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Sharpen your #2 pencils. Stop. Never mind. Fill in the bubbles correctly. Stop. Never mind. Write your essay clearly. Stop. Never mind. Take the test via the computer. Stop. Never mind. The testing procedure has changed. Again. ‘Tis the season for standardized testing, although it’s easy to lose track of which one is being administered. CSAP? TCAP? CMAS? PARCC? NWEA?
Published: February 9, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.  VIDEO: Z Griff gives an insider's look at the construction, testing and riding of one nasty Bull of the Woods feature: a butter pad to down log. Everything was filmed in Carter Park before and after last week's contest. Enjoy.  [iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/154683487?autoplay=1" width="640" height="360" style="border:
Published: February 9, 2016
Editor’s note: This is first in a multi-part series on common ailments. See Eric Dube’s column in March for a look at arthritis. There is no exception when it comes to inflammation. Everybody will experience some degree of an “itis” at some point in his or her active (or even sedentary) life.Whether it’s tendonitis, arthritis, fasciitis or one of the
Published: February 8, 2016
The top stories of the day from the Feb. 9, 2016 edition of the Summit Daily News:Summit County study would explore high altitude’s health effectsSurviving Summit: Know the ins and outs of tendonitisHeard around the West: ‘Feral cats learn to avoid traps and guns’ (column)
Published: February 9, 2016
Tourists know the symptoms well — headaches, shortness of breath, the occassional bloody nose. Visiting the Colorado Rockies can be taxing on lowlanders, but they can rest assured that their altitude sickness will disappear when they return to sea level.What happens to those who live full time at elevation? Surprisingly, much remains unsettled and unknown as to its long-term effects
Published: February 8, 2016
THE WESTBall caps off to the feisty writer Ted Williams, called a “national treasure” and “Rachel Carson for sportsmen” by Forbes magazine for his decades of environmental and outdoor writing. He didn’t pull his punches in a December interview with contributing editor Monte Burke. He called most sportsmen “easily manipulated by their worst enemies” and blasted the National Rifle Association,
Published: February 8, 2016
There have been a spate of reports recently that black and white Americans generally have come to agree that the former has gotten a raw deal. To quote a headline from the Associated Press: “Racism a national problem.” The subhead reads “Group seeks solutions for ending racial inequality.” The “group” in question is the W. K. Kellogg foundation, the nation’s
Published: February 8, 2016
Summit countyCounty commissioners announce re-election bidsTwo of Summit County’s three commissioners, Karn Stiegelmeier and Thomas Davidson, announced their re-election bids on the steps of the County Courthouse yesterday afternoon, Monday, Feb. 8.Stiegelmeier and Davidson — both Democrats approaching the close of their respective second terms and eight years in the elected position — co-announced their intentions to run for a
Published: February 8, 2016
DENVER — By 2030, Colorado’s population will grow from 5 million to 7 million people, thanks in part to a strong and diverse economy, the state’s famed Rocky Mountain quality of life and its constitutionally-mandated low taxes. And because of those voter-sanctioned tax limits, this fast-growing state could someday fall victim to its own success. The contradiction is most evident
Published: February 8, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: ZGriff takes us to Carter Park and in the woods for the first session of Bull in the Woods. This is something special — the first touch of board to build to see if the creation works. Watch as the builders run
Published: February 8, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: Z Griff takes a break after the craziness that was Bull of the Woods to recap the on-snow SIA demo day at Copper Mountain early last week. [iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/154427534?autoplay=1" width="640" height="360" style="border: 0px;"] Breckenridge official report: 0", 0", 1" Summit Daily field
Published: February 6, 2016
“This,” Jim Bowden says, “Is the most beautiful pair.”With an eager grin, Bowden shuffles through a stack of skis and removes a pair of long, thin, ebony black skis: Toutes Neiges (all snow), the French version of a Porsche, if Porsche made skis. Attached to the sleek and sexy topsheet is a pair of long-gone Kandahar cable-release bindings — the
Published: January 30, 2016
Tuesday’s Breckenridge Town Council meeting starts on Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. It will be held in the council chambers at Breckenridge Town Hall.SECOND READING: AN ORDINANCE DESIGNATING OLD ENYEART PLACE AS A LANDMARKBreckenridge Town Council will vote on Tuesday whether to designate Lot 7, Block 7, Yingling and Mickles (know as 112 South Harris Street) as a landmark. On
Published: February 7, 2016
Photo essay of the past weekend’s contest
Published: February 7, 2016
New technologies and devices only continue to permeate school walls that not all that long ago featured chalkboards, overhead projectors and filmstrip lessons as the latest and greatest in teaching tools.As the learning environment evolves further and further, the Summit School District has tried to stay ahead of the curve in delivering classrooms and spheres that provide cutting-edge academic experiences.
Published: February 7, 2016
The Summit Foundation, in partnership with the Summit School District, made the investment to donate a free online scholarship application for local high school seniors in early December and received more than 1,600 applications by the Jan. 24 deadline.The custom online application is used by more than 70 other local scholarship providers and was made possible through a partnership with
Published: February 7, 2016
Start. Stop. Begin again, lurching for that one perfect thought before it dissipates. So goes the creative process. The old writing muscles have atrophied of late — sentences that used to fly into the keyboard now take a slow train to Slovakia or some other unknown destination. Time off surely should be invigorating, but theory and practice sometimes are misaligned.
Published: February 7, 2016
DENVER — A 3 million-gallon spill from a southwestern Colorado gold mine last year may have dumped more than 880,000 pounds of metals into the Animas River, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday. Some of the metals reached the San Juan River, which the Animas joins in New Mexico, but most settled into the Animas riverbed before that, the
Published: February 7, 2016
DENVER — Traces of widely-used and potentially-harmful chemicals have shown up in three drinking water systems in Colorado, prompting officials to shut down three wells and start looking for the source. Two compounds once used in nonstick cookware coatings, firefighting foam and other materials were detected in utilities serving about 69,000 people in the city of Fountain and an unincorporated
Published: February 7, 2016
Judge Paul Dunkelman found that probable cause exists to support 17 of the 18 theft and fraud charges filed against Cynthia Johnson during a preliminary hearing Friday in Eagle County District Court.The charges, including one under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, are in connection with a coordinated bank scam in western Colorado in 2015, District Attorney Bruce Brown announced
Published: February 7, 2016
The top stories of the day from the Feb. 7, 2016 edition of the Summit Daily News:Summit’s super fans prepare for Broncos gameYoungsters become champions at Chalk MountainSummit basketball teams finish out the regular season
Published: February 7, 2016
Pop into Art! with Karen Fischer Breckenridge, Feb. 7 10 a.m., Fuqua Livery Stable, 110 E Washington Ave. Discover the dot paintings of Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhols Campbell Soup Cans, and Jim Dines hearts. Students will draw and create their own Pop Art paintings in acrylic on canvas. (970) 453-3364. United in Orange Breckenridge 310 Wellington Rd. The Father Dyer
Published: February 7, 2016
Three years removed from the team’s last appearance, diehard Broncos fans in Summit are preparing for Sunday’s game. From boasting Broncos colors on the slopes, to bringing it in the bars, several longtime locals and newcomers shared their favorite team memories.Whether cheering on the Broncos is a family tradition, or a newfound passion, each one — from parents to bartenders
Published: February 6, 2016
Question No. 1Where is Tom’s Baby now?For those of you non-locals, don’t worry, Tom’s Baby isn’t some misplaced toddler we all shuffle around. It is actually a gold nugget discovered from the Farncomb Hill area just outside of present-day Breckenridge.The nugget was discovered on July 23, 1887 by Tom Groves and Harry Lytton. Weighing in at over 13 pounds, the
Published: February 6, 2016
Editor’s note: This week’s ski history comes from ““SUMMIT, A Gold Rush History of Summit County, Colorado.”Ski enthusiasts commuting to Climax — such as the Dercums from Montezuma, skiers from the U.S. Army’s Camp Hale, and area town residents — all turned out in numbers sufficient to start a ski school at Chalk Mountain. Bert Snyder became the mountain’s ski
Published: February 6, 2016
This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of Feb. 8-12, 1915.MONDAYA snowslide between Leadville and Birdseye struck Colorado and Southern passenger No. 70 Tuesday night and crashed into the two rear cars, turning over the passenger coach and derailing the baggage car.O.A. King, manager of the Pingrey Mines and Reduction company,
Published: February 6, 2016
This season has been a roller coaster for Summit basketball. After one loss each against Palisade on Saturday — the final home games of the season — the boy’s and girl’s teams are in two wildly different positions. First, the girls (8-10 overall, 4-8 league). The Tigers stayed close with the undefeated Bulldogs through most of the first half, heading
Published: February 6, 2016
A committee working to develop a memorial park following July’s Flight For Life crash will present initial designs to the public next week. With a local branch of Norris Design drafting up landscape architecture drawings, the “pocket park” will be located just off the bike path near St. Anthony’s Summit Medical Center, the site of the crash.“We’re really at a
Published: February 6, 2016
On Jan. 25, the owner of a Breckenridge sports bar contacted Breckenridge police to report a threat against him. He said that a few days before two women had come into the bar and began causing trouble. They drank two shots, but refused to pay for them. They also became verbally abusive to the bartender and threw wadded up paper
Published: February 6, 2016
TELLURIDE, Colo. – Shouldn’t ski town residents get discounts for being locals? Wages tend to be low, rent high, and, come March, tempers short. Many businesses do give out discounts for local residents. But merchants, restaurateurs, and other businesses in Telluride have so far resisted the idea of creating a “Local’s Card.”The Telluride Daily Planet finds the idea still lacks
Published: February 6, 2016
Bill’s Ranch is one of those neighborhoods in Summit County enveloped in a rich history. Structures built in the 1930s still stand, and descendants of original residents continue to be involved in the community. The story behind how the neighborhood came to be under Bill Thomas is undeniably unique — a farmer offering free plots of land on his 147-acre
Published: February 6, 2016
The beauty of being dead is that it puts life in perspective. To be clear, I have no firsthand experience in the matter. But I do hope that after that last heart beat you retain a sense of humor; if so, Jimmy Glick was chuckling as he looked down on his memorial. It was a Battle Royal of faiths. In
Published: February 6, 2016
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A starving sea lion has been rescued after finding its way into the booth of a fancy San Diego restaurant. Experts at SeaWorld were called Thursday morning to The Marine Room, an oceanfront restaurant in La Jolla. Rescuers found an 8-month-old female pup asleep in a dining booth. The pup was severely underweight and dehydrated. The
Published: February 6, 2016
When the Summit County 50+ Winter Games started 36 years ago some of today’s volunteers were just babes in the — cold — woods.Today, take these examples:Bryan Hartwig is 73. Becky Hopkins is 72.Erik Vermulen is 71.Bryan, Becky and Erik are right now preparing to spring into their volunteer mode at the 36th annual Summit County 50+ Winter Games slated
Published: February 6, 2016
Deride the massive, awkwardly proportioned and tremendously unconventional BMW X6M super-SUV all you want, with its Frankenstein-inspired squareness and imposing stature. But tell me you do not feel the earth move when the 567-horsepower twin-turbo V8 kicks in, the eight-speed automatic clicks like tap shoes, and you pass seven vehicles in a half-block-long passing zone, uphill, at what might have
Published: February 6, 2016
Valentine Boxes with Judy Day Breckenridge, Feb. 6 1 p.m., Fuqua Livery Stable, 110 E. Washington Ave. Participants will learn to fold cardstock to make a gift box. (970) 453-3364. Honey Puddle Dillon, Feb. 6 9:30 p.m., Snake River Saloon, 23074 Highway 6. Honey Puddle is a funk/rock dance band featuring song stylist and local favorite Jessica Jones on lead
Published: February 6, 2016
Summit County is known for its traditions that gather people together for a day of celebration. One tradition that keeps people laughing, their bellies full and the competition high is the Mardi Gras celebration. Mardi Gras translates to Fat Tuesday and refers to carnival events and celebrating by eating richer, fatty foods before practicing the fasting ritual of Lenten. To
Published: February 5, 2016
Dillon approved a planned unit development that has been in the works for years during a Tuesday vote. The Dillon Gateway project, a combination of condos, workforce housing and commercial space, is planned to go up at the town’s entrance near Buffalo Street and Lake Dillon Drive.Ivan Ottoborgo, owner of Adriano’s Bistro, and Lake Dillon Conoco owner Daniel Eilts, paid
Published: February 5, 2016
There’s a difference between snowboard competitions and contests.On Friday, more than 75 filmers, photographers and spectators trekked through powdery snow to the Barney Flow trail above Carter Park in Breckenridge. There, they set up camp for a few hours to watch about 30 local and visiting snowboarders duke it out at Bull of the Woods, a rider-built contest held on
Published: 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 Mountain lift with ski patroller Louis Skowyra. He’s busy scanning the ridgeline on the far north end of the East Wall, a section of steep, gladed chutes known (fittingly enough)
Published: February 5, 2016
The blotter is compiled using police reports.In January, a Greeley man decided to buy his wife a Breckenridge ski trip for her upcoming birthday. He went on to Craigslist and found a great deal on a condo rental for $1,045 for the Feb. 12-15 weekend. After wiring the money to a Wells Fargo account and completing a contract, the man
Published: February 5, 2016
SUMMIT COUNTY — The White River National Forest has released a preliminary environmental report on the proposed terrain expansion at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.The document describes the proposed activities in detail and analyzes the potential environmental effects of implementing various projects. A-Basin’s plan calls for the addition of approximately 338 acres of skiing terrain in the Beavers, construction of a
Published: February 5, 2016
The story of Summit County told through the people who love it most — you! Use #ExploreSummit on your photos of friends, adventures and the natural beauty of this place we love on Twitter and Instagram. Photos will appear instantly at www.ExploreSummit.com and here in the Summit Daily every Friday and Saturday. [iframe src="//embed.scribblelive.com/Embed/v7.aspx?Id=1464487&ThemeId=" width="620" height="900" frameborder="0"></iframe]
Published: February 5, 2016
FRISCO — How sweet it is to win the grudge match.On Thursday night, the Summit girl’s basketball team (6-9 overall, 2-7 league) took to the court with fire in their bellies and a score to settle. The Tigers suffered a 29-40 loss to cross-county rivals Battle Mountain (5-10 overall, 3-7 league) on Jan. 12 in Edwards, but this was senior
Published: February 5, 2016
TROY, Vt. — Vermont State Police have arrested a 54-year-old man in connection with taking a cat from a home. Mark Frady was charged with burglary and unlawful trespass. He pleaded not guilty Wednesday. A judge ordered a competency evaluation. Police say Frady stole a cat named “Boots” from a family in Troy after saying he was looking for his
Published: February 5, 2016
Few people — at least, few grownups — really enjoy snow. I live in Colorado where we’re drowning in it day after day, and, though it’s great for the high mountain watersheds, it’s not so fun for daily life. You have to clear it from windshields and crawl around in it, chaining up tires.Supposedly, the Inuit have hundreds of words
Published: February 5, 2016
The story of Summit County told through the people who love it most — you! Use #ExploreSummit on your photos of friends, adventures and the natural beauty of this place we love on Twitter and Instagram. Photos will appear instantly at www.ExploreSummit.com and here in the Summit Daily every Friday and Saturday. [iframe src="//embed.scribblelive.com/Embed/v7.aspx?Id=1464487&ThemeId=" width="620" height="1200" frameborder="0"></iframe]
Published: February 4, 2016
Dear Eartha,I feel like every time the temperature drops, all of my environmental hard work goes out the window. Do you have any recommendations for maintaining environmental and energy efficient practices throughout the winter in the High Country?— Kyla, Summit CoveKyla, I know what you mean! As soon as the temps begin to drop, the Steward household has a hard
Published: February 4, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: Z Griff has been hard at work building the Bull of the Woods course the past few days, but everyone needs to take a break sometime. He heads out on an authentic Silver Streak toboggan for sled runs at Carter Park, his
Published: February 1, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: The day has come for the first-ever Running of the Bulls Banked Slalom, held on the Carter Park switchbacks just minutes from downtown Breckenridge. Z Griff and crew scope the course a few weeks before the first snowfall to prepare for the
Published: 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 a two-hour drive from Glenwood to Breckenridge (luckily there was a lull in the snow), where Coughlin headed to the woods above Carter Park to preview the course for Bull
Published: February 4, 2016
Friday, Feb. 5Local musicians and friends of Arnie J. Green gather Friday, Feb. 5 at Goat Tavern in Keystone for an annual musical celebration of his life. There will also be a performance by Amy Green, Arnie’s daughter. A silent auction fundraiser for Leon Littlebird starts at 6 p.m. and music begins at 9 p.m.; $5 cover. Go to soupandwhiskey.com
Published: February 4, 2016
Eddie Roberts was out on the hill last week getting in a few turns when misfortune struck. The guitar player for The New Mastersounds had been traveling up the area to ski about twice a week recently and was making laps with two members of the Summit County band High 5. Roberts hit a post “rather hard” and landed in
Published: February 4, 2016
Annual Young Composers Competition now accepting original compositionsSummit Music and Arts is again providing an opportunity for musicians and composers ages 10-18 residing in Clear Creek, Eagle, Grand, Lake, Park, Routt and Summit counties to enter one or more original compositions for critique, and if selected, the opportunity to perform their original composition on Thursday, April 28, at 6 p.m.
Published: February 5, 2016
The top stories of the day from the Feb. 5, 2016 edition of the Summit Daily News:Forest service sees reduced capabilities from budget cutsLady Tigers dive into league meetSummit Weekender: Arnie J. Green memorial concert held this weekend
Published: February 5, 2016
Travel Slide Show Bears and Eagles of AlaskaSilverthorne, Feb. 57 p.m., North Branch - Summit County Library, 651 Center Circle. The Friends of the Summit County Library will host the second of the 2016 Travel Slide Show Series. The presentation is Bears and Eagles of Alaska presented by Richard Seeley and Matt Shetzer. (970) 468-5887.Roxy RocaFrisco, Feb. 59 p.m., Barkley
Published: February 5, 2016
After less than three years of heroin use, Andrew Mauldin died at the young age of 32. His body was found outside of Summit Medical Center after an overdose, in the early morning hours of July 30, 2015. “He is forever 32,” his mother, Judy Absalon said. “He had the disease of addiction. His drug of choice was heroin.”Andy is
Published: February 4, 2016
Longtime local and beloved musician Arnie J. Green passed away on Jan. 18, 2015. Well known in Summit, the community was saddened after his myelofybrosis, a rare form of leukemia, came out of remission and he passed away. Last year, residents had rallied to hold a fundraiser to help with his medical expenses. The event unfortunately became a memorial as
Published: February 4, 2016
The White River National Forest is the busiest forest in the country, seeing record numbers of visitors each year. And yet, like the rest of the U.S. Forest Service System, funding continues to decrease or be re-allocated annually.The combination of expanding requests from its 12 million-plus annual guests, and yet additional cutbacks, has put the multiple-use agency charged with taking
Published: February 4, 2016
Ask Laurel Bonner or Abby Hiller for their thoughts on the league diving championships this weekend and the girls will tell you one thing: they just want to have fun.“My biggest goal is to just have fun out there,” said Bonner, a lifelong gymnast who picked up diving her first year at Summit High School. “It’s a blast, a way
Published: February 4, 2016
Renowned wildlife photographer Richard Seeley of Silverthorne, will be exhibiting his photographic images of grizzly bears at the Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge. The exhibit will be on display for the entire month of February at the gallery, where he is the Featured Artist for February.The No. 1 attraction for visitors at Denali National Park in Alaska is the grizzly
Published: February 4, 2016
The sun is setting over Duluth, Minnesota, where the world’s largest freshwater lake fades from the cityscape to a horizon in the north. My camera, flying at 300 feet from a hill over town, captures the last rays of a January day from a vantage heretofore reserved for helicopters and planes. For the past two months, I have put the
Published: February 3, 2016
Editor’s note: High altitudes make cookies spread in the pan, cakes fall and few baked goods turn out as they do at sea level. This twice-monthly column presents recipes and tips that make baking in the mountains successful. Better than good — that’s how this brownie’s been described. The chocolate is deep and dark, and the moist, soft, slightly chewy
Published: February 3, 2016
A 1999 graduate of Colorado Mountain College Culinary Arts program in Summit County, Chef Dave Taladay has been working at Copper Mountain since 2001. At the resort, he is the chef of the Copper One facility, which includes the banquet, catering and special events for Jack’s Slopeside Grill and Jill’s Umbrella Bar. New this year, Copper is offering Moonlight Dine
Published: February 2, 2016
When the clock strikes zero at the end of Super Bowl 50 on Sunday night, you might expect the winning team to head to the locker room for a traditional Champagne celebration. Not exactly. You see, in the NFL, there is a strict edict that no alcohol be allowed in the clubhouse at any time. Win or lose. In fact,
Published: February 4, 2016
An Interstate 70 traction bill that was proposed last year was given another shot this session, with the recommendation of the Transportation Legislative Review Committee (TLRC). House Bill 1039, intended to clarify current passenger traction law, recently passed the Colorado House in a Tuesday vote. The bill has been able to culminate bipartisan support in the House, co-sponsored by Rep.
Published: February 3, 2016
College football didn’t quite go how Andrew Ike expected. For starters, he hardly expected to play after high school.In 2011, back when Ike was a senior at Summit High School, the lifelong Summit County local was a standout on all sides of the pigskin. Quarterback, wide receiver, special teams — you name it, he played it. But, like so many
Published: February 2, 2016
A two-vehicle accident on Fremont Pass along State Highway 91 between Leadville and Copper Mountain Resort on Tuesday morning, Feb. 2, took one life and left another suffering serious injuries.Two men, Eduardo Baltazar Benitez, 23, and Jose L. Perez-Hernandez, 26, both of Leadville, were heading north when Benitez lost control of a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta and skidded on the icy
Published: February 2, 2016
Snow continues to fall in Summit County as resort-goers anxiously await what could be one of the biggest storms so far this winter if forecasts hold and hit their peak numbers.Totals have already reached between 12 and 18 inches in the last few days, with Breckenridge Ski Resort reporting 15 inches in the last 48 hours, Copper Mountain Resort at
Published: February 1, 2016
Author’s note: Chalk Mountain straddled the county line so including its history here is a technical call. Yet Chalk Mountain skiers rank as pioneers who broke ground to establish Summit County’s first ski area and jump-started its colorful history.The fledgling ski area birthed in 1934 as Chalk Mountain atop Fremont Pass took flight after World War II as one of
Published: January 30, 2016
DENVER — SnowSports Industries America’s 62nd annual snow sport expo is underway at the Colorado Convention Center with over 950 brands showing off the greatest and latest coming to the market for the 2016-17 winter season.Local Mikey Elstad, of Vail, was at the convention on Thursday checking out the trends and gear coming out next season.“I love it down here,”
Published: January 30, 2016
Editor’s note: The second annual Fire Arts Festival, in conjunction with the International Snow Sculpture Championships, will continue through Sunday, Jan. 31. This is the third in a series of Q&A’s with nationally-known fire sculptors who will be bringing their pieces to the event. All sculptures will be ignited on the hour, starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 9
Published: January 28, 2016
Similar to so many others, Don DeMott’s life took a major turn after his first foray into the wondrous forests and mountains of Colorado. Unlike most people in the world, DeMott has been able to take his experience and turn it into something that strikes awe in others. DeMott captures Colorado’s aspen groves and pine forests in his artwork.DeMott has
Published: January 29, 2016
Editor’s note: The second annual Fire Arts Festival, in conjunction with the International Snow Sculpture Championships, will continue through Sunday, Jan. 31. This is the fourth in a series of Q&A’s with nationally-known fire sculptors who will be bringing their pieces to the event. All sculptures will be ignited on the hour, starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 9
Published: January 29, 2016
Jamie Vaida and Alvin Sessions will be presenting their sculpture “The Burning Pink Organ,” at the Fire Arts Festival. Vaida has spent years perfecting his craft of creating beautiful, often functional, pieces of art from recycled metals. He is a veteran creator of Mutant Vehicles for Burning Man. Sessions is an inventor, master fabricator and artist. He explores his thriving
Published: January 29, 2016
It was late in the morning on Jan. 18 when David Convy heard a sound and took notice. The distinct hissing of skis gave the first report of a skier screaming down Whipsaw, a blue cruiser at Keystone Resort. Convy watched helplessly as the skier hit a roller, launched into the air, and — before Convy could even utter an
Published: January 29, 2016
Keystone is one of those mountains I know like the back of my hand. It’s safe to say the proverbial back of my hand just got way more detailed thanks to FATMAP, a recently-launched mobile app that pairs ski maps with satellite imagery. This marriage of old-school, hand-drawn trail maps and modern-day tech creates a true-to-life 3D rendering of every
Published: January 29, 2016
Friday, Jan. 29The Barkley Ballroom presents Kyle Hollingsworth Band on Friday, Jan. 29. As a member of acclaimed jam masters The String Cheese Incident, Hollingsworth is revered by both peers and fans for his ability to write and perform in a mosaic of styles, from rock to classical, ragtime to bebop. Playing in SCI has allowed him unrestricted access to
Published: January 29, 2016
It seems like just about anyone who steps on a pair of skis dreams of heading into the backcountry. These days, it’s no longer just a dream — it’s in your face.Part of the allure is fresh, untracked terrain. Duh. Resort skiing has always been about the convenience of chair lifts and groomed terrain; but, at some point, folks who
Published: January 27, 2016
Editor’s note: The second annual Fire Arts Festival, in conjunction with the International Snow Sculpture Championships, begins Thursday, Jan. 28. The festival, presented by Breckenridge Creative Arts, is a multi-day celebration and exhibition of fire, metal, glass and light art. The event runs the evenings of Thursday, Jan. 28 to Sunday, Jan. 31 from 5-9 p.m. on the Breckenridge Arts
Published: January 26, 2016
Editor’s note: The second annual Fire Arts Festival, in conjunction with the International Snow Sculpture Championships, begins Thursday, Jan. 28. The festival, presented by Breckenridge Creative Arts, is a multi-day celebration and exhibition of fire, metal, glass and light art. This is the second in a series of Q&A’s with nationally-known fire sculptors who will be bringing their pieces to
Published: January 27, 2016
As teams of sculptors work to carve intricate pieces from blank canvases of snow, other artists will be lighting up the Breckenridge night sky with fiery demonstrations. From flaming sculptures to free workshops, the second annual Fire Arts Festival will add another element of events alongside the International Snow Sculpture Competition. Presented by Breckenridge Creative Arts, the festival runs Thursday,
Published: January 27, 2016
January is when we all begin to consider that perhaps we should drop a pound or two after the holidays. So it was when I found myself at a gathering where weight-loss regimes were the topic du jour.“I love red wine,” said a friend who was holding a glass of what appeared to be a very white wine. “But I’m
Published: January 27, 2016
The folks at Summit Skimo Club want everyone to try ski mountaineering at least once. Today is your chance.Around dusk, organizers with the local skimo club are partnering with the town of Frisco for a beginner-friendly race on the wide-open terrain at Frisco Adventure Park. It’s the final event in a four-part “intro to skimo” series the two groups launched
Published: January 26, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: Z Griff and friends head to The Outback at Keystone for fast groomers, glades and a few improvised log rails under completely clear skies. Enjoy the sun and warm while you can: A storm is on the horizon bringing another round of
Published: January 29, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: It's less than a week before the inaugural Running of the Bulls Banked Slalom high above Carter Park in Breck and Z Griff is putting in the hours. Head out on Sunday after the storm to help build the rest of the
Published: January 30, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: The wind at Breckenridge can be a blessing and a curse: Sometimes it scours the terrain until it's almost bare, other times it takes all that scoured snow and loads it into pockets of nothing but powder. Double Barrel and Way Out
Published: January 25, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: Did you miss the corduroy right after first chair? You're in luck. Every day at noon, the Copper Mountain cat crew picks a few runs to smooth over with fresh lines. Z Griff and friends hang around the top of American Flyer
Published: January 26, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: Imperial Chair is the highest quad in North America at 12,840 feet. But is it worth the wind and cold you'll find up top? Z Griff says absolutely. [iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/152711706?autoplay=1" width="640" height="360" style="border: 0px;"] Breckenridge official report: 0", 0", 6" Summit Daily
Published: January 22, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: Z Griff and Chris Coppola drop into the glades on the south side of Peak 10 for face shots without a single personto interrupt. The powder doesn't end there: While the East Coast gets hammered with our latest storm from earlier this
Published: January 23, 2016
DURANGO — A researcher with the Colorado Water Conservation Board says cloud seeding in southwestern Colorado is helping to squeeze more water out of passing snowstorms, using heaters that vaporize silver iodide to form artificial ice. In southwest Colorado, workers light generators that look like large propane tanks, sending flames into pans that send vaporized silver iodide up to the
Published: January 24, 2016
As our group of four stood on the base of Peak 8 in Breckenridge after stepping into gear, we marveled at the size of the construction going up next to the gondola, the future home to The Grand Colorado on Peak 8. Building is still underway for Breckenridge Grand Vacation’s newest timeshare resort, but the 75-unit property will stand on
Published: January 23, 2016
Author’s note: Chalk Mountain straddled the county line so including its history here is a technical call. Yet Chalk Mountain skiers rank as pioneers who broke ground to establish Summit County’s first ski area and jump-started its colorful history.CHALK MOUNTAINA young population of mine workers, school teachers and company employees at the company town of Climax atop Fremont Pass struggled
Published: January 23, 2016
This week in history as reported by the Summit County Journal 100 years ago, the week of Jan. 25-29, 1915.MONDAYBreckenridge people have gone dry with a determination that outdoes all provisions of the prohibition amendment. Not only are they obediently and cheerfully refraining from the nectar that cheers and exhilarates, but they are abstaining from noticeable indulgence in harmless soft
Published: January 23, 2016
No one seemed to love my ski socks more than my pup, which made me wonder, “What does he see in my socks that I can’t see?” Before I moved to the mountains, I had two pairs of ski socks that went with me on every ski trip. I sustained an exclusive, yet highly-functional relationship between my ski socks and
Published: February 3, 2016
Greg Gutzki remembers the exact moment he heard about snowboarding, only it wasn’t known as snowboarding.On Christmas Day in 1966, the Michigan native and his younger brother came downstairs to an odd-shaped gift beneath the sparkling tree. The contraption was about 3 feet long and no wider than two skis, made of painted yellow wood with a single rope attached
Published: January 23, 2016
SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s a blue sky Wednesday morning on Mayflower Gulch, a popular backcountry area near Copper Mountain, and while other backcountry users traipse past in search of powder, Scott Toepfer has dug himself a handsome 3-by-4-foot snow pit.The veteran Colorado Avalanche Information Center forecaster runs a series of tests, sawing off columns of snow, tapping the surface to
Published: January 22, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: We saw some great snow at the beginning of this week and it was followed by glorious sunshine. ZGriff and his pal rode some of the terrain off of 6 Chair on an excellent blown in pow day. We have very warm
Published: January 28, 2016
On The Hill is brought to you by The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. VIDEO: What's a guy to do with this much fresh snow? In seven days, Breckenridge (and the majority of Summit County) has received nearly two feet of fresh. Z Griff takes a break from building the Bull of the Woods course (set fo
Published: February 2, 2016

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