The Awesome Arkansas: River Rafter Tests Her Mettle

The Awesome Arkansas: River Rafter Tests Her Mettle

I had been lucky. On five previous rafting trips through Brown’s Canyon on the Arkansas River, most other members of the group took tumbles into the frigid waters. But, throughout the years, I’d always been able to maintain position on the topside of the raft. I...
Not A Happy Camper

Not A Happy Camper

A big black dog, a tent and a fishing pole are the sine qua non of Colorado living and, over the years, I’ve had a number of all three. Fishing, I enjoy, and scratching the ears of a big goofy mutt is a great relaxing sedative, but it stops right there because I’ve...
First Descents: Kayaking Camp Pushes Cancer Patients

First Descents: Kayaking Camp Pushes Cancer Patients

“Cancer, it’s just a word.” That’s a favorite saying of Vail resident Allan Goldberg, First Descents executive director and 27-year cancer survivor. He likes the phrase so much so that he had it printed on t-shirts. “It is a scary word and it deserves its reputation,”...
Colorado Ski Season: Let the Fun Begin!

Colorado Ski Season: Let the Fun Begin!

Colorado’s mountain resorts have fine-tuned their slopes and improved guest services for the 2011-2012 ski/snowboard season. This year, it’s about technology, terrain parks and a few surprise new twists and turns. Here’s a rundown of the resorts and their opening...
Snow Day: More Ways to Play on Vail Mountain

Snow Day: More Ways to Play on Vail Mountain

With its 5,000 acres of terrain and legendary Back Bowls, Vail Mountain is the crème de la crème of Colorado ski resorts. It’s known for its wide ski runs, a wealth of intermediate and expert runs, and a comprehensive ski school. But Vail Mountain isn’t...
Slopes Less Taken: Going to Great Heights

Slopes Less Taken: Going to Great Heights

A rich blue sky envelops me. Sun streams onto my face. The air holds still and clear. Nothing invades my space — no trees, no structures and no people — just the sky and pristine snow, soft under my ski boots and thick on mountains as far as I can see. I’m on top of...