Dog Mushers Don’t Shout “Mush”

Oh no, that’s far too soft-sounding a word for the dogs to think you seriously want them to run at full speed. The command is something akin to a guttural “Ahhhhhhh,” “Let’s gooooo,” “Ready Hike!” and “Gooood Dogs.” And the dogs love that. It’s like a shot of straight adrenaline. It’s adrenaline for Wally and Denise Glass as well. They opened Mountain Musher dog sledding business 22 years ago when they had 22 dogs and one sled. “At first, the dogs didn’t know anything; and we didn’t know anything,” laughs Wally, who discovered that the dogs are like people, some shy, others gregarious; some agile, and others clumsy; some bright, others not quite so. Now the Glasses own 82 dogs, four sleds and they run two trips a day throughout the winter from the Lazy J Ranch in Wolcott. “Now the dogs are better than ever, but Bill and I […]


McCoy Park~ a little piece of paradise

Herb Eaton, who grew up fishing, hunting and tending cattle in the Beaver Creek area, worked as the manager of slopes and trails when the Beaver Creek Resort development began in 1980. “What really excites me about the place was to see how well we could put it together and made it all fit,” Eaton was quoted as saying in the book, Beaver Creek, The First Hundred Years. Eaton most likely didn’t envision a Nordic center on top of the mountain. But, Jean Naumann, former manager of the Nordic Center, and mountain planner Mike Larsen did. After scouting other Nordic centers they realized the best location was not on the golf course but, rather, on top of the mountain. McCoy Park, nestled between Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch, is a must for visitors and locals, as well. This snowshoe and cross-country area offers never-ending, breathtaking views at the Gore Range, […]


referred to as “America’s Race”

The inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge took place for seven consecutive days and featured 136 of the world’s top athletes. They raced across 518 miles through some of the most beautiful cenery in the Riockies, including Aspen, Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs and Vail. The winner? Team Radio Shack’s, Levi Leipheimer, with a time of 20:00.24. The hope is that the race will, once again, speed through the Vail Valley in 2012. “This race comes with its own special energy,” says John Dakin, Vice-President of Communications for the Vail Valley Foundation. “It’s like nothing else.” According to Dakin, over 25,000 people were in Vail for teh start of its leg of the race. More than 5,000 showed up in Avon for the next day’s start. “It was a tremendous success for the first year out of the gate,” Dakin says. “Watching the television pictures, you could have easily mistaken it for Europe. […]