Sure, we all love skiing and boarding the Rockies. It's the expense that gets us down -- fuel, lift tickets, parking, lunch, equipment rental and so on. Thankfully, Copper Mountain eased the pain this season: It offered four full-day lift tickets (with only a handful of blackout days) for a measly $49, which is what you generally pay for one ticket. The "pass" was actually a credit card that you could slip into your wallet or purse, and it was good for the entire season. (Copper also offered a quartet of spring-skiing lift tickets at half the price.) The popular passes sold out faster than it takes to blaze a black-diamond run, so we hope Copper gives us a repeat performance next season.
Created by the communications group at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, this award-winning site leads users through the life of a glacier via rare archival photos. The site contains everything anyone would ever want to know about glaciers, plus some pretty cool links to related sites.

Created by the communications group at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, this award-winning site leads users through the life of a glacier via rare archival photos. The site contains everything anyone would ever want to know about glaciers, plus some pretty cool links to related sites.

No one can accuse ranger David Jamiel of not making the most of his assignment at Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge -- a 73-acre Arvada "sub-unit" of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. Jamiel has attracted almost seventy volunteers and 6,000 visits to the prairie paradise, an accomplishment that recently earned him top billing as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Refuge Employee of the Year -- besting 7,500 employees at more than 530 refuges nationwide. On his tours, Jamiel likes to point out the 100 species of birds, wildlife such as deer, fox and coyotes, as well as assorted creatures that dwell in the three ponds at Two Ponds. And since this offshoot is miles from the arsenal proper, chances are good that visitors won't be stumbling over any unexploded sarin bombs.
No one can accuse ranger David Jamiel of not making the most of his assignment at Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge -- a 73-acre Arvada "sub-unit" of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. Jamiel has attracted almost seventy volunteers and 6,000 visits to the prairie paradise, an accomplishment that recently earned him top billing as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Refuge Employee of the Year -- besting 7,500 employees at more than 530 refuges nationwide. On his tours, Jamiel likes to point out the 100 species of birds, wildlife such as deer, fox and coyotes, as well as assorted creatures that dwell in the three ponds at Two Ponds. And since this offshoot is miles from the arsenal proper, chances are good that visitors won't be stumbling over any unexploded sarin bombs.
You thought the crowd made noise for the Broncos and Patriots? Let's hear it for the boys! 'N Sync returns for its second concert in little more than a year at the doomed arena -- giving Mile High Stadium reason to stand a little longer and providing Mayor Wellington Webb with a handy excuse for not complying with neighborhood wishes that it go away... now! The Orlando-based pop group (sorry, Mickey Mouse isn't joining the boys, but things could get Goofy) will croon their hits on July 13. Maybe they could borrow a tune from the Talking Heads and belt out "Burning Down the House."
You thought the crowd made noise for the Broncos and Patriots? Let's hear it for the boys! 'N Sync returns for its second concert in little more than a year at the doomed arena -- giving Mile High Stadium reason to stand a little longer and providing Mayor Wellington Webb with a handy excuse for not complying with neighborhood wishes that it go away... now! The Orlando-based pop group (sorry, Mickey Mouse isn't joining the boys, but things could get Goofy) will croon their hits on July 13. Maybe they could borrow a tune from the Talking Heads and belt out "Burning Down the House."
The long-beleaguered Nuggets' shaky playoff hopes may have faded on the road in February, but Antonio McDyess, the team's indispensable power forward, continues to be one of the NBA's finest players -- as evidenced by his selection to the 2001 All-Star team. The 6'9", sixth-year man out of Alabama remains in the top five or six, league-wide, in field-goal percentage (over .500), and his defense is impeccable. If Dan Issel's road-battered troops are ever to return to the NBA playoffs, it will be McDyess and guard Nick Van Exel who get them there.
The long-beleaguered Nuggets' shaky playoff hopes may have faded on the road in February, but Antonio McDyess, the team's indispensable power forward, continues to be one of the NBA's finest players -- as evidenced by his selection to the 2001 All-Star team. The 6'9", sixth-year man out of Alabama remains in the top five or six, league-wide, in field-goal percentage (over .500), and his defense is impeccable. If Dan Issel's road-battered troops are ever to return to the NBA playoffs, it will be McDyess and guard Nick Van Exel who get them there.
More than a tent, less than a cabin: That's the yurt, the newest camping option offered in selected state parks. The semi-permanent shelters consist of a wooden-lattice wall and rafters surrounded by weatherproof canvas and topped with a clear domed skylight. Construction costs are less than a quarter of those for a traditional cabin of the same size. The yurts in Ridgway, Pearl Lake and Mancos parks are equipped with electricity, gas fireplaces, ceiling fans, full insulation and screened windows, making them perfect for visits year-round. (Golden Gate Canyon state park is adding two yurts as part of its ongoing upgrade, to be completed this summer.) Each yurt sleeps six; bring your own bedding, but otherwise expect a camping experience, with cooking outdoors and no running water. Rental fees range from $40 to $60, based on occupancy; maximum stay is fourteen days. Reservations, which must be made at least three days in advance, are accepted, but yurts are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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