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Tenderfoot Mountain trails re-opened with wildfire 100 percent contained

September 22, 2017 — With the Tenderfoot 2 Fire now 100 percent contained, the U.S. Forest Service has re-opened the Oro Grande and Tenderfoot Mountain Trails near Dillon. Officials are asking that the public stay away from the nearby burn area because firefighters are still working in the area […]

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Why do leaves change color? The science behind fall foliage and best places to view around Summit County

September 22, 2017 — As the days begin to shorten and crisp mornings bring the anticipation of winter, Summit County takes one last breath of brilliance before succumbing to the snow. The explosion of reds, yellows and oranges from the fall foliage along the trails and across the peaks […]

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Top 6 drives to see fall foliage near Breckenridge, Colorado (video)

September 20, 2017 — The month of September is one of the best times of the year to visit the High Country when it comes to breathtaking views. An explosion of reds, oranges and yellows from the fall foliage transforms the landscape into an artist's palette. As locals know, […]

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Best fall hikes for aspen leaves in Summit County (before they’re gone!)

September 15, 2017 — I'd always heard that aspen trees were classic Colorado, that their colors would be awe-inspiring. Humbling. It seems like just yesterday that summer arrived and the aspens started to finally bloom in rich, verdant hues. Now, every fresh morning turns them more rusted, golden. Soon […]

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With 11 fatalities on Colorado’s 14ers this season, “it’s time to do something”

September 15, 2017 — ASPEN — With 11 people dead on Colorado's highest peaks so far this summer — including seven on the treacherous fourteeners around Aspen — rescuers and climbers are scrambling for a plan to prod the swarming masses to make better decisions in dangerous terrain. Luckily, […]

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Big Fat Tire: Trail etiquette or lack thereof

September 14, 2017 — I would much rather write about trails through tunnels of golden leaves and getting in those last few rides above tree line. This week though, I'm compelled to write about something that I've written about before. Trail etiquette or more precisely, the lack of trail […]

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Mountain coasters are the big focus this year in Colorado ski country

September 13, 2017 — Resorts in the Colorado Ski Country USA trade association are adding more mountain coaster rides (four) than new chairlifts (one) this summer and fall. It’s another sign that traditional ski resorts are broadening their horizons and looking for additional ways to attract customers throughout the […]

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Silverthorne Bike Guide: Blue River Trail (video)

September 6, 2017 — SUMMIT COUNTY — Few rides in Silverthorne are more relaxing than the Blue River Trail. The fully paved recpath winds along the banks of the Blue River, the county's premier Gold Medal waterway, as it flows through neighborhoods and past prime fishing holes. It's a […]

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Mikaela Shiffrin, prepping for 2018 Winter Olympics, renews deal with LEKI

September 5, 2017 — EAGLE-VAIL — Olympic gold medalist and overall World Cup champion Mikaela Shiffrin has inked a sponsorship renewal agreement with LEKI through 2022. The five-year contract lasts through 2022 and guarantees Shiffrin, of Eagle-Vail, will continue to train and compete exclusively with LEKI poles — see […]

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What it’s like to spend a night in the surreal dune field of Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes

September 1, 2017 —

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Hiking guide to Upper Slate Lake and Slate Lake near Silverthorne

August 31, 2017 — As I descended from Upper Slate Lake through rabbitbrush and sage, I whistled, "It's a long way to Tipperary," after hiking a couple hours in the darkness. In answer to my tune, a wolf howled across the valley from the ridge behind me. Only the […]

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Big Fat Tire: It’s all out there, now go and ride it

August 31, 2017 — "We can go mountain biking right out our door!" That was my fiancée Rebecca after our first ride on her brand-new Julianna Furtado mountain bike on Monday. Rebecca grew up in Greeley, spent parts of her youth in Summit County, then moved out east for […]

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Gear review: Pac Man Sandals

August 30, 2017 — Chaco's latest sandal is a big step back. About 30 years back, to be specific. Citing "a major fashion trend in the marketplace," Chaco unveiled the limited-edition Z/2 Classic PAC-MAN sandals for men and women. The yellow wonder and all four ghosts grace the straps […]

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Meet Your Mountains: Hiking guide to Mount Guyot near Breckenridge, Colorado

August 26, 2017 — Welcome to Meet Your Mountains, a hiking guide series covering four iconic peaks found just outside your back door in Summit County. Read on for locals route guides to: Peak One in Frisco, Buffalo Mountain near Silverthorne, and Bald Mountain (aka Mount Baldy) and mysterious Mount […]

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Keystone Bike Guide: West Ridge trail (video)

August 25, 2017 — SUMMIT COUNTY — Most mountain bikers have a love-hate relationship with West Ridge out of Keystone. It's one of those rides with a long dirt-road haul, tight switchbacks and a handful of technical rock sections. But it's all worth the grind when you connect with […]

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Summit 360: Ride the 8-person stand-up paddleboard on Lake Dillon

August 25, 2017 — Ride the Beast: On a sunny then cloudy August morning, Summit Daily staff took an eight-person stand-up paddle board from KODI Rafting to Frisco Bay Marina for a trip to the Lake Dillon islands and back. We finished right before a fast-moving summer storm brought […]

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Big Fat Tire: Find new fall mountain bike rides on Gold Dust trail and Sheep Creek trail

August 24, 2017 — Last week I wrote about secret trails. That got me thinking about trails that aren't exactly secret, but are still somewhat less traveled, and more specifically (since we're getting close to leaf season) trails that have great aspen-leaf immersion potential. You know — those trails […]

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Breckenridge Bike Guide: V3 trail (video)

August 24, 2017 — SUMMIT COUNTY — V3 is one of the wildest trails in the French Gulch network. Found on the south side of the dredge-rock field and titular gulch, this advanced slice of singletrack branches off from the mellow B&B Trail to give riders a quick taste […]

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Colorado rivers fishing report for weekend Aug. 25-27

August 24, 2017 — Hip, hop, a hopper to the drop, keep on hopper dropping until you just can't stop! We have been seeing a lot of good hopper fishing, especially on the South Platte River above and below Spinney Reservoir. Chubby Chernobyls, PMX and stimulator patterns have been […]

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Colorado Escapist: Feel the need for speed with dirt biking and four-wheeling on Summit County moto trails

August 24, 2017 — I feel the need… the need… for speed! After getting a taste for the power of motorized vehicles on a dirt biking adventure outside of Vail, I made the commitment to solidify my passion for motorcycle riding by taking a motorcycle-riding course in Denver for […]

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