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The Best of the Mountain West 2023

From a desert-dwelling sake brewer in Arizona to an independence-loving micronation in Nevada to a purpose-driven pizza place in New Mexico, here are the people, places, and things that make living in our region so sweet.

5280 December 2023

Did Bad Fire Science Send Tim and Deb Nicholls to Prison?

Twenty years ago, a house fire killed three children. Prosecutors used spurious science to convict Tim and Deb Nicholls of murder. Do they deserve a new trial?

The Secrets to Making New Friends in Denver

It’s not easy. In fact, it’s really, really hard to forge new friendships. The payoff, however, is usually worth it.

Chip on stairs

The Best of the Mountain West 2023

From a desert-dwelling sake brewer in Arizona to an independence-loving micronation in Nevada to a purpose-driven pizza place in New Mexico, here are the people, places, and things that make living in our region so sweet.

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Tour the Winning Spaces From Our 2023 Top Denver Home Design Contest

From muted and minimalist to dramatically daring, these living spaces represent the pinnacle of residential design in Denver and beyond. Step inside for brilliant inspiration for your own domain.

What Running a Ski Area on Colorado’s Grand Mesa Taught Me About Life

Finding renewed purpose on cross-country skis.

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How Many Close Friends Do You Have?

A letter from the editor of 5280.

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7 Can’t-Miss Colorado Cultural Happenings from 2023

This magazine prides itself on covering the most interesting cultural happenings in Colorado. With that said, nobody’s perfect.

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3 of the Rarest Books at Denver’s Hermitage Bookshop

In honor of Denver’s Hermitage Bookshop’s 50th anniversary, we break down three of the most unique tomes on the store’s shelves.

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How Boulder’s Himali Helps Keep Climbers Alive On the World’s Tallest Mountains

The company’s American and Nepalese Sherpa co-owners design their ideal outfit for navigating the death zone.

What You Need To Know About Colorado’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act

While its goal is simple—provide paid time off for family, medical, and other emergencies—navigating Colorado’s FAMLI Act, which goes into effect next month, takes some work.

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Can Breckenridge’s Ullr Fest Regain the World’s Longest Shot Ski Record?

The Utah upstarts keep trying to steal Breck’s glory. But at this December’s Ullr Fest, Colorado has a chance to reclaim its shot ski crown.

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Let Denver’s Red Tops Rendezvous Introduce You To Detroit-Style Pie

Square, cheesy-edged with the sauce on top, this pizza is a Motor City treat you’ll love.

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Cherry Creek’s Le Bilboquet’s New Top Toque is Mixing Up French Fare with Global Influences

A little more than a year into his tenure, Cherry Creek’s Le Bilboquet’s executive chef, Sosthène Kaboré, is mixing up French fare with global influences.

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Tu’s Kitchen is Bringing Bolder Flavors to the ’Burbs

Chef Thuy Le, the former owner of Boulder’s iconic Chez Thuy, delivers delicious Vietnamese to Broomfield.

The Oversimplified Guide to Shoveling a Sidewalk

A personal trainer on how to avoid injury while performing winter’s most tedious task.

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