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Purgatory Snowcat Adventures

When we rolled up to Purgatory Snowcat Adventures on a foggy morning in February, we weren’t sure if it was the day for a cat skiing. Lucky for us, things at the Southwestern Colorado-based business were about to change. A lull in winter storms had the best of the Southern Rockies getting tracked…(Read More)

snowboard camber and rocker

We dropped in to The Boarding Haus in Durango, Colorado, to learn about snowboard camber and how it can affect your ride. (Camber refers to the arching of a horizontal surface, like a ski. It helps turn, but when other shapes are applied, more benefits can be achieved.) Owner and lifelong boardsports lover John Agnew…(Read More)

snowboard stance

In snowboarding you’re locked in place on the board, unlike surfing and skateboarding where you can change the position of your feet – your snowboard stance – at any time. But that’s part of the fun. Becoming one with your board is perhaps the very essence of snowboarding, and it all begins with where you…(Read More)

Twilight Nights, Purgatory

Those twilight nights of winter are so quiet and tranquil. Or are they?  We found something different at Purgatory Resort in Durango, Colorado. A pair of headlamps  bobbing oddly through the woods, getting brighter. The sound of crunching snow grew louder. Then came the breathing. A few hundred yards away, fat bikers with night lights…(Read More)

colorado cyclocross

Cyclocross 101

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Ice, mud, cold. Hop on a road bike with knobby tires and crank hard around a marked off road course with ups, downs and all arounds. Don’t stop for an hour. Welcome to cyclocross. “It’s kind of like show up and throw up,” says cross racer and cycling coach Chad Cheeney. “Cross isn…(Read More)

cyclocross colorado mud

It’s 14 degrees and your feet are numb. Keep pedaling. That’s cyclocross, or cross, as some call it. And a bullet proof crusting of snow over a tough, rolling course laden with obstacles is perfect. The century-old sport is known for mixing brutal temperatures and winter conditions with running, cycling and pain…(Read More)

Who said ski bums don’t work? We grabbed a few chairs and learned what it’s like to be a full-time ski bum with a job. “We live here because we love to play outside,” says Valeria Van Kirk-Busch, senior lift operations manager at Purgatory Resort in southwestern…(Read More)

womens competition ice climbing

Women ice climbing is on fire. These athletes are strong and fierce, and the competition is booming. When 16-year-old Georgia Witchell picked up a pair of ice axes for the first time, she didn’t know she’d be hooked, hanging on for the ride of her life a few years later in…(Read More)