In the depths of winter, Coloradons know how to enjoy themselves. From skiing behind a galloping horse to spending a day talking like a prospector, we practically invented fun. The January/February 2019 issue of Colorado Life offers stories and images on those two amusements, and much more.
A 10-page photo essay showcases Colorado’s winter festivals, from skijoring in Steamboat Springs to hot-air ballooning in Pagosa Springs, with stops that include honoring the Norse god of winter in Breckenridge and a canine fashion show in Aspen. And just when you thought the holidays were over, writer Tom Hess leads a whimsical journey through made-up holidays like Sled Dog Day, Gorgeous Grandma Day and, of course (you knew it was coming), Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day. Find out how to celebrate Colorado-style.
Colorado Life also reveals the true nature of Alamosa. Turns out, it’s not just the gateway to Great Sand Dunes National Park, it’s a close-knit community that supplies a good portion of the state’s potatoes, as well as barley for beer-making. It is the city that saved an independent bookstore, and home of beloved Adams State University and an annual footrace on the Rio Grande. Yes, on the river itself.
An eight-page spread takes a deep-dive look at an elite team that patrols the backcountry to protect and rescue adventurers caught in worst-case scenarios. The dedicated avalanche rescue team members love to play in the wild landscape themselves, but they also possess a healthy dose of respect for the dangers of the backcountry.
Adam’s Mountain Cafe, a Manitou Springs institution almost lost to floodwaters in 2013, brings four tasty recipes to our pages, including Tibetan Vegetables and a vegan orange cake. We introduce Arvada artist Christopher Owen Nelson, who makes art of dead trees on pieces of acrylic. Other features reveal the story behind the name of Colorado’s King Soopers supermarkets and Longmont’s documented claim to the largest sticker ball in the world.
Plus, our regular sections tease out ski-town trivia and wax poetic about hitting the ski slopes. Our January/February 2019 events calendar features the Fat Bike World Championships in Crested Butte, the snow goose festival in Lamar and a bluegrass festival in Denver, among others.
And that’s not all. Our signature words and photos bring attention to the lesser-known Pyramid Peak (near the Maroon Bells) and the Betasso Preserve (near Boulder). Photo Editor Josh Hardin addresses the importance of freezing the decisive moment, and Top Take winner Todd Caudle impresses with his photograph of a lone silvery cottonwood.
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