L.L. Bean Putting Boots on the Ground on Lone Tree

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L.L Bean will open its 22nd American retail store outside of Maine at Park Meadows Shopping Center (in the former home of Grand Lux Cafe) on Friday, November 21. The company was founded by avid outdoorsman Leon Leonwood ("L.L."), who in 1912 returned home from a hunting trip with cold, damp feet and a new idea for boots.

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Opening Weekend at A-Basin: Sunshine, Beer and Just Enough Snow

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Happy skiers and snowboarders flocked to Arapahoe Basin over the weekend for the official kickoff to the 2014-'15 Colorado ski season, amid sunny conditions and a party atmosphere. While balmy weather is keeping the snow guns at bay elsewhere, it's only a matter of time before Loveland, Winter Park and eventually all the other ski resorts follow suit. Photographer Brandon Marshall hit A-Basin to record all fun in the sun; read on for a preview of our slide show.

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Eldorado Climbing Walls Wins Something Independent's 2014 Wright Award

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Eldorado Climbing Walls and the rest of the 2014 Wright Award contenders at Space Gallery.
Boulder-based Eldorado Climbing Walls won the Wright Award at the fourth annual Something Independent Awards ceremony Tuesday night at Space Gallery, edging out finalists Icelantic Skis and Oskar Blues Brewery. The award recognizes Colorado companies "who are leading at the intersection of lifestyle and commerce" -- and full disclosure, I was on the judging panel.

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LuvByrd Connects Singles Who Love Outdoor Activities -- and Could Love Each Other

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Two LuvByrds, Matt and Mendy, in their natural habitat.
Dating can be difficult no matter where you live. But outdoorsy types in Colorado have a special challenge: There's a whole lot of great wide-open out there -- but it's not easy to run into person of your gender/orientation preference who also enjoys the outdoor activities you do.

Mike Keshian, owner and chief executive officer of LuvByrd, has a solution: His Colorado-made dating site/social network is outdoor-activity-based. Although it's only been around for about a month, Keshian says that matches have already been made -- and he's confident the future is bright for his start-up.

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Front Range Flag Company celebrates Colorado's spirit of adventure

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Front Range Flag Co. creates custom flags to celebrate Colorado adventures.
Jackie Barry's love for flags as celebratory beacons originated in Philadelphia, but it's the Colorado outdoors that inspires Front Range Flag Company. Barry and her business partner, Ryan Casey, launched the custom flag company early this summer to commemorate adventurous achievements big and small -- from going a short hike to climbing a Fourteener.

The two met in college in Philadelphia, where Barry developed her interest in fabrics and flags. She built miniature sailboats at the Independence Seaport Museum and even did her senior thesis on flags.

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Aspen Mountain to reopen for skiing this weekend!

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Aspen's season is not over yet.
Colorado's reality-defying weather has worked to a benefit this time around. The surge of late-spring snowfall around the state has allowed Aspen Mountain to reopen for the Memorial Day weekend, May 24 tthrough May 26.

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Garland Park: Garland Park is my park, and why I'll reluctantly share it with you

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Our current cover story, Alan Prendergast's "Party in the Park," looks at how Denver's park rangers are gearing up for a busy summer season. In response, Westword writers are weighing in with appraisals of their own favorite Denver parks, continuing with Susan Froyd's tribute to Garland Park.

I'm a bit reluctant to sing the praises of Garland Park publicly, because I unfairly think of it as my park, and though that's not entirely true, there are moments when I seem to have it all to myself and my dogs.

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Cheesman Park: Haunted by fun (and angry ghosts, probably)

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Our cover story this week, Alan Prendergast's "Party in the Park," looks at how Denver's park rangers are gearing up for a busy summer season. In response, Westword writers are weighing in with appraisals of their own favorite Denver parks, continuing with Byron Graham's tribute to Cheesman Park.

Denver's park-going residents have long enjoyed wiling away temperate afternoons sunning themselves on the gently sloping hills of Cheesman Park. Whether you're strolling through the park's neoclassical pavilion, enjoying the view of the distant cityscape over the treetops, or happening upon an especially festive Quinceañera, you'll always find good times in Cheesman Park -- along with the occasional human skull.

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City Park: A stroll in the heart of Denver

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The park's postcard-ready pavilion and mountain views.
Editor's note: Our cover story this week, Alan Prendergast's "Party in the Park," looks at how Denver's park rangers are gearing up for a busy summer season. In response, Westword writers are weighing in with appraisals of their own favorite Denver parks, starting with Prendergast's tribute to City Park.

City Park is not only the largest of Denver's parks, but also the most handsomely designed and -- for me, at least -- the most soul-soothing parcel of public land anywhere in town. I know this because it took me years to discover some of its more intriguing nooks, respites and redoubts, which is as it should be.

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Civic Center MOVES wants you to move your workout to the park -- for free

Categories: Outdoors

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Courtesy of Civic Center Conservancy

Starting next week, the center of Denver could be the center of your workout. Civic Center Moves is just the latest project promoted by the Civic Center Conservancy to turn Civic Center Park into a more positive Denver space. "People make parks, so starting April 2a, when you work out for free at Civic Center MOVES, both you and Civic Center Park will get healthier," says Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, executive director of the Civic Center Conservancy.

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