God’s Dog Christmas

God’s Dog Christmas

by Alan Stark December 13, 2010 December 2010

This is Coyote’s sixth Christmas. She lives in the foothills outside of Boulder, off the Wonderland Trail and just up a drainage fi lled with brambles, clearly in the “leash only” area of the greenbelt. She shares a den with an older male who has maybe one more litter in him and maybe two winters […]

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Snapped

Snapped

by Ana Maria Spagna December 13, 2010 December 2010

At dusk, the power crew rolled up the road between the high plowed berms, not a crew exactly, just our two neighbors, Bob and John, who would ski out in the last of the light to see what tree had lain across the line and whether it might be a simple job, something they could […]

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Larry’s Big Casino: A Rescuer Reflects on Idiots and Angels

Larry’s Big Casino: A Rescuer Reflects on Idiots and Angels

by Dave Baldridge December 13, 2010 December 2010

Ka-ching! Even though I’d never heard it before, the sound was unmistakable — metal striking metal. It wasn’t a coin dropping into a slot machine tray, although ironically we were searchers at a site that would soon come to be known as Larry’s Big Casino — a steep chute on the backside of Sun Valley’s […]

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Being New in a Ski Town

Being New in a Ski Town

by Abigail Sussman December 9, 2010 December 2010

You arrive in November and need to find a job, a room, a free season’s pass. Be upbeat, not needy — remember that the snow will come and so will everything else. It has to. When you poster the town with your resume, remember that this has been done a thousand times before. You are […]

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Parallel Universe of Mountain Memory Seasonal Themes

Parallel Universe of Mountain Memory Seasonal Themes

by Vince Welch December 9, 2010 December 2010

Editor’s note: A few months ago, I fired off a group email to all our usual suspects/regular contributors apprising them of our 2011 editorial calendar/themes, so they can plan ahead and not be late with stories for goddamned once. Most just responded by saying something on the order of “Gracias for the heads up.” But […]

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In Remembrance of “Boy”

In Remembrance of “Boy”

by Rosco Betunada December 9, 2010 December 2010

I was driving home last night listening to CommieLiberalRadio (NPR), when the announcer said that the actor Johnny Sheffield had died the day before. I would suppose that name is not exactly household, but I listened to the finish of the short synopsis on CLR after I had parked at the house. You see, I […]

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Zen and the Art of Cross Country Ski Waxing: Are You in Your Right Mind? Or Is It Your Left?

Zen and the Art of Cross Country Ski Waxing: Are You in Your Right Mind? Or Is It Your Left?

by Mark Ollinger December 9, 2010 December 2010

It has been demonstrated that our brains are divided into two distinct halves or hemispheres. The theory is that each hemisphere of our brain controls different modes of thinking. The left side of our brain is logical, objective and likes to dissect objects into the parts that make them up. The right side of our […]

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Life on the Mountain Music Road

Life on the Mountain Music Road

by Kimberly Nicoletti December 9, 2010 December 2010

Drunken encounters of the psychedelic kind It’s no newsfl ash that musicians put up with their share of drunken patrons. But it gets a little trippy when hallucinogens are involved. Springdale Quartet, a band out of Boulder, overlays its upbeat funk with progressive rock. It’s no surprise the outfi t attracts people seeking God via […]

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Australis: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey

Australis: An Antarctic Ski Odyssey

by Brendan Leonard December 9, 2010 December 2010

You have to respect Chris Davenport’s ingenuity and creativity, as a skier and a businessman. He went from downhill skiing, to extreme skiing championships, to being a ski fi lm star, to skiing all of Colorado’s 14ers in a single year, and somehow along the way, has not had to hang it up and get […]

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Letters – #174

Letters – #174

by MG Admin December 9, 2010 December 2010
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