Winter Park Opens Saturday; Raffle Offers Winner a Lifetime Pass

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Winter Park Resort

Winter Park Resort opens Saturday, joining a handful of ski-country destinations that have already powered on the gondolas. We profile them all 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.

But if you really like Winter Park, the National Sports Center for the disabled is selling raffle tickets that will land the lucky winner a lifetime ski and ride pass there. Tickets cost $50 each or three for $125. In addition, six smaller prizes will be awarded, one per week through December 5 (when the grand prize will be announced). They vary in value from $50 to $500. Raffle sales, sponsored by the Fraser River Vally Lions Club, began last month and will continue through December 4. Get them here.

Read on for our profile of Winter Park.

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Copper Mountain, Keystone Resort and Wolf Creek All Open This Weekend

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Arapahoe Basin was first -- as usual -- but two other Summit County ski resorts, Copper Mountain and Keystone Resort, will open today, despite warm weather recently that pushed back Keystone's original opening-day plan. In addition, Wolf Creek down in southwestern Colorado, opens this weekend as well.

But with temperatures dropping and snow falling, the rest of this state's resorts will soon be online. We profile them all in The Edge, our insider's guide to the 2014 ski and snowboard season that's inserted in the November 6 issue of Westword; we'll be rolling out those profiles as the mountains open, but here are your guides to the three that cranked up the lifts today.

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Photos: A Zombie Apocalypse Descends on Exdo for the Roll Skate Party

Zombies -- and other random costumed skaters -- took to the rink Friday at the Exdo Event Center for a Halloween edition of the monthly Roll skate-dancing party. Photographer Scott Lenz dared to shoot these Zombie Apocalypse photos; keep reading for a sneak peek at the slide show.

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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

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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Valley Uprising Tells the Tale of Climbing's Rogue Heroes -- and its Conflicts

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Royal Robbins on El Capitan's North American Wall, 1964.
Sender Films took seven years to make Valley Uprising, its joyful, wistful history of the climbing counterculture of Yosemite. And as filmmaker Peter Mortimer told the audience at the feature's premiere in Boulder last night, they used every last hour of that time.

"[Partner Nick Rosen] and I haven't seen the final cut of this," he said. "Actually, no one has seen the final, final cut."

Valley Uprising, which comes to the Oriental Theater this Saturday, September 13, has no pretensions of being a comprehensive history of the sport; the credits begin with a long list of influential climbers who don't appear in the film. Instead, it separates Yosemite's history into three broad swaths, the Golden Age of the 1950s and '60s, the Stonemasters' free-climbing revolution in the 1970s, and the Stone Monkeys' reign from 1998 until the present day.

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Must-see Films at the 2014 Snowboard on the Block North American Film Festival

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Scotty Vine gets upside down on his way to winning the 2013 Snowboard on the Block rail jam.
While the first Colorado ski areas won't be opening for another month, locals know that snowboarding season actually starts in September, with the early onslaught of video premieres to stoke the fire. And, for the second year in a row, you can see almost all of them in one place at the Snowboard on the Block 2014 North American Snowboard Film Festival, an all-ages event getting under way on Saturday.

Westword caught up with Snowboard Colorado editor-in-chief Adam Schmidt for the inside scoop on the festival and a highlight reel of selections from the twenty films being featured.

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In Valley Uprising, a Boulder Filmmaker Explores Yosemite's Climbing Counterculture

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Dave Diegelman climbing Separate Reality.
In 2007, Sender Films began shooting interviews with rock climbers for a then-unnamed documentary about Yosemite National Park. At the time, the Boulder-based production house was already well-established as climbing filmmakers go, with four full-length movies and innumerable shorts to its credit. (It's since added two more features and a well-received TV series to that count, and helped shoot a 60 Minutes special on renowned ropeless climber Alex Honnold.) But its new project is its longest and most involved yet, encompassing seven years of work, multiple trips to Yosemite, and numerous delays.

On September 11, Sender will premiere the final product at Boulder's Chautauqua Auditorium at Reel Rock 9, the latest iteration of the annual climbing film show put on jointly with New York's Big UP Productions. Titled Valley Uprising, the film tells the story of the counterculture of climbers who helped make Yosemite the cradle of the sport in America.

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Photos: Taking Steps Against HIV/AIDS at the 2014 Colorado AIDS Walk

Thousands of runners, walkers, mutts and whole families hit the streets around Cheesman Park Saturday for the annual AIDS Walk Colorado, before celebrating their stamina in hot and sunny conditions with a festival in the park. Side events included a volleyball tournament and the Diva Dash Stiletto Fun Run for high-heeled contestants; Ken Hamblin caught all the action in the following AIDS Walk images.

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