Peter Shelton

An American Abroad

Posted in Personal History, Watch columns by pshelton on June 13, 2013

The summer started off on two wrong feet.

My eight weeks abroad with the American Field Service was taking me to Germany. I hadn’t studied German in high school; I’d taken French. I wanted to go to France. Or, failing that, to Mauritius, where they spoke French and a gorgeous, turquoise, left point break curled across the reef. I’d seen the pictures in Surfer magazine. (more…)

The Fight on Everest

Posted in At the Movies, More Sport, Watch columns by pshelton on June 6, 2013

I wish I could have been there for the Everest 50th anniversary show at Mountainfilm, with Jim Whittaker, Tom Hornbein and Conrad Anker. (more…)

The Dogs of Nucla

Posted in Animal Dreams, How the West was Lost, Watch columns by pshelton on May 30, 2013

Twenty-one years ago, the microscopic town of Nucla (population 711), at the west end of Montrose County, garnered national attention for its Top Dog World Championship Prairie Dog Shoot. (more…)

In the Beginning

Posted in At the Movies, Watch columns by pshelton on May 23, 2013

I was there at the beginning.

But I think I can be forgiven my fuzzy memories of the earliest Mountainfilm festivals. (more…)

The Gand Old Game

Posted in More Sport, Watch columns by pshelton on May 16, 2013

I was grateful they moved the mini cannon a ways down the left-field line. (more…)

Before Civil Unions, A Gay Takeover

Posted in Personal History, Ski history, Watch columns by pshelton on May 9, 2013

Colorado’s recent acceptance of civil unions reminded me of a social experiment in little Alpine County, California, shortly before Ellen and I moved there in 1973. (more…)

Road Visions

Posted in Personal History, Road Trips West, Watch columns by pshelton on May 2, 2013

One. Nevada. A few miles from the California line, heading into the setting sun on U.S. 6, I have to put my hand up in front of my eyes occasionally, so bright is the starflash on the windshield.

Signs have warned, wordlessly in silhouette, of horses on the highway, (more…)

Drought Happens

Posted in Watch columns, Weather & Climate by pshelton on April 18, 2013

Two weeks ago I listened in on an “open media call” regarding Colorado’s continuing drought. (more…)

April Showers Bring . . . Déjà vu

Posted in Personal History, Ski history, Watch columns by pshelton on April 12, 2013

A late-season storm rolls through, a big one, the day after the Telluride ski area closes. A cruel irony? A classic bit of ski-bum lore? (more…)

Hot Buttered Corn Snow

Posted in Ski evolution, Ski racing, Watch columns by pshelton on April 5, 2013

Powderhorn’s closing day on Easter Sunday delivered perfect corn. Corn snow, that is. (more…)

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