A Season in Ski Town USA: Life through the eyes of Steamboat's most local local

A Season in Ski Town USA: Life through the eyes of Steamboat’s most local local

by Eugene Buchanan February 6, 2014 Blogs

Steamboat Springs, Colo., sent six athletes to the Sochi Olympics, but back home the game is always on. What’s it like living in a ski town? While certain outdoor amenities might be closer at hand, just like everywhere else, you still have to squeeze in your outings between work and family obligations. For sanity’s sake, […]

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Postcard: Four-foot storm

Postcard: Four-foot storm

by Devon O'Neil February 4, 2014 Blogs

In a way, I took solace in seeing this SUV almost fully buried by last week’s four-foot storm in Breckenridge. It was parked in a short-term rental zone and its owner obviously hadn’t touched it since the deluge began. That meant, to me, that he/she was out ripping it up. Alas, it was gone Monday […]

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Mountain Passages: A Meditation on Boomer Fear and Turning Around in Front of the Storm

Mountain Passages: A Meditation on Boomer Fear and Turning Around in Front of the Storm

by Alan Stark February 1, 2014 Blogs

My brother-in-law is in the ICU after having his chest cracked, getting hooked up to a heart/lung machine, and having some valves replaced. Blue Eyes has been with her brother since before sunrise. I just talked to her and heard both relief and caution in her voice. The caution in her voice scares me. This […]

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Land in the Sky: Silent Spring

Land in the Sky: Silent Spring

by John P. O'Grady January 28, 2014 Blogs

Dead of winter in the Hudson Valley. Nights are long and harrowed by arctic wind. The river is choked with ice. I look at the snowy hills with their bare trees and cold castles of a bygone gilded age. One of them belonged to the landscape painter Frederick Church, another to a beer baron whose […]

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Trucker Hat Nordic: What happens when a middle-aged dude tries to take down NCAA women's skate skiers?

Trucker Hat Nordic: What happens when a middle-aged dude tries to take down NCAA women’s skate skiers?

by Mark D. Miller January 27, 2014 Blogs

What happens when a middle-aged dude tries to take down NCAA women’s skate skiers? By Mark D. Miller The two girls in the lead were powerfully built, pear shaped with thick legs and hips, not stereotypical college athletes by any means.  Instead of chiseled facial lines and sinewy muscles, they had meaty arms, rounded cheeks and […]

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Playing Risk: Dick Dorworth meditates on how we mitigate the dangers of the wild

Playing Risk: Dick Dorworth meditates on how we mitigate the dangers of the wild

by Dick Dorworth January 16, 2014 Blogs

OLD & NEW THOUGHTS ON RISK TOLERANCE By Dick Dorworth Like many older people I find in recent years that I learn more from those younger than from my peers. I recently gained a new sliver of insight into the matter of risk tolerance from my youngest son, Jason, who lives in Santa Cruz, California and […]

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Postcard: Searle Pass, CO

Postcard: Searle Pass, CO

by Devon O'Neil January 4, 2014 Blogs

What is it about being high in the mountains with no one else around that gives us such an invigorated feeling? Who knows. It doesn’t matter why we feel it, only that we do. This photo was taken last week; I shadowed longtime hutmaster Mike Zobbe to Janet’s Cabin at 11,600 feet to learn the […]

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Mountain Passages: Avalanche Training and Millennials

Mountain Passages: Avalanche Training and Millennials

by Alan Stark January 2, 2014 Blogs

Mountains can teach lessons, even to an old dog. Mountains can also drop huge things on the unaware, test your body in unexpected ways, and give you a taste of humility. The Colorado Mountain Club classroom is filled with a mix of millennials and boomers. The course is Avalanche 1 and the Bryan Mountain Nordic […]

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Land in the Sky: Place of Beginning

Land in the Sky: Place of Beginning

by John P. O'Grady December 24, 2013 Blogs

A package arrived in yesterday’s mail from our lawyer. Enclosed was a thick sheaf of documents pertaining to the purchase last month of my family home in the Catskill Mountains. My wife and I bought it from my mother. We spent a good hour in the lawyer’s office signing the papers that constitute our “death […]

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Caribou Dreams: A meditation on Alaska's great wild herds

Caribou Dreams: A meditation on Alaska’s great wild herds

by Doug December 23, 2013 Blogs

Caribou Dreams By Jess Lewis Photos by Nathaniel Wilder (nathanielwilder.com)   Caribou spill from the hills and instantly my upset stomach is forgotten. I stare through binoculars slack-jawed as they pour like water from the Brooks Range down onto the river ice. Thousands fill the basin, their bodies steaming in the weak June light. As a […]

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