Spectators gather to watch the downhill race at the 2015 Audi Birds of Prey World Cup in Beaver Creek. —Photo by author
In Austria, the world’s fastest skiers possess a celebrity status akin to Peyton Manning here in Colorado. But in the United States, World Cup racers are more or less unrecognizable, unless you’re a die-hard fan. Last weekend, the 2015 Audi Birds of Prey World Cup landed in Beaver Creek, marking...
December 7 2015, 11:08 AM
A wildlife overpass being constructed on Highway 9; once finished (grass and dirt will eventually create a path), animals will be able to walk over the highway rather than on it. (Photo courtesy of Bill Matlock / Colorado Department of Transportation)
If you've lived in Colorado long enough, you've likely found yourself stopping for—or swerving out of the way of—a deer, moose, or elk. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), more than 3,000 wildlife-vehicle collisions have been reported each year for the past decade. In an...
December 3 2015, 1:14 PM
Olympic gold medalist and world champion Ted Ligety fired down the Beaver Creek giant slalom course last December to nab his fourth consecutive World Cup victory on Birds of Prey.
—Photo by Jonathan Selkowitz
You may recall the snowy speed spectacle that was February's 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, but did you know that a similar international showdown happens at Beaver Creek every December?
The 2015 Audi Birds of Prey World Cup returns to the resort this weekend (December 4...
December 2 2015, 4:20 PM
—Photo courtesy of Terri Cook
Length: 4.0 miles roundtrip
Why we love it: A taste of the Royal Gorge without the crowds—or the entrance fee
When to go: Any time of year
Pre-hike buzz: Fuel up in Cañon City as you pass Cañon Coffee Café (aka Cañon City Mugs); 1520 Royal Gorge Blvd (US 50)
November 24 2015, 4:20 PM
Let’s face it—driving in sleet and snow is simply not as easy as driving when the day is all clear skies and perfect conditions. In Denver, the shift from summer to winter can mean gorgeous, sunny days or freezing temps and scattered snowstorms. So, when it comes to driving, it’s best to be...
November 19 2015, 10:42 AM
Canyonlands National Park —Photos by Sarah Boyum
Venture far enough west on I-70, and the Colorado Rockies will eventually be replaced by wide open desert and sheer red rocks jutting out of the barren landscape. Follow the Colorado River, snaking its way through a series of canyons, and you'll eventually stumble upon a hidden desert gem: Moab,...
November 18 2015, 1:23 PM
Kebler Pass may host the planet's largest living organism.
—Courtesy of Shutterstock
As Pac-12 football archrivals University of Colorado and University of Utah prepare to compete on Saturday, November 28 in Salt Lake City, a less-publicized competition is also taking place between the two states. The result of this contest has even more at stake—the right to brag that the winner...
November 13 2015, 10:25 AM
—Image courtesy of Madeline Hotel and Residences
The Madeline Hotel and Residences in Telluride’s Mountain Village is unveiling a $15 million renovation this winter, which might not seem like surprising news. After all, hotels undergo updates all the time. In this past year alone, Denver’s Ritz-Carlton, Magnolia, and Brown Palace hotels all...
November 13 2015, 9:30 AM