Paul Wertin's "Arches" turns Vail into a wonderland of light and ice tonight

Categories: Art, Outdoors

Molly Eppard
A tribute to ice, snow and light, Paul Wertin's temporary sculpture "Arches" opens tonight at the seventh annual Triumph Winterfest in Vail, when it will be illuminated with LED lights at dusk. Wertin began carving the icy structure from 120 blocks of ice earlier this month, creating a seventy-foot long serpentine ice wall that reaches seven feet in height in some places and is graced with three arches.

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Chill! Breckenridge opens ice castle

Categories: Art, Outdoors

Ice sits in the bottom of glasses, decorates parties in elaborate formations, makes snowy Colorado roads slick in the winter. It also forms glittery structures, one of which stands tall at Breckenridge Riverwalk Center, on West Adams Avenue. The ice castle opened on December 26 there -- just the third location in the country where it can be viewed.

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Boulder Outdoor Cinema finishes season with Love Actually

Love Actually, a lovely way to end a holiday series.
Boulder Outdoor Cinema may have temporarily moved indoors, but that doesn't mean the unsympathetic winter chill is keeping audiences from enjoying some heart-warming cinema. After a killer lineup of holiday films like Elf, A Christmas Story and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, this free-of-charge series will round out its holiday theme on Monday, December 30 with the British rom-com Love Actually at the Bohemian Biergarten. In anticipation for of this universally beloved story of love's teeter-totter, we chatted with Boulder Outdoor Cinema co-founders Liz Marsh and Jeanine Fritz, discussing ensemble casts, film nerds and why Liam Neeson breaks our hearts.

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Colorado Cyclist Jonathan Vaughters dishes on The Armstrong Lie, doping and Lance

Photo by Frank Levasseur, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
Few people can claim to know Lance Armstrong in the same way as Jonathan Vaughters, a cyclist and native Coloradan who became Armstrong's friend, teammate -- and eventually, his enemy. Now, the CEO of Slipstream Sports is featured in a documentary called The Armstrong Lie, which is scheduled to open in Denver on December 13 and in Boulder next month (although the opening dates have already been pushed back several times). The film's director, Alex Gibney (We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks) had followed Armstrong during his unsuccessful 2009 Tour de France attempt, hoping to capture a second return to glory for the sport's most popular personality. Armstrong didn't win, and the film -- as originally conceived -- wasn't made.

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Voormi Outdoor Clothing wins Something Independent's 2013 Wright Award

WA 3 Voormi from Something Independent on Vimeo.

Voormi, a Pagosa Springs-based manufacturer of technical wool outdoor clothing and gear, won the 2013 Something Independent Wright Award for entrepreneurship last night at a pre-launch event hosted by Session Kitchen.

"This is about the best treat I could have, to be here in a roomful of entrepreneurs creating something around a spirit that is Colorado," said Governor John Hickenlooper, introducing the event before fourteen contenders presented ninety-second videos telling the stories of their companies.

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This just in from Winter Park: Snow!!


If this fall-like weather has you pining for snowy slopes, here's an antidote: The folks at Winter Park are sharing these photos of the resort's first noticeable dusting of snow, with a note:

The first full day of fall brought plenty of snow to Winter Park Resort, which has already begun gearing up for the start of ski/ride season on November 13, just 51 days away. About two inches of fresh snow fell around the base area, with estimates of six inches and more on higher peaks.

Can snow-making be far behind? Only 51 days. For more information visit Winter Park Resort online; to purchase passes go to the Ski Colorado website. And continue reading for more pics.

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Photos courtesy of Winter Park Resort.

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Reel Rock 8 returns to Boulder with its most controversial film ever

Boulder-based climber Daniel Woods in "The Sensei"
Photo courtesy Sender Films
The eighth annual Reel Rock tour, the traveling climbing film show that has become the gold standard in its field over the past decade, launches in Boulder tonight at the Chautauqua Auditorium. On the menu are four new flicks from Sender Films and Big UP productions, including the controversial and much-anticipated film High Tension: Ueli Steck and the Clash on Everest about this spring's brawl between Sherpas and western climbers on the world's highest peak.

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How Adam Sandler can help you understand why leaves change color in the fall

Kalen Deremo
A collection of quaking aspens sees its final days of chlorophyll.
People often fear death; Mother Nature does not. She dresses up in flashy colors and goes out with a bang. And every year from mid-September to mid-October, those living in Colorado get to witness one of the most brilliant funerals in the entire world.

But why are fall colors so spectacular? We often think we understand how the sun affects plant life and creates the four seasons, but how exactly does that make a bright green leaf turn crimson in only a month's time? Surprisingly enough, the answer can be linked to an obscure film reference in which Adam Sandler obnoxiously utters the faux word, "borophyll."

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Ten ways to celebrate the Fourth of July

Put on your stars and stripes and your red, white and blue: the Fourth of July is just days away. Across the United States, fireworks, parades and barbecues will celebrate Independence Day -- and Denver has no shortage of patriotic pride. Here are ten ways to celebrate this year.

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Ten ways to get wet this summer

Confluence Park: A river runs through it.
Sure, Colorado is landlocked -- but that doesn't mean you have to spend your summer high and dry in the sweltering, 90-plus degree heat. We don't have an ocean, but there are rivers, reservoirs, pools, water parks and many more places where you can immerse yourself this summer. So dig out that Speedo, find your lifejacket, smear on the SPF and go get wet. In absolutely no order, here are ten of the many, many ways to do just that.

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