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Tasting Excellent Local Beer in Ridgeway, Colorado

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This is the last of the three articles I wrote for the website Trazzler which is no longer. It's not a ride or hike, just a stop we made on a rest day between climbing 14ers. Photos are from a trip in 2009For most, the town of Ridgeway is where your turn to go to Telluride or go straight to Ouray. Just off the main road, there’s the Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery. I had pints of the Stout and the IPA, and tasters of the rest. The stout and IPA were excellent. The Irish Red Ale was better than average. The Blonde Ale and Best Bitter were ok, but I wouldn’t get a pint of them. The food selection is simple, four different Paninis with chips, about $7 each. They also have free popcorn to go with the beer. The pints were $3.75 ($4.25 for the IPA) and tasters are about a dollar. They also had mini etch-a-sketches on all the tables. It's a small place, with only 5 tables and small bar, but has a great pub atmosphere.
The Colorado Boy Brewery
Ridgeway Has Some Nice Views of the Nearby S…

Powderhorn Snowboarding (March 2010)

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Last week I was lucky enough to go to Powderhorn, the day after the skies opened up and dumped 10 inches of white fluffy stuff. It was great boarding, especially in the trees where it was deep enough to be sweet powder, but not so deep that it was hard to get going after falling. Here's the view from one of the lifts.

Aspens
Powderhorn is not on a mountain like most ski resorts, it's on the side of a big mesa.

View of the Side of the Mesa
I am a tree hugger when I snowboard and there were lots of good trees to board through.

A Wide Spot in the Glades with some Fresh Powder
In the morning the top branches of the aspen trees were coated with snow.

Snow Coated Aspens
Close-up of a Snow Coated Aspen
The Glades Later in the Day
Another interesting thing about Powderhorn is that later in the season their hours are 10-5, rather than the usual 9-4. The sky was clear and snow was good all the way until the lifts stopped, which made for great views and sweet boarding.