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Magazine Colorado S p ri n g I s s u e | 2013


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Colorado Mountain Town Lifestyles

Spring, how did that happen? Wasn’t it just winter? For all of us who live at altitude Spring is a time of transition. From ski boots to sandals, pants to shorts, facemasks to sunscreen and back again. Each day brings a different temperature and attitude. For MTN Town Magazine-Colorado we too are in transition, a digital magazine to print. Curious, like Pinocchio, does paper make us a real magazine? We started as a flip page digital publication with no intentions of printing but people kept asking for a copy. Now we have given people a choice. Paper and digital readers can rejoice in the medium they prefer. Paper readers, be sure to check out the online magazine, it’s kind of cool to be able to take the story further on the internet. Our magazine is all about Colorado’s mountain towns, its people and places. In this issue we, once have chock full of great reads and beautiful images. Brave Ski Mom talks about biking the Colorado Monument. Some incredible athletes are raised at altitude, up-and-coming mountain town kids were interviewed and profiled for our Grom story. The restaurant section will make your mouth water. We have gear and business suugestions as well as art & culture articles. Our summer issue will offer even more. Real, real estate will showcase living in our mountain towns and discuss what we love in a high altitude home. So read, link, listen and watch the magazine then get out, it is beautiful out there no matter what the temperature! Holly Resignolo, Publisher


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WHAT’S INSIDE 6. publisher’s greeting 12. mtn town favs 14. on the mat 16. good gear 18. gear to get 20. air waves & internet


22. curtain call 26. mtn man mojo 28. biz


30. groms 40. the colorado monument 46. the observatory at alta lakes 52. glenwood hot springs 54. mountain arts 58. cocktails, distilleries and ember


68. the alpine restaurant and bar 70. bin 707 food bar 76. vows 78. festivals and events


82. aspen lights it up blue

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Durango Blues Train>> The 3rd Annual Durango Blues Train will keep you on the party track May 31-June 1 on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. This experience features six live blues and Zydeco acts performing while passengers travel aboard the train. The coal-fired, steampowered locomotive travels through the spectacular and breathtaking canyons of Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s San Juan National Forest while you dance the night away.

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MTN Town Favs Twin Tunnels>> Beginning in April, eastbound I-70 traffic will be detoured around the tunnels before Idaho Springs. This detour, will divert traffic from I-70 just west of the Twin Tunnels and return traffic to the highway just west of Hidden Valley. The shift will be in place for about eight months, through late 2013, while the eastbound tunnel is widened. Stay in touch through their mobile app by going to your app store and entering CDOT Mobile.

<< Camara Photography This is the perfect name for a photographer. The husband and wife team, Dave and Peggy Camara, travel throughout the mountains and around the world to catch the perfect shot. You will often find them in the mountains capturing images from weddings to highenergy sporting eating cake. Visit them at

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The Bookworm of Edwards was founded in late 1996 by Kathy Westover, a former teacher in Eagle County Schools. The original Bookworm was a retro-fitted van that traveled between coffee shops selling new books to â&#x20AC;&#x153;down-valleyâ&#x20AC;? readers. The Bookworm is now the center for people gathering in Edwards. They host more than 50 events annually, plus hundreds of informal meetings and chats among friends and colleagues. They pride themselves on the passion and professionalism of their staff and the quality of service and have become indispensable to the locals and visitors in Eagle County. Go visit them in Edwards or at


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TOP MOUNTAIN TOWN STUDIOS OM! Telluride Yoga Center 970-729-1673 | The Telluride Yoga Center, located in the majestic San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, provides a sanctuary for yoga and other spiritual practices. They offer a variety of classes led by talented instructors and host workshops with internationally respected teachers throughout the year. Telluride’s inspiring landscape is perfect to keep your Yoga practice going strong. Meta Yoga Studios, Breckenridge 970-547-9642 | Over 30 world-class teachers in one mountain studio. MYS is the only dedicated yoga studio in downtown Breckenridge for locals and visitors alike. Classes seven days a week, hot or not, beginner to advanced. Get grounded at altitude in this unbelievably beautiful practice space. Something for every ‘body’.

On the Yoga Mat With world-class yoga teachers and leaders living in some of our top resort towns, there is no reason to leave your mat at home!

EcoLiving Pagosa Yoga & Moving Arts 970-749-1600 | Their front room is dedicated to Yoga and the Moving Arts and is designed to enhance the exploration of joy and freedom that a moving physical and/or a still meditative practice offers each of us individually. There are decades of study and personal practice represented here. Revolution Power Yoga, Vail 970-748-3176 | At RPY they believe that Power Yoga is for every “BODY”. In their studio you will find all different types of people sharing the commonality of wanting to transform their bodies, minds, spirits, and finding inspiration to step into their own greatness. When your in the Vail Valley come as you are and be YOU. Sol - A Center for Radiant Living, Georgetown 303-569-2431 | All of the yoga classes at Sol are considered all level yoga classes. Their teachers can and will help you modify poses if you are a beginner or have some injury or limited range of motion. Contact the studio with any concerns and identify the best yoga class for your abilities and experience. Located right off of I-70 this yoga studio is perfect when you are on the go and need some time in the studio.

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Good Gear


Osprey Packs help carry the load in more ways than one. This established business based out of Cortez, Colorado builds functional, well thought out products for treks in Colorado’s back country, urban lairs and around the world travels. Their products assist with every outdoor endeavor, Hiking, Biking, Climbing, Hydration, Back Packing, Kids Products, Luggage and more. This Colorado Company’s products are incredibly functional and now include a line of products that integrate technology into the fold. The awards they have received over the years speak for themselves. The Osprey brand has a long history and lifetimes of experience incorporated into their pack designs. Established in 1974 Mike Pfotenhauer and his wife Diane Wren have built their company around their beliefs in Sustainability, Environmental and Social Ethics creating legacies in more ways than one. Recent


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OSPREY PACKS & CARRIERS donations to area non-profits: SOS Outreach, M2M and CAIC have not gone un-noticed and is the reason why we are here telling you about this incredible company in our magazine. Ethan Green, Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, remarked on their long standing relationship with Osprey Packs. Donations of Osprey Pack products for fundraising have assisted the CAIC with their operating costs for many years SOS Outreach, a youth development non-profit dedicated to getting youth outdoors and involved in their communities through adventure sports, adult mentoring and the SOS Core Values—Courage, Discipline, Integrity, Wisdom, Compassion have received support from Osprey in the form of Wilderness Pack donations and proceeds from Pro-form sales.

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Shannon Galpin, Founder of Mountain2Mountain has been astounded by the support she has received for her missions assisting women in Afghanistan and products donations for her new domestic program Strength In Numbers. Osprey products that caught our eye recently are the new Portal series packs. These packs and carriers include a compartment with touch screen pockets for your tablet allowing instant access while keeping your technology safe and dry throughout your travels. The series includes two messenger style bags and a day-pack style for your exploits in all of Colorado mountain town terrain. Technology has become a mainstay in our lives and now comes with us during huts trips, and in town strolls. Osprey Packs will last you a lifetime and are worth every penny.

Loveland has come a long way since 1937 and we want to thank our customers for supporting us through the years. We have enjoyed thousands of powder days, shared countless lift rides and forged memories that will last forever. As we look forward to the next 75 years we invite you to celebrate this milestone with us during the 2012-2013 season. 21

WHAT’S SUP?! Only the hottest sport to hit Colorado’s cool water!

Gear to Get HALA GEAR - Steamboat Springs


Stand Up Paddleboarding has become the rage in coastal regions of our nation. What was a whisper coming from the river communities of Colorado mountain towns has become a loud voice. Rivers and Lakes are just as fun as oceans SUP’ing products and companies are popping up left and right. Right here in Steamboat Springs Peter Hall has been growing his own SUP Company, Hala Gear.

A Denver native, Peter Hall’s passion started in Australia with surfing. It was during that time that he designed the Hala Butterknife Paddle, a special paddle for Stand Up Surfing that allows the handle to act as a secondary blade. Very useful if your sitting down and get into a tight space. After moving back to the states Hall was looking for new ways to play. He had grabbed an inflatable SUP from COSTCO and realized he could make 22

a more durable product that would be specific to and stand up to (literally) large rivers and their rapids. Since that time Hala Gear has crafted the Hala Attcha Playboard for frolicking in the waves of a river; Hoss BT (Big Time) Board a big stable board that loves lakes, whitewater, & fishing and the Hala Straightup a quick, agile, yet stable board due to the 6 inch thickness. Last summer he introduced his first boards and sold out. He believes his success will be in the concept of starting small and managing his growth with quality products and service. Orders are up four times over from last year and Stand Up Paddleboard Colorado has incorporated them into their rental fleet. Check out their site to place your order and learn more about the sport.

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Airwaves & Internet

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MOUNTAIN CHILL RADIO - Super cool tunes from Telluride to you straight from the internet and FM Radio.


Eric and Ethan put the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Funkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in their chill music station, Mountain Chill Radio. This Indy FM radio station out of Ouray reaches into Telluride, bringing listeners groove-based Chill-out, downtempo, nu-jazz, and break-beat music. The station can be received from the San Miguel County border in Colorado to eastern Utah. The signal can also be received with near local quality on the south side of the Grand Mesa and streams live on-line for anyone to listen to.


Owning partners, brothers Ethan and Eric Funk, got lucky when a previously silent FM signal became available to them in 2011. They purchased the signal and put 33 combined years of engineering, audio and radio frequency design skills into use Both engineers by trade the Funk brothers have been busy growing their radio station 95.5 FM KRKQ Telluride. The 95.5 FM signal (KRKQ) is licensed Class-A and originates from Gray Head at 11,000 ft. above Sawpit, CO.

Chill out music, this eclectic, smooth, electronic music is not often heard over the airwaves. The Funk brothers have created one of the only Chill music stations in the country and are part of a small handful of stations similar to them internationally. It is the perfect music for the office, a road trip or cocktail party. Want to bring the San Juan mountain vibe home with you? Then tune in, you can hear their mellowing chill out melodies just about anywhere.

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Curtain Call Theater, music and the world of performance is alive and well in the high altitude towns of Colorado. These venues are host to nationally acclaimed acts and performers who are from theatrical centers like NYC, Chicago and LA.

THEATRE IN THE HILLS The Lake Dillon Theater Company 176 Lake Dillon Drive, Dillon 970-513-9386 The LDTC is Summit County’s professional theatre. Located in Dillon, the LDTC produces 1012 productions a season, youth workshops, children’s theatre, adult programming, and the Sunset at the Summit free concert series. Sheridan Opera House 110 North Oak St. Telluride | 970-728-6363 The crown jewel of Telluride! This historic theater is located 26

in the magical town of Telluride, Colorado. For 100 years it has been the best place in town to see live entertainment. Plays, concerts, musicals performances and more are booked year round! The Historic Sheridan Opera House is available for private and public events. Backstage Theatre 121 South Ridge Street Breckenridge | 970-453-0199 The Backstage Theatre was recently named the 2010 Outstanding Regional Theatre by the Colorado Theatre Guild...and it’s easy to see why. Serving the Summit County area for thirty nine years, the Backstage continues to produce the highest caliber shows while remaining an all-inclusive group,

welcoming every skill level to our stage. We are proud to be the community’s theatre and to encourage growth and exploration in the arts for all in our region. Wheeler Opera House 320 East Hyman Avenue Aspen | 970-920-5770 Your pass to festivals, concerts, film and comedy! Since 1889, the Wheeler Opera House has been Aspen’s community performance venue. From The Eagles, Jerry Seinfeld, Oprah Winfrey and Sheryl Crow to locally-created performance experiences, the Wheeler is the Roaring Fork Valley’s premiere site for concerts, movies, festivals, lectures, community events, opera, and a whole lot more.

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Mountain Man Mojo ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT AT ALTITUDE By: Ashley Erickson


The legends of a mountain man have survived largely due to the fact it was pure truth being told in the stories. The perilous and wild way these men lived, survived and battled was by choice; the nomad of the early 1800â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Mountain men craved freedom, adventure, challenges and the wild frontier. Their life was ruled not by the calendar or clock, like their counterparts in the nearby cities and towns, but by the climate and the seasons. They would set out with only possessions that they could carry in hopes of finding new and undiscovered territory; the fire and passion that drove the old school mountain man. Today these men still exist and are quite sought after. Their lives still dictated by the seasons. The endless chase of new pow, the relentless desire for new and unexposed territory, the passion for adventure and adrenaline is what you will find in the heart of the modern day Mountain Man. Small, friendly and quaint mountain towns are packed to the brim with current mountain men that have fled 30

their home towns in hopes to satisfy the burning desire to wake up in a frontier that is just waiting to be unveiled. A distinct look comes with this type; unkept, uninhibited and free from the fashion world. They think about what will be needed on a hike, bike, kayak or powder run to make the trek most enjoyable far before what will look best- if that ever even enters their mind.


Combing the long hair that is tangled under their beanie and shaving their burly face is pretty close to unheard of. Yet, women melt at the sign of the mountain men. They stand for something unique and will not succumb to the pressures of what is new and popular. They will inspire you to look at the world as your canvass. Their passion is irresistible and their optimistic attitude is contagious. Often times hard to break or get to the bottom of, due to the nature of their independent mind-set, but when you do, the mountain man has a deep heart, an honest and loyal moral, and will be yours forever. Beware! Do plan to add to his adventures not extinguish them.

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Tips for Social Content:

Mountain Biz

By: Nancy Kenney


Keeping content fresh, exciting, and unique on your social media pages is a tough job! The pressure to have something to say, when to say it, how to say it and then respond to any comments and activity can drive any good business person loopy. Here are some ideas to keep you thinking and on track to content success:

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Create a social content outline:

Yes, the days of elementary school still hold true – the good old outline will be your best friend! Start by planning and then writing down all annual events and holidays, and weigh how they will impact your business. Include all seasons and business closures, such as mud season. Make sure you also have your local Chamber of Commerce and/or Visitor Center calendar of events. This will help you plan for reoccurring sports events, tradeshow, concerts and other shows in your area. These are key to see whether there is an opportunity for your content to overlap with events that you can leverage for your mountain business

I like to choose themes to manage content, or segment the year into quarterly or monthly themes that extend across social media channels, blog posts, newsletters, videos, etc. Selecting themes at the beginning of your content strategy process can help reduce the number of decisions needed later on.

Content Strategy Roadmap:

Many times we do know what’s coming in our industry and by listening to conversations with clients and colleagues, we can begin to plan what should be addressed now and in the future. Be sure the content includes “Call to Actions” and a way to measure the content for effectiveness. Choose the best ways to measure the impact of the message. Which metric or feedback, such as, views,

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comments, social shares, sales and conversion can you actually trace back to particular content, and how will you leverage the information for future business success? When writing your content outline, consider changing industry news, events, and advances, and how they are affecting your business. Do you have a new products launch or upgrade and can you have an event to promote the change?

Are there any new surveys and reports that you can share – trends and analysis? When, where and how often will you post your content? Which content can you repurpose into newsletters, videos and on which social media channels?

Who can help create the content? Do you

have copywriters and/ or editors with both bandwidth and expertise to develop what you need throughout the year? Do you know any bloggers that you can ask to share the content?

Once you have a handle on your content, you can stay ahead of the conversation by updating the content calendar on a regular basis. With a basic outline, keeping content fresh is easier than you think.

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social media strategist for Green Girl Media, LLC. She develops content strategies and new media marketing plans for businesses using digital media marketing. nancy@

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Definition of a Grom: Once referred to as a young surfer but these days, refers to young ones who rip!

By: Edward Dujardin



Kids raised in Colorado’s mountain towns have a distinct advantage over many others to become world class athletes. Fresh air and a lot of open space allows them to experience a variety of unique sports and activities. The support of their parents doesn’t hurt either. Most of these kids have parents who are equally involved in outdoor pursuits. Profiled on the following pages are rising stars in the world of their chosen sport. They are Colorado’s mountain Groms and Grommets. What is a Grom you ask? The term once referred to a young surfer but these days it refers to young ones who rip. These kids, they Rip! 35

Miles Harvey HOMETOWN: SALIDA CKS Junior Squad- Kayak and SUP Team Member

It doesn’t hurt to have parents who love to Kayak. Eleven year old Miles Harvey from Salida, Colorado, is a natural on the water and rivers. We had a chance to catch up with Miles after a day in school.

11 years old and a pro on Colorado’s river courses!


like to paddle and compete in various events. I have also helped them teach other kids at Paddlefest in Buena Vista. I take kids out on paddleboards to helps them learn how to maneuver without having to worry about a spray skirt and being inside a kayak. It is a great way to introduce them to the river.”

How did you get involved in Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding? “When I was really little, like 2 years Do you work out? Do you try to eat right? old, my dad would let me sit in his “No, I just go down to the river and kayak with him while he paddled paddle. I am pretty picky so I don’t around. I loved floating in the eddies and going behind the rocks. really think about having a type of diet.” It is something my dad loved to do with me. When I was 4 I got my first kayak. When I was 6 my dad’s What is your Ultimate Goal? friend Earl from Colorado Kayak Supply told my dad about Stand Up “I really want to get faster in Paddleboarding. My dad checked kayak races and do more surf it out and was hooked on the sport. competitions. When I am Stand He let me try and I loved it too.” Up Paddleboarding I love to surf. I really want to enter more surfing competitions. Ultimately I would Which do you like most Kayaking like to see the Olympics have a SUP or SUP’ing? river racing team like the National Kayak Team. Being a member of “I really love them both. I compete in downriver races in my kayak but the team would be cool.” my favorite is kayak slalom races. For Stand Up Paddleboarding I love Last question, I have to ask it! surfing and surf contests.” What is your favorite food? “Sushi!” Do you compete for a team? I guess that would make “Yes, I am part of the CKS sense! Good luck in this years (Colorado Kayak Supply) Junior competitions Miles! Squad. We are a team of kids who

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Telemark: A lot of people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know there is a U.S. Telemark Ski Team!

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Madi McKinstry HOMETOWN: STEAMBOAT SPRINGS US Telemark Ski Team ‘A’ Member

When did you start skiing? How did you become involved with Telemark Ski Racing? “I started skiing when I was 2 at Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyoming. I lived in Spring Creek, Nevada, so getting to a ski area was a bit of a challenge. We mostly hiked in the Ruby Mountains, which is why I started telemark skiing at the age of 10.“

games in PyeongChang, South Korea. It looks hopeful. We would run a Parallel Sprint, a new event added last year. Two racers go head to head on a blue and red course, launch the same jump, and the same rap, leaving us to duel it out in the skate section.”

Is the Olympics a Goal? “Absolutely! Not just for me, but for everyone in the sport. We have improved our penalty systems How do you stay in shape during greatly in the past few years, the off season? “My off season training has consisted allowing the fans to know who wins the race right when they cross the of roller skiing and weight lifting. I finish line. The parallel sprint is the go to CrossFit five times a week, allowing my workouts to stay varied event that we hope will get the most attention, seeing as it’s probably and fun. This past summer and fall the most nerve-racking, adrenaline was a mixture of dryland (plyos, rush, nail biting event so far. For the agility, core, spin workouts, weight 2022 Olympics, I hope that all three lifting) with Gene Bridgewater events will have been cleared to run, and my coach Ty Upson at the my favorite is the Classic. It’s one Steamboat Springs Winter Sports run of two and a half to four minutes, Club.” and you have to push yourself as hard as you can if you want to do well. By 2022, I will be 28 and in You’re attending College now. I my prime, ready to compete as an know you took the semester off Olympic Champion!” to race. Any idea if Telemark Ski Racing will be a possibility in Sochi next year? I know that Telemark Racing in “This year I went to school in the US is somewhat obscure. How Bozeman, Montana at MSU. It was were you received in Europe? a blast. I trained with the alpine team there, continuing a structured “Europe is a totally different scene than the US. The crowds are bigger workout program. Sochi is not on for ski racing in general, so naturally the radar for telemark. The sport we get bigger crowds there for is pushing for a demo in the 2018

tele races, too. The Norwegians have the biggest team. The best athletes have sponsored cars and everything is paid for. Same with the Swiss and French, whose teams are a bit smaller, but not by much. There is also a lot more advertising for the sport there too. World Championships two winters ago was crazy, the prince of Norway even came to watch!” What are your goals for the next year? “Next year, I hope to finish top 7 every race, and take a step or two up the world junior podium. World championships are also fast approaching in Espot, Spain, in March. I hope to be top 8 or maybe ski my way onto the Classic podium! As for Nationals, I am looking forward to seeing everyone from the American team and skiing my best.” The Steamboat Springs area turns out incredible athletes. Is it the water? “Personally, Steamboat is one of the greatest winter towns on earth. The winter sports club is such a cool community of people. We have awesome coaches who really care about their athletes doing well and staying healthy, plus our training programs are great. For me, nothing really beats training on Howelsen Hill! 39

Sixteen year old Aaron Blunck has made a significant splash in the world half-pipe skiing this year.

to take a lot of time and effort on and off the slopes, whether that means I have to be in the gym for two hours a day or on the ski hill for seven hours a day.”

The Crested Butte native has three podium finishes, including a 1st at What was it like growing up in the Aspen Open, as well as a 7th Crested Butte? place at the X-Games. With his successes, Aaron has found himself traveling and competing around the “Growing up in Crested Butte has world, where he pursues his ultimate been the best thing in the world. I am so lucky and blessed to live in goal of attaining a spot on the such an awesome town. Everybody United States Olympic Team. We from Crested Butte is so supportive recently caught up with Aaron after of one another. We are like one big his Aspen Open victory. family. I could not imagine living anywhere else in the world.” First off, congratulations on your success so far this season. How have things changed and what has How has training at the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy the experience been like? progressed your skiing? “Thank you. A lot of things have started to change, both in the way I “Training at Vail Ski and Snowboard ski and the way I look at myself as an Academy has helped me so much. athlete. I have goals that wont come It’s a world class facility. With the support from our school I am able easy. But the experience has been to travel and be gone for a couple awesome. I have gotten to see new weeks, then come back and be right cultures and eat a lot of different back on schedule. The teachers are foods. I have had days where I am on cloud nine, and days where I feel so supportive and help me whenever I need it, even at odd hours. Also the lower than low. You have to re-act is amazing. We train on and off the quickly.” mountain all year. I have learned so much from them.” You’ve had two podium finishes that have counted towards What’s next for you this season? Olympic qualifying. What’s it Are you going to find yourself going to take to get a spot for skiing this summer? Sochi 2014. “It is going to take a lot to make it but “I’m off to Europe for World Halfpipe Champs, European X Games, and with two podiums that go towards Junior Worlds. I will definitely be qualifying I have set my self up skiing this summer! I want to ski as pretty good so far. It will probably much as possible this summer, so take more but I am happy to have come next season I can pick up these two under my belt. It’s going where I leave off.” 40

At Press: Aaron took 6th place at the 2013 Freestyle World Championships

Aaron Blunck Hometown: Crested Butte US Olympic Half Pipe Hopeful Photo Credit: Cave Camara Photo Credit: Dave Camara

Claire Vandeyacht Hometown: Dillon

Colorado High School MTB League State Champion

Photo Credit: Susan Bobb

Claire, a natural athlete, cross-trains with nordic skiing & x-country running in the MTB off-season.

“Right now I am on a Specialized Summit High School Sophomore Aero Comp hardtail. I would love Claire Vandeyacht emerged this to have a cruiser, a 29’er and a full past fall as the state champion of the Colorado High School Mountain suspension bike although I prefer Bike League after winning the North racing on a hardtail.” Fruita Desert Classic. She was on her It’s winter now. How do you keep way to Durango for a state Nordic competition when we found time to in shape? chat. “I participate in Cross country running, Nordic Skiing and Soccer Pretty impressive, the first year during the school year. I love these of the new High School Mountain sports to but I really love mountain Bike League and you took first. How long have you been mountain biking the most. I kind of watch what I eat to be sure it is healthy so I biking? can be on my game. My downfall is chocolate. I guess I would consider “I started mountain biking seven that my favorite junk food.” years ago when I was about 8 years old. I became involved with Maverick At least it has antioxidants! Sports Productions Mountain Bike Junior League. They have a “Hmmm I never thought of it that way”. great program that introduces kids to mountain bike racing and the So, what is your dream and plans environment. I just loved it and I still for the future? do.” “I would really like to go to some out What is your favorite type of of state races to see I how I stack up Terrain? Where would you prefer nationally. The School of Mines in to race? Golden has a Mountain Bike racing team so I am working towards being “I love to climb hills so I can descend. accepted there. This Spring I will I love going downhill. My absolute be going down to Durango and favorite race is held at Keystone will try riding with their team. I will Resort by Mav Sports called the probably take a look at the college Keystone River Run Rally. There are there too to see what it is like. I can’t some great climbs and descents in wait to race in the Summit Mountain this race.” Challenge series this summer and get back to the Summit High School What bike are you racing on? Do Team in the fall.” you have a dream bike? 43

Colorado National Monument

Located: Grand Junction, Colorado - an overlooked natural Colorado gem on the western slope.

Story by Kristen Lummis Photo Credit: Randy Langstraat

A Landscape Like No Other Western Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tour of the Moon

The Tour of the Moon over Colorado National Monument ride is different.

A Colorado National Monument Name Change? It’s not so much a change in name but more a change in status. With the ringing in of the New Year the Colorado National Monument began celebrating its 101st year as a recognized monument. Founding father John Otto had always hoped this beautiful geographical area would become a National Park but has since sat under the moniker of Monument.

There are no mountain passes, just a winding steep road carved out of sheer sandstone walls. For thirty-three miles, this road, known as Rimrock Drive, skirts canyon rims, winds among pinyon and juniper forests and offers otherworldly views of red rock monoliths and the Grand Valley below. The Tour of the Moon tops out at an altitude of 6,640 feet and while this moderate height won’t leave you gasping for air, it isn’t an easy ride either. No matter which way you ride the Monument (as it is locally known), you’re in for a significant climb. But with three seasons of wildflowers and a symphony of canyon wrens to accompany you on your way, the Tour is guaranteed to take your breath away.

The dust is stirring again on this hundred year old debate. Monument or National Park? The difference in name is astounding. The Colorado Monument sees a little over 700,000 visitors a year. Rocky Mountain National Park saw over 3,100,000 visitors in 2010. The amount of visitors is where the heart of the debate lays. More visitors, more revenue; more visitors, more...well more. The economic impact is significant and the Grand Junction City Council supports the move There is no hard time line. Area business owners and locals are working together toward a decision. Ultimately it is an act of congress that will turn the decision into reality. How can you get involved? Mike Saccone, Communications Director for Senator Mark Udall encourages everyone to contact their local elected leaders or go to Senator Udall’s website to contact him with your thoughts. 46

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Colorado is full of classic road bike rides. Many of them involve difficult mountain passes and extreme altitude.

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The Coors Classic and the Tour of the Moon Between 1980 and 1988, the Colorado National Monument was the site of the “Tour of The Moon,” one of the most famous stages of the Coors International Bicycle Classic. During its heyday, the Coors Classic was the largest men’s and women’s pro-am race in the world, attracting top teams and top riders. Cycling legend Greg LeMond won the Coors Classic in 1981 and 1985. Other famous participants included speed-skating legends Eric and Beth Heiden, with Beth winning the women’s division in 1980. In 1984, the film American Flyers, featuring Kevin Costner as an ailing professional cyclist was filmed on location in Mesa County. Since the demise of the Coors Classic in 1988, cycling on the Colorado National Monument has been limited to amateurs and enthusiasts. Amateur tours, local citizens’ races, organized fundraisers and more bring thousands

of cyclists to the Monument each year. What’s been notably missing is a resumption of professional racing.

Professionals Need Not Apply

Professional cycling returned to Colorado in August 2011 with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Despite great interest in resurrecting the Tour of the Moon at the professional level, the U.S. Park Service has repeatedly denied applications for a stage on the Colorado National Monument, citing concern for the Park’s natural resources. Still, with a landscape like no other in professional cycling, interest in the route continues to grow. Until the Park Service changes its mind cycling on the Colorado National Monument will strictly be limited to amateurs. This means that while most of us can’t ride with the pros, we can ride somewhere they can’t. And if you haven’t ridden the Monument, you should. It truly is a classic ride.

Photo Credit: Kristen Lummis

When You Go Colorado National Monument is located approximately 250 miles west of Denver, between the towns of Grand Junction and Fruita. The East entrance to the park is located approximately 5 miles from downtown Grand Junction on Monument Road and a mile and a half from the Lunch Loop mountain biking trail system. Parking is found just past the East Entrance station at the Devil’s Kitchen trailhead (on the left) or the Devil’s Kitchen picnic area (on the right, complete with bathrooms). Please note all cyclists must have a static white light on the front of their bikes and a flashing red light on the back. Cyclists are also required to ride single file (for more information on park requirements, click here).

Off You Go...

From Devil’s Kitchen, the road switchbacks up about four miles, through a long, dark tunnel before reaching a plateau at the Cold Shivers viewpoint. Traffic can be heavy along this stretch of road. Most of the traffic is bound for Glade Park, a small ranching community and 48

once you pass the Glade Park turnoff (about 1 mile past Cold Shivers), you’ll see more cyclists than cars. From this point, it is another 5-6 miles of rolling uphill terrain to the high point of the Colorado National Monument. After the high point, the descent begins, with only one more significant uphill portion, at Black Ridge. The Visitors Center, at mile 19, is worth a stop both to refill water bottles and to visit the new interpretive displays. Leaving the Visitors’ Center, the road descends rapidly, through two shorter tunnels, to the West Entrance of the park. Leaving the park, cyclists ride along local roads, past subdivisions and fields dotted with horses and cows as they return to their cars. While it’s not complicated, it is a good idea to map this route out on your phone or GPS ahead of time. Back at your car, you’ve completed one thirty-three mile circuit of the Tour of the Moon. That’s what the pro women rode back in the ’80s. The pro men did two circuits, back-to-back.

The Perfect Balance of Nature and Nurture Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Silverthorne has something for everyone. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy gold medal fishing waters, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice skating, golfing, and more. Grab a workout at the Silverthorne Recreation Center, bring the kids out for some family swim time and race down one of three slides, or just relax in one of the two hot tubs. Shop the Outlets at Silverthorne for over 50 top name brands, check out a show at the Silverthorne Pavilion, and dine at one of our many restaurants. Play in Silverthorne!

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The Observatory at Alta Lakes


This mountain retreat will surprise you in more ways than one.


I had no idea what to expect when I was invited on a trip to The Observatory at Alta Lakes. I had heard from a close friend in the area that the Observatory had been home to some outrageous parties over the years and that the location was amazing. It was a last minute invite and I left with no expectations until we crested the trail that opened up into a beautiful snow covered coulee. A rustic log house was gleaming beneath 13,000-foot Palmyra and Silver Peaks of the San Juan Mountains. The words gorgeous, breathtaking and exciting all come to mind thinking back on the experience. Gorgeous, the setting is one of the most beautiful places I could imagine spending some time exploring; Breathtaking, because you can hike to some insane skiing and riding terrain; Exciting, because this is no ordinary hut. 51

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Inside you will find a rustic and inviting living area with a modern new kitchen complete with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Rooms are comfy with fluffy duvets. Running Water allows you to experience beautiful bathrooms, easy cooking opportunities, dishwasher and washer/ dryer as well as one of the coolest hot tub rooms I have ever seen. The location has been the sight of many a photo shoot and has been visited by celebrity and local alike. Built in 1975, this home still retains a funky flavor with one of a kind finishes that its new owners, Matt, Dan and Michael Bowling have vowed to preserve. Matt moved to the Telluride area in 1994 from Madisonville Kentucky and had attended plenty of events in the old home. The opportunity to purchase the Observatory randomly made itself available, an occurrence that the brothers quickly acted on. The building that has had a long history of being a place to retreat with family and friends is now a family affair. Sister-in-law Nicole Bowling handles inquiries, reservations and contracts. Dan and Michael are jacks of all tradesmen in the buildings renovations and Matt is the onsite maid, mechanic and merry-maker. What we loved about this amazing experience is the ability to tailor it to fit to your travel style. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all about roughing it, then a beautiful mountain home is available for you to pack everything into. If you like comfort or someone in your group likes comfort then chef prepared meals and snowmobile transportation can be arranged. Either way the Alta Lakes Observatory is a gem. How do you book? Head to their website altalakes. com or call 970-239-0027 Pictured:

Top: Updated Kitchen with every modern convenience Center: Infamous Hot Tub Room with View

Bottom: Comfortable yet rustic sleeping quarters

Photo Credit: Mark Battista

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Glenwood Hot Springs, the venerated Colorado landmark resort, celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2013. To observe the milestone occasion; the resort has a full roster of events and activities planned from May through July. The celebration kick-off week will be in May with exact dates to be announced. Highlights will feature property-wide specials that include discounted rates at the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, reduced rates for pool admission, and Spa of the Rockies and Sport Shop specials. An official ribbon cutting ceremony in May will host actors portraying historical figures like Teddy Roosevelt and Doc Holliday, as well as to-be-announced modern-day dignitaries.

Special Birthday events are planned through July..

It’s going to be a summer to remember at Glenwood Hot Springs. Other planned events include a fashion show featuring historical swimwear and dress fashions, fun photo-ops including “put-your-face-here” cutouts made from historical photographs, the Glenwood Canyon Brewpub is brewing a commemorative beer to mark the occasion, and on the Fourth of July free ice cream and cake will be served to Glenwood Hot Springs guests. Beginning in March, Glenwood Hot Springs will offer free pool entry to guests who are visiting on their birthday. These are just a few of the events that are planned to celebrate Glenwood Hot Springs’ 125th anniversary, but even more is in the works. For the most up-to-date details see:

Mountain Arts Jewelry is an art form we adorn ourselves with to look better and often to make a statement. The jewelry in this article are worn for their beauty and tell the story that one belongs. All are symbols of our commitment to the areas we love the most, all worn with pride and are often admired by others.

Hayes Silver & Goldsmithing

Did you know Aspen was a Silver town? Silver was discovered in 1879 by prospectors from the Leadville area and by 1891 Aspen was exceeding Leadville’s output, making the area the world’s leading silver producer during that time. It would only make sense that silver would be the medium Jim Hayes used in creating an icon, the sterling silver Hayes Aspen leaf belt buckle. Jim Hayes, An early ski pioneer arrived in Aspen in 1949 and set up 58

his first jewelry shop on the corner of Mill and Cooper Streets. After being an avid skier and ski tester for Head he stayed on in Aspen and built up his leaf jewelry business. Some of his first buckles were made for Gary Cooper and Stein Erickson among others in the dawn of Aspen as a ski town.

and success. 2013 marks their 64th Anniversary. All items are handmade, one of a kind artistic creations, available in Sterling and 18K gold and carry an unconditional lifetime guarantee. Everybody who is anybody in Aspen wears a sterling Hayes Aspen leaf belt buckle. They are Beautiful.

Today his belt buckles are a hallmark of local pride. Jim’s daughter, Jess Bates, operates the business and carries on her father’s passion

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Vailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golden Bear The Golden Bear is cherished and worn by locals, visitors, men and women alike. Lee Kirch, founder of The Golden Bear, created a Vail Valley icon when she opened her Vail Village boutique in 1975. The Golden Bear tradition began with the design of the first Mama Bear pendant. The collection has grown into a vast line of Golden Bear jewelry and gift items. Skilled metal smiths handcraft the Golden Bears in their Vail studio creating several sizes and styles of pendants, rings, bracelets and earrings. Precious metals such as 14k and 18k yellow and white gold, sterling silver and platinum are used to create their jewelry. Diamonds and other precious stones have been incorporated into the jewelry too. Today, The Golden Bear is owned and operated by Kristen Busse. Kristen learned the long-standing traditions of The Golden Bear from Lee for five years before taking the reins. Lee Kirch is still a close friend and advisor to everyone at The Golden Bear. You will find them in the heart of the Vail Village. 183 Gore Creek Drive, Ste 3A | Vail, Colorado | 970-476-9109

The Original Breckenridge Ring

The expansive vista of the Ten Mile range is unforgettable. The mountain range begins in Frisco with Peak One and progresses south where Peaks 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 are part of the Breckenridge Ski Resort. Locals are fanatical in their love for this mountain range and ski area. Judy Pollock and Mark Beling owners of J&M Jewelry knew this backdrop would make a beautiful ring, a symbol that Breckenridge locals and lovers could identify with. They commissioned artisan and JA

certified Master Jeweler Bill Cronin to create this timeless piece for their shop. This trademarked and copyrighted piece is a four layered ring consisting of yellow gold with white gold mountains available. Men and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sizes are available and can only be found in their gallery of contemporary jewelry on Main Street, Breckenridge. 100 North Main Street, #202 | Breckenridge, CO 970-453-5637 61


Ember Bartender: Todd Ferrullo

Photo Credit: Carl Scofield

Global cuisine in a small mountain town.


Apres - Happy Hour Dinner nightly 5pm - close They ‘re cooking, stirring and shaking Reservations recommended up inspiration at Ember Restaurant everyday in Breckenridge. Chef/ Owner Scott Boshaw is a culinary artist who combines international textures and flavors for the new American palate. Their motto is “Uncommon food for the common man”. The restaurant and staff will warm your soul with professional service, contemporary decor and inspired drinks in their beautiful Victorian home. Meals here are more than sustenance; they are works of art.

Todd Ferullo, Ember’s barkeep carries with him 20 years of front of the house experiences and has worked with Chef Bowshaw since the restaurant opened four years ago. Todd’s enthusiasm, interesting

970.547.9595 conversation and knowledge of his products has always impressed

us when we have come for some apres time at his bar. In the world of mixology Todd considers himself a dabbler, although he is a certified Sommelier, dabble he does. There is always a new drink to be experienced when we find ourselves in this fabulous Breckenridge restaurant. Unique combinations of liquor and food based products married together in a glass result in some divine concoctions. The artisan spirits industry has been booming in Colorado and is a huge influence on what Todd pours each evening. Boutique Distillers have been crafting award winning products throughout the state and these creative new blends have

106 E. Adams Ave In the newly remodeled piqued our interest as well. Cafe Alpine building We thought Todd could bring our audience some unique recipes that are pure Colorado mountain town. Whether you live here, in-state or beyond the borders of Colorado our Colorado Mountain towns can live in your home with cocktails featuring: Breckenridge Distillery Deerhammer Distilling Company Montanya Distillery Peach Street Distillers Enjoy these beautiful images shot by Carl Scofield then pour yourself your favorite. Ember Breckenridge 970-547-9595 |

Pepper Comb 2 ounce Breckenridge Distillery Bourbon pink/white/black crushed pepper 1 tsp honey syrup (1 part water, 3 parts honey heated to integrate the water) In a mixing glass full of ice give 6-8 good twists of ground pepper, add honey syrup, bourbon. Shake hard, pour into rocks glass, 1 twist pepper to garnish

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Black and Blue 1 1/2 ounce Peach Street D窶連gave spirit 1 ounce leopold brothers blackberry liqueur 1 ounce leopold brothers orange liqueur 3/4 ounce lemon juice 3/4 ounce lime juice 1 tsp agave nectar

In mixing glass full of ice add all ingredients, shake hard, pour into black sea salt rimmed cocktail glass, garnish with a lime wedge Photo Credit: Carl Scofield


Buena Vista Social Club 2 ounces Deerhammer Whitewater Whiskey 1 ounce carpano antica vermouth 1/2 ounce lemon juice In a mixing glass full of ice add all ingredients, stir gently with a long spoon until chilled, strain with a julep strainer into a martini glass, garnish with a brandy soaked amarena cherry

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Pear Ances 1/2 ounce Peach Street Distillery Pear Brandy 2 ounces sparkling wine 1/2 ounce Deerhammer eau de Vie 1/2 ounce st. germaine liqueur 1 dash simple syrup Into a champagne glass add the 3 liqueurs and the simple syrup, top with sparkling wine, garnish with a sliced pear.


Photo Credit: Carl Scofield

Gargola 1 1/2 ounce Montanya Oro Rum 1/2 ounce cardamaro amaro 1/2 ounce pedro ximenez sherry 1/2 ounce canton ginger liqueur 1/2 ounce lime juice Dash ginger syrup (1 large peeled, sliced ginger root reduced in simple syrup (1:1 sugar:water), leave in syrup for 3 days, strain out)

Photo Credit: Carl Scofield


Here are a few of MTN Town’s favorite restaurants. For a complete list, check out our comprehensive MTN EATS section on the website before heading out:

Carl’s Tavern 700 Yampa Street Steamboat Springs 970-761-2060 | The Secret Stash Pizzeria and Groove Emporium 21 Elk Avenue | Crested Butte 970-349-6245 | Vinny’s Euro American Cuisine 310 Main St. suite 203, Frisco 970-668-0340 |

Deno’s Mountain Bistro 1 US HWY 40, Winter Park 970-726-5332 | La Cocina de Luz 123 East Colorado Avenue, Telluride

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605 Main Street, Frisco CO 970-668-2100




Georgetown has a long Colorado history and in an 1880’s Train Depot new history is being made by Tina and Aaron Smith. On June 15th, 2011 these culinary entrepreneurs opened The Alpine Restaurant and Bar in the historic old building. Although their location is no longer a train station there is an incredible working model of a Colorado & Southern train on tracks suspended above the bar area. Kids and adults love watching it loop around the restaurant. Fresh homemade food, a relaxing bar area with roaring fireplace and musical entertainment are worth the stop when you’re travelling the I-70 corridor and is a terrific destination for those who live in the area. Chef and Co-owner Tina Smith had spent many years in Summit County baking for Hungry Mother Foods and Blue Moon Bakery. Her experience and Italian heritage have translated into the menu items she creates with love and enthusiasm. Traditional recipes from her grandmother and family members are followed for the Italian dishes they offer on the menu. Freshly baked breads and rolls are utilized in the Subs and Sandwiches. Dough’s are prepared daily for their Pizzas, Stromboli’s and Calzones.

We especially love the meatball sliders. They came highly recommended when we first visited the establishment. The perfect combination of pork, veal and beef enhanced with savory fresh herbs and a zesty sauce make this a must order item. You can choose to have one, six or more. This bakers experience also translates into some delectable desserts. The flourless chocolate cake is rich and delicious. Ice cream, white chocolate and raspberry sauces are drizzled over the top making this a decadent treat. In keeping with the Italian tradition Tina makes her own Cannolis and fills them with a sweet citrus ricotta and chocolate chips. A smooth Caramel sauce over top enhances this classic dessert. Sundaes and warm chocolate chip cookies will bring out your inner kiddie too. Local musicians liven’ the atmosphere on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Apres ski specials and daily happy hours offer very reasonable specials and there are plenty of large screen televisions to root on your favorite sports teams’ performance. There is a large back room for spill-over or use to book a private party. The Alpine Restaurant and Bar is a stop you will want to make often. To get there exit I-70 228 Georgetown; take the first right at the new round-about and head towards town. Take the first left onto 11th Street and follow ½ mile to Rose Street. Turn Left on Rose. The Alpine Restaurant and Bar is there on the corner. 303-569-0200


Surrounded by the Grand Valleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agricultural community this restaurant is farm fresh.

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Bin 707 Food Bar The New Culinary Scene in Grand Junction

If you live in one of Colorado’s mountain towns then you surely find yourself escaping in the early spring to the Grand Junction area. On a trip this past fall I was utterly surprised and delighted to discover Bin 707 Food Bar in Downtown Grand Junction. I will no longer view Horizon Drive as Grand Junction’s only food destination.

Bin 707 Food Bar is a comfortable, unique,contemporary bistro with terrific service and fresh, delicious food. The menu is a study of culinary creativity with a farm to plate feel. Charcuterie and Artisan Cheese Selections, Fried Artichoke Hearts, Roasted Beet Salad, Grilled Broccolini Salad and an entree of Lobster and Grits were shared by a group of us to experience the food. Each plate’s presentation was a feast for the eyes and stomach.

This great addition to the area’s culinary scene was

opened February 4th, 2011 by Josh and Jodi Niernberg. I had a chance to talk with Josh who is the restaurant’s Chef and Co-owner, a food & beverage veteran with over 20 years of experience. Seasonal American is his passion and the theme of the establishment.The entire focus of the cuisine is on fresh, local, Colorado and domestically sourced foods. Designing dishes that are in tune with the season’s local markets is their specialty. After a day exploring the Colorado Monument, biking in Fruita or experiencing area wineries head to downtown Grand Junction. Bin 707 Food Bar is A MUST! 225 N 5th St. #105 Grand Junction, 80501 970-243-4543 |

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

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March 10, 2013 Cupcakes and Canvases, Keystone

March 22 - 24, 2013 16th Annual Extreme Telemark Freeskiing Championship, Crested Butte

March 14, 2013 America – 40th Anniversary Tour, Grand Junction

March 23, 2013 Sam Bush & Del McCoury, Grand Junction

March 15, 2013 Dance for the Families, Pagosa Springs

March 23, 2013 Saturdays at the Station March Concert Series, Keystone

March 15, 2013 Moss Performing Arts Center, Grand Junction

MARCH March 7, 2013 Outdoor Divas Demo Day, Loveland March 8, 2013 Country Western Dance, Silverthorne March 8 – 19, 2013 SnowBall Music Festival, Winter Park March 8, 2013 Rockin’ at the Opera, Telluride March 9 , 2013 The Yoga of Pleasure, Telluride March 9, 2013 USASA Giant Slalom and Slalom Competition, Crested Butte March 9, 2013 Saturdays at the Station March Concert Series, Keystone March 9 – 10, 2013 Base Area Luau, Keystone March 10, 2013 Breckenridge Music Festival’s Encore Winter Concert Series, Breckenridge

March 16, 2013 O’Fuego – St. Patrick’s Day, Copper Mountain March 16, 2013 G.O.A.L.S. Get Up, Get Down, Get Out Fundraiser, Loveland March 16, 2013 Van King of the Grommets, Winter Park March 16, 2013 Ark Valley Libations Society, Salida March 17, 2013 Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Display, Steamboat Springs March 20 – 24, 2013 7908 Aspen Songwriters Festival, Aspen March 20 – 24, 2013 Nastar National Championships, Aspen March 21, 2013 Avalanche Education Series, Breckenridge

March 23, 2013 5 Peaks Mountaineering Race, Breckenridge March 23 – 24, 2013 Subaru’s Master the Mountain, Loveland March 24, 2013 39th Annual Al Johnson Uphill/Downhill Telemark Race, Crested Butte March 27, 2013 22nd Annual Extreme Freeskiing Championships, Crested Butte March 28 – April 10, 2013 USASA Nationals, Copper Mountain March 29, 2013 Full Moon Snowshoe & Dinner, Silverthorne March 29 – 30, 2013 CORE Party, Aspen March 29 – 30, 2013 Elk Mountains Grand Traverse, Aspen/Crested Butte

March 21, 2013 Kid’s Night Out, Keystone

March 30, 2013 Saturdays at the Station March Concert Series, Keystone

March 21 – 31, 2013 Bud Light Spring Jam, Aspen

March 30, 2013 Fallen Friends Memorial Event, Aspen

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Aug. 19-25

2013 ROU T E Plan on watching every stage of this year’s race! Stage 1: Aspen/Snowmass

Stage 2: Aspen- Breckenridge

Stage 3: Breckenridge-Steamboat Stage 4:

Steamboat Springs- Beaver Creek Stage 5: Vail

Stage 6: Loveland- Fort Collins Stage 7: Denver

March 30, 2013 Ski With a Ranger Day, Loveland March 30, 2013 Throwback Throwdown, Breckenridge

April 1 -14,2013

April 7, 2013

Breckenridge Spring Fever, Breckenridge

Closing Day for Crested Butte Nordic Center & Crested Butte Mountain Resor

April 2, 2013 Light It Up Blue for Autism, Aspen

March 31, 2013 Easter March 31, 2013 Locals Appreciation Day, Wolf Creek

APRIL April 1, 2013 Take Me Home – Music of John Denver, Grand Junction

April 7, 2013 Closing Day at Telluride Resort

April 5 -7, 2013 Super Girl Snow Pro Community Cup,

April 7, 2013


Keystone Slush Cup & Closing Day, Keystone

April 6, 2013

April 12, 2013

River Run Rocks Presented by Bud Light,

Country Western Dance, Silverthorne

Keystone April 13, 2013 April 6, 2013

CopperMan Winter Adventure Race, Copper

Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival, Breckenridge


April 6, 2013

April 13, 2013

Winter Park Wipe Out, Winter Park

Cardboard Classic, Steamboat Springs 83



MTN Summer Camps for You AND the Kids Photo Credit:

Camps for Kids Keystone Science School 1053 Soda Ridge Road, Keystone 970-468-2098 | Since 1976, Keystone Science School has provided hands-on, successdriven experiences in science, adventure, & fun! Make reservations for The Summer of Dreams: a chance to celebrate childhood, make new friends, and transform from a sparkle of wonder into a beacon of unimaginable possibility. This summer we hope to make every camper’s dreams become an unforgettable reality. San Juan Outdoor School/ Telluride Alpinism, Telluride 970-728-4101 camps.htm Our three and five day Teen Mountaineering Camps are designed to provide your teenager with an opportunity to gain the skills necessary to travel safely in the mountains. They’ll learn the fundamentals of moving through mountain terrain, how to use technical mountaineering equipment 86

including ropes and belay techniques, and how to travel safely across snow using ice axes and/or crampons. Your teenager’s experience culminates in an ascent of one of our region’s most majestic peaks! Camp Chief Ouray Granby, CO 80446 970-887-2648 | For over a century, Camp Chief Ouray (CCO) has been the adventurous playground and traditional overnight camp for kids age 7-17. Campers live in cabins with two counselors and six to nine other children of their own gender and age. Each cabin is under the direct leadership of a college-aged counselor. Counselors receive extensive training at camp prior to the campers’ arrival. We maintain a staff-to-camper ratio of 1:5 or lower. Located on 5,100 acres of mountains, valleys, streams and meadows — boredom is simply not an option.

Camps for Adults Crested Butte Mountain Guides Crested Butte, 970-349-5430 Our guides are local area experts

in terms of knowing the best snow to ski, getting you to the top of your first rock climb, taking you sea kayaking in Colorado, helping you climb a frozen waterfall, showing you the secret spots where all the summer alpine wildflowers are best, or guiding you down the nation’s best single track. Whether it is your first trip with us, or your 100th, you can be assured you will receive a fun, safe, and professional experience. Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Breckenridge 524 Wellington Road 970-453-6422 | The mission of the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center is to expand the potential of people of all abilities through meaningful, educational, and inspiring outdoor experiences. The BOEC offers Adaptive Skiing and Snowboarding, Wilderness Courses (on-site as well as mobile courses), Professional Challenge Courses, and a unique Internship Program. Situated on 39 acres, the BOEC boasts a climbing wall, a high ropes course; high and low team initiatives, rafts, canoes, sea kayaks, cabins, teepees, and much more, as resources for experiential education.

ASPEN LIGHTS IT UP BLUE FOR AUTISM On April 2nd, 2013 Aspen joins other world famous landmarks that Light Up Blue in support of Autism Awareness. Along with Light it Up Blue Aspen we would like to help spread awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders and help them raise much needed funds for struggling local families. Living in Coloradoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mountain towns we sometimes lack resources for families in need. March 30th through April 2nd Aspen will host a ton of fun to raise funds and awareness for LIUB Aspen. On April 2nd, Aspen Mountain will join the ranks of such esteemed landmarks as the Empire States Building, the Sydney Opera House, and Niagara Falls and Light It Up Blue. Join them.


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