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Take 5: Gunnar Sorensen, Loveland Ski Club Academy coach (1)

February 9, 2016 — 

Gunnar Sorensen knows his way around speed.At the start of his career, the former Staemboat Springs Winter Sports Club slalom racer took a job with the U.S. Ski Team as …

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Breck’s Bull of the Woods 2016 at Carter Park (2)

February 7, 2016 — 

Photo essay of the past weekend’s contest …

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A behind-the-scenes look at avalanche mitigation for Arapahoe Basin (3)

February 5, 2016 — 

It was about 1 p.m. when the bombs went off.On a crisp February day at Arapahoe Basin, I was standing a few hundred yards above the lower terminal to Lenawee …

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The Limelight: Reigning Bull of the Woods champ Matt Coughlin (4)

February 4, 2016 — 

About 48 hours ago, Matt Coughlin boarded an Amtrak train from Salt Lake City to Glenwood Springs for a ride on the fabled California Zephyr. The nine-hour trip ended with …

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Bull of the Woods debuts at Carter Park with public banked slalom course (5)

February 3, 2016 — 

For nearly three weeks, Brian Fleming has been dragging a torch and propane tank through the pines above Carter Park. Once there, he’s met up with a group of builders …

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Scene from the first Frisco ski mountaineering race (6)

February 2, 2016 — 

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Tips and tricks to get over the snowboarder’s plateau (7)

January 29, 2016 — 

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series on building skills and breaking bad habits. Read the first part for skier advice.It’s a saying as old as the …

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Uphill/Downhill Challenge brings Glen Plake and costumed skimo to Copper on Feb. 1 (8)

January 29, 2016 — 

When Glen Plake tells you to wear a costume, you don’t say no.For nearly three decades, the 51-year-old freeski legend has been a fixture at the SnowSports Industries America Snow …

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Team Summit’s Grifen Moler at the Freeride Junior World Championships in tiny Andorra (9)

January 28, 2016 — 

About 10 days ago, a group of two local athletes and their ski club coaches boarded a plane from the U.S. to Europe. Their final destination: Andorra, a small (and …

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Tips and tricks to get over the skier’s plateau (10)

January 22, 2016 — 

Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series on building skills and breaking bad habits. Read the second part for snowboarding tips.It’s happened to everyone. For the first …

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The Limelight: Young Axl Bonenberger (11)

January 21, 2016 — 

Axl Bonenberger might just be the next Bobby Brown and the two haven’t met. Yet.At 10 years old, the Team Breckenridge freestyle skier is the kind of young-and-hungry grom who …

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Retrofitted: Skis from East Germany at Jimbo’s ski shop (12)

January 16, 2016 — 

The first time I met Jimbo Deines had nothing to do with the old, hand-painted pair of vintage wooden skis hanging on the wall at his shop of 35 years, …

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How Breck became home base for international Olympic hopefuls (13)

January 15, 2016 — 

Alec Savery is pretty fond of Breckenridge.At 20 years old, the New Zealand-born freeskier has been coming to Summit County for training at Copper and Breck since he was 15 …

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Out on last-chair sweep with the Keystone Ski Patrol (14)

January 15, 2016 — 

Mike Daly is the kind of guy you want watching over you. Just ask Annie, if she could talk.On a chilly afternoon in mid-January — the first day of legitimate …

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SIA announces new format for 2017 Snow Show (15)

January 12, 2016 — 

The largest ski industry event in the U.S. is about to get a facelift.This December, SnowSports Industries America, the trade group in charge of organizing and staging its namesake SIA …

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In The Field: Summit County snowshoeing 101 (16)

January 11, 2016 — 

Snowshoeing is the oldest way of moving across snow. Ancient records show that snowshoes were developed in Central Asia and then North America roughly 6,000 years ago. A separate and …

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Midweek Breck Ascent Series brings ski mountaineering to the slopes (17)

January 8, 2016 — 

The ski mountaineering scene around here has come a long way in a short time.About 7 years ago, back when the Breck Ascent Series was just getting started, only a …

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The Limelight: Z Griff of On The Hill (18)

January 7, 2016 — 

Here’s something you don’t know about Z Griff: He was once a snowboard poster child for the U.S. Air Force.Back in 2004, an Air Force official approached Z Griff (aka …

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Gold Run Rush Nordic races return to Frisco Jan. 9 (19)

January 7, 2016 — 

There’s nothing like fighting through a claustrophobic mass start at a Nordic race. Summit County native Cameron Bobb wouldn’t have it any other way.“I really enjoy those mass start races, …

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What to know before ski biking or snowskating in Summit County (20)

January 6, 2016 — 

Skiing and snowboarding isn’t for everyone — even die-hard skiers and snowboarders.Like plenty of year-round locals, I tend to get burnt out on snowboarding once or twice a season. It …

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