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The Best Places to Cross-Country Ski in Colorado

Everything you need to know to fall in love with Colorado’s other style of skiing.

5280 December 2019

Features

The Long-Forgotten Vigilante Murders of the San Luis Valley

How history forgot Felipe and Vivián Espinosa, two of the American West’s most brutal killers—and the complicated story behind their murderous rampage.

9 Artifacts That Shaped Colorado’s History

This collection of artifacts, all held by Colorado museums, reveals a history that’s as complicated as it is American.

Who Is Tim Gill?

He’s one of the most influential social and political figures in the country’s history, but most people don’t know who Tim Gill is. A quarter century after the Colorado tech millionaire became a philanthropist, we take a closer look.

How to Host the Best Hanukkah Feast Ever

Ash’Kara chef Daniel Asher shares his Middle Eastern-inspired recipes for latkes, lamb, doughnuts, and more.

Department

Can a Film With an All-Female Cast Be the Next Big Climbing Movie?

The Never Not Collective set out to make a movie about women climbers—not to navigate gender politics. But as the trio of Western producers has discovered with its new film, Pretty Strong, you can’t do one without the other.

From the Editor

Wild West

A letter from the editor of 5280‘s December 2019 issue.

Compass

A Decade in Denver: 10 Trends That Defined the 2010s in the Mile High City

The past ten years have been one of the most prosperous eras in the city’s history.

Q&A: DPS’ Superintendent on Lessons Learned During Her Rough First Year

From a teacher strike to a districtwide lockdown, Susana Cordova faced a turbulent initial 12 months in charge of the state’s largest school district.

Will Jim Deters’ Newest Big Idea Work?

Deters learned some tough lessons as CEO of Galvanize—here’s how Gravity Haus, his hotel concept opening this month in Breckenridge, will be different.

Adventure

How a Colorado Couple Quit Booze and Found New Highs in the Mountains

John and Alyson Kirk are battling addiction by replacing alcohol with an all-consuming pursuit of summits.

Why You Should Explore Rifle, Colorado in the Winter

Skip ski resort mayhem for a weekend in Rifle where mystical ice caves, nearby hot springs, and a funky inn reveal a more serene—and fantastical—side of winter.

Digital Screens are Coming to a Chairlift Near You

A Colorado company aims to keep skiers better informed with digital displays for chairlifts and gondolas.

Culture

The Best Colorado Events: December 2019

Your short list of Colorado’s coolest December events.

Colorado Perfumes Are the Gifts That Keep on Spritzing

Perfumers layer their wares with ingredients that unfold over time, so one of these aromas is a gift you—or a loved one—can unwrap again and again.

How These Coloradans Brought the Star Wars Universe a Little Closer to Home

Before the latest trilogy wraps with the release of The Rise Of Skywalker, meet Christopher Clark, Colin Cantwell, and Jim Shima—three Centennial State residents with important roles in the galaxy far, far away.

We Can’t Believe This Isn’t the Real R2D2

Find out how Star Wars superfan Jim Shima built this amazing replica of the beloved droid.

Eat and Drink

Where Our Food Editors Are Eating, December 2019

Lollipop chicken wings, fresh fish tacos, and local wines are all on the menu this month.

3 Local Whiskey Distillers That Make Holiday Wishes Come True

Buy these winter warmers for the spirit-lovers in your life.

One Food Editor’s Ode to Her Mama’s Cooking

5280‘s Patricia Kaowthumrong shares a personal story of adopting her mother’s love of cooking and sharing as her own.

Restaurant Review: LeRoux

From its striking space on the 16th Street Mall, does LeRoux realize its fine-dining ambitions?

Somebody People Has the Best Sunday Supper in Town

Score five vegan courses for $25 at this Palm Springs-party spot.

Backstory

We Assigned High School Stereotypes to Six Colorado Ski Resorts

If these cliques do exist, which one would you belong to?

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