Northglenn will get its first craft brewery on June 1 when Vance Sabbe -- a former homebrew shop owner -- and Rich Aggen open Beer By Design. The 5,000-square-foot brewery and taproom features a twenty-barrel brewing system and four forty-barrel fermenters, along with about 100 seats. See also: - ... More >>
I know it's hard to imagine now, especially with the temperature outside and the blanket of snow currently covering the Front Range, but summertime is just around the corner, which means the festival season is just getting ready to kick off. We know this because we're in the middle of putting togeth ... More >>
The 2012-2013 ski and snowboard season begins winding down this weekend -- with the first round of closing-day parties at Ski Granby Ranch, Powderhorn and Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort -- despite the fact that snow conditions are actually quite good, with more snow in the forecast. Here's a r ... More >>
By the time most of us are forty, we're not exactly eager to model skimpy swimsuits, especially during the wintertime. Some parts shrink. Others get pointy. The human body's not exactly consistent, is it? That didn't stop Copper Mountain, though. To mark its fortieth anniversary season, the resort ... More >>
Earlier this month, we told you about the skiing accident that took the life of Natalie Egleston, a Philadelphia-based executive, during a visit to Aspen Mountain. She was struck by another skier, subsequently identified as Virginia Chen, age 53. The district attorney with jurisdiction in Aspen inv ... More >>
Another tragedy has taken place on the ski slopes of a Colorado resort. Arthur Glaz, a 27-year-old Air Force lieutenant stationed in New Mexico, lost his life at Keystone on Friday. Glaz is officially the fourth person to die at a ski area in the state this season, although there have been other sk ... More >>
Oh, Colorado -- you trickster! Just when we started sneaking some summer wear into our freakishly good-weathered January days, you pulled the plug and reminded us what those jackets are for. But at least you also gave the mountains some fresh powder. Over the past 24 hours, Copper Mountain raked in ... More >>
This morning, employees of Argonaut and Longmont-based Oskar Blues arranged 1,000 twelve-packs of Oskar Blues beer into an enormous -- what else? -- beer can-shaped display at the store, the largest in the brewery's history. While the stack is up (through February 22), Oskar Blues is running a coupl ... More >>
As we reported last week, calculating ski-area deaths in Colorado is tricky, since Colorado Ski Country USA applies a strict criteria to those included in overall figures. Cases in point: Olathe, Kansas resident Stuart Brownlee and Summit County's James Lindenblatt died while skiing in recent days, ... More >>
In a year of big ski-town anniversaries -- including a 40th bash at Copper Mountain, 50th anniversaries at Vail and Steamboat and Eldora, the 75th anniversary celebration at Loveland, and the upcoming 100th anniversary of Steamboat Springs' Howelsen Hill -- the wildest party of all just might be thi ... More >>
On Saturday, December 8, filmmaker Buck Harrison will be presenting the world premiere of One Degree Celsius, his documentary following a year in the life of the artists and athletes behind Denver-based Icelantic Skis. Harrison says he set out to make a small film about an independent ski brand with ... More >>
Last week, we shared our collection of the ten best "Colorado" movie posters -- flicks that actually featured the state's name in the title. Now, we're branching out, with a gallery made up of posters from films that mention Colorado cities. Predictably, the majority name-check Denver, but there are ... More >>
Colorado is a key swing state in the upcoming presidential election. In polls, Colorado looks like a toss-up between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, with leads shifting back and forth by the day -- and which way the vote ultimately goes here could decide the national outcome. By the numbers, though, t ... More >>
Vail Resorts and Burton Snowboards yesterday confirmed rumors -- first reported earlier this month by the Breckenridge-based Angry Snowboarder blog -- that the Burton US Open is moving to Vail after thirty years in Vermont -- 27 of them at Stratton Mountain. The 31st annual Burton US Open will be he ... More >>
Down to your last few dollars before rent is due next week? Don't worry about it. You can still have fun without forking over a lot of cash. From a Dragon Boat Festival to movies in the park, this town will be full of things to do for under $10. And as always, if you're a responsible planner and can ... More >>
If this week's climbing temperatures and the smell of burning pine from fires across the state have you pining for ski season, you're not alone: The Woodward at Copper action sports camp is opening its outdoor summer terrain park (previously open only to summer camp participants) to the public for t ... More >>
Ja, mon! Ziggy Marley stopped by Vitamin Cottage at Natural Grocers in Green Mountain today on his way to Copper Mountain for the Wanderlust Festival. The reason for the stop? To promote his new organic food line.
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 >>
Update: Sadly, the number of ski deaths in Colorado this season has grown again. On Sunday, 24-year-old Joshua Allen of Tampa, Florida, was found in the trees of the Elk Run underneath the Outback lift at Keystone and airlifted to Summit Medical Center, where he later died.
Update: For the second time in less than a week, a skier has been killed while schussing the slopes at Keystone. The death brings the total skier deaths this year in Colorado to eleven, just six shy of a macabre record set in 2008.
Salomon Freeski TV's clip of paraplegic skier Josh Dueck hucking the first-ever Sit Ski backflip has us as stoked as any other trick we've seen filmed this season. Dueck -- formerly a competitive freestyle skier before a T11 spinal chord injury in 2004 -- won bronze in the Mono Skier X event last we ... More >>
Recent powder dumps across the state couldn't have come at a better time: This week the entire snow sports industry is in town for its annual SIA Snow Show confab at the Colorado Convention Center and related Mile High Snow Fest events all over town, all the top pros are in Aspen for the Winter X Ga ... More >>
Lil Wayne dropped by Copper Mountain last week and dropped in at the skate bowls inside the Woodward Barn, home of several extreme sports training camps. Weezy loves the experience and may have left a little blood behind. To hear about it, check out the video below.
What better time to take advantage of this city's proximity to the beautiful Rocky Mountains -- and some of the best skiing in the world -- than New Year's Eve? Keep reading for our list of the ten best ways to celebrate New Year's, mountain-style.
www.TellurideWorldCup.comGovernor John Hickenlooper and others who are eager to put together a Colorado bid for a future Winter Olympics Games must be making a case study out of our state's worldliness this month. Since Thanksgiving, Colorado has hosted the Aspen Winternational FIS Women's Wo ... More >>
Two years after a traumatic brain injury knocked him out of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kevin Pearce is back on board -- and will be riding one in Breckenridge today, before he moves behind the mic for this week's Winter Dew Tour's Nike Open. Pearce emceed the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountai ... More >>
The word "disabled" continues to shed meaning this week as many of the biggest names in adaptive sports are in Breckenridge for the Disabled Sports USA Hartford Ski Spectacular, an annual winter sports festival that brings hundreds of athletes and aspiring athletes to Colorado for adaptive sk ... More >>
Crested Butte Mountain Resort marks its fiftieth birthday on Wednesday with a throwback nod to its old Ski Free promotion: Stop by the CB Adventure Center to pick up a free lift ticket, then jostle for first-chair bragging rights when the lifts start turning at 9 a.m. Stop by the Butte 66 deck for b ... More >>
This week's cover story on the new Colorado Snowboard Archive collection at the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum, and the history of the effort by snowboarders to get respect alongside skiing, sent us digging through our online archives dating back fifteen years as we covered the subject from ... More >>
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 >>
Yesterday marked the official ownership transition at Grand Mesa's Powderhorn Resort: Andy Daly and brothers Ken and Tom Gart bought the ski area at auction on August 4 for just $577,500, plus an additional 700-acre development tract below the resort for $825,000, spending a total of $1.4 mil ... More >>
Video below.Over the years, Westword has covered plenty of events that haven't lived up to the hype. But Saturday's Tomato Battle at Copper Mountain, in which hundreds of people hurled 300,000 pounds of tomatoes at each other, sure as hell did. And the clean up looks as much fun as getting sp ... More >>
>Tomorrow is the longest day of the year, and this could be one of the biggest weeks of 2011 for food and drink events, culminating in the long-awaited Colorado Cocktail Contest. Here's a taste of what's ahead:
Westword file photo by Sarah Austin, 2010Need a screw? Never Summer team rider Heather Baroody wears a couple of sparesHeather Baroody is so hardcore she wears snowboard binding screws as earrings. We last caught up with her last January as part of our cover story profile on her sponsors at N ... More >>
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 >>
Damn ams! The USASA Nationals competition moves from snowboarding to freeskiing this weekend at Copper Mountain, with opening ceremonies on Saturday and competition running Sunday through Wednesday, pitting amateur skiers against each other in Superpipe, Slopestyle and Skiercross events. An ... More >>
Friday is opening day at Coors Field, and that means the return of Colorado's most unusual brewery, the Blue Moon Brewing Company @ the Sandlot. Open only during Colorado Rockies home games and only during baseball season, the Sandlot is celebrating its sixteenth year of serving baseball-the ... More >>
$199 for a 2011/2012 season pass? Believe it.Many Colorado ski areas announced pre-season discounts on 2011/2012 season passes this week. Yes, we know there are still three or four good weeks of Spring skiing and shredding ahead of us, and that Arapahoe Basin will be keeping the dream alive u ... More >>
In seventeen years of avid snowboarding, Ace King has heard all the bright ideas about how to fix the weekend traffic logjam on I-70. Monorail, zipper lanes, double-decker lanes -- all costly, all dubious as hell, and none of them right around the corner. What King lusts for is a bus.
Transcript of chat with the incredulous Denver Nuggets fan sitting next to me on the plane last night on my way home from covering the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships (where, incidentally, Summit County local Eric Willett took first place in the men's slopestyle competition):
If you're looking to try something new, this is the weekend for you: January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month and Winter Trails Month, it's been dumping in the mountains and there are more camps, demos and competitions this weekend than you can shake a snowboard at. Here are a bunch of good ... More >>
Photo via SkiCB.comGreetings from Crested Butte, reporting nearly a foot of new snow this morning.If you're planning a holiday ski vacation, you might want to go ahead and start it early: It snowed all weekend at most Colorado resorts, and it's expected to keep coming down until Thursday, whi ... More >>