Author: WPT Staff

What Is Zero Waste?

by Thomas Harris, President of Infinite West Special to the What Exactly Does Zero Waste Mean? So you say you are going to a Zero waste event.  Zero Waste!?!  What makes an event Zero Waste ?   Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. No trash is sent to landfills or incinerators. The process recommended is one similar to the way that resources are reused in nature. Part of the equation of Zero Waste can also include upcycling, which is reusing discarded objects or material in...

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Mountain Biking In Winter Park

by Keith Sanders | Special to Winter Park   Winter Park has long been known for the amazing mountain biking we get to experience every day as locals.  Those of you who are not from the area may think that the mountain biking happens at the Trestle Bike Park at Winter Park Resort. While that is a lot of fun, there are hundreds of miles of cross country trails that form the foundation of Winter Park’s claim to Mountain Bike Capital USA. There may be no better way to start off your mountain bike experience in Winter Park than...

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Community Briefs

Fraser Road Construction Advisory Eisenhower Drive in Fraser closed at least till August 4th according to CDOT sign.  Crews are building concrete drainage, sidewalks and paving areas in and around the railroad crossing. Jeff Durbin, Fraser Town Manager said..”We are trying to get the road open as soon as possible” but work will continue well into August. “We expect to open the crossing by August 4th if everything goes as planned” Durbin added. Alternate route is the Fraser Parkway next to Murdochs Plaza and the Colorado Adventure Park or County Road 50 to the cut through by the Rodeo...

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What’s Blooming

Photos Courtesy of Pat Berman and Diana Lynn Rau   by Patricia Berman  | Special to the Winter Park Times   For a stunning floral display I recommend the Tipperary Trail on County Road 50. It is 5.3 miles from the corner of CR 5 and CR 50 to a parking lot on the right side of CR 50. Walk a few yards to the trailhead. At the beginning of the hike there are Green Pyrolas on the left side. These wintergreens have rosettes of dark green basal leaves from which arise single stalks of nodding flowers. As you...

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MPEI Solar Policies

New Power Solar Energy Systems offer a low cost solution to energy needs. by Joe Smyth | Mountain Parks grapples with solar. Co-op considers policy change that would doom Fraser solar project, others. Plans for a solar power array at the Fraser wastewater treatment plant would be derailed if the Mountain Parks Electric Board of Directors rolls back a key renewable energy policy. During its July 13 board meeting, Mountain Parks Electric board members and staff discussed how the electric cooperative should respond to growing interest in low cost solar power from homeowners and towns in Grand County. Mountain...

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An Alaskan Vacation

Brian Dolan, “Mr Cool” to some, longtime local and owner of Brian Dolan Refrigeration, set out on a journey with a couple of friends from Church, on a journey to catch the big one! Photos courtesy of Brian Dolan.   Try an Alaskan vacation, just for the halibut. Brian Dolan local business owner needed a summer getaway. Fishing Grand County just wasn’t cutting it, so he decided on a trip to Alaska with a few church buddies.  “It takes a day of travel to get there but it is well worth it”, said Dolan.  “You don’t go for the...

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Elevate Trail Building

The crew of Elevate Trail Building are passionate about building tracks and trails of all types. In the world of extreme slopestyle mountain bike courses, the crew from Queenstown, New Zealand gets the call. From epic backcountry walking tracks to Grade 6 bike park jump trails and everything in between, the crew from downunder is second to none.  I caught up with Tom Hey, Colorado Freeride Festival, Slopestyle Event course guru and builder since the inaugural event at Winter Park Resort in 2007. Every year the riders get better and go bigger and Tom said, “I think we need...

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Mountain Bike Capital Weekend

The Annual Mountain Bike Capital Weekend is filled with events and activities.  Bike Clinics with pro cyclists; free family fun ride and Colorado Freeride Festival at Winter Park Resort are the main highlights but the weekend is so much more. Alison Powers and ALP Cycles Coaching along with other high-level  mountain  bike  coaches  /  professional  riders will be at Hideaway Park, downtown Winter Park to offer personalized   training   and   skills   clinics   bikers   of   all abilities  an  ages.   These  clinics  are  designed  to  help riders become more confident by dialing in bike handling skills, confidence, fitness and more.  Registrants  will...

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