Silverton

Nothing compares to the 22,000 acres of new ski terrain open at Silverton Mountain this season, where the lone chairlift is now supplemented with a whirlybird, thanks to a new operating agreement. Heli drops start at $159 per run (less with a $399 season pass) or $999 for a full day (six runs), making this the most affordable heli-skiing operation in the United States, and get you as high as 13,514', with vertical drops in the 3,100' range; Silverton uses proceeds from the heli-skiing to subsidize its use of the helicopter for avalanche control. And the ski area gets as much as 600 inches of new snow annually, which should keep your rotors spinning.

Pepsi Center

It's a tough time to be a Denver Nugget. Carmelo Anthony, possibly the best player in franchise history, and hometown hero Chauncey Billups were recently traded to New York for good but not great players, cash and draft picks. We wish the 6'11" center would rebound and block shots at a higher rate, but Nenê is a presence, and he's resilient. He leads the league in field-goal percentage and is generally efficient. He's a team player — and that's exactly what the Nuggets need right now.

The Denver Outlaws missed out on their chance to play in the Major League Lacrosse championship game this year by losing to Long Island. But the team earned its number-two seed in large part because of Brendan Mundorf's prolific scoring. The attacker led the Outlaws in scoring with 38 points and ranked fourth in the league in that category. That effort actually represented a slightly down year compared to his previous four seasons, so Outlaws fans can hope for a bounce-back year for Mundorf and the team in 2011.

Vintage Motos-Museum

Jim Dillard's Vintage Motos Museum is a labor of love in every sense of the word: Jim loves motorcycles, especially the vintage European numbers, and he loves to labor over them, restoring them to their gleaming prime. This collection of nearly 200 retro machines is on view only on Saturdays, but if you love motorcycles, you won't want to miss it, or Dillard's stories. He says each bike has one, if you have the time: Bring a camera and big ears.

The Ice Ranch

Aside from a Lamborghini or a Rolls-Royce, few motorized vehicles elicit as many oohs and aahs as the Zamboni, and for good reason: Zambonis are awesome. Kids love to watch them, and parents want to drive them. At the Ice Ranch Zam Camp, they can. The Littleton venue offers periodic Zamboni-driving lessons, along with a course on the history, safety and operation of these magical pieces of ice-resurfacing equipment. The classes, which run $100 and are for adults eighteen years and older, pair four to six students with two instructors, and they fill up fast. Don't get frozen out.

Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys
Courtesy of the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls & Toys

Dreaming of those rumpus-room days, long past, in which you would spend hours navigating Link through Hyrule, your trusty Nintendo controller in hand and visions of 8-bit glory dancing in your head? Now you can relive those halcyon times at the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, which features not just a stunning collection of dolls and dollhouses spanning centuries and continents, but also less exotic toys — like the original, beloved Nintendo Entertainment System, in full working order, plus a bevy of games. So pop on in and get ready for some nostalgic button-mashing — but, as any Nintendo disciple will tell you, don't forget to blow into the game cartridge first. For some reason, that seems to make all the difference.

Wynkoop Brewing Company
Wynkoop Brewing

With its creaking old floors, smoothed wooden fixtures and green lamps, the pool room on the second floor the Wynkoop Brewing Company forces you to stand at attention and show respect for another time and place in Denver history. And the beer's not bad, either. The pool hall includes twenty-plus billiards tables, shuffleboard and darts, and it features a bar back that was once part of the Tivoli Brewery. But it's the tables that matter — tables where you can usually find Denver's resident pro, Melissa "The Viper" Little, who practices there, gives lessons and generally holds court on her status as one of the best players in the nation. Even better, you can play free during the day Mondays through Thursdays — which is good for the pockets and even better for your pocketbook.

The Comfy K9

Fido doesn't care if it's vertically sleeting cats and, er, dogs. Fido wants to go for a walk. What to do? Comfy K9 opens its 22,000-square-foot doggy daycare and kennel facility to the public every weekend for community frolicking and fun. Admission is free, although a donation of $5 is suggested to benefit the National Mill Dog Rescue. Up-to-date vaccinations are required, and owners must supervise their pets. Visit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays or 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Fido will love you for it.

As the Colorado Rapids made their run to capture the 2010 MLS crown, Pablo Mastroeni was the steadying, veteran force at the midfield position. He earned his third team MVP award and, at 34, tied his career high for games played at 29. He also played every minute of every playoff game, scored the game winner vs. Columbus in the semi-finals and became the franchise leader in career games played, games started and minutes last year. Sounds like he accomplished some goals.

Despite its record, the Colorado Mammoth regularly boasts the best attendance of any team in the National Lacrosse League. Could be the cheap ticket prices, and it could be the popularity of lacrosse in Colorado. Or it could be the team's dance squad, the Wild Bunch, and the fact that some of these lovely ladies spend every game steaming in a hot tub just off the field with a few lucky fans. Of all the gimmicks you'll find at a Mammoth game (and there are plenty), it's hard to beat the unabashed hormone-baiting of this one.

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