Celebrate a Century of Rocky Mountain National Park This Weekend

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Winter in the park: Copeland Mountain as seen from Copeland Lake.
Americans love their national parks. And Colorado people love, love, love Rocky Mountain National Park, a 416- square-mile expanse of towering peaks, glacial lakes, tundra, forests and meadows less than two hours' drive from Denver. Despite being much smaller in size than Yellowstone or Yosemite, RMNP typically ranks among the five busiest national parks in the country and last year drew more than 3.4 million visitors, a new record -- just as the park's on the verge of marking its hundredth birthday.

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Photos: Ugly Christmas Sweaters on Wheels at the Roll Ugly Sweater Mixer

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If you missed Roll's Ugly Sweater Mixer Friday night at the Exdo Event Center, you likely missed some of the ugliest Christmas sweaters in town, which glowed in all their resplendent awfulness under colored lights as they zipped around the rink. Luckily, our photographer Scott Lentz was there to record the ugly skate soiree. Can you handle it? Read on for pics.

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303 Boards Brings Landrace Skateboard Video to SIE FilmCenter

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Photo courtesy 303 Boards
Director Travis La and the crew behind the latest 303 Boards skateboard team video, Landrace, liked the sound of 12/13/14 for a premiere date. While we're counting, this marks the thirteenth team video from the little Colfax shop that could (tagline: "Holding down the Colorado skate scene since 1997") and this video, screening at the SIE FilmCenter on Saturday with all-ages shows at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. and 21+ shows at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., stars some of the biggest names from the scene 303 Boards helped build.

See also:Go Skateboarding Day slideshow

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Caryn and Peter Boddie on Colorado's "Lost" Ski Areas -- Stories as Old as the Hills

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Archival photo courtesy History Press
"We couldn't believe how much emphasis there was on ski jumping from the beginning: It was really the extreme sport of its day," says historian Caryn Boddie. She and her husband, Peter Boddie, wrote the book Lost Ski Areas of Colorado's Front Range and Northern Mountains, and they'll be sharing stories about what our state's nascent ski industry looked like a century ago at Tattered Cover Colfax tonight. "We found stories of as many as 20,000 people coming to see one of Carl Howelsen's ski-jumping demos in Denver," Boddie continues. "That one was promoted by the Denver Press Club."

See also: The Edge, 2014-2014 Winter Activity Guide

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Ski Cooper, Sunlight Ski Resorts Open For the Season Today

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Sunlight Mountain Resort

Ski Cooper near Leadville, and Sunlight Mountain Resort, near Glenwood Springs are both opening today. Ski Cooper got so much snow recently, in fact, that it is opening two weeks early. They join many other Colorado mountains that have already opened for the season. We profiled them all in The Edge, our insider's guide to the 2014 ski and snowboard season. We'll be rolling out those profiles as the mountains open, but here are our looks at Ski Cooper and Sunlight.

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Steamboat, Crested Butte, Monarch, Snowmass, Telluride All Open for Thanksgiving

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Alex Fenlon
Crested Butte Mountain Resort

The weather has been good for skiers and snowboarders so far this season, and that means more openings. Steamboat and Crested Butte plan to open for the season today, while Monarch, Snowmass and Telluride will open tomorrow, on Thanksgiving.

We profiled all of Colorado's ski-country destinations in The Edge, our insider's guide to the 2014 ski and snowboard season. We'll be rolling out those profiles as the mountains open, but here are our looks at the resorts mentioned above.

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Photos: Roll Goes Retro with a Roller Rave Skate Party

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Roller skating is even more fun when it glows in the dark. And that's what happened last Friday night at the Exdo Event Center, where the November edition of Roll! turned on the black lights while skaters spun around the rink in their best retro-rave wear. Photographer Ken Hamblin caught all the action in the following images.

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Vail, Aspen, Eldora Open This Weekend

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Jack Affleck
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Colorado's two glitziest, most well-known ski resorts open for the season this weekend, along with a locals' favorite, joining a few others that have so far. Vail goes first, giving customers access out of both Vail Village and Lionshead at 9 a.m., as well as return routes to both base areas. (Skiers and snowboarders are asked to observe all posted signs and closures, especially during the early season.) Boulder County mountain, Eldora Resort, also cranks up the lifts today, while Aspen Mountain follows on Saturday by opening the Silver Queen Gondola and Ajax Express, along with the Sundeck and Ajax Tavern. The mountain is opening earlier than expected, thanks to a storm that dropped 21 inches of snow.

We profiled all of Colorado's ski-country destinations in The Edge, our insider's guide to the 2014 ski and snowboard season. We'll be rolling out those profiles as the mountains open, but here are our looks at Eldora, Vail and at the four mountains around Aspen.

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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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Breckenridge Ski Resort Opens Today With New Snow

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Jeff Andrew
Breckenridge Resort

Breckenridge got thirteen inches of snow on Wednesday and more last night, so there should be plenty to go around today when the ski resort (mostly Peak 8) opens for the season. There are plenty of activities on tap, including music, donuts, giveaways and of course, chilly refreshing temperatures. We profiled all of Colorado's ski resorts in The Edge, our insider's guide to the 2014 ski and snowboard season, and we'll be rolling out those profiles as the mountains open. Turn the page to see the profile for Breck.

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