Posts Tagged ‘Colorado’

Early Morning “Uphill Skiers” and Ski Resorts


Colorado ski resorts adjust uphill travel rules for skiers on way up
By Jason Blevins
The Denver Post

Uphillers – Images: Steve Lipsher / Summit Daily News

KEYSTONE — Headlights beam through the swirling snow as the 5 a.m. ski-area social hour kicks off.
The dogs are a yipping tangle as a gaggle of underdressed skiers click into their skinny skis and start climbing Keystone’s perfectly groomed River Run trail.
By dawn, more than 50 skiers are climbing Keystone ski area, hugging the treeline as growling groomers comb the fresh snow.
“I call it my Stairmaster with a view,” said Breckenridge mayor John Warner, who first started skinning up his home hill 24 years ago and still logs 80 pre-dawn mornings skinning up Breck’s groomed trails. Read the rest of this story…

Breckenridge to restrict uphill skiers
Breckenridge Ski Resort officials are asking for cooperation from a rugged, growing breed of skiers
By Robert Allen
Vail Daily

BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado — Breckenridge Ski Resort officials are asking for cooperation from a rugged, growing breed of skiers who prefer hiking to riding ski lifts, as the resort undergoes base-area construction and balances business operations with after-hours access.
Dozens of so-called “skinners” flocked Thursday to Breckenridge Town Hall, where resort officials discussed restrictions, rules and revamped parking plans.
Enthusiasts frequently snowshoe, ski — with the aid of climbing skins — or hike uphill before skiing back down during early morning and late-evening hours. It’s a popular practice on Aspen-area ski slopes, as well, particularly at Buttermilk.  Read the rest of this story…

MSI Adds Advisory Roles, Two Named


Jen White, Kathleen Hurley join Mountain Spirit Institute in Advisory Role

Jennifer White of New London, NH and Kathleen Hurley of Portsmouth, NH, have been recently named advisors to Mountain Spirit Institute. In the newly created advisory role, both White and Hurley will contribute expertise and advice to the organization based on their respective fields of experience. Mountain Spirit Institute, founded in 1998,  runs wilderness based programs both domestically and internationally, as well as a wide variety of workshops and retreats.  The newly created advisory role broadens the scope of the institute while providing support to the  board of directors.  The role also engages those individuals in the community who are interested in, and have strong skill-sets and knowledge related to, MSI’s mission.Kathleen Hurley

Kathleen Hurley

Kathleen Hurley brings a wealth of corporate and online communications skills plus enthusiasm, writing and publishing acumen and keen business management experience to MSI’s advisory board. Kathleen has been a contributing writer to various New England magazines, and a director-level Marketing and Communications executive for almost a decade.  Hurley was also a founding member of the steering committee for the successful Sunapee SunFest, a holistic health, alternative energy, and sustainability festival which Mountain Spirit Institute created and ran for a number of years in Sunapee. Hurley currently serves as the Director of Corporate Communications for Actio Corp, Boston, MA.

Jennifer White brings a purpose-driven, holistic approach to sustainability education at MSI. White has been an educator for over fifteen years in a wide variety of academic and community settings, and has a multidisciplinary

Jennifer White

background in physics, psychology, systems science, permaculture design, and sustainability.  She served as the Executive Director of a national nonprofit called the Simplicity Forum, and was the Co-Founder and Director of Education for the Green Heart Institute which was created to help people “understand the global impact of their choices, connect with their values and live sustainably from the heart.”White has a long history of dedicated volunteerism with community based organizations including being a founding member of the Rocky Mountain Earth Institute and Transition Town Lyons, both in Colorado. She is currently the Sustainability Coordinator and an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH and founder of the Root Systems Institute.

Your Food Supply #27


As our 2010 blog series on “Your Food Supply” starts wrapping up, we present an interview with an intern at Hardwick Vermont Farmer’s Market. She had quite an interesting perspective on the health of Vermont’s village centers vs. those in the western U.S.  Check out her perspective…

Your Food Supply #20: Meat-Packing Plants


Jeff Mannix describes a tour he was given of a meat packing plant in California. Also, getting local foods in local schools, and what is in your hamburger?

Your Food Supply #15: Raising Chickens/Eggs


What has it taken for Jason to raise and sell eggs and chickens? It hasn’t been an easy journey. Learn more…

Your Food Supply #7: BuckHorn Mt.


Buckhorn Gardens in Montrose Colorado goes “MorGanic”
Breigh Peterson and Darren Cloud go beyond organic at the Telluride Farmer’s Market.

See Buckhorn Gardens’ website.

“Your Food Supply” Blog Series


Coming soon: New series of blog posts  will open your eyes.
Keep an eye out for a new series of video and text posts starting here in a few days. We think you’ll like it.
We’ve just traveled across the U.S.A,  listening to an Omnivore’s Dilemma by Micheal Pollan. It was experiential education at its best, and a sobering experience.

What’s more it led to some great footage and interviews here in Durango, CO with local farmers and restaurateurs.
Stay tuned for this informative series of blog posts on your food supply.

Sunapee students on Outward Bound


Mountain Spirit facilitates 4th year of scholarships for Sunapee H.S. students on Outward Bound.
By Randall Richards

Linnea Circosta on Outward Bound

Linnea Circosta on Outward Bound

Two students from Sunapee High School were the 2009 recipients of Mountain Spirit Institute’s Sunapee High School/Outward Bound Scholarship Program. The two 17-year old seniors were Sean Reidy, and Linnea Circosta who chose different challenge courses both in the western U.S.
This is Mountain Spirit’s 4th year facilitating the connection between Outward Bound USA,  local students, and donors such as Rotary International of New London, NH, and Sugar River Savings Bank, Newport NH.

The courses can be life changing for students who learn about community building, climbing, rafting, mountaineering skills as well as how to be more self reliant and compassionate with others under challenging circumstances.
Mountain Spirit Institute founder Randy Richards has a long history with Outward Bound and considers the scholarship program an opportunity for his organization to give back to his hometown community.

Sean Reidy on Wyo. granite

Sean Reidy on Wyo. granite

Reidy chose the Veedawoo National Park Rock Climbing course which lasted eight days north of Denver in Wyoming’s southern border area where great rock climbing abounds.
Sean had climbed a little before the program –  “Some indoor climbing, but not much outside, ” said Reidy.
When asked if he had any fears or concerns, he mentioned, “When I was younger, heights definitely got me, and on this trip, being away from home was not a big deal, I’d done camps, and this was my second time in my life on a plane.” He added, “flying alone was a concern, but there were signs all over the airport.
“Are you glad you chose a program out west?” I asked.  Reidy responded,  “The weather was great! This was my first time out west,….  No, I did, take a road trip with family but that was four years ago.