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
Stuck in I-70 traffic? Take a deep breath and remember why it's worth the effort. Photo by Daliah Singer
You're not truly a Denverite until you've uttered some version of "I-70 traffic is the worst!" Thankfully, in recent years, the towns between Denver and Summit County have added to their offerings, giving frustrated drivers (and whining kids and dogs) more places to stretch their legs, grab some...
February 16 2017, 2:00 PM
Echo Mountain opened for business on Jan. 10. Fred Klaas, the general manager, says the ski hill offers an alternative to the big resorts out west. Photograph by Mike Tish
The first thing that struck me about Echo Mountain Resort is the people: There aren’t very many. In one sense, Echo looks like any other alpine destination, just on a smaller scale. Streams of white runs still cut through vast swaths of evergreen like a river, but normally there are...
February 14 2017, 4:45 PM
Leadville's Colorado Trail House. Photograph courtesy of Victor Leung
Located just off of Leadville’s Main Street, rooms at the Colorado Trail House (above) range from $50 to $80 per night. The year-old inn also boasts a shared kitchen and year-round hot tub.
Mancos Inn & Hostel. Photograph courtesy of Sarah Allen
At the recently remodeled Mancos Inn...
"Seven Magic Mountains," an installation on the Free-Range Art Highway. Photograph courtesy of Gianfranco Gorgoni.
Las Vegas’ average March highs (high 60s to low 70s) might hover only a few degrees above Denver’s, but Nevada’s temperate weather isn’t punctuated by the occasional blizzard. All the more reason to jump on a cheap flight to the Silver State for a snow-free spring escape.
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George Franklin from Chicago’s Sno-Gophers Ski Club, one of the 13 founding clubs in the National Brotherhood of Skiers. Photograph by Chip Kalbeck
If you’re making turns at Keystone this month, you may cross paths with members of one of the largest ski clubs in the United States. The National Brotherhood of Skiers (NBS), an organization of more than 3,000 black powderhounds, is holding its annual Black Summit at the resort from February 25 to...
Extreme ski phenom Chris Davenport reaching the summit of Star Peak in the Elk Mountains near Aspen. Photograph courtesy of Chris Davenport, iStock (iPad)
Last May, alpinist and professional photographer Cory Richards, who was a resident of Boulder at the time, shared his ascent of Mt. Everest live via Snapchat. His stream, titled #EverestNoFilter, introduced hundreds of thousands of viewers to vertiginous peaks and stunning vistas—as well as some of...
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