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Vail Resorts to limit number of day lift tickets sold every day of the 2022-23 season

Vail Resorts will limit the number of high-dollar, walk-up daily lift tickets sold every day of the coming ski season.  The cap does not apply to season pass holders, skiers taking lessons or employees. The cap, a company statement said, is about “our guests’ experience at our resorts.”  Walk-up day tickets — which cost more […]

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Colorado communities are harvesting record real estate transfer taxes. But they are not banking on the boom.

After a billionaire went on a spending spree in downtown Crested Butte — and hordes of out-of-towners bought homes in the pandemic’s urban exodus — the end-of-the-road village of roughly 1,400 has spent close to $7 million on land acquisitions, easements, a B&B for workers and a transition to all-electric cars and vehicles.  That’s all […]

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Colorado-based National Ski Patrol in turmoil as third director in five years leaves, citing conflict

Chris Castilian has resigned as executive director of the Lakewood-based National Ski Patrol after one year, citing “vastly different visions for the future of this organization” between himself and the group’s board. “This week I came to the realization our respective views on NSP’s path forward are so different that it is highly unlikely we […]

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Colorado’s cannabis industry is enduring its first sustained downturn since recreational weed sales began

Colorado’s legal marijuana industry is weathering its first sustained downturn since dispensaries began selling recreational weed in 2014. Dispensaries are closing. New ventures, like delivery services and social clubs, are struggling. Tax revenues are plummeting. And across the industry, layoffs are sending marijuana workers packing. Colorado’s green boom is beginning to bust as more states […]

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Forest Service OKs Vail Resorts plan to restore Keystone tundra. But expanded terrain’s opening will be delayed.

The U.S. Forest Service is allowing Vail Resorts to continue building a new lift at Keystone after the company submitted a plan to repair tundra damaged by a temporary road that extended beyond permitting boundaries. But the monthlong delay in construction will prevent the resort from opening new terrain in Bergman Bowl by this winter. White […]

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Colorado shuts down “illegal” mining operation upstream from Jeffco communities

Colorado officials have shut down what they call an illegal mining and milling operation south of Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge and above Jefferson County communities, saying uncontained chemicals like cyanide for gold processing are a hazard to the public and environment.  Rocky Flats Environmental Solutions, which says it is not a mining operation but […]

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Colorado’s mountain airports are thriving despite national rural air service struggle

Colorado’s mountain-town airports are busier than ever despite airlines limping through a pilot shortage and slashing service to smaller communities. The number of passengers flying in and out of Aspen, Durango, Eagle County, Gunnison, Hayden and Montrose in 2022 is on a record-setting pace, marking a rural airport strength that does not reflect national trends.  […]

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Hiker traffic on Colorado 14ers fell by 110,000 visits in 2021 after setting a record in 2020

After a record-setting year for Colorado’s highest peaks at the height of the pandemic, traffic on the state’s 14ers dropped in 2021, falling by more than 110,000 user days.  The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, using remote-sensor counters on 23 trails around the state, counted about 303,000 hikers scaling the state’s 54 14,000-foot peaks in 2021, down […]