Joy abounds for powder hounds.

Big fluffy flakes are falling on the deck and Carbondale's Main Street is sporting banners that say "Let It Snow!" One Facebook friend just posted a photo of a gate across Route 82 bearing a sign that says "Independence Pass Closed." Another just uploaded a shot of her pink lawn flamingos (!) covered with powder.

Happy Birthday Roaring Fork Lifestyle

Wow, time has flown by this year! This December issue celebrates our first birthday – 12 monthly issues printed and mailed to the residents of the valley. Roaring Fork Lifestyle would like to say "thank you" to our marketing partners and to local residents for the wonderful support and encouragement we have received. We have grown in both size and…

Blessing of the Animals

The fourth annual Blessing of the Animals raised nearly $7,000 for The Colorado Animal Rescue (CARE) shelter. The Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist congregation and CARE teamed up to sponsor the event. Photography Trina Haines and Nicolette Toussaint

Rebecca Knight, 
Dog Musher Extraordinaire

This fall, Missouri Heights residents glimpsed a strange – and possibly worrisome – sight: a black hound with a flapping tongue streaking by, towing a woman on a bicycle. This wasn’t just a bike-mounted dog walk getting out of hand. The woman’s hands weren’t even on the leash! That spunky dog was actually tethered to the bike.

The Frosty Lures of Ice Fishing

Ice fishing takes place throughout Canada, Scotland, Russia and Scandinavia, but you don't have to go to Norway to see it. Just look to your right as you're passing through Georgetown along I-70 in the winter, and you'll probably see folks frostily fishing. Harvey Gap Reservoir, near Rifle, Crawford Reservoir near Hotchkiss and Lake Granby are other popular ice fishing…

Basalt Pumpkin Jazz & Roots Festival

Basaltines enjoyed 10 bands at 10 different venues in October. The Pumpkin Jazz & Roots Festival was free and sponsored by the Town of Basalt, the Basalt Chamber of Commerce, Willits Town Center and Alpine Bank. Photography Robin Waters

December 2015 Around Town

In November, Roaring Fork Lifestyle magazine celebrated the successful completion of its 12th issue and one year in business with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held by the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce. The magazine has grown from an initial publication of 32 pages to more than 50 pages, and it features more than 45 regular advertisers. The publisher, Rick French of…

Dance Initiative Residences Put 
Carbondale’s Launchpad on the Map

With a catch in her voice, Alya Howe acknowledged that a dancer’s life is often a struggle to survive. “As an artist, it’s rare to be given studio and financial support to develop, share and present your work. My residency at the Launchpad gave me the opportunity to work with my craft, to meet and train dancers who were new…

STREET LINES: 2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali-4WD

Whether it’s transporting a big family, having a load of ski gear to haul, a fondness to travel in luxurious roominess, the thrill of turning heads on the road or all of the above, the 2016 GMC Yukon XL Denali is a sound choice to answer your desires.

12 Tips for Safe Winter Driving

Over the holidays, millions of families will head off on road trips even though their cars might not be in tip-top shape. It’s especially important for Coloradoans to prepare for winter driving. Car trouble can leave you in danger of being hit by other cars or being marooned during snowy and freezing weather. Here are a dozen tips – five…

S-K-I-I-N-G Spells Courage

Last winter, Joanne Clements heard that Sunlight Mountain was looking for female ski instructors. “So,” she says, “I figured, why not?” At the age of 82, this was a courageous move. With years of experience in both skiing and teaching under her belt, Clements felt it could be a great opportunity to continue using the skills she had honed over…


First chair – every skier dreams of snagging it. For a select group of furry four-legged locals, however, riding first chair is just another part of an honest day’s work. The Roaring Fork Valley’s avalanche rescue dogs are true jewels sparkling on our snowy slopes. Every morning, they head up the lifts before the skiing public, ready for the call…

Carbondale Couple Chronicles the 
Camino de Santiago

On November 7, Ted Reed, a former Carbondale Chamber of Commerce president, returned home after walking the 600-mile Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage route in Spain. Inspired by a 2010 Martin Sheen movie called “The Way,” Reed spread the ashes of his old friend Karen Anthony DeRiemer along the route, while also raising money to support her disabled son…

Vinyl Plank Flooring 
to Dirty Deeds

“Luxury vinyl plank flooring is really catching on here in the Roaring Fork Valley,” says Jody Maloley, owner of Network Interiors Group. “It has a contemporary look, sleek and modern. The planks can look like exactly like wood, but they wear like iron.”

Shannon Muse & the Play of Light

Paradise Art Glass, the studio of glass artist Shannon Muse, sits in one of Carbondale’s old neighborhoods under cathedral-like canopies of 100-year-old elms. To the south, Muse's “Pillars of Light” grace the town library. To the north, her seven chakra pieces glow from within the gardens of True Nature Healing Arts. How must it feel to live and work between…

Mom on Patrol

When my brother Gene and I were moving our mom into assisted care a few years ago, I came across her National Ski Patrol jacket. Myra Toussaint (Slusser) Devine fought her way onto the all-volunteer – and nearly all-male – National Ski Patrol in 1959. It was quite a battle. Myra, who learned to ski in her 20s, had to…