Skiers climb toward Mosquito Pass on March 2 as part of backcountry ski event organized by Bluebird Backcountry and North London Mill Preservation Inc. Both groups are developing business plans for backcountry recreation. (Justin Wilhelm, Special to The Colorado Sun)

Hunger for uphill ski land has resorts, Forest Service looking at acres unused inside existing ski permits

Bluebird Backcountry, on the hunt for a home for its chairlift-free ski area, is exploring using thousands of ungroomed acres inside ski area boundaries

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Michael Bloomberg unveils his presidential gun reform platform in Aurora, says he’s unsure about his chances in the state

Bloomberg said he was glad to be in Colorado -- "it's a wonderful state" -- but said he is unsure of his chances of winning the state's presidential primary contest next year. "That, I have no idea," he said.

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Colorado is owed 9,900 acres by the federal government. But getting that land could mean no more recreating on it.

The federal government wants to settle a 143-year-old debt to Colorado with a grant of 9,900 acres across 16 counties. Some of those grants would block access to hunting, fishing on adjacent BLM land.

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The indoor climbing industry is booming on a foundation bolted to Colorado’s Front Range

Colorado has 39 indoor rock gyms that are spurring innovation and growth while luring massive capital investment.