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Planking into the record books

Local teen defies birth defects, eyes Guinness World Record

Gabi Ury looks, acts, and talks like your typical high school sophomore — sure, at four feet eight inches tall, Ury may not be at the head of her class in terms of height — but the lifelong Boulder resident is on the verge accomplishing something very few can say they have: becoming a Guinness World Record holder. She’s tackling that challenge despite facing significant medical issues that required over a dozen major surgeries throughout childhood.

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Climb aboard

Science of climbing class brings bouldering experience to kids

By Elizabeth Miller

On a chilly April morning, a school bus pulled up to the Alicia Sanchez Elementary School in Lafayette with some unusual cargo. It wasn’t full of children.

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Dancer in the wild

Local collaborative films aerial dancer in the Flatirons

By Elizabeth Miller

High up on the southern side of Bear Peak at the southwestern edge of Boulder, the rock feature known as The Maiden hooks from the ground toward the western horizon. The west, overhanging face became the stage for an unlikely aerial play — a solo aerial dancer.

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Not all who wander are lost

By Caitlin Rockett

The panel “Wanderlust: Oh, the Places You’ll Go in Your 20s,” at the Conference on World Affairs, will bring together four diverse panelists — from career experts to graphic novelists to musicians — to talk about … well, whatever comes up.

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Dancer in the wild

Local collaborative films aerial dancer in the Flatirons

By Elizabeth Miller

High up on the southern side of Bear Peak at the southwestern edge of Boulder, the rock feature known as The Maiden hooks from the ground toward the western horizon. The west, overhanging face became the stage for an unlikely aerial play — a solo aerial dancer.

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Not all who wander are lost

CWA panel on exploring in your 20s

By Caitlin Rockett

The panel “Wanderlust: Oh, the Places You’ll Go in Your 20s,” at the Conference on World Affairs, will bring together four diverse panelists — from career experts to graphic novelists to musicians — to talk about … well, whatever comes up.

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Are you mentally tough ?

If you want to be truly successful, get your mind in the game.

By Scott Barry Kaufman

In his book The Art of Learning, Joshua Waitzkin describes how he is able to compete, and win, against martial arts competitors much physically stronger than himself by putting his mind into the game.

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Variety is the spice of life

Want more skiing and riding options? Buy a season pass

By Tom Winter

Passes get you access to much more than a single mountain.

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Stay vigilant

Avalanche safety remains a backcountry priority come spring

By James Dziezynski

This has been a winter of bi-polar conditions in Colorado’s mountains. Strong storms have alternated with warm, wet days to create some of the most unpredictable snow conditions in 20 years. As we turn the corner to spring, it’s important not to let your guard down when traveling in the backcountry.

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A good feeling

Montana inherits Colorado’s backcountry hut wisdom and hits the sweet spot for skiing

By Tom Winter

From yurts to tents to the luxury of Altoona, backcountry huts in Montana is a trend that has been inspired by the rich array of options in other states, particularly Colorado, with its famed 10th Mountain Hut system.

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Upcoming Events

Fitness for Living Boot Camp — Outdoor fitness sessions held weekday mornings. 6 a.m. Boulder and Lafayette locations, www.fitliv.com.

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Pella Crossing has been closed since the September flood damaged the trails and facilities there. Boulder County is still working on plans for rehabilitating the reservoirs, ponds and trails. County staff will be providing tours of the property on Friday, April 11, to see the area.

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Going alone in the ice, snow and frigid waters, two Boulder-based 20-somethings will attempt this summer to complete an unsupported traverse the island of Iceland from its southern-most point to its northern-most point.

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Going alone in the ice, snow and frigid waters, two Boulder-based 20-somethings will attempt this summer to complete an unsupported traverse the island of Iceland from its southern-most point to its northern-most point.

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Upcoming Events | Week of January 2

Burton Mountain Festival — The mammoth snowboarding company descends on Copper with gear, entertainment and activities. Copper Mountain Resort, 209 10 Mile Circle, Frisco, 970-968-2318. Through Jan. 5.

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Upcoming Events | Week of December 5, 2013

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8: Neptune Mountaineering Holiday Party. 2 p.m. Neptune Mountaineering, 633 South Broadway, Boulder, 303-499-8866.

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Upcoming Events | Week of November 28, 2013

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1: The Superior Stocking Run. 7:30 a.m. Race-day registration and packet pick-up. Race at 9 a.m. Purple Park, Superior, www.racingunderground.com/stockingrun/.

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Upcoming Events | Week of November 21, 2013

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23: 10K Turkey Trek. 8:30 a.m. Ralston Creek Trail, Long Lake Ranch Park, Arvada, info@3wraces.com.

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Upcoming Events | Week of November 14, 2013

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19: Backcountry Avalanche Awareness. 6:30 p.m. REI Store, 1789 28th St., Boulder, 303-583-9970.

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Upcoming Events | Week of November 7, 2013

Thursday and Friday: Elevation: A Backcountry Film — By Powderwhore. 8 p.m. Neptune Mountaineering, 633 South Broadway, Boulder, 303-499-8866.

Outdoors Today

Olympic athletes first to face loosened marijauna testing

Acceptable levels raised tenfold

By Josh Gross

Athletes competing at the Olympics can now have nearly 10 times as much of it in their system and still pass drug tests.

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Canada to Russia: the Olympics have always been a bit gay

New video highlights inherent homoeroticism of luging

By Josh Gross

Who knew the luge was so sexy?

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Masterful ascent in Mexico

Honnold free solos 5.12 route at El Potrero Chico

By Elizabeth Miller

Renowned free-solo climber Alex Honnold has quietly bagged yet another astounded climb.

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Annual BoCan eagle nesting closures announced

Boulder Ranger District names sites for climbing bans until July 31

By Elizabeth Miller

To keep golden eagles happily in their nests this spring season, the Boulder Ranger District of Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests has temporarily closed some climbing areas in Boulder Canyon.

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Skydive from space vicariously with this video

Footage from Felix Baumgartner's body cam released

By Josh Gross

In October of 2012, skydiver Felix Baumgartner broke records and warped imaginations by parachuting from a balloon parked 24 miles of the earth. In an event that was pretty darned close to this gen

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Sochi takes a bite out of Aspen X Games

Several prominent names skip competition for Olympic training

By Mallane Dressel

Training schedules for the rapidly approaching Winter Olympic Games in Sochi,Russia kept several prominent Winter X Games stars away from the competition this past weekend in Aspen.

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Pro Challenge starting line? We'll take it

Cycling race announces 2014 race has stage that begins in Boulder

By Elizabeth Miller

Colorado’s favorite bike race is coming back to Boulder in 2014. USA Pro Cycling Challenge officials have announced a final stage for the race with a starting line in Boulder.

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Vail opens China Bowl

Resort has half of terrain open early this year

By Elizabeth Miller

Whatever your plans for the weekend were, call them off. Vail announced Friday that China Bowl has been opened for the season.

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Vail kicks off ski and snowboard season

Vail has started its ski and snowboard season for 2013-2014 with 10 trails open and four inches of new snow.

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Free eclairs at Breckenridge Friday! (and ski season starts, too)

Breckenridge Ski Resort has evidently not gotten the message that people love skiing.

Winter Scene

Desperately seeking snowfall

Thereīs a buzz building in the air with each cold nip and chilly breeze. Those long, light blue wispy clouds over the western horizon are surely harbingers of wind, freezing temperatures and snow.

Winter Scene

Bring on the powderhounds: Colorado’s ski area overview 2012-2013

By Boulder Weekly Staff

Colorado’s ski season opened this year on the slopes of A Basin, locally loved for its open bowl skiing, steep runs and the “Beach” base area that’s so friendly to tailgating parties. With some of the highest skiable terrain in the country, topping out at 13,000 feet, it’s not a surprise that A Basin’s season is one of the longest.

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50 years of skiing Colorado

By Elizabeth Miller

Talk to a skier who learned in the ’60s and they’ll tell stories of coaches imported from Europe to teach Americans how to tackle obstacles like moguls — knees together! — and ski edges sharp enough to shred your ski pants. Our rocker skis, wide leg stance and Gortex pants are a long ways from those experiences.

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Flying high

Inside Vail’s new gondola

By Tom Winter

The big news for Vail this year is the replacement of the aging Vista Bahn high-speed chairlift with the most technologically advanced lift in North America. Vail’s new gondola is a masterpiece of engineering.

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Fresh winter grub

New dining experiences in Colorado ski resorts and towns

By Adelina Shee

Itīs been a long day up on the mountains and the Clif bar you had earlier did no justice to your hunger.

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Spend your money on gas, not lift tickets

Spend your money on gas, not lift tickets

By Michael Callahan

After last year’s lackluster snowfall truncated the number of available ski days, it would be nice if Mother Nature gave a little foresight into what Colorado resorts may be in for in 2012-13.

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Have a quieter white winter

Try snowshoeing, cross country skiing to cut the crowds and noise from winter sports

By Steve Weishampel

If the lyrics to “Silent Night” are to be believed, winter is a time when “all is calm.” But try telling that to someone at one of Colorado’s ski resorts.

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Basic training

Staying safe in the backcountry starts in the classroom

By Elizabeth Miller and James Dziezynski

After three weeks camped on the Carroll Glacier in Alaska, waiting to ski a certain line after it went into the shade, longtime backcountry skier and guide Donny Roth finally set out for the summit. He and his team hiked to within 200 feet of the summit and assessed the situation. It was, he says, certain death.

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Hot gear for the coldest part of the year

By James Dziezynski

May you snowshoe into the deep woods and get a taste of the sublime stillness. And may you partake in some of the sweet winter gear that has been waiting to be dusted off and get on the mountain.

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Kicking butt doesnīt require two legs

How adaptive ski and snowboarding programs are giving athletes with disabilities an edge

By Jessie Lucier

As the ski and snowboarding season is gearing up, people of all levels and abilities will be heading into the high country — some purely for recreation and the sense of freedom that an open mountain can provide, whether impaired or not. But some are heading to the high country to kick some serious butt.

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