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From the parks to the streets

Photograph By Words/Photos: Terry Ratzlaff

While Colorado is traditionally overrun in December with pros training for, and competing in, the season's first contests, this year's Olympic qualifying events drew more snowboarders than ever. But early-season parks and pipes aren't the only playgrounds Colorado has to offer. When the winter's first storms roll in, local snowboarders also like to head to the streets. nbsp; Here's a full picture of what snowboarding in the Rocky Mountain state is really like in December. We'll begin with Brendan Gerard, who -- with a little help from his friends -- laid down this front blunt to start the street sessions off this month in Denver.