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‘Adventure therapy’ helps ski off the war

RIDGWAY — It’s nearly dark when the team arrives at the Blue Lakes Hut. After slogging nearly eight miles through melting snow, they celebrate their arrival with steaming bowls of mashed potatoes. With socks and boot liners dangling from the rafters, the team of former Green Berets rib and tease each other. They poke fun at the skiers who fell. They’ve nicknamed the features that challenged them as they climbed up and skied down the valley and hills beneath Mt. Sneffels. They all hated “Suck Hill” but not as much as “Suck Alley.” They survived “Break-a-Bone Meadow.” The men haven’t seen war in a long while. With a combined 100 years of service among them, their time on the trail as they traverse the Sneffels Range is a reunion of sorts, with all the camaraderie of a mission. Minus the bullets and bombs.

Ouray basketball heads to state

In his first year as head coach, Adam Trujillo took the Ouray boys’ basketball team to the Class 1A state tournament. The Trojans were quickly knocked out of the double-elimination playoffs.

Ridgway boys basketball

Cade Norwood (33) ponders a put-back of an offensive rebound while guarded by Telluride’s Tony Ordonez (20) during the 2A-District 3 Tournament’s third-place game on Feb.

Ridgway boys basketball

(35) zeroes in on a shot over Telluride’s Marcus Leyva (right) during the 2A-District 3 Tournament’s third-place game on Feb. 29, inside neutral Montezuma-Cortez H.S. Gymnasium.