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February 2014 [cover] Cover photo by Cris Furman at Silverton’s 2013 Skijoring event.
16 Skijoring Western Style
5 Letters 6 Calendar 7 Co-op News 12 NewsClips 14 Powering Up
20 Recipes Show your Valentine a little love from
CREA supports your local co-ops with education, communications, safety
Racing horses pull skilled skiers over jumps at Colorado winter festivals
the kitchen with warm and tasty chilis
New book reviews link between plants and today’s cocktails Old-fashioned wet fly patterns maintain simplicity, catch fish
25 Energy Tips
Replace ovens and ranges with more energy-efficient options
29 Funny Stories 30 Discoveries
Don’t be left in the dark — how the power is restored after a storm
53,000 the number of acres to explore while snowcat skiing at San Juan Untracked
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Supporting Local Power
It’s your local electric cooperative that makes sure your electricity is flowing BY KENT SINGER || CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR || KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG
One of CREA’s member co-ops recently received a letter from one of its member-owners thanking me for keeping the lights on in all types of weather. I appreciate the sentiment, but neither the Colorado Rural Electric Association nor I can take the credit. That goes to the local electric co-op. The letter writer noted that during Kent Singer an eight-year period, there had only been one lengthy power outage, and that was due to a windstorm. Friends and family in other states were impressed that the writer’s electric service was so good in such a remote area. I appreciated the letter. But I felt bad that the local co-op wasn’t receiving its full due from this writer, who is obviously a satisfied co-op member. I understand why there might be some confusion as to the different ways CREA provides service to Colorado’s electric co-op members as compared to the way your co-op serves you. But we at the statewide trade association are a resource for your local electric co-op. We provide support in four areas, providing services that can be offered more economically and efficiently on a centralized basis:
n Communications: One of the resources we provide is this magazine, Colorado Country Life. Your local co-op saves on expenses by working with the other electric co-ops in the state to publish this magazine filled with important electric news and other consumer information. And we’ve found a way to make the magazine uniquely yours with information from your local co-op on pages 7 to 10. That’s where you’ll find a more local perspective on issues. This column, written by me as executive director of CREA, is written from a statewide perspective. I share information I believe is important to all of our electric co-op members since about 200,000 copies of the magazine are distributed statewide each month. You can visit CREA and Colorado Country Life on the web and on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. We are working on ways to support the local electric co-ops as they move toward digital tools while not abandoning traditional communications. n Political advocacy: CREA also exists to provide all of Colorado’s electric co-ops a presence in political debate. We
carefully monitor legislation introduced in the Colorado legislature to determine whether it will have any impact on our member electric co-ops, their employees and their member-owners. These issues could involve workers’ compensation, marijuana in the workplace, right-of-way costs and requirements, advanced metering, renewable energy, air quality and myriad other issues affecting co-ops. This year, the legislature convened January 8 and already we are watching a number of bills that have been introduced that relate to electric co-ops and our operations. n Education: Staying current on issues, training and regulations is imperative in the electric industry, and we at CREA provide seminars and programs to help keep your co-op board and staff on top of the ever-changing environment. In addition to hosting classes at CREA’s headquarters in Denver, we arrange for classes at co-op headquarters around the state. We also organize meetings for a broad range of employee subgroups, such as the managers, customer service reps, accountants, human resources professionals, attorneys, etc., so that peers in various job functions have a chance to interact and “talk shop.” n Safety and loss control: Keeping employees safe is a priority for each of our member co-ops, and they depend on CREA’s safety and loss control team to works with all of the co-ops’ employees to minimize risks and keep folks safe on the job. Those guys and gals in the field who answer service calls day or night, rain or shine, deserve nothing but the best safety training we can provide, and we strive to protect them and all co-op employees with exactly that.
While I believe CREA adds a significant value to the mission of Colorado’s electric co-ops, neither I nor my staff here in Denver climb poles or change out transformers. That happens at your local electric co-op. So take time to thank the employees there for doing that real work. They are the ones dedicated to that crazy idea that electric service in rural Colorado should be as affordable and reliable as it is in the metro areas along the Front Range.
Kent Singer, Executive Director
FOLLOW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KENT SINGER’S BLOG AT COLORADOREABLOG.WORDPRESS.COM. ColoradoCountryLife.coop 4 February 2014
[letters] Book Reviews In the last couple days I have noticed an uptick in requests for my Colorado history book, Heroes, Villains, Dames & Disasters. I really couldn’t put my finger on exactly what was driving my new orders … now I know. I just returned from the mailbox with copies of Colorado Country Life and there’s my book on your cover. I can’t thank you enough for including my work and sharing it with your readers. It should be satisfying for you to know that they are reading your work and taking your recommendations. Michael Madigan, author
Heated Efficiency Tips The writer of your November Tip of the Month doesn’t seem to know how thermostats work. They maintain the temperature at a set level by regulating the output of the heating system. If extra heat from a busy kitchen or fireplace or a lot of bodies increases the temperature, the furnace won’t come on or won’t come on as often. Turning down the set point will make the house colder, at least at the point where the temperature is measured, whether or not there are other heat sources. It may be that the thermostat should be turned up when there is heat from the kitchen. If the temperature sensor is close to the kitchen, the heat will keep the furnace from coming on and make the rest of the house colder. The temperature sensor doesn’t care where the heat comes from. Jerry L. Modisette, Ph.D., Pagosa Springs
Mining Support for Electricity The November issue discussed the importance of different engineering disciplines involved in the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy. I would like to add another. It all starts with the mining engineering discipline, which produces the fuels and metals (such as copper, iron, aluminum, etc.) required to manufacture the equipment and materials used to generate and transmit electricity. Without these metals, there would be no electricity produced by primary or renewable resources. Frank A. Seeton, Lakewood Got a comment? Send your letter to the editor by mail to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ColoradoCountryLife.coop February 2014 5
[February] February 7 Colorado Springs Olympic Celebration and Downtown Dash Downtown Colorado Springs coloradospringssports.org February 8-9 Divide Rocky Mountain State Games Dog Sled Race Hayden Divide Community Park coloradospringssports.org February 8 Golden Black on Track: African American Connections & Stories Colorado Railroad Museum 10 am-4 pm • 303-279-4591 February 10 Grand Junction Taste of the Grand Valley Two Rivers Convention Center 4-7:30 pm • 970-243-5364 February 12 Littleton Honeybee Hive Management Systems The Inn at Hudson Gardens 6-8 pm • 303-797-8565 x306 February 13-16 Boulder Boulder International Film Festival Various Boulder Locations biff1.com February 13-16 Telluride Comedy Festival Sheridan Opera House 8 pm • 970-728-6363 February 14 Crested Butte Valentine’s Day Yurt Dinner Magic Meadows at Crested Butte Nordic Center 6 pm • 970-349-1707 February 14 Loveland Theater Performance: “Romeo and Juliet” Rialto Theater Center 8 pm • 970-962-2120
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February 20-22 Aspen Aspen Laff Festival Wheeler Opera House wheeleroperahouse.com
February 15 Denver Aeromodeling at the Hangar Wings Over The Rockies Air & Space Museum 10 am-4 pm 303-360-5360 x105
February 20-23 Lamar High Plains Snow Goose & Heritage History Festival Various Lamar Locations 719-336-4379 highplainssnowgoose.com
February 15 Durango AlpenGlow Evening Snowshoe Tour Durango Mountain Resort 970-385-2147
February 21-23 Winter Park Wells Fargo Ski Cup Winter Park Resort 303-293-5711 winterparkresort.com
February 15 Durango Romance on the Rails Train Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum 888-872-4607
February 22 Colorado Springs History and Science Writing Class Western Museum of Mining & Industry 719-488-0880 email@example.com
February 15-16 Estes Park Rails in the Rockies Model Railroad Show Estes Park Conference Center/ Rocky Mountain Park Inn 9 am-5 pm estesvalleymodelrailroaders. org February 15 Gould Full Moon Open House State Forest State Park 970-723-8366 • cpw.state.co.us February 15-16 Silverton Skijoring Event Blair Street skijoringsilverton.com February 16 Beulah Walk Your Dog Hike Mountain Park Environmental Center 2 pm • 719-485-4444 February 16 Denver Japanese Drumming Performance History Colorado Center 12:30 pm • historycolorado center.org
February 22 Fort Collins High Plains Landscape Workshop Lincoln Center 8:30 am-3:30 pm fcgov.com/highplains February 22 Grand Junction Cabin Fever Reliever 5K Mesa County Fairgrounds 10 am cabinfeverreliever5k.com February 22 Lake City Ice Fishing Derby Lake San Cristobal lakecity.com/index.php/ events2 February 22 Loveland Timber Dan Antique & Collectible Toy Show Larimer County Fairgrounds 9 am-3 pm • 970-667-9655
February 26-March 1 Colorado Springs U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships Colorado Springs World Arena 2014synchrochampionships. com February 26-March 2 Durango Durango Independent Film Festival Various Locations 970-375-7779 durangofilm.org February 27 Greeley Spotlight on Youth Band Concert Monfort Concert Hall 6:30 pm • 970-356-5000
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WHITE RIVER ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION
[White River] [what’s inside]
We Need an All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy
n Generator Safety During a Storm n Power Outage Tips n Tamper Resistant Outlets
BY ALAN J. MICHALEWICZ || GENERAL MANAGER
MAILING ADDRESS P.O. Box 958 Meeker, CO 81641-0958 STREET ADDRESS 233 Sixth Street Meeker, CO 81641 970-878-5041 [phone] 970-878-5766 [fax] www.wrea.org [web] BOARD OF DIRECTORS Anthony Mazzola, president William H. Jordan, vice president James H. Sheridan, secretary Hal W. Pearce, treasurer Gary H. Dunham Ronald K. Hilkey Richard L. Parr Alan J. Michalewicz, general manager
Electric cooperatives are disappointed yet not surprised that in September the Obama administration officially abandoned an all-of-the-above energy strategy for a new, all-but-one approach that effectively removes coal from the nation’s fuel mix in the future. The policy, proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, sets stringent limits on carbon dioxide emissions from future coal or natural gas plants. Trouble is, the new standards are impossible to meet with existing technology. For several years cooperatives have tested carbon capture and storage as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, the technology doesn’t make financial sense. It has never been used a commercial scale at a power plant over a prolonged period to demonstrate its viability or cost. In a 2012 Congressional Budget Office report, engineers estimate it would increase the cost of producing electricity from coal-based plants by 75 percent. The administration’s switch to an all-butone energy approach would limit Americans’ access to a plentiful and affordable resource. I don’t think we should gamble with the economic well-being of future generations and our nation’s economy. Already worried about making ends meet, many of White River Electric Association member-owners cannot afford the significant increases in electric bills that this policy would trigger. Historically, the price of coal remains
affordable and relatively stable. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports the United States has 236 years remaining Alan J. Michalewicz of recoverable coal reserves. Coal generates 37 percent of the nation’s electricity, our biggest energy source by far. Seems the administration lets history repeat itself. We saw this all-but-one game in 1978 when Congress passed the illconceived Power Plant and Industrial Fuel Use Act. Never heard of it? Few have, but for several years the government banned natural gas for power generation. Yes, natural gas — the fuel source being sold to the nation today as a cleaner fuel option. With gas off the table, electric co-ops were forced to choose between building coal or nuclear plants. Back then, co-ops were in the midst of a major power plant building cycle. With few options, they invested heavily in coal-based generating plants in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Thankfully Congress repealed its mistake, but not for nine years. Let’s not repeat past mistakes. Stand with us as we fight to keep electric bills affordable. Raise your voice through the Cooperative Action Network at Action.coop. Tell the EPA we need an all-of-the-above energy strategy. ColoradoCountryLife.coop February 2014 7
Safe Use of Generators During Power Outages
Winter snow and ice can look beautiful glistening off the stark branches of trees. But if the weight of that snow and ice snaps a limb off a tree and brings it down onto wires carrying electricity to your home, it could knock out the power. Its beauty then quickly fades and changes into a challenge to keep your family safe and warm. One way to meet that challenge head on is with a generator. A generator is great to help keep your family safe and warm when the power goes out. However, if you do not know how to operate one correctly, you might be putting them in harm’s way. Safe Electricity offers these tips when operating your generator: 4 Read and follow all manufacturer operating instructions to properly ground the generator. Be sure you understand them before hooking up the generator. 4 To prevent back feed, standby generators should have a transfer safety switch installed by a professional. Portable generators should never be plugged directly into a home outlet or electrical system. Instead, use an extension cord to plug appliances into an outlet on the generator to power them. 4 Never operate a generator in a confined area, such as a garage. Generators can produce numerous gases, including toxic and deadly carbon monoxide. They require proper ventilation.
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4 Generators pose electrical risks especially when operated in wet conditions. Use a generator only when necessary when the weather creates wet or moist conditions. Protect the generator by operating it under an open, canopy-like structure and on a dry surface where water cannot form puddles or drain under it. Always ensure your hands are dry before touching the generator. 4 When you refuel the generator, make sure the engine is cool to prevent a fire, should the tank overflow. 4 Nothing should be plugged into the generator when you turn it on. This prevents a surge from damaging your generator and appliances. 4 Be sure to keep children and pets away from the generator, which could burn them. For more safety information on the safe operation of portable and standby generators, visit SafeElectricity.org.
Winter Power Outage Tips • Dress warmly. Several layers of clothing provide better insulation than a single layer of heavier clothing. • Move to a single room, preferably one with few windows. Ideally, this room should be on the south side of the home for maximum heat gain in the daytime. The room should also be shut off from the rest of the house. • If you use an alternate heat source, be sure and follow operating instructions. • To keep your water pipes from freezing, leave a small stream of water running.
[White River] Protect Children From Shocks With Tamper Resistant Outlets
The National Fire Protection Association estimates that an average of 2,400 children suffer severe shock from electrical outlets yearly. Six to 12 of these shocks are fatal. These incidents are a result of children sticking ordinary household objects in the slots of electrical outlets. Protect your children and young visitors from potentially fatal shock by making sure your outlets are tamper resistant. Tamper resistant outlets or tamper resistant electrical receptacles have shutters that stay closed unless a plug with two prongs is inserted into the outlet. Both springs on the shutters must be compressed at the same time to allow an object to gain access. If a child attempts to stick an object in the outlet, the shutter prevents the object from entering and no contact with electricity is made. TROs are affordable and can be purchased anywhere from $1 to $10. Since 2008, the National Electrical Code requires all new and renovated dwellings to be equipped with TROs. Therefore, if your home was built before 2008, there is a good chance your outlets are not tamper resistant. Installing a TRO is a fairly simple home improvement project for experienced DIYers. If you do not have a thorough understanding of electricity, TROs should be installed by a professional. Steps include: • Before starting any electrical project, make sure to shut off the power at the breaker box. • Remove the faceplate to the outlet with a screwdriver. • Remove the screws holding the device into the wall. • P ull the outlet out of the wall and loosen the screws holding the three wires in place and detach the old outlet. • Install the wires in the same locations that were on the old outlet: The bare copper (ground) wire gets attached to the green screw, the white (neutral) wire attached to the silver screw and the black (hot) wire attached to the gold screw. • F old wires back into the box and screw the new outlet back on the wall. • Replace the faceplate and turn the power back on. TROs are strongly advised for household safety, but there are other safety alternatives including outlet caps or sliding covers. These devices cover the outlet, but they are not without risk. Outlet caps can be lost and are also a choking hazard for some children. Many children can also figure out how to remove the caps and sliding covers.
For more safety information, visit SafeElectricity.org.
Celebrating Safety With Mylar Balloons Mylar balloons can brighten any celebration with their shiny surfaces and colorful images, but these helium-filled balloons can ruin a party if not used safely. Safe Electricity encourages to you to take a few moments to learn how to make sure Mylar balloons are used and disposed of safely. Metal conducts electricity. Because Mylar balloons have a metallic coating, are lightweight and are buoyant, there is a good chance these balloons can cause serious damage. If released, Mylar balloons can come into contact with overhead power lines or electricity substations and can cause power outages and fires. If you use Mylar balloons for a party or celebration, always make sure these balloons are both weighted and tied down so they do not fly away, and never purposely release a Mylar balloon. Even if a balloon filled with helium flies away and out of reach of power lines, it will come back down as the helium slowly leaks out of the balloon. These balloons can come back down miles away from where they originated, come into contact with power lines or substations and cause power outages, putting distant communities in the dark. If a balloon does get in a power line, do not attempt to retrieve it yourself. That is extremely dangerous. Contact your local utility to remove any objects tangled in power lines. Do not tie Mylar balloons to children, especially with a metallic ribbon. If the balloon comes in contact with electricity, the child could receive a fatal shock. When the celebration is over and there is no more need for the balloons, deflate them and throw them away to prevent one or more from flying away and causing damage. Mylar balloons are certainly not the only culprits in power outages. Storms, ice and fallen tree limbs can also cause a blackout in your neighborhood. Safe Electricity encourages everyone to create a preparedness kit in case of a power outage with enough supplies to last at least three days. This kit includes: water, food, blankets, pillows, clothes, a first aid kit, toiletries, flashlights, batteries and a radio. Safe Electricity wishes you happiness and safety in all your celebrations. For more safety information, visit SafeElectricity.org.
Fighting winter chills? A crackling fire in the hearth warms the house, but don’t let it heat up your electric bill. To cool energy costs, keep the fireplace damper closed when not in use. Caulk around the fireplace hearth. Double wood-earned warmth by lowering the thermostat setting to between 50 and 55 degrees. Learn more at EnergySaver.gov. ColoradoCountryLife.coop February 2014 9
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Why Does the Magazine Arrive From the Co-op?
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D CO-OPS STRUT STUFF
Thousands of people watched as the six-horse draft hitch sponsored by Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives thundered through the arena as part of the rodeo shows at the National Western Stock Show in Denver January 11-26. This is the 16th consecutive year that Colorado’s electric co-ops have banded together under their shared Touchstone Energy brand to bring this unique and amazing entertainment to the crowds at the stock show. Sponsoring the hitch gives the co-ops unique visibility in front of urban and rural attendees.
Did you know that this magazine is provided to you by your local electric cooperative? You get a copy of Colorado Country Life each month because it is the most convenient and economical way for your co-op to share information with its members. Cooperatives are founded on seven co-op principles with the fifth principle being “education, training and information.” To live up to this principle, Colorado’s electric co-ops use Colorado Country Life to educate and inform their members. Each month, the co-ops publish information about co-op services, director elections, member meetings, rate changes, energy saving options and more. Sending all of that information in individual mailings would increase costs and add to your electric bill. And many co-op members have a tendency to simply toss flyers and newsletters that only contain electric news. By weaving the electric information you need to know throughout an interesting magazine that covers a wide variety of interests, readership increases. And you learn more about your electric co-op. By working with other Colorado electric co-ops to publish part of the magazine, your local co-op is able to send all of this information to you for only a little more than 37 cents a month. The magazine has proven to be an efficient, cost-effective way for your electric co-op to stay in touch with you and its other members. You will also find information on Colorado’s electric co-ops at crea.coop and coloradocountrylife.coop. Or follow the Colorado Touchstone Energy Co-ops on Facebook at facebook.com/ColoradoREA or facebook.com/CO CountryLife or on Twitter at twitter.com/ColoradoREA or twitter.com/ COCountryLife.
Everyone knows that our modern gadgets — computers, laptops, tablets, smart-
phones — are worthless without electricity to operate them. We understand that we have to plug them in and charge them in order to be able to use them. What we don’t always realize is that the communication occurring between our
machines — texts, emails, Internet surfing, cloud computing — also requires electricity. It takes a lot of power to operate the brick-and-mortar facilities needed for us to operate in the digital world. For example, when you email a photo from your phone to your neighbor, it travels through countless miles of cables and servers in a huge global network of data centers that all require electricity. How much electricity? U.S. data centers consumed about 76 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2010. And while there were 2,094 U.S. federal data centers in 2010, there are more than 3 million data centers worldwide. And that number continues to grow as one-third of the world’s population doesn’t have access to the Internet yet. — KeepElectricityAffordable.org ColoradoCountryLife.coop 12 February 2014
[newsclips] LEGISLATIVE CONTACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Sun-Powered Car Unveiled
A solar-powered hybrid car with a range of more than 600 miles? What a concept! Ford introduced the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept car at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January and created a buzz. This plug-in hybrid car uses a conventional gasoline engine in combination with rooftop solar panels and a concentrating lens that will charge its battery. Rather than plugging in to the grid, this vehicle would park its solar panel roof under a giant lens that would recharge the car in six to seven hours using an average U.S. city’s sunlight. The car has an estimated mileage of 100 miles per gallon when the solar charge and the gasoline engine are combined. And, while the 600+ range of the vehicle is a plus, Ford estimated that 75 percent of all car trips for urban dwellers could be powered by the sun alone. Still a concept with questions on cost, safety and energy output to be answered, the car does hint at new ways to power our vehicles without adding to the load of the traditional electric grid. These cars won’t be for sale in the near future, but work continues on new ways to power our vehicles.
Following Colorado’s General Assembly during this year’s session? Keep contact information on your phone or tablet with the Colorado Rural Electric Association’s 2014 Colorado Legislature app. Search for the app in your App Store or in Google Play and download it for only 99¢. You’ll have addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, Facebook pages for the Colorado General Assembly members, the governor and his cabinet and for Colorado’s congressional delegation.
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Don’t be left in the dark on how power is restored after a storm BY MEGAN MCKOY-NOE
Black clouds swell in the sky and then make way toward your home as strong winds whip through the trees. Lights flicker and fade as errant tree limbs brush against power lines.
After a snowstorm, the weight of the snow and strong winds toppled this tree, bringing down nearby power lines. ColoradoCountryLife.coop 14 February 2014
Some storms are silent. In the dead of winter, layer upon layer of ice collects on trees and spreads slowly over power lines. One inch of ice on a single span of electric wire weighs as much as 1,250 pounds, a force capable of causing far more damage than wind as the weight drives branches and even whole trees and power lines to the ground. Blizzards, ice storms, tornados, rainstorms — no matter the weather, the end result may be temporary power loss. Local electric cooperatives routinely trim vegetation near their power lines and remove trees hovering dangerously close to them to prevent outages, a process called right-of-way maintenance. But when nature prevails, lineworkers, engineers and other employees are standing by, ready to take action to get your lights back on. Your first step is to report your outage by calling your co-op. Then it’s a matter of waiting until repairs can be made. Have you ever wondered how your co-op decides where to start restoring power? When co-op staff begins assessing storm damage, crews focus on fixing the biggest problems first, prioritizing repairs according to how quickly and safely they can get the most homes back into service. This is how it works:
Clearing a path
Think of the flow of electricity as a river in reverse. It originates at a single ocean of power (a generation plant) and diverges from there into a series of transmission lines, substations and smaller feeder lines until it reaches homes and businesses at a trickle of its original strength. Transmission lines (which carry power at high voltages from power plants) and local substations (where the voltage is lowered for safe travel to neighborhoods) must both be inspected for damage and repaired before any other efforts take place. After all, if the substation linked to your neighborhood’s power supply has been damaged, it won’t matter if lineworkers repair every problem near your home. The lights will stay off.
Stay Safe After a severe storm, broken power lines may land on the ground or in roadways. Stay away from all fallen power lines and report them to your co-op. Electricity could still be flowing through the lines, making them dangerous. There are other deadly safety concerns after a storm. For example, if a power outage lasts longer than two hours, consider perishable food. Throw away any food that’s been exposed to temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours or more. An unopened refrigerator keeps food cold for about four hours, while food in a full freezer stays safe for about 48 hours. If using a portable generator, connect equipment you want to power directly into outlets on the generator with a properly rated extension cord. Never operate a generator inside your home because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Never connect a generator directly to your home’s wiring unless your home has been wired for generator use. Lineworkers’ lives could be put in danger from power backfeeding onto electric lines. Connecting the generator to your home’s circuits or wiring must be done by a qualified, licensed electrician who will install a transfer switch to prevent backfeeding.
After restoring the flow of power to local substations, co-ops focus on getting power back to the greatest number of members. Distribution lines in highly populated areas and communities are checked for damage and generally repaired first, delivering electricity to the most members. What does this mean? You might live on a farm or ranch with neighbors a mile or two away, or you could live in a neighborhood surrounded by 10 or 20 homes. Folks in neighborhoods will likely see power return before members in more remote areas. Once again, line repairs are prioritized by the number of members who benefit.
After fixing damage blocking power to large pockets of members’ territory, co-ops focus on repairing tap lines, also called supply or service lines. These lines deliver power to transformers outside homes and businesses. This is the final stage of power restoration, requiring a bit more patience. Individual households may receive special attention if loss of electricity affects life-support systems or poses another immediate danger. If someone in your household depends on special medical equipment, call your co-op before an emergency arises. If you notice your neighbors have power while you remain out of service, there might be damage between your home and the transformer on a nearby pole. If you didn’t report your outage earlier, be sure to call your co-op so a line crew can make repairs.
BE PREPARED While utilities work hard to reduce the impact strong winds and ice have on power lines, it’s good to be prepared for any disaster that might hit your community. Store a few basic items in your home. You should have at least a three-day supply of water on hand, one gallon per person per day. It’s also a good idea to have a three-day supply of nonperishable, high-energy food on hand, such as protein bars, breakfast bars and canned food. Remember to store handy tools, such as a radio, can opener, flashlights, extra batteries, hand sanitizer and first aid supplies. Include a seven-day supply of medications for you or other family members. Finally, retain copies of important documents, such as birth certificates, passports and insurance policies. Those are the basics, but you can further customize your emergency kit. Think about including family photos; candy, nuts or other snack food; or a deck of cards to help pass the time. Rechargeable flashlights in key areas of the home provide instant light if the power goes out. To learn more about how to prepare for storms and other emergencies, visitready.gov.
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Catching Air, Western Style BY SHAWNA BETHE LL
Amid the cheering crowd, ringing cowbells and whinny of horses, I hear the guy next to me joyfully exclaim, “This guy’s good enough to ski with one hand and roll a cigarette with the other.” And right then, the skier in question flies by, low and lean, before he hits the ramp for a jump, catches air, lands clean and slices on down the course. He crosses the finish and the already riotous crowd gets even louder as he drops his rope and throws his hands in the air. He’s the local favorite, and by now, everyone along the course knows it.
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It wasn’t the typical kind of comment you expect to hear at a ski race, but skijoring isn’t a typical kind of race, Notorious Blair Street isn’t a typical kind of course and Silverton isn’t your typical kind of town. Sitting at 9,318 feet in a tiny valley beneath majestic Colorado mountain peaks, this historic mining town is the quintessential setting for a skijoring event. Hitching posts stand in front of authentically renovated hotels and restaurants that used to be gambling halls and bordellos, while Silverton Mountain — boasting the perfect extreme ski experience — sets the standard for the quality of skiers to be found up here. It is the best of the old and new, perfect for hosting this wild culture clash of cowboys and skiers in a sport challenging for both. For anyone unfamiliar with skijoring, it began in Scandinavia as a form of transportation when ski-
ers roped up behind reindeer. Through the years it became a sport with skiers racing behind dogs, mules and, in the western United States, horses. The course runs straight, but berms of snow are piled up to form ski ramps along each side. A horse and rider take the center course at a full run while a skier holding a rope weaves back and forth across the course through a series of gates and over the ramps. And just to make the race that much more challenging, both skier and rider must spear a number of bright orange rings situated along the course. The run is timed and penalties are given for missed gates, ramps or rings. Winners place as individuals and as a three-member team: skier, rider and horse. “The horses are the most important part,” says Jason Russell, skier and overall winner of the 2013 race. “If you don’t have a fast horse, there’s not much you [continued on page 18]
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can do.” And while everyone agrees that the level of teamwork, respect and competitive coexistence from these supposedly opposite cultures is at its utmost here, everyone gives kudos to the four-legged team member first. “It’s the horses that bring people together,” says Ann Rapp, a horsewoman from Durango. “They are a great (center) of conversation.” And she is right. Look around the historic and somewhat surreal setting and you’ll see crowds lining the street dressed warmly for winter comfort. You’ll also see skiers wearing red bandanas and cowboys and cowgirls wearing helmets. You’ll see cowboys in full dusters and boots and kids with brightly colored knitted caps. And what you notice is they are all mesmerized by the powerful animals around which the sport centers. These horses trot and sometimes run the course warming up, snorting hot breath in the frigid air. They are ready to race and their energy brings an extra level of excitement to the crowd. “They love it,” says Jeff Dahl, also from Durango, whose horse Red Lodge is a perennial winner and named for Red Lodge, Montana, where the West’s largest race is held. “They were born to race and they are treated like kings. And they know what their job is come race day.” “But one of the things I like best about racing in Silverton,” says Rapp, “is that after a run you can take the horses down the quiet alleys of town to calm them. Just you and your horse stepping through the snow.” Tim McCarthy of Aztec, New Mexico, has a differing view of why he races the Silverton event, which is
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celebrating its fifth year. Sitting atop Swagger — who earns every bit of his name — in one of those quiet, snow-filled alleys, he says, “What I like best is that the town closes down for us and everyone gets involved in the race. You can walk down the streets here and people look you in the eye and smile.” And while the community doesn’t necessarily shut down for skijoring weekend, which is always set for Presidents’ Day weekend, a large part of the population gets involved. Volunteers and city employees build the course from the abundance of white stuff the high mountains accumulate. Others are involved in
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registration and advertising as well as being flaggers or line judges at the actual event. “I do a lot of praying this time of year,” quips Pete Maisel, one of the many organizers of the Silverton event. “You pray for snow so the event can take place. Then you pray for sun because those horse people have to drive horses and trailers over those passes.” The passes he refers to are Red Mountain to the north and Molas and Coal Bank to the south. In good weather there are travelers who refuse to drive that avalanche-ridden highway into town. In bad weather, and pulling a horse trailer, it takes an extra bit of nerve. But they do it because they love the sport, plus the winner’s purse isn’t a bad incentive. Silverton’s purse is growing with each passing year and so is the event’s continued popularity. “Notorious Blair Street, drinking, gambling, miners and cowboys,” Dahl says stretching his arms wide to include the mountains, the people, the horses and the town. “Where else could we race that is more perfect than this?” Shawna Bethell is a writer from Silverton who enjoys the annual skijoring weekend as a spectator.
A Weekend of Skijoring The fifth Annual Silverton Skijoring weekend will be Presidents’ Day weekend, February 15 and 16. This is a free spectator event. Fees for participation and registration can be found at Silvertonski-joring.com along with a detailed set of competition rules. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the races run on notorious Blair Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. For safety reasons, no dogs are allowed. The weekend will also include music and other events around Silverton. Silverton is located on Highway 550 in the southwest corner of Colorado. From Durango, it is 50 miles north. From Montrose, it is 65 miles south. For more information, call 970-744-9446.
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Epicurean Expression Makes Good Impression Show your Valentine a little love from the kitchen BY AMY HIGGINS || AHIGGINS@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG It’s Good Medicine
Chicken soup contains a number of substances — including an anti-inflammatory mechanism that may ease the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections such as the common cold.
Finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your special someone can be tricky. But whether you go all out or keep it simple, you’re sure to score big points any time of year simply by putting some love into a scrumptious homemade meal. These recipes aren’t your run-of-the-mill chilis; they’re thick, hearty and perfect for a cold winter’s night. So, keep these ingredients on hand and treat your sweetheart to a bowl of delicious hot goodness.
Turkey Green Bean Chili With Cheesy Corn Fritters 1 pound ground turkey breast 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped red bell pepper 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 (14.5 ounces each) cans Del Monte Zesty Chili Style diced tomatoes, do not drains 1 cup water 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 can (14.5 ounces) cut green beans, drained
Avoid Tears When Chopping Onions • Place the onion in the freezer for 1-5 minutes • Soak the peeled onion in cold water for 5 minutes before chopping • Don’t lean over the cutting board • Chew gum while cutting the onion • Dip the knife in canola oil before you start
1 package (8.5 ounces) corn muffin mix 1 large egg, beaten 2/3 cup milk 1 can (8.75 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained 1/3 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers 1 tablespoon vegetable oil For Chili, cook turkey, onion, bell pepper and garlic over medium heat in a large pot for 8 to 10 minutes or until meat is brown and vegetables are tender; drain. Stir in tomatoes, water and cumin. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in green beans. Serve with Cheesy Corn Fritters. For Cheesy Corn Fritters, combine muffin mix, egg, milk, corn and cheese in a large bowl. Heat oil in a very large skillet over medium heat. For each fritter, pour about 3 tablespoons of batter into hot skillet. Cook 4 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Source: Can Manufacturers Institute
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Easiest Ever Chili 1 pound lean ground beef 1/2 cup chopped green peppers 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 can (15.5 ounces) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes 2 tablespoons chili powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (optional) Toppings: Shredded cheddar cheese, as desired Sour cream, as desired Brown ground beef with green peppers and onions in medium saucepot. Add remaining ingredients and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Serve, if desired, with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream. Source: Birds Eye
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Flora by the Glass
New book reviews the variety of plants adding flavor to favorite libations BY EVA ROSE MONTANE || ABUNDANTEARTHGARDENS.COM || GARDENING@COLORADOCOUNTRYLIFE.ORG
Let’s face it. It’s February in Colorado and the only type of successful gardening most of us are accomplishing is in our imaginations. We visualize plump heirloom tomatoes, vibrant raspberries and blossoming peonies, but, alas, it’s still a couple months before this imagery can come to fruition. In the meantime, as we feed our imagination we can also feed our intellect by learning more about the greenery that will soon surround us.
Eons of edibles Over the course of history and across many cultures, humans have transformed plants to their liking, not only in the form of domestication via agriculture, but also in the form of distillation and fermentation to produce an enticing array of alcoholic beverages that continue to color the personality of cultures around the globe. From flowers, fruit and fungi, to trees and herbs, an A to Z listing of plants is explored in Amy Stewart’s new book, The Drunken Botanist, along with the “biology, chemistry, history, etymology and mixology” that turn unsuspecting plants into libations that seduce our palates and release our inhibitions. Stewart starts off by relating the incident that inspired her to write the book. At the end of a day at a garden writers conference, she and fellow acclaimed garden writer Scott Calhoun stopped by the local liquor store to pick out a libation. As she looked around, it struck her that the origin of the contents of every single bottle in the place could be traced to a plant. As she writes: Before we left, we stood in the doorway for a minute and looked around us. There wasn’t a bottle in the store that we couldn’t assign a genus and species to. Bourbon? Zea mays, an overgrown grass. Absinthe? Artemisia absinthium, a much-misunderstood Mediterranean herb. Polish vodka? Solanum tuberosum — a nightshade, which is a weird family of plants if there ever was one. Beer? Humulus lupulus, a sticky climbing vine that happens to be a close cousin to cannabis. Suddenly we weren’t in a liquor store anymore. We were in a fantastical greenhouse, the world’s most exotic botanical garden, the sort of strange and overgrown conservatory we only encounter in our dreams. ColoradoCountryLife.coop 22 February 2014
And The Drunken Botanist was Born Stewart offers more than 50 drink recipes and a healthy dose of gardening tips to make you more self-reliant if you imbibe. In addition, she offers plenty of interesting fun facts about plants to liven up your party conversations. And it’s just fun for us “plant heads” — a term I first heard from the Win a copy of The Drunken Botanist. aforementioned CalSend your name, address and phone houn — also affectionnumber to contests@coloradocountry ately called “plant geeks.” life.org by February 21. As far as I’m concerned I can’t know too much about plants. I’ve been so inspired by Stewart’s book that it is serving as a springboard for a new class I am working on for this summer’s annual Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, July 7-13. If ethnobotany — the scientific study of relationships between peoples and plants — entices you, keep a lookout for the class listing later this spring at crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com. The festival will feature a few of Crested Butte’s food and drink establishments that have embraced the freshest and tastiest plant materials available to make creative concoctions that will make your mouth water. You will experience a unique taste sensation at a local ice creamery, a local rum distillery and a venue offering fresh, locally sourced ingredients to make outrageously creative cocktails. Enjoy tastings and a specially tailored talk from the people behind the creations about the tradition, their inspiration, and the botanicals involved in their craft at each of these places for a one-of-a-kind Crested Butte experience. Use the Layar app to scan this page and get Stewart’s recipe for Garden-Infused Simple Syrup. We’re suggesting you use lavendar for a Champagne cocktail. Eva Rose Montane hosts a cutting-edge series on gardening in Colorado. Read more gardening advice at coloradocountrylife.coop. Click on Living in Colorado and then Gardening.
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Finicky About Fly-Fishing Patterns
Old-fashioned creations favored for simplistic beauty BY DENNIS SMITH
Yes, There’s an App to Help You Save Energy Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives offer an app that will help you save energy and money. Simply search for TogetherWe Save.com —Save Energy, Save Money in your smartphone app store and download this interactive app. You can sign up to receive a “tip of the day” that will remind you of ways to save energy and money around your home. You can also use the app to discover how much energy your appliances use and receive energy-related alerts from your local Touchstone Energy co-op.
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By the time February rolls around I’ve pretty much had my fill of winter. I suspect I’m not alone in that regard. And while others might turn their thoughts to Valentine’s Day hearts, flowers and candies this month, I find myself thinking more about Colorado’s tumbling mountain creeks, pretty little brook trout and, of course, trout flies. I’ve always had a quiet affinity for old-fashioned wet flies: those simple, silken-wrapped, soft hackled creations and their versatile, fur-bodied cousins, An olive and the “flymphs” — so designated by their originators partridge softbecause they can be mistaken by trout for either an hackled flymph. adult mayfly or an emerging nymph, depending on Simple, elegant and effective. how the angler chooses to manipulate them in the currents. Some of these old wet fly patterns date back as far as the 1600s and the simplest of them are tied with but a single bird feather (hackle) spiraled around the hook. Others may wear simple silk or floss bodies, and still others are fully dressed with tails, spun fur bodies, duck quill wings and the requisite feather hackle. Despite their long and well-documented history, I’ve noticed that wet flies seem to be in a continual state of rediscovery by modern day anglers. Their popularity cycles in and out of favor with fly fishermen at about the same rate short hemlines do with French fashion designers, and likely for the same reasons: Both are in a perpetual search for the latest and greatest. Often, though, their endless quests for the next big thing in fly-fishing brings them right back to the old tried-and-true patterns that started it all. I learned to fly fish with wet flies when I was about 10 or 12 years old. I stuck with it mostly because wets didn’t require much in the way of fancy, expensive materials to tie, and, more importantly, I caught fish with them. I found dry flies and streamers complicated to tie and fish with so I didn’t develop an interest in either until years later. I’d heard about nymphs but assumed they were either weird little wood fairies with wings or pretty young women with overly aggressive romantic tendencies — neither of which was of much interest to trout or a 10-year-old boy. A lot of us who still fish with the old wet fly patterns today are attracted to them as much for their understated, elegantly simplistic beauty as for their historical significance. I also like that the majority of materials that go into a classic soft hackled wet fly are products of nature rather than the output of a plastics laboratory. Their hackles come from the mottled cape and shoulder feathers of game birds: Hungarian partridge, English grouse, bobwhite quail and such; tails from the delicately barred flanks of mallard and wood duck drakes; bodies from the luxuriously soft underfur of muskrat, beaver and hare’s poll. The imported English silk used on many wet fly patterns, though manufactured, has its roots in nature as well. All their poetic charm and history aside though, the best reason to cast old-fashioned wet flies remains that they still catch fish every bit as well today as they did hundreds of years ago, and that’s romantic enough for me.
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EFFICIENT COOKING Replace ovens and ranges BY JAMES DULLEY
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The most efficient electric range heating elements are induction units. These elements produce magnetic energy that warms magnetic pots and pans. They will not get hot unless there is a utensil on the element. Induction elements provide heating control almost as precise as gas burners. Induction elements offer an energy advantage: Nearly all of the energy goes into the pot or pan to heat food. With a regular resistance element, the heat transfers from the range top to the base of the pot. A lot of heat is lost to the air, never getting to the food. Since you do not always want to use magnetic cooking dishes, your range should have only one or two induction elements. The others should be standard resistance or halogen. Halogen elements heat up faster, but are not as efficient. Opt for different sizes and then match the size of the pot to the element size for less heat loss. A convection oven saves more energy than a standard oven. Even though the small air circulation fan uses some electricity in a convection oven, it cooks so much faster that there is significant overall savings. Not all foods roast and bake The pot should fit the heatwell in the con- ing element and it should be vection mode, covered when boiling water. so you will not be able to use it for everything. Choose a self-cleaning oven model because it often has heavier wall insulation needed for the super high cleaning temperature. For more information on ovens and ranges, visit coloradocountrylife.coop. Click on Energy Tips.
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[funny stories] Colorado Country Life’s
Readers Angie Morlan of Peyton got this shot of her tractor-loving son reading a magazine from a few years ago.
Send us your photos and maybe we will publish them!
Ramona Phipps of Sterling shared this photo of her daughter with the November 2013 issue of Colorado Country Life.
Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, “Why is the bride dressed in white?’’ The mother replied, “Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life.” The child thought about this for a moment then asked, “So why is the groom wearing black?” Berene Epp, Lakewood
Nine-year-old Savanna who was visiting from Texas, asked if she could sleep in the same room with her greatgrandma. “Sure, honey,” Great Grandma said. “But I have to warn you that I sometimes snore.” “Oh, that’s OK,” Savanna said. “I can sleep through hell.” After a surprised gasp from great grandma, Savanna added, “Even on a metal roof.” It took a minute before great-grandma realized she was saying “hail.” Terry Wallace, Springfield
Seeing a bowl of conversation hearts that I put out for Valentine’s Day, my 5-year-old granddaughter asked if she could feed them to the dogs. “No, honey. They could choke on them,” I said. “Besides, you love conversation hearts. You ate the whole bowl last year.” “Well, Grammy,” she replied. “I was just looking for one that I liked.” Daviana Rowe, Greenwood Village
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Steven Schumacher of Peetz caught his son Kasen enthralled with the horse photos inside the January 2014 issue.
When Colorado Country Life asked for photos of readers with the magazine that could be featured on our Facebook page, the staff was delighted to get great photos of kids enjoying the magazine.
We’re looking for more photos of readers, young and old,
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Four-year-old Jocelyn was watching her mother trying to get her 2-year-old twin sisters dressed for an outing. As she watched her struggle with Jillian, Jocelyn said to her mother, “Mommy, I think it’s time to move Jillian to a new home. We don’t need her anymore.” Vivien Boyce, Howard We pay $15 to each person who submits a funny story that’s printed in the magazine. At the end of the year, we draw one name from those submitting jokes and that person will receive $150. Send your 2014 stories to Colorado Country Life, 5400 Washington St., Denver, CO 80216 or email funnystories@ coloradocountrylife.org. Don’t forget to include your mailing address, so we can send you a check. ColoradoCountryLife.coop February 2014 29
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Snow tubing is an electrifying and inexpensive experience for people of all ages. When you want a little bloodpumping excitement, try one of these hot spots:
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Envision soaring above tree-lined and snow-swept terrain, disembarking in the middle of it all with your skis or snowboard in tow and reveling in an extraordinary experience gliding through areas of Colorado seldom seen by others. Try “heli” skiing or snowboarding and that becomes reality. Silverton Mountain in Silverton and Telluride Helitrax in Telluride offer heli ski trips of several types, giving you options for your particular taste and budget. Find out more about Silverton Mountain by calling 970-387-5706 or visiting silverton mountain.com. Get Telluride Helitrax information by calling 877-500-8377 or visiting helitrax.com.
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Pumped Up About Fat Bikes
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Don’t let snow get in the way of your bike riding. Hop on a fat bike. Fat bikes are trending in the biking community and it’s no wonder why. With superwide wheels measuring up to more than 4 inches wide, these portly two-wheelers can get you through some of the most difficult terrain, including snow and sand. Give it a shot. The people at Moots manufacture these monsters by hand in Steamboat Springs. And while you can’t buy them directly from the office, there are plenty of places in Colorado to get your own. Visit moots.com/ dealer-locator to find a shop near you. Or take a trip to Telluride and go on a $99, half-day tour on a rented Salsa Muckluk fat bike. Call 800-592-6883 or visit bootdoctors.com to find out more and to schedule your tour.
Psyched for Snow Cat Skiing
Step away from the groomed trails, climb aboard a San Juan Untracked passenger snow cat and catch a ride into 35,000 acres of white powdery terrain in the San Juan backcountry. Durango-based SJU boasts rolling glades, wide open bowls, cliffs, chutes, gullies and trees — all the stuff skiers’ dreams are made of. Single seats cost $385 through March 14 and $285 from March 15 until close of season. For more information and to reserve your spot on a SJU snowcat, call 800-208-1780 or visit sanjuanuntracked.com.
More snow cat skiing options: Photo by Ben Gavelda
Ski Cooper Chicago Ridge, Leadville — 800-707-6614 • skicooper.com Monarch Cat Skiing, Monarch Mountain — 719-530-5105 • skimonarch.com Steamboat Powdercats, Steamboat Springs — 970-879-5188 • steamboatpowdercats.com Vail Powder Guides, Vail — 719-486-6266, vailsnowcat.com ColoradoCountryLife.coop 30 February 2014
Copper Mountain Resort, Copper Mountain Cost is $26-$30 per person, per hour; coppercolorado.com/winter/plan_ and_buy/tubing • 866-416-9874 Frisco Adventure Park, Frisco Cost is $20-$28 per person, per hour; townoffrisco.com/adventure-park/ winter/science-of-tubing/ 970-668-2558 Yee-Haw Hill at Saddleback Ranch, Steamboat Springs Cost is $26 per person for 1.5 hours; free for children under the age of 5 with paid adult; saddlebackranch.net/ tubing.htm • 970-879-3711 Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Grand Junction Two-hour sessions cost $12 for adults and $10 for children; powderhorn.com/ tubing-hill, 970-268-5700 x2100 Adventure Point, Keystone Mountain Cost is $31-$33 per person, per hour; keystoneresort.com/activitiesdetail/ Key+-+Tubing+at+Adventure+Point.axd 800-354-4386 Most locations require children to be 36 inches or taller. For more snow tubing suggestions, visit our website at coloradocountrylife.coop.