that night. Overall, I would highly recommend taking the day and riding the Monarch Crest Trail. With the information you have now, you can make your own decision about riding the Rainbow Trail. I would like to do it again next year and this time, I will know what to expect. Enjoy the Climb.



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Bad Behavior BY LARRY STONE In 1976, Harvard historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich wrote miss such an obvious responsibility. an article about pious and well-behaved colonial wives and Badly behaving actresses have caught the IRS’s daughters for an obscure academic journal. She observed attention too. Teri Polo, who played the lovely Pam Focker that “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History” without in the “Meet the Fockers” series, racked up $745,000 ever dreaming it would become a catchphrase, popularized in overdue taxes while raising two children as a single on t-shirts, mugs, bumper stickers and websites. But mom. Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson learned that women who demand the same respect that society offers fighting the IRS is no day-at-the-beach when the Service men haven’t limited themselves to building businesses, came after her for $1.7 million. And who could leave a changing our culture or running for President. They’ve also listing of actresses behaving badly without bringing up proven they can behave badly when it comes to taxes, too! Lindsay Lohan? Yes, the adorable former child star grew Leona Helmsley, who with her husband built up to experience three different tax liens. Lindsay a real estate empire including the popular learned what it means to take on the “Mean Helmsley hotels, featured herself in advertising Girls” the hard way when the IRS levied her “Wellbehaved behaved “Well as the “Queen” who wanted nothing but the bank account in December 2012 to pay those womenseldom seldom women best for her guests. Although her net worth outstanding amounts. makehistory. history. make was over $1 billion, behind the scenes, Women who behave badly with taxes Thisisisnot not This she was known for disputing payments to come from all sorts of professions. Style icon history one would history one would contractors and vendors. One such dispute want to make Martha Stewart owed New York property want to make became her undoing as the contractors sent a however.” taxes because she didn’t stay at her residence however.” stack of falsified invoices to the New York Post enough days to avoid the tax. Lindsey Vonn to prove that she was trying to avoid tax liabilities. “won” a $1.7 million tax lien for “missing the After being indicted for tax evasion by U.S. Attorney gates” on taxes after winning the gold in the World Ski Rudy Giuliani, she was quoted as saying “We don’t pay Championships. Annie Leibovitz, the famous photographer taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.” In her later years, of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, owed $2.1 million and was she became known as the “Queen of Mean,” but did have forced to pledge her copyrights to the IRS for every photo a redeeming feature. She left over $12 million dollars to her she has ever taken or ever will as security for a loan to pay Maltese dog named Trouble. off the amount due. Lots of musicians have behaved badly with taxes. Although not all women who behave badly with taxes These include such popular singers as Lil’ Kim (owes more may qualify as a “Queen of Mean” or “Mean Girl,” some than $1 million), Lauryn Hill (owes $1.8 million), and Mary may be victims of their own success. We encourage all J. Blige (owes $900,000). But none of them owe as much women, no matter what they do, to avoid the financial as Dionne Warwick, the superstar from the 1960s and 70s mismanagement issues related to taxes by planning. who owed over $10 million. Her 1967 hit, “I Say a Little Prayer,” is about a woman praying for her boyfriend serving Working with a tax coach will ensure that you are tax efficient and saving all the cash you are legally allowed. We in Vietnam—but it’s not hard to imagine Dionne praying would be glad to assist you in answering your questions for the IRS to “overlook” her debt! Musicians who wind up owing the IRS often say they rely on their managers so you can make history but avoid getting on the “women to make their tax payments—still, it’s hard to believe they who behave badly” list at the IRS. 36

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WWho are they? Well actually, they are all of you ladies, lasses and feminine badasses. Living in elevated towns can be tough, long winters, short summers but our passions keep us coming out for more, and we thrive. Since we cannot write about all of you we chose a few that will inspire.

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Jennifer Stoll, the Executive Director of the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission (GGJSC), is an admitted sports junkie. As a child growing up in Ohio, Stoll loved sports, “playing anything and everything.” As an adult, she still loves sports, and she’s still a sports junkie. Only now, as one of a few trailblazing women heading up sports commissions in the United States, she gets paid for her passion. An Emerging Leader

In March 2018, during the Women’s Final Four NCAA Basketball Championships, Stoll attended the inaugural Women’s Summit held by the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC). The NASC is the trade association for the sports tourism industry and lists 872 members on its website. As is common in the world of athletics, the sports commission industry has been dominated by men, although Stoll sees that changing. One of fifty women at the Women’s Summit, Stoll is an emerging leader in the world of sports commissions industry, and a unique one at that. While many of her peers come from the tourism industry, Stoll brings a background rich in competition and sports event management to the table. How To Land a Job In Sports

Like many young athletes, Stoll dreamed of a job in sports. A competitive high school basketball player, she describes herself as a “product of burnout and specialization,” so playing college ball was not an option. Instead, after a one-year false start at Colorado State

University, Stoll transferred to Colorado Mesa University (CMU) in Grand Junction studying Spanish and playing varsity softball as a walk-on athlete. The combination of Spanish and softball made sense to Stoll, who was eyeing a career in professional baseball. Then she discovered CMU’s sports management degree program. While studying sports management, Stoll became fascinated by the “inner workings of sport and what happens behind the scenes.” Her studies taught her that sport is not the competition, the teams or the final score. “It’s very much an entertainment business,” she explains. From the R yder Cup to the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission

Upon graduating from CMU, Stoll relocated to Kentucky with her husband and earned a Master’s Degree in Sports Management. Upon graduation, she took a job with PGA of America working on the 2008 Ryder Cup. Arguably the most prestigious tournament in men’s golf, the Ryder Cup is a biannual competition that alternates between Europe and the United States. Hosting the Ryder Cup is a massive undertaking. Stoll was tasked with overseeing and mobilizing 3,600 volunteers working on over 50 committees. During this time she worked closely with state and local sports commissions. The experience opened her eyes to the tourism aspect of sports. The blend of planning events, building brand awareness and promoting a destination intrigued Stoll

and motivated her return to Colorado. “I love Grand Junction and I love sports. I wanted to start a sports commission in Grand Junction.” The Power of Tenacity

Returning to Colorado in 2008, Stoll pitched her idea for a local sports commission to Colorado Mesa University President Tim Foster and then-Athletic Director Jamie Hamilton. While they liked her idea, the funding wasn’t there at the beginning of the Great Recession. A primary attribute of successful athletes is tenacity. We hear this all the time from sportscasters, coaches and analysts. While considered a quality unto itself, tenacity is a potent combination of persistence, determination, patience, stamina and wisdom. When Stoll’s sports commission idea was shot down in 2008, she didn’t give up.

from the university. Under Stoll’s leadership, the GGJSC hosts events, recruits events to the region and provides technical assistance for local events. Stoll and the GGJSC have capitalized on Grand Junction and Mesa County’s unique outdoor assets, building on popular local sports, such as road and mountain biking, to bring in such prizes as the USA Cycling Road Bike Championships in 2017 and 2018. Other notable successes include a multi-year contract for Colorado Special Olympics, becoming the permanent organizer for the annual Rimrock Marathon atop the Colorado National Monument, and establishing Powderhorn Mountain Resort as both a regional qualifier and national championship site for Train to Hunt (think Crossfit incorporating archery and bowhunting).

Instead, “to keep the lights on,” she and her husband moved to the Denver area. Stoll continued working for the PGA, until landing an events management position with 9 Health Fair. In 2013, Stoll, her husband and one-year-old son moved to Grand Junction so that she could become Executive Director of the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission. Stoll was seven months pregnant with her second child at the time and her husband was leaving an excellent job on the Front Range.

One of Stoll’s early supporters, CMU President Tim Foster, admires Stoll for her vision, her effort and her tenacity. “Jennifer has shown herself to be dedicated, persistent and extremely capable in promoting the Grand Valley as an outstanding venue for all manner of sporting events. Whether it is Special Olympics, mountain biking, swimming, you name it, she does her research and reaches out to make things happen. She truly is an asset to this community. She has been the driving force behind the success of the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission.”

“We threw caution to the wind,” she laughs, recounting that she was given a set of keys, an office at CMU and a mandate to create a commission. Five years later, the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission is an independent 501 (c)(3), receiving only in-kind support

In addition to having taken the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission from vision to successful reality, Jennifer Stoll will complete her Ph.D, in Sports Management this year. She and her husband, Stan, have two young children.

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Tenacious, this is the first word that comes to mind to describe Diane Boyer, one of the incredible ladies chosen for inclusion in our 4th Annual Woman Who Rocks the Rockies feature. She was nominated by one of her close friends who accompanied me to interview her at her family’s home in Vail. It is not often someone wants to meet only a few short days after a knee replacement. I learned she is a woman of grace and grit looking after her family while pursuing a passion of being outdoors and steering the helm of SKEA Limited, a women’s ski wear company run by women and designed by women who love the active outdoor lifestyle. Family

SKEA Limited is a family business that has been designing and building beautiful skiwear with inner strength for the past four decades. SKEA is a product of the Boyer family’s passion for skiing and the mountain lifestyle. Founders Georges and Jocelyn Boyer, Diane’s parents, grew up in France and Canada. In the late 1960’s Jocelyn discovered a one-piece ski suit while visiting Europe. Upon her return to the states, she donned the outfit and WOW’ed everyone on the slopes of Stratton Mountain, VT. In 1972 SKEA was born. The combination of the words “SKI” and “SEA” created “SKEA”, as the original business plan included a summer and winter collection. The little family company found it’s way to Vail where it has continued to operate and grow through the years. SKEA Limited

Today Diane operates SKEA Unlimited which thrives as a high-performance outerwear company specifically and beautifully designed for women. Sewn into each lovely garment are experience, functionality, quality, and performance. Vibrant colors, one of a kind designs, patterns and trims make the brand at once recognizable and highly desired. Boyer’s company products embrace femininity with durable and robust structuring on the inside.

In addition, the company offers a City Style line for off slope, every day living that includes jackets, skirts, shawls, sweaters, vests, and accessories. A new Skea Sport Collection is offering an enhanced technical activewear line of sportier parkas, pants and base layers designed to crossover to a variety of athletic pursuits. All of Skea’s products are built to function in the very best and very worst weather conditions the mountains can throw at you while, quite honestly, making you look fabulous. Pioneers

What you must know is Diane is a full-blown Ski Industry Pioneer carrying the torch handed to her from her parents and leading as a humble and gracious women’s skiing ambassador. She is philanthropist supporting many nonprofits, notably the Shaw Cancer Center and Pink Vail as well as supporting the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum through service and charity. Her Colorado and national industry influence extend to her tenure on the SIA board of directors (1998 – 2009) which included serving as the first female chair of SIA. Diane was instrumental in convincing SIA to move the annual trade show from Las Vegas to Denver in 2009. This past year she was honored and Inducted into 2017 Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame for actively promoting skiing for women and families through her company SKEA Ltd. and her involvement in SnowSports Industries America and the Colorado Snowsports Museum. Ditto

If that isn’t enough to be a rocking woman, then I guess you should know that even though Diane could not ski this past year she still got out on the hill hiking up as often as possible assisted by her crutches. Yup, Tenacious.

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Becs Hodgetts BY ANNA SITTON

Up in the mountains the “tribe mentality” is a common thread intertwined in lives and events that define them. We find people who “get” why you put jobs, relationships, thoughts of the future, what you’re going to eat for dinner on the backburner to focus on adventures that can break us down to a raw existence of what it means to be human. We find this Zen in top-of-the-mountain winds, fast currents, and winding trails, and those you surround yourself with can high-five you at the end of the day; confirming a life well lived. The chase of this experience defines the lives of many people who live at altitude. In the outdoor industry, being a woman seeking this path comes without a map to navigate the best way to find success and contentment. Rebecca Hodgetts, commonly known as “Becs,” knows what it’s like to be the only woman in the field, and her 22 years of existing in the male-dominated outdoor industry is ripe with lessons learned and wisdom welcomed. Becs first started skiing when she graduated University in New Zealand. She felt attracted to the industry because of the closeness and bonds involved in working in such a variable environment. She started as a lift operator at Mt. Ruaphu, but always wanted to be part of the patrol loading the lifts early in the morning; off to make sure the mountain was safe for others. At that time, there were few to zero women patrolling in New Zealand, a fact that only drove Becs harder, a common theme as her career continued. Within five years, she had her medical certifications, her ski legs under her, and a job with the Ski Patrol at the same mountain she once bumped chairs. In this phase of her journey Becs had a lot to prove. She worked

hard to be the “hardcore tough gal,” striving everyday to be the strongest, boldest, and biggest drinker in the locker room. She believes she was accepted because she tried so hard to be tough, and therefore, it was easier for the men to justify her presence by the fact that she wasn’t a typical “girl”. In a honest moment of our interview, she admits, “she liked thinking she was something special”. This drive fueled off of getting into the boys’ club attracted her to the avalanche industry, which had next to no women in the field. As a self-proclaimed jock, the challenge was just what she was looking for – to push herself as hard as she could for as long as she could. Becs put herself though the Canadian Avalanche Association professional training program and eventually worked herself up to Assistant Patrol Director at Arapahoe Basin. By seeking jobs where she needed to prove herself every day, she admits, “I was still trying hard to prove myself, terrified someone would discover I wasn’t as tough as I portrayed I was”. During this race to the top lifestyle, Becs also found adventure racing. She competed in endurance events and found herself competing in the Pro-Division for mountain bike racing. In this area of her life, Becs began to feel the transformation into the person she was trying to become. This was the place where she felt her first GENUINE confidence boost, and the realization that it came from herself and only herself. It was somewhere in this world that her truth hit her like a sledgehammer: “I had to be that person for myself. I had to create my own opportunities, to be decisive, and to believe in myself.” In 2012, Becs took a job with CAIC, and is currently a lead

avalanche forecaster, focusing primarily on the central mountain highway corridors. She has learned to ask questions and to seek out the people who have the answers. She’s learned to come to her own conclusions and how to qualify them. Probably most importantly, she’s learned that the air of confidence you see in leaders is often just bravado, and actually they can be just as lost as those lower on the totem pole. To watch Becs speak to a room full of mountainloving men and women about how to stay safe in their playgrounds, you see a woman who knows what she’s talking about. Throughout it all, the decades of working in the outdoor industry, Becs learned what she didn’t want to be. Today, you’ll find her with the goal of encouraging everyone to be thoughtful and confident in his or her voice. She wants the next generation of women to know that being kind, consistent, considerate, and open are much more unshakable attributes than being the most hardcore, line crushing, physically strong human could ever be; and that your voice is just as important than anyone else’s in the room. It hasn’t been a short journey to get Becs to the place she’s at today. When she looks around at young women in the outdoor industry today, she is nothing but inspired. “I see young women being themselves in a confident and genuine kind of way. They are building community and creating their own opportunities through working outdoors. Those ladies are the real mountain town badasses.” While I agree with that statement, Becs and women like her have forged a path, making it wider and a bit easier for others to follow.

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In 1994, Kate Hudnut seemed an unlikely candidate to fall in love with mountain life — much less become such an integral part of the nonprofit, and for-profit, workings of Summit County. She lived a cosmopolitan city life in Paris for four years, with John Hudnut, the artist she met in another bustling city, at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Then, one September day in 1994, John — her boyfriend at the time — accepted a job as a glass blower at a gallery in Breckenridge. She gave the living-ina-relatively-remote-mountain-town gig one month — she just didn’t believe she’d find work in her career as a graphic designer, and plus, her heart wasn’t in the mountain culture — yet. “I’m a city girl,” she says, “but I found kindred spirits here.” Kate arrived in Summit County, found a job at Kinkopf Gallery in Breckenridge and then moved on to Keystone for a position as a graphic designer where she moved up to Senior Designer/Creative Services Senior Manager at Vail Resorts. Kate not only found a job her field of work, but also established roots in Summit County’s nonprofit world, which she continues to deepen. A mountain career woman At Keystone, she discovered she loved both the artistic aspect of marketing and figuring out how to attract more visitors and seeing “real deliverables that affect the bottom line,” she says. She remained with the ski area through its ownership transition from Ralston to Vail Resorts. In 2004, she began her own graphic design business. By then, she specialized in branding and large-scale projects. She thrived on “big picture thinking,” which enabled a variety of businesses to expand. In her 25 years as a graphic designer, she never showed her resume; she grew her business through word-ofmouth and building relationships. “I really preferred working in the local market — finding what resonates with our community and what our community needs — and

seeing how things tied back to the greater good of the community,” she says. She also provided marketing for the GatherHouse Inc., which John opened in 2003 to create his unique glasswork. Volunteerism:

the heart of action She and John married in 1997, and while they solidified their life together and she advanced her career, she also placed a great emphasis on volunteering. “Volunteering was part of my upbringing,” she says. “My parents were always involved as volunteers in their community, so I got involved here from the beginning. For me, it’s giving back to the community that’s been so good to us.” She began with organizations like the Summit County Arts Council and also served on the Town of Breckenridge Public Art Commission (BPAC). After she and John had a daughter, she became more involved in schools, from Little Red Schoolhouse to nearly every committee at Dillon Valley Elementary, to, currently, being a board member of the Summit School District. In-between, she volunteered for the Family Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) by sitting on the board, organizing the Adopt an Angel program and working as a consultant. “On the board of directors, I loved the conversations, and at FIRC it was all about supporting families,” she says. Kate feels passionate about expanding dual-language learning in the district. Through her involvement with FIRC and dual-language, she hopes “to help bring a voice for the underserved community, (particularly) on the north end of Summit County, that doesn’t have a voice.” As of February 2018, when FIRC hired her to manage their Dillon and Breckenridge thrift stores — which provide a quarter of FIRC’s funding — she has spent 30 hours a week improving guests’ retail and customer

service experience, as well as increasing profit without raising prices (and in many cases, lowering prices). “I haven’t left my graphic design business, but I am investing time in an organization that I’m really passionate about,” she says. For the past three years Kate has worked closely with Robb Woulfe at Breckenridge Creative Arts to assist them in building their brand and continues to be passionate about that project. She knows how the thrift stores provide a community outlet for seniors seeking social interaction, for newcomers searching for housing and for people to generally come together. “It’s a hub, especially in the Latino community,” she says. “It’s the heart and soul of the FIRC. “I feel that people who live in Summit County are more connected — a lot of us live here without families, so we somehow lean in more and support each other. There’s this sense of closeness; shared challenges bring us closer. We support each other. We’re kind of hardy souls.” She admits she has a propensity to overcommit herself, but her community work — nonprofit or not — is part of her fiber, she says. Rejuvenation and Inspiration Hailing from Kate’s city-girl yearnings, Kate, John and their daughter Charlotte (12), have made traveling a priority, primarily because it fuels their souls. They thrive on emerging themselves in different cultures. Note the photo taken of Kate by her daughter Charlotte in Paris! “Those are things we need to seek out to nurture our creative inspiration,” she says. Through her dedication to nonprofits, her great talent as a graphic designer, and involvement in outdoor activities from cross-country skiing to hiking, Kate has assimilated into a mountain community that satisfies her just as much as city life. Meanwhile, Summit County has greatly benefitted from her work.





Jovan Enfermera

Meet Jovan Enfermera, a dedicated healthcare provider serving people’s needs in our mountain town communities. She was once an undocumented immigrant whose parents brought her to the United States when she was six years old to seek a better life. “I was raised here in Colorado and received all of my education in Summit County. I have been part of my community for over 21 years and call Colorado my home. My American dream was to become a nurse and provide and care for those in need.” After working hard and overcoming many challenges and barriers Enfermera is achieving her dream and is a nurse currently working in Summit County part-time while pursuing a higher degree in Nursing in order to better meet the needs of the patients in our communities. Nurses are hard to find and it is getting harder for folks to become a nurse. Earlier this year, Colorado lawmakers considered a bill designed to help ease Colorado’s nursing shortage. The state needs about 500 more nurses than it currently has. Within the next six years, that deficit will expand seven-fold, to 4,500. Enfermera says, “I have seen how this shortage affects people in need of medical care. I have also seen how it affects the state’s physicians and organizations, who face their own labor shortage”.

“My patients need me, and I want to be there to help. I am currently employed part-time as a nurse and expect to be working full-time, dedicating myself fully to the nursing profession, once I complete my education. I am also fearful of having my dream destroyed.” To keep working and furthering her education Enfermera needs Congress to act. There are about 1.8 million young people like her around the country, children who were brought to the United States when they were minors. Most of these young people, of all ethnicities, can’t remember the places they were born. Most are working and paying taxes, others are still in school. Some of these ‘Dreamers’ have bought homes and started businesses or families, and many serve in our military. The majority have had a positive impact on the economy and their communities. Enfermera says, “If we could, we would be doing so much more, but there are barriers that prevent us from giving our full potential.” Starting in 2012, Dreamers like Enfermera were eligible for a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. If they paid a fee, passed background checks, and pledged to work, pursue higher education, or serve in the U.S. military, they could stay legally in the United States for two years.

Last fall, the U.S. Justice Department

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

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

It has been over eight months since DACA was rescinded. During that time, the House of Representatives has taken hundreds of votes, but none have been to protect Dreamers. She, and I digress, we, need Congress to pass a bill. “My patients need Congress to act. I hope that Rep. Buck will support the Dream Act or USA Act,” says Enfermera. Polls show between 80 and 90 percent of Americans think the Dreamers should be able to stay in the United States permanently. Fortunately, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) has introduced H. Res. 774, which would enact the “Queen-of-the-Hill” rule allowing a vote on four immigration bills including the Dream Act and USA Act—both of which provide an earned pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. Even more, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) has introduced a discharge petition that has nearly garnered support from a majority of the House. Once a majority is secured, the House will be forced to enact H. Res. 774 and vote on the four bills. The Colorado legislature should continue to address our nursing shortage, but we hope our lawmakers in Washington will do their part to ensure Colorado doesn’t lose this determined young woman and many other caring, committed people contributing to our towns, states, and country who are living in the same situation. by Holly Battista-Resignolo, Publisher, MTN Town Magazine

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A Shot of Luis Benitez

Stronger than Espresso and Tequila by joy martin

Mountains beyond mountains beyond mountains: that’s what you can see on a clear day from the summit of Mount Everest. That clarity is a rarity, so the view from the top is really not the point of the climb. It’s the joy of doing something insanely hard and then sleeping the sleep of a satisfied soul. In Colorado, there’s a man who can describe the scenes of Everest like it’s his job. It did, actually, used to be his job. As a mountaineering guide, Luis Benitez has stood on the rooftop of the world six times not to mention numerous times on the “lesser” ceilings of Kilimanjaro, Vinson, Puncak Jaya, Elbrus, Denali and Aconcagua. He’s not drawn to mountains for the panorama. That wouldn’t explain why Erik Weihenmayer, the first and only blind guy to climb Mount Everest, wanted to summit with Benitez in 2001. Both men would agree: characterbuilding happens when you grate your mind, body and spirit against Mother Nature’s most goliath, formidable mountains, or frothing, ravenous rivers. This raw handiwork reminds us feeble humans of our smallness, of the fact that, in order to grow, we must first be humbled. Born and raised in the Midwest, Benitez grew up hanging out and working at his PawPaw’s outdoor

gear shop. His grandfather’s cronies would sit around sipping coffee and recapping their tall tales of fishing glories, harrowing hunting accounts, nerdy gear comparisons and the dreams of new adventures. Benitez soaked in every word spoken by these wizened, smile-lined old farts. He grew to understand that life was made richer by fresh air - and he learned one hell of a handshake. So an asthmatic Benitez got busy collecting his own great-outdoors stories, exploring the Ozarks around his home and the high places of Cotapaxi, Ecuador, where his father’s family is from. The kind of kid that looks you in the eyes, Benitez could hold his own tagging along on skiing and climbing excursions in the Andes with family friends, who guided foreigners into the wild. After high school, Benitez announced to his parents that he wanted to pursue guiding as a career. His mother, a primary school art teacher, and father, an aerospace engineer, would have preferred he’d be a doctor, lawyer, priest or politician even. But that would have to wait. The mountains were calling, and Luis had to go. Thanks to his bilingual skills, he landed a guiding gig in South America. As his body grew stronger and his mind, sharper, his education came from

Outward Bound, where he flourished in everything from fire-building to rappelling, wilderness first aid to developing an ethical awareness of the responsibility that comes with playing outside. And play outside he did. While he racked up adventures in the high places, his charisma and imposing build instilled confidence in his clients. He quickly gained a reputation in the corporate realm as being the go-to guide, often flying with CEOs in their private jets to climbs spanning the continents. He’d carved a path straight into his dream life, and the world was under his tiptoes. But it was a flawed world, and Benitez’s role in it would shift one frigid morning over breakfast at 18,753-feet above sea level. He was at Advanced Base Camp on the border of Tibet and Nepal in the middle of a trek up to Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world. On September 30, 2006, Benitez and a mixed group of guides, sherpas and climbers from around the globe paused over their coffee as the sound of firecrackers ripped through the thin air. They opened the dining tent overlooking Nangpala Pass a quarter mile away to see 75 Tibetan refugees fleeing for their lives, as fast as one can flee up an icy, snow-packed mountain with little oxygen.

The firecrackers, it turned out, were in fact the sound of guns coming from the People’s Armed Police of China, border guards tasked with handling the refugee “situation.” Dozens of Tibetans were arrested, including children as young as five-years-old. One 17-year-old nun, Kelsang Namtso, was not so lucky, shot down to the snow in a heap of robes. Benitez watched in horror from a distance. Murmurings around the camp suggested the climbers should keep quiet about the evil they’d just witnessed. Climbing Cho Oyu is big business for the Chinese as well as the guides, sherpas and outfitters, who make a living leading trips up there. Human rights took a backseat to the bottom line. But Benitez’s moral compass was on the fritz. He couldn’t let ego destroy his true north: the incident must be relayed. Immediately. He crawled into his tent with a sat phone and dialed up an editor friend at Reuters. There was no time to fact check, Benitez said. Trust and run the story. His friend listened, obeyed, and the story broke on ExplorersWeb. When his fellow campmates heard the story had been released, they were outraged. Benitez got his clients out of Tibet safely but knew his guiding days in China were over. At the time, he was the director of operations for New Zealandbased mountaineering company, Adventure Consultants, and, not wanting to compromise their permits, resigned. In the ensuing months, he testified before the US Congress, the EU Parliament, the Spanish Supreme Court and the Hague International Crimes Tribunal. The verdict was crimes-against-humanity charges against the Chinese President. While the news came and went in the Western world, Benitez’s voice for the Tibetan refugees did not escape the notice of one short-statured but notable man. While packing for a trip to climb Mount Everest (from the Nepalese side), Benitez’s phone rang. The person on the end of the line explained he was calling on behalf of the Dalai Lama, who would like to meet with Benitez to speak about his heroic efforts standing up for the Tibetan refugees. Flattered, Benitez politely thanked him for the invitation, explained he was on his way to Everest and would stop by Dharamsala - maybe - after his climb. He hung up the phone. A wave of regret flooded his mind. He’d just declined meeting his holiness, the Dalai Lama. Before he could freefall into a pool of misery, the phone rang again. This time, a new person on the end of the line playfully called out Benitez: pop quiz, Mister Benitez. When his holiness wants to meet you, what do you say? Benitez apologized profusely, insisting he’d be there before his climb. Upon arrival in Dharamsala, Benitez was ushered into a room with his holiness. Benitez’s idea of a handshake and a blessing turned into a 45-minute conversation. With the help of a translator, the Dalai Lama asked Benitez how this experience had affected his life. Benitez responded that it wasn’t how he pictured his career going. The Dalai Lama listened to the translator, then smiled, replying that he also didn’t picture himself living as an exile away from his people. He added that sometimes we don’t choose our paths, rather, our paths choose us. It’s up

to us to decide how we want to engage and move forward. Mic drop. Humbled for life, Benitez left his holiness’ presence a changed man. He turned his gaze from faraway peaks to his hometown of Eagle, Colorado, where he ran for town council. He’d been honing his voice for years, and now he had one damned good story to tell. The natural-born storyteller started accepting speaking engagements, gaining the ears of decision makers across the country. He started Endeavor Consulting, a firm that trains executives through experiential leadership programs. He also served as the regional director of Outward Bound and designed leadership development programs for Vail Resorts. The next stage he’d step onto came in 2015, almost a decade after the Cho Oyu incident, when the governor of Colorado called him to talk about a new position. This time, there was no awkward hesitation. Yes, of course he’d be honored to take on the role as the director of the office of the outdoor recreation industry, which generates $28 billion and nearly 300,000 jobs in Colorado, according to the Outdoor Recreation Association. Governor Hickenlooper had been alerted to Benitez’s integrity and impressed by the gentle giant when they’d met at various functions. It was only the second position of its kind in the country, right behind Utah’s directorship. Speaking of Utah, Benitez got to work transitioning the Outdoor Retailer trade show from Salt Lake City to Denver. The move happened in January, and a projected $110 million is expected to flood into the state this year with two other shows coming down the pipeline in July and November. Beyond focusing on Denver, he’s also turning the spotlight back on the people of rural Colorado. Having grown up in a family-owned business, he knows the importance of supporting small enterprise, of getting mom-and-pop manufacturing businesses the funding and resources they need to make it in our mountain towns. “I get to retell all the amazing stories the people of our state create,” he says. “I have a significant responsibility to tell that story correctly, and I take that very, very seriously.” While we’ve all moved to mountain towns so we don’t have to take ourselves too seriously, Benitez says we can’t just hide out in paradise while someone else tackles the job of protecting the wild places and open spaces that make us so deliciously rich. “Don’t just think you can live in a small town and not get involved with the outdoor economy,” he says. “If there is something you like or don’t like, get involved.” No more sitting on the sidelines, says our director of all things outdoors. Because those views of mountains beyond mountains beyond mountains aren’t the point. It’s the joy of taking on the biting winds of Washington, the freezing (or boiling) temperatures of climate change, and the mighty task of educating a nation, of paving a global way for the outdoor industry to grow rightly, ethically. As Robert Frost reminds us, there are miles to go before we sleep. So somebody get this man a cup of coffee. As for you, forget the espresso. Get yourself a shot of Luis Benitez.

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“It’s so much more friendly with two” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

ef Welcome to ‘Trespassers Wi’, a unique combination of two historic cabins (and a ‘connector’ cabin) at the edge of the small, funky town of Alma, Colorado. Alma lies in the heart of the South Park valley where the majestic Mosquito and Park Mountain Range dominate the backdrop, providing residents and visitors with virtually unlimited year-round recreational and scenic opportunities. Trespassers Wi(ll) refers to Piglet’s grandfather, who resided in the house set in a beech tree in the Hundred Acre Wood, where Piglet eventually took up residence. His name was likely derived from a broken sign that indicated what might happen to someone who disturbed his peace. Piglet, Pooh and even Owl and Eeyore could have easily shared this incredible, completely modernized collector home. But I digress… Two cabins, one from Tennessee and one from Mississippi (with a connecting structure from Colorado) were saved from destruction, and painstakingly dismantled, restored, shipped, and combined and reconfigured by trial and error until the owner’s vision was ultimately satisfied. The combined cabins sit on 5 acres of land with the Middle Fork of the South Platte River passing directly through the length of the property. The living room (Tennessee cabin, made of Oak logs) came from Arlington, Tennessee and was built before the Civil War. The Master bedroom (Mississippi cabin) is made of heart of poplar. It was found in a cotton field near New Albany Mississippi. and is believed to be used as a hospital during the Civil War. The center structure (The Colorado piece) is a frame structure with log siding and houses the utilities and a full bathroom.

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The combined cabins, with 2,124 square feet of living space, and boasting 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms has the feel of museum with time period antiques and antique reproductions and period artwork used throughout, but completely modernized throughout. Oak and heart of pine wood flooring are used throughout the cabins along with gorgeous handcrafted wood railings. Three massive rock fireplaces keep the residents warm. And a huge covered porch overlooking the river provides a spot to relax and watch for whatever weather may roll in. The property has a remote, peaceful feel but is just a 5-minute drive to either the towns of Alma or Fairplay, and a scenic 20-minute drive to the town and world class ski resort of Breckenridge. The owner currently has the property listed for sale for $795,000 and is seeking a buyer who will appreciate this very special and unique mountain property. Rick Eisenberg Rick is a Summit County local and Colorado Licensed REALTORÂŽ with Cornerstone Real Estate Co. LLC. He can be contacted at 54

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Durango’s Brannon Addison Breathes New Life Into a Traditional Art Form Through Social Media Savvy and a Contemporary Aesthetic

Like all people who are great at what they do, Brannon Addison makes her work look easy. Scrolling through her Instagram feed, @HappyCactusDesigns, one might assume she just picked up a hobby, ‘grammed a few cool photos, and watched as her embroidery business built itself from there. Anyone could do it, right? Wrong. Not even close. Addison, who owns and operates Happy Cactus Designs from her home studio in Durango, will be the first to tell you: Building her dream job from the ground up has actually meant work, and a lot of it. Addison spends her days stitching but also checking items off a multifaceted to-do list of social media marketing, business planning, intentional creativity, and frequent leaps of faith. “Hours and hours,” she says of the time it takes to complete just one of her handmade pieces of embroidery. “I try to release new work every month, but about every six weeks is usually my aim.”

Then things kind of began taking off organically,” Addison recalls. “I didn’t start with a specific plan or direction for where things might go; I just wanted to see what might happen. Fortunately, I had a very positive response early on.” Addison credits much of the early momentum of her business to the bright, eye-catching (iPhone!) photos she posted on Instagram. From there, larger media outlets, artists, and influencers began re-posting her images and promoting her work, which directed significant new traffic to her account and her website. From popular blog Design*Sponge to to national print magazines, like House Beautiful, Addison’s embroidery began popping up in some very visible places. Fast forward to 2018, and @HappyCactusDesigns now boasts more than 130,000 followers from across the globe. Addison’s creations sell like hotcakes almost as soon as she releases a new collection. With such a large following and customer base, one might say that her work has even become ‘Instagram famous.’

Although she comes from a family of needleworkers, it wasn’t until 2014 that Addison learned the art of hand embroidery herself. Laid up with an ankle injury, she watched YouTube Not bad for an artist working in a medium once relegated to videos on basic stitches and began experimenting to pass the granny-zone. the recovery time. Soon she amassed a small collection of completed pieces, and, with the encouragement of supporters “Embroidery has really seen a resurgence in popularity,” who had followed her earlier creative work in stationery design, Addison says. “It’s something that social media users just don’t see every day, and they love the images of all the rich launched them for sale in August 2015. colors, textures, and interesting designs. A lot of artists are 56

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putting a modern spin on it through subject, composition, or color combinations to show that it can be fun and expressive— not just something your grandmother does.”

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Addison typically stitches two to three pieces at once, working freehand on her signature rainbow florals, bouquets, and greenery. Her bright botanicals frequently appear against fine linens of drenched blue, snappy turquoise, and dreamy pink. What’s one thing that helps keep her creative juices flowing? Colorado, of course.

From giftable framed pieces to pins, pillows, and even paperweights, Addison creates a variety of products that feature her needlework. The best way to keep up with her is to follow along on Instagram—but newsletter signup is also available through her website, Subscribers get first access to collections as soon as they’re released. Stitch by stitch, post by post, sale by sale: Addison is needling an embroidered niche for herself as the very definition of a 21st-century working artist.

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“I gather a lot of inspiration from my surroundings here in Durango,” Addison says. “The southwestern desert hues are wonderful, and wildflower season is just gorgeous. There is also such amazing natural light in Colorado—it really makes a difference to be able to work in it.”

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Club Red is an intimate venue best known for bringing in national touring acts to Mountain Village, Colorado. Past shows include artists like Dawes, Matisyahu, Michael Franti & Spearhead. With its cool lounge feel it’s no wonder Skiing Magazine ranked it as one of the best venues in ski country. Bluegrass, Country, Reggae, Latin, Dance Instructions Nights, Karaoke, World Beats and more fill this venue’s nightly calendar of events. Town of Mountain Village Director of Marketing, Bill Kight, says “Club Red is a fantastic entertainment facility with awesome sound and a very cool vibe.” On an average night, you will find bespectacled hipsters, outdoorsmen and women, beanie-hatted folkies, rockers, fashionista’s and dance enthusiasts of all types on the floor singing, dancing, and grooving along with the music. The best part is that the environment at Club Red is as intimate as you want it to be and you can practically be part of the band. A Full bar also serves beer and well drinks Club Red’s management also produces the summer Sunset Concert Series in Mountain Village. They just announced their lineup starting June 27 Kabaka Pyramid, July 11 The Teskey Brothers, July 18 Ally Venable Band, July 25 Gavin Turek, August 1 Old Salt Union, August 8 Brent Cobb, August 15 Charlie Hunter. This music is Free to enjoy! Summer is Here! If you haven’t had enough positive vibes around Telluride then head to Club Red or the summer Sunset Concert Series and engulf yourself with great vibes and sounds, it is the place to be. 580 Mountain Village Blvd, Mountain Village, CO (970) 369-4760


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We did not want to teach old, outdated material, nor did we want to adopt the ineffective ‘Just Say No’ approach of years past. We wanted a curriculum that was relevant in today’s post-legalization environment; one based on the most current research that would engage students on an intellectual level, supposed to fear-mongering. In 2015, we founded the Marijuana Education Initiative, which has grown to include a variety of marijuana-specific educational programs, all serving to empower youth to make informed decisions.

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BY HOLLY RE SIGNOLO I still remember it vividly. I was heading to Denver, and as I drove over I-25 on 6th Avenue West I saw her image spread across a huge billboard touting the Breckenridge Distillery and I thought, that girl is a badass! Meet Billie Keithley, the Liquid Chef whose remarkable concoctions compliment the award-winning distilled spirits of the Breckenridge Distillery. Although she has achieved near Rockstar status, her approachable demeanor and incredible passion for the craft is apparent. Her story is serendipitous. Billie Keithley arrived in Breckenridge 24 years ago and had, like many, been working at the ski resort and within the town’s food and beverage industry. On a night 18 years ago Billie had started her evening managing a local restaurant when one of her service bartenders didn’t show up for their shift. She said, “out of necessity I jumped behind the bar, and I just got completely into the colors, the bottles and the art of the craft. I wondered why am I not doing this”? This chance discovery set her on the path to becoming a full-time Bartender and Bar manager. Over time she said she became “that cocky bartender who thought they knew everything”... until a friend invited her to a seminar in Vail that featured a talk by the great Francesco LaFranconi the Founder of the Academy of Spirits & Fine Service at Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada. It was a jaw-dropping learning experience and became an epiphany for Billie Keithley. That day she took about ten pages of notes. Billie reminisced, “ I was humbled as I realized how much I didn’t know, but at the same time so inspired that I knew at that very moment that I wanted to absorb and share every morsel of knowledge of this amazing craft and put smiles on faces with every sip.” On another serendipitous day, Billie met Bryan Nolt, owner of the Breckenridge Distillery and Head Distiller, Jordan Via, while working a day shift (a rare occurrence) bartending at Cecilia’s in Breckenridge. “They walked in, and I had no idea who they were. I made them some nice cocktails; one was with an egg cream, that was it. The next day I was called and immediately hired. I have been with them ever since. Soon after I received my official title, The Breckenridge Distillery ‘Liquid Chef’ because if it is edible, I can make a cocktail out of it. I have been challenged in the past but have been able to create something even out of some of the craziest ingredients. Once I was challenged to make a cocktail out of wasabi peas and wafers”. Her passion for customer service dwells in the roots of genuine hospitality, being gracious and nonjudgmental. “There was a time when someone would order a great scotch with coke, and I would roll my eyes. But I have learned that people are just looking to be treated well and have a good experience. 64

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Today I wouldn’t bat my eyes if someone came up and ordered cranberry juice with wine and tequila”. She only wants to be sure they are happy and enjoying their downtime. Billie Keithley always travels with a bar on wheels and has her tools of the trade with her. If someone needs help, she is there to share her knowledge or solve the problem with them. This woman doesn’t stop learning; Billie says “I can’t stop learning,” and that is refreshing. If she doesn’t have a book in her hand about great bars around the world, new and unique distilling methods or current mixology trends, then something is wrong. She is involved in area Bartenders Guild’s, helps support non-profit events and heads to Industry events like Heritage Fire in Snowmass and PoPFest, a multi-day educational and entertainment spectacular highlighting talented bartenders of the Midwest alongside worldclass industry leaders in Kansas City. Billie Keithley is one of the fortunate people who discovered their passions and has stayed true to that path. Her new cocktail menu is releasing June 1st at the Breckenridge Distillery restaurant right alongside Chef David Burke’s restaurant menu. An honor that she is truly humbled by. Billie will be teaching classes about cocktail creations and other craft events at the Breckenridge Distillery throughout the summer months. Be sure to check one out.

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BY JOY MARTIN Get Schooled And Loaded! Year-round school might sound hellacious to an angsty preteen, but, for adults who know about La Plata County’s Olde Schoolhouse, it’s reason to party. That is, considering this school is actually Southwest Colorado’s premier dive bar, the crown jewel of après ski destinations nestled in the shadows of the San Juan Mountains. The two-story, turn-of-the-20th-century schoolhouse with peeling white paint sits 25-miles north of Durango on Highway 550 in what locals refer to as “North County” or “NoCo.” It’s voted consistently in regional publications as the best atmosphere to complement a day of schussing, whether coming from the backcountry or inbounds at Purgatory Resort two-miles up the road. Besides crusty locals who eat here multiple times a week, Texans and other non-native species flock to the historical relic like moths to a flame. They come from all over the world because so-and-so told them to check it out, or because it’s, like, the only reasonably-priced restaurant in the area. Besides, what’s not to love about smiling bartenders, hand-tossed, homemade pizza and excellent people watching? In short, there’s nothing not to love about The Olde Schoolhouse. It’s downright cozy, hygge even (BYO fuzzy slippers): a bona fide, mountain town oasis where Ska beer flows like wine and wafts of baking crusts and melted cheese leave you shrugging off the 45-minute wait - in large part thanks to the pool table and mélange of weird paraphernalia stapled to the walls (more on that later). From the rugged exterior and scandalous interior decorating, you might not guess this fine establishment has always been run 68

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by a woman. In the 1980s, Jody Barile turned the space into a restaurant open only in the winter. She had a penchant for Italian food, namely pastas and anything on sale at the grocery store in the bustling metropolis of Durango. In 1995, Terry and Stacy Maloney purchased the schoolhouse from Barile. Lifers in the food and beverage industry, the Maloney’s worked their tails off (with help from brother-in-law, Ickes) to turn The Olde Schoolhouse into “the world’s first self/full-service bar and restaurant,” where they guarantee you’ll eventually get the food you ordered from the bar and then happily clean up after you leave. It’s a team effort, and, unlike the Bronco’s who play on TV here during football season, everybody wins. “When we took it over, we wanted a late-night bar in the mountains,” says Stacy. “We had a bar at our house, so we’d host parties. But most people didn’t have TV up here, so, when we first started, it was a place where people could go and hangout and watch TV.” But the burgeoning business was a simple ingredient away from establishing itself as a must-stop on the map, and that ingredient was pizza. They’d inherited Barile’s pizza recipe and spent the first year tweaking it to perfection. Whereas Barile might whip up a couple of pizzas a night in the sole kitchen oven, the current operation upgraded to two state-of-theart, stone-slab pizza ovens. They can pump out up to 70 pizzas “in the heart of the crazy” in the middle of winter. Other glutinous items include a delicious selection of calzones, wings and meatball sandwiches. At 8,900-feet-above-sea-level, gluten-free crust is still their greatest challenge. But no worries. There are salad options, if that’s your thing. Regarding beverages, beloved local craft brewery, Ska, is always on tap with seasonal specials of Euphoria in the winter and

dillon dining Mexican Logger in the summer. Twenty-two-year-old Ska Brewing opened the same year as The Olde Schoolhouse, and the Maloney’s were proudly the first restaurant in La Plata County to put Ska’s beer on draft. Other beers are available, too, but when in Rome... Regarding spirits, the bar is loaded with “whatever you’d like to drink to get loaded.” If you want a shot to accompany your beer, just ask for the Side Boob. And, speaking of boobs, The Olde Schoolhouse has a somewhat signature drink called the Mountain Girl. The alpine-inspired cocktail features grapefruit vodka, soda water and a splash of cranberry. “The women up here are such bad-asses,” praises Stacy. “They have to be able to chop their own wood. They’re beautiful women and beautiful souls.” They’re women who aren’t appalled at bras hanging from the rafters or the clean baby diaper that someone stapled on the ceiling a few years ago. They’re women who shred by day and get silly by night, comfortable in their sun-kissed skin and all of the smile lines that go with nights that present unforgettable stories, like the time a guy got drunk and took off his prosthetic leg. “This guy came in with a fake leg,” says Stacy, a longtime supporter of Adaptive Sports. “He got drunk and took his leg off, and, so, the next morning, he came back to get his leg. But we’d tied it to the bell outside the front door. He just laughed and said, ‘Well, I can’t take it now.’ He thought it was cool.” But wait! There’s more: another leg can be found hanging inside above the bar. That was from a guy named Harry, says Stacy. People take shots out of that one. “So we have a few legs,” she admits. If you don’t have a prosthetic limb to donate, fear not. People have been bringing all sorts of trinkets over the years. When the Maloney’s got tired of stuff dragged from people’s garage, they insisted folks could draw on a dollar bill and hang that up instead. Flags, license plates and foreign bills all have a presence in this random museum of sorts. “People wanted to leave their mark,” says Stacy. It’s refreshing to see so much randomness in an enclave that sports multi-million dollar homes, and it’s clearly a source of pride for Stacy. The Olde Schoolhouse has only raised prices once in the 22-years since the Maloney’s bought it. “We could do it every year, but, no matter how much prices have gone up, we try and keep it so that locals can still afford it,” she says. “I’m not going to get rich, but, as long as everyone’s comfortable, we’re happy.” Two decades after they purchased The Olde Schoolhouse, Stacy credits its longevity to a good sense of humor, a lot of patience, an entertaining staff and a devoted clientele of locals and tourists alike. They’re open year-round, with the exception of the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, the occasional cleaning and maybe when an employee gets married and everyone wants to go to the wedding. A Colorado native, Stacy moved to Durango in 1988 to earn a business management degree from Fort Lewis College. Thirty years and two kids later, Stacy’s put the degree to use creating one of the most memorable restaurants in Colorado. “I feel younger in my soul,” says Stacy. “I’m super proud of it. We want people to walk in and feel welcome. I hope we’ve accomplished that.”

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The Biker and the Baker BY ANNA SITTON

You haven’t stumbled too far in life without hearing the old adage, “Life is short, eat dessert first.” Fortunately, travelers and locals in Chaffee County now have zero excuses to ignore this wise and sensible advice. The Biker and the Baker, an upscale, yet affectionate, eating spot offers lip-smacking desserts fit for the gods: charcuterie trays, an extensive wine list, and revolving craft beer options. This new choice in downtown Salida gives the public every reason to spoil themselves over laughter, clinking glasses, and décor that takes you on a journey to a world far away. Sarah Gartzman, owner of The Biker and the Baker, is living the dream – albeit a chaotic, passion-fueled, and wild one. She describes her first day as a chef as a “Disaster,” which reveals a long journey with her husband Rob to the renegade owner of three of Salida’s most popular noshing spots. Sarah takes the stage at Sweeties, Mo Burrito, and now the Biker and the Baker. Mix that with her business partner and husband, two kids, and a puppy, and you’ll find a woman that is not scared to squeeze every ounce of life from her days. Some moments are total panic, some are total bliss, and, with the authentic and gratifying choice of living a chef life of intention, Sarah knows how to appreciate her success. Sarah began her career at the Culinary School of the Rockies with a focus on pastry arts. While she was gaining experience in multiple restaurants, she encountered more than a few #metoo moments - enough that gave her an intrinsic drive and fire to do it on her own. Throw in a few Thanksgiving trips to Salida with her family, one “Downtown Bakery For Sale” sign on a serendipitous walk with her husband, Rob, and some soul searching and bravery, Salida got itself a gem of a woman and chef. The Biker and the Baker was an original pie-in-the-sky sort of dream - a nook that focused on revolving small plates, desserts, and fun things to wash it all down. Sarah admits that she has an innate talent for making weird stuff enticing. Rob and Sarah’s first two ventures in Salida have given them the freedom to go out on a limb and make that original thought a reality. The Biker and the Baker is an art studio for Sarah to express herself in a kitchen that is in constant transformation. From the moment you walk in the doors, intention is at the forefront. The Gartzman’s goal was to preserve the


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integrity and charm of the historical building – Rob on construction and Sarah on design. The focus revolves around inspiration from travels to Paris and thrift store treasures, all which tell a story. As a self-proclaimed hotheaded chef driven by passion and creativity, Sarah’s goal is to light a spark for diners to drink something different, or to eat something different, and with the constantly changing menu, that’s an easy task. If desserts are Sarah’s muses, meats, cheeses, and pickled items are her infatuations. Sarah pickles all of her items in-house, often with local and seasonal products. Summer is her time for preserving, which makes February all the sweeter. Through six years of owning Sweeties Sandwich Shop, Sarah has become confident in sourcing artisan, appealing, and sumptuous meats and cheeses. There is truly a snack for everyone on her menu, and you are guaranteed to leave your experience feeling like you chalked up a few more points up on your foodie party resume. The wine and beer options are extensive but not pretentious. Sarah and Rob set their own wine list and aren’t sad about the fact that this process sometimes takes tasting over 100 bottles to find a match. A lot of pride goes into their selections of beer and wine, and it’s an easy, and not overwhelming, experience to find something to match your taste. Every chef needs motivation, and none of this would be possible without Salida as a background, a staff that caught Sarah’s excitement, and a high school sweetheart that keeps the moving pieces in line. Sarah admits she’d be no good in the kitchen without the trail runs available to her right outside her restaurant door. The colors, shapes, and wildness of the hills can be seen in her creations. The Gartzman kids are being raised behind the kitchen doors, and Sarah takes pride in the fact that they are raising passionate humans though mixing bowls and recipes. It’s a full plate that Sarah carries, and it seems that she’d have it no other way. We highly recommend checking out this exceptional addition to Salida’s downtown area. Check out their ever-changing menu at or on Instagram at @bikerandbaker. Doors are open Thursdays through Sundays, 4pm-10pm.

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Hovey & Harrison is a cafe, bakery, and market located in Edwards, Colorado. It is the creation of two epicurean masters, Molly Harrison and Gretchen Hovey who have created a light, airy, relaxing space to enjoy excellent farm fresh food selections from their Breakfast, Lunch and Early Dinner Menu. Here you can find a corner to relax by yourself or convene at large tables with friends and family. During warmer months their al fresco dining area is the perfect compliment to food that had been sourced directly from the farm to your plate. Molly and Gretchen work with a bevy of Western Slope farms and ranches to bring your plate the best that Colorado has to offer. In-house baked breads are crusty and delicious; tempting pastries will tempt your sweet tooth and unique salads, sandwiches and soups are all made daily. We love the pre-made grab and go food meals in their refrigerator case. Heading to the river, stop in for breakfast and then head out with lunch for later in the day. Come back for Happy Hour with a full bar menu; the ambiance will draw you back.

We loved that they had a Meal Subscription Service offering options that include 3-5 meals per week over the winter. Now that the farm fresh food season is upon us they will be offering a farm to table dinner series starting July 11th and running every Wednesday through the summer. A FAC (Friday afternoon club) begins June 8th with live music and food and drink specials on their beautiful patio complete with a beautiful firepit. Lastly be sure to see what unique food inspired seminars and events they have in store for the upcoming season. I think you may garner some new skills and individual knowledge. Open Monday to Saturday 7:30 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday- 7:30 am to 4:00 pm this eatery is as fresh as the Grand Valley’s bounty of the season. 0056 Edwards Village Boulevard Unit 120, Edwards CO (970)446-6830


Meet Cindy Spaulding, owner and operator of the newly refurbished “The Boatyard”, now known as the ‘Uptown On Main’. What is different is the impressive work that was recently completed on the building and expanded restaurant’s interior. The restaurant is two times bigger yet still intimate and inviting. What is the same, is their reputation for which Cindy and her staff established a long time ago, a restaurant known for high-quality, perfectly prepared, casual American fare. Since 1996, the Boatyard, now ‘Uptown on Main’ has been a gathering spot for lunch meetings, special events and date nights alike and has embedded itself into the fabric of Summit County. Once home to a local tire shop, the much needed Frisco eatery came to life after talented restaurateurs, Cindy and Wayne Spaulding, decided to open a second restaurant. In 1991, these two F&B 74

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professionals arrived in Breckenridge to pursue the dream of launching a mountain town bistro. Their hard work and some good luck in securing space resulted in the launch of the very popular Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge. As they allowed their roots to settle into the area, their family and businesses began to grow. Open for Lunch, Happy Hour and Dinner the Uptown on Main Street’s menu is extensive. Offerings include hearty pasta selections, wood oven baked pizza, an array of salads, grilled meats, sandwiches, burgers and numerous appetizers. One of my favorites is the Sesame Seared Ahi Appetizer which I often order as an Entree. The Fresh Sea Scallop and Shrimp Noodle Bowl is chock full of seafood swimming in a curry coconut milk sauce. The Happy Hour menu is extensive and has tender delicious New York Strip Sliders, great Pork Carnitas Tacos and fabulous

Hummus with Flatbread amongst its many selections. This is also a great place to grab a seat in the expanded bar and watch your favorite game on one of their many flat-screen TV’s. The back patio is still delightful on a sunny day and now an expansive 3rd-floor deck will be the spot you want to hang out and enjoy every darn day for Apres Hiking, Boating, Skiing, Biking. The views and ambiance are mesmerizing. The Uptown On Main is centrally located on Main Street in Downtown Frisco and a short stroll from the Frisco Marina, a block off the bike path and an easy detour from I-70. Reservations are not necessary so head on in. 304 W Main Street, Frisco (970) 668-4728

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Choose from our Colorado eclectic menu or indulge in an all-you-can-eat, full-course lunch from our gourmet buffet. Located Slopeside Peak 9 at Beaver Run Resort 620 Village Road, Breckenridge For reservations call 970.453.8755

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


B reckenridge Distillery 1925 Airport Road Breckenridge, CO (970) 925-9788 Briar Rose 199 Lincoln Avenue Breckenridge, CO (970) 925-9788 Fatty’s Pizzeria 106 South Ridge Street Breckenridge, CO (970) 453-9802 Goldenhorseshoe Tour Co. Breckenridge, CO (970) 453-2005 The Mug Shot Cafe 435 North Park Avenue Breckenridge, CO (970)423-8821 Park & Main La Cima Mall 500 South Main Street Breckenridge, CO (970)453-9343 Quandry Grille Main Street Station 505 South Main Street Breckenridge, CO (970) 547-5969 Sauce on the Maggie Village at Breckenridge 655 South Park Avenue Breckenridge, CO (970) 547-5959


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


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


Animas Chocolate Company 920 Main Avenue Durango, CO (970) 317-5761 Cyprus Cafe 725 East Second Avenue Durango, CO (970) 385-6884 Eno Cocktail Lounge & Wine Bar 723 East Second Avenue Durango, CO (970) 385-0105 Ore House 147 East College Drive Durango, CO (970) 247-5707 Eat Local Durango, CO


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

The Uptown on Main 304 Main Street Frisco, CO (970) 668-4728 Highside Brewery 720 Main Street Frisco, CO (970) 668-2337


The Alpine 1106 Rose Street Georgetown, CO (303) 569-0200 alpinerestaurantgeorgetown. com Cake 710 6th Street Georgetown, CO (303) 569-5043


Aurum 811 Yampa Street Steamboat Springs,CO (970) 879-9500 Sharon’s 2851 Riverside Plaza Steamboat Springs,CO (970) 761-2467 Steamboat Whiskey Company 55 11th Street Steamboat Springs,CO (970) 761-2467 Table 79 Foodbar 345 Lincoln Ave Steamboat Springs,CO (970) 761-2463 Besame 818 Lincoln Avenue Steamboat Springs,CO (970) 761-5681 Mambo 521 Lincoln Ave Steamboat Springs,CO (970) 879-9500

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PA D D L E !

The Uncompahgre “FUNC” Fest July 14, 2018 Water sports enthusiasts, competitors, and the funloving Montrose community are invited to enjoy the Fun on the Uncompahgre “FUNC Fest” at the Montrose Water Sports Park. The second annual event, scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 22, 2017, is hosted by the City of Montrose Office of Business and Tourism and features a full lineup of events on water and land. Open to all levels, water competitions include boatercross events that target kayakers and SUP. The public can bring their helmets and PFDs to take part in the FUNC-y River Parade. For those who prefer to stay dry and revel in land-based activities, the FUNC Fest offers food, beer, music, and activities for all ages. Other land-based, kid- and family-friendly activities will include yoga, a casting challenge, a pet-welcoming party, disc golf, and mountain biking on trails adjacent to the river.

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HIKE MS 2018 July 28, 2018 Hike MS takes fun and fundraising to new heights as participants enjoy beautiful mountain scenery while making great strides towards a cure. Hike routes are designed for all skill levels – so there truly is something for everyone. Hike MS raises funds to support research, financial assistance, education, programs and services for more than 100,000 people affected by MS in Colorado and Wyoming. Change your altitude about MS at Hike MS 2018!

VOLUNTEERING is a really great way to get and stay active. Caring for Colorado’s Outdoors has never been easier! Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado has a new app: #YourCO that allows you to complete more than 50 DIY stewardship tasks anywhere, anytime. Download it and check it out! 80

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Under Armour Mountain Running Series - Copper Mountain July 14, 2018 On July 14, trail running enthusiasts will take to Copper Mountain for a stop in Under Armour’s Mountain Running Series presented by Gore-Tex products. With distances from 5k to 50k, runners of all abilities can experience the thrill of running through a beautiful Rocky Mountain environment. It’s time to leave the work week behind and embrace the great outdoors. Experience vast mountaintops and the demanding terrain that awaits. Stay boundless in an all-out, high-stakes affair that offers no end in sight. Ignite those killer instincts and dominate the course. Run until your legs give out. Rise to the edges of the earth and don’t look back because out here, we’re getting down to the grit and the grime and we will not wait for permission. Up for the challenge?


Del Norte Trails Showcase June 10-12, 2018 Del Norte has a terrific network of trails suitable for all levels of mountain bikers and trail runners, and they’re excited to invite everyone to come see what this beautiful town has to offer. All rides will be hosted by a local guide and will be divided into different groups based on ability level, so there’s something for everyone--whether it’s your first time on a mountain bike or you’re a daredevil rider looking to push the limits! After your ride check out the planned entertainment: Sunday: -Silent auction beginning at 3pm at the Windsor Hotel-Street party on Columbia Ave. with food, fun and beer Monday: - Party in the Windsor Hotel courtyard with music and drinks.


For the 2018 season, Orvis is offering Women’s only clinics in Denver and Breckenridge. For you mountain girls the Breckenridge clinics are being hosted by Sarah Barclay. Sarah has been guiding and teaching fly fishing for fifteen years. For most of those years, she has run a Women’s Learn How to Fly Fish School, introducing hundreds of women to fly fishing. She also started a program in Summit County introducing kids to fish, served for many years as the president of the local Trout Unlimited Chapter, and was an original stakeholder in the restoration of the Swan River in Breckenridge. An avid boater, she also explores the rivers of Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming either in her drift boat or raft. A world traveler, Sarah has fished internationally in Kamchatka, Russia, Belize, and Patagonia. Her flyfishing clinics will be held June 21 and 23, July 12 and 14 and August 16 and 18 and is $129 per angler at Breckenridge Outfitters. Women, be sure to use #5050onthewater for all of your social media fly fishing posts!

WO M E N S P E C I F I C F U N : A Celebration of Women in Wine and Food

Join the Telluride Wine Festival as they celebrate the women behind some of the hottest f&b brands in the New World and Old World, along with two celebrated female chefs for an unforgettable Celebration of Women Luncheon! Attend this event or the whole festivals. Luncheon featured Wineries: Flanagan, Montemaggiore, Cline Cellars, Laurel Glen, Rock Wall Host: Marian Jansen op de Haar Guests: Christine Dufault, Nadia Pavlevska Chefs: Regan Brigg, Broadmoor and Angela Covington, Manchester Farms June 30, 2018 - 12pm Sidework, Telluride

Vida MTN Bike Series VIDA’s mission is to foster a passion among women for mountain biking through the highest quality instruction, and to create a lifelong community of riders. Vida focuses on inspiring a movement that promotes cycling as a way of improving lives. Clinics will be held in several Colorado mountain towns this year that will assist you in increasing your knowledge and riding skills while making great new friends. Some great apres and yoga events will be planned as well: Winter Park, Trestles Bike Park June 23-24, 2018 Snowmass Resort August 3-5, 2018 Durango, Purgatory Resort August 25 -26, 2018

Chicks Climbing Clinic If you are a proficient climber that is interested in expanding your ability and learn advanced techniques to break into higher climbing grades then you may want to check out the Chicks Climbing Clinic in Rifle Mountain Park. Learn to project climbs, fall safely, and explore skills such as knee bars, moving using opposition and much more. All of this together makes the clinic in Rifle justifiably a must seize opportunity. This women-specific, women-only instruction is designed to help women become CONFIDENT, SELF-SUFFICIENT CLIMBERS and connect with one another to strengthen our outdoor women’s community. The programs cover the basics but also goes much deeper. August 10-12, 2018 mtntow nm a ga zi | S PR I NG / S U MME R 2 0 1 8



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We say bring it all because Colorado mountain town weather will get the unprepared! • Valid photo ID • Sunscreen/ hat • Sunglasses • Lip Protection • Ear Protection • Lawn chairs -check Festival rules • Tarps/blankets • Sunshade tents -check Festival rules • Coolers with non-breakable water/soda containers to stay hydrated! • Camera -check Festival rules • Warm clothes • Light Clothing • Gloves • Rain Coat or Poncho • Waterproof Boots • Sandals • Small Back Pack or Hip Belt • Your Festivals #hashtag

LET’S FEST! Summer Music Festivals Are On Campout for the Cause June 10 - 12, 2018 The 10th Annual Campout For The Cause is a roots based music and yoga festival. The tradition of Campout for the Cause has always been rooted in connection, conversation, passion, sport, music and feeling more inspired upon exit than arrival. Rapids & Grass June 29 - July 1, 2018 Spend your weekend along the Arkansas River sampling beers from some of the best breweries in the country, jamming to an incredible lineup of bluegrass music, and taking in the sweeping mountain views of Buena Vista. Vail Bluegrass June 27 - July 18, 2018 Join in at the Arrabelle at Vail Square for FREE national-level, award-winning talent from the Vail region, as well as visiting guests from around the world. Dillon Ampitheater Summer Lineup June 29 through September 1 Dillon’s summer music events schedule is jammed with awesome free concerts

and fun events in their newly revamped venue Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the summer season. Steamboat Free Concerts June 30 - September 2, 2018 Started by a small record shop owner and friends, the Series now features 5 concerts per year. The SSFSCS boasts nationally recognized artists in the area of pop-rock, reggae, bluegrass, blues, and funk. iBar Ranch June 29 - August 21, 2018 Situated on a 10-acre field of Hay the venue is an open walled hay barn that has been converted to accommodate incredible music events with table seating, stage, lighting & sound. Telluride Jazz August 3 - 5, 2018 Celebrate world-class live music, art, yoga, intimate late night shows, kids activities, camping, outdoor recreation and more in the heart of the Telluride! Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Irma Thomas, The Soul Queen of New Orleans, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Polyrhythmics and more.

KIDS Hearing: Kids are a big part of the Festival Scene these days. If you are preparing to bring your kiddos, then be sure to purchase protective Ear Muffs or Ear Plugs to help protect them. Check online to find the best pair for your child. You might like having some too!

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events calendar SPRING/ SUMMER 2018 May May 15, 2018 Music in the Grapevines, Grand Junction May 15 – September 30 2018 Chimney Rock National Monument, Pagosa Springs May 15, 2019 Vail Whitewater Race Series, Vail May 18 – 24, 2018 Bonedale Bike Week, Carbondale

May 25, 2018 Mt. Evans Opens for the Season!, Clear Creek County

May 26, 2018 Dances of the Ancients, Pagosa Springs

May 25 – 27, 2018 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Durango

May 26, 2018 IHBC Quarter Horse, Purgatory Resort

May 19, 2018 Music on the Mountain Kick-Off, Glenwood Springs

May 25, 2018 Guanella Pass Opens for the Season!, Georgetown

May 26 – 27, 2018 Bluegrass on the Arkansas, Salida

May 19 – 20, 2019 Barrel into SpringMay, Palisade

May 25 – 27, 2018 Colorado State Series BMX Races, Grand Junction

May 19, 2018 Ride for the Pass, Aspen May 19, 2018 Bike Park Competition, Carbondale

May 22, 2018 Purgatory Sports Shop Rides! Purgatory Resort

For a complete list and details on Colorado Mtn Town Events visit our website! May 18 – 20, 2018 GJ Off-Road and Bike & Gear Expo, Grand Junction May 18, 2018 Country Western Dance, Silverthorne May 18 – 20, 2018 Telluride Literary Arts festival, Telluride May 19, 2018 Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series, Arapahoe Basin 84

May 22, 2019 Vail Whitewater Race Series, Vail May 23, 2018 Passholder Appreciation Summer Party, Purgatory Resort May 24, 2018 Colorado Riverfront Concert Series, Grand Junction May 25 – 28, 2018 CKS Paddlefest, Buena Vista

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May 25 – 28, 2018 Packer Days, Lake City May 25 – 28, 2018 Mountainfilm in Telluride, Telluride May 26, 2018 17th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs, Arapahoe Basin May 26, 2018 Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series, Arapahoe Basin May 26 – 27, 2018 Blues, Brews And BBQ, Beaver Creek May 26-28, 2018 Memorial Day Weekend, Estes Park May 26 - May 27, 2018 The Original Growler Bike Race, Gunnison

May 27, 2018 17th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs, Arapahoe Basin May 27, 2018 Spring Rail Jam #2, Arapahoe Basin May 28, 2018 Pop-Up Concert, Avon May 28, 2018 Memorial Day Ceremony, Dillon May 29, 2019 Vail Whitewater Race Series, Vail May 31 – June 3, 2018 WAVE: Light + Water + Sound, Breckenridge May 31, 2018 Art Around Town Art Walk, Carbondale May 31 – June 3, 2018 [Re]New You: A Mountain Retreat, Purgatory Resort

JUNE June 1 – 3, 2018 Campout For The Cause Music Festival, Buena Vista June 1, 2018 First Friday Art Walk, Carbondale June 1, 2018 First Friday Art Opening Receptions, Grand Junction June 1 – 2, 2018 Shrine Circus, Grand Junction June 1, 2018 First Friday Kick off Cycle Silverthorne Month, Silverthorne June 1 – 3, 2018 35th Annual Telluride Balloon Festival, Telluride June 1 – 8, 2018 36th Annual Wild West Fest, Telluride June 2, 2018 Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series, Arapahoe Basin June 2, 2018 Buena Vista Bike Fest, Buena Vista June 2 – 3, 2018 Estes Park Jazz Fest Weekend, Estes Park June 2, 2018 Run the Rockies Road Races, Frisco June 2, 2018 Rock the Dock Park, Frisco June 2 – 3, 2017 Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, Fruita

June 2 – 3, 2018 Railroad Days at the Georgetown Loop Railroad, Georgetown June 2, 2018 Summer Kick Off Parade & BBQ, Idaho Springs June 2, 2018 6th Annual Amateur Sculpting Contest 2018 for Adults & Youth, Ridgway June 3, 2018 Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series, Arapahoe Basin June 3, 2017 Gran Fondo, Palisade June 3, 2028 37th Annual Steamboat Marathon, Steamboat Springs June 5, 2018 Purgatory Sports Shop Rides! Purgatory Resort June 5, 2019 Vail Whitewater Race Series, Vail June 6, 2018 2018 Summer Lecture Series, Frisco June 7, 2018 Wild West Rodeo Series, Carbondale June 7 – 10, 2018 Wool Market, Estes Park June 7 – 10, 2018 40th Annual Pioneer Days, Crawford June 7 – 10, 2018 Telluride Wow Festival, Telluride June 7 – June 10, 2018 GoPro Mountain Games, Vail

June 8 – 10, 2018 Collegiate Peaks Rodeo, Buena Vista

June 9 – 10, 2018 Wine Around Colorado Grand Junction

June 8 – 9, 2018 7th Annual Bonedale Skate Revival, Carbondale

June 9 – 11, 2017 Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival, Palisade

June 8 – Sept 14, 2018 Town of Dillon Farmers Market, Dillon

June 9, 2018 Train to Hunt Regionals, Powderhorn Mountain Resort

June 8 – 10, 2018 Georgetown Indie Con, Georgetown

June 9, 2018 Rendezvous Craft Beer Festival, Snowmass

June 8, 2018 Summer Opening Day, Keystone Resort

June 9, 2018 Free Concert Series, Snowmass

June 8 – 9. 2018 Car Show at Pagosa, Pagosa Springs

June 10, 2018 Summer Park Concert Series, Carbondale

June 8 – 10. 2018 Folk n’ Bluegrass Festival, Pagosa Springs

June 10, 2018 Ladies Cast & Relax Fly Fishing Clinic, Devil Thumb’s Ranch

June 8 – 9, 2018 Ragnar Trail, Snowmass June 9 – 15, 2018 Ride the Rockies, Breckenridge June 9 – 10, 2018 Colorado Days, Copper Mountain June 9, 2018 Evolution Bike Park Opening Day, Crested Butte Mountain Resort June 9, 2018 Brunch is back | Volario’s Winter Park, Devil’s Thumb Ranch June 9 – 10, 2018 Let’s Go Boating, Dillon June 9, 2018 Lake Dillon Brew Festival, Dillon

June 10, 2018 Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Durango June 10, 2017 Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Durango June 10 – Sept 11, 2018 Palisade Sunday Farmers Market June 12 – 17, 2018 Durango Rendezvous III, Durango June 13 – 18, 2018 Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Durango On June 13-18, 2017 Durango Rendezvous II June 13, 2018th 2018 Summer Lecture Series, Frisco

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June 13 – 17, 2018 Colorado State ATA Trap Shooting Tournament, Grand Junction

June 16, 2018 Performance Park Summer Concert Series, Estes Park

June 20, 2018 2018 Summer Lecture Series, Frisco

June 13, 2018 Snowmass Rodeo, Snowmass

June 16, 2018 Local Artist Show Opening, Lake City

June 20, 2018 Snowmass Rodeo, Snowmass

June 14 – 17, 2018 Fibark Whitewater Festival, Buena Vista

June 16 – 17, 2018 North Fork Uncorked, North Fork Valley

June 21 – 30, 2018, Aspen Institute: Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen

June 14 – 16, 2018 25th Annual Colorado BBQ Challenge, Frisco

June 16, 2018 Cochon Heritage Fire, Snowmass

June 21, 2018 Beaver Creek Rodeo Series, Beaver Creek

June 14 – 17, 2018 Country Jam USA Music Festival, Grand Junction June 14, 2018 Colorado Riverfront Concert Series, Grand Junction June 14 – 17, 2018 Rapid Grass BlueGrass Festival, Idaho Springs June 14, 2018 Free Concert Series, Snowmass June 14 – 16, 2018 30th Annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup, Steamboat Springs June 14 – 17, 2018 Vail Craft Beer Classic, Vail June 15 – 17, 2018 Food & Wine Classic, Aspen June 15 – 17, 2018 Glenwood Springs Strawberry Days, Glenwood Springs June 16 – 17, 2018 Gold Panning Championships, Breckenridge June 16, 2018 Free Summer Concert, Copper Mountain June 16, 2018 The Oh Be Joyful Steep Creek Race, Crested Butte


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June 16, 2019 Chocolate Festival, Winter Park Resort June 16, - 17, 2018 Switchback Music Festival, Winter Park

June 21, 2018 Warren Station Summer Comedy Series, Keystone Resort June 21 – 24, 2018 Art Walk, Salida

June 17 – 22, 2018 Summer Words, Aspen

June 21, 2018 Free Concert Series, Snowmass

June 17, 2018 Estes Park Marathon & Half, 10K, 5K and Kids Fun Run Festival, Estes Park

June 21 – 24, 2018 45th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Telluride

June 17, 2018 Sunday’s at 6, Gunnison

June 21 – August 2, 2018 Bravo! Vail Music Festival 2018 Season, Vail

June 17 – October 7, 2018 Vail Farmers Market and Art Show, Vail

June 22 – 23, 2018 Cover Rock Festival, Avon

June 18, 2019 Dunk N’ Dash, Avon

June 22 – 24, 2018 Attack of the Big Beers, Copper Mountain

June 18 – 23, 2018 AREDAY Summit, Snowmass

June 22 – 24, 2018 Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, Estes Park

June 18 – 20, 2018 Vail Lacrosse Tournament, Vail June 19, 2018 Music in the Grapevines, Grand Junction

June 22- 24, 2018 Gunnison River Festival, Gunnison June 22, 2018 Ghost Tours, Lake City

June 19, 2018 Purgatory Sports Shop Rides! Purgatory Resort

June 22 – 23, 2018 Leadville BBQ & Brew Festival, Leadville

June 20 – 24, 2018 CB Bike Week, Crested Butte Mountain Resort

June 22 – 24, 2018 Vail Arts Festival, Vail

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First Friday Cycle Silverthorne with the Shaky Hand String Band National Repertory Orchestra 4th of July Concert First Friday Art on the Blue Art Festival with the Freddy Jones Band First Friday Party in the Park with the BoDeans First Friday Block Party Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root- Uprooted FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT SILVERTHORNE.ORG | (970)-262-7370

June 22 – 24, 2018 Mountain Bike Capital™ Weekend, Winter Park

June 28, 2018 Beaver Creek Rodeo Series, Beaver Creek

June 30 – July 4, 2018 4th of July Celebrations, Pagosa Springs

June 22 – 24, 2018 Blues from the Top, Winter Park

June 28 – 30, 2018 Fjallraven Classic USA, Copper Mountain

June 30, 2018 Ridgway RiverFest, Ridgway

June 23, 2018 Summer Solstice Trail Run, Beaver Creek June 23, 2018 Timberline Cruiser Regatta, Frisco June 23 – 24, 2018 Bacon & Bourbon Festival, Keystone Resort June 23, 2018 Slacker Half Marathon, Relay and 4 Mile Races, Loveland June 23, 2018 Creature Comforts Mutt n’ Strut Festival & 5K For Dogs, Purgatory Resort

June 28, 2018 Alpenglow Zip Tours, Devil’s Thumb Ranch June 28, 2018 Performance Park Summer Concert Series, Estes Park

June 30, 2018 Rendezvous Run for Independence, Winter Park

June 28 – July 1, 2018 37th Annual Telluride Wine Festival, Telluride


June 29 – July1, 2018 2018 Rapids & Grass Beer Festival, Buena Vista June 29 – 30, 2018 Wild West Fermentation Fest, Glenwood Springs

June 25 – 27, 2018 Mavic Haute Route Rockies 2018, Avon

June 29 – July 3, 2018 Kidtopia Stars & Guitars, Keystone Resort

June 25, 2018 2018 Mavic Haute Route Rockies, Stage 2, Winter Park

June 29, 2018 Ghost Tours, Lake City June 29 – July 5, 2018 Telluride Plein Air, Telluride

June 27, 2018 Summer Bluegrass Series, Vail

June 30, 2018 Mt. Mania Car Show & Music, Buena Vista

June 27, 2018 2018 Summer Lecture Series, Frisco

June 30 – July 1, 2018 Free Summer Concert, Copper Mountain

June 27, 2018 Snowmass Rodeo, Snowmass

June 30, 2018 Sour Beer Fest, Grand Junction

June 28 – August 19, 2018 Aspen Music Festival and School Aspen

June 30, 2018 16th Annual Black & White Ball, Gunnison

June 28, 2018 Pop-Up Concert, Avon

June 30 – July 4, 2018 Cherry Days Festival, Paonia


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June 30 – July 4, 2018 Cowboy Roundup Days Fourth of July Celebration, Steamboat Springs

June 28, 2018 Free Concert Series, Snowmass

June 24 – 30, 2018 Bicycle Tour of Colorado, Carbondale

June 26, 2018 Pop-Up Concert, Avon

June 30 – July1, 2018 The Salida Arts Festival, Salida

July 1, 2018 Frisco’s Founders Day, Frisco July 1, 2018 Sunday’s at 6, Gunnison July 1 – August 26, 2018 Vail Jazz @ The Market, Vail July 2 – 4, 2018 Independence Day Celebrations, Breckenridge July 3, 2019 Salute to the USA, Avon July 3, 2018 Fruita 3rd of July Fireworks

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July 4, 2018 Crested Butte 4th of July Parade, Crested Butte

July 4, 2018 Independence Day Parade, Grand Junction

July 3, 2017 Texas BBQ & Live Music, Lake City

July 4, 2018 Independence Day Celebration, Devil’s Thumb

July 4, 2018 4th of July Celebration, Idaho Springs

July 3, 2018 Purgatory Sports Shop Rides! Purgatory Resort

July 4, 2018 4th of July Celebration, Estes Park

July 4, 2018 Pop-Up Concert, Avon

July 4 & 5, 2018 Performance Park Summer Concert Series, Estes Park

July 3, 2018 Independence Day Celebration, Keystone Resort

July 4, 2018 Independence Day, Beaver Creek July 4 – 7, 2018 Battlemoor IX, Buena Vista July 4, 2018 4th of July Parade & Pool Party, Carbondale

July 4, 2018 Fabulous 4th of July, Frisco July 4, 2018 4th of July Celebration, Georgetown July 4, 2018 Tom Hayden Memorial 5k Run/Walk, Georgetown

July 4, 2018 Fourth of July River Run Bike Parade, Keystone Resort July 4, 2018 4th of July, Lake City July 4, 2018 Fourth of July Celebration, Leadville July 4, 2018 Old Fashioned Fourth of July, Ouray July 4, 2018 4th of July Celebration, Silver Plume

July 4, 2018 4th of July with the National Repertory Orchestra, Silverthorne July 4, 2018 Snowmass Rodeo July 4 - 8, 2018 AspenOUT, Snowmass July 4, 2018 4th of July Celebration, Telluride July 4, 2018 8th Annual Rundola, Telluride July 4, 2018 Vail America Days, Vail July 4, 2018 Summer Bluegrass Series, Vail July 4, 2018 Lance Gutersohn’s 4th Of July, Winter Park

2018 Schedule Nationally ranked fine art festivals in beautiful Summit County, CO 35th Breckenridge July Art Festival July 6, 7, 8, Main Street Station and The Village at Breckenridge Silverthorne Fine Art Festival July 14 &15 North Pond Park, Silverthorne, CO 17th Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival August 2, 3, 4 Main Street Station, Breckenridge, CO 43rd Breckenridge Gathering at the Great Divide September 1, 2, 3 Main Street and Wellington, Breckenridge, CO

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July 5, 2018 Beaver Creek Rodeo Series, Beaver Creek

July 6, 2018 First Friday Art Walk, Carbondale

July 5 – August 8, 2018 Crested Butte Music Festival

July 6, 2018 18th Annual “Mt. Sopris Music Fest” , Carbondale

July 5-10, 2018 Rooftop Rodeo, Estes Park

July 6 – 8, 2018 Copper Mountain Music Festival

July 5, 2018 11th Annual Free Summer Concert Series, Ridgway

July 6, 2018 Free Friday Night Concert, Dillon

July 5, 2018 Free Concert Series, Snowmass

July 6 – 8, 2018 Four Corners Gem & Mineral Show, Durango

July 5, 2018 Vail Jazz @ Vail Square, Vail

July 6, 2018 First Friday Art Opening Receptions, Grand Junction

July 6-8, 2018 35th Breckenridge July Art Festiva

July 6, 2018 Ghost Tours, Lake City

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July 6, 2018 First Friday Art Festivals and Live Music, Silverthorne

July 7, 2018 Lake City Old West Shooters Shootout, Lake City

July 6, 2018 Captain of the Boat, Steamboat Springs

July 7, 2018 Hear It Through the Grapevine Summer Concert Series, Palisade

July 7, 2017 Breckenridge Summer Beer Festival, Breckenridge

July 7 – 29, 2018 Music in the Mountains, Purgatory Resort

July 7, 2018 Free Saturday Night Concert Series, Dillon

July 7 – 8, 2018 Triple Bypass Bike Ride, Vail

July 7 2018 2018 LG Tri, Eagle

July 7, 2018 Village Uncorked! Wine, Art, and Cheese Festival, Winter Park Resort

July 7, 2018 2018 Caddis Cup Fly Fishing Tournament, Gunnison July 7, 2018 Big Mountain Enduro 2018, Keystone Resort

July 8, 2018 Women, Wheels & Wine (WWW), Devil’s Thumb Ranch

July 8, 2018 Sunday’s at 6, Gunnison July 9, 2019 Dunk N’ Dash, Avon

July 14 – 15, 2018 Enduro Cup Round 3, Durango/ Purgatory Resort

July 17, 2018 43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival, Lake City

July 14, 2018 Frisco Triathlon, Frisco

July 17 – 29, 2018 Chaffee County Fair & Rodeo, Poncha Springs

July 11, 2019 Avon LIVE! Concerts in the Park, Avon

July 14, 2018 Masontown Hiking Tour, Frisco

July 11 – 12, 2018 Performance Park Summer Concert Series, Estes Park

July 14 – 15, 2018 Triple Bypass Bicycle Ride, Georgetown

July 11, 2018 2018 Summer Lecture Series, Frisco

July 14 – 15, 2018 Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival, Keystone Resort

July 11, 2018 Snowmass Rodeo, Snowmass

July 14-15, 2018 Silverthorne Fine Art Festival North Pond Park, Silverthorne

July 18, 2018 Snowmass Rodeo, Snowmass

July 14, 2018 Hear It Through the Grapevine Summer Concert Series, Palisade

July 18 – 21, 2018 Telluride Americana Music Festival & Songwriters Showcase, Telluride

July 11, 2018 Summer Bluegrass Series, Vail July 12, 2018 Beaver Creek Rodeo Series, Beaver Creek July 12, 2018 11th Annual Free Summer Concert Series, Ridgway July 12, 2018 Free Concert Series, Snowmass July12, 2018 Vail Jazz @ Vail Square, Vail July 13, 2018 Reserve Wine Tasting at Warren Station, Keystone Resort July 13, 2018 Ghost Tours, Lake City July 14, 2019 Colorado Disc Dogs Competition, Avon July 14 – 15, 2018 Triple Bypass Bicycle Tour, Avon July 14, 2018 The 35th Annual Grin and Bear It Trail Run, Crested Butte


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July 14 – 15, 2018 Hot Air Balloon Rodeo and Balloon Glow, Steamboat Springs

July 17, 2018 Purgatory Sports Shop Rides! Purgatory Resort July 18, 2019 Avon LIVE! Concerts in the Park July 18. 2018 2018 Summer Lecture Series, Frisco

July 18, 2018 Summer Bluegrass Series, Vail

July 14 – 15, 2018 Art in the Park, Steamboat Springs

July 19, 2018 Beaver Creek Rodeo Series, Beaver Creek

July 14 – 25, 2018 Ride Festival, Telluride

July 19, 2018 Performance Park Summer Concert Series, Estes Park

July 14 – 15, 2018 Winter Park Alpine Artaffair, July 15 – 16, 2018 Under Armour Trail Run and Triple By Pass, Copper Mountain July 15, 2018 Sunday’s at 6, Gunnison July 16, 2019 Heritage Fire by Cochon555 Snowmass July 16, 2019 Dunk N’ Dash, Avon July 17, 2018 Music in the Grapevines, Grand Junction

July 19, 2018 Warren Station Summer Comedy Series, Keystone July 19, 2018 11th Annual Free Summer Concert Series, Ridgway July 19, 2018 Free Concert Series, Snowmass July 19 – 22, 2018 Telluride Yoga Festival, Telluride July 19, 2018 Vail Jazz @ Vail Square, Vail July 20, 2018 Ghost Tours, Lake City



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July 20 – 22, 2018 The Children’s Hospital Courage Classic, Leadville

July 21 – 22, 2018 Art + Architecture Weekend, Telluride

July 20 – 23, 2018 Doubles Volleyball Tournament, Snowmass

July 21 – 22, 2018 36th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival, Winter Park

July 20, 2018 Ah Haa’s 26th Annual Art Auction, Telluride

July 22, 2018 Evergreen Sprint Triathlon, Evergreen

July 21 – 22, 2018 XTERRA Triathlon and Trail Run, Beaver Creek

July 22, 2018 Sunday’s at 6, Gunnison

July 21, 2018 Free Saturday Night Concert Series, Dillon July 21, 2018 Performance Park Summer Concert Series, Estes Park July 21, 2018 Cruise-a-Thong, Glenwood Springs July 21, 2018 Bob Cook Mt Evans Memorial Hill Climb, Idaho Springs July 21, 2018 Ducky Derby, Lake City July 21, 2018 Lake City Old West Shooters Shootout, Lake City July 21 – 22, 2018 Cruise-A-Thong, Pagosa Springs July 21 – 22, 2018 WEBE Racing, Powderhorn Mountain Resort July 21 – 25, 2018 Salida Riverside Arts & Music Festival, Salida July 21, 2018 Hardrock Hundred Endurance Run, Telluride July 21 - 29, 2018 Shakespeare in the Park | Pericles, Telluride

July 23 – 29, 2018 Baseball Festival, Telluride

Join us this summer in Breckenridge! Main Street Station | The Village at Breckenridge

July 24 – 28, 2018 Mesa County Fair, Grand Junction July 25, 2019 Avon LIVE! Concerts in the Park, Avon July 25 – 29, 2018 Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival

Saturday, July 28th

July 25, 2018 2018 Summer Lecture Series, Frisco July 25, 2018 Snowmass Rodeo, Snowmass

Saturday, August 25th

July 25 – 29, 2018 Telluride Playwrights Festival, Telluride July 26, 2018 Performance Park Summer Concert Series, Estes Park

Saturday, September 29th

July 26 – 27, 2018 Ghost Town Writers Retreat, Georgetown July 26 – 29, 2018 2018 Cowboy Fast Draw State Championship, Pagosa Springs

Sundays, June 17th – September 2nd

July 26, 2018 11th Annual Free Summer Concert Series, Ridgway

(No Market July 8th)

All events listed take place in Harry A. Nottingham Park MAY 28 Pop Up Strings Concert • FREE • 5:30-7 PM JUNE 17 22-23 25-27 26 30

Daddy’s Girl Tutu 2K • 9:30 AM Cover Rock Music Festival • 2-10 PM Mavic Haute Route Rockies • ALL DAY Pop Up Strings Concert • FREE • 5:30-7 PM Vail Valley Brew Fest at Avon • 12-4 PM

JULY 3 Salute to the USA • FREE • 5:30-10:30 PM 4 Pop Up Strings Concert • FREE • 5:30-7 PM 11 Avon LIVE! Concert • FREE • 5:30-8:45 PM Flow Tribe | The Subdudes 14 Triple Bypass Celebration • FREE 14 CO Disc Dogs • FREE • 9 AM-4 PM 18 Avon LIVE! Concert • FREE • 5:30-8:45 PM Freddy & Francine | TBD 21 XTERRA Beaver Creek Triathlon • 6-9 AM 25 Avon LIVE! Concert • FREE • 5:30-8:45 PM Adam Ezra Group | The Steel Woods 30 Dancing in the Park • FREE • 5:30-8 PM Alonzo King LINES Ballet AUGUST 1 Avon LIVE! Concert & Community Picnic • FREE • 5:30 – 8:45 PM • SUSTO | Who’s Bad 4 Bec Tri / Major League Tri • 8 AM-12 PM 8 Dancing in the Park • FREE • 5:30-8 PM • Ballet Hispánico 17-18 Pitmaster BBQ & Music Fest • 12:30-9:30 PM 25 Cardboard Boat Regatta • FREE • TIME TBD 25 Pop Up Strings Concert • FREE • TIME TBD SEPTEMBER 7-9 Zoppe Italian Family Circus • VARIOUS TIMES OCTOBER 13-14 Man of the Cliff • 12-6 PM


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July 26, 2018 Free Concert Series, Snowmass

July 28 – 29, 2018 Audi Power of Four Trail Run, Snowmass

July 27, 2018 Audi Power of Four MTN Race, Snowmass

July 28 - August 11, 2018 Vail Dance Festival, Vail

July 26, 2018 Vail Jazz @ Vail Square, Vail July 27, 2018 Alpenglow Zip Tours, Devil’s Thumb Ranch July 27, 2018 July Free Friday Night Concert, Dillon July 27, 2018 Ghost Tours, Lake City July 27 – 29, 2018 Many Hands Fiber Arts Festival, Telluride July 28 – 29, 2018 Mac & Cheese Fest, Copper Mountain July 28, 2018 Hike MS 2018, Keystone July 28, 2018 Breckenridge Food & Wine Main Street Station, Breckenridge July 28 – 29, 2018 Keystone’s River Run Village Art Festival, Keystone

July 29, 2018 Sunday’s at 6, Gunnison July 30, 2018 Dancing in the Park, Avon July 31, 2018 Texas BBQ & Live Music, Lake City July 31, 2018 Purgatory Sports Shop Rides! Purgatory Resort

AUGUST August 1, 2018 Avon LIVE! Concert & Picnic August 2 - 4, 2018 35th Breckenridge Main Street Art Festival August 3, 2018 First Friday in the Park, Silverthorne August 4, 2018 Bec Tri / Major League Tri, Avon August 4, 2018 Copper Triangle Copper Mountain

July 28, 2018 Lake City Old West Shooters Shootout, Lake City

August 3-4, 2018 Free Concert Series, Dillon

July 28, 2018 SCOTT Enduro Cup, Powderhorn Mountain Resort

August 10 - 19, 2018 Breckenridge International Festival of Art

July 28 – 29, 2018 Mac & Cheese Fest Copper Mountainl

August 10, 2018 Ragnar Relay Copper Mountain

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COME OUT AND PLAY. YOUR COLORADO SUMMER IS CALLING. Take advantage of what Copper has to offer this summer. June 9-10: Colorado Days

July 14: Triple Bypass

June 17: Free Summer Concert with Blood Sweat & Tears

July 20-22: Courage Classic

June 22-24: Attack of the Big Beers Festival

August 4: Copper Triangle

June 23-24: Copper Mountain Film Festival

August 10-12: Guitar Town

July 28-29: Mac & Cheese Fest August 10: Ragnar Relay

June 27-29: Fjällräven Classic

August 17-19: Copper Crush Wine Fest

June 30: Free Summer Concert

August 24-25: Cider Circus

July 1: Free Summer Concert with The Magpie Salute

September 1-2: Copper Country

July 6-8: Copper Mountain Music Fest

September 15: Free Summer Concert

September 8-9: Colorado Days

July 14: Under Armour Trail Run &


A higher standard of health care.

100 Top Hospitals® is a registered trademark of IBM Watson Health™.

St. Anthony Summit Medical Center takes great care of its community, and others are noticing. We have just been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Watson Health, one of the most prestigious recognitions a hospital can receive.

Now that’s something to be proud of Summit County!

Oncology and Chemotherapy – just two of the many services available at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center.

360 Peak One Drive, Suite 260 Frisco, CO 80443 For appointments, call 970-668-2360

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