—Courtesy of Amber Blais
All Nutcracker-ed out? Contemporary Denver ballet company Wonderbound is, too. So instead of sugarplum fairies and gingerbread soldiers, the company presents Winter (December 10 to 18 at Wonderbound Studio at Junction Box), a collaboration with musician Jesse Manley and his band. Long lauded for...
—Courtesy of Mark Sims
Hannah Alkire’s cello, “Phoenix”
Musician: Marc Neihof, Colorado Springs Philharmonic
Maker: Robert Ross of Ross Double Bass, Denver
Why it’s special: Made out of copper, elm, and reclaimed fir from a set of 1940s high school bleachers, Neihof’s bass has two...
Pictured: Chris O'Donnell and his sons; Image courtesy of Chris O’Donnell
On November 7, 2013, Denverite Chris O’Donnell and his 10- and 11-year-old sons, Finn and Tanner, skied both Loveland and Arapahoe Basin. The twofer marked the beginning of the O’Donnells’ mission to ski all 24 of the resorts available through the Colorado Ski Country Pass and the Epic Pass’ School...
—A rendering of Buttermilk Mountain’s new ski school
Nearly 12.6 million people hit the slopes last winter, and 26 percent of them were kids. To appeal to this active demographic (and wallet-wielding parents), this season, four Centennial State ski mountains are increasing their offerings for the pint-size set with more than $8 million in...
—Photograph by Carmel Zucker
For nearly a decade, Boulder-based Liberty Puzzles has distributed its intricate wooden jigsaws to big-name accounts such as Barneys New York, Anthropologie, art museums, and even the White House Historical Association’s gift shop. In October, though, 47-year-old founder and owner Chris Wirth...
—Photo by Laura Brooks
If you spent the better part of your summer camp experience in the arts and crafts studio, you can relive those memories during a full-day retreat with four-year-old Makerie. The July 13 Summer on the Farm class ($365) at the charming Lyons Farmette includes immersive craft workshops...
—Courtesy of The Wild Gym Company
Just as playground monkey bars build pint-size arm strength, Monkii Bars—a suspension-training apparatus released by Boulder’s the Wild Gym Company in September—develop grown-up muscles even Popeye would be proud of. The year-old company’s first fitness product morphs simple exercises, such as push...
—Courtesy of Gary Hubbell
1. You Catch It, We Cook It
A successful hunting trip can get messy—unless you’re out on Viceroy Snowmass’ new excursion. You’ll spend a full day stalking pheasant, grouse, or duck; fishing for trout; or shooting clay pigeons with the Aspen Outfitting Company ($1,250), but you get to leave...