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Eric Zerowin: Roping Them In

Eric Zerowin: Roping Them In

Stuck between a rock and a hard place? Not even close. Climbing guide Eric Zerowin sets anchors high above the shores of Lake Dillon as his two guests absorb the views. The late-morning sun shines…

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Snow Play: Without the Skis

Snow Play: Without the Skis

Colorado has the good fortune of a “perfect storm” of conditions for winter sports enthusiasts. Mountainous terrain coupled with just-the-right-latitude brings us abundant winter snow, and that famed 300 days of sunshine per year make…

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Durango: Places to Play in the Snow

If you’re planning a Colorado ski or snowboard trip, Vail and Aspen aren’t the only options to find fresh powder, exciting trails and the canopy of the Rocky Mountain blue skies. In the southwest corner…

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Sky Ride: A New View of the Zoo

The chairlift seat slides smoothly under us and lifts us to the sky. Below, we can see grizzly bears wrestling with each other on the edge of a pond. Say what? You get an entirely…

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Two-Wheel Cruising: A Tour of Three Denver-Area Bike Paths

The Colorado sky seems color-enhanced. Rich blues tint the vibrant summer sunsets and most Coloradans happily traded their skis for flip-flops. The Denver area’s 100-plus miles of groomed bike paths are a great place for…

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Mush! Going to the Dogs in Breckenridge

The training period lasted less than two minutes, and it went something (though not entirely) like this: “Put your feet here. One foot on the brake to slow down, two feet to stop. And lean…

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10th Mountain Division Huts: Backcountry Sanctuaries

Last Dec. 31, the crisp air at the trailhead between Leadville and Vail felt invigorating. I had been looking forward to this day since March when I’d first thrown my name into the 10th Mountain…

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River Rafting: High-Country Thrills and Spills on the Colorado River

The record snowmelt in the Colorado Rockies this summer means action-packed river rafting. And if your teenager is addicted to adventure and virtually fearless, this is the ideal time to enjoy some family togetherness on…

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Packing Like a Pro: 12 Tips for a Winter Park Ski Vacation

Packing light for a ski vacation can prove difficult, but packing right has just gotten easier, thanks to those in the know at the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce. In addition to the obvious…

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Colorado Mountain Club: Leading the Way Through the Rockies

One of Denver’s major draws is its proximity to the mountains. But to some residents, the concepts of high-altitude safety and basic trail etiquette can be a little intimidating. Enter the Colorado Mountain Club. Headquartered…

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Battle of the Bug: Fighting the Pine Beetle in Colorado’s High Country

I’ve been fighting a little bug lately. Uh, no, I feel fine, thanks. The bug is the mountain pine beetle, scourge of the Colorado high country, munching through our alpine forests like Grant went through…

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America’s Tallest Sandbox: Try Dune-Hill Skiing

Outdoor aficionados might be divided into two factions – winter people and summer people. Winter people are those who live for the season when snow blankets the land. For them, nirvana is a white-clad peak…

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Crested Butte: Colorado’s ‘UnAspen’

No opulent mansions mark the edge of Crested Butte. Its downtown business district features not one Gucci store, Prada boutique, Gap shop or Polo Ralph Lauren emporium. Locals commute on bikes, celebrities wander paparazzi-free, and…

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Chaffee County, Colorado: A Boomer Paradise

“We may not be as young as we were, but we’re still cool,” says the oh-so-mellow voice on the radio. That’s the slogan for Hippie Radio, the local station in Chaffee County, Colorado, home to…

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Winter Wonderland: Snowshoeing the Powder Along the Poudre

The 1820s fur trappers who gave the Cache la Poudre River its name used the French phrase that translates as “hide the powder” to commemorate the large cache of gunpowder that they secreted along the…

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Denver-Area Skateparks: 5 Places to Ride the Concrete Waves

With Colorado’s mountains and open plains, wave riders may experience ocean withdrawals in the beautiful landlocked state. But the Denver area offers an alternative sport experience. Boarders can trade surf for skate and head to…

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Red Feather Lakes: Northern Colorado’s Best-Kept Secret

  Your Red Feather Lakes Vacation Starts Here After two epic years of road-tripping across America by RV, we found our perfect spot for a summertime base camp in Red Feather Lakes near Fort Collins.…

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