Ski for Sisu

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In February, the 25th annual Ski for Sisu ski-a-thon, sponsored by the Mount Sopris Nordic Council, raised funds for Spring Gulch Cross-Country Trails. More than 100 participants raised pledges and skiied 3.5K, 10K or 12.5K long-distance loops. “Sisu” is a Finnish word meaning to persevere when the going gets tough.

Down 25 Points in the 3rd Quarter—Time to Move & Shake!

Down 25 Points in the 3rd Quarter—Time to Move & Shake!

A “Mover & Shaker” is usually the owner or manager of a company or organization, the person who plans and orchestrates its direction and growth. This person must be a leader who can keep a calm hand on the controls.
I watched one of the calmest performances of leadership under pressure that I have ever seen on Super Bowl Sunday this year. I am not, or at least was not, a fan of Tom Brady until I watched him engineer the comeback-of-all comebacks in the final quarter. As a die-hard Broncos fan, I respected him, but I had John Elway and Peyton Manning to cheer on. So Tom Brady was always third behind them in my mind.

Moving In, Moving On—
My Parting Thoughts

Moving In, Moving On—
My Parting Thoughts

You hold in your hands the 27th monthly issue of Roaring Fork Lifestyle. It’s the last one I will edit.
So far, this publication has had but one editor, yours truly. But next month, I will be moving on, and Caitlin Causey will be moving in. Caitlin’s name should be familiar; she has been writing for this publication virtually since issue one. Because we have collaborated on this issue, I know that I will be leaving “my baby” in good hands.

Step It Up with Midland Shoe

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Health experts often recommend taking 10,000 steps per day. In a place like the Roaring Fork Valley, where a vigorous level of activity is central to our mountain lifestyle, many locals easily surpass that number on a daily basis. Whether walking the neighborhood, strolling the bike path with friends or hitting the town after work, quality footwear is an important element of protection for our very active feet.

Colori Mixes Creativity & Community in Basalt

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“My focus is to create a safe place to bring artists together, a place where people can see great work, try classes, be social and have fun,” says Von Fumetti. Since the Colori Gallery & Studios opened in December 2015, artists and locals have been doing just that.

Michael Lowe’s Learning-By-Doing Philosophy

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Michael Lowe is on a mission. With a lifetime of adventure in the natural world under his belt, he strongly believes in the transformative power of experiencing.
Not just talking about it, watching it or reading about it—or even just learning about it—but doing it.

Kjell Mitchell – Forty Years in Hot Water

Kjell Mitchell - Forty Years in Hot Water

Kjell Mitchell doesn’t look like an executive. For a conversation with this magazine, he arrived Colorado-casual, bundled in a softly worn coat, a jaunty scarf about his neck, his cheeks rosy from the winter walk over. Sporting spectacles and blonde stubble, tall and lean, he lacks the paunch often typifying success. Affable and self-effacing, Mitchell seems more ready for a ball game than the boardroom.

Steve Beckley’s Dream: Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park has been honored with four Post Independent Locals’ Choice Awards and a 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. In 2001, the Beckley’s exemplary environmental preservation efforts were recognized with the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative.

March 2017 Around Town

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Carbondale Arts’ 9th annual Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza: SHE brims with locals, performance art, multimedia, inspiring sustainable fashion and an intriguing storyline. The show, always a sell-out, raises money to educate youth in the Roaring Fork Valley. This month, ticket prices are $45 for members and $50 for non-members online at

The Long and the Short of It

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I’ve had long hair most of my adult life, but in January, I cut my hair. The reason: I learned that the type of chemotherapy that I will be treated with over the next few months is going to cause hair loss.
I should explain that while casually putting on lotion last November, I discovered a bump in my breast. Little did I know, in that moment, that the discovery would change the course of my life.

Touring Colorado’s Hot Springs Loop

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Thermal springs flow abundantly throughout western Colorado. Five hot springs along the Colorado Historic Hot Springs Loop are particularly enticing: Glenwood Springs, Ouray, Pagosa Springs, Chaffee County, and Steamboat Springs.

Swimming Against the Tide – Pools in Colorado

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“I enjoy torturing Steve and Ashley with my new design ideas for pools, spas, and water features. Unfortunately for them, they always rise to the occasion…” —Landscape architect Shannon Murphy
Steven Simons is a third generation, Texas-bred pool contractor. His mother and father met building pools. His father soon started his own company, with Simons practically cutting his teeth on construction sites. Simons mastered plaster and tile, plumbing, rebar and shotcrete early on. Eventually, married and building a future, Simons and his wife Ashlee relocated, setting their eyes on the Roaring Fork Valley market. They opened Timberline Pool & Spa (TPS) out of a home office.