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Managing Editor

Jessica LaRusso

Managing Editor

Jessica LaRusso is 5280‘s managing editor. LaRusso also oversees daily copy flow and deadline coordination and maintains the house style guide. She writes for the Dwell section of 5280.com and all segments of the magazine, including service packages. LaRusso grew up in northern Indiana and earned a degree in anthropology at the University of Notre Dame—along with completing the school’s Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy—before trading the Midwest for the mountains in 2010. LaRusso joined the 5280 staff full time in 2012 and lives in Denver.

Articles By Jessica LaRusso

Two kids ski corduroy at Purgatory Resort

How to Make the Most of Colorado Ski Country USA’s Kids Ski Passport

This year, the Colorado Ski Country USA—whose member resorts include locals’ favorites Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, and Winter Park—expanded its kids Ski Passport program to include third through sixth graders. Here, a guide to which hills to hit for family-friendly attractions.

Tommy Brown poses shirtless in Shinesty boxers with woman model and football

Meet Tommy Brown, College Football’s First Professional Underwear Supermodel

We caught up with CU offensive lineman Tommy Brown to talk about his new NIL partnership with Denver underwear maker Shinesty.

Back and white cat surrounded by pumpkins

Halloween for Weenies: 10 Festive but Not Actually Scary Things to Do in Denver

From silent discoing in costume to carving pumpkins with cats, here’s how to celebrate the year’s spookiest holiday in Denver—sans the jump scares.

Central City Cemetery's black iron gate

Central City: Central City Cemetery

Century-old grave markers dot this easy, meandering hike through aspen-filled Central City Cemetery.

How Small Aesthetic Upgrades Are Paying Off Big for Sellers in Denver’s Cooling Real Estate Market

One local interior designer turned broker shares how she uses paint, lighting, and staging to get her clients top dollar for their homes—even amidst the current market slowdown.

The harvest moon rises above storm clouds in southwestern Colorado.

4 Karmic Ways To Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox in Denver

Yes, it’s getting darker, but you can still let your light shine with these fun-meets-philanthropy ways to mark the changing season.

Head coach Karl Dorrell gestures at CU football players

Season Preview: University of Colorado Boulder Football

Entering head coach Karl Dorrell’s first relatively normal football season at CU, the Buffs are young, hungry, and eager to put last year’s disappointments behind them.

Air Force cadets cheer on football team

Season Preview: U.S. Air Force Academy Football

Expectations for the Air Force football team this year are as high as Falcon Stadium’s signature flyovers.

disc golf

6 Colorado Players To Watch at the 2022 PDGA Disc Golf World Championships

Nearly a dozen Colorado players will be competing in the Professional Disc Golf Association’s highest-profile event of the 2022 season. Here are a few to root for.

The Beginner’s Guide to Disc Golf in Denver

Disc golf is one of the few pandemic crazes Coloradans aren’t letting go of. If you haven’t gotten in on the chain-rattling action yet, no worries: We’ll tell you where to buy your gear, how to perfect your backhand, which courses across the state should be on your bucket list, and what it takes to go pro from people who actually make money playing the game.

Eagle McMahon

Eagle McMahon’s Top Tips for Playing Mountain Disc Golf Courses

One of the world’s best disc golfers, Eagle McMahon, grew up playing Colorado’s high-elevation courses. Here, his advice for navigating downhill tee shots, rocky terrain, and disc-eating pine trees.

10 Bucket-List Disc Golf Courses in Colorado

From private, high-elevation mountain courses to wooded public layouts on the Eastern Plains, Colorado’s best disc golf courses are destinations worth traveling to.

Kona Panis

Colorado-Born Disc Golfer Kona Panis on Going Pro

We asked Colorado native Kona Panis what it’s like being a disc golf influencer—and the future of the sport.

The Best Clubs for Joining the Disc Golf Scene in Colorado

Disc golfers are a famously welcoming group, but the quickest way to make friends in the scene is to join a club.

Fort Collins’ Discmania Makes Some of the World’s Most Coveted Discs

Discmania, one of disc golf’s premier disc makers, collaborates with pro players and a local artist to make limited-edition, collectable discs from its U.S. headquarters in Wellington.

How Discs Fly, According to Disc Golf Masters World Champ Joe Rovere

We asked Joe Rovere, the winningest Colorado disc golfer of all time—who also happens to be a middle school robotics teacher in Longmont—to give us a lesson on the way discs soar. Plus: what those four numbers on your disc actually mean.

6 Great Disc Golf Stores Around Denver

The Denver area has a plethora of disc golf stores where you can stock up on discs, bags, and merch—and learn more about the growing sport.

The Best Denver Disc Golf Courses for Beginners

These 14 free disc golf courses in the Denver metro area are perfect for new players. Plus: the rules and etiquette you need to know.

The Best Colorado Hard Seltzer for Every Vibe

Local breweries are getting into the hard seltzer game in a big way, so we sampled gallons of the bubbly beverages to bring you this list of the best Colorado hard seltzers in a variety of categories.

Gaylord Rockies Resort Pool

The Best Denver Pools (And Other Watery Spots) to Make a Splash

Want to cool off with your crew, but don’t have a swimming hole of your own? From sailing on Chatfield to private pools you can rent by the hour, here are five ideas for playing in the water this summer.

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