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A quieter summer for Hanging Lake

September 8, 2019

Cindy Winters hadn’t hiked Hanging Lake since 2003, but for her 60th birthday, it was the one thing she wanted to do. “Out of all the hikes that I have ever hiked, this one-mile hike...


Fifth season of Dirt Demons starts Sunday in Nathrop

August 21, 2019

The Glenwood Springs High School mountain bike team lines up for its fifth season Sunday at the Chalk Creek Stampede in Nathrop. Glenwood’s wildly popular program continues to grow, with 26 Dirt Demons slated to...


On the Fly column: Fishing opportunities abound in Aspen

August 20, 2019

While most anglers flock to the Fryingpan and Roaring Fork rivers near Basalt to hunt their quarry, the Aspen area offers equally good fishing opportunities this time of year. Our famous green drake mayfly hatch...



On the Fly column: Solitude among the multitude

August 12, 2019

Prime fishing season is upon us, and with it, come the multitudes. Locals tend to grumble a bit as their favorite pools and riffles fill with visitors, but I’d argue there is always somewhere to...


Aspen Olympian Noah Hoffman wins Backcountry Marathon

August 10, 2019

His professional skiing career behind him, Noah Hoffman has dialed back the training, only doing enough to take part in “adventures” in between going to classes at Brown University in Rhode Island. Yet, the natural...




Mercier: Wrapping up the Tour de France

August 2, 2019

The 2019 Tour de France was the most unpredictable and exciting since Greg LeMond’s victory over Laurent Fignon 30 years ago. The final podium, with Egan Bernal, Geraint Thomas and Steven Kruijswijk was not a...


Arapahoe Basin joins the Ikon Pass

August 2, 2019

After much speculation, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area has announced that it is joining the Ikon Pass. A-Basin joins Copper Mountain as the two resorts on the Ikon Pass in Summit County. They are among six Ikon resorts in...





On the Fly column: Give fly fishing a try

July 15, 2019

Besides hiking, golf, cycling, kayaking, horseback riding, hot springs and all the other distractions this valley has to offer, fly fishing can be a very relaxing way to spend your day. Yes, rivers are still...




On the Fly column: The bright side of high runoff

July 7, 2019

Locals are scratching their heads this week looking at river levels, especially since we are nearly a month behind “schedule.” For those of us in the business side of fly fishing, having huge flows on...


Defending Tour champion Thomas opens up gaps on rivals

July 7, 2019

BRUSSELS — Just two days into the Tour de France, Geraint Thomas is already putting daylight between himself and some of the riders dreaming of dethroning the reigning champion. Thomas, who claimed his first Tour...