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  • The day they close the pass

    As mountain towns get more accessible and lively, even in midwinter, the author relishes the way his tiny, remote town slows to a stop once the mountain pass highway is closed for the season

  • Men with boots

    The transformation of once-scrappy mining towns like Silverton, Colo., and Superior, Ariz., into trendy tourist havens is bound to leave the locals with mixed feelings and some nostalgia.

  • A natural and cultural history of the Rocky Mountains

    Gary Ferguson explores the history and culture of the backbone of the West in The Great Divide: The Rocky Mountains in the American Mind

  • Window Shopping: Part-Time Paradise

    Aspen, Colo., and other mountain resort towns burst with wealthy baby boomers' second, third and even fourth homes. But for much of the year those houses sit empty, and the towns are turning hollow

  • A new breed of 'ski bums' is anything but

    Young people in booming Ketchum, Idaho, struggle to make a living and find an affordable place to stay

  • A view of the West from on high

    In his essay collection Dragons in Paradise, George Sibley reminisces about his years in the funky mountain ski town of Crested Butte, Colorado

  • A mountain town considers going ‘micropolitan’

    A proposed expansion of Telluride’s mountain airport could change the Colorado ski town forever, and not all the locals want that to happen

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