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155 Things To Do This Year

We don’t want to hear you say there’s nothing to do around here ever again. C’mon folks, we live in Colorado—there’s loads of great stuff to experience all year long. So, pull out your calendar and find a permanent marker. From must-see concerts and summer festivals to sporting events and holiday activities, we’ve got you scheduled for fun throughout 2012.

5280 January 2012


Back To School

Ever think about finally getting that advanced degree to push you just a bit further up the ladder? Or have you ever considered switching careers altogether? Meet four Denverites who’ve done just that—and learn how do it yourself.

Presumed Guilty

The wrongful conviction of Tim Masters is one of the most egregious miscarriages of justice in Colorado history.


Mountain Madness

Our precious ski hills come in all shapes and sizes—and we love ’em for it. Here, a look at some of the numbers behind our winter playgrounds.

Rocky Mountain President

More than a century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt took a hunting trip to Colorado. What most people don’t know: There was much more at stake during those weeks than simply riding horses and tracking bears.

Front Range

Stay Connected

Keep track of your kids on the slopes.

Learned Behavior

How Denver’s brain-training center can change your mind—forever.

Meet The Mayors

We know who’s captaining Denver and Aurora, but who’s running the next biggest cities in the metro area?

Suburban Shake Up

After 40 years as an Aurora resident, Steve Hogan scored an upset win in November to become Mayor Michael Hancock’s suddenly prominent next-door neighbor. He chatted with 5280 on the eve of his inauguration to discuss what’s ahead for Colorado’s third-largest city.

How Many Ski Areas have Called Colorado Home?

How many ski areas have called Colorado home?

The High Life

Zeon Corporation turns familiar beer logos into wall art.

Saddle Up

Meet Jesse Smith, saddlemaker.


Office Space

A Boulder office is transformed.

Counter It

A sink made of concrete?

On The Bright Side

Sporty silhouettes in sassy neons and fiery reds dominate this season’s resort wear.

Take It Easy

A new facility brings elite-level recovery techniques to everyday athletes.

Hit The Club

If you like to work out and you like to party, but you don’t want your party to negate your workout, read on: Denver recently became the first U.S. city to launch an almost laughably counterintuitive concept called Fitness Clubbing. Thanks to Bulgarian-born DJ Darina Miteva, all you night-owl club-goers can get your freak on—alcohol-free—while you burn your calories off. Will it catch on? You be the judge.

Eat and Drink

Home Cookin’

Frank’s Kitchen transforms an old Chinese joint into a homey staple.

School’s in Session

Keystone’s dining scene gets a much-needed boost.

Best Bites: The Loving Cup

Our new afternoon snack: Sun Cups.

How Many Lobsters Does Steuben’s Use Each Week?

How many lobsters does Steuben’s use each week?

How To: Make Ceviche

In Peru, ceviche is synonymous with vitality, which makes Olivéa chef John Broening’s dish perfectly suited to dining in the New Year.

Shape Shifter

Satchel’s on 6th searches for an identity.

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