Vail Resorts announces 17-18 season dates

Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, and A-Basin set to open

Skiers are snow farmers. We keep an eye on the sky and dream of the blank slope. Therefore these dates are subject to change. 2017-2018 WINTER SEASON OPENING DAYS Keystone | Friday, Nov. 10 Breck | Friday, Nov. 10 Vail | Friday, Nov. 17 Beaver Creek | Wednesday, Nov. 22  

Little mirrors

The sin I see in my kids is the sin I see in me

It’s morning in the mountains. I haven’t had my coffee yet. Olivia, our youngest is asking for milk. The boy, John Wallace and the girl in the middle, Izzie are asking if they can go outside. The oldest wants me to find a song for her on Spotify. None of these requests are designed to […]

Went to the desert to mountain bike and a conversation broke out

riding in Utah with my adopted son Jack

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Oh man, we made another dream come true here at Steepthinking headquarters. Jack, and I went to Moab for a long weekend to ride bikes on the Augusta National of mountain bike trails that you find in a heavenly alcove in Southeastern Utah. Only a six hour drive from Denver, we broke it up into two parts by […]

I’m no expert on preparation

I've signed my teenaged daughter and I up for a big climb this summer. Now what?

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln.   In six months, my daughter Caroline and I are going to try a climb that will, without a doubt, be the most difficult physical challenge of our lives up to this point. Why not, […]

Being Rich

Measuring wealth in free time and intrinsic value

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I got up early on Sunday to fish on some gold medal water in Colorado  It was a cool 33 degrees Fahrenheit. I tied on my favorite caddis imitation and the ran a tiny little prince nymph dropper about a foot below the dry fly.  I caught five fish; three cutthroat and 1 cutbow and […]

Life Skills

35 lessons our 16 year old daughter wants to learn before college

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Okay, I know, because I asked her, that Caroline got this list off of Pinterest, “the world’s catalog of ideas”. Never mind that some of those ideas include making beer bottle tiki torches and pasta earrings nonetheless she’s thinking about it and that’s what makes her a special kid. So, take a look and tell […]

4th of July Trailhead

Our hike to Diamond Lake in the Indian Peaks Wilderness

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We had planned to go to Texas to stay with Grandma and Grandpa McAbee for the 4th but Grandpa had a health problem and had to have surgery a few days after so Grandma asked if we could postpone the trip until later. Of course we didn’t mind doing that but it left us scrambling […]

Gem Lake

Rocky Mountain National Park's breeding ground for leeches

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  We drove to Rocky Mountain National Park on Friday, July 2, 2016 to check off another hike out of our book, Best Boulder Region Hiking Trails by Bette Erickson. Our objective? Gem Lake in the Lumpy Ridge area just north of Estes Park. The hike was supposed to be about 4 miles round trip but […]