Loveland is one of many ski areas designed, built, or expanded by veterans of Colorado's 10th Mountain Division, the first mountain warfare unit in U.S. history
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During World War II, a group of Finnish ski troops took advantage of their extra mobility and knowledge of the local terrain to stave off a fierce attack by a much larger Soviet force. After hearing of the Finnish troops’ success, Charles Minot “Minnie” Dole, the founder of America’s National Ski...
March 10 2016, 3:30 PM
The large network of groomed trails atop Grand Mesa offers an extra-long ski season. —Courtesy of Shutterstock
Length: 7 miles round-trip
Difficulty: Advanced beginner
Why we love it: The high elevation atop Grand Mesa means you’ll get in a good workout while still enjoying a groomed surface
When to go: Late fall through spring, depending upon snow conditions
Pre-hike buzz: Coming from Grand Junction,...
March 8 2016, 1:50 PM
Mountain Drones' custom-built hexacopter is used for R&D and testing.
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Forget Amazon deliveries. Drones may have even more important work to do soon: avalanche mitigation.
Mountain Drones, which is partially based in Colorado (there are team members in Denver and Vail), is in the process of developing and testing technology that would allow drones to deploy...
March 8 2016, 11:30 AM
Old Monarch Pass Road winds along an easy-to-follow path through towering stands of lodgepole pines and spruce-fir forest.
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Length: 2.5 miles round trip
Why we love it: A mellow outing with just enough uphill to feel like you’ve earned the wonderful top-of-the-mountain views
When to go: Early winter through spring, depending on snow conditions
Pre-hike buzz: Stop at the Java...
February 23 2016, 3:15 PM
If you’ve written Fort Collins off as a run-of-the-mill college town, it’s time to take another look. Although Colorado State University’s sprawling campus is one of the town’s focal points, this midsize city offers much more than what first meets the eye. As Larimer County’s largest metropolis,...
February 18 2016, 8:00 AM
Mount Crested Butte owes its existence to a massive volcanic episode that roiled Colorado 30 million years ago. —Photo by Terri Cook
Of all Colorado’s ski resorts, Crested Butte is best known for its extreme terrain. In addition to Rambo, whose 55-degree pitch comprises North America’s steepest in-bounds ski run, the mountain’s upper face, plus the adjacent Teocalli and Third bowls, are filled with notoriously steep double-black...
February 17 2016, 10:05 AM
Skiers approaching one of the 10th Mountain Division huts near the summit of Shrine Pass.
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Length: The one-way, 10.4-mile trip requires that you shuttle a car to the trail's end. Alternatively, you can ski up to the pass and return to your vehicle for a total of 5.4 miles round-trip
Why we love it: An all-day winter outing with less than 600 feet of elevation...
February 9 2016, 2:30 PM
Fat bikers ride in the Fat Bike World Championships in Crested Butte in January. —Courtesy of Fred Dreier
Already known as a global Mecca for mountain bikers, Crested Butte is now courting off-road cycling’s newest tribe: fat bikers. On January 30, the ski town hosted the inaugural Fat Bike World Championships race, which was part of a four-day festival for the bikes.
February 8 2016, 8:00 AM