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

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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 […]

Every Day is a Powder Day For OpenSnow’s Joel Gratz

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Three years ago, I interviewed Joel Gratz, the founder of, a snowfall forecasting site and a go-to source for powder aficionados in the U.S. Watching the snow fall (and fall, and fall) in South America this summer, has me dreaming of a massive El Niño winter for Colorado. Dreaming of deep snow made me think of Joel. And thinking of Joel made […]

Downhill Biking For Everyone

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If you’ve spent any time in the mountains this summer, particularly around ski resorts, you’ve probably seen a lot of bikes. Mountains and bikes have gone together since the first knobby tires hit a hiking trail in either Marin County, California or Crested Butte, Colorado – depending upon your geographic prejudice and the story you’re being told. […]

Life is Better…On a High Speed Lift

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  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) made me crazy. Like many skiers and snowboarders, I’ve come to expect high […]

Go. Play. The Forests Are Calling.

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Just over 100 years ago, in March 1915 to be exact, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Term Occupancy Act, a law that would eventually shape how and where we ski in the United States. Also known as the Occupancy Permits Act of 1915, the law provided a permitting process for summer homes and recreational resorts […]