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Traffic in Minturn may be unfortunate, but new Traffic Tokens aim to alleviate headaches

Even though Minturn’s main street under construction this summer, the town’s main street businesses want locals, commuters and guests alike to get “paid back” for any time they may spend waiting in traffic on the road.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is working on freshly paved roads, adding sidewalks and eliminating potholes, which will be great come October when work is complete and driving is smooth and delay-free. But until then, drivers passing on Highway 24 should expect delays in both directions.

To help with any ensuing headaches from Minturn’s summer traffic problem, town businesses are offering guests rewards with “Traffic Tokens.” Guests can collect the coins at participating businesses and redeem them for food, drinks and discounts at restaurants around town.

Tokens can be collected at the Town Hall offices at 302 Pine St., as well as at participating restaurants, Minturn retailers, and at Minturn special events such as the Saturday Market – which runs each Saturday through Sept. 7 – and the Thursday-night Summer Concert Series, starting July 11.  Tokens can then be spent around town at local restaurants, as well as at local businesses.

Offerings and participating business, will be updated throughout the summer, giving locals and returning guests new reasons to #Makeit2Minturn. Updates, reminders, and reward details will be shared via the Town of Minturn’s social media channels, with the handle @GoMinturn.

Extreme Couponing

Here’s a list of deals presenting Traffic Tokens will get at local Minturn businesses:

The Minturn Saloon

Presenting the coin gets guests an appetizer and a 1/2 liter of house margaritas free with the order of 2 entrees.

Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea

The coffeeshop is offering two for one beverages when guests present the tokens.

Thai Kitchen

The restaurant is offering a range of rewards including $3 beers, $5 wine and sake, as well as a free order of spring rolls or pork dumplings with checks totaling $50 or more.

Kirby Cosmo’s

The BBQ bar will give anyone with a token a locals discount on anything across the menu.   

BC Backcountry Wings

Minturn’s wing joint will honor its happy hour prices for a 10pc one-flavor bone-in wing basket and a draft beer any time when presented with a Traffic Token.

Magustos

With an order of a large specialty pizza, token holders will get a free appetizer.

Monkshood Cellars 

Available only during the Saturday Minturn Markets, the wine and cider maker will have a buy 3, get 1 free offer on their products.

Anahata Yoga

Minturn’s newest yoga studio is offering guests and locals a special experience in exchange for the Traffic Token. To any new client with a coin, Anahata is offering an $80 introductory 5 punch pass when they sign up in June. With the punch pass, wellness enthusiasts enjoy $16 classes, a reduction from the standard $20 drop-in fee. Additionally, Anahata is offering, to all students (new and old), 10% off private yoga sessions in exchange for a token.

Equilibrium

Located inside Anahata, the physical therapy studio is offering two sessions for $120. The sessions include a physical therapy evaluation and a follow-up visit that focuses on manual therapy, dry needling, and/or neuromuscular training.

Revival Photographic

Tintype photographer Kevin Banker will be offering 20% off portrait sessions to token holders.

Father’s Day events, farmers markets, fun runs and more: Tricia’s weekend picks 6/14/19

Father’s Day ideas

After celebrating Mother’s Day last month, it’s time to high-five good ol’ dad on Father’s Day this Sunday. According to www.history.com, Father’s Day was inspired by Mother’s Day back in the early 1900s, but it wasn’t deemed a federal holiday until many decades later when President Nixon signed a proclamation in 1972. Rather than getting dad another tie for Father’s Day, check out these different experiences and treat dad this weekend.

Good Eats

  • Maya Mexican Restaurant – On Saturday, bring dad to Maya to taste samplings of brisket, pork shoulder and chicken from their house smoker. Tasty sides will be available as well. Wash it down with free beer from Crazy Mountain Brewery or a 10th Mountain Whiskey Mule for $5. The price is $40 per person with advanced reservations or $50 on the day of the event. Kids age under 12 eat free. Reservations can be made by calling 970-690-5500 or going to www.richardsandoval.com/maya-bc.
  • Game Creek Club – On Sunday morning, bring dad up to 10,000 feet above sea level for brunch. The price is $48 for adults and $28 for kids and that includes the scenic ride up the Eagle Bahn Gondola, complimentary shuttle (or you can hike to and from the location) and a gourmet brunch buffet. Reservations are required. Go to www.gamecreekclub.com for information.
  • Remedy Bar at the Four Seasons Resort Vail – Have an “Old Fashioned” Father’s Day celebration complete with bourbon-molasses glazed pork ribs with sides. Remedy suggests you pair that with a Remedy barrel-select bourbon Old Fashioned cocktail. Available at the Remedy Bar June 14-16.

Daddy’s Girl Tutu 2k

Take dad for a run around Nottingham Lake in Avon on Sunday during the Daddy’s Girl Tutu 2k, a fun run that takes participants around the lake for two laps before coming back to enjoy some snacks. Tutus are mandatory for dads, but dress up the whole family and get some exercise to kick off Father’s Day.

Registration is at the Nottingham Cabin at 9:30 a.m. and the two-kilometer run will begin at 10 a.m. Register in advance through the Avon Recreation Center and pay $5 or day-of registration is available for $10. Tutus will be available for purchase for $20 or make or bring your own. For more information and to register, visit www.avon.org/163/recreation-Center.

Ride the lift

The Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead opened last week and the Centennial Lift at Beaver Creek opens up this Saturday and Sunday and daily operations start on June 21. Some trail closures are still in effect and you may be surprised how much snow is still holding on in the higher elevations. Don’t forget, if you already purchased your Epic Pass for the 2019-2020 ski and snowboard season, you get to ride the lifts this summer for free. For more information, go to www.vail.com and www.beavercreek.com.

Farmers’ Markets

The markets are back in the valley with fresh produce, live music, art and more. The Minturn Market kicks off its 21st season from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 7, while Vail hosts its Farmers Market and Art Show from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Sundays through Oct. 6.

The Minturn Market is the valley’s original market, and some of the vendors have been showcasing goods there for the past two decades. Minturn is a quaint old railroad town that has its own draw, but really comes alive on Saturdays during the market. The Minturn Market still holds true to its roots and offers plenty of seasonal fresh produce, but has also become more of an artisans’ market. Over 85 vendors offer anything from local wines, clothing to handcrafted toys and wedding gifts.

The kids will love the goat petting zoo and a “build-a-bear” station. Everyone can enjoy live music and vendors serving up breakfast and lunch throughout the event. For more information, visit www.minturnmarket.org.

What started out 18 years ago as a small market with a few tents on East Meadow Drive, the Vail Market and Art Show has grown into the largest farmers market in the Vail Valley. The Vail Farmers Market and Art Show now has over 135 vendor tents showcasing products from Colorado and beyond. Find fabulous fresh produce from around the region, but also check out everything from USDA-certified meats to photography to housewares.

You can buy everything you need to have a fresh dining experience at home, or you can let the professionals take care of the details at the Farm to Table dinners held throughout the summer. These dinners will be held rain or shine and you are seated right on East Meadow Drive. Each dinner will be paired with a wine and beer partner from the Taste of Vail.

The Vail Market and Art Show also almost acts as a second home for the Vail Jazz Festival. The Vail Jazz Festival hosts musicians from noon to 3 p.m. June 30 through Aug. 25. For more information about the Vail Farmers Market and Art Show, go to www.vailfarmersmarket.com.

King of the Mountain Volleyball tournament

You may not think Vail and beach volleyball go together, but for 47 years, the King of the Mountain Volleyball Tournament has been offering divisions of play for junior boys and girls, masters/seniors divisions and co-ed divisions.

The tournament has become a Father’s Day tradition since it has been held over Father’s Day weekend for the last 19 years. Each year they host special father/son and father/daughter divisions on Father’s Day.

In addition to the division play, there is also a free juniors’ beach volleyball clinic on Friday. One of USA Volleyball’s greatest coaches and mentors, John Kessel, will be directing the clinic. Kessel was recently inducted into the USAV Hall of Fame and was the recipient of USAV’s highest award, the Frier Award, earlier this spring.

One of the country’s oldest volleyball events returns to Vail Friday-Sunday. Watch the best players in the region compete or take part in the event. For more information, please visit www.kingofthemountainvolleyball.com.

Tabor Opera House shows

2018 was a very successful year for the Tabor Opera House in Leadville. Once known as the “finest opera house west of the Mississippi,” the structure was about to face extinction. The Tabor Opera House Preservation Foundation has worked hard to secure funds to help preserve this historic landmark, which was built by Horace Tabor, one of the most well known silver mining kings in the West, in 1879.

Oscar Wilde, Harry Houdini, John Philip Sousa, and Buffalo Bill were among the famous entertainers and speakers who performed at the Tabor Opera House back in its heyday. The opera house has been used continuously since it was built in 1879.

This weekend kicks off the calendar of summer events with bluegrass quartet, Chatham County Line and American singer-songwriter and storyteller, John Craigie on Friday night. The Central City Opera performs “En Mis Palabras/In My Own Words” on Saturday night.

Chatham County Line describes themselves as “an Americana band without drums, or a rock and roll band that doesn’t plug anything in.” Be prepared for three- and four-part harmonies along with banjo, mandolin, fiddle, piano, steel pedal and bass.

John Craigie is known for his humorous storytelling and serious folk music. The Portland, Oregon native has recently collaborated with Gregory Alan Isakov on his fifth album, “No Rain, No Roses” and was asked by Jack Johnson to be a part of his summer 2017 tour.

An original one-act opera, “En Mis Palabras/In My Own Words” follows the universal theme of adolescents trying to find their own voice and learning who they are amid parental expectations and peer influences.

Help support a historical landmark by attending these shows. For more information, visit www.taboroperahouse.net.

Bindu Memorial Run

On Saturday morning in Minturn, the inaugural Bindu Memorial Run will be held to honor a beloved teacher, Bindu Sky Pomeroy, who died in a backcountry snowboarding accident this past winter. The Bindu Memorial Run offers a 5k run as well as a 5k walk and is the senior project of recent graduate, Caroline Jones.

Jones had taken a few history classes from Pomeroy throughout the years at the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy (VSSA). She also took mindfulness classes where Pomeroy would teach meditation, yoga and rock stacking on the river.  

“He taught me to find inner peace with myself as well as something called ‘Live Aloha’,” Jones said. “’Live Aloha’ isn’t just a greeting in Hawaii, it means that by having kind, patient, sympathetic, loving actions we can individually and collectively improve our community.”

Proceeds from the event will go to the Bindu Sky Memorial Fund, which will help fund future mindfulness classes at VSSA, help build a memorial in his honor and help fund the Bindu Spirit Award and scholarship, which will be awarded to an athlete who shares Bindu’s spirit.

“He was full of passion and love for the mountains, snowboarding, mindfulness, and especially his students,” Jones said. “Bindu touched the lives of each person he came across and will be forever missed.”

The cost is $26 for adults and $16 for students. The cost will increase by $10 on the day of the event. Online registration closes at midnight on Friday. Day-of registration begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday with the 5k run at starting 10:30 a.m. and the walk at 10:35 a.m. For more details, go to www.bspmemorial.com/bindumemorialrun.

Kevin Banker’s old-timey photographs and new studio bring a slice of historic art to Main Street Minturn

It took Kevin Banker two years to refine tintype photography, and now he’s a bona fide Vail Valley Instagram celebrity with his haunting, 19th century-style portraits.

Banker recently opened Revival Photographic, an old-timey portrait studio in the old Battle Mountain Trading Post off Main Street in downtown Minturn. In an age of instantaneous and ubiquitous photography — thanks to improved phone camera technology — tintype photography and the new studio give Banker the opportunity to focus on the basic principles of the art form he’s loved for more than 20 years. He likes making art with more depth than a few social media likes.

“It’s a keepsake. It’s not a digital photograph that will get tossed out, or sit on your computer or your phone that you’ll never post. This is a wall hang,” he said.

Kevin Banker, who’s been a professional photographer for 16 years, said he’s watched the medium change drastically over the past 10 years. That’s why he wanted to open up his studio — an iPhone can’t truly capture what a large format camera can.
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Tintype photography — images printed on thin slates of metal — gained popularity in the 1860s and 1870s as an improvement on early photographic processes. The first commercial photographs, daguerrotypes, were images printed on silvered copper plate. Long exposure times required subjects to sit completely still for upwards of 60 seconds. But with the improved tintype technology, subjects didn’t have to sit for quite so long, and the photographer could have the image developed and ready for the subject in 10 to 15 minutes.

Tintypes also cost much less than daguerrotypes, making photography a more accessible hobby. They are sometimes referred to as wet plates because the images are created using the wet plate collodion chemical process. Banker’s subjects get to watch the very end of the developing process, when he washes off the developer and the negative image turns into a positive.

“That’s the magic right there,” he said.

Part of what inspired Banker to pursue tintype photography was the back-to-basics approach. Banker has also worked as a freelance photographer and videographer for 16 years, shooting architecture, editorial and advertisements for clients across the country and the world. With digital photography, he sometimes felt caught up in digital-age immediacy.

“As I became a photographer, everyone wanted everything so fast,” Banker said. “And this really brought me back to the patience and craft of making a photo again, rather than just shooting a digital image.”

At first, he practiced developing wet plates in the apartment where he and his girlfriend live. But when his chemicals took over their apartment, he realized he needed real studio space.

The old Battle Mountain Trading Post, built in 1946, used to be a curio shop owned by Bill Reis. He had put the building up for sale, and a real estate company was interested in buying the property, tearing down the historic building and putting up condos. Reis decided to put it up for rent instead, but most potential buyers wanted to do significant remodeling that would remove original features like the wood-paneled walls and the stately log countertop.

Banker approached Reis and said all he wanted to do was paint the two garage bays white, add a darkroom in the back, and leave the rest as-is. Reis drafted a lease, Banker signed it, and got to work on his passion project. He was the first person that Banker photographed in his new space.

He bought the large, collapsible-aperture tintype camera from Chamonix, a company that still makes large-format cameras. The lens he uses is a French Darlot Petzval Portrait from 1880, and would have been actually used by 19th century photographers. He set up full strobe lighting, which allows subjects to sit for less time than they would normally have to in a tintype session. Thanks to the window-paned garage doors, Banker also has the ability to shoot with daylight.

Aside from the portrait studio, Banker wants to use Revival Photographic to create a Minturn arts district. He wants to turn the second garage bay into a collaborative arts space where local artists can come and work with other creatives. He plans on offering continuing-education art classes. He’s working with the town of Minturn to get a beer and wine license to host happy hours and events for guests — locals, tourists, campers and bikers — to hang out and chill. He’s planning on building a patio outside and turning the old wooden counter into a bar.

“One, I have parking, and that’s really hard,” he joked. “We can get a decent amount of people in here so we could actually have a good showing.”

Portraits at Revival Photographic come in tiered pricing options, based on what size prints he’s developing for clients. Three 4-by-5 prints go for $200, three 5-by-7s go for $350 and one 8-by-10 goes for $500. He also offers â la carte and specialty sessions, like boudoir or maternity shoots. Coming soon, he’ll offer ambrotypes — photos printed on glass — which come with a base 16-by-20 print, with additional add-ons. He also wants to sell 11-by-14 metal plates in the near future.

This is how the wet plate collodion process works

  • First, collodion is poured over the metal plate in the darkroom.
  • The plate is then transferred to a silver nitrate bath, where it sits for three minutes. The silver nitrate reacting with the collodion makes the plate light-sensitive.
  • The photographer brings the metal plate out to the studio and takes the photo.
  • Then, the plate is brought back into the darkroom, where it sits in developer chemicals for 10-15 seconds.
  • The plate gets a quick water bath to wash off the developer before going into the fixer and becoming a positive image.

Entertainment Editor Casey Russell can be reached at crussell@vaildaily.com.

Minturn’s newest yoga studio is gearing up for a summer of mind and body wellness

Chelsea Winters’ new yoga studio in Minturn, Anahata Yoga, is bringing mind-body-soul yoga to the Vail Valley. With a grand opening party slated for June 22, she hopes to inspire yogis of all skill levels to practice in the inviting, positive space on Main Street in Minturn.

“I wanted to create something that was grounded and earthy and yogic,” she said of her space. “It’s nice to have my own little center.”

Since its soft opening on May 24, Anahata has offered several workshops in addition to regularly scheduled classes, including a Gentlemen’s Only Hour and a New Moon Restorative and Reiki class. Winters plans to offer the New Moon Reiki sessions each month as the lunar cycle restarts. Reiki’s energetic healing properties, Winters said, fit in nicely with the new moon and getting a fresh start.

The Anahata Yoga space, located on Main Street in Minturn
Chelsea Winters wanted to create an earthy, yogic feel to her studio. Anahata Yoga is located on Main Street in Minturn.
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In addition to classes and workshops, Anahata also offers private physical therapy sessions with Carrie Eckenhoff and massage therapy with Eileen Lindbuchler. When the idea for her own studio struck Winters in March of this year, she asked Eckenhoff and Lindbuchler to join her. It would be the perfect way to build a place focused on mental and physical wellness, and three entrepreneurial women.

Winters has worked professionally and personally with Eckenhoff and Lindbuchler, so by opening Anahata, she wanted to fit a niche she feels Minturn has been lacking.

“We are each collaborating as well as working as individuals. Three strong, entrepreneurial women taking the leap of faith to create something more than ‘just another yoga studio’ but more a place of profound healing: mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically,” she said.

Winters began searching around for leases, and when she found her current space, she signed immediately. And, bonus points, it was a new moon. She kept an ornate chandelier that was already in the space and outfitted the back end with private rooms for Eckenhoff and Lindbuchler. She finished it off with top-of-the-line yoga props, yoga-themed décor and merch from other local artisans and businesses.

Chelsea Winters smiling in her studio
Chelsea Winters first discovered yoga while attending college at the University of New Hampshire. She’s been teaching for seven years.
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Winters has lived in the valley for years. She’s been practicing for 17 years, since discovering its physical benefits in college, and she’s been teaching in the area for seven years. Her style combines vinyasa krama, restorative, and kundalini, all with a deep focus on breathing techniques.

The grand opening party on Saturday, June 22, at 5:30 p.m. will include a free, 60-minute practice led by Winters, followed by music from DJ Nevada Lee Furrow. Winters, Eckenhoff and Lindbuchler will be around to answer questions, and guests can drink Vail Brewing Co.’s Hot Mess Blondes and enter a raffle. The studio is small and mat space is limited, so Winters suggests sending an RSVP online in advance.

Winters works hands-on with students who come to her classes, offering physical adjustments to make sure no one gets hurt.
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Get your flow on

In addition to twice-a-month workshops, Anahata Yoga will offer a regular schedule of something-for-everyone classes all summer long. Here’s the lineup.

Mondays

  • 7:30–8:30 a.m. Solar Flow
  • 5:45–6:45 p.m. Solar Flow

Tuesdays

  • 8-9 a.m. Solar Flow
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. Fireside Restorative

Wednesdays

  • 7:30–8:30 a.m. Foundation Flow
  • 9-10 a.m. Solar Flow
  • 7:15–8:15 p.m. Solar Flow

Thursdays

  • 8-9: a.m. Solar Flow
  • 4:30–5:30 p.m. Lunar Flow

Fridays

  • 7:30– 8:30 a.m. Solar Flow
  • 9-10 a.m. Foundation Flow

Saturdays

  • 9-10:15 a.m. Solar Flow
  • 11 a.m. to noon Lunar Flow

Sundays

  • 9-10:15 a.m. Solar Flow

Barstool racing in Minturn is grassroots, community fun; returns March 9

Each barstool sled must consist of a stool being mounted on two skis.

The rules are simple: Strap a barstool to a pair of skis and ride it down a hill.

The Minturn barstool races will return on Saturday to raise money for the Minturn Community Fund, which contributes to the town’s summer concert series, among other things.

Each year, teams gather in Minturn — this year, near Little Beach Park — to race down a hill on, as the name suggests, a barstool.

One such team — made up of Patty Bidez, Kory Headly, Phoenix Patterson and Spencer Whitlock — has been at work preparing to defend its reigning first-place title.

“We mostly made it out of scraps we had lying around,” said Whitlock, the self-dubbed “winningest ‘NASBAR’ racer in history,” of his team’s creation. The barstool was purchased for about $15, and the skis were found in a trash can. The team estimated that less than $50 is spent on the creation.

It’s all in a name

In addition to “strapping a stool to a pair of skis,” as Earle Bidez, Minturn Community Fund board member, refers to it,

Spencer Whitlock will represent Where Did You Get Those Coconuts? on Saturday, March 9, in Minturn.

teams decorate their sleds. This year, Patty Bidez and company is going by “Where Did You Get Those Coconuts?” — but aside from the team name, they’re keeping everything else a secret.

While their stool has yet to be decorated, the infrastructure is in place, and the skis have firmly been attached to the stool using only minor tools, a process that took only 30 minutes.

“Thirty minutes with a six-pack, an hour and a half without,” Whitlock joked.

The event is split into two competitions: the barstool race (judged on speed) and the race known as “Anything Goes,” which judges racers on their “style” and “panache.”

Anything Goes allows riders to race down the hill on … anything. As long as it slides, it counts, and there’s no limit to the number of riders.

Each team also must prepare a pit crew to put the sled back together if it suffers a crash.

Not only is Where Did You Get Those Coconuts? the reigning champ, but its members are feeling confident about this year’s festivities.

The reigning champs

“I feel bad for everyone else, but I think we have a good chance of winning,” Whitlock said. “It’ll basically be a fight for second.”

Where’d You Get Those Coconuts? built their sled in their shop at Custom Audio Video in Minturn, a space that Whitlock noted is perfect for the occasion.

The sleds are often made with cheap materials such as recycled skis.

“It’s full of crap, just like the day we made (the sled),” he said.

Regardless of where the sleds are made and who wins the races, Earl noted that it’s all in good fun and that raising money for the Minturn Community Fund is a good cause. However, he noted that he’s looking forward to the “Apres Stool Celebration,” which will feature the award ceremony and drinks at the Minturn Saloon on Main Street.

 

Fits like a glove

“Barstool Races are perfect for Minturn,” said Cindy Krieg, with the town of Minturn. “Our community prides itself on its authenticity. There is nothing pretentious about Minturn, and we like our events to match that quality. Grassroots, down to earth and community focused — that’s how I would describe most of our events.”

To register a team, visit www.minturncommunityfund.org. A registration fee of $50 is required, and registrations will not be complete until payment is received. Checks can be dropped off at the Minturn Town Hall or mailed to the town of Minturn at PO Box 309, Minturn, CO, 81645.

Arts & Entertainment Editor Nate Day can be reached at nday@vaildaily.com or 970-748-2932.

Vail Adventure photographer Jon Sheppard hosting a show in Minturn

VAIL — Jon Sheppard’s life looks like an adventure novel, except it’s not fiction. Sheppard has lived it.

You can see for yourself. His photos, award-winning books, stories and photography are the centerpiece of a show at Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea in Minturn, Friday, Feb. 1.

Action And adventure

Sheppard’s life reads like an action and adventure book.

He was a Navy kid for whom travel was commonplace. Among other places, he lived on Kodiak Island in Alaska. A Kodiak bear is as big as you think it is, he said.

As a young man, he lived in the West Indies where he was in the boat charter and scuba diving business. That’s where he began his underwater photography and film work.

“Diving for sunken treasure, spearfishing and exploring the jungles was a daily routine,” Sheppard said.

That’s also where he dove headlong into underwater photography and scenic landscapes.

For what seemed like good reasons at the time, he migrated to Tennessee where he shared his skills for rock climbing and opened his own climbing school. He also delighted in the challenges of whitewater rafting and kayaking.

Terra firma, of course, was never enough, which explains why he became an avid skydiver. His highest jump was from 20,000 feet.

High life and High Country

Back on the ground in Tennessee, he played drums in country music bands. He was also a TV cameraman and videographer, working many years in the television production industry and making music videos.

Now, Sheppard calls the Colorado high country his home, moving to Vail in 1989. When he’s not home — and he often isn’t — he’s photographing the scenic beauty all around us.

He was also introduced to skiing, and figured that anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

For fun, he and two friends — one of them blind — set a world record by skiing 18 Colorado ski areas in one day, while raising more than $20,000 for the U.S. Disabled Ski Team. Helicopters and vehicles proceeding at well above the posted speed limit were involved.

In the 1990s, he started showing his photographs to his friends, who encouraged him to publish photography books.

It seemed like another adventure, so in the late ‘90s he came out with three award-winning photo books. John Fielder did his foreword on his very first book. Sheppard is currently working on two more book projects.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.