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The X (Games) Factor

Once little more than a fringe element of mountain culture, the Winter X Games is now the biggest—and maybe the most important—sporting events on snow.

Located directly on Empire's main drag, Red Man Hall once served as a miner's meeting place in the late 1800s. It's now said to be haunted.

Signs of Winter

Mother Nature tickled the mountains with a dusting of snow recently, sending the message that winter is almost here. Check out photos.