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Avy Savvy!

It’s here! The 2014/15 winter ski season has begun with the opening of Arapahoe Basin last Friday. Its exciting stuff when snow flies and we all rush to make our first sloppy turns with wobbly legs on that run that we like to affectionately call the white ribbon of death. Then as the snow gets deeper and the lift lines get longer many of us look outside the confines of the resorts to the out of bounds and the untouched deepness of the backcountry. However along with the amazing snow comes an undeniable risk in the backcountry. As we all gear up for another amazing season chasing powder shots, lets take a minute to remember those who perished. Last year...

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Rock the Vote, If you Want, or Don't

I’ve realized in my years on this planet that it’s kind of tough to be a tuned in voter. There are a ton of distractions from the facts on issues and in everyday life that pull me away and seem to give me more reason not to pay attention than give my time and focus to voting. But I feel it’s important, especially on a local level to be involved, particularly if I’m going to have an opinion on issues that I feel strongly about. Although this time of the year can be exciting it can also a little annoying. Ad campaigns and Ebola are as hot as the swine flu and Michael Jackson back in 2009. Wasn’t there just...

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What is Rado?

A lot of people have been asking us lately, what exactly is “Rado”, so perhaps it’s time to put an answer to this question. The term “Rado” has no Webster’s definition, but in short, it means to celebrate all things in “The Colorado Lifestyle”; this may include such activities as biking, hiking, rock climbing, drinking delicious beer, or enjoying a rodeo (Did you know the state of Colorado had the first ever rodeo?)! The truth is, “Rado” cannot be associated with just one action or event; however, it is a term to help us express how awesome, epic, or radical something is! As a matter of fact, “Rado” can be used interchangeably with the previously mentioned terms of “coolness” as...

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Little Bear/Blanca Traverse

A fear of heights is not an option on most 14,000 foot peaks you climb in Colorado. However the traverse between Little Bear and Blanca peaks is exposed enough to get anyone’s blood pumping and nerves quaking. We started out driving down the day before from the Vail Valley it took us about 3.5 hours, not including a quick stop to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, to get to road that would lead us to camp and our starting point the next morning. The road called Lake Como or Blanca Rd starts out easy enough with a lot of loose rock that cause the tires to spin and and rocks to kick out behind. We make it...

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Shop Small and Make a Real Difference in Your Community

Hello my fellow Americans! As we come upon the busy shopping season, I want to remind you to think about the great things that come along with the ever anticipated holidays. Think about your friends, your family, and most importantly your community! As we get wrapped up in the holiday craziness, it’s easy for us to forget about the things most important to us. Living in Fort Collins, Colorado has made me extremely proud of the community I live in! I love this town and the state of Colorado…there is just so many great people here, which gives everyone a since of “real” community. I know, I know….Colorado is not the only place like this, but it happens to be...

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