A Conversation With Annelise Loevlie of Icelantic Skis

From the Inaugural issue of Women Who Rock the Rockies in 2015. by Aaron Imber It’s easy to feel hopeless in our current economy. It seems like there are more PHD waitresses than ever. Yet the outdoor industry has a habit of fostering pockets of innovation and success.  Icelantic, a ski brand produced right here in Denver Colorado, is a shining example. Icelantic managed to … Continue reading A Conversation With Annelise Loevlie of Icelantic Skis

Fannie Mae Duncan – A Colorado entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist

Jazz greats from all over the country travelled to Colorado Springs to play at the Cotton Club (1947 – 1975) at the invitation of Fannie Mae Duncan. She was a strong woman who took a stand to provide Colorado Springs with the first integrated night club. Recognized by the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 2012, Rocky Mountain PBS produced a documentary on her life. … Continue reading Fannie Mae Duncan – A Colorado entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist

Women Of Colorado

There is a community of Women empowering Women in Colorado that has grabbed our attention – Women of Colorado. September will mark three years since Michelle J. Abrams, the groups’ founder, kicked off a website and social media platform uniting women of all interests, abilities & backgrounds in Colorado (and beyond).  Originally from Chicago, founder Michelle had a passion for Colorado’s wilderness and outdoors. Michelle is an E-RYT 200 Professional Yoga … Continue reading Women Of Colorado

This Woman’s Place Is Building Homes Around A Kitchen

Chanelle Harwood of Chanelle Harwood Homes an Anomaly in the Construction Industry According to the National Association of Women in Construction, the percentage of women in construction overall has hovered somewhere between 9% and 10% since 1996 and is currently at 9.9%. But of the 8.3 million that were employed in field production of the construction and extraction industries in 2018, only 3.4% were women. … Continue reading This Woman’s Place Is Building Homes Around A Kitchen

Higgles Ice Cream

Higgles Ice Cream began as one woman-owned business in 2011, making small-batch ice cream in a shared commercial kitchen for farmers’ markets, summer events, independent grocers, and restaurants. I remember meeting Anna Higgens when she was first starting the creamery. She was renting space in Silverthorne, Colorado. Through a friend, she had invited me in to check out her startup’s new flavors. It was such … Continue reading Higgles Ice Cream

From the Summit of Aconcagua to the Next: Public Office – Meet Patricia Ackerman

‘From the Summit of Aconcagua to the Next: Public Office – Meet Patricia Ackerman’, is a story written by Alex Derr, a man with a passion for America’s mountains. Since a young age, he has been exploring the outdoors, and gaining an appreciation for the environment we all depend on. For Patricia, there was never a clear moment she decided to become a mountaineer. She … Continue reading From the Summit of Aconcagua to the Next: Public Office – Meet Patricia Ackerman

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Meet Laurie Benson

“There is an entire world waiting for you on the other side of fear.”  It’s been a winding road and a brave adventure for Laurie Benson up to this point, sitting next to the Arkansas River, over a steaming cup of coffee, telling me about the past 25 years.  The common vein rolling through all the changes- Perspective, passion, and a willingness to step out … Continue reading Meet Laurie Benson

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The Hot Tomato – “Who are these mountain bikers making this fancy pizza?”

This piece could be about Fruita- a town still finding its identity on the border of the dry desert and the tall mountains.  It could be about pizza- perfection that is consistent with old school New Jersey values. It could also be about mountain biking- sweet and flowy singletrack that is certainly one definition of bliss.  In actuality, all of these options are intertwined in … Continue reading The Hot Tomato – “Who are these mountain bikers making this fancy pizza?”

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Amy Purdy

“I always knew I wanted to live in the mountains, ever since I was young,” says Amy Purdy, on her choice to move her Adaptive Action Sports organization to Copper Mountain in 2011, the year snowboarding was first announced as an official Paralympic sport. “We kept finding ourselves coming out to Summit County multiple times every winter for competitions and just fell in love with … Continue reading Amy Purdy

ElevateHER

As outdoor-loving mountain women, we’ve all felt the growth that comes from pushing ourselves in the mountains.  It’s not always easy, it’s often scary and sometimes leaves you questioning why you’ve chosen this challenge of testing yourself against the elements.  The growth that comes from this way of life is priceless, and there’s nothing else like it. Kristen Van Norman knows and believes in the … Continue reading ElevateHER