Colorado's can't-miss ski and snowboard events for the week

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Photo by Brian Rodine, courtesy Vail Resorts
Skier Liana Sideli playing in the pow at Vail on Wednesday.
"A potent combination of moisture and arctic air left significant amounts of new snow throughout the high country over the last couple of days," reports Colorado Ski Country USA spokesman Patrick Byrne. Translation? With some Colorado ski areas getting as much as nineteen inches of snow from this week's storm, winter has officially arrived. Read on for a look at some ways to make the most of it.

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

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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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Sweetgrass Productions premieres Valhalla tonight in Denver

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Sweetgrass Productions
Valhalla premieres September 13.
Boulder-based filmmaker Nick Waggoner premieres Valhalla tonight in Denver at the Paramount Theatre as the local ski porn season kicks into full swing. The follow-up to Solitude, Waggoner's grim, gritty, and award-winning meditation on death and skiing in South America, is the opposite of all of that.

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Spring snow brings extended ski season

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Courtesy Vail Mountain
Face shots like this one on closing day -- and more than two more feet of snow since Sunday -- inspired Vail to open up for an additional weekend.
Never mind those epic closing-day celebrations last weekend at Vail, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, and Powderhorn: All four resorts have announced they'll be spinning the chairlifts again this weekend and reopening Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21, to make the most of massive dumps of late-season snow.

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- Best of Denver - Best Place to Train for the Winter Olympics: Woodward at Copper
- Best of Denver - Best Halfpipe: Vail
- Best of Denver - Best Terrain Park 2013: Breckenridge


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The Amazing Race's roller derby moms compete against each other tomorrow

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Dave Wood, courtesy Rocky Mountain Rollergirls
Westword Best of Denver winner Fiona Grapple jams for the RMRG Sugar Kill Gang.
Beth "Fiona Grapple" Bandimere and Mona "Triple Shot Misto" -- the roller derby moms of The Amazing Race fame -- are teammates on both the CBS reality TV series (still hanging in there as of this writing) and the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls' 5280 Fight Club traveling squad, but they'll be rivals tomorrow when RMRG's intra-league teams Sugar Kill Gang and United States Pummeling Service go head-to-head at The Fillmore.

See also:
- Best of Denver 2013: Best Roller Derby Name - Fiona Grapple
- Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Triple Shot Misto and Fiona Grapple to take on The Amazing Race
- Best of Denver 2013: Best Under-Eighteen Roller Derby Team - Rocky Mountain Rollerpunks


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Closing time: An end-of-season ski and snowboard splash-down countdown

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Photo by Tripp Fay, courtesy Copper Mountain
A competitor at Copper Mountain's Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest foreshadows the end.
The 2012-2013 ski and snowboard season begins winding down this weekend -- with the first round of closing-day parties at Ski Granby Ranch, Powderhorn and Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort -- despite the fact that snow conditions are actually quite good, with more snow in the forecast. Here's a rundown of when and where to get your last licks in over the next month.

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- Best of Denver 2013 Readers' Poll: Meet this year's Sports & Recreation winners
- Competitive skiing kept Army veteran Joel Hunt from going downhill
- Level 1 Productions' Sunny wins Movie of the Year at 2013 Powder Awards


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Month of Photography: Dave Wood's The Art of Roller Derby

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David Wood Photography
The Oly Rollers at the Fillmore.
Photographer Dave Wood's new show, The Art of Roller Derby, coincides with the city-wide Month of Photography celebration and also kicks off a new monthly artist showcase series at Herman's Hideaway. Wood has been photographing roller derby for the last three years, and will be featuring a selection of his black-and-white images -- made into large prints on aluminum sheets -- when the show opens on Sunday, March 3.

See also:
- Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Triple Shot Misto and Fiona Grapple to take on The Amazing Race
- Denver's eleven best roller derby nicknames

- Rocky Mountain Rollergirls at the Fillmore

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Denver Roller Dolls' new Orange Crushers to sport Broncos colors

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The Denver Roller Dolls rolled out a familiar color scheme for a new home team this week
The Denver Roller Dolls roller derby league expanded this week with the addition of a new local squad, bringing the home team total to five: the Orange Crushers will be joining DRD's Bad Apples, Green Barrettes, Shotgun Betties, and Electrocuties (the 2012 DRD Home Team champions) for the 2013 season. But the ongoing explosion of growth in the Denver derby scene isn't the only news here: sports fans will also notice the tribute to a certain other Denver team when the Orange Crushers debut at the March 23 season opener at the 1STBANK Center.

See also:
- Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Triple Shot Misto and Fiona Grapple to take on The Amazing Race
- Denver Roller Dolls channel grits and glory at WFTDA Championships in Atlanta
- Denver's eleven best roller derby nicknames


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Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Triple Shot Misto and Fiona Grapple to take on The Amazing Race

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Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS
"Roller Derby Moms" Mona Hinman-Egender and Beth Bandimere will compete on The Amazing Race.
CBS confirmed today that two stars of the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls' 5280 Fight Club will be among the contestants for the $1 million prize on the 22nd season of The Amazing Race, premiering February 17. While local roller-derby fans know them best by their noms de derby, Triple Shot Misto and Fiona Grapple, CBS is introducing the skaters (aka Mona Egender and Beth Bandimere) to the world with the reality TV shorthand, "Roller Derby Moms."

"We each have three children, so we're sort of not your traditional roller-derby girls," Bandimere explains in the team introduction video released today. "I'm sure they were looking for tatted-up, pierced... and they got us."

See also:
- Denver's eleven best roller derby nicknames
- Our roller girls can beat up your roller girls: Rocky Mountain Rollergirls, national champs
- Roller disco is alive and well at Down & Derby


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