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Penn Lukens, center, has created a rail-grinding masterpiece in his backyard that draws skiers from throughout the neighborhood such as fellow grinders, from left, Tucker Olson, Peter White and Wesley Park.

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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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