A Winter Wonderland

The little sorrel mare plunges joyfully through the powdery drifts, like a carousel horse freed from its pole. Her shaggy winter coat is frosted with snow and when she pauses at the hilltop, she snorts steam and her sides heave with the effort. Yet, she pulls at the reins, seeming eager to push on. But … Read more A Winter Wonderland

Winter in Ouray

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Ouray may not have its own ski area, but when it comes to winter sports, there is plenty to keep you busy. This hamlet in southwestern Colorado enjoys an envious location in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. The town sits at 7,700 feet, and is surrounded by peaks that soar another 5,000 feet. … Read more Winter in Ouray

Winter Park-Fraser Valley: On a Budget

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Colorado ski towns are often known for high prices, especially during their winter primetime. But vacationing in a mountain getaway doesn’t have to break the budget. The Winter Park-Fraser Valley area, 90 minutes northwest of Denver and surrounded by the Arapaho National Forest, offers a lot of cold-weather fun for $20 or less. Snowshoeing and … Read more Winter Park-Fraser Valley: On a Budget

Beyond the Slopes: Taking a Break in Snowmass

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The ski terrain at the four mountains in Aspen and Snowmass is vast. Your family could easily spend a week exploring the 300-plus trails, seeking out stashes of powder and riding the rails. But you’ll likely have some afternoons or full days when the kids (or mom and dad) need a break from skiing or … Read more Beyond the Slopes: Taking a Break in Snowmass

Keystone for Families: 10 Ways to Have Fun

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A family ski trip to explore the snow-capped mountains of Colorado is an exciting adventure. But finding a one-stop resort to entertain adults and kids alike can be a daunting endeavor. One answer comes from Keystone Resort, stretching across three mountains and offering one of the most kid-friendly locations above 9,000 feet. We’ve compiled a … Read more Keystone for Families: 10 Ways to Have Fun

The Ritz-Carlton: A Perfect Mountain Retreat in Bachelor Gulch

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Perched atop a sloping hillside above the town of Avon, Colorado, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch hotel melds luxury accommodations with the majestic spirit of the Rocky Mountains. Opened in 2002 with 180 rooms, The Ritz is nestled into Bachelor Gulch on Beaver Creek Mountain. Upon arriving, guests can cast off the winter chill in front … Read more The Ritz-Carlton: A Perfect Mountain Retreat in Bachelor Gulch

Lofty, Laid-Back Leadville

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Leadville, at nearly 2 miles above sea level, is one of Colorado’s loftiest living mineral towns. The community of 2,800 sits at an elevation of more than 10,000 feet and lies near the headwaters of the Arkansas River. Opulent Aspen rises 29 Learjet miles to the west. Trendy Breckenridge sits even closer toward the northeast. … Read more Lofty, Laid-Back Leadville

Peaks Trail: Four Seasons of Play

  Most people traveling the nine or so miles between Breckenridge and Frisco make use of Colorado Highway 9 or the bike path that parallels it. But when powered by foot, mountain bike or ski, the Peaks Trail is by far the more scenic answer. With a trailhead in Frisco, near Miner’s Creek Road, and … Read more Peaks Trail: Four Seasons of Play

Mush! Frolic In the Snow With the Dogs

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Every time Nick Miller, manager at Krabloonik Kennels, starts to hitch up his team, they go crazy. “They love it,” Miller says. “As soon as they realize they’re going out, they get excited, even if they’ve already been out that day.” Dog-sledding has become increasingly popular in many Colorado mountain towns and ski areas as … Read more Mush! Frolic In the Snow With the Dogs

Snow Much Fun: Snow Mountain Ranch Packed Wth Adventure

Remember sleep-away camp? Roasting marshmallows by the fire, bunking in log cabins, crafting leather belts, laughing in the dining hall with new-found friends… Picture your adult self at camp with your kids. Now add snow. That’s the scene at the YMCA of the Rockies’ Snow Mountain Ranch, just outside Winter Park. At this high-altitude hideout, … Read more Snow Much Fun: Snow Mountain Ranch Packed Wth Adventure

Winter in Leadville: Crystal Carnival

Leadville, Colorado, celebrates winter during the annual Crystal Carnival March 1-3, 2013, highlighted by the town’s time-honored tradition of ski joring, a unique winter sport combining horses and skiing. Since 1949, Leadville’s streets have been converted to winter racetracks for the annual ski joring competition. Horses and their riders pull skiers along the snow-packed roadways … Read more Winter in Leadville: Crystal Carnival

Super Bowls and Back Bowls: Watch the Action at Ski Resorts

Over the Super Bowl’s 47-year history, I’ve viewed the game from all the usual TV venues. I’ve watched it from bars, dorms, homes, motels, hotels, airports and cruise ships. I’ve seen it at a church with fans cheering the team bearing the Christian-most quarterback. I’ve endured parties where women cackled during plays and men wolf-whistled … Read more Super Bowls and Back Bowls: Watch the Action at Ski Resorts

International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge

A shotgun start on Jan. 22, 2013, will signal the start of the annual International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado. Sixteen snow-carving teams from around the world will create works of art from frozen blocks of snow, to be on display from Jan. 27 through Feb. 3, weather permitting. The teams of four hail … Read more International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge

C Lazy U Guest Ranch: Full Winter Fun

The ranch compound lies about a half-mile below. It would take two minutes to drive, but right now no vehicles are allowed on the roadway. This route to the ranch is reserved for us sledders. I center my Flexible Flyer on its snow-packed crown. A ranch hand’s foot chocks the sled while I drop on … Read more C Lazy U Guest Ranch: Full Winter Fun

Christmas in the City: Denver’s All Decked Out

Deck the halls… and the city buildings, and the light posts, and every tree near an outlet. Denver goes all out for the holidays, so it’s easy to find a pretty display as you wander through town. However, there are a few that are definitely worth seeking out. The City and County Building, downtown at … Read more Christmas in the City: Denver’s All Decked Out