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The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Backcountry Skiing and Boarding

Want to leave the lifts—and the lift lines—behind? We spoke with Centennial State ski guides, avalanche safety educators, and other experts to get the down low on skiing the high country.

5280 November 2022

The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Backcountry Skiing and Boarding

Want to leave the lifts—and the lift lines—behind? We spoke with Centennial State ski guides, avalanche safety educators, and other experts to get the down low on skiing the high country.

Inside Colorado’s Devastating Fentanyl Crisis

The Centennial State’s fentanyl overdose death rate is the second-worst in the nation, which means Coloradans still don’t seem to understand that one pill can kill you.

Living Off the Grid in Colorado’s San Luis Valley

Five-acre homesteads with views of the Sangre de Cristos for $5,000 might sound like a bargain. But off-grid life in the middle of the San Luis Valley has a distinctly rough aspect, as the author learned when he volunteered to support locals whose lives become precarious when the weather gets cold.

Why Did Walter Springs Die?

When a 24-year-old Denver soldier was shot and killed by military police near his base in Texas in 1942, his family and friends suspected the official story wasn’t complete. They were right.

The 2022 Colorado Gear Guide

The best locally made gear for wherever your Colorado adventures take you, from paddleboarding Lake Dillion to hiking the high alpine.

How the 100-Year-Old Colorado River Compact Laid the Foundation for the West’s Current Water Crisis

A hundred years ago this month, a handful of men tasked with divvying up the Colorado River gravely misjudged its character. Is it too late to fix their mistakes?

After a Rash of Family Deaths, One Colorado Man Needed to Find a Different Way to Grieve

He found it by turning his parents into sustainable energy.

Portrait of Lindsey B King

The Impact of Dogged Reporting

A letter from the editor of 5280.

Author Kate Manning Mines Colorado’s Past in Gilded Mountain

The New York writer’s latest novel explores labor and love in early 20th century Colorado mining towns.

How to Take a Ski Photo That Will Turn Heads

Adventure photographer Liam Doran’s five tips for capturing an epic image on Colorado’s slopes.

Factory Fashion Brings Versatility to the Denver Style Scene

The Stanley Market incubator has a hand in many of the looks you’ll see at this month’s Denver Fashion Week.

Amid Layoffs and Falling Sales, Colorado’s Cannabis Industry Grapples With an Economic Downturn

For years, the cannabis industry flourished through a “green rush.” Now, amid plummeting sales, Colorado’s cannabis entrepreneurs are struggling as never before.

Make the Most of Your Delayed (Or Canceled) DIA Flight

When airlines delay your flight this holiday season, spend your downtime enjoying these Denver International Airport offerings.

Artist Jeffrey Gibson Explores Indigenous Kinship Philosophy at the Aspen Art Museum

The flag spinning performance, sculptures, and other digital media at Gibson’s “The Spirits Are Laughing” forces us to consider our relationship with the land.

Why Stopping the Time Change Might Actually Be Good for Us

Local #LockTheClock advocate Scott Yates breaks down why the twice-yearly time change might not be so good for us after all.

Fancy Frasca dessert

Why You Should Try One of Frasca’s Showstopping Desserts This Fall

Pastry chef Alberto Hernandez crafts creations that are delicious as they are beautiful.

3 Dude Ranches With Amazing Culinary Programs to Visit This Winter

At these all-inclusive properties, comforting and refined cuisine is on the menu.

How to Brew Loose-Leaf the Right Way, According to Ku Cha House of Tea

Ku Cha co-owner Rong Pan shares tips for crafting your own cup of tranquility.

An Impressive Beverage Program Outshines the Plant-Based Cuisine at Fellow Traveler

After a more than two-year hiatus, 5280‘s restaurant review program returns. Here, our critic offers insight on a vegan hot spot in Englewood.

What Will Denver Look Like in the Metaverse?

The sites that are sure to populate Denver’s version of the Metaverse.

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