On a snowy night around 2 a.m., at a Park-n-Ride off I-70’s Lookout Mountain exit, Julie Petty loads duffle bags stuffed with ski clothes into a van. She does this dozens of times a year. When she finishes, the courier hauls the bags up the hill, bound for ski resorts across the state from Winter...
February 16 2012, 12:27 PM
Why We Love It: A day's pass is only $15. (Yes, downhillers, you read that correctly.)
When to Go: Around 10 a.m. to avoid the real pros who hit the trails early or the afternoon crowds.
Distance: More than 100 kilometers of trails
Favorite Trail: Pole Creek (It's...
February 14 2012, 12:07 PM
Why We Love It: Lots of reward (read: views) without much travel
When to Go: Right after a Front Range snowfall
Distance: About 4 miles, round-trip
Elevation Change: About 900 feet
I spend way too much time on I-70, which is why I love this quick snowshoe...
February 7 2012, 9:05 AM
Rant: I-70 drivers. Did you go to the mountains last weekend? Are you still stuck on I-70? Part of living in the Centennial State is acquiescing to the fact that you'll spend a chunk of your life idling in the parking lot that is I-70. From zipper lanes to high-speed trains, each proposed solution...
February 3 2012, 10:20 AM
The 1st Date
The 4th or 5th
The Wedding Anniversary
The All-Day Babysitter
The Group Date
The Blind Date
The 1st Date
A casual, no-pressure excursion that...
When Ernie Hartnagle came home from World War II in 1946, having served two-and-a-half years in the Seventh Pacific Fleet and participated in the liberation of the Philippines, there was no time to relax or recuperate or bask in the plaudits of his nation. Though just 20 years old, he was, like...
January 24 2012, 3:24 PM
On any given winter day at the YMCA of the Rockies, kids romp around the Snow Mountain Ranch’s Nordic Center while graybeards sip warm beverages out of thermoses as they pull on another layer of Lycra. The lodge-like registration building overlooks a cozy valley and a distant ridgeline dotted with...
When I hear a fellow skier tell the story of someone else’s snowboard sliding to a hockey stop against his skull, I cringe—and then file it away in my arsenal of persuasive tactics. It’ll come in handy for the argument that starts every year when the first flakes fall, as inevitable and frustrating...
January 24 2012, 12:13 PM