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“It changed everything”: How Crested Butte’s first-ever extreme skiing contests 30 years ago birthed the freeskiing movement

MOUNT CRESTED BUTTE — “This place brings back some memories,” says Wendy Fisher, gazing up at the near vertical walls of snow and rock she just skied.  “Doesn’t it though,” says Rex Wehrman, pointing to rocky patches of snow with names like Body Bag Glades, Dead Bob’s Chute, Disgusting Trees and Sock It To Me. […]

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Colorado’s high-flying skiers, snowboarders dominating as the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics close in

Colorado’s top freeskiers and snowboarders had a busy December as they dominated contests that served as qualifiers for the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February. The three events this month — Big Air at Steamboat, U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain and the Dew Tour at Copper Mountain — were among the first steps to […]

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First-ever backcountry ski area opens next month outside Kremmling

The country’s first human-powered ski area opens next month near Kremmling. Erik Lambert and Jeff Woodward and their Bluebird Backcountry project are developing a lift-free backcountry ski area on 1,500 acres of private land flanking Whiteley Peak, the prominent volcanic plug on the southern end of the Rabbit Ears range. The pair of entrepreneurs have […]

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A stumble sidelined Telluride outdoor writer Rob Story for one year. His recovery ended in gravity-fed gratitude.

TELLURIDE — Precisely 12 hours before Telluride Ski Resort opened for the record-setting 2018-19 winter, I stepped awkwardly off an indoor staircase and ruptured my right quadricep tendon.  Even orthopedic surgeons consider the injury gruesome, as the quad muscle rolls up the leg like a window shade. Meanwhile, the tendon keeping the patella in place […]

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A secret freeski race on a remote Colorado snowfield in July? Tell us more — if you can.

WINTER PARK — It might have been 1964 when Cooper Black, a leather-booted ski racer from Winter Park, trudged up the remote mountain pass in July and skied down a glacier above a lake.  “He might have raced himself that year,” says Bob Singley, the 78-year-old ski bum whose resume on snow includes stunt skiing […]