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The Mountain Guide


November 2011

From the Editor


Clyfford Still’s Unyielding Will

This month, the Clyfford Still Museum opens downtown, a shrine to one of the greatest—and least-known—painters of the 20th century. Why Denver? The answer lies in the artist’s irascible life.

Homegrown Terror

Two years ago, Najibullah Zazi left his Aurora apartment for New York with plans to blow up part of the city’s subway system. Thanks to old-fashioned detective work, 21st-century counterterrorism techniques—and a bit of luck—federal, Colorado, and Denver officials were able to disrupt one of Al Qaeda’s most terrifying plots since 9/11.

Gather Round

Panzano chef Elise Wiggins prepares an at-home Italian feast.



Art on Ice

NHL goalie masks are more than just face protectors—they’re works of art. Take a close look at the mask of Semyon Varlamov, the probable new starting goalie for the Avalanche’s 2011-2012 season.

Sound Decision

After years of tolerating a hearing disability, a ground-breaking surgery grants one Denverite the tuned-in life she never knew she always wanted.

Front Range

Gear Shift

Winter commuting—by bike.

Liquid Gold

Colorado’s oil business is still pumping, but it can’t keep up with our thirst.

Ski Patrol

For 49 years, Colorado Ski Country USA has promoted and lobbied on behalf of the local ski industry. This fall, we chatted with Melanie Mills, president and CEO, about the recession, tourism, and lift-line bonuses.

Brave the Elements

Don’t let a little snow deter you from your fourteener.

Searching for Help

How a mishap introduced me to Planned Parenthood—and made me see the light.



Twice as Nice

A husband-and-wife team rethinks modern furniture.

Paint the Town

Forget the indoor galleries: Some of Denver’s most vibrant murals are plastered on the outside of our buildings.

Slice & Splice

Print mashups ruled the runways this season. Master the look by pairing collaged fabrics with streamlined accessories.


Eat Cheap: India Oven

On South Colorado Boulevard, India Oven does the buffet meal justice.

Spice It Up

The brightly hued annatto seed adds pop to local dishes.

Around Town: Soup

Escape the cold with these warming—and filling—soups.

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