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Shauna Farnell

A Denver native and worshipper of mountains, Shauna Farnell is a full-time freelance writer based in Breckenridge. A former staff writer for the Vail Daily and Summit Daily newspapers, she also followed World Cup alpine skiing through Europe as an editor for Ski Racing and media correspondent for the International Ski Federation. She loves writing about (and participating in) adventures of all varieties and uncovering human interest stories that inspire others to be better humans. In addition to 10 years of storytelling for 5280, you can read her work in the New York TimesNational Geographic and Thrillist.

Articles By Shauna Farnell

7 Running and Cycling Races to Add to Your Summer Bucket List

From rowdy downhill half marathons to feel-good fondos, there’s a summer starting line for every Colorado athlete on this list.

The rippled Wasatch Mountains behind Salt Lake City.

First-Timer’s Guide: A Long Weekend in Salt Lake City

Discover a buffet of multi-sport adventures, delightful eats, and stellar weather when you pop on a short flight to our neighbor to the west this spring.

A skier whips her wig after skimming across the pond at the closing weekend spring skiing event at Aspen Highlands.

14 Can’t-Miss Spring Skiing Events

Break out your finest tutu—it’s time to see how far you can skim across an icy pond. Best part? There’s beer at the end.

Mikaela Shiffrin hoists her skis as she celebrates her 87th all-time World Cup win with her teammates.

Mikaela Shiffrin Is the G.O.A.T.—And Also One of the Humblest Athletes of All Time

The alpine skier won again last weekend, making her the best racer in history, but the Coloradan still never expects victory.

Zeb Powell gets funky at Copper Mountain.

Local Teens ‘Slide-In’ to the Next Level of Snowboarding

Aiming to diversify the slopes and make the sport more accessible, Red Bull Tour stops at Copper Mountain.

The halfpipe and Big Air jump at Copper Mountain during the U.S. Grand Prix.

7 Colorado Halfpipe and Big Air Skiers and Riders to Watch This Season

Several homegrown athletes made their way to finals at the world-class competitions this December at Copper Mountain—look for them to keep throwing down this winter.

A photo of Jake Plummer mixing a bourbon blend with Breckenridge Distillery. Photo courtesy of Breckenridge Distillery

While Broncos Flounder, Jake Plummer, Karl Mecklenburg Craft Bourbon Blends to Ease the Sting

Two Breckenridge Distillery bourbons—blended by the alumni stars—face off for the title of best blend as the company signs a five-year contract with the team.

How One Boulder Farm Is Enlisting the Help of Alpacas to Grow Hemp for CBD

Manure from the herd of 10 furry tenants provides fertilizer for Miraflora Naturals’ organic hemp products.

First-Timer’s Guide: Fall in Grand Junction

In autumn, Colorado’s Western Slope offers cool-weather adventures and a bountiful harvest of fresh produce.

Colorado’s Most Popular Backcountry Hut Needs Your Help

How you can donate to support the major renovations happening at Francie’s Cabin near Breckenridge. Plus, the story of the family- and outdoor-loving woman who the accessible space is named after.

Breckenridge Ski Resort Co-Founder Trygve Berge Turns 90

We attended Berge’s birthday party on the slopes he built to hear about his long—and still strong—life.

Keystone’s Forthcoming Lift Is Set to Make Advanced Terrain More Accessible

Starting next season, the six-seater will offer easy access to bowls that could previously only be reached by hiking or snow cat.

Snowboarder Julia Marino Discusses Her Colorado Connections, Olympic Success, and the Prada Incident

Fresh off becoming America’s first medalist at the Winter Olympics in Beijing, we caught up with the snowboarding star at Copper Mountain.

How the Namesake of Beaver Creek’s New Eaton Haus Transformed Colorado Skiing

The hut at the resort’s new beginner terrain at McCoy Park pays homage to Earl Eaton, the founder of Vail and Beaver Creek and visionary behind much of the state’s modern-day ski terrain.

Trevor Kennison Will Be the First Adaptive Athlete to Hit the X Games Big Air Jump

About seven years after a backcountry snowboarding accident left him mostly paralyzed from the waist down, the Colorado-based athlete is set to make history this Sunday.

Red Gerard’s Road To Beijing 2022 Ramps Up This Weekend

Gerard and U.S. team coach David Reynolds discuss dialing in the Olympic snowboard champ’s spontaneity ahead of two Colorado events this month and the Winter Games in February.

Monarch Ski Area Colorado

All the Pandemic-Related Regulations at Colorado Ski Resorts for the 2021–’22 Season

You don’t have to make reservations or wear masks outdoors, but you’d better keep a face covering handy.

The Part-Time Ghost Town of Tin Cup Is Still an Outdoor Mecca

The former mining area and inspiration behind a Colorado-born brown liquor remains a recreation paradise.

What It’s Like to Climb North America’s Highest Via Ferrata

One writer details her experience on the extreme “iron path,” which opened at Arapahoe Basin on June 25.

A Colorado Mountain Biker is Tackling Some of the World’s Gnarliest Terrain

Fresh off dropping cliffs at the elite Red Bull Formation event, Samantha Soriano is on track to become one of the world’s top freeriders.

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