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Denver Life Magazine

Denver Life Magazine January 2019

In every issue: Fashion, Wellness, Beauty, Travel, Home Decor, Family Time, Dining, Local Arts, Pets, Outdoor Adventure, Colorado Escapes and Philanthropy. Denver Life Magazine highlights the very best of Denver culture, adventure and style!

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1 min.
bring on 2019!

Talk to me: Email me at alison.gwinn@denverlifemagazine.com A wise person once said that people look forward to the new year “for a new start on old habits.” That is only partly true. Although I still plan to waste too much time watching football, playing online Scrabble, and browsing Pinterest for home decor ideas, I am also determined this year to: a.) start meditating every morning, b.) keep a daily one-sentence journal, and c.) finally learn how to snowboard. Whatever your ambitions, this issue aims to provide ideas and inspiration: In “Hit Refresh!,” starting on page 61, we’ve got 40 simple resolutions for 2019—from starting an art collection to doing your first through-hike—as well as ways to achieve them. If redoing your home is on your list, check out “Window of Opportunity,”…

1 min.

Snowman’s land Want to build a snowman? These tips from Mark Mason of Team Sandtastic/Snowtastic, the Florida-based sculpting team behind Dillon’s 2017 snow play area, are nearly as magical as Elsa’s icy fingers: 1. Look for “sticky” snow, or spray with water. 2. Within 10 feet of where your snowman will stand, start rolling a wide track of snow to form a large snowball for the base; repeat to create the torso and head snowballs. 3. Or place a tall, bottomless box where you want the snowman to be, fill it with snow, remove the box, and carve it out, using shovels for overall shapes and trowels for details. 4. To avoid wobbling snowmen, “build something next to it, like a dog—we call it a load-bearing dog,” Mason jokes. teamsandtastic.com…

2 min.
five points

1 Rolling Pin Bakeshop, the elegant, old-timey café on Welton Street, grew from the expertise of co-owner Jay Thomas, an Aurora native and lifelong baker. For two years, Thomas served as the pastry chef at Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen, just next door, before opening his own bakery in 2016 with partner Michael Martinez. The cozy and nostalgic shop offers bread, cakes, sandwiches, coffee, and some of the flakiest croissants in Denver. 2716 Welton St. therollingpinbakeshop.com 2 Spangalang Brewery, a closely guarded Five Points brand, serves its beer nearly nowhere outside the taproom—so if you want to sample a brew, you’ll have to wander in. Founded by a trio of brewers who met at Great Divide, Spangalang pays homage to the neighborhood’s jazz roots (the brewery’s name is a nod to a rhythm pattern…

1 min.
on a wing & a prayer

THE CHALLENGE Crested Butte’s “Rambo,” the steepest manmade ski run in North America CHANCE YOU’LL SURVIVE Anywhere from 99 percent, if you’re an expert skier, to somewhere around 50 percent, if you decide to huck Rambo right after your first lesson on the bunny hill. HOW TO DO IT Rambo is only about 300 yards long, but it plummets almost 400 vertical feet in that distance, confronting adrenaline junkies with an insane 55-degree, tree-studded pitch. The beginning—dropping in from an elevated lip—is the scariest part. With every jump turn, you’re going to fall a few feet vertically through the air, so remember to tackle this double black diamond with freshly sharpened edges that can catch the snow. Other tips: Wear a helmet. Pray.…

1 min.
ice, ice, baby

HOW DID YOU GET INTO DRIVING A ZAMBONI? “I was hired here as a parks maintenance worker, and part of my job was to keep our 10-plus ice rinks smooth and clear, which included driving the Zamboni and using other tactics like water pumps, tractor brooms, and plows.” DURING ICE SEASON… “Keeping the rinks clear is pretty much a 24/7 operation. We have nightly watering and grooming and morning Zamboni work. If we have large groups in, the Zamboni runs all day.” WHAT IS IT LIKE TO DRIVE A ZAMBONI? “It’s fun. Once you bring a Zamboni out, you’re the star of the show because everyone loves it and wants to drive it. In one Zamboni ride with ideal conditions, it can take two and a half to three hours to condition…

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ski industry

472 Number of ski areas operating in the U.S. last year 430 Average inches of snowfall per year at Wolf Creek (highest of any resort in Colorado) 3,132 Number of skiable acres at Snowmass (the most of any resort in Colorado) 69 Number of double-black runs at Silverton 25 Number of lifts at Winter Park 0 Number of green runs at Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain 29,758 Number of skiable acres (excluding backcountry) in Colorado 11,326 Average peak elevation (in feet) of all Colorado ski resorts 227 Average days in Arapahoe Basin’s season 21.1 Colorado’s percentage share of the national ski market last year (largest in the country, followed by California at 13.7 percent and Vermont at 6.9 percent)…