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Shining Bright: Sally Francklyn is recovering and winter seems to hold hope once more.
Superwoman Sally Last year, I was done with skiing. The winter of 2011-2012 was horrific—not just in terms of the depressing lack of snow. It was a year with nothing but bad news in the ski community. First, legend Jamie Pierre died in a slide. Then we lost Olympic sweetheart Sarah Burke in a freak half-pipe accident. A 13-year-old died in a slide here in Colorado. A sidecountry avalanche in Washington killed friends and industry vets Jim Jack, Chris Rudolph and Johnny Brennan—I would have been skiing with them had I been there. Friend and AT-blogger extraordinaire , Steve Romeo died a few weeks later in yet another slide. I didn’t feel bad at all ending my season. It simply was cursed. And the weather made it feel as if the true end was near—will climate change take the very sport out from under our feet? Skiing is part of the fabric of my life but I just didn’t care anymore. And then Sally Francklyn took a fall in a no-fall zone at Jackson Hole, cartwheeling down hundreds of feet, shattering her skull and ending up in an induced coma. It crushed me hard not just because Sally is a friend, a writer who had just been assigned a story for this magazine, and simply a talented young, beautiful person. When I had written about Sarah Burke, I said we all needed to “live brave,” and Sally had reposted that. It resonated with her. How empty it seemed now. Sally is a person of intense light—I don’t say that casually—and as she was fighting to live in an Idaho Falls hospital bed, an amazing thing happened. People from across the globe went out of their way to support her, to pray for her, to post on their Facebook walls and hers, willing for her to make it. They started calling her Superwoman Sally and themselves Sally’s Sidekicks. People in mountain towns everywhere put Superwoman Sally stickers on helmets, bumpers, lift towers… The fact is Sally Francklyn always did and does live brave—and it has nothing to do with slipping in a couloir or even the sport of skiing. But skiing was a part of her. And despite the accident, she has laughed and been inspired by the sport she loves and this community of people who love to fly down mountains as she slowly recovers. Then one day this summer, it was 100 degrees and I was in the Target parking lot and it hit me, hard—I miss skiing. I miss the motion. The snow. The beauty of it. I miss it in my bones. I have to come back to it because I need it. Because everyone who we lost really would have wanted that. Because Sallly wants that. Because it is ingrained in who we are. I have hope for this winter again. I am going to embrace it.
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Like the Colorado Buffalos? Now you can show your support on your skis, thanks to two entrepreneurs smitten with the black and gold. Don McLean, a CU graduate from 1977, recently teamed with partner Luke Dudley to launch a University of Colorado-themed ski to benefit the CU Athletic Department and Ski Team. The ski features inlaid wood designs of the Flatirons, the CU athletic logo and CU’s loveable mascot, Ralphie. “The idea evolved after attending the CU Ski Ball last fall,” says McLean, whose daughter races for the CU Ski Team. “We wanted it to be the perfect allmountain ski for Colorado.” McLean came up with the brainstorm after realizing that CU gets less than 4 percent of its annual budget from the state and that the Athletic Department could certainly use additional funds. “It’s the right thing to do,” he says, adding that CU Athletic Director Mike Bohn has a pair mounted on his office wall. “So we went to work on getting the perfect design,
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manufacturer and product in place.” Knowing that those rooting for the black and gold like to ski blacks, they searched for a ski that would rip, which led them to partner Ski Logik, a company known for its handcrafted, environmentally conscious wares. “We could have thrown the design on a cheap pair of skis, but that would undermine the cause,” says McLean, also a former racer. “Instead, we wanted skis that we would like to ski on.” The result is Ullr’s Chariot Twin Tip (168, 178, and 188cm, 101mm underfoot), Ski Logik’s signature allmountain model with Black Locust sidewalls and quadraxial Vektor 8 carbon fiber/fiberglass construction; and a women’s version called the Goddess Twin Tip (157 and168 cm, 101mm underfoot), made from similar construction. The duo hopes to raise $150,000 for the university by the end of the year. “I have wonderful memories as a CU alum,” says McLean. “And I think other alumni will want to rekindle their love for the institution as well by having a special pair of these boards.” And how do you best hot wax them, you ask? With their graphic’s namesake: a flat iron. collegeskis.com —Eugene Buchanan
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Does it work? Well, my house is really clean. Sometimes you need a boost when there’s just no coffee around. An incurable caffeine addict, I’ve often found myself on the road with no access to coffee and a god-awful headache. If only there was a way to stash a cup of coffee in my pocket for emergencies (or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up). No fear. Aeroshot is heeding the call of caf-fiends with a new caffeine inhaler. The “inhaler” is a chapstick-sized plastic cylinder that pulls open to allow you to suck in a powdered blend of caffeine and B vitamins for a quick boost. Each Aeroshot contains 100mg of caffeine, about the same as a large cup of coffee. Before you indulge, note that you don’t actually inhale the powder into your lungs—you’re not doing lines of coffee grounds. You just suck the powder into your mouth and then swallow it like any other food. When I found out that you don’t speed up the absorption process via your lungs, I was actually a bit disappointed. I figured that it’s just another gimmick like pop rocks or whatever. But it’s caffeinated. And caffeine, like bacon, always gets the benefit of the doubt. So I tried it. Here’s a minute-by-minute of what happened. 9:00 - 9:02: Two big, bitter puffs. There’s a touch of lime flavoring in there, but the caffeine makes you wince like you’re shooting Cuervo. There are supposed to be four in each cylinder, so I’m guessing I just sucked down the equivalent of a grande Pike’s at Starbucks. 9:03 - 9:30: Just finished editing two rough drafts and writing a third. I’m getting antsy about the rest of my day. Got too much to do, and not enough time. I take a third puff and start cleaning the house. 9:30 - 10:45: House is clean, laundry’s going, and errands are done. It seems like a good time to go for a trail run. 10:45 - 1:00: Back home, so I sent out a stack of pitches, mowed the lawn, had some lunch, then crashed. Hard. I was pretty skeptical about the delivery system, but it’s not how you absorb it, it’s how quickly you get it into your stomach that makes all the difference. If you think about it, it’s pretty much like shooting an entire cup of coffee in one swallow. This could prove to be a hit with addicts who can’t survive a flight without a quick shot, or with people who want a calorie-free way to blow through their to-do list by lunchtime. The stuff’s like a nitro button for your body, just one that you don’t need a prescription or shady friends to obtain. The mediciney bitterness is pretty tough to swallow, but it’s probably a good thing that it doesn’t taste like Skittles. Final analysis? This stuff’s like a G-rated version of Adderall. $3; aeroshots.com. Available in Lime, Raspberry, Green Apple, Chocolate, Mint Chocolate and Cherry Chocolate. —Billy Brown october 2012 • ElevationOutdoors.com
Colorado’s Big Christmas Tree
The city finally gets its first official groomed Nordic trail.
Poor Denverites have to drive an hour and 15 minutes to Frisco to reach the closest Nordic skiing trails. Here in Boulder it takes only 35 minutes to reach Eldora, and we can even take the RTD. Plus we’ve got a sweet little 1-kilometer track in North Boulder Park maintained by the Boulder Nordic Club, when there’s enough snow. But thanks to the new Denver Nordic Ski Association (Ski Denver), the situation in the Mile High City is about to get better, much better. The Denver Nordic Ski Association, previously known as the Denver Nordic Club, was officially born this summer. The nonprofit is the brainchild of Denver residents Miles Graham and Russ Rizzo, skate and classic skiers, respectively, and co-workers at a communications consulting firm in the city. They joined forces with Denverite Matt Medlock, a mechanical engineer and 20-plusyear Nordic skier originally from Alaska, who was looking to start a local club and had been laying his own classic tracks at the Cherry Creek Reservoir with a homemade tracksetting polk. The trio, along with a Board of Directors that includes Dave Stewart, the Nordic Skiing Head Coach at the University of Denver who helped coach the Pioneers to three consecutive NCAA Championships from 2008 to 2010, is working on a pilot program this season to bring groomed trails to a public golf course in Denver. “It’s a sustainable way to use these public spaces when they’re not in operation,” says Graham. The city identified Wellshire Golf Course, south of the DU campus at Colorado Blvd. and
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Urban Slide? Thanks to the efforts of Medlock, Graham and Rizzo Denverites won’t have to drive I-70 to ski.
Hampden Ave. as its preferred location for the pilot. The course retains the most snow of any of the city’s public courses, which means the least number of days golfers can use it, and therefore the most days it would be available for cross-country skiing. Graham says that Wellshire has rolling terrain, ideal for Nordic skiing, and would support a 3-kilometer trail, triple the size of the one in North Boulder Park. At press time, a formal agreement with the City of Denver was not in place yet, but Graham expects things to become official in the coming weeks. Coach Stewart is particularly excited about the prospect of developing advanced training areas in and around Denver in the future. “The opportunity to ski somewhere right in Denver, it would be a game changer for us,” he says. “It’d be something that would allow us to attract an even higher caliber of athlete, and let us just completely dominate.” The Denver Nordic Association is currently open for membership, with an annual individual membership costing $50, and a family membership $75. Members will enjoy up to 30-percent discounts at Frisco Nordic Center, Breckenridge Nordic Center and Devil’s Thumb Ranch, as well as 10 percent off gear, accessories and apparel at Boulder Nordic Sport. Membership proceeds will go toward trail creation and maintenance in Denver, as well as education programs aimed at encouraging healthy outdoor winter activity. The trails will be free and open to the public. “We’re really looking to build the sport, to get new people involved who otherwise may never have tried Nordic skiing, and to get people out and active in the winter,” says Graham. skidenver.org —Jayme Moye
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Since 1970, the Capitol Christmas Tree, which must be at least 65 feet tall, has been sourced from a different national forest. This year, it will come from the White River National Forest in northwest Colorado. The decision was made, in part, to celebrate the resiliency of the Centennial State’s woodlands in the midst of a harsh wildfire season. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, former Colorado Senator and member of the council of chiefs for the Northern Cheyenne Indian Tribe, will drive the tree on a custom designed, high efficiency diesel, SmartWay-certified Pinnacle Axle Back Mack Truck. Submit an ornament to be hung on the tree and track its progress: capitolchristmastree2012.com —Cameron Martindell
Branching Out: The Capitol will get some Colorado homegrown—trees that is.
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Change Resorts Believe In
It doesn’t matter what your politics tell you to believe, climate change is affecting ski resorts. But what can they do about it?
By Chris Kassar Skiing and snowboarding seem like clean and innocent ways to spend time—open air, fresh snow and physical activity, but just like any outdoor activity, resort riding impacts the planet. It is inherently difficult to make snowsports
an environmentally sound pursuit due to the travel, water to make snow, energy-intensive equipment, the constant threat of development and the loss of pristine land to create runs. But over the years, the industry’s environmental awareness has grown, resulting in a huge movement to rein in impacts. Forward-thinking leaders at certain resorts, conservationists and athletes are blazing the way for needed changes. Ski resorts in the U.S. and Colorado have spent big money and made huge strides, greening their operations by reducing pollution, eliminating waste and designing products to use less energy. “Ski areas do have an impact on natural
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resources, no doubt about it, but ski areas are committed to being good stewards of the environment in which we operate, being good citizens of our communities and to providing winter recreation to the public in the long term,” says Melanie Mills, President and CEO, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA). While all of these efforts are helping the cause, some argue that the snowsports industry needs to not only do more, but to shift its focus. Even amidst huge efforts to “green” the business, some argue that current efforts by resorts (and society as a whole for that matter) are misguided, not nearly brazen enough to cool the planet or insure the survival of the ski and snowboard industry.
sustaining snow “Last year was basically a climate change season,” says Auden Schendler, vice president of sustainability at Aspen Skiing Co., referring to the dismal snowfall of 2011-2012. Fifty percent of the country’s resorts opened late and then closed early due to sweltering spring temperatures. To make matters worse, many had to depend on manufactured snow to survive the truncated season since national average snowfall at ski areas was down 41 percent. Colorado’s weak winter—one of the third worst on record for snowfall—resulted in a 7 percent decrease in skier visits and a snowpack half normal. Rather than seeing this as a negative, Schendler, known for his innovative activism and attitude, sees an opening. “We can no longer
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ask the question: What can the ski industry do to be sustainable?” he says. “Instead we need to ask: If we really cared about solving climate change, what would we do? The climate situation is fascinating and the ski industry is the perfect metaphor for it. A year like this gives us an opportunity because it forces us to talk about the effects of climate change on a larger scale.” Theo Spencer, senior advocate in climate and clean air programs at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) agrees: “The public can easily get the connection between a warmer climate, less snow and less skiing,” he says. “As things heat up, there is going to be less snow and people understand that on a personal level.” Schendler is adamant about the fact that ski resorts need to prioritize solving climate change if they are going to survive. But, he also recognizes that if we, as a society, don’t change our ways, we will have bigger problems than a failing ski industry and the science agrees. In 2011, the International Energy Agency (IEA) (“a conservative and staid body” according to climate expert Joe Romm) reported that CO2 emissions in the U.S. reached a record high. According to the IEA, we are on perfect track to warm the planet 11 F (6 degrees C) by 2100. This fact is even more alarming when you consider that a rise of greater than 3.6 F (2 degrees C) would result in catastrophic events like methane release, mega storms, water shortage and intense sea-level rise. So, what does such a heady topic have to do with the ski industry? Well, just about
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everything given that ski resorts depend on, well, snow. Scientific studies show that while there will be greater fluctuations and more intense precipitation events (creating years with record snowfall here and there like 2010-2011), the overall trend for the future will be one of less snow and warming temps. For this reason, Schendler (who recognizes that some people view ‘sustainability’ as a nebulous and empty term used only to greenwash projects), argues that sustainability is the perfect word to describe the industry and what it should be striving to attain. Many people think that having a sustainable business means zeroing impact, but this point is universally misunderstood. “Even this wouldn’t be sustainable because it wouldn’t stop warming,” says Schendler. “Sustainability means being able to remain in business forever and ski resorts can’t do this unless they solve climate change.”
Beyond Solar Panels The looming crisis has actually brought environmental groups and the snowsports industry together. “Ski resorts are an obvious partner because they rely exclusively on weather and the weather is changing,” says Spencer. “They understand that to sustain their business they need to do everything they can to ensure they get snow.” To take such action, the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) partnered with the NRDC to create the Sustainable Slopes program, an effort to “improve our collective sustainability efforts,” says Geraldine Link, the Director of
Public Policy for NSAA. Due to such partnerships and input from sustainability experts, many resorts have changed their ways over the past 10 years. They have attempted to reduce impacts and to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their operations. The NSAA adopted an official climate change policy in 2002 and they have been implementing it ever since by raising awareness among resort guests, lobbying elected officials and taking action to reduce its own carbon footprint. “We are genuinely committed to sustainability and we have already made a difference in the national dialogue on climate change,” says Link. Nevertheless, the industry has been hampered in its ability to exert substantive influence because of politics. In addition, its decision to avoid discussions of climate change in letters and policy statements and to focus on projects and initiatives like sustainable buildings, energy efficiencies, recycling efforts and solar panels has garnered criticism from some who say that this problem is too big. “These smaller projects are good business because you save money and decrease your impact, but things like building LEED structures and buying carbon offsets are all pointless,” says Schendler. “And, I say that even though we [Aspen] do more of that than anyone. They’re pointless because they won’t stop climate change and we can and have to do more than that.” However, Scott Fitzwilliams, Supervisor on the White River National Forest, which acts as
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the “landlord” for 11 Colorado ski areas, sees the benefit in smaller projects implemented by ski resorts. “The Forest Service and the ski industry can instill a basic stewardship ethic because we reach so many people,” he says. “So, while these projects may not address the big picture of changing climate and carbon emissions, they are still important from a societal perspective especially because they are right there in front of the visitor.” Mills of CSCUSA agrees. “Lao-tzu said ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’ The reality is that the polarized politics of our day make incremental steps toward a goal, taken by many, perhaps the only way forward.”
Wielding the Big Levers Schendler consistently challenges the 650-billion dollar snowsports industry to “use its power in big leverage moves” that will create change and put the squeeze on politicians and other corporations. Aspen has done this in a number of instances: they have filed a brief with the Supreme Court, dropped out of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce because it aggressively lobbies against climate legislation and have lobbied in DC with pro athletes like Chris Davenport, Gretchen Bleiler and Jeremy Jones, the founder of Protect Our Winters (POW). “Small changes will not solve climate change because what we do doesn’t matter. What everyone does is what matters,” says Schendler. “So, what will solve climate change? Big scale policy fixes that will change the system so we can solve this as a society.” One of those policy fixes is a carbon tax that would provide economic incentives for cutting emissions while keeping citizen’s wallets intact, thanks to a provision that would dividend the carbon fee back to the people. “Ski resorts need to find a way to offset their energy use, but they also need to see what their biggest ‘lever’ is,” says Chris Steinkamp, Executive Director of POW. “For example, how can they mobilize their customers? How can they leverage their partners and suppliers to become more sustainable? Can they, as major employers and tax generators, use that power to influence climate policy at the state or federal level?” he says. Aspen Skiing Co. and groups like NRDC and POW are working to find and fight for a suite of broader solutions like a carbon tax (fee and dividend), increased government spending on renewables and efficiencies, government efficiency standards for cars and appliances and a steady and predictable tax rebate system on clean power. “It’s possible for the ski industry to be sustainable, but they need to take a more public stance,” says NRDC’s Spencer. “They need to focus on what they can do to change the outcome at a higher level.” In the end, this is a problem much larger than any individual, ski slope or business. The health of the ski industry and the planet hinges on our ability to come together and find ingenious solutions that work in the modern world. “People who work in the ski business are by nature optimistic and adaptable,” says Mills. “We hope to contribute in ways that are meaningful, but ultimately those of us having the conversation today about future impacts and what we might do about them won’t be the judges of whether we were successful.” • october 2012 • ElevationOutdoors.com
Rockaneering: the black canyon promises to test a wide range of your skills.
In the Black
The fall is the best time to take on the big walls of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.
By Casey Flynn
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is burly by any standards. This deep cleft in the earth houses the tallest wall in Colorado, the Painted Wall, at 2,250 feet from river to rim. Black Canyon climbing pioneer Leonard Coyne refers to what you do here as “rockaneering,” an activity that demands speed, guts and creativity. The routes are long and committing with no easy escape. You rap or hike down from the rim and must climb out to reach camp again. Many parties move too slowly and spend a sleepless night shivering in their harnesses. But if you’re seeking big walls in a wilderness setting, the Black is hard to top.
Maiden Voyage III 5.9 Maiden Voyage is the perfect route to get acquainted with the Black’s idiosyncrasies. It hugs the west edge of the Checkerboard Wall for five moderate pitches with a well-protected and brief bulging crux. Solid rock and rhythmic climbing along the precipitous prow finish on a picturesque summit block. Be prepared to do two fixed-line rappels down the Cruise Gully to get in and some Class 3 scrambling to get out.
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Comic Relief III 5.10Clean corners and cracks, straight-forward route finding and a splitter crux jam crack down low make Comic Relief a popular moderate ascent line. The route scales the western edge of North Chasm View Wall in eight pitches, with aesthetic 5.9 stemming and jamming and multiple quality variations. The dramatic, overhanging Lightning Bolt Crack, 5.11, on pitch six is a sharp and pumpy alternative if you’ve got some juice left over to spend on it.
The Russian Arete IV 5.9 Get ready for “Russian roulette,” as first ascensionist Layton Kor likened this beast. From the Gunnison River to the top of the North Rim, the Russian Arete packs multiple 5.9 cruxes over 1,600 feet of off-width, chimney and groovestyle climbing. Demanding route-finding and the variable rock quality inherent to most Black climbs will test your fortitude and hone your skills on this full-day adventure.
Journey Home IV 5.10 Journey Home is a steep-and-sustained full-value classic. Nearly every pitch clocks in at 5.9 and 5.10 across all types of terrain: faces, dihedrals, chimneys, roofs, wide and narrow cracks. Gear placements are strenuous and there are few rest stances on the entire line. Add to that the dicey low-fifth-class approach ledge that takes you 500 feet above the canyon floor and the R-rated first
Don’t have the stones to attempt The Black on your own? Southwest Adventure Guides based in Durango offers AMGA-certified guides who will show you the way on Maiden Voyage, The Russian Arete and The Scenic Cruise (starting at $395). The company also offers a range of canyoneering trips on its home turf near Ouray—including wet rides down Oak Creek and Portland Canyon (trips run $338 for two).
pitch and you have a climb that demands your full attention. Be solid on 5.10 to manage the mental strain of the first 45 feet, where you’ll only get two solid pieces on exposed 5.9 terrain with serious potential to deck on the ledge if you fall. Persevere through the sketchy start and you’ll enjoy seven bold pitches up the vertical wall.
The Scenic Cruise IV 5.10+ Ever dream of climbing 1,700 feet of cracks? Damn straight you have! Have your jamming hands attached for The Scenic Cruise, one of the longest and most consistently difficult climbs in the state. Laying siege to North Chasm View Wall in 13 stout rope lengths, The Scenic Cruise will take everything you’ve got in your climber’s bag of tricks to top out. The psychologically taxing Pegmatite Traverse, which crosses one of the Black’s many smooth, white streaks of pegmatite rock, coaxes you out into space on sloping holds then up a runout 5.10 lieback flake. Shake the butterflies, commit and jam on. •
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Coffee Vs. Beer
It’s a simple question that has puzzled great minds. Coffee or beer? We asked our readers and 60 percent of you chose coffee. Really readers? For some insight, we asked EO editor-at-large Peter Kray and Powder’s Mike Rogge to argue for their beverage of choice.
Coffee vs. beer: has there ever been a greater debate? It’s like arguing day against night, the sun against the moon or redheads versus blondes (redheads would win, just ask one). It is quite literally comparing the promise of a bright new morning with the celebration of a beautiful sunset and a day well done. But if I have to choose just one—and thank the Patron Saint of Moderation that I don’t—then I’ll roll with java, because coffee gets shit done. Coffee gets you out of bed, on the trail, at the desk, counting up the miles and cranking out the copy every morning while all of those tea
drinkers are still surfing Facebook, and all the heady, heady beer drinkers are still sleeping in. Coffee is initiative, inspiration and nature’s most perfect renewable black oil source of individual ignition—“3,2,1, bring it on, Monday, I’ll take you down!” To paraphrase the late great James Brown (and the cover lines on a recent issue of Powder magazine), coffee is the “Get Up You Need to Get Down.” It’s the “De-Caf-is-forquitters” spewing drill sergeant who helps you kick incredible butt before lunchtime rolls around. And the best thing about coffee is that it’s looking out for you: it helps you do the work, gets to first chair, breaks trail before the sun. Not like beer, which is much more apt to crash your bike, pee in your closet and hit on your cousin’s girlfriend. When beer lost your wallet, coffee helped you find it; same with your parka, and more than a few momentarily-MIA best friends. Anytime you’re trying to put it all back together in the morning, beer won’t even pick up the phone. I love them both—a lot. But I am a more apt to bring coffee to dinner than I am to bring beer to breakfast. Coffee is my steadier friend. Peter Kray is only still with us thanks to coffee.
Here’s something no one in his right mind has or will ever say: “Coffee is better than beer.” Coffee is the energy drink for adults. If not enjoyed in moderation, it’ll have you shaking like a Mexican space shuttle. Beer, on the other hand, is awesome. Beer is a sudsy, carbonated, sometimes bitter and delicious thirst-quenching beverage that qualifies as one of only three things that can actually improve your already joyous mood after a powder day. The other two? As we all learned from Hot Dog: The Movie, it’s having sex in a hot tub. But you know what’s better than having sex in a hot tub after a powder day? Sex in a hot tub after a powder day, with a beer. And because you can’t always have sex in a hot tub after every powder day, I’d say that the reliability of beer after a powder day is what makes beer pretty fucking great. And that’s not all. After a few beers this will happen: - You’ll dance - You’ll be good at it Don’t believe me? Here’s a personal tale: Beer brought my girlfriend, a sexy blonde skier from Squaw, and I together. We didn’t accidently meet at a coffee house softly playing the newest Grizzly Bear album. No, we met at a party, where beer and his friends Whiskey and Tequila, magically introduced us on the dance floor during a White Snake song. We’ve been together for almost a year and things are going great. Thanks beer. But as Peter said, both in moderation are the right choice. A recent study by the Harvard School of Medicine determined that drinking both beer and coffee could significantly reduce the risk of developing colon cancer, which is great news if you’re an early-rising, party asshole like Kray and me. Coffee gets you up, but with beer you’re more likely to get down… in a hot tub after a great day of powder skiing. Mike Rogge is the Managing Editor at Powder magazine. He loves hot tubs and regrets not making a Kanye West joke aimed at Peter about “shit being Kray” in this piece.
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Because in the world of anonymous online comments everyone has a say. “Coffee gets it done, beer gets it... undone?” —Marc Johnson “Coffee helps me get things done. Beer makes me not care if I got things done.” —M. John Fayhee “Why either or? Coffee before, beer after. Done.” —TommyVee
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time travelers: Chris anthony, Scott Kennett and Tony Seibert prepare to make some vintage turns.
Storm the Hill
Chris Anthony traveled back in time to Camp Hale where he skied on the same equipment as the legendary 10th Mountain Division for Flow State, the latest Warren Miller flick.
By Doug Schnitzspahn Denver native Chris Anthony had always been intrigued by the 10th Mountain Division, the U.S. Army mountain unit that trained for World War II in the Colorado backcountry and whose ranks returned from battle to help create the U.S. ski industry. That interest grew as he worked with director Max Bervy to create a segment in “Flow State”, the new Warren Miller movie, and learned more and more about the young men who suffered the highest casualty rate in the war and dreamed resorts like Vail and Aspen into existence. Anthony and Bervy wanted this segment to be different than the usual ski porn. They wanted to teach young skiers about the legacy of their sport in a way that wasn’t preachy. The answer? Anthony, Scott Kennett and Tony Seibert, whose uncle and grandfather had been in the 10th, put on the same skis, boots, packs and jackets the original soldiers used to train and headed out into the wild snow around Camp Hale. That experience makes for some amusing viewing as well as a glimpse into how tough these guys were. But the movie is well worth watching for more than seeing lifelong skiers go ass-over-tea-kettle on historic boards. Surviving members of the 10th talk about the experience, and the segment creates a reverence for the sport that spans generations. Anthony took time out while leading a bike tour in Italy this fall to tell us more. How did you first become interested in the 10th Mountain Division? The legend of the 10th is something one grows up with in Colorado. Except in reality, I did not know very much about them, at least in detail.
Being around the ski industry for so long, I eventually learned in some definition who and what the 10th Mountain Division was as well as their impact on who and where we are now. It did not take long for me to realize that if I was taking so long to learn about them, then why not do something that takes their story to the people rather than letting the people come to their story. Why did Warren Miller decide to do a segment on the 10th? What was your involvement in making it happen? Warren Miller Entertainment realized the importance of the 10th story. I tried to bring this story to the table with a number of different of angles. The one that stuck and was easiest to permit was the story about Camp Hale. How did the 10th create the ski industry we know today in the US? They had an impact in more than 50 different arenas of the industry. Opening up ski areas, developing ski schools, designing equipment and overall sharing the sport with the greater population of a post-war industry when they returned from Italy after Hitler had surrendered. Basically they modernized the North American ski industry. What have you learned about these guys that has surprised you? They were a unique group of individuals brought together during an interesting time in world history, well educated with a love for the outdoors and mountains. They had amazing tenacity. They took on obstacles and dreamed big. They were doers. What’s your experience on the equipment they used to ski on? The equipment was, to say the least, not easy to work with. I’m sure during their time it was probably pretty innovative—but not compared to what we have now. It was bulky, not exactly well finished and painful to use. The boots were uncomfortable, no ankle support and with
annoying laces. The skis were long. They did not bend nor float. They were heavy. The bindings were metal and cable—very rudimentary and I often found myself cutting my fingers trying to use them. How will you continue to be connected to the 10th and their legacy? How has this project changed your perspective on skiing? With this segment from the film and some additional documentary work, I will have a great tool to educate the greater population including our youth about who they were as well as bring attention to the Colorado Ski Museum. Through presentations we will be able to party with a variety of charities. What’s next for you personally? I would like to continue my work with Warren Miller as an athlete as well as continue to grow youth impact and my adventure business. Down the road, I hope to write a book about it all. What legacy do you want to leave behind? A positive one with a historical and timeless impact. •
Get in the Flow The latest (and 63rd!) Warren Miller movie, “Flow State”, features Chris Anthony and the 10th Mountain Division as well as hot stuff from Julian Carr, Jess McMillan and others. Catch it in Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House on November 1, Colorado Springs at the Pikes Peak Center on November 2 and 3, Boulder at the Boulder Theatre November 7-11, Denver at the Paramount Theatre November 15-18, Lone Tree at the Lone Tree Arts Center November 19-21 and Beaver Creek at the Vilar Performing Arts Center November 23 and 24. Get more info and check out teasers at warrenmiller.com.
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Sage Advice: Yes Virginia, there is still some funk left in Colorado. Or so says the local known only as “Father Time.”
Forget overcaffienated marketing departments and a bunch of editors who think they know everything. For our 2012-13 Colorado Resort Guide, we went straight to the people who truly know these places best—the locals. So take a tour of Colorado’s best areas alongside the people who ski and snowboard at them every damn day. by Chris Kassar, Cameron Martindell and Jayme Moye
ELDORA MOUNTAIN RESORT Isaac Stokes A financial services professional in Boulder, Isaac Stokes, 42, is a self-confessed “born again tele skier going on two decades of freeheeling.” He claims he came to Colorado from Vermont for blue-bird powder days and ended up an Eldora tree basher. Why Does Your Mountain Rock? Eldora is true soul skiing. Plus, the mountain is one of the most family friendly—it’s easy to trade off with your spouse and the lower lifts are perfect for the little ones. And there’s no I-70 commute that has you paging Dr. Kevorkian. Where’s Your Stash? The Ripples, The Burl and The Beyonder. You need to ask a local to find them.
Where Do You Party? The Breakroom (in the backcountry). VIP knee-dipping freak-flag fliers only. How Do You Stick It to the Man? There ain’t none... he’s over at Vail Corporate Headquarters in Broomfield.
BRECKENRIDGE Dave Stillman Dave Stillman, 54, moved to Breck in 1982 and has been skiing 100-plus days a year ever since. An expert telemark skier, he’s managed a minimum of 140 days per year for the last three years in a row. He is the Owner/Manager/Buyer at AMR ski shop. Why Does Your Mountain Rock? We have cornices, rocks and cliff sections to jump off, with
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fierce weather to keep the timid off the goods. Steep terrain with some long and short shoots. Big bumps and trees. It’s easy to do some quick loops into the bowl and back to 6 Chair for a relaxing ride back to the top or pound out the T Bar to Imperial over to the top of 7 and back to the T Bar for a good work-out. A sick park. Great stashes, great short hikes to the Lake Shoots, Peak 6 and out from Peak 10. And of course when you’re done, you can be at the highest point on the hill and be back at work or your favorite drinking hole (in my case both) for happy hour with a short high-speed cruise to downtown Breck in less than 15 minutes. Where’s Your Stash? There is a little cubby hole in the repair shop where we keep the medicinal. Oh on the hill—ha ha. Don’t tell anyone, but get off the T-bar half way and head left and follow the T-bar
down a great face which fills in with some really nice wind-loaded steep-slope soft snow and a really quick return to the T Bar. You avoid the ridge wind above tree line on a nasty day, with a quick stop at the church in the woods just above the vista house (a great local meeting place to feed the birds and catch a hit). How Do You Stick It to “The Man”? Yell at the ski instructors who take their classes into our private stashes, laugh at patrol when they eat it in front of you and show them how to really ski and bring your own beer so you never buy food or beer at the prices the ski area charges.
TELLURIDE Gus Kenworthy Gus Kenworthy, 20, graduated from Telluride High and is a professional skier competing in slopestyle, superpipe and big air. He took the AFP (Association of Freeskiing Professionals) overall halfpipe title in 2011, and 2012 and made his Winter X debut in 2011. Sending Out the Vibes: Pro skier Dania Assaly seems just the type the Breck locals will lead to some secret stashes.
Why Does Your Mountain Rock? Palmyra Peak offers some of the best in-bounds big-mountain skiing in Colorado and boasts big cliffs, spines, and steep open faces. All over the mountain are beautiful forests of snow-capped pines making for unparalleled tree skiing. Groomers don’t really change much from mountain to mountain but what makes them so extraordinary in Telluride is the breathtaking panoramic mountain views.
band playing at one of the bars in town, which makes it easy to plan your night out. Otherwise the New Sheridan would probably be my go-to bar.
Where’s Your Stash? It’s nothing to write home about but there’s a hard-to-find run called Mudslide that is basically a large clearing in the trees that accumulates a lot of snow each year. My friends and I would go there when we were younger to build jumps and try new tricks in the powder.
Where Would You Take Someone New to the Mountain? Whether they’re a beginner skier or an expert, See Forever is the perfect run to take someone who’s new to Telluride. It’s a groomed run that is wide and rolling and spans almost the entire vertical of the mountain.
Where Do You Head for First Run of the Day? Normally on a powder day, it’s a chaotic race to get to the top of the mountain. People line up hours before the chairs start turning, eagerly awaiting the excitement that ensues. As much as I love the top, some of the best powder days I’ve had in Telluride were spent lapping Chair 7 and skiing the face. Where Do You Party? There is usually a DJ or live
Knowing when to call in sick for a powder day takes either years of studying meteorology, a text message or email subscription to your favorite resort, or, naturally, there’s an app for that. Search your app source for ski or snow report and you’ll get a bevy of options. One of my favorites, updated for 2012, is simply titled “Ski & Snowboard Report” by On The Snow. Set up alerts for any of your favorite mountains, access maps, web cams and post your own report. There’s also a good chance your favorite resort has its own app. —Cameron Martindell
COPPER MOUNTAIN Laurie Huggins A real estate broker in Breck, Laurie Huggins grew up in Long Island and moved to Summit County in 1995. She spent her first year living at Copper. “I learned to snowboard there and a few years later learned to tele there,” she says. “My husband and I now live in Frisco—Copper’s town—and spend most of our ski days there. Copper is my happy place!” Why Does Your Mountain Rock? For a big mountain, Copper has a great local vibe. There’s free parking and there’s easy access to pretty much anything you would want on the mountain. Where’s Your Stash? But then it wouldn’t be a stash, would it? Where Do You Head for First Run of the Day? The B Chair and Lower 17 Glades is the place to warm up. Or maybe Lower Enchanted... if it’s open. Where Do You Eat? JJ’s or CB Grill when I’m feeling fancy. JJ’s is the place to party, too. Where Would You Take Someone New to the Mountain? The Enchanted Forest. It’s the best of what Copper has to offer and gets you up above treeline and then down into the trees. What’s the Best Special Event? Don’t miss
outdoor movies in Burning Stones Plaza. Where Do You Go to Scare Yourself? The Schaeffers and beyond or the B Trees. How Do You Stick It to “The Man”? I make every day the best day, powder or no!
VAIL Caitlin Rapson Caitlin Rapson, 27, grew up in Vail riding in a kid pack on her Dad’s back. She started skiing when she was 2, snowboarding when she was 12 and competing when she was 13. She works in the local family business at the Secret Garden florist and is attending Colorado Mountain College to get her RN. Why Does Your Mountain Rock? I have been skiing here my whole life and still love the runs on Vail. The sign jump, the rollers on the front side and the carved turns in the back. Oh, and let’s not forget the epic runs a few days after a storm in Blue Sky. Where’s Your Stash? My stash is mine and that’s why it’s called a stash, but a hint to one of my personal favorites: three letters, and its out of bounds... shhh don’t tell ski patrol. Where Do You Head for First Run of the Day? I split the winter into seasons: Carving Season, Fast as You Can Go Season, Powder Season, Park Season and End of the Season. Park is self explanatory. Powder, I love going straight to M&M trees out in Game Creek, then straight to Chair 2 to Chair 2 trees, and so on. Fast Season, through Lionshead top to bottom through the shoots and out at the bottom, then repeat several times. Where Do You Eat? I eat at Garfinkle’s, Moe’s BBQ (that just got me hungry) and, when I want the best sandwich, I go to the French Deli. For pizza, it’s hard to decide. I grew up pretty much in Pazzo’s, but I october 2012 • ElevationOutdoors.com
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Butte-a-full Mind: Ski with Shaun Matusewicz andyou will definitely find the goods.
What’s the Best Special Event? The best event, well it was the Sessions. I love watching pond skim but have never actually entered that... hmmm light bulb for this year! But hear me clear, Jake Burton, I’m stoked for your event and if a local perspective is needed I’m here for ya. How Do You Stick It to “The Man”? Stickin’ it to the man? Well, duct tape I guess.
SKI COOPER Paul Copper Paul Copper’s grandfather used to maintain water ditches and relied on skis to get to the high country for his work. His dad, Bill, would join his father when he got old enough and set skiing in the family bloodline. By 1945 when the Army handed Cooper Hill over to the county, Bill had started a ski shop to provide rentals to the small ski area at the nearby Climax Mine. Paul, who started skiing Cooper when he was two in 1956, now runs his dad’s shop, Bill’s Ski & Snowboard Rentals in Leadville. Why Does Your Mountain Rock? Ski Cooper is a quiet ski area with some of the best snow in the country. Because we do not make any snow, the morning conditions are not icy, and the soft feel of natural snow under your skis is like nothing else. Where Do You Head for First Run of the Day? I like to start off the first runs of the day on Eagle, which is on the backside. It’s a nice moderate cruising run that’s perfect to get the legs warmed up. Then Piney and Burnout are the runs to take for a more challenging high-speed run through the natural rolls and bumps. Where’s Your Stash? My stash is a run called Black Powder, and because it’s in the trees on the front side, the snow stays good and cold, there are very few people on it, and you can make it a real burner to get back to the bottom of the double chair.
Nate Thomas Nate Thomas has been dedicated to snowboarding for 17 years. He rides the Basin for the early season tail press to back one out in the park, mid-season mute grab drops into the pow and to kick it back on the beach with a springtime marg. Why Does Your Mountain Rock? First to open last to close, the Beach, free parking, some of the steepest terrain in Colorado. I enjoy that it isn’t crowded all the time and that people know you. I think A-Basin is just a different mountain. Where’s Your Stash? Montezuma Bowl trees. The powder stays there for days after a storm. Where Do You Head for First Run of the Day? A full circle lap of my favorite terrain. First, I go up Pali chairlift, for a warm up lap down Slalom or Wild Cat. From there I head up the Lenawee chairlift, hike to the top of the East Wall and then down North Pole.
like to hangout with friends at Vendetta’s for après. Where Do You Party? I “party” on every slash turn or air in the pipe. I like the local atmosphere at Vendettas and Taproom. When I want to go for a nicer place you can find me at Bol.
Pa$$ Power What passes give you the most bang for your buck? Monarch Far more than a pass to one little mountain, the $359 Monarch Pass is like a winter road trip passport with access to 32 areas across the globe including Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, California, Michigan, Arizona, North Carolina, British Columbia, Germany, Austria and Spain.
LOVELAND Loveland is definitely spreading the love this year. For $379 (with discounts for for military), you get three free days at Monarch Mountain, three free days at Durango and one free day of unguided skiing at Silverton.
Epic Pass This baby grants you unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and Arapahoe Basin—with no Blackout Dates. Plus it gives you six Ski-With-A-Friend (SWAF) varying discount tickets. All that will cost you a fairly reasonable $679 (adult) or $349 for a child. Gems Card For just $10, the Gems Card garners you discounts at all nine Colorado “Gems” ski areas—Arapahoe Basin, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Loveland, Monarch Mountain, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, SolVista and Sunlight. Look out for blackout dates, though.
Eldora Family Pass Two adults and two kids for $1,019 for the season. That’s a great deal for the mountain that is our choice for the best place to switch off skiing with kids. Classic Pass The four-day Classic Pass is $199, good for four days at Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass or Buttermilk. It’s a good buy if you plan on two winter weekends.
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Where Do You Party? First I grab a Bacon Bloody Mary at the 6th Alley Bar and then I head to the Beach—there is always a party to be found. Where Do You Go to Scare Yourself? You can catch some serious air in Montezuma Bowl. It gets pretty steep skiers right. Durrance is one of my favorites. How Do You Stick It to “The Man”? For some weird reason, I am always sick on powder days.
MONARCH MOUNTAIN Annie Ruiter Annie Ruiter moved to Salida in hopes of becoming one of those cool raft guides. That was 13 years ago, but it only took a few years of traveling the world and raft guiding for her to realize she was, “really bad at raft guiding!” She now works for the New Belgium Brewing Company. Why Does Your Mountain Rock? Monarch has such diverse terrain with natural snow, huge sunny bowls, finger chutes, wide open groomed runs, stunning views, a terrain park and an amazing family friendly atmosphere. It’s an exceptional experience whatever your ability. And just 25 minutes away from incredible Salida. Where’s Your Stash? Mirkwood Bowl. But bring an extra pair of lungs. It is the ultimate adventure for advanced skiers and boarders, an opportunity to access some of the most pristine steeps available. What’s the Best Special Event? New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade & Firework Show. An on-snow parade down the mountain, lit only by torches. And there’s fireworks! Oh and Crockpot Sunday. It makes every Sunday a special event! Oh and the last day tailgate party... Sheesh. How Do You Stick It to “The Man”? Depends on the man. I just try to keep up with the pack of locals. Laps of anything off of Panorama on a powder day will stick it to the best of men. Followed by laps on Mirkwood of course.
ASPEN Pat Sewell An Aspen native, Pat Sewell is a self-proclaimed soul skier who simply lives to play in his backyard. “I consider myself to be one of the luckiest people in the world for the simple fact that I’m a second generation ski bum with a serious Peter Pan complex,” he says. Why Does Your Mountain Rock? Despite its hyped-up reputation as a posh playground for the ultra-rich, Aspen has one of the most hardcore ski communities around—and that said community shreds one especially awesome mountain. The Silver Queen Gondola takes you from the very streets of town and whisks you up over 3,000 vert to the top in under 15 minutes. From there, the whole mountain is your oyster—literally—you can get to any point on the hill from one single gondy ride, and then it’s all action all the way to the bottom, baby. With endless combinations of different aspects and ridge lines, paired with steeps, pillows and infamous Aspen tree glades your shred day will be filled with awesomeness. Where’s Your Stash? My stash is a secret—that’ s why it’s a stash—but you should definitely check out Bingo Glades and the Trainor’s Ridge if it’s deep. Where Do You Party? You’ll catch me apres at the one and only Sky Bar (don’t forget your trunks ‘cause the hot tub is open to the public) and tying one on late night at the Red Onion. Where Do You Go to Scare Yourself? The Caribou Club where I see all the women with way too much botox and plastic surgery. Seriously terrifying stuff.
PURGATORY Mark Rosenthal Mark Rosenthal has been skiing for 34 years. He fell for the sport when he was heavily involved in pool/park skating, but since his family didn’t ski, he couldn’t head to the mountains until he got his license. Six-and-a-half years ago, Rosenthal moved from SoCal to Durango with his wife. Why Does Your Mountain Rock? The quality of the snow and the lack of crowds! When the weather is great (puking snow), all of the Texans head for the lodge, leaving more untracked for the locals. Where’s Your Stash? Bottom Chute when it’s deep and I’m first. Under Chair 5 when it’s not running. Where Do You Head for First Run of the Day? Not much time: laps on Lower Hades, ducking in and out of the trees. A leisure day: head over to 8 to slay powder on Paul’s, Beaudreau’s, McCormack’s, then to 5 under the chair, which may involve a short hike. How Do You Stick It to “The Man”? By harvesting powder days after a storm in the backcountry. Or stashing beer in the woods in the morning for later retrieval and consumption.
CRESTED BUTTE Shaun Matusewicz Shaun Matusewicz started skiing 22 years ago and has only missed a couple seasons on his boards
while adventuring in South America. He’s been skiing at Crested Butte for eight seasons and holds the esteemed title of youngest member of the current Crested Butte Town Council. Why Does Your Mountain Rock? If Crested Butte had an official unofficial-motto it would be, “we have the most fun.” It is part of the reason I love living here—everyone you meet is stoked to be in CB and it shows. They are out there having as much fun as they can and loving life. Add to that virtually no lift lines and amazing varied terrain and you’ve got yourself a great time. Where’s Your Stash? Well, I can’t spill that, but I will say there is plenty of snow. Three days after a dump, you can still find fresh lines. Just dip off the side of most intermediate runs and you’ll find pow. Where Do You Head for First Run of the Day? Most days my first run is skinning up the mountain before the lifts open. I love that CB lets people do this. You sign up for a free uphill pass and all season long you can catch amazing sunrises as you head up the hill, plus you get guaranteed first tracks! After skinning I usually grab a coffee at the base and then head to work. Where Do You Eat? I like to eat in town. Grab a slice of the best pizza you’ve ever had at the Secret Stash (check out the Po’ Boy Special) and then head over to Third Bowl Ice Cream for dessert. These guys just opened this year and they’re one of my favorite new businesses. What’s the Best Special Event? Hands down the Al Johnson Uphill/Downhill Telemark Race. Imagine hundreds of colorful locals (and tourists) dressed in crazy costumes partying their way uphill for 600 vertical feet and then skiing (and falling) their way to the bottom. Spectators love this one too—there is a viewing area at the bottom to watch all the carnage as people come down. How Do You Stick It to “The Man”? I like to have a PBR on the last run. There’s a great log bench at an overlook where you can watch the sunset. Every time it reminds me just how good we have it here.
WOLF CREEK Mike Mundy Mike Mundy of Pagosa Springs, started skiing at 11 years old and fell in love with it. “I am now 22 and still bein’ a ski bum. \m/ (Rock on)” He works for Verizon and racks up at least 100 days a year. Why Does Your Mountain Rock? We get the best pow in Colorado. It’s quiet and lift lines are short. Where’s Your Stash? One of my favorite stashes is Glades below Horseshoe. The hike out there is amazing. The first couple turns in the horseshoe are amazing, deep pow every turn, then you get into the trees and it’s even better. Where Do You Head for First Run of the Day? The first place I go is to the Raven lift. I do a couple quick warm up runs before goin’ to Shralpin. Where Do You Eat? I always eat at the Prospector
building, Best green chili Frito pie known to man. Where Do You Party? Best party spot has got to be The Buffalo Inn or The Coyote Moon. Both have pool tables, bomb food and even better drinks. Where Do You Go to Scare Yourself? The knife ridge—it’s wicked steep with a huge cornice.
POWDERHORN Kristin Lummis A Colorado Western Slope native, Kristin Lummis authors The Brave Ski Mom Blog (braveskimom. com). “I am not so brave, but I try every day to meet life’s challenges with a smile on my face,” she says. She skis 40 days a year at Powderhorn. Why Does Your Mountain Rock? Skiing here rocks because of the awesome snow, extensive glades and the nonexistent lift lines! Where Do You Head for First Run of the Day? Depends upon the snow, but usually I dash over to the West End and try to hit Mad Dog Glades if the pow is fresh, or maybe Snowcloud. Where Would You Take Someone New to the Mountain? I guess it depends upon what they like to ski and ride, but a really nice intermediate to advanced bump run called Bear Claw is fun. The best views are from the top of Wonder Bump. How Do You Stick It to the Man? By skiing at Powderhorn. I cannot imagine a less corporate environment. It’s a mountain run by, and for, skiers and riders. •
Shop Local Don’t want to pay full price? Head to the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Expo. You won’t find a whole lot of “locals” who pay full price for gear, and the best place to channel your inner dirtbag is this massive wholesale event and party (a beer festival is part of the event). The good news about last year’s crummy snowpack is that there will be a ton of inventory to move (a.k.a. screaming deals) at the mega sale held Friday-Sunday, November 2-4 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. And this year, there will be new non-winter deals, too, including footwear and camping gear. Plus, the show is a babysitter, with an Eliteam Fitness obstacle course, a Gibbon Slackline exhibit, the Winter Park’s Kids Slope, a Keystone Kidtopia bouncy castle and an Aerial Trampoline show. Admission is $12 (cash only), Children 12 and under are FREE. Included with the ticket is a one year subscription to Ski or Transworld Snowboarding Magazines and a $10 Liftopia Gift Card. An additional ticket is required to attend the Rocky Mountain Brew Fest–$12 in advance, or $15 at the door. bewisports.com/expos/denver/
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Prepare for an epic winter. Our picks for the best in resort gear will have you enjoying the mountain and looking damn good this season. by Doug Schnitzspahn 1. Gnu Impossible A.S.S. Pickle Meet the kitchen sink of snowboards. Gnu threw every technology it has into this baby—it features Elliptical C2, Twin, Asymmetric, Banana rocker, and Camber. Top that off with materials including strong, ultra-light Magnesium fiber, rugged Bio Beans top material, glow in the dark sidewalls and lightweight Columbian Gold eco wood. Translation: It’s a lightbut-solid-underfoot board that can handle any condition you encounter on the hill. $800; gnu.com
2. Salomon Rocker 2 115 We wanted to stay as positive as possible here and recommend a ski that will just eat it up in powder (it’s going to dump this season, yes?) The latest twin tip in Salomon’s Rocker series doesn’t just float in the bottomless stuff—it responds with authority thanks to a bit flatter of a tail. Plus that 115 cm underfoot seems to hit the sweet spot of just big enough to handle crud and the occasional groomer without getting unwieldy (the turn radius of 26 meters is swooping while still agile). It’s the perfect ski for big days. $875; salomonfreeski.com
3. Powderhorn Powderride Powderhorn worked with Gore-Tex to create a fourway waterproof/breathable stretch fabric for this baby—the first use of the material in the U.S. The result is an athletic soft shell with all the protection of a hard shell. $475; powderhornworld.com
4. Nikwax BaseFresh Yeah you stink. But this stuff will wash that smell out of the base layer that claimed to be stink-proof, then turned out to eventually hold onto your own personal funk. It works well on workout clothes and yoga mats too. $7.50 (300 ml); nikwax.com
5. Outdoor Research Incandescent Hoody You could get overwhelmed with the sheer number of puffies on the market these days, but Outdoor Research got creative here by using a quilting pattern that doesn’t just look different but also puts the down where its insulation is most effective. Even better, the light Pertex fabric on the outside allows those goose feathers to loft more and hold more warm air. It weighs a mere 17.9 ounces and easily stuffs into a pack. $325; outdorresearch.com
6. Teva Lifty Chair 5 Built with the long, cold, thankless days of lifties in mind but good for everything from winter hiking to getting you to the mountain, these soft boots are stuffed with 3M Thinsulate LiteLoft insulation and wrapped in a waterproof shell. Best of all, they compress down easily for travel. $170; teva.com
7. POC Fornix The purpose of a helmet is of course to protect your skull and the Fornix does that better than most
thanks to POC’s Aramid Bridge System—which combines outer shell and inner foam to keep the helmet both quite light and to ensure that it stays in one piece during the multiple impacts of a serious fall. Beyond, that it looks damn stylish and features six vents to keep things cool. $160; pocsports.com
8. Zeal Ion HD Camera Goggle Yep, nothing beats homemade ski porn (or so we are told) and no helmet cam can compete with these goggles when it comes to keeping a low profile on the hill. The camera is impressive, shooting full 170º wide angle 1080p video and 11 megapixel still photos. $399; zealoptics.com
9. Liberty Retro Light Bamboo Pole Rhino Master Fit Z85 – Cargo/Ski box www.rhinorack.com
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Liberty combined pliable bamboo with a carbon core here, making for a light pole that looks stylish yet can handle some abuse. $118; libertyskis.com •
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Step Away from the Treadmill Lighter fabrics, truly waterproof/breathable technology and womenspecific styling will keep active women hitting the trails this fall. by Allison Pattillo 1. Mountain Hardwear 2-in-1 Skeggin Keep that sassy swish, even in cold weather, with wicking Capri tights and a DWR coated over-skirt tough enough to fend off brambles and sticks. The wide waistband provides a comfortable fit and the back zip pocket holds your key and coffee cash. Be sure to try it on for size—we found the sample to run a little large. $70; mountainhardwear.com
2. Pearl Izumi Ultra Barrier WxB Jacket Waterproof? Check. Breathable? Check. Lightweight (under 100g), with good movement? You got it. From chilly, wet runs, to cross country skiing, this jacket makes for an ideal winter-weather workout partner. The internal seams are fully taped, under arm and back vents increase high sweat-zone breathability and the shoulders are reinforced for durability and a good pack fit. A zippered back pocket holds phone, fuel and tunes, plus it doubles as a stuff sack when the temperature rises. $180; pearlizumi.com
3. Smartwool Micro Weight Tee in Pointelle Formfitting pointelle wool, which includes just a bit of nylon, serves up stink-free performance, while a shaped bottom hem enhances the feminine factor of this cute tee. Meanwhile, flatlock seams and bound edges at the neck and armholes let you run chafe-free. $70; smartwool.com
4. Kaenon Soft Core Sunglasses The best running glasses you’ve probably never heard of hail from a watersports background in California, but they have the technology, comfort and fit to make them ideal for the trail. Designed with a smaller frame and shorter temples to fit a women’s face, these glasses stay put and don’t fog up, thanks to generous temple vents. Try the copper lens for more contrast and color in dappled light. $239; kaenon.com
5. Salomon Sense Hydro S-Lab While not specifically designed for women, this 8-ounce handheld soft flask comes in three sizes to fit perfectly in the palm of a smaller hand. You can even wear it on the back of your palm for truly hands-free hydration—no squeezing necessary thanks to a bite-valve. Two elastic straps keep the flask secure and a generously sized terry wipe pad soaks up plenty of sweat and snot. $40 (two gloves, one flask); salomonrunning.com/us
6. Merrell Mixmaster Shoes Feel the trail and experience minimalism with just enough cushion to ease the ride. Thanks to the 9 mm heel to 5 mm ball drop, a 2 mm EVA insole for added comfort and shock plate for rock protection, the Mixmasters provide the perfect balance. A
mesh upper with a TPU overlay offers a good mix of breathability and support, while the generous toe box offers room to move. A reinforced toe bumper protects your pedicure. $100; merrell.com
rocker ride. Samples ran small, so size up for the best fit. The slide and thong flop styles are available right now. The clogs will hit shelves in November. $40; theinsolestore.com
8. Flip Belt
Even if you are lucky enough to be a pain-free runner, the joy of slipping on comfy lounging shoes post-run is tough to pass up. A current favorite are these super squishy flops with arch support and a
Stylish and simple, the Flip Belt works just like it sounds: the lycra belt holds keys, ID, GU shots, etc., and flips around to lock and keep them secure while you run. $25; levelterrainapparel.com •
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Welcome to Snowbound 2012-2013
Itâ€™s a brand new winter in the Rockies and all the signs are adding up for it to be epic. So where will you get out and play in it? To help you make that choice, we present Snowbound, a rundown of the best that Colorado has to offer. So dig in and prepare yourself.
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Leadville, CO â€˘ 800.707.6114 â€˘ skicooper.com ven with a rich history, Ski Cooper has remained a small and intimate alternative to the big resort experience found at many other Colorado resorts. The area was given to the county after the military was done using it as a training facility for the famous 10th Mountain Division during World War II. Military veterans and families from all eras and branches of service will appreciate seeing how Ski Cooper continues to honor those who trained here and served. Just 10 miles out of Leadville, Ski Cooper is nestled by Tennessee Pass at the headwaters of the Arkansas River. Short lift lines, magic carpet surface lifts for beginners, a seven-feature terrain park, wide-open runs on the front side and challenging bumps and trees on the backside make Cooper Mountain ideal for families looking for diverse terrain for all levels. In addition to the lift-served area, the Chicago Ridge Snow Cat offers access to an additional 2,400 acres of steep slopes, open bowls and fun trees.
Ski Cooper hosts a number of events throughout the winter, including the Special Olympics, the Telefest, Santa with live reindeer, telemark clinics, Senior Days, a Nastar race course, Youth Ski League Championships, Masters, High School
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races, Speed camps and the 10th Mountain Division reunion and memorial service. Besides cross-country skiing, tele and snowshoeing at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center, visitors can experience a four-course gourmet dinner at the Tennessee Pass Cookhouse featuring the finest in high mountain fare, and one-mile hike (or ski or snowshoe) to get there. And every weekend in March and April there will be live music on The Basin Patio to celebrate.
Vertical drop: 1,200 feet Acres: 400 Summit Elevation: 11,700 feet Annual Snowfall: 250 inches Lifts: 5 (1 double, 1 triple, 3 surface) Terrain: 30% beginner, 40% intermediate, 30% advanced Lift Tickets: Adult $46, Child $26 Pass: Adult $309, Child $150 Ski & Snowboard School: First-time skier/ rider package: $55. Skier Technique Improvement Program: lesson only $50, package $80.
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Durango Mountain Resort
Durango, CO • 970.247.9000 • durangomountainresort.com
ore than just a ski resort, Durango, in beautiful southwest Colorado, is a unique mountain town that offers just as much excitement off the slopes as on. Weather forecasters have predicted an el Nino year which typically brings heavy snowfall to southwestern Colorado. While Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort offers incredible skiing and riding in the beautiful and rugged San Juan Mountains, four local craft breweries, each of which have received numerous awards from the likes of the Great American Beer Festival, the World Beer Cup and others await thirsty guests from the mountain. And there is plenty of opportunity to work up a serious thirst. The 1,360 skiable acres available at Purgatory at Durango Mountain is covered with 88 trails and five terrain parks. And since the ten chairlifts to serve all the spectacular terrain rarely have any lines, odds are you’ll work up more than just a thirst but a solid appetite will stem from all that vertical as well. Again, Durango has you covered with more restaurants per capita than San Francisco. Quality independent eateries have access to fresh and local ingredients and provide a wide selection of menu options to challenge worldwide sophisticated culinary offerings. If carving up the in-bounds steep and deep, or bombing down cruisy groomers is not your style, then there are plenty of other fun winter activities to enjoy like tubing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowbiking, snowmobiling and more. For the more extreme members of your party consider some backcountry skiing with Colorado’s largest snowcat operator, the San Juan Ski Company. Beginning in December 2008 with the unveiling of Purgatory Lodge, Durango Mountain Resort began a 4-year span of growth unprecedented in the resort’s previous 43-year history. The lodge was part of a $50 million base area investment as the new anchor of
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the base village, offering luxurious ski-in/ski-out accommodations with amenities that rival any resort in the Rockies. Then, during the 2009/2010 and 2010/2011 winter seasons, Durango Mountain Resort launched a major expansion of expert gladed terrain on the backside and frontside of the mountain, increasing the overall expert terrain at DMR by more than 35% and creating a perfect powder playground for freeriders. Purgatory also increased its snowmaking abilities and ramped up its terrain park offerings by constructing the park features out of dirt which allows the parks to be opened earlier and maintained consistently throughout the season. Most recently, In 2011/2012, Purgatory improved its advanced ski offerings and brought corduroy slopes to some of the resorts most classic steep trails such as Catharsis and Styx. DMR also added two new terrain parks to the mountain including a starter park and a progression park, which allow skiers and snowboarders to gain confidence on small scale features before venturing into the larger parks that includes a halfpipe. Since 2008, these on-mountain improvements have elevated the ski and ride experience at Durango Mountain Resort. Vertical drop: 2,029 feet For this winter season, DMR has partnered with iconic ski manufacturer, Rossignol, to open a new rental and demo center called the Rossignol Experience Center. The Experience Center provides all levels of skiers, from beginner to advanced, with skis from the Rossignol Experience program which uses the latest rocker technology to help skiers advance more quickly than previously possible. The Purgatory Ski School has been trained by Rossignol to incorporate the new Experience technology into their lesson programs, thereby minimizing the learning curve and getting these skiers out enjoying the entire mountain quicker than ever. SNOWBOUND 2012-2013 / SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
Acres: 1,360 Summit Elevation: 10,822 feet Annual Snowfall: 260 inches Lifts: 10 (2 high speed, six-person chairlifts; 1 high speed quad; 4 triples; 3 doubles; 1 magic carpet) Terrain: 20% beginner, 45% intermediate, 35% advanced Lift Tickets:(adult full day) Value Season $69, Regular Season $75 Pass: $919 (adult)
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Colorado’s last great ski town.
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*Includes all taxes and fees. Valid at the Grand Lodge, additional nights only $150/night. Must be present to purchase. Some restrictions and blackout dates apply. Available only at special sales events. PURCHASE THIS AND OTHER DISCOUNTED PASSES AT THESE UPCOMING SALES EVENTS: Oct 6 & 7 Oct 20 & 21 Nov 2 – 4
Larson’s Ski & Sport SKI SWAP, 4715 Kipling St., Wheatridge Neptune Mountaineering, 633 South Broadway, Boulder BEWI Denver SKI EXPO, Colorado Convention Center
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Crested Butte Mountain Resort Crested Butte, CO • 800.810.7669 • skicb.com
nyone will tell you that Crested Butte, Colorado is one resort not to miss. Its small town charm and renowned terrain from beginners to experts have deemed it, “Colorado’s Last Great Ski Town” and for good reason. Crested Butte is a place off the beaten path that offers visitors a true escape. When you arrive at the end of the road you are greeted with the majestic views of the Paradise Divide and Raggeds Wilderness, colorful Victorian storefronts and genuinely welcoming people; people who celebrate life and the mountain lifestyle with enthusiasm and a true sense of adventure. Those with an adventurous spirit will want to get to Teocalli Bowl which opened in 2008. This extreme limits area is located off the High Lift and goes on the backside of the mountain. As an insider’s tip, it tends to be where the wind places some nice snow deposits after a good storm. Don’t tell anyone we told you. Another great stash is Guides’ Ridge where Crested Butte Mountain Guides, Crested Butte Mountain Resort and the Crested Butte Ski Patrol are working together to bring you a ski mountaineering adventure like no other in North America. The backcountry guiding company is leading trips up the Guides Ridge on Crested Butte Mountain, taking guests to the Peak of the iconic mountain. With 360-degree views at the top, there isn’t a more picturesque site in the valley. While getting there may get your heart pumping, the climb is completely safe with harnesses and a guided
climbing technique called short roping. Families have endless opportunities in Crested Butte with activities like the Trailhead Children’s Museum, offering hands-on exhibits and programs in the arts, sciences and creative play for children of all ages. Since it’s located in the base area, next to the Adventure Park Mom can get a few runs in while Dad hangs with the kids (and vice versa, of course). Also popular with the kids are Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s famed bear mascots, Bubba and Betty. They make daily appearances throughout the base area and Camp CB, the resort’s Kids’ Ski & Ride School. These bears tend to be the highlight of most kids’ vacations and they give great big bear hugs. On the mountain, check out Kids’ Specific Trails. Life is your playground and better yet, so is the ski mountain. With Bambino Bumps and Hippo Humps, there is fun terrain throughout the mountain to keep the excitement high. After a day on the mountain, kids can enjoy pizza, the Adventure Park, movies and fun games at Camp CB, while Mom and Dad get a night out on the town.
On November 21, 2012, everyone skis for free, no strings attached! If you want to stay longer and still enjoy free skiing, book the Ski Free with Lodging package; Stay one night and receive a free day of skiing for each person on the reservation through December 19th.
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Vertical drop: 3,062 feet Acres: 1,547 Summit Elevation: 12,162 feet Annual Snowfall: 300 inches Lifts: 16 (4 high speed detachable quads, 2 fixed grip quads, 2 triple chairs, 3 double chairs, 3 surface lifts, 2 magic carpets) Terrain: 26% beginner, 58% intermediate, 16% advanced Longest Run: 2.6 miles/4.2 km (Peak to Treasury) Lift Tickets: $95 Pass: Adult $1,549 (summer & winter), $1,399 (winter only) Getaway Pass: Only sold at sales events across Colorado and New Mexico, the Getaway Pass is the perfect product for a couple or friends looking to escape to Crested Butte for a weekend. For just $275, the Getaway Pass includes one night of lodging and two days of lift tickets for two people. That’s a savings of over 50 percent off of the retail price and Crested Butte even gives you the opportunity to add extra nights of deeply discounted lodging. For more information and a list of sales shows where you can purchase the Getaway Pass, visit skicb.com/getaway.
Loveland 4-Paks are actual lift ticket that can be used by anyone on any day of the season. Use them yourself on 4 different days or share with friends and family all on the same day. No restrictions. No black outs. 4-Paks only available through 11-18-12. 4-paks are not available for purchase at any ticket window.
Loveland Ski Area
Georgetown, CO • 800.736.3754 • skiloveland.com
nowmakers are in full swing and Loveland is set to be one of (if not) the first to open this season like they have often done in the past. And with unrestricted tickets available for $32.25 each as part of the 4-Pack deal (cheaper if you visit a Front Range Ski Show), this could be the best deal on snow. These tickets are totally transferable and have no black-out dates. You can take three friends on the same day or use them yourself on four separate days. They are actual tickets so all you need is a wicket (or just slap it on over your old ticket) and you’re ready to skip the ticket lines and hit the slopes. Loveland Ski Area celebrates 75 years of operation and is only 53 miles from Denver making it easy to pop up for a day or even a few runs in the morning during the week before work. Improvements include adding a mid-way unload station on Chair 2 below the current reload station to accommodate early and late season lessons for beginners even when Loveland Valley is closed. Further up, be sure to check out the remodeled on-mountain cabins E-Tow and Ptarmigan Roost. The decks have been expanded making them a great place to warm up or soak up some spring sun between runs. Events abound at Loveland. In November things kick off with the Christy Sports Demo Day on the 10th. Then the Colorado Ski & Golf Demo Days are a week later. There are a number of
smaller demos where you can try out the newest gear before you buy it. Check out the website for a full event calendar. Beyond that, the classics like the Marry Me & Ski Free Valentine’s Day Mass Wedding takes place at the top of Chair 2. Then the New Belgium Scavenger Hunt happens on March 30th and the Corn Harvest on April 27th is a spring ski party to benefit the CAIC. And with a date yet to be announced, Loveland will be throwing a 75th birthday party. Loveland season passes come with three free days at Monarch Mountain, three free days at Durango (does not apply to mid-week pass) and one free day of unguided skiing at Silverton. There are discounts available for returning pass holders and military, plus every season pass holder receives discounts on lessons, food, sport shop purchases and rental equipment.
New this season Loveland is providing free snowcat skiing access to the north side of The Ridge. Dubbed the Ridge Cat, this first-come, first-serve service will pick up a group at Gate 1 North and drop them at Gate 4 North. This terrain is only accessible by the cozy ride on the Ridge Cat or by huffing and puffing by foot. There is no lift access to these runs. Be sure to get a free Ridge Cat pass at the ticket office before heading up the mountain. A waiver will need to be signed. SNOWBOUND 2012-2013 / SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
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Vertical drop: 2,210 feet Acres: 1,800 Summit Elevation: 13,010 feet Annual Snowfall: 422 inches Lifts: 10 (3 quads, 3 triples, 2 doubles, 1 surface lift & 1 magic carpet surface lift reserved for the ski & ride school) Terrain: 13% beginner, 41% intermediate, 46% advanced Lift Tickets: $49 shoulder season, $61 mid-season Pass: Many options. All prices listed for adults. Child and other options online. Season: $379 (discount for renewals and military, plus additional benefits); 4-Pak $129 ($119 at Ski Shows). Ski & Snowboard School: Loveland Valley is the perfect place for beginners to develop their love of snow sports. Loveland’s 3 Class Pass combines 3 lessons with a season pass for one low price. First timers and children (6-14) receive a FREE season pass with the purchase of 3-lesson packages. 3 Class Pass options are available for every age and ability level with certain restrictions. Loveland also offers group and private lessons for every age and ability.
Monarch, CO • 888.996.7669 • skimonarch.com
his season, Monarch Mountain is like a brand new mountain. No, really. With $2.3 million being invested in the expansion and remodeling of the Base Lodge every aspect is getting bigger to accommodate the growing popularity of this Arkansas Valley wonder that has been in continuous operation since 1939. No matter how you enjoy Monarch Mountain you’ll find more room this year with an additional 16,000 square feet in the Base Lodge. The majority of the expansion will be towards the south putting the building closer to the slopes. Improved traffic flow will be the first thing guests notice as they arrive. From the parking lot, there will be a new walk-through access to the mountain. This will pass right under the expanded Gunbarrel Cafeteria level and lead right to Group Ticketing, locker rooms, the snowcat meeting area, restrooms, the group picnic area, a new retail shop and of course the mountain itself. The many favorite dining options will still be available though they may move around some. Freshies, the deli, will be bigger and located on the lower level and will add Starbucks coffees and snacks to their menu. Sidewinders Saloon is getting a bigger kitchen, hence a bigger menu and of course many more seats to accommodate hungry and thirsty guests. As mentioned above, the Gunbarrel Cafeteria
is expanding to provide more room to make collecting food easier and the menu is expanding. There will be plenty of room to sit as the seating capacity goes from 67 to a walloping 520! Brown-baggers have not been forgotten as the incredibly popular Family Picnic Room located on the new lower level is expanding from 224 seats to 392 seats. And if picnickers discover they didn’t quite bring enough food, the family picnic area will be connected to the rest of the building with internal stairs unlike before where guests had to walk outside to get up to the vendors in the lodge. Along with the improvements made to the Base Lodge, $300,000 is being invested in expanding the demo and rental fleet equipment. The ski school instructors are getting new highly visible green uniforms making them much easier to spot on the mountain and the ski patrol is getting new snow machines to open terrain faster and to better assist and respond to emergency situations.
With all this lodge renovation going on, the experience on the mountain is brought to new heights as well. Bring the extended family or a big group for access to amazing terrain for all levels and find plenty of room to gather, schmooze and meet new friends in the new lodge experience. SNOWBOUND 2012-2013 / SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
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Vertical drop: 1,162 feet Acres: 800 Summit Elevation: 11,952 feet Annual Snowfall: 350 inches Lifts: 8 (1 quad, 4 doubles, 3 surface) Lift Tickets: $60 for adults, $38 for teens, $24 for juniors, $35 for seniors Pass: $359 for Adult (ages 16-61); $229 for Student (ages 13-15); $129 for Junior (ages 7-12); $229 for Senior (ages 62+) Ski & Snowboard School: First-timer day package ages 7+ $180; half-day package ages 7-12 $115, ages 13+ $125; Six Person 3-hour group lesson package $678; Six Person 5-hour group lesson package $1,038; More options available.
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Eldora Mountain Resort Nederland, CO • 303.440.8700 • eldora.com ooking for the cheapest door-to-door slopeside service available? Try the public bus from Boulder to disembark within 50 feet of the lifts at Eldora. Or just drive the 45 non-I-70 miles yourself, up to the small, free parking lot. A wide range of terrain options and on-slope activities make Eldora an easy choice for families. Check out a wide range of terrain, from beginners to deep challenging runs, steep slopes groomed or raw, rolling glades and exciting terrain parks. An active Children’s Center provides ski school for kids and adults are not forgotten with private and group instruction to improve their skills. And Nordic skiers and snowshoers enjoy over 40K of peaceful trails. New this year, 3 and 4 Packs provide direct-tolift access. That’s right—no extra ticket needed, just take your Pack card directly to the lift! Out of town visitors should be sure to check out the Boulder Ski Escape packages that include lodging and ski passes at boulderskiescape.com. Plus, Improvement projects from Eldora’s Master Plan are currently being reviewed by the US Forest Service...stay tuned for new lifts and terrain.
The Satellite Demo Tour hits Eldora on December 9th, giving you the opportunity to try out the newest gear from brands like Burton, Vans, Lib Tech
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Annual Snowfall: 300 inches Lifts: 11 (2 quads, 2 triples, 4 doubles, 3 surface) Terrain: 20% beginner, 50% intermediate, 30% advanced Lift Tickets: $72 for adults, $44 for youth Pass: Adult Season $399, Family Season $959 (discount for renewals), Military Season $199; 4-Pak $139 Ski & Snowboard School: First-timer lesson package $109; Adult All Mountain-- $119; Youth $109; More options available.
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Party of One Who needs a posse of bros? There’s a singular joy to enjoying the mountain all by yourself. by Rob Story
Sad things happen every day at ski resorts. Toboggan rescues, for one. Clueless simpletons buying tickets at the full retail price, for another. For sheer pathos, though, nothing rivals the solo skier—especially when he skis up to a lift line, croaks out a tentative Single? and gets no response whatsoever, only condescending looks. Single? he asks again, louder but more desperate, before turning around and slinking to the back of the maze. Skiing by yourself invites humiliation and shame— not unlike the scene in “The Lonely Guy” when Steve Martin requests a table for one, horrifying the maitre d’ and triggering a spotlight to follow his forlorn march through a hushed, staring crowd. How pitiful is the solo skier? Try this from the website for Midwest Mountaineering: “Eating alone is not good; drinking alone is worse; but worst of all, by a country mile, is skiing alone. Is there anything more likely to move even the most callused heart to tears than the sight of a skier without a buddy? No, we don’t think so either.” I think what Midwest Mountaineering is trying to say is that the specter of flying solo makes the heart—normally a cardiovascular organ—abandon the whole blood-pumping thing and commandeer the tear ducts’ job. Which is pretty drastic shit. So, too, was the reaction to a recent Skiers Journal forum on skiing alone. “I allmost allways [sic] go with other people,” wrote a respondent who even felt the need to give her letter l’s companions, “Riding
the lifts alone makes me sad.” Another whimpered, “I ski alone about 70-80 percent of the time since not too many of my friends ski or snowboard *sigh* I need new friends.”
ow, am I some kind of misanthropic creep when I ski all by my lonesome? I certainly didn’t feel like one that day last February. I hadn’t made arrangements with anyone else because I’d planned to work that day. But a surprise 16-inch dump rightly pushed career to the back burner. The billowy drifts blanketing the path to the gondola promised an epic powder day. Did I really need the company of another carbon-based life form to validate the experience? Nah. Turns out, I need fellow carbon-based life forms to give me cuts in line. While the gondola queue stretched a heinous length, it looked tolerable to me—what with my friends Scotty and Catherine standing up front. I sidled up to them as if they were waiting for me, and wound up skiing untracked snow more than 20 minutes and 60 people earlier than I deserved. All because I was a streamlined, one-man operation looking out for no one but me. Go, me, go! My spontaneous threesome skied one run and boarded a triple chair together. At the top of the triple, Catherine said I shouldn’t wait for her. So I didn’t. I blasted down fluff like a random missile. In thighdeep conditions, the old saw, “there are no friends
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on a powder day,” never rings more true. Scotty and Catherine had lost their usefulness to me, and I coldly pushed onward, eventually joining Tanya and Stu for 30 face-shots, then forsaking them to jump a buried snowfence with J.J. and Burglar. Solo skiing is like solo sex. Caring only about number one, you take matters into your own hands. You exist only for your own pleasure. The posses were fluid, mutating like cells. I stayed in J.J. and Burglar’s orbit for only a couple of runs before finding myself alone again. I knifed into Captain Jack’s, where meaty accumulations were sloughing off trees and thumping to the forest floor, a phenomenon Telluriders describe as “branch-alanches.” I floated down the puffy marshmallows with my iPod blasting. I didn’t feel remotely lonesome. As Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”
nother time, a few years ago, Telluride experienced an ugly blizzard—stinging pellets of snow blowing horizontal with a vengeance. The storm seemed to fly in on the wings of spite. Most folks in town that morning probably stayed indoors. My ex-father-in-law, who was staying at my place, peered through the rattling windows at the blizzard and said, “You must be totally crazy or totally dedicated to go out there.” I nodded, pulled my neck gaiter over my chin, and
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actually have plenty of friends to call whenever I want to make sociable turns. (Living in a ski town for 14 years is a good way to ensure you’ll always have a mate available.) While I’ve never actually struggled to find a partner, I suppose lots of people do. Perhaps you’re one of these losers. Perhaps your spouse doesn’t ski. Maybe you live on a Florida beach with snow-phobic friends. Maybe your name is Eleanor Rigby, and nobody likes you. Whatever the cause, the problem of partner-less skiers is gaining more attention. SnowJournal.com has a link called “the hook-up” to put traveling skiers together. Stratton, Vermont, features a free “ski-witha-buddy” program that pairs singles with mountain hosts. The sessions last two hours before the host leaves to help other invisible wallflowers pretend they have a friend. Whenever they make news, solo skiers invite a lot of abuse. Aspen skier Aron Ralston sure caught a raft
Solo skiing is like solo sex. Caring only about number one, you take matters into your own hands. You exist only for your own pleasure.
stepped into the maelstrom. Yeah, it was nasty. But I was going powder skiing. I didn’t mind if 70-mph blasts slapped all pigment out of my face. The walk to the base area revealed that the snow was graupel, which falls not as artsy little hexagons, but as sharp, conical-shaped ice bits. Graupel is powder that hurts. In the cult book Deep Powder Snow, Dolores LaChapelle described a graupel storm as follows: “The wind is screaming in, horizontally, and it’s impossible to see a thing unless you ski in the trees, because they give definition to the white-out. Practically no one skis in this kind of weather unless they happen to know about graupel snow. Sitting inside a ski lodge, looking out the window, it seems utterly miserable…. Going up the lift is torture… But once on top it’s total bliss all the way down.” I boarded a chairlift with a guy who was clearly a local, but no one I’d ever met. We slouched low on the lift and tried to hide within our Gore-Tex. The blizzard howled and gusted. Eventually, the chair glided through a protected fold of conifers, affording enough silence for my chairmate to speak. “The skiing’s excellent today,” he said, as a crust of rime built on his goggles. “It’s crazy that the tourists hate weather like this.” Imitating the distinctive accent of Texas, a state that for various reasons has gotten under Colorado skiers’ collective skin, he said, “Hayull, I can’t see where ah’m goin’ and there’s too much damn snow to turn.” Me, I don’t mind Texans. If they don’t want to ski in storms, hey, more fresh tracks for me. But I do mind when skiing is told from the point-of-view of a Houston trophy wife. The ski industry marketing machine often wants to deny the existence of storms when it should be celebrating them. So it portrays the sport as all sparkly and clear and hatless, where people ski without goggles in happy families or groups. Seldom do we see what I enjoy becoming: the laconic loner squinting down a vicious storm.
solo act: Rob story drinks in the bliss of only having to worry about his own damn self.
of shit when that boulder trapped his arm, leading to history’s most discussed amputation. And remember the first week of 1998 and the two-pronged news story that turned ski helmets from accessory afterthought into a multi-million dollar business? Both Sonny Bono and Michael Kennedy died of massive head injuries after hitting trees; Bono while tree skiing his last run and Kennedy while skiing around playing football with a water bottle! Afterward, an accident expert allowed that Kennedy was “probably more of an outright danger to himself,” but that Bono, skiing alone, may have been fatigued and perhaps was pushing his body’s limits. He concluded that “both made bad choices.” WTF!?! It’s astonishing to hear Kennedy’s moronic folly equated with Bono’s innocent decision to ski one more by himself. But that’s how the snowsports establishment views skiing alone: You sign your own death certificate the instant you can no longer say, “I Got You, Babe.” Me, I’d never go backcountry skiing alone. I wonder if a buried avalanche transmitter makes a sound if no one is around to hear it. I fear the millions of tree wells waiting to swallow me head first. Plus, I’ve read an analysis of off-piste fatalities in France in which the cryptic “Remarks” column blames deaths on such nasty factors as “30 meter fall in bad viz,” “carried into lake,” “crevasse/head injuries,” and, yes, “skiing alone.” Even the National Safety Council, which normally concerns itself with the lead and glass
shards in kids toys, has weighed in against solitary riding in the backcountry. Resort skiing, though, is another matter. The last time I skied alone, I tore around Telluride ski area for a couple of hours. With no one to wait for, I straightlined across fluffy mogul tops. When that strategy led to a 200-yard-long, cart-wheeling yard sale, no one had to wait for me. As Truman Capote memorably wrote, “I don’t like to ski with other people because I don’t want to be conscious of them. I don’t want to be worried about being behind them, or ahead of them. Skiing gives me a terrific sense of freedom—and I would define that freedom as not having to be around other people.” Being around other people is fine by me. I cherish my ski partners. They never make the slow stemchristies or sing the show tunes that Truman Capote’s ski partners likely did, and for this I am grateful. But when my bros aren’t available, skiing still is, and I’m happy to do it by myself. I know I’ll get negative reactions. Disapproval. Pity. A vibe that my decision to go solo is no less misguided than David Lee Roth’s. Their judgmental stares will make me briefly uncomfortable, but the feeling will soon pass. Hell, if I cared what other people thought, I’d go ahead and ski with them. While Rob Story actually has friends with whom he can ski, he has never really objected to accusations that he’s a misanthrope. october 2012 • ElevationOutdoors.com
Desert Soul: Matisyahu finds inspiration in the outdoors and runs when he can.
Hasidic rapper Matisyahu brings his unique sound to Colorado and talks with EO about inspiration, music and getting outside. By Joe Carberry Matisyahu just might be Earth’s lone Hasidic rapper. Until a recent haircut that took the Jewish world by surprise (Internet forums were on fire with speculation—fear not, he’s still Jewish), you could catch his traditional locks bouncing on stage from New York to Paris. But despite his modern take on reggae, Matisyahu is surprisingly easy listening. He riffs reggae tunes your dad might love, mixing the tight acoustic sounds of his band with creatively constructed synthesized beats that have been used as Olympic theme songs and in skiing and paddling flicks. Matthew Paul Miller (Matisyahu) was brought up in White Plains, N. Y., and raised a Reconstructionist Jew. He did what many of us probably did: rebelled and got into drugs. But he got his shit together by finishing high school at an outdoor-oriented school in Bend, Ore. That’s where he got his musical start. He’s since had both pop and critical success with “Shake off the Dust...Arise,” “Youth,” and “Light.” His new album “Spark Seeker,” dropped in July and he plays the Boulder Theatre October 15. In Spark Seeker you mix old school hiphop with some synthesized club sounds, a departure from your other stuff. The record came together really organically. I
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hit it off with the producer (Kool Kojak). He’s more talented at making beats, finding the right sounds. I come from a reggae background, a lot of the music I loved in my early 20s was stuff like Sizzla Kalonji. But the right beat underneath really motivates your flow, motivates the way you deliver, rhythmically.
I was like 18 years old and Bend was just starting to get big. There were cowboys in the café we were playing at and we’re coming in with an MPC machine wrapped up in towels. It was another planet. Fun times. I was getting into acting, doing shows, snowboarding everyday, hustling, it was a fun time.
You mixed in some cool Middle Eastern stuff. Yeah, things took a big turn there, musically. We used a live feed to record Middle Eastern-style instruments and then fused it all together with pop and California sounds. I guess the biggest difference was the beat. I had to get comfortable with it. I grew up programmed to reggae music so I had to wait for the right moment (to lay down lyrics).
How do you like to get outside now? I do a lot of running. It’s easy. I don’t need to bring a lot of gear. I’ll be in some place like Lisbon, Portugal for a day, put on a pair of sneakers, see a little bit of the town or find a trail and get out.
I’m sure people ask you about your religion a lot. But it seems to affect your music. More like when I’m creating music, taking things that are inspirational to me, I try to get it in because it’s part of me. Religion is an aspect of who I am. I’m used to (questions about it). Depending on the question and tone, I don’t mind talking about it. People are naturally curious. You spent time at North Star Center outdoor school in Oregon. How did it prepare you for where you are now? I Iove the outdoors so being in Oregon was great. That definitely added to my sense of spirituality. It gave me a lot of inspiration. I played at a small café in Bend and it was the first place I started getting up and being comfortable in front of an audience.
You have three kids. How important is it to get them outside? Definitely important. You have to go back to the basics of living. There’s so much confusion for kids today in the computer world. Getting out camping or backpacking, all distractions are stripped away. You have no choice but to face yourself. You start to feel good about being able to provide for yourself. It’ll be raining and you’re under a tarp with some hot stew: just the basics, feeling warm. It’s a great thing to give to your kids. You play the Boulder Theatre on October 15. How’s the Colorado audience? The Colorado audience is great because they’re generally music people. It’s usually a patient crowd and they really get into the show. They really know music so it’s fun to play for them. •
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“Soccer.” That was the answer to the simple question “What’s the best sport to play for overall conditioning?” put forth in a casual discussion between two cycling coaches at an endurance sports coaching enterprise based in Colorado. When I heard this, I was shocked that these two coaches, one of whom has trained Olympic medalists and pro cyclists, would so easily dismiss the sport responsible for their livelihoods as a less-than-ideal path to complete fitness. Their reasons, though, made a lot of sense: playing soccer (goalies not included) taps the body’s anaerobic systems to sprint to the ball, requires 360-degree agility, develops explosive power from jumping to head the ball and superior coordination and balance, and shores up bone density from all that running. And, the coaches pointed out, soccer players do spend a decent amount of the game running with their heart rates elevated into the aerobic zone. In short, the takeaway was this: If you’re only going to do one sport or activity, play soccer. That got me to thinking, if soccer is their pick for the best combination of fitness and strength, could playing it develop the ideal body for a weekend warrior, someone who runs trails, bikes, climbs, hikes and skis? What sport best prepares someone to tackle anything they want to do? Time to talk to the experts.
put the soccer question to Jon Schriner, specialist in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and Director of the Michigan Center for Athletic Medicine outside Flint, Mich. “Where’s the upper-body conditioning?” was his first response. “You don’t have to use your arms or shoulders to play soccer,” he said. “How can you call soccer the best sport for overall conditioning when you don’t use half your body.” He had a point. And if I’m looking for the best sport, I couldn’t ignore the development of strong arms and shoulders needed for a powerful golf or tennis swing. He went on to say that he believed swimming was the best for overall conditioning. “Olympic swimmers are the highest conditioned athletes around—their entire body’s engaged in the stroke,” he said. “They work on power with speed drills, endurance with 5,000meter work outs, and—this is critical—they don’t
One man’s quest to uncover the perfect sport By Grant Davis
Environmental Medicine, research physiologist, Barry Spiering focuses on the physical needs of today’s battle-ready soldier. He looks into the physiology behind obvious stuff such as carrying a 70-pound backpack over 10 miles of rough terrain, and the not so obvious, like how fast it takes a grunt to load a truck with 30-pound boxes of ammunition. In other words, Spiering’s job is to figure out the answer to my question. In response to my e-mail request for an interview, Spiering produced a 16-page PowerPoint and an Xcel spreadsheet titled “Needs Analysis.” The PowerPoint explained how he came up with his spreadsheet, which outlined the primary neuromuscular requirements, movements, muscle actions and metabolic requirements needed in any sport. He then compared distance running, rock climbing, downhill skiing, cycling, hiking and paddling to popular recreational sports: basketball, volleyball, soccer, flag football, combatives (boxing, martial arts, etc) and racquet sports. Of all the sports, combatives appeared to provide the best overall conditioning stimulus. Is boxing or a mixed-martial arts program the answer? Spiering wouldn’t commit, despite the evidence on his spreadsheet. “Most of the sports here require muscular endurance and rely on aerobic energy,” he said. “Martial arts won’t give you the aerobic base to go on an all-day adventure. You’ll have to cross-train.” He went on to remind me that soldiers are prescribed a broad range of training to get in battle-ready shape and that an army who got in shape just by playing soccer or boxing would be an ineffective one with a higher chance of getting killed in action. Point taken. From soccer to swimming to basketball to boxing—the best answer seems to be a translation of writer Michael Pollan’s guide to the best diet for humans, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” In my case, it’d read, “Exercise regularly. Do different sports. Mostly aerobic.” It’s not the answer I wanted, but it’s the one that works. •
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get injured.” Schriner’s a big believer in staying free from injury, since, he says, there’s no way anyone can get in shape if they’re hurt. Said Schriner, “I see a lot of runners coming through my office with leg injuries and some soccer players too. And we’re just now learning about concussions in soccer players from heading the ball.” I was prepared to replace soccer with swimming and say good-bye when I asked Schriner if the loss in bone density that comes from aquatics’ non-impact nature was a concern. “Well, yeah, that’s why collegiate and Olympic swimmers have to do weights,” he admitted. “They have to in order to stimulate increases in their bone density.” So swimming isn’t the ultimate sport? “I guess not,” said Schriner. “And, personally, I think it’s boring too.” Armed with a healthy respect to find the one sport that does it all and keeps the body injuryfree, I dialed Jonathan Chang, a Fellow with the American College of Sports Medicine and a practicing orthopedic surgeon from the Los Angeles area. He loved the question, but quickly pointed out that every doctor and coach was going to bring their bias to their answer. “There is no scientific, medical answer,” said Chang. “The best you’re going to get are informed opinions.” (Indeed, the Sport Medicine Center at the Mayo Clinic refused to contribute to this story due to my question’s subjective nature.) When pressed though, Chang picked basketball as the best all-around sport since it involves many of the same dynamic and explosive movements needed in soccer and uses the upper body to shoot and pass. But what sealed the deal for Chang was availability. “To play, you only need two guys at a minimum, a ball, a hoop, and a makeshift court.” Okay, so now I need to add “access” to the question, but basketball still doesn’t address the aerobic needs of an athlete who wants to go on an epic three-hour mountain-bike ride. “Yes, that’s why you need to cross-train,” says Chang. “Everybody, even the pros, have to cross-train.” Dr. Carol Otis, a women’s sports medicine specialist at Portland, Oregon’s Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic concurs, “The best type of training you can do is cross-training.” I understood that, but cross-training isn’t a sport, I countered (unless you’re one of the few people competing in CrossFit events). She thought for a moment and came back with boxing. “You develop lots of upper and lower body strength from boxing,” she said. “You need stamina, explosive power, quick reaction times, and balance. And if you’re sparring you’ll learn how to take a hit.”
aking a hit. That was a new wrinkle in my quest. If there’s one thing inherent in downhill activities like mountain biking and skiing, it’s falling, crashing and bashing into immovable objects. Therefore, a sport that conditions the body to absorb a blow and bounce back ready to battle again is a plus. And when it comes to preparing bodies for battle, there’s only one place to go: the U.S. Army. At the U.S. Army Research Institute of
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Do It in Costume
Make your Halloween costume serve double duty—wear it in an endurance race, then wear it to trick, treat and party (or, um, recover). To help, here’s a list of our favorite costumed extravaganzas in Colorado.
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DENVER MONSTER DASH 5K October 13 • Denver The folks who put on the popular Monster Dash in Old Town Louisville (see Oct 27 below) are introducing the race to Denver. Taking place in the Lowry neighborhood, the dash promises the same family-friendly atmosphere with an aprèsrace costume competition, the Monster Mini Mile (a 1-miler for kids of all ages) and a Spooky Sprint 100-meter kids’ race. Your $25 entry fee includes a creepy tech t-shirt. monsterdashrun.com
SCREAM SCRAM RUN October 19 • Denver A fundraiser for the Denver Metro Girls and Boys Club, this year’s race will be particularly bewitched—it’s the 13th annual. Held on a Friday night at Wash Park, the Scream Scram begins with a costume contest wherein participants walk the orange carpet to show off their garb, and ends with the Trick-or-Treat Street Festival. bgcmd.org
ZOMBIE CRAWL October 20 • DENVER Not so much a race as a parade down 16th Street (followed by a rocking after party at City Hall), the Zombie Crawl is nonetheless not to be missed. When else can you say you attended the
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largest zombie gathering in Colorado history? If you’re looking for more active endeavors, register on Active.com for the “Organ Trail” adventure race happening beforehand at 11:00 a.m. eyeheartbrains.com
DENVER GORILLA RUN October 27 • Denver Now in its ninth year, this ridiculous 3.5-mile race puts participants in full gorilla suits to benefit the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund. Choose to run, walk or bike the course, which starts and ends at the Wynkoop Brewery. The suit is yours to keep, and included in the $99.95 entry fee. There are even suits for kids, for a $50 entry fee. Got a suit from last year? Register at a discounted rate. denvergorillarun.com
PHANTOM 4-MILER October 27 • Loveland This 4-mile race, now in its third year, benefits the Larimer Humane Society, Animal House and Denkai Animal Sanctuary. Dogs are, of course, encouraged to participate. Last year’s event drew 300 human runners and raised $8,000. The race starts with a costume contest (for people and dogs) and includes a Bone Chilling Breakfast at the Embassy Suites Loveland. phantom4miler.com
THE LAST RUN OF YOUR LIFE October 27 • Fruita This rowdy 5K requires dodging freaks and ghouls as you run the Big Salt Wash Trail. Participants wear a belt of flags, and those who make it to the finish with at least one flag left are eligible for special prizes. Everyone is eligible for the free beer. A portion of your $40 entry fee goes to the Grant a Wish Program, helping local youth learn life skills through Parks and Rec departments across the Grand Valley. kekbfm.com
MONSTER DASH 5K October 27 • Boulder This costumed race through Old Town Louisville doesn’t start until 3:00 p.m., which means you could make it a doubleheader by doing the Denver Gorilla Run first at 11:00 a.m. Not sure how all that fur would smell afterward, but perhaps the primal scent will earn you authenticity points in the costume contest following the race. monsterdashrun.com
THE MELTING POT HALLOWEEN HUSTLE October 28 • Littleton The 5K-course through downtown Littleton on the Platte River path begins and ends at The Melting Pot, which means chocolate fondue for all. Geared toward families, the event includes a costume contest for adults and children, trick-or-treating, face painting, bounce houses and haunted tours of the Melting Pot. hallucinationsports.com •
THE GREAT PUMPKIN HAUL October 20 • Littleton The Haul starts at Chatfield’s pumpkin patch, where participants pick their partner, a 10- to 20-pound squash that’s weighed and marked. Choose wisely, depending on whether you’re eyeing the award for fastest hauler or heaviest hauler. You’ll need to navigate two miles with your pumpkin—through forests, open fields and the Botanic Gardens, as well as over creeks and hay bales. Afterward, share stories while sipping pumpkin spiced beer, enjoying music or wandering through the corn maze. The pumpkin is yours to keep. bit.ly/Sk7EnY
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brand new batch of Colorado ‘whine’ gets brewed around the Rockies each fall. Equal parts tourist-overload, “I’m-a-local” grandstanding and barroom bitching, it seems to hit the saturation point sometime around September, when the lingering effects of the summer heat and the stark reality of what a crappy baseball team Denver has can make even the most upstanding mountain person un-cork a blubbering bottle of Mile High Merl-ooooooh. So for all those poor-me’s out there who are having such a bad time in the place where the living is so great, this episode of Elwayville is dedicated to decanting some of Coloradoans biggest seasonal complaints. As always, we’d love to hear your own suggestions and scintillating insight at ElevationOutdoors.com.
Texans Everybody loves to complain about rude New Yorkers and saucer-eyed Red Sox fans, knowing full well that what would chap those East Coaster’s hides the most is if they knew that Boston and New York seem like the exact same place to most Colorado folks. But foremost in any list of Denver diatribes are the white SUV driving hordes from the great state of Texas. Because they’re so loud, and so large, because of that George Bush bomb they dropped on the world for eight disastrous years, and especially because our tourist economy is so dependent on their dollars (financially, when Texas gets punched in the nose, Colorado gets a nosebleed), Texans present an easy target. Why? Because when someone asks a Coloradoan what they are, they just point at the big kid with the gaper gap sunburn, Starter jacket and snowboard boots on the wrong feet and say, “I’ll tell you what I ain’t.”
Top Ten Colorado Whines In which we run down the biggest complaints we hear from the folks who are lucky enough to live in this charmed spot. Shut up already. by PETER KRAY
Traffic Here is one of the mysteries of modern life: how are you in your car in a traffic jam, yet not actively contributing to the jamming itself? Is this an outof-automobile experience? When you are in your car, you are traffic. People who complain about this (especially on I-70!) are really trying to tell you how long they have lived here, because that was, like, before traffic. Be sure to ask them why they don’t ride a bike.
BIKES Speaking of bikes. What’s up with the gas-guzzling backlash against cyclists, bike lanes and bike sharing, as if exercise and self-reliance were key to some sort of socialist plot? It all reminds me of those creepy guys in high school who always had to make such a big deal about how much they hated cats. I don’t know why someone—or some thing— enjoying its independence freaks people out like that. Just drive the speed limit, son, and share the road, and everybody (even those little kitties) will be just alright.
Sports Can we talk? I’m still pissed off about the Josh McDaniels Experience. Talk about taking crazy pills. He dumped all our stars (except Champ Bailey), beamed in Tim Tebow (which was pretty cool), then squirmed his way back to the Patriots (absolutely tripling the hate), leaving us with whatever this Peyton Manning dream of hired-gun superstar
pigskin slingers can create. Add in the fact that Carmelo Anthony was a ball-hogging point hound (yeah, I freakin’ miss him) who couldn’t wait to get out of Cowtown, the annual question of when and if the Avs will ever get back to the playoffs, and the continuing backslide of the Rockies, and you’ve got a town just waiting for any sort of sporting success to celebrate. At least the snow is going to be great!
The Weather Seriously, complaining about the weather is like complaining about the drink you just ordered. You knew when you walked into the place—i.e., the state—exactly what you were going to get. But just in case you lost the Weather Briefing package you should have received when you first crossed the border, here are the call-outs: Summer: It is hot. Winter: It snows a lot (or not). Spring/Fall: Intermittent spells of snow and heat. Summer/Winter Anomalies: It may get really cold or really hot. If You Don’t Like the Weather: Wait an hour, and you’ll get something different.
Snow Reports Snow reports are a sore subject for avid skiers and riders—especially those who prefer fresh tracks. That’s because too many times they’ve blown off work or the big Sunday brunch thanks to a big report only to get to the chairs and find a bunch
of windblown dust on crust. On the other hand, there have been a lot of great days when what was supposed to be two or three inches rode like seven or eight. And I would argue that any time you find yourself complaining about the amount of measurable precipitation you received, you might be starting to miss the point.
D.I.A For people flying through Denver, D.I.A. does beat the heck out of other hub city airports like Chicago O’Hare and Washington Dulles. But the parking for locals is absurd, and I’ve personally been suspicious of the baggage transfer system since they first opened the place. Still, the Wolfgang Puck restaurant in the B Terminal, and the new direct service to Iceland are both pretty sweet!
(Insert name of mountain town here) There are people in Denver who don’t like people in Colorado Springs who don’t like people in Boulder who don’t like people in Aspen who don’t like people in Grand Junction because they are too conservative, liberal, rich, lazy, paranoid or just too different. And there are locals in a lot of towns who have wasted their breath talking about the locals somewhere else. But as this summer showed, from the fires to the senseless shooting, we sure can come together when it matters. It’s cool like that. •
october 2012 • ElevationOutdoors.com
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