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Past articles by Ross:

Gypsum Daze returning July 16-17 — ‘Gypsum is ready to have its signature event back’

The town of Gypsum announced on Wednesday that the 38th annual Gypsum Daze festival will be returning July 16-17, featuring two nights of concerts, a pickleball tournament, pancake breakfast, youth talent show and more. → Read More

Battle Mountain soccer eliminated from playoffs after 4-0 loss to Lewis-Palmer

The Huskies surrendered three first-half goals against Lewis-Palmer as they were eliminated from the playoffs in the round of 8 on Saturday in Edwards, falling 4-0 to the Rangers. → Read More

Through COVID-19, Avon Swim Club swimmers just kept swimming

In the midst of the global pandemic, local swimmers from across the valley with the Avon Swim Club channeled their inner Dory from “Finding Nemo” and just kept swimming. → Read More

Battle Mountain soccer heading to Round 2 after 5-0 win against Montrose in the snow

Battle Mountain looked calm, cool and collected in its playoff opener against Montrose on Thursday night in Edwards, a 5-0 shutout win on an ominous, snowy afternoon that saw both sun and snowy conditions. → Read More

Gypsum lodge on list of “10 coolest Colorado Airbnbs that people go crazy over”

The Denver Post’s outdoors section The Know on Thursday released “The 10 coolest Colorado Airbnbs that people go crazy over,” featuring an A-frame, a treehouse and a picturesque lodge in Gypsum. → Read More

Don’t cry for Mikaela Shiffrin, she’s continuing to push forward and encourages others to do the same

In addition to raising millions, the Jeff Shiffrin Resiliency Fund also brought out more stories of resilience from Shiffrin’s teammates, competitors and athletes from all over the world. People with no connection to ski racing supported the cause, because of the message of resiliency. The fund raised a total of $3,075,899 from 19 different countries… → Read More

Vail second homeowners competing in Nat Geo’s “Race to the Center of the Earth” for $1 million

Bacon’s life travels have taken him around the world, but he’s constantly spending time here in Vail. He’s been digging deep into researching his half-brother, Paul Bacon, who was instrumental in the early days of Vail and known for creating the early manuals around ski racing in Vail. Bacon’s three kids are in the big… → Read More

WATCH: Eagle River Fire Protection District crews rescue dog that fell through ice at Freedom Park

On Thursday, March 18, Eagle River Fire Protection District crews were able to safely rescue a dog that had fallen through the ice at the lake at Freedom Park in Edwards. → Read More

Mikaela Shiffrin still going hard “8 days a week” after World Cup season ends

On March 21, Mikaela Shiffrin wrapped up her World Cup season in Europe. → Read More

Blake Moller goes big in Freeride World Tour finals at Xtreme Verbier

On March 23, the 25th edition of the Xtreme Verbier went off after multiple days of snow opened up to sunny skies in Switzerland. The event marked the finals of the World Freeride Tour, the… → Read More

Mikaela Shiffrin’s season ends with another podium, but 70th career win will have to wait

Editor’s note: This story will be updated.In the final race of the season, Edwards’ Mikaela Shiffrin finished second to New Zealand’s Alice Robinson, 0.28 seconds behind, in the giant slalom Sunday in Lenzerheide Switzerland.Shiffrin, who was nominated for the Laureus Comeback of the Year Award for her successful yet trying season, finished on 10 podiums… → Read More

The shows must go on: How the Vail Valley’s entertainment scene stayed vibrant during a pandemic

Another trend that appears to be sticking is the livestream of performances online, opening musicians and venues up to a wider, more global audience. Also, with people eagerly looking for things to do, and safely, new businesses have hit the scene, like Wood & Steel Axe Company offering mobile axe-throwing events as well as at… → Read More

Edwards’ Blake Moller looking forward to Freeride World Tour finals in Verbier: “People are going to go hard”

Moller family in Switzerland in full forceMoller, being the middle child of three brothers, is the only snowboarder in the family. His older brother, Grifen, has competed in the Freeride World Tour before, on skis, and is looking to qualify again to be on the circuit with his brother. Blake’s younger brother Tanner, also a… → Read More

WinterWonderGrass returning home to Eagle County this summer with RiverWonderGrass float trips

For more information about WinterWonderGrass, visit Tickets went live Friday morning. With each group on their own on the river, social distancing and other COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place.Assistant Editor Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2984 and Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill. → Read More

WATCH: Mikaela Shiffrin fan page shares touching tribute video for its idol, “You will never ski alone”

On Thursday morning, the ShiffrinFans Instagram page shared a touching tribute video to the page’s namesake, Mikaela Shiffrin. Featuring the voices of fellow skiers and video from the past year, Shiffrin posted the video herself saying “Not crying, not crying, not crying ... thank you so much.”“From your fans to you,” the Instagram post reads.In… → Read More

US Ski Team’s Tess Johnson looks back on challenging moguls season that reignited her “flame”

Assistant Editor Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2984 and Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill. → Read More

Battle Mountain seniors heading to Switzerland to compete in Freeride Junior World Championship

Leonardo and Moller enjoy all Vail and Beaver Creek have to offer for big mountain skiing but are looking forward to Verbier.“We just push each other,” Leonardo said. “We make it work so once we get to that bigger stuff, we’re kind of prepared because we’re already going as big as we can. We’re pushing… → Read More

Hazardous travel conditions expected to continue into Monday across the state

Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol are again warning drivers that hazardous travel conditions will continue through the night and likely into Monday morning. → Read More

Officials asking motorist to not let their guards down, return travel to Denver will be “challenging”

Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol are urging the public to stay off highways and interstates as conditions throughout the state continue to worsen with the arrival of the March spring snow storm. → Read More

Kai Owens, Tess Johnson and US women’s moguls team remain the best in the world

happen.”As a team, the U.S. won the FIS Freestyle Nations Cup in moguls for the first time since 2013, beating out Japan. With the aerials team clinching their discipline Saturday, the U.S. now has the best freestyle ski team in the world. Sunday marks the end of the season, with athletes already looking forward to… → Read More