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

September 17, 2018 — 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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Top 6 drives to see fall foliage near Breckenridge, Colorado (video)

September 10, 2018 — 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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Hiking the Colorado Trail: A day hike from Gold Hill Trailhead to Copper Mountain

August 20, 2018 — Editor's note: This is the fist installment in a two-part series on hiking the Colorado Trail. Click here for Part 2: A journey to Janet’s Cabin. For about 500 miles from Denver to Durango, the Colorado Trail snakes its way along streams, through forests and

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Local Hiking Trails Summit: The magnificent amphitheater of Mayflower Gulch

August 13, 2018 — Nestled in the magnificent amphitheater below the ragged crest of Fletcher Mountain (13,951 feet), the ruins of the failed Boston Mining Company gold digs remain among a meadow of wetland wildflowers. Located on the west side of the Ten Mile Range, convenient access to the

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Hiking 101: Your guide to Summit County hiking trails, maps and other essentials

July 23, 2018 — Ask just about anyone who's spent time in Frisco and chances are good they've been to — or at least heard of — Mount Royal. The 10,494-foot false summit en route to Peak 1 (12,933 feet) is one of the most popular hikes in Summit

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Bootprints Hiking Guide: The mysteries of the Gore Range, Part 1

July 19, 2018 — Editor's note: This is the first installment in a two-part series. Read on for Part Two on the northern stretch of the Gore Trail. I have been drawn to the harsh peaks of the Gore Range since visiting Summit County in 2014. Since moving here

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Colorado hiking trails with waterfalls: South Willow Falls

July 17, 2018 — If you are searching for hiking trails with waterfalls, the South Willow Falls is the perfect trail for you. The falls is located in the valley between the steep, rocky slopes of Red Peak (13,189 feet) and Buffalo Mountain (12,777 feet). The pass itself is

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Tempting the Tenmile Range Traverse from Frisco to Breckenridge (360 video)

June 14, 2018 — It rained later that night. And it rained hard. My roommate walked down from his room and mentioned the lightning. I hadn't noticed it all that much — I was too busy staring blankly at the Olympics while rolling out the soles of my sore

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Bootprints Hiking Guide: The mysteries of the Gore Range, Part 2

June 13, 2018 — Editor's note: This is the second installment in a two-part series. Read on for Part One from the southern stretch of the Gore Trail. Last week as I headed north on Highway 9 — leaving the county on a road trip to the mountains of

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Golfing tips from Colorado pro golfers on how to improve your game

June 13, 2018 — While not based on any verifiable, quantitative scientific research, there's a good chance golf is the most humbling, expletive-inducing sport in the history of the world. With that in mind we've gathered these tips to fine-tune your golf game, from shaking off that early season

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Finding the right golf ball: Odds are you’re spending too much

May 22, 2018 — The 2005 Masters. Hole No. 16. Tiger Woods. Tiger chips well above the pin. His ball starts rolling toward the hole, stops for a second on the edge, makes one final revolution, which shows the Nike swoosh, and falls in for the improbable birdie. "If

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Aspen Skiing Co. to expand snowmaking after lackluster year

April 12, 2018 — After coming off a dismal 2017-18 ski season due to a lack of snow, Aspen Skiing Co. is redirecting $5.5 million in capital expenditures this summer to expand snowmaking for next ski season. At the beginning of this season, Skico was limited in what terrain

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Western Colorado Outdoor & Sportsman’s Expo celebrates all that’s great about the state’s great outdoors

April 4, 2018 — EAGLE — Enjoying the outdoors is a quintessential part of the Colorado mountain lifestyle. So, it only stands to reason that the central mountains region is a prime location to celebrate everything that’s spectacular about the state’s outdoor opportunities. That’s what the Western Colorado Outdoor

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Spring backcountry skiing and travel tips from avalanche and AT experts

March 26, 2018 — Editor’s note: This article was originally published on April 21, 2017. It has been updated for accuracy March 2018. Just because the spring sun is shining doesn't mean it's open season in the Colorado backcountry. Need proof? Look to the past: In 2013, a massive

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Vail Mountain to host Warren Miller Legacy Day on Saturday, April 7

March 21, 2018 — VAIL — Together with Warren Miller’s family and friends, Vail Mountain will honor the late Warren Miller by hosting the Warren Miller Legacy Day in Vail on Saturday, April 7. The day will include a commemorative ski down Vail Mountain and a legacy celebration. Combined,

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Aspen Olympians come together to talk experiences

March 12, 2018 — As Jeremy Abbott put it, there is no normal trajectory to reaching the Olympics. But when you come from the same community, one that has a drive and passion for athletics like Aspen does, there are bound to be similarities. "I'm just so lucky to

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Skiing Canada’s oldest national park, Banff

March 5, 2018 — BANFF, Canada — Want to resort ski in a national park? Put Banff on your bucket list. In the United States, resort skiing a national park is neither easy nor overly upscale. Only three, small ski areas operate in U.S. national parks, including Badger Pass Ski

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‘It’s always been a dream’: Duo who built Copper Mountain halfpipe to build Olympic pipe

February 18, 2018 — Jake Ingle estimates he and his halfpipe-carving buddy Mark Pevny worked 130 hours last week to ensure Copper Mountain Resort's halfpipe was ready for this week's U.S. Ski and Snowboard Grand Prix. "This year was an insane struggle," Ingle said. It was such an extensive

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‘My objective is to ski when I am 100,’ says 95-year-old set to take first chair at Copper Mountain Resort

February 18, 2018 — As he sits in front of his brand new painting titled "Going Up River," 95-year-old Frank Walter says water — both flowing and frozen — has always been at the center of his life. Born in 1922, Walter remembers water skiing as a child on

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With its ski mountaineering culture, what could Olympic inclusion mean for Summit County?

February 18, 2018 — As he shuffles his downhill skis mere feet away from the president and head coach of the United States Ski Mountaineering Association, 2-and-a-half-year-old Logan Zander does his best ski mountaineering impression inside the warm confines of the Frisco Adventure Park's day lodge. Outside, under the

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