A First-Timer’s Guide to Cat Skiing at Monarch Mountain, Colorado

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When guided cat skiing started at Monarch Mountain in the late 1980s, not a lot of people knew what Monarch was or where it was, according to long-time guide Gail Bindner. One of the oldest resorts in Colorado, established in 1939, Monarch straddles a remote portion of the Continental Divide with long views to Pikes […]

Skiing Again: An Adaptive Skier’s Return to the Slopes

From the BSM: In December 2012, I reviewed Judy Johnson Berna’s book, Just One Foot. I didn’t realize it then, but Judy had been away from skiing for a few years.  This past season, she got back on snow. The challenge of skiing again surprised her. Here’s what she has to say about getting back out […]

Why It’s Good to Be A 5th Grader

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My sons, like most kids, are all about growing up. They want to be older, taller, able to do more things and go more places independently. Once they graduated grade school, they deemed it “the worst.” Middle school is something they’ve tolerated on the way to high school. While I want time to slow down, […]

Looking at Purgatory, Colorado Through Different Eyes

Another beautiful colorado ski day with friends purgatory

Ski resorts look different when you view them from through someone else’s eyes. Last month, two friends, Betsy and Uschi, and I spent two days skiing at Purgatory, near Durango, Colorado. Betsy is a long-time Purgatory girl, so she knows the mountain inside and out. Uschi is an accomplished, independent adaptive monoskier and instructor. Skiing […]

Twenty Four Hours of Steamboat, Colorado

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How much can you and your family pack into 24 hours? Leaving home for Steamboat on a snowy Saturday, we didn’t have a tight agenda, just a few vague plans and good snow tires. Our goal was not to experience all that Steamboat offers for winter fun (that would take a week at least), but […]