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5280 Magazine December 2020

Founded in 1993, 5280 is the largest local magazine in Colorado. The magazine's stories often make national headlines, and since 2005 5280 has been nominated for four National Magazine Awards. Get 5280 Magazine digital subscription today.

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United States
5280 Publishing, Inc
12 Issues

in this issue

4 min
goodbye, 2020

When we look back on 2020, what will we call this singularly difficult year? Will it be “The Pandemic Year” or “The Black Lives Matter Year” or “The Year Of The Wildfire” or “The Year Trump Lost”? Or will something happen during the 31 days of December that will upend everything that’s come before? (Please, please, please help us all if that’s the case.) Each of us has been forced to reflect upon our lives and the lives of our families, friends, and colleagues as 2020 whirred around us; we had to reckon with our mortality, the nature of our divided country, and an increasingly fragile environment. We faced multiple traumas and saw loss everywhere. ¶ It was, one could say, “The Year Of Loss.” Fortunately, this 366-day test of…

1 min
thinking small

Thanks to reservation systems that will restrict capacities at most of the state’s large, conglomerate-owned ski areas, getting a spot on a chairlift this winter might feel like finding parking in Capitol Hill after dark. It’s no wonder, then, that many people are looking to independent venues to catch their turns. Chris Linsmayer, the public affairs director for Colorado Ski Country USA, a trade association that represents 22 Centennial State resorts, says many of the group’s 11 smaller ski areas have seen significant upticks in interest, especially for weekends. At Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs, for example, preseason lift ticket sales jumped 10 percent compared with 2019-’20, and inquiries from potential out-of-state tourists also increased. Smaller locales will still have pandemic protocols in place, including social distancing in lift…

3 min
out in the cold

When 2020 began, 55-year-old Antonio Delarosa had steady work as a day laborer with a Denver pavement company. The job required laying asphalt for 14 hours a day, but he was glad for the income—he could afford to send money to his kids in Greeley and took pride in being able to donate small amounts to charities, such as the American Cancer Society. Then, in March, his boss tested positive for COVID-19. Delarosa was spooked and decided it would be safer to look for employment elsewhere. Now, with the poor economy and fears of COVID-19 infections limiting day laborers’ opportunities, Delarosa isn’t sure he made the right choice. One week in September, he worked just eight hours total, taking home $58 after factoring in travel costs. He’s sleeping in his car.…

2 min
natural beauty

1. Despite her current surroundings, Guralnick, 67, launched her career in a more metropolitan locale. After attending art school in Boston, she studied painting in London: “I was 19. All I wanted to do was go to Europe and smoke cigarettes and wear high heels.” Guralnick then packed up her paint sets and moved to New York City, where she lived for nearly nine years until her husband’s job brought them to Aspen. “When I lived in cities, I did a lot of work that involved picking up scraps, like cigarette packages,” she says. “In Aspen, I realized the woods have a different type of litter.” 2. That natural detritus entranced Guralnick, and she began uniting scientific practices (categorizing, dissecting) with artistic methods. In doing so, she hopes to make viewers…

3 min
hip to be larimer square

Like so many of history’s brilliant thinkers, Josh Sampson has a difficult time explaining the genesis of his genius. “I just wake up with these things,” says the owner of Good Baby Management, a Denver real estate and brand development company that counts the Big Wonderful, a pop-up beer garden and festival, among its concepts. One of his latest thunderbolts: Garage Sale, a Larimer Square vintage clothing and vinyl shop that also serves cocktails and tacos. “No one has done it here,” Sampson says, adding that LoDo’s Dairy Block is “mainly a food hall.” Hair-splitting aside, Garage Sale’s conceit is distinctive—though uniqueness itself is becoming commonplace on Larimer as the district looks to novel ideas to reverse its pandemic plunge. After being saved from demolition in the 1960s by preservationist Dana…

2 min
ask an adventurer

Q I’m all for preventing COVID-19 outbreaks, but resorts’ temporary reservation systems are messing with my powder days. I think taking my snowboard into the backcountry is the answer, but can I avoid lugging it up a mountain? A For years, snowboarders had to carry their boards and use snowshoes to explore the backcountry. Then splitboards showed up in the ’90s. They’re basically boards you can split into free-heel skis, a style in which your heel isn’t secured to the ski, making skinning up mountains easier. We advise buying one that’s three to five centimeters longer than your usual board. That extra length helps you stay on top of powdery backcountry snow, even with the extra weight from your avalanche safety gear—which you absolutely need, along with training from a group…