Given how many people traveled to Denver for the annual 4/20 festivities this year, not to mention the national hype over pot tourism in general, it's easy to forget that there are plenty of great reasons to visit Colorado that have nothing to do with weed. Fortunately, the folks at Condé Nast Tra ... More >>
If you've had enough of the seasonal allergy syndrome down here in Denver and find yourself already missing winter, never fear: Five Colorado ski areas are either still open or re-opening this weekend, thanks to one very good winter snow season -- and there's powder in the forecast for Saturday nigh ... More >>
For the third consecutive day, we have sad news to report about the death of a skier in the Colorado high country -- and the second involving the Keystone ski area. But while the previous tragedy, involving a 46-year-old man who died after smashing into a tree over the weekend, will go down as an of ... More >>
Last week's storms brought the deepest 24- and 48-hour snowfall totals since the 2000-2001 season, prompting Vail Resorts' marketing team to dub it the "storm of the century." We can't argue with that, especially since the snow's been falling pretty much ever since, punctuated with bluebird days per ... More >>
What are the hundred things everyone should do in Colorado before they die? We posed this question to our writers and editors, and over the next week, we'll be rolling out their answers across our blogs. We shared Denver Bucket List picks 25-16 last week. Next up are 15-6. Count them down here, a ... More >>
Headed for the hills to make the most of the four day weekend? Yeah, us too. Beaver Creek, Steamboat, and Crested Butte all opened for the season today; Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, and Telluride open tomorrow, and Purgatory and Howelsen Hill open this weekend. Read on for some tips on where to point y ... More >>
Never mind those epic closing-day celebrations last weekend at Vail, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, and Powderhorn: All four resorts have announced they'll be spinning the chairlifts again this weekend and reopening Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21, to make the most of massive dumps of late ... More >>
Breckenridge opened for the 2012-'13 ski and snowboard season today, with two lifts and forty acres of terrain, joining Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Keystone and Copper Mountain. And with the So-Gnar Snowboard Camp Tour kicking off tomorrow at Woodward at Copper and OpenSnow.com (a Westword Best of Den ... More >>
Arapahoe Basin CEO Alan Henceroth announced today that the ski area's Black Mountain Express lift will start turning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17 to mark the start of the 2012-2013 ski and snowboard season. See Also: - Level 1 Productions, Stept, MSP clean up at IF3 International Freeski Film ... More >>
We released our 2012 Summer Guide in June, including hundreds of events and opportunities to escape both in the city and in the great outdoors. Each Thursday, we'll roll out the best things to do this week, making it easier for you to plan your summer. Among this week's listings are Fourth of July c ... More >>
It's beer festival season and the fiestas -- from the high country to the plains -- are going to come fast. The first two kick off this Memorial Day weekend, but they'll be followed by new ones almost every weekend this summer. Enjoy -- and keep some Advil around.
With many Colorado ski areas closing this weekend (some of them ahead of schedule) and recent headlines bemoaning this season's abysmal snowpack across the state, it's easy to lament the sad state of this year's ski and snowboard season. But let's accentuate the positive for a moment: Yesterday Wolf ... More >>
It's all about beer this week -- although oenophiles will still find an event or two to their taste -- culminating in everyone's favorite football game, the Super Bowl. And there's plenty more to keep you occupied until Sunday, including a benefit and celebration of Noel Cunningham's life; he ... More >>
The more I travel, the more I'm impressed by the barmen and barwomen of Denver -- many of the beer, wine and spirits professionals in our city can stand with any other bartender in the world. They're professional and knowledgeable, and they pour some pretty awesome drinks. Without a doubt, I had som ... More >>
We've shared our list of the top ten New Year's Eve dining events, but that's far from everything that's taking place this weekend. Keep reading to see a full rundown of what's happening before, during and after the big day; we'll continue updating the online listings until the eleventh hour. Here's ... More >>
In recent decades, this state has been the focus of numerous doomsday predictions that Colorado -- if not the world itself -- was in imminent danger of disappearing. The most recent furor involves the Mayan calendar's prediction that the world will end on December 21, 2012 -- a prediction deb ... More >>
There's plenty for java junkies this week, with events celebrating new coffee partnerships and expansions in our great state. But that's just start of the food fun, which also includes the annual Candy Cane Festival and much more. Here's a taste of what's on the menu:
Wolf Creek celebrated Halloween weekend with 22 inches of new snowTrick or treat, indeed: fourteen inches of new snow this weekend at Silverton Mountain brought the mid-mountain base tally to an incredible eighty inches (see powder porn after the jump). Wolf Creek got 22 inches before opening ... More >>
Thinking about taking a snow day and heading for the hills this morning? Crank up the Black Flag and point towards the Continental Divide, because the first snow of the season here in Denver hit ski country even harder, with Loveland reporting over 10 inches this morning at 5 a.m. and Arapaho ... More >>
This afternoon marked the first real snow in the high country, which means the days of playing hooky to go skiing and snowboarding are just around the corner. To hold you over until then, enjoy these crowd-sourced photos from the mountains via the resorts.
Magic Trip is a featured film this weekend at Mountainfilm in TellurideRoad trip! The 32nd annual Mountainfilm in Telluride film festival gets into full swing today at 9 a.m. with opening remarks from filmmaker Tom Shadyac and a Moving Mountains "Awareness into Action" symposium. The first sc ... More >>
Watch out for the Libyans! Who cares if the world is ending tomorrow when you can fire up the Flux Capacitor, hit 88 miles per hour and travel to happier times at tonight's Bike to the Future Bike Prom at 8 p.m. at Casselman's, 2620 Walnut Street? Tickets are $20 at the door and benefit Bike ... More >>
Chair 4, photo courtesy of Loveland Ski AreaRetired chairlift chairs are a hot commodity around here, where hardcore skiers and snowboarders like to turn them into porch swings or mountain cabin decor: When Arapahoe Basin offered its old Expedition seats last year to make way for the new Blac ... More >>
Get dirty! Head to Fruita for the 16th annual New Belgium Brewing Fruita Fat Tire Festival this weekend, where organizers have dropped most of the pretense in favor of letting people go ride during the day and then party all night. Don't miss the Clunker Crit junker race on Saturday at 2 p.m. ... More >>
Still can't believe ski season ended yesterday at Vail and Breckenridge, the last of the Vail resorts still standing, even though it's still snowing up in them thar hills? As we reflect on the epic season now mostly behind us, the hardcore among us can visit EpicMix.com to to relive all our g ... More >>
Beaver Creek, Silverton Mountain and Echo Mountain all called it quits for the season yesterday, but that doesn't mean there isn't still perfectly good skiing and snowboarding to be had: Copper Mountain, Vail, Winter Park, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass are all throwing rites of Spring bashes t ... More >>
Rock out with your sunblock out! The Spring Back to Vail concert lineup kicks off tonight at 6 p.m. in Vail Village with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals and The Chain Gang of 1974 at Solaris Plaza (Train and Saint Motel play tomorrow night at Ford Park and The Greyboy Allstars and Jonn Mogambo ... More >>
Still haven't used all your sick days this season? Not quite ready to shift from ski/snowboard season to working in your garden? Here are three perfectly good excuses to call in sick and head for the hills this week:
What's the world coming to? Yesterday Aspen/Snowmass slashed its single day adult lift ticket price to $49; take another $10 off if you have a season pass from another mountain. "Because Easter is two weeks later this year, we're treating these two weeks as a special bonus," says Aspen/Snowm ... More >>
If you can't make the drive up to Telluride for the annual Mushroom Festival, don't fret -- there's always the Bootstraps Western Wine Fest in Evergreen or Lakewood's Chile Harvest Festival. Here's what else is on the menu for this week's culinary events:
Candace HorganWhile Keystone and Copper were celebrating their respective openings over the weekend, Arapahoe Basin, which opened on October 9, was giving their guests more terrain to ski.
An image from the I-70 Coalition's website, i70solutions.org. Just in time for the opening of the first two I-70 ski resorts last week – Arapahoe Basin and Loveland – the I-70 Coalition has hired a policy wonk to solve the corridor’s congestion crisis without pouring a single drop of concret ... More >>
Can we talk? The Colorado Tourism Office still has some work to do. A few minutes ago, Fox News offered a distinctly unfair view of Colorado skiing. Specifically, that all Colorado ski areas are now closed, which was too bad, said the distinctly blonde anchor (who last week mispronounced "groin"), ... More >>
In 1996, Westword published its thirteenth Best of Denver issue, a celebration of the city that saluted everything from Best Yuppie on a Harley (then-senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, who posed for a Banana Republic ad) to the Best New Public Art (Mark di Suvero’s still-controversial “Lao Tzu”) ... More >>
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