Bethany Rhine welcomes visitors to the cozy Winter Park Winery in Fraser. Photo by Terri Cook
The Winery: Winter Park Winery
The People: This cheerful mountain winery is owned and operated by Jon Brickner, a pro cyclist who grew up in Aurora, where his dad ran a small co-op winery in which neighbors shared in the work—as well as the rewards—of winemaking. Before he was...
February 24 2017, 3:10 PM
Skiers enjoying Snow Mountain Ranch's 120 kilometers of Nordic trails. Photo by Terri Cook
Tired of I-70 traffic and long lift lines? Instead of heading back to the resorts this weekend, try exploring some of Colorado’s beautiful backcountry the old-fashioned way: by strapping on snowshoes or clipping into cross-country skis. Before you head out, be sure to check the current ...
February 23 2017, 10:00 AM
Steep piles of old mine tailings form "The Dumps" on Aspen Mountain. These thigh-burning trails are tributes to the area's geology, which forever altered the town's fate after silver was discovered here in 1879.
Lindsy Fortier/Aspen Skiing Company
Aspen, Breckenridge, and Telluride have something unexpected in common: They are all 19th century mining towns that came dangerously close to becoming ghost towns. All three towns were able to escape a bust by striking it rich in a different natural element: white gold, aka snow. As a result, the...
February 10 2017, 12:30 PM
The view from the back of the dog sled. Photo courtesy of Terri Cook
Two of the best ways to stave off the winter blues, according to a recent article in Everyday Health, are to get outside and try something new. Luckily, we live in Colorado, where there's no shortage of new adventures to tackle. Before winter melts away to spring, take a spin on a dog sled, a...
February 7 2017, 11:40 AM
Snowmass offers long runs, short (or no) lift lines, and a huge selection of intermediate and expert terrain.
Photo courtesy of Lindsy Fortier / Aspen Skiing Company
Vertical rise: 4,406 feet
Skiable terrain: 3,332 acres
Lift hours: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Base elevation: 8,104 feet
Summit elevation: 12,510 feet
Why we love it: Short (or no) lines, long runs, and a huge selection of fabulous intermediate terrain
Since its opening in 1967,...
February 2 2017, 11:33 AM
Stats: 3,000 feet of drop over four miles
Rating: Black and blue
Why we love it: The single longest run on the mountain, Riva Ridge is one of Vail’s most iconic ski trails
One of the longest ski runs you’ll ever come across, Vail Mountain’s Riva Ridge drops an impressive 3,000...
January 10 2017, 4:40 PM
The badlands in El Paso County's Paint Mines Interpretive Park have been mined by Native Americans for ceremonial paint and other uses for 10,000 years. Photo courtesy of Terri Cook and Lon Abbott
In most respects, the town of Calhan, located on U.S. 24 in northeastern El Paso County, is typical of the small towns dotting the state’s vast High Plains. But Calhan hides a colorful secret: vibrant purple, red, pink, and yellow badlands that are the only source of high-grade clay anywhere on...
January 3 2017, 2:00 PM
Silver Vines Winery in Olde Town Arvada features award-winning wines in a cozy ambiance.
—Photo by Terri Cook
The Winery: Silver Vines Winery
The People: Minnesotan brothers—and Silver Vines Winery owners—Danny and Jeff Chayer are both lifelong wine lovers. Jeff studied Viticulture and Enology while Danny learned how to manage business at the award-winning Landon Winery in Texas;...
January 3 2017, 1:30 PM