The first time I hiked the Manitou Incline—a one-mile, 2,000-foot climb up an abandoned railway at the foot of Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs—my trapezius muscles were sore for days afterwards. Not my thighs, knees, or butt, as expected, but the muscles between my shoulders and my neck, as if my...
April 26 2013, 12:50 PM
Why we love it: Panoramic views of the Front Range, but very close to Boulder.
When to go: Anytime—there isn't a bad time of the year to tackle this trek.
In 1859, Marshall Mesa—5.5 miles south of downtown Boulder—was the site of Colorado Territory’s first coal discovery. The...
April 16 2013, 9:07 AM
I was intimidated. OK, I was frightened as I walked into Woodward at Copper’s 19,400-foot “Barn” facility. The indoor ski and snowboard training facility’s trampolines, foam pits, and a 60-foot-tall sheer ski run (it looked like a vertical drop from below) were enough to scare this 36-year-old...
March 26 2013, 3:59 PM
Why we love it: Like yoga, slacklining helps balance, muscle rehabilitation, spiritual recovery, stress, and posture.
When to go: Whenever you find yourself between two anchor points.
I was walking Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro last spring, when I saw three cariocas had...
March 26 2013, 9:22 AM
Why we love it: Perfectly groomed trails and a restaurant with beer to warm me up after a workout.
When to go: Now. There’s not a lot of snowpack, so the skiing is storm-to-storm.
One of the things I appreciate about Nordic skiing is that it lacks the “fuss” of downhill skiing....
February 26 2013, 9:05 AM
Why we love it: The trails are impeccably groomed and never crowded.
When to go: Anytime there is snow and a bluebird sky.
Colorado is chock-full of gorgeous vistas, but one of my all-time favorites is the view of the Yampa Valley after you’ve crossed Rabbit Ears Pass on U.S...
February 19 2013, 9:23 AM
Why we love it: What’s not to love about a healing mineral soak—sans any trace of sulfur smell that pervades other hot springs—after a weekend of powder skiing, hut-tripping, and snowshoeing in the San Juan Mountains backcountry?
When to go: We recommend a snowy winter day when the surrounding...
February 12 2013, 10:50 AM
Why we love it: The thick ice at this relatively small suburban lake (about one-fifth the size of the better known Chatfield Lake) is perfect for beginners to get in touch with their inner hunter-gatherer—without the long high country drive.
When to go: January through March
February 1 2013, 4:15 PM