Articles written by: Michael Ryan

Ski and Board Tuning: Do it Yourself or Drop Them at the Shop

Ski and Board Tuning: Do it Yourself or Drop Them at the Shop

If you like nice sharp edges and well waxed boards, and who doesn’t, it may be time to learn how to do it at home. Tools of the Trade Not many of us have machine grinders and wax machines in their garage but you shouldn’t let that stop you. You [...]

10 Items You Really Should Have in your Car for Winter Driving

10 Items You Really Should Have in your Car for Winter Driving

Since you probably don’t have room for a mechanic, doctor and a couple brutes to push you out of a snow-bank, you could at least prepare for the worse with these items. First Aid First You should always carry a first-aid kit in your car. Whether it’s summer or winter [...]

6 Reasons to Consider Switching to the Dark Side (Snowboarding)

6 Reasons to Consider Switching to the Dark Side (Snowboarding)

My daughter switched over to the dark side years ago and I still love her, so maybe we can all just get along. She’s tried to talk me into switching for years, I think just because she loves to annoy me. It hasn’t worked: the switching I mean, she still [...]

7 Things To Do In The Mountains This Fall When There’s Nothing Else To Do

7 Things To Do In The Mountains This Fall When There’s Nothing Else To Do

La Veta Oktoberfest | October 5, 2013 Sure, anyone can go to Vail or Denver for their big Oktoberfest celebrations. Why not try something entirely new? With a German band in the morning and a Rock and Roll band at night, kick off October Fest in this unlikely spot with [...]

What’s New at Your Local Ski Resort?

What’s New at Your Local Ski Resort?

What’s New at Your Local Ski Resort? We’ve seen the $100 lift ticket barrier busted years ago and we’re still taking bets on when they’ll break the $5 Snickers wall; the smart money is on sooner rather than later. What do you get for all these increases? Breckenridge Breck is [...]

6 Trips Worth Taking Right Now for Fall Colors in the Rockies

6 Trips Worth Taking Right Now for Fall Colors in the Rockies

Sure, anyone can just head west from Denver and eventually find color. Unfortunately, you’ll also find stop and go traffic before you even hit the tunnels east of Idaho Springs. Try these routes to escape the jams. Peak to Peak Head up U.S 6 from Golden to Co 119 north [...]

The Towns of the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge

The Towns of the 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Yes, the skinniest guys in the world are biking through Colorado once again. You’re not going to see them for long as they zip by, but the towns they start and end in are the stars as well. Aspen/Snowmass With Ski Mountains everywhere, the Maroon Bells towering in the background [...]

6 Ways to get a Jump on Your Ski Season Prep

6 Ways to get a Jump on Your Ski Season Prep

Every year after that first run, you say you’ll be better prepared next year. Every year you put it off. Here are a few ways to get a jump on your prep. Remember the Burn Work those thighs. You know they hurt last year; heck they hurt every year. Ride [...]

6 Ways to Celebrate the 4th Without Blowing Something Up

6 Ways to Celebrate the 4th Without Blowing Something Up

It’s the 4th of July and personal fireworks are illegal just about everywhere these days. What’s a fella to do? Go watch the Pros You’re not allowed to shoot them off on your own, so why not watch the pros do it. No matter how much money you spend, theirs [...]

7 Reasons to End Your Ski Season at Vail

7 Reasons to End Your Ski Season at Vail

Closing Day is coming fast, April 14th at Vail, and it’s time to decide where to end it all. I know where I’ll be and here are a few reasons why. It’s Vail Not only is it a world class resort but Vail- the second largest resort in North America- [...]