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Take 5: After 45 years racing Stars, a Dillon Open skipper switches to Ensigns for the 2017 regatta

August 1, 2017 — Phil Goedert remembers when sailboats were built and tested by the same people who sailed them. In the mid-'50s, about the same time Denver Water approved construction of Dillon Dam, Goedert was a teenager living in north Denver when a friend of his offered to […]

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First family of whitewater: Into roaring Browns Canyon with the Foleys of Performance Tours Rafting (video)

July 22, 2017 — Kevin Foley is taller than expected. Much taller. It's not like there's a height limit for raft guides, but at 6 feet, 4 inches tall, the founder and longtime owner of Performance Rafting Tours is an unlikely figure in a river community dominated (for the […]

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A short, sweet, serious raft season on Class IV rapids of Tenmile Creek

June 19, 2017 — On the banks of the Tenmile Creek between Frisco and Copper Mountain sits a lone park bench. It's found about two miles downriver from Officer's Gulch in a section local kayakers know simply as Middle Canyon, placed in a peaceful opening surrounded by thick aspens, […]

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Top 5 summer activities on Lake Dillon in Frisco, Colorado

June 19, 2017 — Dunk your paddles into Lake Dillon early enough in the morning and you'll be fortunate enough to enjoy breathtaking views, calm waters and splendid serenity. Lake Dillon, also known as Dillon Reservoir, offers unbeatable views and a friendly marina at the end of Frisco's Main […]

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New whitewater park in Basalt makes waves with river runners

June 15, 2017 — Pitkin County officials said this week they plan to alert river runners about new features in a whitewater park in Basalt, but they don’t plan to fiddle with the design. Signs will be placed at a ramp at Fisherman’s Park a quarter-mile or so upstream […]

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Boat swap and ‘Pedalboard’ demos at Frisco Bay Marina for National Marina Day June 10

June 6, 2017 — Need to sell a sailboat? Want to try a stand-up paddleboard? How about a stand-up “pedalboard?” This weekend is your chance. On Saturday, June 10, the Frisco Bay Marina celebrates National Marina Day with a boat swap, free demos and lessons with the Frisco Rowing […]

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Brilliant yellows, hungry browns: Summit County fly-fishing in autumn

June 1, 2017 — The day was almost too perfect. On a sunny, bright, brilliant morning in the thick of Alma autumn, Jon and Donna Ventura of Los Alamos, New Mexico were standing on the marshy banks of the South Platte River (Middle Fork) trying to perfect their fly-fishing […]

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12 Colorado whitewater and river festivals you can’t miss this summer

May 20, 2017 — River rats, your time has arrived. Beginning Memorial Day Weekend with the 2017 CKS Paddlefest in Buena Vista, Colorado's short-but-sweet whitewater season begins in earnest after snow finally melts and flows on the Colorado, Arkansas, Yampa and other local rivers hit peak levels. That's when […]

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Colorado-based rafting team just misses Grand Canyon speed record

January 20, 2017 — The raft was lined up perfectly for the massive rapid. The Colorado-based team — eight accomplished paddlers on sliding seats atop a 48-foot custom raft designed to fly down the Grand Canyon — was on pace for a record. Suddenly the boat was vertical. Then […]

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Brilliant yellows, hungry browns: Summit County fly-fishing in autumn

September 29, 2016 — The day was almost too perfect. On a sunny, bright, brilliant morning in the thick of Alma autumn, Jon and Donna Ventura of Los Alamos, New Mexico, were standing on the marshy banks of the South Platte River (Middle Fork) trying to perfect their fly-fishing […]

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American anglers take 3rd at World Championship

September 19, 2016 — EAGLE COUNTY — Spain defended its fly-fishing crown at the 36th annual FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship on Saturday, with France taking second and the U.S. finishing third. In the individual standings, Americans Lance Egan and Pat Weiss took third and fourth, respectively, with Julien […]

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Para-athlete ‘One-Arm’ Willie competes in first 106º West Triathlon

September 10, 2016 — On the crisp morning of Sept. 10, nearly 800 athletes crowded the Dillon Marina for the first 106° West Triathlon. "One-Arm" Willie Stewart, a 55-year-old para-athlete is a well-known face among them. The father of two and resident of Idaho formerly lived in Breckenridge and […]

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Photos and results from debut 106˚ West Triathlon half-Ironman in Dillon Sept. 10

September 10, 2016 —

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Live coverage of the 106º West half-Ironman Triathlon in Dillon

September 10, 2016 — The Summit Daily News will follow the 106º West Half Ironman Triathlon in Dillon today from start to finish. Also tune into our Facebook page for LIVE coverage from the transition area, including the inaugural swim. The 106 West Triathlon isn't just for the athletes. […]

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Athletes talk shop before the 106 West Triathlon half-Ironman in Dillon, Sept. 10

September 9, 2016 — A swim in the 55-degree waters of Lake Dillon is the least of Candy Elkind's worries. At 9 a.m. this morning, the 46-year-old Elkind joins roughly 700 athletes from across the nation and globe for the inaugural 106 West Traithlon, a half-Ironman and quarter-Ironman held […]

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World Fly Fishing Championships return to Colo. after 2 decades abroad, Sept. 11-18

September 3, 2016 — The last time the World Fly Fishing Championships visited the U.S., our home team took dead last, and vowed to never let that happen again. The year was 1997, the venue was Jackson Hole. According to the lore that come out of the event, a […]

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Frisco Marina begins rental sales Thursday

August 31, 2016 — Frisco Marina selling rentals As the summer draws to a close, the Frisco Bay Marina will be selling its rental kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards, starting tomorrow morning. The boats will be sold at prices ranging from $150 to $1,100. Also for sale will be […]

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Backcountry swimming holes: Five alpine lakes near Summit County

August 27, 2016 — Tucked away in the high alpine valleys of towering, treeless peaks are a number of lakes pooling pristine water from fresh snowmelt. While the lakes remain cold all summer, they are at their warmest temperatures right now, providing not only a turning point for a […]

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Researchers track water flow out of toxic Breckenridge mine

August 16, 2016 — On Monday afternoon, a government research team trekked through the sun-speckled woods above the Stephen C. West Ice Arena. The climbing is tiring on a hot day, and loose scree slid underfoot as the investigators scrambled up piles of mine tailings. Walking through the forest, […]

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A day in the life of a Lake Dillon patroller

August 16, 2016 — Few know the waters of Lake Dillon better than Erin Sirek. As soon as the alpine reservoir thaws, she can be found manning her boat along its many inlets. "You come there in the morning before it gets busy and you just watch the birds," […]

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