Prospects for elk hunters in Colorado for the past several years have been dismal. On average, only about 16 percent of the people who have headed into the woods aiming to bag an animal have successfully managed to fill their freezers. That's not the case in Game Management Unit 20, however, where the accessibility of the backcountry has resulted in a whopping success rate of just under 60 percent.
Prospects for elk hunters in Colorado for the past several years have been dismal. On average, only about 16 percent of the people who have headed into the woods aiming to bag an animal have successfully managed to fill their freezers. That's not the case in Game Management Unit 20, however, where the accessibility of the backcountry has resulted in a whopping success rate of just under 60 percent.
When San Francisco's concussion-plagued star Steve Young wisely decided to retire rather than risk further injury in Denver, he left the Broncos with the same problem they've faced since May 1999 -- how to replace a legendary quarterback and team leader with a mere mortal. In the absence of John Elway, head coach Mike Shanahan will turn to third-year man Brian Griese, who's had growing pains on the field and in the dressing room. Can he throw long? Maybe: Bronco mini-campers say Bob Griese's boy is now ready for prime time. Failing that, Gus Frerotte, late of Washington and Detroit, will get the call. Can anyone here say Bubby Brister?

When San Francisco's concussion-plagued star Steve Young wisely decided to retire rather than risk further injury in Denver, he left the Broncos with the same problem they've faced since May 1999 -- how to replace a legendary quarterback and team leader with a mere mortal. In the absence of John Elway, head coach Mike Shanahan will turn to third-year man Brian Griese, who's had growing pains on the field and in the dressing room. Can he throw long? Maybe: Bronco mini-campers say Bob Griese's boy is now ready for prime time. Failing that, Gus Frerotte, late of Washington and Detroit, will get the call. Can anyone here say Bubby Brister?

This is a matter not of comparative ogling, but of mathematics and economics. After all these years, Loveland still has a higher percentage of shred-everymans than any other hill within driving distance of Denver, so it follows that a comparative percentage of them are female. Furthermore, if you are a nineteen-year-old shredder of either sex, you're broke unless you have a sponsor -- and the odds against that have been clearly demonstrated. Therefore Loveland's lift ticket prices will be the only ones that make fiscal sense. Finally, why go to any mountain to look at a snowboarder? Isn't it time you became one?

Readers' choice: Copper Mountain Resort

This is a matter not of comparative ogling, but of mathematics and economics. After all these years, Loveland still has a higher percentage of shred-everymans than any other hill within driving distance of Denver, so it follows that a comparative percentage of them are female. Furthermore, if you are a nineteen-year-old shredder of either sex, you're broke unless you have a sponsor -- and the odds against that have been clearly demonstrated. Therefore Loveland's lift ticket prices will be the only ones that make fiscal sense. Finally, why go to any mountain to look at a snowboarder? Isn't it time you became one?

Readers' choice: Copper Mountain Resort

Bus to the slopes -- and back again in a day? What a novel idea! You won't be hitting the powder at Aspen or Vail, but funky Eldora still offers plenty of great snow for skiing and boarding, and a nordic center maintaining a plethora of marked cross-country trails. And you can take the bus: RTD's Route N makes frequent trips from Boulder to Eldora during ski season for only three bucks each way; you can also use a transfer if you're traveling to Boulder from Denver (take route B from Market Street Station to Boulder Station) or other surrounding communities. Even if you were driving, you'd avoid the kind of traffic that slows down I-70 and other routes into ski country -- but this way, you don't even have to think about it. It's schuss the thing.
Bus to the slopes -- and back again in a day? What a novel idea! You won't be hitting the powder at Aspen or Vail, but funky Eldora still offers plenty of great snow for skiing and boarding, and a nordic center maintaining a plethora of marked cross-country trails. And you can take the bus: RTD's Route N makes frequent trips from Boulder to Eldora during ski season for only three bucks each way; you can also use a transfer if you're traveling to Boulder from Denver (take route B from Market Street Station to Boulder Station) or other surrounding communities. Even if you were driving, you'd avoid the kind of traffic that slows down I-70 and other routes into ski country -- but this way, you don't even have to think about it. It's schuss the thing.
The name says it all. Much of Telluride's ski mountain is dauntingly "steep and deep," but its signature run -- ominously named the Plunge -- transports lionhearted experts from 12,000-foot heights almost straight down to the picturesque village below -- and very quickly, too. Take your pick, hotshots: Half of this harrowing run is carefully groomed, the other half infested with knee-twisting moguls. For the daring, this matchless winter challenge is well worth an eight-hour drive from downtown Denver. Why? Because it's there.
The name says it all. Much of Telluride's ski mountain is dauntingly "steep and deep," but its signature run -- ominously named the Plunge -- transports lionhearted experts from 12,000-foot heights almost straight down to the picturesque village below -- and very quickly, too. Take your pick, hotshots: Half of this harrowing run is carefully groomed, the other half infested with knee-twisting moguls. For the daring, this matchless winter challenge is well worth an eight-hour drive from downtown Denver. Why? Because it's there.

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