SnowSports

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Snow business: Conditions disrupt Rocky Mountain Sled Dog Club races

By Dave Buchanan

Sled dogs are bred for snow, but sometimes even the bravest find discretion the right move. So it was Saturday on Grand Mesa, when a major storm dropped more than a foot of snow overnight and turned the first day of Rocky Mountain Sled Dog ...


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El Nino pushes state snowpack higher in south, lower elsewhere

By Dave Buchanan

The seemingly endless run of January storms wasn’t enough to raise Colorado’s snowpack even to long-term average. Most of the storms hit southwestern Colorado, thanks to an El Nino weather pattern that tracks storms to the south. ...


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Ski Challenge gives Colorado Discover Ability members an enjoyable snow day

By Allen Gemaehlich

Richard Jefferson didn’t post the fastest time, but he was all smiles afterward. “That was the first time I ran the gate in three years, but it was fun,” he said. The 48-year-old, who is paralyzed from the waist down, ...


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Trip past Mud Springs to Fruita Reservoirs offers the smell of woods, escape from inversion

By Bill Haggerty

Catherine Robertson was quick to call me out. “You owe us a retraction,” said Robertson, the field manager for the local Bureau of Land Management office here in Grand Junction. “Mud Springs is a BLM Campground, not a Forest ...


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Fun for all ages: Powderhorn Town Race gives adults a chance to race like kids again

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Inspired by the quarterback of his favorite professional football team, 40-year-old Joe Carlson of Cedaredge came out of retirement himself to race in Saturday’s inaugural Powderhorn Racing Club Town Race. Wearing the throwback ...


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Funds needed to keep Grand Mesa ski trails groomed

By Dave Buchanan

GRAND MESA — Slogging through 10 inches of fresh snow on a recent stormy day on Grand Mesa, I realized the grumbling filling my ears wasn’t just from my stomach. The windblown snow covered everything at the County Line ...


Free-heel it over to Powderhorn’s TeleFest

By Dave Buchanan

Ever since Rick Borkovic revived the art of telemark skiing during the 1970s at Crested Butte, you’d think “free your heel, free your mind” was some kind of skier’s mantra. And you would be right. Telemark skiing, ...


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Council seeks traction with more skiers

By Dave Buchanan

The Grand Mesa Nordic Council wants you to help raise its visibility. “My general feeling is on holiday weekends we’re getting lot of people using the trails who maybe don’t even know about the Nordic Council,” said ...


Ski area visitor traffic holds steady, helped by early-season snowfall

By Dave Buchanan

Skier visits in the state through Dec. 31 are up 1 percent over last season, according to Colorado Ski Country USA. It’s not much of an increase, but given the economic factors, any increase is a positive, said Melanie Mills, president ...


Ironton Park Cross Country Ski Area is drop-dead gorgeous

By Bill Haggerty

On a good day, with crystal clear skies and dry roads, the Ironton Park Cross Country Ski Area is 13 minutes from downtown Ouray, only two hours from Grand Junction. On a bad day, you can’t get there from here. The Ouray County Nordic ...


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