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Rail Yard: Penn Lukens slides across a rail in the backyard of his family’s Steamboat Springs home. He uses the rails year-round.

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At Home: Growing number of locals keep winter recreation close to home

You don’t have to go to the ski resort, Howelsen Hill or even the ice rink to get your winter sports fix. With a little creativity, local homeowners are taking matters into their own hands — and yards — creating everything from backyard rails to rinks just a snowball’s throw from the fridge.

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