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MOUNTAIN LIFESTYLE

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Fun On Wheels

Like most of her fellow mountain bike enthusiasts who live in Eagle, Laura Turitz’s trailhead is her garage. “There are so many things about Eagle that are ideal for mountain biking, including accessibility, variety of terrain, and really fun trails,” shares Turitz, co-writer of Mountain Bike Eagle, a printed and online guide to riding in the area. This community on the western side of the Vail Valley is all about cranking on dirt, and now with Gypsum’s new Dry Lake Motocross Park open for its first full season, motorized bike riders can get rolling on down valley trails as well. When the seasonal wildlife closure ends in April, Eagle trails are often in prime riding condition long before summer hits. “So we have a nice long season, which is great,” says Turitz. “We also have a variety of terrain, so especially with Haymaker which is a trail that was purpose-built […]

Blog, MOUNTAIN LIFESTYLE

Block Out The Sun

Those bluebird days on the mountain, the languid afternoons on a raft, the hours spent on bikes or hiking peaks. It’s why we live (or visit) here. But all that time under the blaze of bright sun takes its toll on our skin: there’s more skin cancer here in the Rocky Mountains. Additionally, it takes much less time to start to sunburn, aka start damaging the skin, here. According to Dr. Karen Nern, dermatologist and owner of Vail Dermatology, one in five gets skin cancer in Colorado; the rate of melanoma is one in 35. These rates are higher than the average — because of the altitude and because we’re outside so much of the time. She refers to a study conducted by Dr. Daryl Regal, a dermatologist out of New York. He looked at how quickly a sunburn can happen in various locations. In New York, it takes about […]

Healthy Living, MOUNTAIN LIFESTYLE

The Advocate

There are events in life for which one can prepare: having a baby, paying taxes, deal- ing with aging parents. But a cancer diagnosis is not one of those things, especially when you have no family history and have spent much of your career advocating for health and wellness. And journalist, author and television host, Joan Lunden, was blind- sided by the news. “I was one of those people that just never thought I would be diagnosed with breast cancer,” Lunden says. “I didn’t think I’d be one of the statistics because I didn’t have it in my family. So I kind of walked around feeling pretty immune. Mistakenly, of course. Had I known that less than 15 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer ever had a family history, I would not have felt so immune.” On June 5, 2014, Lunden was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. “I […]

ACTIVITIES

Wildflowers: A WALK IN Wildflower

Summer is fleeting in the High Country. No sooner does the snow melt than it seems as if we’re expecting the first snow of the season. However, between the cooler seasons, spring and summer provide enough life and color to help mitigate their fleeting nature. One of the best ways to soak up the summer is to go searching for wildflowers, their reds, yellows, purples and blues accenting the trails. Botanists estimate that there are more than 3,000 species of flowering plants in our state, ranging from majestic sunflowers to diminutive beauties. The Vail Valley is home to a vast number of trails — hiking them all in one summer season is a massive undertaking. However, it’s not necessary to tackle them all to enjoy our alpine flora. From mellow strolls to high- elevation gaspers, there are plenty of options for a walk among the wildflowers; here are some of […]

ACTIVITIES, ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT, Focus Vail Valley

A Walk To End Alzheimer’s

The annual Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held on September 28 at the Brush Creek Park and Pavilion, in Eagle. An estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease which includes an estimated 5.6 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s. The disease is irreversible and destroys brain cells, causing thinking and memory to deteriorate. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. While there is no fee to register, the Alzheimer’s Association encourages participants to fundraise in order to contribute to the cause and to raise awareness. It provides free, easy-to-use tools and staff support to help participants reach their fundraising goals. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., followed by a welcoming ceremony at 9:30 a.m. The two-mile walk will begin at 10:00 a.m.

ACTIVITIES

FAIR to Remember

Who doesn’t like a county fair? As someone once put it, “County fairs are opportunities to bring in those handsome Holsteins competing for Best Bessie, to sample food that don’t normally belong on sticks and definitely shouldn’t be deep-fried and to enjoy carnival rides and games with unfavorable odds.” Wealthy New England farmer and businessman Elkanah Watson, who showcased his sheep in the public square of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in 1807, is credited with the idea of a state fair. However, state and county fairs, as we know them today, have been around in the U.S. since 1841 when the first one took place in Syracuse, New York. And, food has been the centerpiece from the very beginning, including the judging of recipes, which is one of the oldest competitions at the fairs. Fairs of the early 1800s certainly didn’t feature the salty, greasy, pick-up snacks of today’s county fairs. One […]

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Creatively Social

Whether you “do” lunch, hike, bike, or just schmooze over an after-work- cocktail — getting together with someone you know or complete strangers is a good thing! According to Judah Pollack and Olivia Fox Cabane, coauthors of The Net and the Butterfly: The Art and Practice of Breakthrough Thinking, your brain doesn’t care if you’re an introvert or an extrovert. It needs solo and group-time to be creative — in that order. “When you’re alone, you’re essentially building a woodpile in your brain,” the authors write. “Then when you join a group, you’re igniting a shower of sparks that might light it up.” “Summer’s why we live here” has long been the mantra of those who live in this gorgeous Rocky Mountain setting. The glorious weather allows for farmers’ markets, food festivals, people-watching from a restaurant deck — or just hanging out in your own backyard. It’s also a time […]

Activities, Vail

6th Annual Vail Summer Bluegrass Series Reveals Lineup, Venue Change

  (Vail, Colo.) March 18, 2019 – Mountain biking. Trout fishing. The Epic Discovery Course. Tubing (yes, summer tubing). The summer in Vail offers no shortage of entertainment and fun, on-mountain and in town. One of Town’s hidden gems for the past five summers has been the Bluegrass Series, which has hosted a number of world-class artists including the Travelin’ McCourys, Tyler Childers, Oteil Burbridge (Dead & Company), Sarah Jarosz and more. 2019 Lineup For its sixth iteration, Vail Bluegrass is proud to reveal its complete music lineup featuring a number of bands who are Vail summer vets, as well as some new talent. The 2019 series kicks off on June 26 with a headlining performance by Trout Steak Revival with support from Denver’s Chain Station. On July 3, Jeremy Garrett (of the Infamous Stringdusters) will be joined by a soon-to-be-announced group of “friends” with support by Meadow Mountain. Appalachian bluegrassers, the Hackensaw Boys stop in Vail in part of their 20th anniversary […]

Activities, Crowd Pleaser

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW

It’s breathtaking to catch a glimpse of a snowshoe hare, elk or mule deer while snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or snapping that money shot of wildlife in the forest. But it can be just as exciting to see footprints and be able to identify what large or small animal walked before you. In fact, you’ll probably see plenty of animal tracks from the chairlift on a freshly blanketed powder morning, and it’s always entertaining to point out the difference between a mule deer and an elk’s pattern to friends and family. There are those who are experts at identifying scat, aka the poop of wild animals, but that can be—let’s just say—a smelly, mushy business, depending on how many berries animals have eaten and how long their droppings have been exposed to the elements. Fortunately, there’s a cleaner way to identify mountain animals, particularly in the winter: They each leave distinct […]

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POWDER POWER

Let’s just put it this way: A Timbersled is a conversion kit that turns a dirtbike into a lean, clean, snow-loving machine. It allows anyone with a passion for exploring the great outdoors to power  hrough powder to parts unknown. It’s not meant to replace a snowmobile, especially if you want to cover long distances but Timbersled’s admirers find it “outrageously fun, like icing on a cake.” The basic kit includes the two major components that convert bike to sled: a fat ski that takes the place of the front wheel and tread piece, containing an internal chain drive and giant suspension components that replace the rear wheel. And with many options available, one can go bare bones or as fancy as you like. Riders say that the Timbersled seems to come alive in untouched powder, when the giant rear track bites into the snow and provides outrageous acceleration. The bottom […]