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Telluride Blues

Telluride Blues

As is my annual custom, last week I traded Southern California for Colorado's San Juans, spending six days in the town of Telluride. And, as is also now a yearly tradition, (more)

Revelation Bowl

Revelation Bowl

Well I'm still thinking about skiing... Here's something from 2012: Revelation Bowl, in Telluride, Colorado. What's interesting is it looks like the video was shot in black (more)

A Telluride Storm

A Telluride Storm

Telluride, Colorado. It wasn't supposed to snow Wednesday night, but it did—nine inches of perfectly light snow on top of nearly three feet of fresh snow that fell (more)

Chasing My Brother

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Really there's no better motivator than having a little brother who's faster than you in the gates. I spent damn near my entire young adulthood chasing him, and, well...it (more)

Skiing With Kids: Culture

Skiing With Kids: Culture

It's hard to overstate the importance of culture when it comes to raising children, and skiing is no exception. Where you live, and how important skiing is in your community, (more)

Skiing With Kids: Introduction

Skiing With Kids: Introduction

I am trying to get my 2 1/2 year old daughter to the snow. That's all I want right now: just get her to the snow. We've successfully crossed the parking lot, bought lift (more)

Palmyra Peak

Palmyra Peak

You really can't understand how extraordinary Telluride's hike-to 13,320' Palmyra Peak is (more)

Telluride: Top To Bottom

Telluride: Top To Bottom

I'd been thinking about getting this shot ever since I first bought my Contour helmet cam: a continuous clip skiing Telluride from the top of the Revelation chairlift, (more)

Chair 9, Dust, Winter Storm Watch

Chair 9, Dust, Winter Storm Watch

What a funny trip this has been. I really agonized over whether or not to go, and finally decided at the last minute, thinking I'd enjoy some late-spring skiing. And then (more)

Gold Hill No. 9

Gold Hill No. 9

9:44 am atop Telluride, elevation 12,570'. A cold wind blasts across the ridge as my brother and I hop off the Revelation Lift and check the signs near the patrol hut. The (more)

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