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Keep Looking Ahead: Family Biking at Crested Butte’s Evolution Park

Twenty-five years ago, I got on a mountain bike for the first time. My husband and I were honeymooning in Crested Butte. An early adopter of the fat tire, my husband owned the first mountain bike I’d seen and had tons of experience and confidence. So, for my first ride on dirt, he convinced me to tackle the 401 Trail. If you mountain bike, there’s a good chance you’ve … [Read More...]

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A Skiing Troubadour and His Skiing Trilogy

Way back in early April, I met a friend at a little café at a crossroads near several hiking, biking and climbing trailheads. Aptly called Trailhead Coffee, it's always full of people headed outdoorsfor fun, or just coming back in, flush with endorphins and … [Read More...]


The Not At All Brave (Ski) Mom

Written on June 13, 2015 For four, almost five, years, I've had everyone fooled. In an early post, entitled Why "Brave"?, I explained my stance on bravery this way: As a ski mom, you have a choice. You can be the worrier, or you can take a deep breath … [Read More...]

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Life is Better…On a High Speed Lift

  For at least a decade, I've complained about the main lift at a nearby resort. I grew up skiing Powderhorn Mountain Resort, and while I'm loyal to this small resort’s amazing glades and often-deep powder, the 13 minute lift ride (sans footrest) … [Read More...]

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The Rock in My Way

When I mountain bike, I often get fixated on the rocks in my way. I see them in the trail. They’re big or they’re sharp or they’re at the top of a hill and I'm running out of steam. These rocks have been known to derail me, especially if I’m not looking … [Read More...]

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We Do the Footrest

A local friend of mine, who is friends with Lif' Ticket, shared this. You may recognize Telluride in the background. You're sure to see yourself if you're over 35 (sigh...) Enjoy! … [Read More...]


The Biggest Adventure

For 18 years, my husband and I have been getting outdoors with our kids. When our oldest son was just shy of one month we took him high into the San Juan Mountains for a retreat at the family cabin. On the first night of our journey, he slept through for … [Read More...]