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
Team Great Britain chisels its sculpture, "Tale of Two Dragons."
—All photos courtesy of Carl Scofield / Breckenridge Tourism Office
At 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 26 in Breckenridge, the 26th International Snow Sculpture Championships began with the traditional cannon blast. In a flurry of saws, ice chippers, and trowels, 16 teams from all over the world went to work on their respective 24-ton block of snow. Each four...
February 2 2016, 2:00 PM
—Photo courtesy of Vail Resorts/Jack Affleck
A weekend spent in the mountains is the pinnacle—literally—of what makes living in Colorado so great, even if the I-70 traffic and questionable, or downright treacherous, road conditions can be trying (to say the least). That’s why our ideal ski weekend involves zero car time. It’s also...
February 1 2016, 4:10 PM
The Never Summer Swift board. —Courtesy of Shauna Farnell
The Snowsports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show brought a delightful display of outdoor gear to the Colorado Convention Center this past weekend. The labyrinth of skis, snowboards, outerwear, boots, socks, hats, bindings, tents and more from around-the-world gear companies is truly...
February 1 2016, 3:50 PM
"Dinosaur scrapes" like these found in western Colorado are rewriting the (prehistoric) book of love.
—Image courtesy of Martin Lockley, CU Denver
Hollywood may need to rethink Jurassic Park. Rather than featuring a tropical island populated by a fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex and other toothy predators, the dinosaurs on screen may now need to be recast in a somewhat softer light—more along the lines of Romeo and Juliet, perhaps?
January 27 2016, 2:15 PM
What's better than snowshoeing through Colorado's breathtaking foothills? Ending the expedition with wine and fondue. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through March 13, Aspen Peak Cellars in Bailey hosts a guided, 90-minute snowshoe trek, with options for multiple difficulty levels, followed by...
January 26 2016, 12:10 PM