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Welcome to the Winter 2016/17 issue of MTN Town Magazine. If you are not familiar with us let me give you a brief reintroduction. This magazine is about our passion for living at altitude within the Colorado Rocky Mountains. It is a place of incredible beauty, filled with a multitude of recreational and lifestyle opportunities. The people who live here are tenacious and possess a high degree of persistence and determination. We live here because want to be here and we figure out how to make it work so we can stay. Winter is definitely here and so is our Winter issue! Living here is about balancing life with skiing and snowboarding and we love the Ski Bum profiles on folks from all of our Colorado mountain towns. Our ‘Zen Snow’ cover photo is by the amazing Carl Scofield of Carl Scofield Photography This picture represents how most of us balance both work and play every day. Being outdoors plays a huge role in the reason people chose to live at elevation. 365 days of vacation sits right outside our front and back doors. Access to trails are almost immediate and play a big part in our day. Crested Butte is a good example of how our passions are intertwined and connected to the outdoors. Our opening article is written by CB local William Dujardin and gives an insider’s perspective on why their town is so wonderful. Be sure to stop for a moment and take in the beauty of Ouray, on the Priorities page, as seen through the lens of Bryce Bradford. We talk about some great Gear that a local couple is producing out of Aspen and learn a bit about the future of injury recovery with Dr. Johnny Huard of the Steadman Philippon Research Institute on our Wellness page. After a day out we love to Eat and our Dining pages are filled with suggestions that will make your mouth water. Be sure to check the Calendar in the Go!Guide so you can plan for some epic days in our amazing Colorado ..MTN Towns. One last note, please #KBYG, Know Before ..You Go. These deep conditions are amazing but be ..aware, as they can be deadly. Take a look at our closing for more information. ~Enjoy, Winter is Here! Holly Battista-Resignolo, Publisher


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Crested Butte Finding Crested Butte’s Balance in Extremes

by William Dujardin


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Crested Butte hit 100 inches and counting before New Years making this past December one of the snowiest in recent history. Normally, a snowy December is a good sign for Crested Butte Mountain Resort (see 2010-11 and 2007-08).

This past fall the going got rough as locals weren’t getting much of anything with very light snow in November. Without much early season backcountry, a few people get a little worried but most people try to find understanding in the old adage, “patience is a virtue,” even if that can be a little hard as you are fly-fishing in a t-shirt or still getting local single track from your door the week before the resort opens in mid-November. In Crested Butte there is balance in the extremes where one profits from what Mother Nature offers by maximizing their time outside. The same is applied to the ebb and flow of a tourism-based economy for a small town high in the Colorado Rockies, whether you’re a local or you’re just here to visit. The hustle is real in Crested Butte as small businesses and the resort alike go into overdrive managing the flow

of tourists, second homeowners, and our own Colorado locals during the busy winter weekends and all summer. The women and men behind the scenes are busting their butt waiting tables, cleaning houses, swinging a hammer, or whatever job they do to maintain their mountain lifestyle while working to just figure out the next time they are going to get to ride 401 or the next time they will get first tracks off the High Lift. It’s within these extremes of hard work and hard play that the Crested Butte locals are defining their lives and making a difference in the world around them. While the summer can feel more hectic at times, the winter seems to have become more habitual. Each local business and family household has their variation of the 6” rule, which basically means all engagements and business are put off until enough pow has been shredded to carry oneself through the day. Whether it’s one lap, one hour, or all day, these moments are dependent on the fact that it has snowed at least 6 inches, or some variant there of. You might see a 12-year old sporting the local green Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team jacket in the Silver Queen lift corral at 8:30, then that same kid cruising down Headwall

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1. 1. Silver Queen Lift on a Pow Morning 2. The Nordic Inn 3. Alley Loop Nordic Race 4. Free calls to Buddha at the Stash 5. Mt. Crested Butte 6. Montanya Rum Distillery 7. Camp 4 Coffee 8. Fat Biking getting faceshots, and you just remembered it’s a school day. That young shredder is doing the same thing you’re doing and they even have parental permission to do it; you still have to catch the bus down to town for your 11:30 meeting. Then again, there is nothing like arcing turns down the steep faces of CBMR’s Extremes with 6+ inches of powder, you and that kid both know it. If you’re coming to Crested Butte, you probably know what it means to work hard to find the time to visit such an incredible place. You probably know that Crested Butte is hard to get to but once you’re here, you can really unplug from your own hectic life and immerse yourself in the small town bustle that defines Crested Butte. You might know that while it looks like some form of a line at the Silver Queen lift corral on a pow day full of foaming-at-themouth locals, as soon as the lift starts spinning everybody spreads out on CBMR often making it feel like it’s your own mountain. Maybe you’ve heard that the Secret Stash pizza could be the best pizza ever so you visit them for $2 PBR’s and some slices after you burned your legs out skiing the North Face at CBMR. Maybe you need to visit Rumors and Townie Books for a coffee and a novel because the high is actually 4 degrees Fahrenheit today. Maybe a high-pressure system has been sitting over Colorado all of January, it’s 30 degrees, and hasn’t snowed in a week so you actually rent a Fat Bike from Big Al’s Bicycle Heaven and ride the expansive trail system offered by the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association and Crested Butte Nordic. You might be in town to take an avalanche course from Irwin Guides and you just came back from a big tour on Red Lady; you need a Teocalli Tamale burrito in your belly, stat. Maybe you’re just here with your friends taking it all in so you get rum drinks at Montanya’s before you find out what it means to catch that up-and-coming rock band from Boulder before they got big at the Eldo. The weather doesn’t always give you what you want, but by accepting and using what Mother Nature gives you, Crested Butte balances out the extremes you’ve created in your world. That’s probably why you came to visit, too, but you might not have known that. In the whirlwind of locals and tourists, the mountains and the elements are a constant in Crested Butte. Crested Butte is home for some and a dream world vacationland for


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others with people filling in the entire spectrum. Speaking of hard work and making a difference, in the last election, the town of Crested Butte passed the ballot issue 2A, which was a huge deal in getting closer to ending the 39-year long fight for a mine-free Mt. Emmons, affectionately called “Red Lady” by locals. According to the High Country Conservation Advocates, the local nonprofit leading the charge to save Red Lady, 2A plays out like this: “The passing of Ballot Issue 2A helps pave the way for a community and company supported Congressional withdrawal of lands on Mt. Emmons and in nearby watersheds where mining and mill site claims are located. A congressional withdrawal is necessary to remove these lands from the General Mining Law of 1872. Once a congressional withdrawal is in effect, any existing claims can be disposed of without any threat or fear of re-staking and re-claiming under this archaic law. The funds will only be transferred to [the mining company], MEMC/Freeport, after a withdrawal is passed by Congress, signed by the President, and MEMC/Freeport has abandoned its claims.” Well, that sounds great and all, but it seems to have gotten a little more complicated with the involvement of Congress and a signature by the President. Protecting public lands has become less of a political issue and more of a community rallying point in places like Crested Butte and around Colorado; and now saving Red Lady is entering a contestable political climate in Washington, DC where some people believe that global warming is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. Finding patience between these extremes will be necessary for Coloradoans to maintain vigilance in the effort to protect our public lands and save Red Lady. The Crested Butte locals know that getting outside, whether on the skin track, the fat bike, or crushing Silver Queen laps can help keep their sanity in check regarding issues like these during the long winter months. How are you going to be a part of it and affect positive change? The locals like to say, “be nice or leave,” and while that’s a good place to start, finding your balance in the extremes is key to enjoying Crested Butte. It is the perfect place to find yours.






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The $700 Lift Ticket You thought you may have seen it all when it comes to spendy housing and high costs of living in and around the “sheshe” ski areas of the West. You might think the ritzy resorts of Deer Valley or Vail boast the most expensive lift ticket in the ski industry this season, BUT you are Wrong. This year, the honor goes to sweet, little ol’, Sunlight Mountain Resort, located in Glenwood Springs, Colo. just 50 miles Northwest of Aspen. Although 680-acre Sunlight is roughly seven times smaller than Vail and might not have the swagger or celeb-status of Aspen, a Sunlight “Sunny 700” lift ticket will be offered for $700 this season and include one full day of skiing at the resort, as well as a pair of limited edition Sunlight 50th anniversary Meier Skis and a ticket to the Iron Mountain Hot Springs. A $600 version is available with a limited edition Sunlight 50th anniversary snowboard.



The Tomichi Lodge is a rustic backcountry log cabin at 10,300 feet in the Colorado Rocky Mountains just west of Monarch Pass. Nestled among pine trees and aspen groves within the Gunnison National Forest, the privately owned 10.5 acre off-the-grid retreat provides an opportunity to unplug and reconnect. The Tomichi Lodge’s vision is to provide an opportunity to be in the wild of the high country while enjoying some key comforts like a warm fire, comfortable beds, indoor plumbing and self-sustained electricity.

Threadlyte was created to give a second life to lightly worn, yet still useful outdoor clothing. They are like a consignment shop, but are mission driven and aim to make the consignment of outdoor clothing easier by buying the clothes upfront and selling online. Founders Brian and Michelle live in the mountains of Summit County Colorado and are passionate about the outdoors and the clothing needed to experience them. The inspiration for Threadlyte came from Patagonia’s Worn Wear campaign which encourages customers to celebrate and extend the life of their clothing.


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JOHNSON & HELD Made right here in Colorado Johnson & Held is Colorado’s premier manufacturer of 100% handcrafted custom designed belt buckles, necklaces, pins, tie tacks, bola ties, badges, plaques, card cases, letter openers and key chains. This Wright Award contender has been producing since 1982 with skilled craftsmen producing custom orders of other goods as well, using the same high-quality German silver, jewelers bronze, sterling silver, and gold in our belt buckles. Inlaid products are crafted with the finest materials, including recon turquoise mined in the southwest United States, hand cut abalone, Mediterranean Italian coral, Ironwood from the American Southwest and South American malachite. Their artisans perform up to 30 individual procedures in the creation of these uniquely handcrafted products working closely for 30 plus years with a master engraver trained in rare and ancient techniques that achieve the individualism and finish our products require.

AVALANCHE RESCUE DOGS Get your cute doggie fix all twelve months of the year with Scott Brockmeier’s 2017 Avalanche Rescue Dogs Calendar. For years Scott has traveled to various ski patrol huts to photograph some of the United States finest trained Avalanche Dogs. These dogs, also known as “Avy Dogs”, are crucial members of the Ski Patrol teams they serve. They are playful, intelligent, strong, and can search 2.5 acres in 30 minutes (while 20 humans using avalanche probes take around 4 hours). In an effort to raise awareness of their life-saving work, Scott has devoted his time and energy to capturing these heart-melting pups in action. The majority of the profits are returned to the handlers for further training. The calendar contains thirteen (13) brilliant color photographs of these Avy Dogs printed on heavy card stock spiral bound.

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OUTDOOR INDUSTRY RECOGNIZED AS NEW SECTOR OF US ECONOMY By Mara Sheldon Groundbreaking legislation sponsored by Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and signed into law by President Obama, will now impact thousands of outdoor businesses across the country and enthusiasts who hike, bike, ski, climb, hunt, snowmobile or do other outdoor activities. The federal government will now quantify these activities, (and many others) with data published in an annual report on their economic impacts. The report, due out at the end of 2018, certifies outdoor recreation is officially recognized as a new sector of the U.S. economy. The official government data is expected to provide better tools for elected officials to make more informed policy decisions and to have a better understanding of the role the outdoor industry has on our national economy. The Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act (Outdoor REC Act) is an important piece of outdoor industry legislation that will ensure the outdoor recreation economy is now counted as part of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The President signing this legislation into law was a groundbreaking move for the outdoor industry.   “The Outdoor REC Act will provide a full picture of the outdoor recreation industry’s true economic impact to policymakers at a time when the industry is both evolving and growing, and will empower lawmakers with the information they need to make decisions about how to best aid job creation and spur growth in our local communities,” said Sen. Gardner. What The Outdoor REC Act means for Colorado “The Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act is important to Colorado because it will provide concrete data to policymakers in Washington representing what we in Colorado already know: outdoor recreation plays a major role in Colorado’s economy and supports countless jobs throughout our state,” said Sen. Gardner. Boulder-based Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), who supports more than 1200 outdoor industry manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailer members, says outdoor recreation in Colorado generates: • $13.2 billion in consumer spending • $124,600 direct Colorado jobs • $ 994 million in state and local tax revenue • $ 4.2 billion in wages and salaries Until recently, the federal government did not measure the economic impact of outdoor recreation, despite independent estimates that this sector generates $646 billion in consumer spending each year and supports 6.1 million jobs. In April, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell announced that the Federal Recreation Council will work with the Commerce 20

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Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to assess the economic contributions of the outdoor recreation industry. Contributions could include: employment, travel and tourism, the manufacturing and sale of gear and apparel and outdoor activities like hunting and angling. The outdoor recreation economy supports more jobs than oil, natural gas and mining sectors combined, yet previously business leaders and policymakers did not have accurate information about the sector’s economic impact. The new law directs the BEA to measure the economic impact of outdoor recreation. It will assist policymakers by providing the data that shows directly what that economic impact is. According to Amy Roberts, Executive Director at OIA, the Outdoor REC Act has established the outdoor recreation industry as a distinctive sector to be counted for the first time. “In the past, our industry was likely captured in several different categories making it difficult for us to identify an industry-specific impact,” Roberts said. Under the outdoor recreation sector, hundreds of activities are likely to fall under the newly recognized sector but it’s still too early to know the exact methodology that will be used by government economists and that will need to be determined over the next year. The Outdoor REC Act ensures that this work continue in the future by requiring it in statute and also requires the Commerce Department submit a comprehensive report to Congress capturing the outdoor recreation sector’s contribution to the economy. “Having government-backed data brings a new level of credibility to our industry’s economic impact,” said Roberts. “It puts the outdoor recreation economy on equal footing with established industries such as health care, mining, oil, gas extraction, and technology. This will reinforce our ability to demonstrate to policymakers that investing in public lands and recreation infrastructure is, in fact, investing in a growing sector of the U.S. economy.” On November 28, 2016, The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Outdoor REC Act. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) also was a co-sponsor, supporting the legislation. The U.S. House of Representatives passed it two weeks prior on November 14, 2016, also with unanimous, bipartisan support. On December 8, 2016, President Obama signed the legislation into law. “Receiving unanimous and bipartisan support demonstrated that members of Congress see outdoor recreation as critical to growing the U.S. economy and that Americans of all political views value their ability to get outside and be active.” said Roberts.

I-70 EXPRESS LANE OFFERS SHORTER TRAVEL TIMES Celebrating its first anniversary, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) I-70 Mountain Express Lane is proving to be beneficial not only to the drivers with an Express Pass but to all mountain drivers in all lanes since opening mid-December 2015. “The Mountain Express Lane has done wonders getting drivers where they need to go more quickly, said Stacia Sellers, Region 1 Communications Specialist at CDOT. The 13-mile eastbound Express Lane runs from Empire through Idaho Springs, and is open during high traffic volume times, on holidays and weekends. In its first summer and winter seasons it reduced the impact of heavy traffic helping businesses and residents for mountain communities. According to CDOT, the 73 days per year the Mountain Express Lane was open has so far offered: more consistent speeds, faster cleared incidents, and overall faster speeds have shown anywhere from 26% to 52% reduced travel times. Data collected by CDOT has also shown the Mountain Express Lane can divert 750-900 cars from the free general purpose lanes, which can allow them and even the frontage roads to be less congested. Those traveling in the Express Lane can expect up to a 30-minute time savings. When the Express Lane isn’t open, roadway signage indicates it is closed and can be used as a shoulder for emergencies. Historically, the summer season has more traffic and for longer hours of the day than the winter season. According to CDOT in its first winter season:

• E xpress Lane was open 32 days (44 percent of the 73 days allowed) • T hroughput increased by 15 percent • C orridor incidents were down 15 percent • Toll rates averaged $4-$5 with $8 reached as a maximum toll rate Data from its first summer season shows: • Travel times improved by 38 percent • Toll rates averaged $4-$6 • T ime to clear corridor back-ups substantially improved • W hen compared to the winter, the Express Lane use was lower on Saturday, but significantly higher on Sunday How does the I-70 Mountain Express Lane work? Travelers enter the Express Lane right before the Veterans Memorial Twin Tunnels. Express Lane users who want to exit at Idaho Springs can use the signed Express Lane exit for Idaho Springs, prior to Exit 239. Travelers exiting I-70 eastbound to US 6 at Floyd Hill (Exit 244) can enter US 6 without being charged. If for any reason traffic is detoured onto the Express Lane during an incident on I-70 or if there is an incident in the Express Lane, there is no toll charge. How do I know when I am being charged a toll and what the cost will be? All tolls are collected electronically through an ExpressToll account and pass, or through License Plate Toll (LPT). A switchable HOV transponder or a sticker tag can be use on the Express Lane. Costs are determined by a responsive pricing system where toll prices vary depending on the number of vehicles traveling in the corridor. As traffic increases the toll price increases

to help keep travelers moving on the Express Lane. There are no tollbooths for the Express Lane, overhead readers track tolling. Travelers are charged the toll price posted when they entered the Express Lane. If the price should increase or decrease while they are in the lane, the driver will only pay the price posted upon entry. Overhead Variable Message signs are updated on the highway in real-time and show exactly what the toll rate is at that time, so you will know exactly what you will be charged. Toll costs can be as little as $3 and as high as $30. All users of the Express Lane will pay a toll so to avoid any surcharges a driver must be a pass holder. If you are not a pass holder and enter the Express Lane, expect a bill mailed to you that will be at a higher cost than a pass holder’s cost. It is easy and simple to open an ExpressToll account, by going to: www. The Mountain Express Lane is the only route in the country based on recreational traffic rather than commuter based traffic. “This is a pilot program,” said Megan Castle, Communications Manager at CDOT. “It is the first time in the corridor we have an express lane that is not a commuter route.” Castle also emphasized communicating with drivers is key in keeping everyone updated on what is happening along the I-70 corridor. “We try to communicate to drivers in many ways to help reduce congestion.” Some of these ways include: traction law messages (in the winter), CDOT YouTube videos, CDOT social media, CDOT Mountain Travel Radio, and the CDOT website to access detailed information on road conditions, speeds, travel times, traffic cameras and text alert sign-up. To learn more about the state’s express lanes go to: By Mara Sheldon

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Winter nights, winter lights. A peaceful pause one evening in spectacular Ouray. Photo by Bryce Bradford




Authentic base layers created for and by real mountain town people. Corbeaux, or “ravens” in French, is a word steeped in meaning and mythology for alpine cultures around the globe. “It’s part of old mountaineering folklore, and ravens are a symbol of protection,” says Aspen-based Corbeaux clothing company cofounder Darcy Conover. “Throughout the world’s famous high-altitude regions, many believe that people who die on a mountain come back as ravens to protect those who are still living.”

years for lots of different companies, big and small, we just felt like we could improve upon what was out there. Outerwear has been figured out, but base layers are different-most others use wool, which neither of us are big on. We use environmentally-friendly fabrics and want to be able to evolve with the changing market.” After a successful Indiegogo campaign helped Corbeaux begin manufacturing, the company’s first line debuted in the fall of 2014. Since then, Conover reports that the business has grown and developed but maintained a core focus on function, fit and fashion.

The bird seems a fitting mascot for a base layer company, offering a range of options for adventurers that provide a crucial component of protection against the elements.

“We’ve learned a lot,” she says. “We are athlete-driven and designed, and our products are made in the USA. I feel like this is our family business now, and we’re proud of what we’ve created. Authenticity is huge for us--we’re real mountain town people hoping to provide the best products for others who live and play here.”

“In the winter especially, base layers are the most important things we wear,” Conover says. “They keep you dry, and keep you warm.” Conover and her husband, Corbeaux cofounder Adam Moszynski, had worked as sponsored athletes for nearly a decade when they formed the idea for the company while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on their honeymoon in 2012. The couple spent the next two years preparing for the launch of their first line, drawing upon their past experience as professional gear testers for inspiration. “We had designs and patterns, and had to learn how to source fabric,” Conover recalls. “After testing gear over the 24

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IN MOTION ALBUMS BY HOLLY RESIGNOLO Wondering if you’re like me, you have a Go Pro, Phone Video capabilities and a ton of raw footage sitting on your computer. I think most of you are nodding your head yes. Meet Patrick Latcham, founder and CTO Tyler Chase-Nason of ProEditors. com. Patrick had an idea, a really good idea that was brought from concept to reality and created a video editing solution to transform your raw GoPro footage into professionally edited movies. After a successful run in a position with New York Life Patrick was not feeling good about what he was doing and really wasn’t sure what path to take for his career. He and a buddy decided to pack up all their belongings in a car and head off for adventures in the mountains of Telluride where Patrick began working as a ski instructor. He then moved on to work for the resort. His ah-ha moment for ProEditors came after assisting his girlfriend with a family video editing project and realizing how time consuming it is to create a good video edit. He thought “wow! so many people have video that just sits in their camera and nothing ever comes of it”. Patrick brought his idea to The Telluride Venture Accelerator – an intense boot-camp for entrepreneurs based out of Telluride. This startup incubator assists fledgling businesses with the process of taking on funding and learning about the details of the venture capital world, and through the long hours and sleepless nights of turning an idea into reality. This entrepreneur soft launched and has been creating quality video edits and movies for the average person.


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The company makes it quite simple. No need to edit or adjust your footage – just upload straight out of the camera to them. ProEditors make sure they include all of your favorite scenes by pointing them out in their systems’ ability for you to ‘Moment Grab’. You choose from four themes to set the mood for your video. They have themes for Family & Kids, Winter Vacation, Rafting Trips and Event Promotion with the intent to have more themes coming in the near future! If you want special audio you can include that too. The company even has scenic drone footage of areas that can be included in your edit. Once your video is done you can share it on Facebook, download & burn to a DVD, or email a link to your relative; they’ve got you covered. Whether you have a short clip of your latest day out on the hill, a mountain bike ride or a bunch of footage from your family event, they can create a video edit you will be very proud of. Have more? The company is very happy to work with you to create the perfect piece. This story is such a great example of the unique entrepreneurs carving their niche in our Colorado mountain towns and helping them to make these communities their homes. Learn more at and get a discount by mentioning code MTNTownMag.









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CUTTING-EDGE RE SE ARCH THAT M AY S P E E D UP INJURY RECOVERY BY MARA SHELDON When you break an arm or leg, the doctor will likely tell you the break typically takes six to eight weeks to heal. It is the standard answer many of us have heard before. What if that time were cut in half? What if research was being conducted right now in the small mountain town of Vail, CO that was cutting-edge and making new discoveries like healing quicker through regenerative medicine? Would you be surprised? The Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI), a research facility with world class physicians, researches, studies and presents first-of-its-kind data on “unlocking the secrets of healing, finding cures and enhancing lives through global leadership in regenerative medicine, scientific research, innovation and education,” according to its mission statement. SPRI was founded in 1988, by orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Richard Steadman and is an independent, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, employing scientists, researchers, fellows, visiting scholars, and interns. SPRI is the research arm of The Steadman Clinic, also headquartered in Vail. The Steadman Clinic is a worldrenowned orthopaedic clinic with offices in Vail, Frisco and Edwards, CO. The practice specializes in knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, hand, spine, foot and ankle injuries, treating patients from all over the world, including recreational and professional athletes. Not only experts in diagnosis and treatment of sports-related injuries, SPRI’s research has also led to significant advances in orthopaedics. Research done at SPRI, provides the Steadman Clinic physicians with new advances in care for their patients and vice versa. The Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Johnny Huard, who joined SPRI in 2015 after more than 19 years at the University of Pittsburgh where he served as former Vice Chair for Musculoskeletal Cellular Therapeutics, Director of the Stem Cell Research Center, and Deputy Director of Cellular Therapeutics Research, is internationally recognized for his leading edge research in the field of regenerative medicine as it relates to the musculoskeletal system. He also has expertise in gene therapy, tissue engineering, —all based on the use of muscle-derived adult stem cells. Huard’s research dates back to the late 90’s when he discovered a cell population that could be used for multiple applications. Over time, he has discovered that stem cells from adult bone and muscle tissue can 28

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perform tissue repair. “I can extract your own stem cells and re-inject them in you and this will help heal and repair the tissues,” he said. “When those stem cells are harvested when you are young, frozen and then reinjected when you are older, you can age better.” Down the line, Dr. Huard envisions every person having the opportunity to harvest his or her own stem cells, preferably at a young age. The cells could be frozen, stored, and then re-injected later to help those people age better, enjoy an active life, and get the best treatment when they need it. Although it may take 10 years to perfect, the procedure could literally slow down the aging process. Dr. Huard equates his research with the likes of an iPhone 9, a phone that currently does not exist but might in the future. “I think about medicine now and 20-30 years from now,” he said. “With stem cells, we have already seen positive results with 12 patients to repair cardiac tissue and 500 patients to reduce bladder dysfunctions. Because of advances we’ve made in other areas, we may be able to go faster in sports medicine,” he said. He is also working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to educate them on the technology he is working on. “We are preparing the iPhone 9 now. Safety though is the most important factor for us with the patient,” he said. Dr. Huard’s believes his research may not just be confined to orthopaedics, and could possibly help with other diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. “I am fully convinced this is the technology we will be using to help people heal faster,” he said. To unwind and “disconnect from science” Dr. Huard enjoys skiing and was an avid boater prior to moving to Vail. Recently, he was skiing first tracks when he began talking with the people sitting on the chairlift next to him. The conversation turned to his work and became so fascinating to the skiers, they followed him into the restaurant where he was about to speak so they could hear more about his research because the topic was so interesting to them, Huard said. After all who wouldn’t want to know more about healing quicker? Perhaps one day in the near future when you break an arm or leg, and the doctor gives you a faster healing time than the usual “six to eight weeks” response you’ve come to expect, you might now know the reason why. For more information or to donate to The Steadman Philippon Research Institute go to:

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Having fun is part of the mountain town lifestyle and few do it better than Crested Butte, Colorado. What other town would haul in snow and close off main streets and back alleys for a Nordic ski race, all while inconveniencing locals and visitors alike? “No other town would be willing to do that,” says Rick Murray, President of Crested Butte Nordic Council (CBNC), host of the Crested Butte Alley Loop Nordic Ski Race. “We’ve been doing it for over 30 years, it’s a tradition here in Crested Butte.” It’s worth it to close streets because the event is such a spectacle – costumed skiers make their way on crosscountry skis along a truly unique race course. Starting on the main drag, Elk Avenue, the course winds through town, down alleys, and across narrow bridges with cheering fans lining the route. Neighbors pop-up trailside beer stands for thirsty racers. Little kids, casual skiers, and even serious athletes vie for best costume. In fact, costumery is almost required, and even the fastest skiers going for a qualifying berth in the renowned American Birkebeiner ski race in Wisconsin will find a “fast costume,” according to Drew Holbrook of CBNC. “Superman has won before.” “How often have you raced in a costume?” asks CBNC President Murray. You’ll find perfectly sane adults dressed as minions, the Tooth Fairy, or Vikings, often tethered together as a team. Always in attendance is the Red Lady and her court. If you don’t know her significance, ask a local. Kids sport some of the most creative looks like Imperial Storm Troopers, dragons and wizards. “It’s a kooky event in a sport that’s often overly serious,” reflects Holbrook. “The costume is usually more important than the race itself because,” he paused to ponder, “the Alley Loop is really about having fun and not taking ourselves, or our sport, too seriously. That’s what’s really great about it.” Community support also makes the event great. Businesses donate umpteen prizes; the Town closes streets, hauls in snow, then hauls it out again; eighty volunteers donate their time. As a participant, you can feel the affection of the community for the event, its spirit, and for the people who make the event a success. It pays back to the community too, generating over a half-million dollars to the Crested Butte economy through lodging, dining, shopping, and more, according to Andrew Arrell, CBNC’s Director of Events. Recent years saw the addition of the Pub Ski Crawl the night before the big race. Pub Ski Crawl creator Rick Murray wanted to expand the scope of the Alley Loop and make use of all that snow that was brought in to close the street. Bars and restaurants along Elk Avenue offer a special drink to participants who ski from bar to bar and answer a trivia question or perform a silly trick to earn their treat. Pin the Tail on the Mayor was a popular game last year. Team participation is encouraged. “It’s usually not

the competitive athletes who do the Pub Ski Crawl,” added Murray. The awards ceremony is a party not to be missed. Of course the winners of each division are recognized, but what makes it really fun for everyone are the plethora of prizes donated by local businesses and handed out with skill by emcee and master skier, Murray Banks. “Who came with a group of at least 6 people and are staying at a hotel or house in town?” Banks asks before handing out a gift certificate for a bar tab at the Wooden Nickel, an historic bar down the street. The Alley Loop is accessible to skiers of all abilities, with course lengths ranging from 1 kilometer for the little kids, to 3k and 5k for a less strenuous race, on up to 42km. Even if you rarely ski Nordic, you can find a race length to suit your interests and have a lot of fun doing it, especially with those course-side beer stands to provide fortitude. Most importantly, don’t forget your costume. The 31st Annual Crested Butte Alley Loop Nordic Ski Race is scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2017. For more information or to register for the event, visit:

Looking For More? Colorado Nordic race organizers have joined forces in 2017 for the CO Nordic Race Series, combining four of the great cross-country ski races in the state into one pointsdriven competition. Whether you are a serious racer or just want to hang out with fellow Nordic lovers, these are the places to be this winter. For more information, visit: www. Race #1 - January 21, 2017 Stagecoach Classic, Winter Park, CO A 30km classic cross country ski race starts at Devil’s Thumb Ranch , traverses through the former Idlewild Ski Area, & finishes at Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park. Non-competitive tour option also available. Race #2 – February 4, 2017 Alley Loop Nordic Marathon, Crested Butte, CO See article for more information. Race #3 – February 12, 2017 Owl Creek Chase, Snowmass and Aspen, CO A point-to-point from Snowmass to Aspen on a challenging course with tough climbs, scenic views, and thrilling descents. Race #4 – March 11, 2017 Snow Mountain Stampede, Snow Mountain YMCA Ranch, Granby, CO Race distances up to 50km at one of the oldest venues in Colorado. Barbeque bash and awards ceremony concludes the series.

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SNOWBOARDING KIDS Eli and Mort Learn to Snowboard Eli and Mort are on their next adventure and this time they are learning to snowboard! It’s a great pre-lesson warm up and a post-lesson keepsake. In this book, Eli and Mort the Moose take a snowboard lesson and 1, 2, 3, they shred it! The book teaches kids basic snowboarding terms and actions with a positive 1, 2, 3, twist! It captures the sense of excitement, joy, and wonder kids feel when they are learning to snowboard. Although not instructional, we worked with a certified snowboard instructor and AASI-RM Examiner to ensure we nailed the terminology and activities kids learn in a real-life snowboarding lesson. Check out Eli and Mort’s other Epic Travel Adventures on Amazon including, Vail, Beaver Creek, Steamboat, Aspen and Breckenridge. Who knows where they will end up next!

SNOWBOARD LESSONS FOR KIDS Purgatory Resort Kids Ski Free Options At Purgatory Resort, aspiring little riders ages 3 to 6 can experience supervised snowboarding at Burton Riglet Park on select dates in January, February and March completely free, equipment included. Visit www. for select dates and other deals

Wolf Creek Ski Area The Wolf Creek Ski School is introducing a new pilot snowboard program called the Wolf Riders for children age five to eight that teaches the basics and beyond of snowboarding. Kids will meet in the Wolf Pup Building designed specifically for that age group which offers easy access to the Magic Carpet and Nova Lift. A full day Wolf Rider ticket includes four hours of lessons, plus lunch and snacks; half day is also available.


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REACHING A PEAK IN COLORADO MOUNTAIN TOWNS - THE STARTUP SCENE BY AMY KEMP The forecast in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is looking bright for skiers and snowboarders. No. We’re not talking about El Nino (although we’re excited that Mother Nature IS delivering the goods this season). We’re talking about the outlook for startup businesses, entrepreneurship and remote working. Colorado leads the nation for economic growth (Business Insider, 2014), entrepreneurship (Entrepreneur Magazine, 2013 and US Chamber of Commerce, 2014) and startup activity (Kaufmann Index, 2015). And before you assume that we’re only talking about Denver and Boulder. Think again. There’s a flurry of startup activity, entrepreneurship and remote workers in mountain towns like Telluride, Durango, Breckenridge, Steamboat and Frisco. “Colorado’s population is growing and business is also booming. There’s a lot of momentum here,” says Lindsey Stapay, director of the Northwest Small Business Development Center, an entity that supports small businesses, as well as startups with workshops, business coaching and events in a region that covers mountain towns like Steamboat, Breckenridge and Vail. “The business growth (with startups and entrepreneurs) is helping to diversify our economy and strengthen our mountain town communities.” Mountain towns have always attracted pioneers and risk takers from the gold miners to skiers and snowboarders and now these towns are attracting entrepreneurs and tech workers and not just for their annual week-long ski trip. If you could work from anywhere, why wouldn’t you choose a Colorado mountain town? Thirty-two-year-old Sarah Stillings is one of these tech transplants. She moved to Summit County near Keystone Resort this past year from the East Coast with her boyfriend, a car full of climbing gear, skis and a tech job for Pearson, a Boston-based company. She works remotely at one of the new coworking spaces in Frisco, Colo. “I was pleasantly surprised to find so many like-minded tech moguls … pun intended ... in what, at first glance, seemed like a resort community,” Stillings says. “What’s even better is that (our community) has leaders who create environments for the tech and entrepreneurial community to come together, network and collaborate.” According to Jasper Welch, the founder of Durango Space, the first coworking space in the Colorado mountains, the advent of technology, internet access and flexible workspaces has allowed smaller mountain town communities in Colorado to compete in the global marketplace. 34

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“Creating a community, such as a Durango, Frisco, Telluride or Boulder will attract talent, investment and creative ideas to Colorado. And this includes a mix of local talent that is here in Colorado and new talent that is relocating to our state,” Welch adds. Welch was a pioneer of mountain town coworking when he opened Durango Space five years ago. Since then, dozens of coworking spaces have opened in mountain towns, like Frisco, Basalt, Avon, Eagle, Breckenridge and Steamboat, and many have joined together to form the Mountain Coworking Alliance. Welch then helped to found SCAPE, the Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs, in July 2013. Since then, the accelerator program has helped to grow and launch 10 companies with another five slated for this year. Just north of Durango, the Telluride Venture Accelerator is in the midst of its fourth class. Founded in 2012 with a focus on outdoor recreation, tourism and health and wellness, TVA’s aim is to build and strengthen the Telluride region by creating jobs, nurturing ideas and amplifying the energy. With the rise in coworking spaces, meetups, accelerators, workshops, investor groups and other resources in mountain towns, the question isn’t whether there’s an increase in startup and entrepreneurship activity, it’s: When will you join? “The new American dream is creating something amazing and doing what you love to do and if you make something people will pay for and you are successful you look to cash in on your startup. People are realizing that you don’t need to be in Silicon Valley. You don’t even need to be in Boulder or Denver. The garage entrepreneur is back as well as Entrepreneurs working at Co-working spaces,” says Clayton. And it’s happening on and off the slopes in Colorado mountain towns. More Information: Mountain Coworking Alliance Entrepreneurial and startup Meetup groups: Small Business Development Center

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Today’s Ski Bums

the reason they came, why they stayed

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‘Worth’ Ski Bumming By Kimberly Nicoletti

Drew Worth grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio skiing 400-vertical-foot runs on a little hill in Indiana. With such short runs, you wouldn’t think you’d want to bomb them — after all, you’d be down in less than half a minute. But that’s exactly what Worth did; he got into ski racing. “There wasn’t much mountain, and with gates in the way, it gave me something more,” Worth says. He began skiing at age 2, wedging down the bunny slopes. By age 9, his parents introduced him to the Rocky Mountains — specifically, Vail. As he grew up, he continued to ski race, partially because it balanced him mentally and physically. “I’m very analytical. I’m always in my own head,” he says. “When I’m skiing fast, I don’t think. I’m just in the moment. It’s kind of cathartic. The only thing that matters is where I’m going to put my edge.” He ended up moving to Vail in 2008, after a racing buddy blazed a trail for him to become a ski instructor in Vail; there, he revolved his life completely around skiing. Since his racing friend lived with a girlfriend in Vail, he set Worth up with a bunch of ski instructors in a place “with 119 steps in East Vail,” he says. “It looked like a tree fort. But it was the most magical fit ever.” As soon as Worth pulled up to the home, a roommate walked out, grabbed his bags out of the truck and said, “This is what we drink; this is what we eat. These are my friends. Now they’re your friends.” In addition to teaching and racing, Worth chased powder, lining up at the lift at least 30 minutes before it opened. “For the first five seasons, it was all I thought about,” he says. “I’d ski every day, no matter how crowded it was.” He taught for eight years and then realized the most sustainable way to make money involved fine dining, so now he serves at Lancelot in Vail Village.

Going into his ninth season, skiing is still very much a priority. As a result, he works dinners, not lunches, so he doesn’t have to arrive at the restaurant until 4:15 p.m. “It’s my lifestyle,” he says. “It’ what I do. (But) it’s gotten a little less glamorous. It’s not ‘the experience of a lifetime,’ but I still get out there. I’ve gotten a little (choosier), but it’s still F-ing awesome.” When he first moved to Vail, he admits he thought of himself as a “such a cool guy.” But these days, that “cool guy” does mundane things, like laundry. “It’s not my singular focus (anymore),” he says. “It’s less about pure skiing and more about the yearround taking care of your body and friends — if a friend needs help moving, you get out there.” Worth also has experienced the reality of living in a resort town, where friends come and go. “I love rippin’ groomers with buddies,” he says. “A lot of people out here I consider my best friends. I met them drinking beers at a bar, and that led to ‘hey, let’s ski tomorrow,’ and now, I know where (my) core group of people are and I meet up with them, or go by myself and run into people. We may just ski two runs then go our own way.” But sometimes, “going our own way” actually means friends moving out of state, back home to “reality.” “I hardens you,” he says. “Unless I know someone for three years, I don’t even open up to them.” But, after nine years, he’s “weeded out people” and has a core group of friends that seem to be into the ski life for the long haul. Plus, part of the overall connection he feels stems from being in nature. “When you’re at the top of Chair 2 and see the Gore Range, you (realize your) small place in the universe,” he says. “The mountains were created millions of years ago. “When I’m skiing, I don’t have time to think about things. I’m going 55 mph, and I’m thinking, ‘where am I going to ski, how am I not going to hit this tree,’ It helps me re-center and be in the moment.”

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‘The Snow Queen’ By Steve Lipsher

On her first day of skiing, Ellen Hollinshead got her first kiss and fell in love – with skiing. “I was 13 … and went to this little resort outside of Pittsburgh, and I met this cute boy. He asked if he could kiss me,” she recalled. “I felt, wow, skiing is sexy! I like this sport!” Although she struggled on the slopes that first day, she kept going back – actually looking in vain for the cute boy – and incidentally discovered something magical about skiing that has continued to cast a spell over her now for 40 years. A fixture in Breckenridge since 1985, Hollinshead – along with her husband, local character and town councilman Jeffrey Bergeron – has found a way to spend almost every day on skis during the winter, which she defines as generously as possible. “I usually start skiing the minute the snow flies, about the start of October, and I’ll ski six days a week through mid-April,” she said. “My favorite time to ski is probably April, May and June because you can just climb so many peaks and be in so many areas you can’t be in the winter time. I pretty much stop when it’s just not fun skiing anymore. That tends to be about July.” (When the snowpack recedes, wildflowers are another of Hollinshead’s passions, often captured in stunning photography that she routinely shares on social media.) For much of her adult life, she has worked in restaurants at night so that she could ski all day, at first fighting off pangs of guilt and expectations of her family that she become a lawyer after graduating from Maine’s prestigious Bowdoin College. “Jeffrey said: ‘You don’t want to go to law school. You’re living a great life, and you’re happy,’” Hollinshead said. “My parents initially didn’t understand my lifestyle, but then they came out to visit and saw how happy I was, and the pressure was off to go to grad school.” While Bergeron officially is retired and jokes that his wife is “pre-tired,” both are writers and have saved wisely. The two live very simply and frugally to afford their habit: The thermostat in their house is set perpetually at 55 degrees, and all of their furniture was free. “That embarrasses me a little, but not enough to change,” she said. Bergeron indulges his wife’s passion and usually joins in.“Someone said the key to happiness is to find out what you love to do and to do it, and that’s her in a nutshell,” he said. “I love to ski, but I don’t know anyone who loves to ski as much as she does. It’s in that setting that she’s in her element.” He often jokes in his own writing about the tradeoffs. “When it comes to housework,” he’ll say, “she’s an amazing skier.” 38

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Once a regular resort skier, Hollinshead these days favors explorations deep into the backcountry, although she’s conservative and opts for scenic beauty and lowangle powder turns rather than adrenalin-inducing descent lines. Hollinshead is an accomplished telemark skier, of course, but in recent years she has switched to light alpine-touring gear: Dynafit Mercury boots with a removable tongue (to save weight), and her go-to ski is a mid-width Kästle TX107. She says she particularly relishes solitude on her forays– but she regularly invites members of her tight circle of friends to join her, in part for well-measured safety and in part to share the experience. “She lives in the moment, and she is so excited and grateful to share it with friends,” said one regular companion, Cary Piecoup. “I’m always so happy to hang with her because I know she is there with me and always confirming that ‘now’ is the best place to be!” Mark McKinnon, a former political consultant and cohost of the hit Showtime TV series “The Circus,” also is a regular ski companion. “We call her the ‘Snow Queen’ because that is her first love,” he said. “Ellen has been known to drive three days, then climb three hours, just to ski 300 yards of the last patch of snow somewhere in America in July.” Safety-conscious, constantly monitoring conditions and always well-prepared with extra gear, clothing, food and a repair kit in addition to her encyclopedic knowledge of the local terrain, Hollinshead is as eminently qualified as any guide. “Nothing like hearing a Hollinshead ‘whoop’ from deep in the backcountry as a homing sound to those who may have become distracted or lost – like her husband Jeffrey, often,” McKinnon said. He warns, however, that one should be prepared when invited to go on an excursion with her. “A two-hour jaunt often turns into four-hour hammer,” he said. “She kicks it hard.” Hollinshead’s passion spills over to advocacy. In fact, she spearheaded Summit County’s first voter-approved tax initiative targeting open-space acquisition. Both she and her husband are politically active and believe in giving back to the community through volunteer efforts. “At first you are impressed by her incredibly vast knowledge of all mountain-related activity. But then you are moved by her love and passion for the outdoors,” McKinnon said. “Ellen is totally dedicated to our natural surroundings and spends tireless hours doing research, writing letters and haranguing officials who might have an interest other than preservation.”

SIR LEO LLOYD III, Durango Durango’s Knight In Shining Armor By Joy Martin

Not all ski town heroes are the one’s cliff-hucking or tagging first ascents. They’re not always sponsored by GoPro or attending charity galas in Aspen for the preservation of the endangered Icelandic snow owl. Some ski town heroes are actually heroes: real life savers for folks who get themselves into pickles in the great outdoors. A captain for Durango Fire and pioneer in modern-day mountain rescue techniques, Leo Lloyd III is one such hero. The first generation of Leo Lloyd’s settled in Durango in the mid 1930’s, but Leo III was actually raised in the Northwest. That vast mountainous wilderness drew the intrepid youngster to seek the alpine. He learned to ski at Lookout Pass on the Idaho panhandle when he was six and would pour over REI and JC Penney catalogues, circling gear he wanted for Christmas: hiking boots, gaiters, sleeping bags. “I wanted to be Up There,” says Leo of the high places. “It’s just some inherent desire I guess.” Year after year, as he bounded for the hills, all that fresh air helped to fuel a passion that would shape Leo’s life along the spine of the Rocky Mountains. But it wouldn’t be the mountains of Montana that would hold his heart. One day, he saw a brochure for Fort Lewis College in Durango. In it there was a glossy photo of Colorado’s largest mountain range, the mighty San Juans, the mountains of Leo’s wildest dreams. And so, in 1980, he moved to Durango. “I was just absolutely, completely obsessed with being in the San Juan Mountains,” says Leo. In the early days, the obsession almost killed the 19-year-old college student. Before he became a certified paramedic, before he served a decade as a flight nurse, before he helped launch the Animas Surgical Center in Durango, before he helped create one of the most effective and tightly-knit mountain rescue communities in the country, Leo wasn’t concerned with preparation or safety education for his adventures in these gnarly mountains. On October 31, 1982, as his 40

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peers donned costumes and took to the pubs of downtown Durango, Leo and his buddy, Jack, headed for the lofty heights of Snowdon Peak, one of many alluring 13,000-foot summits in the San Juans. For most, the approach is a straightforward day hike in the summer. But summer had passed, and the first squalls of fall had left half a foot of snow at the trailhead. “Without knowing anything, we went straight up the Naked Lady Couloir,” says Leo. “Right off the bat, we were up to our thighs in snow, and it was nothing but a slab sitting on facets right down to the rocks.” “Somehow, we made it up that thing. It was late in the day, so we decided to not go back down the Naked Lady. Instead, we headed southwest across the top of the peak to another couloir that’s shorter but steeper than the Naked Lady. We dropped into that.” As Leo blazed trail and Jack followed, the duo plucked their way down the spicy chute. All of a sudden, the slab broke free, and, like a sheet of ice on a slope of ball bearings, an avalanche sucked Leo into the ride of his life. He didn’t even have time to yell. “I’m moving head-first, going Mach 2 down this couloir. I thought, ‘This is it,’” says Leo, recalling his efforts to stay above the snow, hitting rocks as the monster force roared 800-feet down the mountainside. When the chaos ceased, Leo found himself wedged from the waistdown in a pile of debris. He’d lost a glove but still had his pack. He called for Jack, turning to see his friend moaning on top of the snow, his face covered in blood. As Jack painfully bellied over to Leo, Leo worked to get his lower limbs free. He had no shovel - or beacon or probe or avalanche training whatsoever - materials that are requisite for any alpine adventurer these days. Leo’s wool knickers were tattered and his knee flayed open to the joint. He had a split up the inside of his thigh, and his ankle was wrecked. From his pack, he pulled out a measly First Aid Kit. He noticed Jack’s windpants were shredded and

nearly off of him. Then Jack mumbled something Leo would never forget. “I think my intestines are coming out my backend,” Jack said. Leo went into autopilot, grabbing gauze from his kit, ripping a t-shirt into strips and quickly packing Jack’s quarter-sized puncture wound. It was late afternoon, and it was snowing. No one was around. Despite Jack’s critical condition, the boys knew they had to crawl out as soon as possible. Four hours later in the stormy darkness, Leo pulled an exhausted Jack onto his shoulders and marched the final half mile to the highway. Leo flagged down the only passing car, relieved to see it was fellow college students, who took them straight to the hospital in Durango. Jack was whisked into surgery and made a full recovery. Leo received 80 stitches in his knee. That scary Halloween night, he left the hospital a changed man, determined to never to be ‘that guy’ again. “The San Juans are a beautiful place, but mountains don’t play favorites,” says Leo. Leo returned to his college courses with a renewed sense of purpose. In between mountain adventures, he studied molecular cellular biology, got his EMT certification and worked part-time on an ambulance. He aimed to attend medical school after graduation, and his First Aid Kit was no longer pathetic. But med school was not in the cards for Leo III. “I took the MCAT three times and got rejected from med school three times,” says Leo. “Everything was good with my application and grades; I just never got in. After three tries, I decided that I had to do something to improve my chances.” So, in 1987, he went to paramedic school. Around that time, Leo also started volunteering with La Plata County Search and Rescue and was involved in some significant technical rescues that, one by one, were reshaping his career goals. “I was creating somewhat of a niche with mountain rescue,” says Leo. As he grew stronger in backcountry skills, so did his medical proficiency in pre-hospital settings

through the rescues he was performing in the country’s most challenging terrain. But instead of seeing these as resumebuilders to increase his med-school potential, Leo switched focus and decided to attend nursing school. Upon completion, Leo was offered a position as a flight nurse paramedic with Air Care Helicopter and Fixed-Wing program based out of San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, New Mexico. At the time, helicopter EMS was still an evolving concept in the Four Corners region. Their service area was huge, encompassing the massive swaths of land between Grand Junction and Albuquerque, including the Navajo Indian Reservation and the San Juan Mountains. Less than three months into his new career, Leo’s flight team was attempting to land deep in the Weminuche Wilderness to rescue a possible stroke patient. Just 25-feet off the ground, the helicopter suddenly lost power and crashed, severely injuring Leo, his partner and the pilot. Darkness fell and the crew huddled together for a harrowing night. The following morning, Leo and his team were rescued, living to tell a story few are lucky to share. Reminiscent of his avalanche epic, Leo didn’t let the helicopter crash keep him from pursuing the high places. Rather, he served as a flight nurse for nine more years (on a new-and-improved helicopter, of course). He also picked up another anti-acrophobia gig as an expert instructor for Rigging for Rescue, which leads training sessions in mountainous regions across the globe. While world travel is a highlight of Leo’s action-packed life, he considers his most satisfying accomplishment an endeavor he helped launch in 2002: the consolidation of the Durango Fire Protection District.

For 14 years, Leo and the DFP team have worked to create a system in which both fire and EMS are able to deliver the highest-quality service possible to the Durango community. Leo’s involvement and technical rescue expertise ensure that these teams are trained together, learning to use the same equipment and communication protocols. In their many mutual aid areas, these two teams have fostered a seamless cooperation that has not only promoted teamwork but also saved lives. And so the plucky kid who survived the Snowdon slide grew into one of Durango’s greatest leaders in technical rescue and team building, a savant in all things mountain in Southwest Colorado. Thirty-six years later, at a spritely 54-years-young, Leo’s attained the highest honor for a mountain town idol: a coffee drink named after him. A bold order at local shop, Durango Joe’s, the A.T.L. is a tall cup of coffee with extra shots of espresso. It stands for “Avoid the Lloyd.” “It’s a life saver for a killer of a day,” says owner, Joe (who also happens to be Leo’s little brother). But “Avoid the Lloyd” is so much more than a jolt of java; it’s a reminder to all cliff-huckers, first ascenders, and GoPro heroes to not be ‘that guy.’ Repeat this mantra when you’re in the backcountry, but sleep better knowing that, if you are ‘that guy,’ the ever-gallant Sir Leo Lloyd III will be leading the charge to save you on yet another successful epic rescue mission. You’ll know him by his shining spectacles.

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‘An Artistic Ski Bum’ By Kimberly Nicoletti

When Shawn Benton took a job bumping chairs at Buttermilk, he had never skied or snowboarded. He’d never even been to Colorado. At the time, he didn’t know why he applied for the position at a winter job fair at Yellowstone, where he spent his first summer after high school to escape his small Oregon hometown. He fit the typical ski bum profile — except for the fact that he had never made turns before moving to Aspen. He “lived in a party place,” only expecting to stay one season. But then he experienced summer, and 16 years later, he’s still in Aspen, having rotated through the usual service jobs, including making snow, teaching skiing and driving limos. Without taking a single lesson his first season, he strapped on a snowboard, caught an edge and rolled six times. It took almost two weeks to link turns, but “once I got it, it came really fast,” he says. “I was doing double black diamonds by the end of the season. “I was really into park. I wanted to see how far I could go and see if I could get sponsored. One winter I went out pretty much every day. I was obsessed about snowboarding … all I really cared about were my days off and being able to snowboard. I loved being in the air, landing a trick, the progression, riding with friends, trying new tricks, going bigger and better, being on the mountain and in nature.” For awhile, golf captivated him, so he caddied at Maroon Creek. “There’s a lot that can get you hooked on it,” he says. Then, four years ago, things got a little trippy. He began researching nutrition, as well as the possible negative effects of drinking tap water with fluoride. Drinking purified water and eating 100 percent organic food “changed everything,” he says. After cleansing his body, he realized how, as a kid, he had a reoccurring dream about a specific place. He remembered dreaming about walking around Snowmass’ mall and buildings. He recalled the S-turn and even dreamed about the three places he lived while working for Aspen Ski Co. 42

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As an intuitive and independent kid who grew up in a one-bedroom home with his sister and mother after his parents divorced when he was in fourth grade, he learned about cooking, fishing, art, personal finance and golf. With so many talents, it ultimately became impossible for him to continue in the service industry. “I got to a point where I was absolutely miserable at service jobs,” he says. “It’s always been a struggle here in Aspen. It’s so expensive, and the wages don’t go up (proportionally).” Rather than focus on the struggle, he envisioned a new future. “I started seeing the world in a different way,” he says. “Things aren’t fixed.” Six years ago, he began painting as an outlet for his frustration. Then, the service jobs came in handy; he began to market himself as he drove the limo or taught lessons by showing his art and handing out business cards. Suddenly, art collectors began to purchase his paintings. He began displaying his work in galleries, which allowed him to become a full-time artist four years ago. “Now, I could care less about being on the mountain … (though) I still love a good powder day” he says. “I love the summers. You can’t beat an Aspen summer.” These days, he follows his body’s rhythms, sometimes waking up at 2 a.m. or so and painting until 7 a.m., or beginning around daybreak and painting until 9 p.m. His 2016 show at Anderson Ranch revolved around the theme of purification. “The Hopis talked about a shift of consciousness taking place,” he says, adding he believes 2017 supports the ending of illusions. Ski bumming played a prominent role in his journey to finding, and expressing, his true self. The lifestyle allowed him to rub elbows with wealthy clientele, and his insight and bold spirit led him to follow — and trust — anything and everything he loved at any given time, until he settled into art. “Sometimes it just takes a while to find your niche,” he says, “and know what you want to do.”

KIM GRANT, Silverton

‘A Guiding Passion’ By Kimberly Nicoletti

Meet Kim Grant, Ski patroller, and Guide at Silverton Mountain. It is her 13th season working at Silverton Mountain, which is now celebrating its 15 Year Anniversary and couldn’t be happier working at one of the most unique places in North America. For Kim, guiding each day at Silverton brings an ever changing experience for her. Different people coming from all corners of the world each day combined with different weather and snow conditions keeps her coming back year after year. From upstate New York, near the Finger Lakes Kim grew up in the country on a farm. As a child, she and her family would ski every weekend making a trek to Vermont each weekend. Her parents loved to ski and had her on skis as soon as she could walk. She


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spent most of her younger days at the Skaneateles Ski Club in Marietta, New York. She believes she ate dinner and did her homework there almost every night during the winters. She even lost her two front teeth when her dad was teaching her to ski during a Christmas holiday. Kim first came to Colorado, when she was in High School, with her boyfriend and his family but at the time was more interested in shopping and staying warm. She bailed on skiing for awhile and went to Georgia to college. But, when she came back to Colorado with her family on a Christmas vacation she ran into some old friends from her hometown in New York while skiing Breckenridge and A-Basin. Her friends had a house they couldn’t afford and

told her they needed a roommate and that she should stay and live with them. She told her mom (who has fully supported her lifestyle and now lives in Pagosa Springs) she was going to stay in Colorado for the winter, since her university was on the ¼ system it would work for her schedule. She found a job at the Bahnhof Ski Shop in Breckenridge after one of their employees had broken their leg and was able to get a season pass transferred to her for 80 bucks. She got a second job at Peak Performance Ski Shop and proceeded to ski every day and work each night. That was when she was a true ski bum. After the winter she headed back to college and then came back the following year to Telluride working in ski shops at night and skiing every day. When

she graduated college she moved up to Montana repeating her life as a ski bum but decided after 5 years to head back to Colorado. Kim had an opportunity to go snowcat skiing with her mom in the Pagosa Springs area and the owners thought she would make a good ski guide. She trained with them but ended up heading to Telluride after a bad snow season where she trained and became a Ski Patroller instead. She patrolled there for several years and became curious about the new Silverton Mountain that was opening. She began heading over there on her days off where she would crash with her friend who lived in the rectory next to the Catholic Church and help run control routes as a volunteer. Jenny Brill then offered her a job at

the mountain. Now she is a full-time resident of Silverton and believes that is truly where she belongs. She rented her house for many years from a woman in town who decided several years later that she wanted to sell it to her. Ultimately she feels really fortunate for everything she has been able to do and she considers herself a professional. She guides and patrols for Silverton Mountain and then is a guide for Points North Heli-Adventures. When asked what the driving factor of living this lifestyle she said “It’s interesting. In the beginning, I really just wanted to be outside, be out skiing and enjoying the mountains climbing new peaks and seeking new adventures. When I was offered the job to be a guide with the Snowcat company it got me thinking and I woke up one day and

with a burning desire to become a Heli Guide in Alaska.� This driving force has assisted her in becoming a very accomplished, top notch professional woman in the guiding and patrolling industry. The motivation to be really good at what she does and being able to make a good living showing people the best run of their life or the best day of their life, while helping people be healthy and happy in place they would never be able to go by themselves is her ultimate motivation. In addition, to her accomplishments in the Guiding and Ski Patrol industry she made her passion project a reality becoming a professional Heli guide in Alaska for 11 years now. She is proud of what she has accomplished and looks on her days as a ski bum as the foundation of her spectacular career path.

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‘A Burning Bus and a Desire to Ski By Kimberly Nicoletti “Get back!” the police officer shouted as 19-year-old Andrew Fox ran to the back of his 1967 VW microbus, trying to salvage skis and other belongings as the bus blazed up in flames. “What’s more important — that car or your life?” “That car is my life,” Fox replied, knowing it contained all of his and his friend’s, Dylan Nicoletti, ski gear, rent money and winter clothing. Two months prior, Fox and Nicoletti left their construction jobs in Southern California and drove to Squaw Valley, hoping to find a place 46

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to rent for the ski season, but they couldn’t swing $625 for a studio. Fox wanted to compete in freestyle skiing more seriously, and Squaw had a renowned freestyle team. “Why don’t you try Breckenridge,” a friend at Squaw said. “It’s less expensive, and they have a good team too.” Nicoletti loved skiing, but didn’t have enough money to join the team, so he just followed Fox’s lead. “Let’s go to Breck,” Fox said the next morning. But first, they washed their clothes in the Truckee River,

because, why pay for a Laundromat when a little hand soap and cold water did the trick — that is, until Fox accidentally let loose his underwear and had to run down the river to fetch it. In route to Breckenridge, they spent a couple days in Aspen riding their bikes up Independence Pass. The first night, they slept in a legit campground on the pass, but the next night they pulled into an Aspen church parking lot to sleep. At 1 a.m., they awoke to a pounding knock on the door and an intrusive flashlight.

“There’s no sleeping in cars in the town of Aspen, but if you go outside the town limits, you can sleep in your car,” the Aspen police officer said. That, of course, was in 1988, when town officials tolerated the freeloading that goes hand in hand with ski bumming. The next day, Nicoletti and Fox arrived in Breckenridge and liked what they saw. Since they didn’t even have enough cash for a security deposit and a month’s rent, sleeping at a hotel was out of the question. That night, they pulled into a condominium parking lot smack in the middle of town. In the morning, a 22-year-old stranger knocked on the bus door, not to kick them out, but to invite them up to his unit to take a shower. That’s when they knew Breck was a cool place. After cleaning up, they stopped at a property management company and found a two bedroom condo overlooking Lake Dillon. They gave the manager a $200 deposit and said they’d return in the beginning of November. When they went back to California, they worked construction jobs to earn enough money for first month’s rent and security. On Nov. 3, Nicoletti followed Fox’s microbus in an El Camino. The El Camino carried two beds, a dresser and a stereo, while the bus contained five pairs of skis, ski boots, two bicycles and all of their clothes. They topped off the tank in Mesquite, Nevada, and 2 miles outside of town, Nicoletti saw a flash of flames spark out of the back of Fox’s bus. Fox immediately pulled over, and Nicoletti followed. Fox ran and opened up the rear compartment door to the engine, in hopes of saving the bus; he grabbed the can of Mountain Dew Nicoletti had in his hand, trying to extinguish the flames, but the extra oxygen when he opened the door fueled the fire. Within 30 seconds, a police officer ran across the field with a fire extinguisher. Hope and relief rushed through the two teenagers, only to discover that when the police officer pulled the pin and squeezed the trigger, it had no charge. When Fox ran toward the burning bus to salvage items, that’s when the police officer demanded, “Get back.” The three watched the bus burn for 20 minutes until a fire engine arrived and extinguished the fire. Before Fox turned over the pink slip because he hadn’t budgeted a $180 towing bill — and the bus was destroyed — the two friends rummaged through their charred belongings. They walked away with one pair of undamaged boots, one pair of discolored skis, a pair of bindings in which the din setting numbers were mostly unreadable, and a favorite philosophy book that, though scorched around the edges, happened to safely contain all the rent money. Filthy dirty from digging through the car, Nicoletti

called deer hunting acquaintances he knew in Beaver, Utah and asked if they could take a shower. Little did they know the woman had a roommate, whose husband just got locked up in the state penitentiary for seven years. She brought out a big box of clothes and said, “You’re welcome to any of these.” Fox and Nicoletti took a couple sweaters and a couple flannels. On top of everything else, the El Camino had mechanical problems when they left, so they could only drive an average of 35 mph across Utah and into Colorado. At 8 a.m., after driving all night, they finally arrived in Frisco and waited for the management company to open. When the property manager pulled up, he said, “I’ve got some bad news for you.” Before the manager even had a chance to tell them the bad news, they relayed their horror story. Turns out the manager’s bad news measured zero on the Richter scale, comparatively: The owners of the condo they rented had placed it on the market, but the manager predicted it wouldn’t sell for several months. Once they moved in, they had $190 to their names, so they bought two pairs of Sorrels at City Market at $70 a piece, and all the pasta, beans, potatoes and top ramen they could afford. Then Fox decided to stop at a second-hand store to ask for sponsorship. Fox and Nicoletti told Phil Turner, owner of Second Hand Sports, the sob story. Turner didn’t know whether to believe them or not, but once Nicoletti showed him the partially melted bindings and discolored skis, Turner took pity on them and mounted the skis, gave Fox a pair of skis at cost and told the boys to pay him when they got the money. They both found jobs at City Market, and Nicoletti ended up working at Second Hand Sports part time. Fox joined the Breckenridge Freestyle Team, made it to nationals, but left three years later to become a mechanic and get married. Nicoletti met a girl who, after two years of dating said, “I’m going to school in Boulder; are you coming or not?” and, so, he earned his degree in education. He ended up marrying the girl (Fox was the best man) and since then, Nicoletti has taught math at Summit High School. Twenty-eight years later, he still skis with Turner, who’s now 71, and Nicoletti skis like a 19-year-old when Fox visits Summit County. The Nicoletti’s almost bought a 1972 VW bus when they left Summit County to spend a season teaching at Mammoth in 2000, but upon deeper reflection, they decided to keep their Jeep Grand Cherokee and return to Summit. To this day, they still dream about fixing up an old VW bus, but in reality, they hope they’ll end up with an Artic Fox and travel to ski areas in style — and warmth.

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‘Have Snowboard, Loving Snow’ By Kim Fuller

Carly Finke has an impressive ski bum resume. She moved to the Vail Valley in 2011 at age 19, and — as what seems to be a required credential for breaking into the mountain town life — she didn’t know anyone and had maybe a few hundred dollars in her bank account. Today, she still snowboards six days a week, works for herself and is the co-founder of Duchess Ride, a non-profit to empower young girls through board sports and group support. “I spent a few years falling in love with the power of snow and this incredible community,” shares Finke. “I knew fighting the good fight of the financial hardships and working weeks of 14-hour days would be worth it.” Finke is from Minnesota, and after high school she moved to Colorado for a short stint at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, but the mountains were calling. She grew up playing hockey and had only snowboarded a couple times in high school, but when she moved to the Rocky Mountains her passion for the sport began to snowball. “I just knew it was what I needed to do,” she shares. “I did fine in school, but I went to this really incredible magnet high school, and I felt like college was a step backwards from that.” School didn’t feel like the right path at that time, and Finke says she knew she needed some sort of change. She had fallen in love with Vail after making trips there almost every weekend. “The vastness of Vail itself blew me away,” she says. “It was kind of my first love too — I had never really experienced many other mountains, so this was where I grew as a snowboarder.” And it wasn’t just the shredding. Finke found inspiration and motivation in the Vail Valley community. In her second year in the valley, she stared playing hockey on a women’s team. “That’s when I realized that I wanted to grow old here,” she says. “The women I play hockey with are some of the most inspiring people I have every met. It was really cool to see super badass ladies, with children, still just getting after it and succeeding in all aspects of life.”

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After several years and after living and working all over the valley, Finke is now 24 years old. She and two snowboarding friends — Claire Altenau and Jaime Schulte — founded Duchess Ride, a non-profit, youth development program for young girls that utilizes board sports. “We run programs to help cultivate tenacity, creativity and camaraderie in young girls,” says Finke. “Those three attributes helped me thrived as a ‘ski bum.’ Everything I do now feels like play. I work my butt off, but those are the moments I thrive on.” Duchess Ride puts on snowboard camps for girls 10 to 12-year-old girls at Copper Mountain, as well as a 12-week program called Strong to help girls ages 10 to 14 expand their self-awareness, self-identity and self-esteem. “My job?,” she says. “Share smiles, cultivate tenacity, encourage camaraderie, seek creativity and excel through progression — on and off snow.” In addition to Duchess Ride, Finke does contract design work — logos, websites, photography, as well as other odds-and-ends jobs like babysitting and managing an Airbnb property. Finke still rides her snowboard about six days a week, and she gets calls from Vail Resorts on certain powder days to be a model in the on-mountain action videos. It’s at night when she gets most of her computer work done — that’s when she says she really drops into her creative zone. Part of being a ski bum means penny pinching, and Finke has that dialed in. She only spends an average of about $10 per day on food, and that includes the two, two-dollar beers she gets for apres ski at The Dusty Boot in Beaver Creek. “I can afford a beer to two out, but eating out every day becomes a lot,” she says. She is a vegetarian and usually eats two meals a day — her go-to breakfast and dinner is beans and eggs, and sometimes an avocado is included, too. She still plays hockey about once or twice a week, and in the summer, Finke is a raft guide for Timberline Tours while living in her car and camping during the summer. “I live in the Vail Valley because I fell in love with our community and snowboarding,” she shares. “Snowboarding gives me a medium in which I can express creativity, immerse myself in nature and challenge myself to progress, every day. I have come to realize over the past few years, I thrive within this environment.” For more information on Duchess Ride, visit

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TREVOR KENNISON, Carbondale Interview with a passionate Adaptive Ski Racer By Caitlin Causey

Where did you grow up, and how did you end up in Colorado? I grew up in Keene, New Hampshire, born and raised. My mom is from Colombia, dad is from Massachusetts-they were both marathon runners who met in college. As kids my sister and I swam, played soccer and that kind of stuff but we were always on the mountain. I grew up snowboarding and then after high school I decided to become a plumber--hard work, obviously, but good money--but after two years I got kind of sick of it. My heart and passion has always been the mountains of Colorado. When I was 12 my family had taken a trip out west and I just loved it. I moved out here to Eagle in 2013 and got a plumbing job but also of course came for snowboarding. I absolutely loved it. I got in 65 days on the mountain that year working full time, so I was like “not bad!” I guess I’m not the typical ski bum.

Your snowboarding accident in November 2014 was life-changing. How did it happen? I like to do a lot of backcountry--cliffs were my favorite. It was really early season obviously. My bindings had been strapped in a little goofy, and I had no business really jumping--but me being me, I did. I clipped an edge and flipped around, fell like a starfish. Once I hit the ground my hip was on fire--I couldn’t really feel the right side though and I couldn’t feel my feet. My one buddy stayed with me and the other friend went down for help. I laid in the snow above Vail Pass for two hours in a blizzard. Later I had surgery at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver: 12 screws and two 12-inch rods in my back. I’m like Wolverine, you know?

Now you’re training as an adaptive athlete. Tell us about the High Fives Foundation and how you got involved. High Fives is for people who are hurt on mountains-basically they help people get back on the mountain and live their lives again. Without them I think I’d be so lost, just trying to figure things out. High Fives Foundation awarded me a grant, and also helped me purchase a vehicle and a ski rig and racing skis. Without them none of this would be possible--I love those guys, they’re amazing. About a year after the injury I was getting back out on the slopes with my sister, and Craig Hospital asked me to go on this ski

trip in Crested Butte--I had a one-on-one instructor with a goal of doing a black diamond in five days, but I did it in three. When I got in touch with High Fives they invited me up to a three-day paralympic camp in Tahoe in February 2016. They selected me to go to Loon, New Hampshire for nationals--I went and got my ass handed to me, but it was good to get my foot in the door.

What are you up to now? Right now I’m training with the Aspen Valley Ski Club out of Highlands, doing ski racing. It’s amazing--I wake up and get to go to the mountain every day. It’s been an honor and a blessing to be a part of something again. Also, it’s a huge goal of mine to be able to do backcountry again soon--that has been what I’ve always loved.

Why did you choose to move to the Roaring Fork Valley? In December 2015 I moved to Glenwood Springs because it was affordable, then to Carbondale for a few months, and now I’m in Basalt in a great place that’s accessible. My sister and her boyfriend have been such an amazing support for me--right now I live with them. I like this area because there are more locals here, it’s more of a community. And I’m closer to the skiing upvalley of course. I’m not really a “city person.” Living in the mountains is the best place for me.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years? In five, ten years I want to definitely go to the Paralympics, do X Games, heliski, have a degree in maybe business or accounting and do motivational speaking. I’d love to talk to anyone who could benefit from seeing how I live my life. You get hurt, but it’s not the end of your life--it’s the beginning of a new one. There’s so much more to life than what you think you can do. I hope to lead by example, and maybe sharing my story will help someone else.

Describe yourself in five words. Positive, happy, charismatic, hardworking, driven.

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real estate

As a REALTOR®, I sell homes. But what am I really selling? A foundation, ‘x’ beds/ baths, maybe some land, space to cook meals, a place to sleep at night? Sure, but that is not the most important thing that we as REALTORS® do. Much more than selling someone a piece of property, we connect people with the right property that evokes for them their true feeling of what “Home” means to them.

How do I define my Home?

My home are the mountains that surround me in every direction. They orient me, provide me with terrain in winter that holds snow I can ski and snowshoe on, and trails in summer that I can hike and bike on. Mountains provide me with a sense of protection, like a fence that surrounds a playground. They are like a painter’s canvas, surprising me with what I see when the ‘paint’ settles, vastly different from season to season, but subtly nuanced day to day, week to week. I know I’m home when I am surrounded by mountains. 52

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H O ME Turn Your Dream Into Reality BY RICK EISENBERG

“Home”. It can refer to the structure where you live, the feeling of settling in after a long day’s work or play, or the sense of community you feel in the mountain town where you reside. It can mean all these things and more.. My home is in the Rocky Mountains, Summit County, and the town of Breckenridge, where I have lived for the past 22 years...more than I have lived anywhere else. My home is the elevation of 9,675 ft. and the four walls and roof that protect me from the outrageously diverse weather that both blesses and curses mountain towns. It is where I tend to the fire, pay bills, shovel snow, and pop a cold beer at the end of a long day. My home is the community that I have chosen to live in, that I am a part of, and that I participate in. For me, there is no better feeling than being called a ‘local’ in a mountain community. It’s not a time-earned badge, but one earned by the deeds, accomplishments and commitments made to the community that make it a better place for everyone. There are full and part-time residents, both old and new, who are my “local” heroes

for what they do for this community. Tourists, guests, and seasonal ski ‘bums’ are part of the lifeblood of our community and are embraced for the diversity they add to the mountain town experience, and to me, are honorary locals while they, if only temporarily, call this place home. Mountain dwellers are an eclectic group of people who live, work, relax and party together, melding across socio-economic status and encompassing every age group. It’s a community like I have experienced nowhere else. While I was born in New York City, and spent my childhood and young adulthood in New England, clearly, in my heart, my home is here. I often have friends from back East tell me how “lucky” I am to be living in the paradise of Breckenridge, CO. And I want to say that luck has nothing to do with it. I made a choice to make my home here, and took steps to make it

happen, even when it seemed like an unattainable dream. Where is your home? Does where you’re living now feel like “home” or are you still searching for the place you want to set down roots; A place where you wake up in the morning and feel like there is no other place you want to be? Or, do you have a home you love, but yearn for a getaway that takes you out of the daily grind and brings you to a place where you can breathe more deeply and slow down the pace a bit, somewhere that feels like home away from your current home? If you have a dream to live in the mountains full-time or part-time, being a part of your chosen mountain community may be closer than you think. And the good news is, there is never a “bad” time to buy property in the mountains, each season has it’s unique advantages for prospective home buyers. mtntow nm a ga zi | W I N T E R 2 0 1 6 / 1 7


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o Contact a REALTOR® who is familiar with the area who can help you make the best decisions based on your resources and preferences. A good REALTOR® will bring an enormous amount of expertise to the entire home buying process, and can be your most important ally in the home buying process, even after the sale. Consider them your partner in the process. And it doesn’t cost you anything to use an agent; they are usually paid by the home seller. o Consider what your dreams and goals are for purchasing a property, how you want to use it, what you can’t live without, etc. Have a clear picture of your “must-haves” in your new home. Share these ideas with your REALTOR® so they have a solid understanding of what you’re looking for and your motivation for buying a property in the mountains. o Become familiar with the market. Your REALTOR® can help you with this even if you’re thousands of miles away, by keeping you up-to-date on new property listings that meet your criteria. When you invest time looking at current property listings, even if you’re not quite ready to purchase, you’ll get a much better feel for the prices and availability of homes in various communities. You can then consider expanding or modifying your preferences if you can’t find what you’re looking for in a particular town, or a particular price point. o Determine your housing budget. Owning property in the mountains, and especially at or near a ski resort may have entry and ongoing costs you may not have considered (Homeowner Association (HOA) fees, transfer taxes, seasonal maintenance costs, etc.). Your REALTOR® can discuss these items with you in detail. o Decide if you want to use your home as a second home, investment property,or perhaps your primary home. This will be especially important for determining your cost of purchasing if you are financing part of the property, as well as determining tax implications. A REALTOR® can give you some general information, but consider consulting a good tax accountant. o Get pre-approved for financing if you intend to get a loan. A good lender will help you determine what you can truly afford and can provide you with a letter of loan pre-approval when you make an offer on a property. In the fast moving markets of many mountain towns, providing a pre-approval letter to a seller will go a long way in establishing your ability to complete the transaction. If you don’t currently have a lender that you’re working with, your REALTOR® can suggest a few good lenders who can help you. I highly recommend working with a lender local to the area, as mountain/ resort area properties can be more complicated to lend on, especially when it involves an HOA. A local lender knows the nuances of the area and this can make the difference between a smooth closing, and failed closing. o Make an offer on your dream home! Your REALTOR® will guide you through the process and help you navigate through the many steps ahead of you, from offer, to acceptance, inspection, title issues, appraisal, and closing! This checklist offers you a short overview of the home buying process. If owning property in a mountain community is your dream, I invite you to take the first step today in calling the mountain town of your choice “Home”. Rick Eisenberg is a long time REALTOR® in Breckenridge, CO, and has called this resort town “Home” for 22 years.




T H E O B S E R VAT O R Y AT A LTA L A K E S 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. 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 you’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 or call 970-239-0027

Pictured: Left: The Observatory at Alta Lakes Top: Updated Kitchen with every modern convenience Center: Infamous Hot Tub Room with View Bottom: Comfortable yet rustic sleeping quarters

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A R T WA LK S - A V ibran t Moun tain To w n S c e n e The art scene in Colorado’s mountain towns and communities are vibrant and very alive! There are a ton of great tours and walks available and summer is a wonderful time to take part in these events. Aspen is a hub of art and culture activities with a multitude of offers each day of the week. This calendar is very helpful to making a plan that involves their many galleries and museums. In Breckenridge their Second Saturday Gallery Walk is a nod to the First Fridays of the great art cities of the United States. This is a social and cultural event that showcases great art, and presents an opportunity to visit with and meet new people. This maturing art community features both traditional and modern art from local, national and international artists. Stroll through their town and enjoy 10 galleries and all they have to offer on each Second Saturday Gallery walk. Crested Butte has 11 Galleries opening their doors each month for the Artists of the West Elks Winter Art Walks: AWE Gallery, John Ingham Fine Art Gallery, Cleavage Candy Gallery, Tribal Designs Gallery, Paragon Gallery and more can be enjoyed June 27th, July 25th, August 29th and September 26th. Their Super Art Walk Evening is August 1st kicking off the CB Arts Festival. Durango recently announced their lineup for First Thursday Art Walks celebrating 17 visual art and artists in galleries and alternative art spaces around downtown Durango. Participating venues will host activities and artists from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. during each event. Watch for sidewalk signs, grab a map and enjoy an evening full of arts and fun in Durango! Glenwood Springs Tour d’Art is held monthly on the second Friday of the calendar. Call 970-945-0809 for information!  58

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Grand Junction’s Art on the Corner is a year round outdoor sculpture exhibit in Downtown Grand Junction. It includes over 100 sculptures in a variety of mediums and styles. The display is free to the public. Find a map Gunnison First Fridays Art Walk & Music, Various Galleries & Locations, Gunnison Salida has an incredible array of Galleries.  Visit 20 Artist-Owned galleries in the Downtown Salida Art District!  Most galleries feature show openings or artist receptions from 12 to 7 on the FIRST FRIDAY of each month. Here is their website to familiarize you with their diverse galleries: Steamboat Springs offers a self guided art walk each First Friday of every month to foster appreciation of the visual arts in Steamboat Springs and support the growth of the local art community. Check this link for all of the participating members: Telluride has their Telluride Art Walk FIRST THURSDAYS 5-8pm in downtown Telluride for art lovers, community and friends. Fifteen venues host receptions from 5pm-8pm to introduce their new exhibitions and artists.  A free Art Walk Map offers a self-guided tour that can be used at any time to find galleries that are open most days.  Maps are available at participating venues and at the Telluride Arts offices located in the Stronghouse Studios + Gallery at 283 South Fir Street. Check this link for more information: In Vail try a FREE tour as part of the VAIL ART WALKS! The free weekly Wednesday Art Walks tour the Vail Village their public art collection. Meet a tour guide at 11am each Wednesday afternoon at the Vail Village Visitor Information Center on the top level of the parking structure.

Voted   Best  of Summit  County!  #1 Gift Store #2 Jewelry Store •

Wide Variety Of: Fine Opals Moonstones Paua Shells Aspen Leaves Celtic Jewelry & Crosses Breckenridge Snowflakes Indian In-Lay Funny Signs for Everyone Harley Collections (signs) Funny T-Shirts Dreamcatchers Featuring Our Must See: Maui Designer Mother of Pearl/Black Onyx Paua/Black Onyx Chunky Sterling Silver •

Come in and see the funnest store in town! 100 North Main Street 970.547.8347 Breckenridge, CO

Lincoln St. Ski Hill Rd.

Come in and feel the energy of the Two Wild Sisters! Main St.


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Not only did Steamboat Springs score the Winterwondergrass Festival, they gained a great little live music and dance bar, Schmiggity’s Live Music Dance Bar in downtown Steamboat Springs. The town throws some great summertime concerts, as well as fun, live music events during the winter but there had not been a dedicated live music establishment drawing in both big and small name acts until this past year. Bluegrass, Country, Reggae, Latin, Dance Instructions Nights, Karaoke, World Beats and more fill this venue’s nightly calendar of events. Winterwonder Grass Festival Partner and Director of brand marketing, Jennifer Brazill says “Schmiggity’s is rad.. small, awesome sound with a very cool vibe.” On an average night, you will find cowboys, bespectacled hipsters, beanie-hatted folkies, local rockers and dance enthusiasts of all types on the floor singing, dancing, and hooting and hollering along with the music. The best part is that the environment at Schmiggity’s is so intimate that your practically part of the band. Their bar serves beer and well drinks as well as Schmiggity Ball Sandwiches based on the owners family meatball recipe. Happy Hour is a deal with half priced drinks from 7-9pm. If you haven’t had enough positive vibes out at the resort then head to Schmiggity’s and be engulfed by music and a wide selection of cocktails and bar drinks it is the Apres and late night evening place to be. 821 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs 970-879-4100

BREW: Ideas + Creation Lab | Jan 19

National Geographic Live | Feb 18, Mar 18, Apr 15

Fire Arts Festival | Jan 26–29

Donavon Frankenreiter | Mar 10

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

Spring Creativity Crawl | Mar 11

Discover the creative side of Breckenridge with a year-round calendar of concerts, performances, festivals, exhibitions, as well as classes, workshops, and special events in the Breckenridge Arts District.


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The recreational cannabis industry in Colorado has opened up new treatment options for those suffering from sore muscles, arthritic joints, aches and pains, skin conditions, sexual function, and other afflictions. Sales of topical cannabis treatments are soaring in Colorado. For people interested in exploring medical marijuana treatments without a medical marijuana license, most dispensaries in Colorado can provide a variety of salves, ointments, and trans-dermal options for relief. Utilizing the non-psychoactive ingredient in marijuana and hemp, cannabidiol or CBD, these therapeutic topicals provide anti-inflammatory, analgesic and other health benefits. For sore muscles, arthritic joints, and every day aches and pains brought on by our active Colorado lifestyle, dispensaries carry a wide variety of products. Popular brands include Apothecanna’s pain relief lotions with additional botanical oils for enhanced effect, or salves from Mary’s Medicinals. Ointments containing CBD without the psychoactive ingredient THC can also be ordered on-line from companies like Bluebird Botanicals. 62

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Many massage therapists are turning to cannabis infused oils to enhance the benefits of massage thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD, as well as offering increased relaxation and sensory awareness. Colorado’s dry climate can take a toll on your skin and cannabis oil helps nourishes it. Its use has also been lauded by cyclists with saddle sores and others seeking relief from irritating skin conditions. Women are finding enhanced sexual pleasure with topical treatments from products like Foria and Evos, available at most dispensaries. Cannabis topicals with CBD do not provide the “high” associated with marijuana, making them an option to explore for anyone interested in natural healing. Leigh Girvin is a member of the Breckenridge Liquor and Marijuana Licensing Authority, an appointment by the Breckenridge Town Council.

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Handmade Spirits from Salida, Colorado Stop by our Tasting Room in Beautiful Downtown Salida or ask for us at your favorite restaurant or liquor store.

144 W. 1st Street • Salida, CO 81201 • 719-207-4315

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Q&A FOR YOUR NEXT DISTILLERY TOUR As new distilleries continue to pop up claiming to be craft and authentic, it can be hard to know what the real deal is. We compiled 10 questions to ask, with the help of Karen Hoskins at Montanya Rum, to assist you in taking away the most information from your next back of the house tour. Today’s consumers are becoming savvier, learning more about the process and crafting of many great locally distilled spirits in Colorado. 66

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Questions to Ask to Find a True Craft Distiller: • How do you source your ingredients? • Where is your spirit fermented and distilled? • Where does your water come from? • What happens to the byproducts of your distillation • process? (heads, tails, spent wash) • What type of stills do you use? • Is your spirit blended? • For rum - from what aspect of sugar cane is your • rum made? (molasses, sugar cane juice, unrefined raw • cane [a combination of unrefined crystalized sugar • cane and unrefined molasses], refined granulated • sugar? • Do you barrel age? Solera-method age? • Do you add colorings, flavorings, or additives? • What makes your spirit different or unique?

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Free entertainment. Mesmerizing fire performances. Spectacular fire art cars.

Photo by Nicko Ferguson

January 20–22, 2017 Free, dynamic fire art performances nightly on the public plazas in Mountain Village. A Fire Ball in North America’s highest nightclub atop the ski mountain. Witness larger than life works of

art, fire-enhanced art cars, fire dancers and other interactive one-of-a-kind fire art installations. Plus, free workshops during this 3rd annual Telluride Fire Festival. 501 c3 not-for-profit organization


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Seven on Top The Adventure of Mountain Dining

By Claudia Carbone

Many mountain town restaurants offer inspired cuisine, international wine lists and impeccable service. But when you get it all above 10,000 feet in the magnificent Rocky Mountains, dining doesn’t get any better than this. Whether you ski in for a sit-down lunch or ride a snowcat, gondola or sleigh up for dinner, you’ll find dining on a mountaintop an unforgettable experience and, yes, even an adventure. On-mountain restaurants feed you the most spectacular eye candy in the state. They are the ultimate treat for a holiday vacation or special occasion. Night time is the best time, when fires glow in the fireplace, candles flicker on tables and lights of the resort twinkle far below. Plan to spend some bucks and be sure to make reservations well in advance.

Allred’s at Telluride The timber and stone building housing Allred’s perches on a cliff 1,800 feet above Telluride. To reach the signature restaurant, board the gondola, the town’s umbilical cord to Mountain Village. As you rise upward on your ride to the midway station, the twinkling lights of the tiny town become distant as the snowy 13,000-foot San Juan Mountains engulf you. Once inside, cozy up for the night with innovative cocktails, fine wine and fresh contemporary American cuisine. Dinner every night 5-10 p.m. 970-7287474;

Alpenglow Stube at Keystone This gastronomic escapade begins with two gondola rides over the slopes to The Outpost atop North Peak, the massive timber home of Alpenglow Stube at 11,444 feet. Inside North America’s highest fine dining restaurant, trade your boots for comfy slippers before entering the Swissstyle dining room. Award-winning chefs prepare exquisite (and expensive) four-course dinners, or choose the chefs’ favorite creations a la carte. Finish off with cognac in front of a roaring fire. Wednesday-Saturday, 5:30-8:30 p.m. 800354-4386;

Zach’s Cabin at Bachelor Gulch Zach’s joins Beano’s and Allie’s Cabins at Beaver Creek as romantic sleigh-ride dinner destinations. Zach’s is named for Zach Allen, father of Beaver Creek’s first female resident Allie Townsend, for whom Allie’s is named. With vaulted ceilings, a massive stone fireplace and huge windows for dazzling views of the Gore Range, 13,000-square-foot Zach’s is hardly a cabin. But its secluded Aspen grove location between Arrowhead and Bachelor Gulch give it a cozy cabin feel. Sleighs start leaving the Ritz-Carlton at 5:15 for dinner TuesdaySaturday (plus Sunday in February/March). 970-754-6575;

Hazie’s at Steamboat The Werner family brought fame to Steamboat with three kids sharing Olympic fame. It is fitting, then, that their mother Hazie is immortalized with a restaurant. Ride the gondola, watching the twinkling lights of the Yampa Valley grow smaller as you reach Thunderhead Lodge. The dreamy ambiance temporarily fades walking through the concrete terminal building—until you sit down for dinner. The New American cuisine is as impressive as the ride. Dinner Thursday-Sunday, 5:45 until 8 p.m. Lunch every day. 970-871-5150;

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Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro at Aspen Highlands In a gorgeous mid-mountain spot with a panorama of 14,000-foot Pyramid Peak and the Maroon Bells, this bistro is reminiscent of the old hut restaurants found in the Alps. This one used to be Highlands ski patrol headquarters. When night falls, board the snowcat. Watch the sun set over the Bells while sipping a signature hot drink; then indulge in a traditional Swiss Raclette and fondue meal in a Gemuetlichkeit ambiance. Top it off with heavenly apple strudel before riding the cat back to the village. Lunch every day; snowcat dinners Wednesday and Thursday, 6-10 p.m. 970-923-8715; aspensnowmass. com

Game Creek Restaurant at Vail Mountain clubs are ski resorts’ answer to golf clubs. Vail’s Game Creek Club is one. But non-members can taste the good life at the club’s alpine chalet, for dinner at least. In the richly appointed main dining room, savor wild game and fresh seafood from a prix fixe menu served with award-winning wines. There’s also a nice children’s menu as well as vegetarian options. From Lionshead, ride the gondola to Eagle’s Nest, then snowcat to the glowing lights of the lodge hidden in Game Creek Bowl. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday 5:30-9 p.m. 970-754-4275;

Tennessee Pass Cookhouse at Ski Cooper With the sun setting behind the stunning backdrop of Mt. Massive and Mt. Elbert, the state’s highest peak, ski or snowshoe on an easy mile-long track through the tranquil woods to a fabulous four-course gourmet dinner elegantly served in a candlelit yurt. Start at the Nordic center at the base of Ski Cooper. Every night 5:30 p.m. 719-486-8114;

Claudia Carbone is an award-winning journalist who has been fortunate to dine at each of these special places





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Along with their incredible array of distilled bourbons vodkas, rum, bitters and gin the Breckenridge Distillery has produced a spirited new addition that can be found at their headquarters in Breckenridge, the new Breckenridge Distillery Restaurant, and it is the perfect compliment to their incredible cocktail selections. The restaurant is housed in a welcoming, open space. Shelves of backlit Breckenridge Distillery products greet you from across the room at one of their bars and a wall-sized sign tells you exactly where you are. The space ties in perfectly with the main building that houses the distillery’s production area. In addition to traditional table and chair seating, there are three separate bars, one for cocktailing and the other two for eating and drinking. Clean white tile on the kitchen side of the restaurant is reminiscent of an old-school butcher shop and allows you to see into the kitchen and observe the bustle of awardwinning, Bravo Top Chef, Chef Dan O’Brien and his team. 72

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On first inspection, the menu seems simple and straight forward, but do not be fooled. The dishes behind each selection are not simple at all, they are bold, savory and delicious. We sat at their eating bar by the kitchen which allowed us to converse with the staff preparing small plate selections. As a novelty, we ordered the Pork Rinds. I have not had pork rinds since I was a kid and was not entirely sure what I was in for. The plate arrived crackling hot and well seasoned, after our first bite it was hard not to stop eating them, they were that good. We then chose a small Charcuterie Board to enjoy with our Craft cocktails. The meats are thinly cut to order on a modern Hand Cranked Meat Slicer. Beautiful Parma Proscuitto and Dry Salami’s, along with a small slice of their Country Terrine and a whirl of Chicken Liver Pate graced the board with crusty slabs of bread. For our Entree, we chose two Noodle selections. The Cheese &

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Pepper was prepared with house-made Bucatini swimming in a rich, creamy peppered Parmesan sauce. The Mezzi Rigatoni pasta is also made in house and was tossed in a zesty tomato-based sauce with chunks of incredible chef crafted lamb sausage. Our third Entree, Pig Brisket was outstanding. The pork, presented in a bowl and infused with a rich, spicy, Korean Bulgogi sauce was topped with scallions, sesame-seeds, and small baby peppers. The meal was simply delicious. Our dining experience was complimented by cocktails from their Craft Cocktail Menu designed by the Distillery’s own Liquid Chef, Billie Keithley. Billie has finally been able to bring her award-winning recipes home to roost in this restaurant. Fourteen different specialty drinks are poured alongside a menu of Classic cocktails. I loved the tart ‘Permafrost Pear’ made with Pear Vodka, a spiced simple syrup, and citrus. Our other party checked out

the ‘Stumbling Tumbleweed’ and my spouse went for a Breckenridge Distillery Bourbon on the rocks. The service was outstanding. Not only was it prompt, it was friendly and knowledgeable. When I left I had had more than a geat meal, I learned a few things too. For a restaurant that has been operating for six weeks, they have a quality experience and an awesome menu dialed in. Chef Dan and his staff can be proud of this excellent start. We look forward to heading back sooner than later and summer will bring more space, with a very cool open-air patio complete with fun games to keep you and your group entertained into the night. Get there. We will be back often. 1925 Airport Road Breckenridge, CO 80424 970-547-9759

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Taco del Gnar

Get your fix in Ridgway or Telluride

Please be warned, the taco you are about to experience is addicting, and you will want more, and you will plan you trip around the ability to get in on time to have one, two or five of these gnar’licious menu selections at Taco Del Gnar. I was on my way with a friend to The Ride Festival this past summer when, on our final ascent to Telluride, my friend Ali announced in Ridgway that we MUST stop for a Taco. I had grabbed a quick bite in Gunnison and was still a bit full but she said that I had to have at least one taco, I would not regret it. She’s a vegetarian and I was a little perplexed about the “Taco” she was most interested in, but as we pushed through the front door she announced,”The Avo, you must have the Avo.” What? As we burst in I noticed this was not your average taco shop. This was a cool flavor infused mecca of street food in a sweet victorian styled building. Ok, the Avo. I looked up to the Menu, the Avo taco is filled with tempura fried avocado slices served on a flour tortilla and topped with ginger soy, shredded cabbage, kimchi, and wasabi aioli. Now that sounded interesting. Then I noticed all of the other tempting selections and I knew I needed to sample them


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too, but I was still kind of full. Inviting menu descriptions for Tempura Fish, Pork Belly Tacos, The Drippy Mitch, Tuna Carpaccio, Korean Shortrib and more all teased me. I went for the Drippy Mitch filled with house made chorizo & potatoes topped with queso blanco, served on a flour tortilla, garnished with shredded cabbage, roasted corn salsa, chimichurri sauce and queso fresco. Then I heard it again from Ali, “I’m telling you, you have to get the Avo! So I added that to my order, grabbed our tacos and headed out to get to the festival. As we zipped up Highway 62 I laid into the Drippy Mitch, it was delicious. I then unwrapped the Avo... heaven. My advice? You gotta’ get the Avo and at least two other selections too! In Ridgway: 630 Sherman Street and now Telluride too: 125 S Oak Street

Georgetown & Idaho Springs Dining The

Restaurant and Bar Georgetown, Colorado

Homemade Food Great Beer, Family Friendly Live Music Every Thu, Fri & Sat Happy Hour Everyday 4-6pm Open 11am - 9pm, Closed on Tuesdays Located in the original Georgetown Depot

CAKE & Bakery

1106 Rose Street, Georgetown (303) 569-0200

Creative. Delicious. Affordable. Cake, Pies, Cinnamon Rolls, Cupcakes and other wonderful bakery goodies. Be sure to stop in when you’re passing through Georgetown. Wed - Sun: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 710 6th Street, Georgetown CO, (303) 569-5043

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Is there anything better than a rich creamy cup of hot coffee on a cold winter morning or as a late afternoon pick me up. How about a Latte with perfectly foamed milk overtop a decadent espresso artistically prepared by a skilled barista? Carbondale has a wonderful cafe, Bonfire Coffee, that consciously and ethically sources the highest quality coffees, and small batch roasts them with the understanding that these coffees took a lot of work to get into your cup. Bonfire Coffee opened its first cafe on Main Street in Carbondale on August 15, 2011. In 2013, Bonfire Coffee merged with a local roaster, Defiant Bean Coffee Roasters to become a full-service coffee company. Owners, Charlie Chacos and Jared Ettelson and their employees craft exceptional coffee, freshly roasted in small batches from organic beans consciously sourced from farms around the world; Asia, Africa, Latin America and small Pacific Islands. The globe sits in your cup and it is delicious. Their cafe is positioned in the middle of Carbondale’s downtown on Main Steet, in a lovely brick front building that once housed a potato storage cellar and still has the intact cellar elevator in the back half of the restaurants dining area. The establishment is a warm and inviting spot to work, relax and meet up with friends for a coffee, breakfast or lunch. The location also is a showcase for local artists and has extended hours each month during the town’s “First Fridays”. Grab a Breakfast Bagel, Omlette or Pastry with you coffee on the way to Aspen or Sunlight Mountain. Stop by after your outing and have lunch. Sandwiches and some of the best salads, chock full of goodness grace their menu. Be sure to take a bag of coffe home with you and when you run out just order online and have it shipped to you. They would love to be your online coffee roaster too. 433 Main Street Carbondale Bonfire Coffee Roasting Facility 3421 South Grand Avenue, Unit D Glenwood Springs (970) 930-1327 *Hours vary. Please call ahead.


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frisco dining

frisco dining

Happy Hour Daily Live Music 6 - 9pm Wed - Sat in the Bar

605 Main Street, Frisco CO 970-668-2100

Seafood, Steaks and Entrees Casually Elegant, Moderately Priced with Great Specials 601 Main Street, Frisco 970-668-0345


Sourcing organic & all-natural foods from Thailand to the Heartland. Seasonal Menu I Voted #2 Best Restaurant in Summit

Specializing in contemporary American cuisine

Food Hedz Mediterranean, catering‌ Southwestern, and including Custom Menus for All Occasions Pacific Rim influences

Voted Caterer. in Summit Stop#1inBest for Lunch Relax & Enjoy Dinner . Daily Specials Full service Breakfast, Lunch, Full Serviced Patio Deck Dinner & Receptions Happy Hour 4 -6pm, 7 Days a Week

Open Everyday 11am - 10pm 842 Summit Blvd. I Frisco MAIN STREET . FRISCO . 970-668-4 28 (970)304 668-2000 Chef David7Voted Best Chefs in America

presented by the Summit Nordic Ski Club SNSC is hosting the first annual progressive ski dinner and party at the Frisco Peninsula as part of Gold Rush weekend. All proceeds benefit local Nordic athletes.

Locally Sourced Saturday, February 11, 2017, 6 - 9pm ~ Skiing ~ Bonfires ~ Dinner ~ Drinks ~ Dessert ~ Organic Cuisine For tickets, please visit Lunch, Happy Hour Questions? Call 646-460-0484

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Hosting Wedding Groups and Holiday Parties NEW Winter Menu! Open Every Day for Happy Hour and Dinner Lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Happy Hour Specials: 2 for 1 Wine, Beer & Cocktails 3pm-5:30pm everyday SUNDAY BRUNCH: 10am-2pm $10 Bottomless Mimosas


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or order off the menu for a casual and relaxed dining experience. then a Colorado game and seafood focused


Reservations recommended for dinner. Located Slopeside, Peak 9 620 Village Road, Breckenridge BEAVERRUN.COM | 970.453.8755

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Venue Spotlights F e s t i va l N o t e s High Country Events Calendar


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Love skiing? Hate cancer? This is a Colorado mountain town highlight of the winter season and an impressive event on top of it all - literally! Everyone dresses up (mostly in Pink, but many other cancerrelated colors too), snaps on their skis and snowboards and head out for a ton of fun raising money to conquer cancer on Vail Mountain. Pink Vail proceeds benefit all patients at Shaw Regional Cancer Center through improvements to patient care and by funding their Spirit of Survival program. This program provides all patients the opportunity to receive free exercise training, nutrition coaching, emotional support, massages, acupuncture, outdoor adventures and much more. These unique services can dramatically impact a patient’s quality of life but are not typically covered by insurance. Get involved for the biggest ski day to assist in conquering cancer.

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Icy Events

D O G N AT I ON P OND H O C K E Y T O UR A NME N T II COPPER MOUNTAIN Copper hosts the 2nd annual Dog Nation Pond Hockey Tournament and Benefit Auction. Last year, the event raised over $85,000 to aid Flight for Life nurse and Copper’s own, Dave Repsher. 26 teams will participate in the 3-day tournament on West Lake with teams bidding on former NHL players to join their team. The Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation exists for one reason, to help adult hockey players and their families in times of crises due to catastrophic injury or illness. In January of 2011, a small group of adult recreation league hockey players decided to start the Foundation. What started as an idea to honor a fallen friend and “make a difference” has blossomed into an important resource for families in need. Come play some hockey for Dave.

ABOMINABLE WINTER RUN COMO It’s time to don your best f lannel shirts, strap on those bib snow pants and wear your best fuzzy hat! Abominable events are not for those warm weather loving folks; we are all about celebrating everything winter has to offer. This winter adventure run will have your heart racing and not just because of the 10,000-foot altitude, this fun yet challenge course will have you climbing over and crawling through obstacles, running in deep snow through scenic woods and fields and sledding down steep inclines. New to the event this year is the first annual “Mountain Man” contest. Can you grow the best mountain man beard and represent with the best matching f lannel? Post run celebration to include hot chocolate and coffee, snacks, sledding, snowshoeing, and a weekend full of good ole fashioned winter fun! So what are you waiting for? The snow is falling, get out there, start training and growing those beards! 82

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Fiery Events

TELLURIDE F IR E F E S T I VA L The annual nonprofit Telluride Fire Festival made its debut in January 2015 an event inspired by Burning Man, the annual celebration of community, art and fire, that draws 70,000 people to the Nevada desert every Labor Day weekend. The goal was to bring the Burning Man ethos to Telluride along with the larger-than-life fire art to the region to allow more people the ability to see, interact with, and create this visual magic. Dynamic art performances are scheduled each evening on the public plaza in Mountain Village and on Telluride’s historic Main Street— FREE to all. Additional ticketed entertainment, include an over-the-top Gala with entertainment available to guests after the free, outdoor art and performances. Free workshops in welding and other events will be available. This January 20th-22nd be dazzled, don’t miss the fiery art!

BRECKENRIDGE FIRE A R T S F E S T I VA L BRECKENRIDGE It’s going to get hot in Breckenridge with the first annual Fire Arts Festival produced to celebrate and complement the 26th year of the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships. The multiday exhibition will feature burning sculptures, fiery performances, pyrotechnical effects, and other spark-filled attractions at the newly opened Breckenridge Arts District. Highlights include large- and smallscale pieces by nationally known fire sculptors that will be illuminated in and around the campus, including f lammable metal works and installations by Orion Fredericks, Jamie Vaida, and other artists. Throughout the festival week, the outdoor Kiln Yard will be lit up with free raku firings, wood firings, and blacksmith forging demos, and the indoor studios will be aglow with heat- and f lame-related workshops including candle making with Bernadette Foley, encaustic painting with Victoria Eubanks, silversmithing with Martha Peterson-Glomb, music and more.


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January 7 – 8, 2017 SSCV USSA GS, Beaver Creek

January 10, 2017 Skimo Series, Aspen/Snowmass

January 1, 2017 New Year’s Day Brunch Train, Durango

January 7 – 8, 2017 USASA Rocky Mountain Series: Slopestyle Competition, Copper Mountain

January 10, 2017 Baby Boomers’ Ski & Snowboard Clinic, Wolf Creek Ski Area

January 2, 2017 GoPro Race Day & Championship Series (Giant Slalom), Beaver Creek

January 7, 2017 Devil’s Thumb Junior Nordic Team Development Program, Devil’s Thumb

January 2-4, 2017 Santa’s North Pole Adventure Train Ride, Georgetown

January 7, 2017 Two Hearts Wedding Expo, Durango

January 4, 2017 gO Skimo Series, Crested Butte

January 7, 2017 Astronomy Night, Ouray

January 5, 2017 First Thursday Art Walk, Durango

January 8, 20178 Beaver Creek Running Series: Snowshoe Edition, Beaver Creek

For a complete list and details on Colorado Mtn Town Events visit our website! January 5 – 10, 2017 MusicFest. Steamboat Springs January 6, 2017 First Fridays Art Walk and Music, Gunnison January 6 – 8, 2017 USASA Snowboard Slalom & Giant Slalom Races, Purgatory Resort January 6 – 7, 2017 San Juan Skijoring, Ridgway January 6, 2017 30th Annual Skier Appreciation Day, Sunlight Mountain


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January 8, 2017 Food Pantry Donation Day, Crested Butte January 8, 2017 San Juan Skijoring Events & Awards, Ouray January 8, 2017 College Day , Silverton Mountain January 8, 2017 Student/Teacher Appreciation Day, Sunlight Mountain January 8, 2017 Fun Race, Wolf Creek Ski Area January 9, 2017 GoPro Race Day & Championship Series (Giant Slalom), Beaver Creek January 10, 2017 Rise and Shine Rando Series (3 of 4), Arapahoe Basin

January 11 – 14, 2017 Ullr Fest, Breckenridge January 11, 2017 gO Skimo Series, Crested Butte January 11, 2017 Twilight Nights Race Series: Nordic, Snow Shoe, & Fat Bike, Purgatory Resort January 12 – 15, 2017 Wintersköl, Aspen January 12-14, 2017 Mountain High Music Festival, Crested Butte January 12, 2017 Full Moon Party at Ten Peaks, Crested Butte January 12, 2017 Everyone Orchestra at Warren Station, Keystone January 13, 2017 Our Gang 4 Wheelers Fun Day Practice, Georgetown January 13, 2017 Glen-a-Palooza, Glenwood Springs January 13 – 16, 2017 Winterfest 2017, Purgatory Resort January 13, 2017 Backcountry Film Festival, Salida. January 13 – 15, 2017 Mlk Big Mountain Weekend, Silverton Mountain

January 14 – 15, 2017 NSAA Skier Safety Week, Arapahoe Basin

January 15, 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Race, Wolf Creek Ski Area

January 14, 2017 Moonlight Dinner Series- A Night in Italy, Arapahoe Basin

January 16 – 21, 2017 Snow Sculpture Championships, Breckenridge

January 14 – 15, 2017 Copper Mountain Safety Fest, Copper Mountain

January 16, 2017 Free Admission Day at the Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction

January 14, 2017 Devil’s Thumb Junior Nordic Team Development Program, Devil’s Thumb January 14 – 15, 2017 Estes Park Winter Festival & Winter Trails Day, Estes Park January 14, 2017 Our Gang 4 Wheelers Championship Ice Races, Georgetown January 14, 2017 Our Gang 4 Wheelers Studs & Cheaters, Georgetown January 14 – 15, 2017 The Motet, Keystone January 14, 2017 PARC Winterfest Games, Ouray January 14, 2017 Cosmic Race Series – Grand Mesa Grind, Powderhorn January 14, 2017 Moonlit Treks & Dinners, Snowmass January 14 – 15, 2017 Heathen Challenge *USSMA Team Qualifier Race*, Sunlight Mountain January 15 – 22, 2017 Gay Ski Week, Aspen January 15, 2017 Skijoring Clinic, Devil’s Thumb January 15, 2017 Our Gang 4 Wheelers Bare Rubber, Georgetown January 15 – 16, 2017 Cowboy Downhill, Steamboat

January 18, 2017 gO Skimo Series, Crested Butte

January 21, 2017 Devil’s Thumb Junior Nordic Team Development Program, Devil’s Thumb: January 21, 2017 4th Annual Stagecoach Classic Cross Country Race & Tour, Devil’s Thumb January 21, 2017 Our Gang 4 Wheelers Studs & Cheaters, Georgetown January 21, 2017 Backcountry Day, Monarch Mountain

January 18, 2017 Twilight Nights Race Series: Nordic, Snow Shoe, & Fat Bike, Purgatory Resort

January 21, 2017 Stagecoach Classic, Winter Park

January 18, 2017 United Way Day, Jr. Race, Wolf Creek Ski Area

January 22, 2017 World Snowboard Day/Butte Banked Slalom, Crested Butte

January 19 – 22, 2017 Beaver Creek Winter Culinary Weekend, Beaver Creek

January 22, 2017 Our Gang 4 Wheelers Bare Rubber, Georgetown

January 19 – 22. 2017 22nd Ouray Ice Festival, Ouray & Ouray Ice Park

January 22, 2017 Fun Race, Wolf Creek Ski Area, Wolf Creek Ski Area

January 20 – 22, 2017 Grand Traverse SkiMo Academy, Crested Butte

January 22, 2017 College Day, Wolf Creek Ski Area

January 20 – 21, 2017 Winter Bluegrass Weekend, Keystone

January 23, 2017 GoPro Race Day & Championship Series (Giant Slalom), Beaver Creek

January 20, 2017 Country Western Dance, Silverthorne

January 24, 2017 Rise and Shine Rando Series (4 of 4), Arapahoe Basin

January 20 – 22, 2017 Telluride Fire Festival. Telluride

January 24 – 28, 2017 Snow Sculpture Championships – Sculpting Week, Breckenridge

January 21 – 22, 2017 USASA Rocky Mountain Series: Halfpipe & Slopestyle Competitions, Copper Mountain

January 25, 2017 gO Skimo Series, Crested Butte

January 21, 2017 Ugly Sweater Ski, Copper Mountain

January 25, 2017 Twilight Nights Race Series: Nordic, Snow Shoe, & Fat Bike, Purgatory Resort

January 21, 2017 CB Unplugged, Crested Butte

January 26 – 29, 2017 Winter X Games, Aspen/

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January 26 – 27, 2017 Global Energy Forum, Beaver Creek January 26 – 29, 2017 Fire Arts Festival, Breckenridge January 26 – 29, 2017 Borealis Fat Bike Worlds, Crested Butte January 26 – 29, 2017 Gay Ski Weekend, Durango January 26 – 29, 2017 Gay Ski Weekend, Purgatory Resort January 27 – 29, 2017 Women’s Weekend, Purgatory Resort January 28 – February 5, 2017 Snow Sculpture Championships Viewing, Breckenridge January 28, 2017 Devil’s Thumb Junior Nordic Team Development Program, Devil’s Thumb January 28/29th, 2017 USASA Slopestyle, Powderhorn January 28, 2017 Un-Bridal Show, Salida January 28, 2017 Brewer’s Rock for Rescue, Silverthorne January 28, 2017 Mary Jane’s Birthday, Winter Park January 29, 2 017 Abominable Winter Adventure Run, Como January 29, 2 017 Uley’s Birthday, Crested Butte January 29, 2017 Rodney Carrington presented by Townsquare Media, Grand Junction January 29, 2017 Grand Mesa Classic Nordic 10K Ski Race, Grand Junction


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January 29, 2017 United States Ski & Snowboard Assoc. (USSA) , Sunlight Mountain . January 29, 2017 Fun Race, Wolf Creek Ski Area January 30, 2017 GoPro Race Day & Championship Series (Giant Slalom), Beaver Creek

February 4, 2017 15th Annual Beacon Bowl and Après Party), Arapahoe Basin February 4 – 5, 2017 IFSA Junior Regional Freeskiing Competition, Crested Butte February 4, 2017 Alley Loop Nordic Marathon, Crested Butte

January 30, 2017 SIA Uphill/Downhill Race, Copper Mountain

February 4, 2017 Snowdown Balloon Rally Brunch Train, Durango

January 31, 2017 Moonlight Dine & Ski, Copper Mountain

February 4, 2017 Devil’s Thumb Junior Nordic Team Development Program, Devil’s Thumb

February February 1 – 4, 2017 USSA NorAm Cup – Alpine Tech Competition, Copper Mountain February 1 – 5, 2017 Intergalactic SNOWDOWN 2017, Durango February 1, 2017 Twilight Nights Race Series: Nordic, Snow Shoe, & Fat Bike, Purgatory Resort February 2, 2017 First Thursday Art Walk, Durango February 3, 2017 Bud Light Street Rail Fridays, Aspen/Snowmass February 3, 2017 Judy Collins presented by Singer and Simpson Productions, Grand Junction February 3, 2017 First Fridays Art Walk and Music, Gunnison February 3, 2017 First Friday Artwalk, Steamboat Springs

February 4, 2017 Snowshoe & Ski Orienteering, Devil’s Thumb February 4, 2017 Frisco Freeze Fat Bike Race, Frisco February 4, 2017 Spontaneous Combustion Community Bonfire, Frisco February 4, 2017 Our Gang 4 Wheelers Studs & Cheaters, Georgetown February 4-5, 2017 11th Annual Grand Mesa Summit Sled Dog Race, Grand Junction February 4 – 5, 2017 Pagosa Springs Winterfest, Pagosa Springs February 4 – 5, 2017 Ski Spree, Sunlight Mountain February 5 – 11, 2017 USSA NorAm Cup – Speed Competition, Copper Mountain February 5, 2017 Our Gang 4 Wheelers Bare Rubber, Georgetown February 6, 2017 GoPro Race Day & Championship Series (Kombi on Beartrap) , Beaver Creek

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February 6, 2017 Taste of the Grand Valley, Grand Junction

February 11, 2017 COSMIC – Uphill/Downhill Race, Monarch Mountain

February 15, 2017 Museum Winter Lecture Series, Frisco

February 7, 2017 Baby Boomers’ Ski & Snowboard Clinic, Wolf Creek Ski Area

February 11, 2017, Powderhorn CMU Invitational/Maverick Takeover

February 8 – 12, 2017 104th Winter Carnival, Steamboat Springs

February 11, 2017 Red Ball Express!, Purgatory Resort

February 16, 2017 Film and Q&A: The Last Ridge: The Inspiring Story of the 10th Mountain Division, Leadville

February 10, 2017 Full Moon Party at Ten Peaks, Crested Butte

February 11, 2017 Moonlit Treks & Dinners, Snowmass

February 10, 2017 Bud Light Street Rail Fridays, Aspen/Snowmass

February 11, 2017 Wolf Creek Ski Team Invitational, Wolf Creek Ski Area

February 10 – 12, 2017 Freeride World Qualifiers, Crested Butte

February 11, 2017 Telemark Ski Clinic, Wolf Creek Ski Area

February 10, 2017 Glen-a-Palooza, Glenwood Springs

February 12, 2017 Owl Creek Chase, Aspen/ Snowmass

February 17, 2017 Country Western Dance, Silverthorne

February 11, 2017 Moonlight Dinner Series- A Night in Spain, Arapahoe Basin

February 12, 20178 Beaver Creek Running Series: Snowshoe Edition, Beaver Creek

February 18 – 19, 2017 WinterBike, Copper Mountain

February 11 – February 19, 2017 Women’s Ski Week, Breckenridge

February 12, 2017 Ski, Spa & Sip Women’s Clinic, Devil’s Thumb

February 11, 2017 Moonlight Dine & Ski, Copper Mountain February 11, 2017 CB Unplugged featuring The Shook Twins, Crested Butte Devil’s Thumb Junior Nordic Team Development Program, Devil’s Thumb February 11, 2017 Romance on the Rails Brunch Train, Durango February 11-12, 2017 47th Annual Frisco Gold Rush, Frisco


February 12 – 14, 2017 Summit 50+ Winter Games, Frisco February 12, 2017 Our Gang 4 Wheelers Bare Rubber, Georgetown February 12, 2017 Leadville Loppet, Leadville February 13, 2017 GoPro Race Day & Championship Series (Giant Slalom), Beaver Creek February 14, 2017 Spring Artists-In-Residence Slide Night, Aspen/Snowmass

February 11, 2017 Our Gang 4 Wheelers Studs & Cheaters, Georgetown

February 14, 2017 Winter Wine Tasting , Keystone

February 11, 2017 Cage Wars MMA – Bad Blood in Junction, Grand Junction

February 14, 2017 Kids Torchlight Parade, Steamboat Springs

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February 17, 2017 Bud Light Street Rail Fridays, Aspen/Snowmass February 17 – 20, 2017 Beaver Creek Loves Kids – PrezFest, Beaver Creek February 17 – 19, 2017 COSMIC Ski Mountaineering, Crested Butte February 17, 2017 Wine at the Mine, Leadville

February 18 – 19, 2017 Rails in the Rockies, Estes Park February 18, 2017 Devil’s Thumb Junior Nordic Team Development Program, Devil’s Thumb February 18, 2017 Tele Fest, Monarch Mountain

For a complete list and details on each of these Colorado Mtn Town Events visit our website on your phone, tablet or computer! EVENTS


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February 19, 2017 Winter Photographer’s Train, Durango February 18, 2017 Cannonball Run, Powderhorn February 18 – 20, 2017 USASA Snowboard & Skier Halfpipe Competition, Purgatory Resort February 18, 2017 IFSA Jr. Big Mountain Regionals, Sunlight Mountain February 19, 2017 President’s Day Race, Wolf Creek Ski Area February 20, 2017 GoPro Race Day & Championship Series (Giant Slalom), Beaver Creek February 20, 2017 4th Annual Bubble Gum Race Series, Frisco February 20, 2017 Free Admission Day at the Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction February 20, 2017 Red Ball Express, Purgatory Resort February 21 – 23, 2017 Beaver Creek Loves Teens Too, Beaver Creek February 22, 2017 Museum Winter Lecture Series, Frisco February 22 – 26, 2017 Wells Fargo Ski Cup, Winter Park February 23 – 25, 2017 NCAA West Regional Championship Races, Beaver Creek February 23 – 26, 2017 Prater Cup, Crested Butte February 23 – 26. 2017 WinterWonderGrass, Steamboat


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February 23 – 28, 2017 Mardi Gras. Steamboat Springs February 24 – 26, 2017 Ski Bike Festival, Purgatory Resort February 24, 2017 Fireman’s Firehose Relay, Arapahoe Basin

February 26, 2017 Team Summit Cup, Copper Mountain February 26, 2017 Our Gang 4 Wheelers Bare Rubber Go for the Bronz, Georgetown February 26, 2017 College Day, Wolf Creek Ski Area

February 24, 2017 Bud Light Street Rail Fridays, Aspen/Snowmass

February 26, 2017 Mardi Gras Race, Wolf Creek Ski Area

February 24 – 26, 2017 Dawg Nation Hockey Tournament, Copper Mountain

February 27, 2017 4th Annual Bubble Gum Race Series, Frisco

February 25, 2017 Audi Power of Four Ski Mountaineering, Aspen/Snowmass

February 27 – March 5, 2017 Burton U.S. Open, Vail

February 25, 2017 Talons Challenge , Beaver Creek

February 28, 2017 Mardi Gras Celebration, Aspen/ Snowmass

February 25, 2017 Devil’s Thumb Junior Nordic Team Development Program, Devil’s Thumb

February 28, 2017 GoPro Race Day & Championship Series (Giant Slalom), Beaver Creek

February 25, 2017 Mardi Gras 4Paws Parade, Frisco

February 28, 2017 Mardi Gras, Breckenridge

February 25, 2017 Our Gang 4 Wheelers Studs & Cheaters, Georgetown

February 28, 2017 Marde Gras at Butte 66, Crested Butte

February 25, 2017 Grand Mesa Nordic Loppet Ski Race, Grand Junction

February 28, 2017 Mardi Gras Party and Gumbo Cook-Off, Keystone

February 25 – 26, 2017 Banff Centre’s Banff Mountain Film Festival, Grand Junction

February 28, 2017 Mardi Gras, Purgatory Resort

February 25, 2017 Canvas Uncorked, Keystone February 25 – 26, 2017 SoGnar Camp, Powderhorn February 25 – March 4, 2017 Telluride Gay Ski Week, Telluride February 25 – 26, 2017 CarniVail, Vail

February 28, 2017 Baby Boomers’ Ski & Snowboard Clinic, Wolf Creek Ski Area

March March 1-5, 2017 12th Annual Independent Film Fest, Durango


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March 1, 2017 Museum Winter Lecture Series, Frisco March 2, 2017 First Thursday Art Walk, Durango March 3, 2017 Bud Light Street Rail Fridays, Aspen/Snowmass March 3, 2017 First Friday Art Walk, Carbondale March 3, 2017 Miner’s Ball, Crested Butte March 3-5, 2017 USASA Boardercross/Skiercross, Crested Butte March 3, 2017 Snowshoe for the Cure Pink Party, Frisco March 3, 2017 Our Gang 4 Wheelers Fun Day Practice, Georgetown March 3, 2017 First Fridays Art Walk and Music, Gunnison


March 4, 2017 Our Gang 4 Wheelers Studs & Cheaters Go for the Gold and Silver, Georgetown March 4, 2017 DreamCatcher Half Marathon, Grand Junction

March 9 – 12, 2017 5th Annual Durango Celtic Festival, Durango March 9, 2017 A La Mode Dessert Competition, Grand Junction

March 4, 2017 CDA Relay, Powderhorn

March 10, 2017 Bud Light Street Rail Fridays, Aspen/Snowmass

March 4, 2017 Telemark Festival, Purgatory Resort

March 10 – 12, 2017 IFSA Junior Nationals Freeskiing Competition, Crested Butte

March 4, 2017 STARS Mountain Challenge. Steamboat Springs

March 10, 2017 Glen-a-Palooza, Glenwood Springs

March 4, 2017 Sunlight Safety Day, Sunlight Mountain . March 4, 2017 Mardi Gras, Winter Park

March 11, 2017 Moonlight Dinner Series- Foods of the Pacific Rim, Arapahoe Basin

March 4, 2017 College Day, Wolf Creek Ski Area March 4, 2017 Fun Race, Wolf Creek Ski Area

March 10 – 11, 2017 Green is The New Black Fashion Show, Carbondale March 11, 2017 Moonlight Dine & Ski, Copper Mountain March 11, 2017

March 3 – 5, 2017 Ski Joring and Crystal Carnival Weekend, Leadville

March 5, 2017 Silverboom Race & Bbq, Aspen/ Snowmass

March 3, 2017 First Friday Artwalk, Steamboat Springs

March 5, 20178 Beaver Creek Running Series: Snowshoe Edition, Beaver Creek

March 11, 2017 BrewSki, Frisco

March 3, 2017 Defiance Challenge, Sunlight Mountain

March 5, 2017 Colorado Special Olympics Winter Games, Copper Mountain

March 11, 2017 Spring Fling Race, Wolf Creek Ski Area

March 4 – 11, 2017 Pride Week, Breckenridge

March 5, 2017 Skijoring Clinic, Devil’s Thumb

March 12, 2017 Full Moon Party at Ten Peaks, Crested Butte

March 4, 2017 Vans Mountain Hi-Standard Series, Copper Mountain

March 5 – 11, 2017 The Kidtopia Experience, Keystone

March 12, 2017 Rotary Red Ball, Powderhorn

March 4, 2016 Crafted Tasting Event, Crested Butte

March 6, 2017 4th Annual Bubble Gum Race Series, Frisco

March 13–31, 2017 Exhibition: Palimpsest: Some Drawings And Objects, Works By Asma Kami, Aspen/Snowmass

March 4, 2017 Snowshoe for the Cure, Frisco

Museum Winter Lecture Series, Frisco

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March 11, 2017 Whiskey Warm Up Weekend, Estes Park

March 14, 2017 Sunset Soiree at Ten Peaks, Crested Butte




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March 15 – 19, 2017 2017 Audi FIS World Cup Finals, Aspen/Snowmass

March 20, 2017 4th Annual Bubble Gum Race Series, Frisco

March 15, 2017 Soup for the Soul Mercy Foundation, Durangp

March 21, 2017 Sunset Soiree at Ten Peaks, Crested Butte

March 15, 2017 Museum Winter Lecture Series, Frisco

March 22, 2017 Museum Winter Lecture Series, Frisco

March 16–18, 2017 Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series, Aspen

March 23, 2017 Clint Black presented by Sandstone Concerts, Grand Junction

March 16, 2017 Yard Sale! , Sunlight Mountain March 17, 2017 Country Western Dance, Silverthorne March 18, 2017 Alpenglow Ascents Rando Challenge- #1, Arapahoe Basin March 18 – 19, 2017 Subaru Winterfest, Copper Mountain March 18, 2017 Skitown Breakdown, Crested Butte March 18, 2017 Devil’s Thumb Junior Nordic Team Development Program, Devil’s Thumb March 18 – 19, 2017 U12 Championships, Powderhorn




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March 18, 2017 McDonald’s Cardboard Derby, Purgatory Resort March 18, 2017 Yard Sale, Sunlight Mountain March 18, 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Winter Park March 18, 2017 Fun Race, Wolf Creek Ski Area March 19, 2017 Al Johnson Telemark Race, Crested Butte

March 24, 2017 Bud Light Street Rail Fridays, Aspen/Snowmass March 24, 2017 Gore-Tex Grand Traverse, Crested Butte March 24-26, 2017 Durango Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival, Durango March 25, 2017 9th Annual Save our Snow Celebration, Arapahoe Basin March 25, 2017 Copper Uncorked, Copper Mountain March 25, 2017 Alternative Health Expo, Grand Junction March 25, 2017 Great Divide Grinder- Fat Bike Race, Monarch Mountain March 25, 2017 Kid Olympics/PHAST Family Day, Powderhorn March 25, 2017 Pond Skim, Powderhorn March 25, 2015  Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series, Snowmass March 25, 2017 Yard Sale, Sunlight Mountain March 25, 2017 Pink Vail™, Vail

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March 25, 2017 Fun Race, Wolf Creek Ski Area March 26 – April 1, 2017 National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, Aspen/Snowmass March 26 – April 1, 2017 Anderson Ranch Arts Center Spring Open House, Aspen/Snowmass March 26, 2017 Closing Day, Powderhorn March 27, 2017 4th Annual Bubble Gum Race Series, Frisco March 28, 2017 Sunset Soiree at Ten Peaks, Crested Butte March 28, 2017 Baby Boomers’ Ski & Snowboard Clinic, Wolf Creek Ski Area March 30 – April 1, 2017 Gore-Tex® Grand Traverse, Crested Butte – Aspen March 30, 2017 Exclusive Day For Season Passholders, Silverton Mountain March 31, 2017 Bud Light Street Rail Fridays, Aspen/ Snowmass

April April 1 – 16, 2016 Beaver Creek Loves Kids – SpringFest, Beaver Creek. April 1 – 23, 2017 Breck Spring Fever, Breckenridge April 1 – 13, 2017 USASA Nationals, Copper Mountain April 1, 2017 Winter Chainless Bike Race, Crested Butte April 1, 2017 CB Unplugged featuring Hayes Carll, Crested Butte April 1, 2017 College Day, Wolf Creek Ski Area 96

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April 1 -2, 2017 Wolf Creek Downhill Challenge Series, Wolf Creek Ski Area

April 8, 2017 Alpenglow Ascents Rando Challenge- #2, Arapahoe Basin

April 2, 2017 Buttermilk Closing Day, Aspen

April 8, 2017 Moonlight Dinner Series- A Polynesian Luau, Arapahoe Basin

April 2, 2017 Bacon Appreciation Day, Aspen

April 8, 2017 Pond Skim and Rail Jam , Crested Butte

April 2, 2017 Bacon Appreciation Day, Aspen/ Snowmass

April 8 – 9, 2017 Sister’s Meeting In The Mountains, Silverton Mountain

April 2, 2017 Food Pantry Donation Day, Crested Butte April 2, 2017 Pond Skimming, Purgatory Resort April 2, 2017 Clauson Classic , Silverton Mountain April 2, 2017 15th Annual Brewski, Silverton Mountain April 2, 2017 Sunlight Slushy Cup Pond Skim, Sunlight Mountain April 2, 2017 Closing Day (Tentative), Wolf Creek Ski Area April 4 – 13, 2017 Beaver Creek Loves Teens Too, Beaver Creek April 5 – 9, 2017 Aspen Film Shortsfest, Aspen April 5 – 9, 2017 Taste of Vail, Vail April 6, 2017 First Thursday Art Walk, Durango April, 7, 2017 First Fridays Art Walk and Music, Gunnison April 7, 2017 First Friday Artwalk, Steamboat Springs

April 9, 2017 Aspen Highlands Closing Day, Aspen April 9, 2017 Schneetag, Aspen/Snowmass April 9, 2017 Closing Day, Crested Butte April 9, 2017 Keystone Slush Cup and Kidtopia Slush Cup, Keystone April 9, 2017 Closing Day, Silverton Mountain April 12, 2017 28th Annual Enduro, Arapahoe Basin April 14-15, 2017 Hozhoni Days Powwow, Fort Lewis April 16, 2017 Beach’n Egg Hunt, Arapahoe Basin April 16, 2017 Closing Day, Aspen/Snowmass, Snowmass April 16, 2017 Easter Service At Snowmass Chapel, Aspen/Snowmass April 16, 2017 Closing Day, Beaver Creek April 16, 2017 The World’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt, Copper Mountain April 16, 2017 High Fives Shred-A-Thon, Copper Mountain April 16, 2017 Golden Bunny Classic, Winter Park

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO Why Do We Love MTN Town Winters?

Because snow storms charge my batteries... The feeling of flying on the way down and the peace on the climb up gives me perma-grin.

We love winter cause no matter how cold it gets you know that there is a mountain waiting for you to go adventure on!

F R E E AVA L A N C H E AWA R E N E S S T R A I N I N G Know Before You Go is a free avalanche awareness program. Not much science, no warnings to stay out of the mountains, no formulas to memorize. In 1 hour, you will see the destructive power of avalanches, understand where and why they happen, and learn how you can have fun in the mountains and avoid avalanches. S C H E D U L E Y O U R F R E E P R E S E N TAT I O N T O D AY

I love winter because I love to ski. If you don’t ski, what else are you going to do when it’s cold?!

I love winter because I get to ski with my my mom, dad and my little sister. I also love winter because we get to sled with friends in our backyard!

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Perfectly located on two homesites, this mountain estate offers pristine views of the Continental Divide overlooking the acclaimed River Course Golf Course. The Snake River runs adjacent to the property, enjoy the sounds of the River from the spectacular great room and main floor bedroom. Soaring vaulted ceilings framed with custom built trusses, open-concept great room, private office, 5 guest suites, a media/family room and private outdoor patio/hot tub complete this property.

Offered at $2,000,000 Mobile: 970.485.0654

40 Acre Equestrian Ranch

Located 10 minutes north of Silverthorne. Extensive renovations completed in early 2016 throughout main residence including new kitchen, master bath w/steam shower, Baltic oak floors on main level, to name a few of the highlights. 40 acre parcel can be subdivided into two 20 acre parcels. 17,000 sq ft barn with heated indoor riding arena, 10 stalls, office, half bath, tack room, horse shower stall, etc. Attached 4,000 sq ft workshop. 2 day sheds in the pastures. One storage shed w/power and phone adjacent to RV parking pad w/power. Broker is owner and is a licensed CO realtor.

Offered at $1,875,000

Ned Mobile: 970-445-0735

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Stay two nights this winter, your third is on us.*

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Limited quantities available. Other restrictions may apply. Blackout dates may apply. Not valid for previously booked reservations or groups. This offer may not be combined with any other promotion or package. Room nights must be consecutive.

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