The Town of Vail may have banned recreational marijuana stores, but the Eagle County commissioners this week agreed to allow pot shops to open in unincorporated parts of the county. So Eagle County now joins neighbor and fellow tourist magnet Summit County in allowing recreational pot sales. The two ... More >>
Last week, Telluride officially approved sales of recreational cannabis, joining a majority of other tourism-reliant ski towns around the state that have given an okay to the ganja. Telluride took one of the easiest routes to retail-weed approval possible, with the city council voting in an applicat ... More >>
This week's cover story, "The Meaning of Life," tells the story behind a seemingly contradictory legal argument being made by Englewood-based Catholic Health Initiatives: that a fetus is not a person. The court case in which it asserts that claim has now been appealed to the Colorado Supreme Court. ... 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 >>
After one of the mildest winters in recent years, leaving some areas of the parched high country with less than 10 percent of normal snowpack -- not to mention forests ravaged by drought and pine beetles, ready to explode into wildfires like the rapidly expanding High Park blaze -- this may not sou ... More >>
Both Pitkin and Summit County are finally getting around to making laws governing medical marijuana shops. This move comes more than two years after the first medical marijuana centers opened in the counties.
While mountain smoke shacks like the ones described in this week's feature, "Secret Stashes," tend to be, well, secret, they are also built on public land and are meant for any herb lover who finds them to stop in and enjoy however they see fit. But there are some basic unwritten guidelines to foll ... More >>
Lori Midson Brandon Foster Vesta Dipping Grill 1822 Blake Street 303-296-1970 www.vestagrill.com This is part one of my interview with Brandon Foster, executive chef of Vesta Dipping Grill. Part two of my interview with Foster will run tomorrow. "Sweat Hog." Those are the words inscribed ... More >>
Poor Boyz Productions' 2011 ski epic The Grand Bizarre got its Colorado premiere over the weekend in Aspen at The Meeting ski and snowboard film festival; it comes to the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street, tonight at 7 p.m. with featured skiers Bobby Brown, Nick Martini, Simon Dumont, Matt Walker an ... More >>
Driving through Montana last week, I saw worrisome splotches of red in the thick stands of trees on some hillsides -- not the fires of dry summers past, but the first signs that the pine beetles that have plagued Colorado are moving north. Heading south through Wyoming into Colorado, those sp ... More >>
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 >>
Summit Prevention AllianceNancy's Community Garden in Frisco.When Amber Brummer was last in California, where she grew up, she bought a bunch of basil for 25 cents. That same amount would cost her about five dollars in Summit County, where she now lives. Brummer is part of the Leadership Clas ... More >>
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):
Photo by Forrest Miller, January 10, courtesy Copper Mountain"Do you have any idea what the street value of this mountain is?"If you'd bought Copper Mountain's Snow Day pass back when we first told you about it, you could have already had 15 powder days for the price of a single day lift tick ... More >>
How bangers and mash is made.Rather than saving it all up for one big year-end video, the ski crew at Denver-based Icelantic Boards has been dribbling out the goods all season with its Bangers and Mash One Degree TV series directed by Nick Hickling. Episode 3, nearly a half hour long, feature ... More >>
Apparently a full day in the powder up in Summit County wasn't enough for Shaun White: On Sunday he popped in to skate the bowl at Woodward at Copper. Looks pretty fun, right? Skateboard sessions in "The Barn" start at $4.99 for two hours or $9.99 for a full day pass. See the video below.
Why should you get out of Denver and head for the hills this weekend? Let me count the ways.
Back in October, we reported that Sugar Lips Mini Donuts, the turquoise mobile wagon that served up tiny fried treats all summer, had landed a lease on a Copper Mountain storefront and was anticipating a Thanksgiving week opening. The shop didn't make it, though, and it's pushed back its ope ... More >>
Tammy DavisWho wants to be a coroner? More people than you think, now that CSI and its ilk have made death investigation seem like a hip and even lively career choice. In Colorado practically anyone can apply for the job, which has made for some intriguing races this year. Especially in Par ... More >>
Have these guys heard it's still illegal to toke at Breckenridge Ski Resort? Doubt it.In November, voters in Breckenridge approved the decriminalization of marijuana in the community -- and the town council has now approved regulations relating to the measure. As of January 1, 21-and-older ad ... More >>
There's a lot of love in that land -- from skiers, especially. Loveland Ski Area wins this year's race to become the first to open in Colorado. But given how early the starting bell rang -- Loveland hasn't gotten started so soon in forty years -- should zealots leave their top-shelf equipment ... More >>
David John Moskal, 1955-2009. Disbarred attorney David John Moskal, who became embroiled in legal controversies in Colorado while on supervised release from federal prison for stealing millions from clients in Minnesota, died August 3 in Summit County. No cause of death has been released. An ... More >>
If you're heading to the hills Memorial Day weekend, sustainability advocate Bill McKibben will be the keynote speaker at the Moving Mountains Symposium in Telluride today. It kicks off this weekend's Mountainfilm festival. For details, go to http://mountainfilm.org. From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Ma ... More >>
Imagine being in an endless meadow high in the mountains, the shadows of a few clouds dancing with the deep green of the ground. You reach into your quaint napsack for a bite (you MUST keep up those energy levels on wildflower hikes, lest you miss the Asteraceae on your right) and out comes a...PB ... More >>
Potential is flowering. Today in Cafe Society: • Something's cooking in Summit County. • Cinco or swim today. • Drinking Goat at the Goat. • Frasca finally opens for lunch -- for two days only. • Denver's best female chefs wowed at Women Cook! Today in Backbeat Online: • Black Market ... More >>
The Breckenridge Massive Beer Festival makes people smile.
LOL! Have a great spring break in sunny Summit County...
Are U.S. State Department warnings about the dangers of traveling in Mexico harshing your buzz? Keep it local this year! Help create the party that transforms Summit County into the "Cancun of the Colorado Rocky Mountains..."
Celebrate Memorial Day with hot skiing and cold brewskis.
It's all downhill at this Frisco brewpub.
A year of dysfunctional family values -- and missing panties.
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant and Market
Breckenridge has a bad-boy image, but is there truth in advertising?
A tourist-hating vandal with a grudge the size of Texas makes a splash in Breckenridge.