The Urban Mountain Art Journal

by Zach Varón, Founder

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Colfax, Aurora, CO

Definitely Urban

Beaver Creek, Colorado

The Urban Mountain Art Journal is the story behind our fine art at our home gallery in Vail, Colorado. The world is a crazy, dynamic, turbulent place. From our urban roots in Denver to our home base in Vail and Beaver Creek we have turned our experiences and interactions into art. Through these journeys in the natural and man made world perhaps we can find common ground…

Too Far

Urban Mountain Lake

Too Far?

They say Roof’s troubled.
They call him a wayward soul.
They call us a threat.
Zimmerman says we’re “assholes.”
They don’t see a pattern
because they think it’s fake news.
Or they want it to be
because it would prove…
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“Urban” Defined (Then Redefined)

What's Up Sucka

Could this be urban?

The term “urban” gets tossed around a lot. But what does it REALLY mean? Let’s consult our good friend Webster.

Urban: of, relating to, characteristic of, or constituting a city.

Latin urbanus, from urbs city
First Known Use: circa 1634

There must be an alternate definition right?
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A Brief Salute to Teachers

 

Teachers Rock

Thanks, teach.

There are a lot of unsung heroes that make our world spin.

None more so than teachers.

Educators where I grew up had an especially onerous task on their hands…CONTINUE READING

Nighttime Blizzard Cliffside Driving, AKA My Story: The Ultra Condensed Version

 

Blizzard Driving

Life in a Nutshell

Visibility is about 14.43 inches.

The storm has been going for at least two days and Red Mountain pass is closed indefinitely…CONTINUE READING

YOUR LINE IS ART. MAKE IT EXTRAORDINARY.

Artsy Line

Several Mediums, One Shot

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THE MOST RACIST S*** THAT’S EVER HAPPENED TO ME

 

I Thought Racism Was Over

Deep Memes are In

Let us talk briefly about something you might not expect in a ski and snowboard blog: racism.

Despite the personal nature of this story I believe there is value in sharing these experiences when one is ready.

My mom and her family, who I was raised with in Denver, are Jewish and my dad is black. (Not sure there is a more offensive mix to the KKK.)
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Summits, Goals, Mountains, and You (and Me)

Savage

I had an epiphany whilst climbing Savage Peak…

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Seven Backcountry Sins

Seven Backcountry Sins

Not Affiliated with Brad Pitt

Mountaineering safety is a constantly evolving science. Backcountry awareness aims to keep up with backcountry boldness. Skiing and snowboarding have lost many greats in the last few years. Hours and hours of training focus on what to do in the backcountry. We feel there are some very common behaviors among big mountain enthusiasts that can counteract all of these safety measures. Here is our unofficial list, in order, of Seven Backcountry Sins. Please have a glance at our list and let us know what you think!

7. Forgetting to Have Fun
Your group of three is looking at an easy five mile skin to the line… CONTINUE READING