Lance Benzel

Out There Reporter

  • Woodland Park man, and 'ponies,' to ride 1,000 miles for combat vets

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    When it comes to life on the trail, former Green Beret Ray Knell relies on his team: three mules and a horse named Mustang Sally. The ponies - as the burly, bearded Afghanistan War veteran calls them - do more than pull their weight, and they seem to take his chatter in stride. And...

  • Spring excitement in the air at Colorado ski resorts

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Children from kindergarten through the fifth grade are eligible to ski for free at Vail Resorts next year - provided they sign up by Memorial Day. The promotion is part of the Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack, which provides four days of free skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek,...

  • For skiers of Colorado 14ers, mistakes can be deadly

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Perched on the snowy summit of 14,025-foot Pyramid Peak, Austin Porzak had no alternative but to perform flawlessly. Skiing any of Colorado's fourteeners involves a host of deadly threats, from rock fall and avalanche danger to ski-snagging obstructions in the hard, wind-carved snow....

  • StalkIt snowboards offer a corny way to go green

    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Snowboarders in Colorado Springs now can go green on a novel new board - one made partly from corn. The Ski Shop has begun offering StalkIt snowboards, which feature a core made partially with corn stover - the plant material left over in cornfields after harvest. StalkIt uses a...

  • Popularity of Pikes Peak Marathon evident in race to sign up

    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Five months before the starting gun sounds at the Pikes Peak Marathon, runners first had to survive the mad dash to sign up. Registration for the 60th running of the grueling, 26.2-mile mountain race moved at a breakneck pace Wednesday, nearing its limit of 800 runners within a...

  • 12-time Pikes Peak Marathon champion Matt Carpenter headed to Colorado Running Hall of Fame

    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Matt Carpenter of Manitou Springs, a 12-time winner of the Pikes Peak Marathon, will be among the 2015 class of inductees in the Colorado Running Hall of Fame, the organization said Wednesday. "How cool is that?" Carpenter said of the distinction. "It's a real honor to have other...

  • Ziplines, new hiking trail in store at Seven Falls

    Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Western-themed restaurant evoking Colorado's gold rush past won't be the only new amenity at Seven Falls when it reopens this summer. Among the new perks slated for the popular tourist spot is a "canopy-soaring experience," or a series of ziplines that will allow paying visitors to...

  • Colorado ski areas on record pace for attendance

    Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Colorado Ski Country USA's 21 member resorts are on pace to exceed last season's record-breaking numbers for visitation, the trade group announced Monday. Season-to-date skier visits through Feb. 28 were up 1.9 percent compared with the same period last season, when Colorado ended up...

  • Deal in works to keep BX Ranch near Pueblo free of development

    Updated: Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    With native short-grass prairies covering much of its 40 square miles, BX Ranch east of Pueblo offers a pastoral glimpse into the region's rich history in agriculture. But its future has long been uncertain. Strained by a flagging economy and years of drought, conservationists have...

  • Rider in Residence: Pushed by Colorado Springs entrepreneurs, fat bikes poised for takeoff

    Updated: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    When Borealis Bikes set up shop in Colorado Springs, intent on pushing into the emerging fat bike market, it tempered big dreams with conservative sales projections. Eighteen months later, the high-end bike manufacturer had blown internal benchmarks to smithereens, generating $5...

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