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Colorado’s spectacular ski towns—like Aspen, Vail, Telluride, and Crested Butte—offer far more than just skiing: they offer some of the best hiking, mountain biking, fishing, shopping, dining, and lodging in the world, and all year round to boot. Author Evelyn Spence, a former editor of Skiing magazine and an avid outdoorswoman, has turned the state’s classic mountain spots upside down to find quirky annual festivals, superb Rocky Mountain cuisine, historic B&B’s, trout-filled streams, powder-choked runs, Manhattan-worthy shopping, and jaw-dropping drives. Whether you want to sleep under the stars or inside a toasty mountain lodge, this guide will help you plan the ultimate Colorado mountain experience.
“A crisp and critical approach for travelers who want to live like locals.” —USA Today
Who says aging up has to slow you down? New research shows that our bodies are capable of some impressive accomplishments on the bike as we get older. Read it.
Heavenly has one of the most sophisticated snowmaking systems around. If it can’t save its ski season, no one can. Read it.
We chucked an Alta snob into Snowbird…and might have permanently altered her winter migration patterns. Read it.
I’m an award-winning Seattle-based writer and editor for various outdoor and health publications, including Sunset, Bicycling, Bloomberg, Backpacker, Popular Mechanics, Men’s Journal, Outside, Alaska Airlines magazine, Skiing, Ski, Snoworld, Powder, Health, Natural Solutions, Prevention, Women’s Health, High Country News, Delicious Living, Runner’s World, Islands, Diane, The Drake, Mountain, and Women’s Adventure. A graduate of Williams College (with a degree in art history, Phi Beta Kappa), I’ve been a senior articles editor at Backpacker, a managing editor at Skiing, and a staff writer for Health—along with writing for the travel websites like RootsRated and MapQuest Discover. I’m the author of the old-school print Colorado’s Classic Mountain Towns, a guidebook about places like Aspen, Telluride, and Crested Butte, and have worked on ghost-writing and ghost-editing projects for companies like Rodale.
I’m a graduate of the MFA fiction program at Brooklyn College, where I was the editor-in-chief of The Brooklyn Review, the recipient of a creative writing scholarship, and an adjunct lecturer. I’m currently working on my first novel, which—while still in progress—has earned me a couple props: I’ve won fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Vermont Studio Center. I also received the Ivan Klima Fellowship in Fiction from Western Michigan University’s Prague Summer Program, which allowed me to spend a month in the Czech Republic researching my book.
Born and raised in Seattle, I’ve done time in London, San Francisco, Boulder, and Brooklyn. For the sake of work, I’ve skied with reindeer herders in Mongolia, traversed both California’s High Sierra and Slovakia’s High Tatra mountains on telemark gear, backpacked in Australia’s Outback, driven 4,000 kilometers around South Africa, marched 26.2 miles in eight hours (carrying a 37-pound pack) through the New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Range, kayaked and skied first descents throughout Alaska’s Prince William Sound, ridden my bike up Pikes Peak, and covered Switzerland’s infamous Patrouille des Glaciers ski-mountaineering race. But most of the time I sit at a desk—and write service packages, essays, features, and fiction from my house in Beacon Hill.
More and more companies are hawking online and tablet games to improve brain fitness. But does the buzz have any scientific backup? Read it.
From indie boutiques to a foodie-friendly downtown, Idaho’s outdoorsy capital has plenty of urban fun. Read it.
This feature just won an honorable mention for Outstanding First Person/Personal Experience category in the 2013 ASJA Awards.
Mongolians have been skiing from A to B for thousands of years. Now, thanks to a booming economy, skiing is becoming a winter sport…of sorts. And when we say “winter,” we mean it: You’ll freeze your bong-bongs off. Read it
This feature was chosen as Notable Sports Writing of 2012 in the Best American Sports Writing series.
What’s it like to pedal 7,710 vertical feet to the summit of Colorado’s Pikes Peak? Our correspondent set off to find out whether it’s the hardest fun thing you can do on a bike, or the most enjoyable dumb thing. If she can reach the top, she just might get to the bottom of it. Read it
On beachside paths and boardwalks, the cruiser is king. The riding is easy. And no one is in a hurry to be anywhere. My take on the best summer rides, from Atlantic City to Mission Beach. Read it.
70 million people in America have sleep issues. What’s really going on, and what can we do about it? Read it.
Listen to the morning birdsong, smell the bacon, and gaze at the snow-dusted peak (or sandstone arch or alpine lake). How to start your day right in the most amazing places in the world. Read it.
It’s a 70-mIle hike. It’s an international mixer. It’s a mobile festival of 2,200 trekkers fueled by Norrlands Guld beer and reindeer burgers. It’s Sweden’s Fjällräven Classic, and it’s an entirely new set of rules. Read it.
A runner discovers how to love a new city—and when to leave it. An essay. HelloNY
Survivors of the Bataan Death March overcame one of history’s most grueling walks. What kept them on their feet? And could you do the same? Every year, more than 4,000 people hike through the New Mexico desert to find out.
Bottomless. Breathless. Wild. Alta is a homewrecker, all right. Confessions of a Little Cottonwood groupie. Read it.
I’ve recently become a featured writer for Mapquest Discover, where I write about everything from Central Americas adventures to honeymoons to destination running races to vineyards to food. Follow me here.
On a Western road trip, Evelyn Spence ponders the peculiar names—and increasing numbers—of gigantic RVs. Read it.
We asked readers and staff to name their all-time favorite places to pedal. The result (in no particular order): classic destinations, must-do events, and two-wheeled adventures that should be on every cyclist’s bucket list. Read it. (Plus: where—and when—to ride in Death Valley National Park, here.)
You can’t travel the world by the snap of your fingers, but you can get pretty close in the pages of a well-written book. Whether it’s a travel tale about sailing the seas alone or the retracing of steps along the Inca Trail, a travel book inspires the wanderer in us and has us looking longingly at our empty suitcases. No easier than choosing a favorite child, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 favorite travel books of all time. Read it
They’re melting and sinking. They’re booming—or busting. They’re jaw-droppingly scenic and cosmopolitan. One thing that’s clear about our nods for the best travel destinations of 2012 is that they’re changing, and fast, which means the coming year is perfect for a trip of a lifetime. Now that we’ve spun the globe and picked our top spots, it’s your turn to make it happen—and, of course, to let us know which ones we missed. Read it.
How do you take winter adventure to the next level? Add skis. If you’ve carved resort terrain, you’ll find the transition to the backcountry surprisingly easy, thanks to lighter, more user-friendly gear. Start earning your turns—safely—with this primer on equipment, route planning, reading conditions, and more. Backcountry101
Crisp tan lines shouldn’t be a badge of honor. Here’s why—and how to shield yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Read it.
I recently wrote up—and edited—dozens of must-see cities and attractions around the world, from Johannesburg to Bodrum to Tel Aviv to the Smokies to Telluride. Check out some of them here.
TV loves adventure, so it makes sense that a crop of daring frontmen now host their own shows. These charismatic travelers search for endangered species, witness world records, tame wild beasts, and boot contestants off islands.
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After a long hiatus to get an MFA, and travel to South Africa, Prague, Israel, the Smokies, Costa Rica, and Seattle, I’m revisiting my blog. You can read the old stuff here: http://evelynspence.blogspot.com. I started it when I moved from Boulder to Brooklyn, wide-eyed and exploratory. Now that I’m a bitter New Yorker (okay, only sometimes!), I’ve formulated an escape plan, and I’m moving back to Seattle. Where I was born. Where I belong. A good friend called it “the home of my heart,” or maybe it was “the heart of my home,” but either way it feels like I’ve come full circle.
With the $6 billion Vancouver Winter Games over, what’s the long-term payoff? The biggest benefit might not be easy to count. Read it.
At these cycling hotspots, you can use your time off to get more time on two wheels. Read it.
Want legs that can tackle any climb, any heavy pack, any mileage? Well, don’t work harder—work smarter. We grilled fitness experts and scoured the medical literature to uncover the latest, greatest strategies for building strength, endurance, speed, and flexibility.
With the continuing explosion of cyclocross in the United States, the question isn’t if it’s here to stay—but if now we might do it bigger and better than the Europeans. Read it.
We surveyed more than 40 scientists, conservationists, and professional adventurers, then ranked the 15 parks that are most in peril from climate change.
Don’t hate these classic American landmarks because they’re beautiful—or mobbed in peak season. Dial in new skills to slip in the back way, and you’ll remember why these iconic places got you addicted to the outdoors in the first place.View Download
An epic journey to a World Cup match in Johannesburg. Gone bad.
Taking the scenic route from Cape Town to Durban during the World Cup.