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ADVANCE FOR USE SATURDAY, FEB. 18 - In this Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 photo, Greg Ralph, vice president of sales and marketing at Purgatory Resort, talks about some of his favorite skis on that are in his office at the ski resort in Durango, Colo.  Ralph, who averages 80 ski days a year, has skied at nearly all resorts in six states: Colorado, California, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming and New Mexico, as well as major resorts in Canada. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP)

“Surfers aren’t the friendliest, most encouraging people toward beginners,” said Ralph, who grew up in Southern California. “It’s sort of that ‘my wave’ mentality, and I always seemed to be jumping on the wrong wave in front of the wrong guy, so I didn’t get the warmest welcome from the surf crowd.”

After almost four years of construction and several months of delays, the R Line — also referred to as the I-225 Rail or the Aurora Line — will bring 10.5 miles of new light rail to the city, spanning from the northern terminus at the Peoria Station to the current end of the line at Nine Mile. The R Line will continue west and south before finishing each route at the Lincoln Station in Lone Tree. PHOTO BY QUINCY SNOWDON/Aurora Sentinel

AURORA | The digital letters scrawled across the front of the light rail trains that have been coursing through Aurora in recent months will finally swap out that “test train” text for “Lincoln” or “Peoria” next week when the new R Line, a 22-mile stretch of light rail connecting Aurora to Denver International Airport and the […]