Features

Cultivating ski patrol’s next generation

Standing at the top of a run at Monarch Mountain, a group of ski patrollers assesses the situation. But something seems out of sorts — and soon, a stream of children slide off what looks to be a cliff edge, one by one, like ducklings in a row.

Gunnison gym 20 years ‘strong’

Over the past 20 years, much has changed. Cassette tapes turned to compact disks. Compact disks became digitized. But Colorado Fitness in Gunnison has stood the test of time. This

Snowblind

Tristan Loftis peers through a snowy pair of goggles during a trip by Gunnison Elementary School third graders to Crested Butte Nordic Center this past Thursday. For more from the

Day of Service expands in second year

As Kat Hebda awoke on Monday, she didn’t grab her skis to hit the slopes. She didn’t hit the snooze button and she didn’t decide to sleep in. Instead of

When reading ‘sticks’

Mr. Woytek, principal at Gunnison Elementary School (GES), gets a laugh at students duct taping him to a table near the school’s entrance this past Friday. GES first- through fifth-grade

Inspiration for innovation

A first-of-its-kind speaker series aimed at inspiring the next generation of outdoor industry leaders will kick off this month at Western Colorado University. Blister Speaker Series will bring to campus

CAPTURED under cover

Snowfall in the high country has brought wildlife to lower elevations for the winter, but it still takes a close eye to find them under the cover of timber. This

Inspired by surf, driven by science

A step into a workshop south of Crested Butte reveals a man mixing chemicals with scientistlike precision. Brett Conover is in the throes of his latest creation. Minutes later, he’s

A chilly thrill

Carlie Kenton and son Finn McHale are all smiles while sledding the hill east of the Western Colorado University football practice field this past Friday. For more from the day

A warm welcome

Folks in the Gunnison Valley may have noticed brightly colored stickers cropping up around town containing unfamiliar words such as “velkommen,” “lafia,” “merhbe” and “karibuni.” Although unfamiliar to many, each