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Pitkin County approves segment of Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail with promise of decades more scrutiny

ASPEN — Pitkin County’s commissioners on Wednesday narrowly approved a portion of the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail, touting the intensive two-year process as a model for trail development in Colorado. But keep the bikes in the garage. The board’s 3-2 vote moves the trail forward a mere pedal stroke. The trail-approving resolution doesn’t actually […]

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The 38-year war over access to a San Luis Valley ranch, called Cielo Vista, could be nearing its end

The longest running civil litigation in Colorado could be ending as the owner of an historic San Luis Valley ranch has promised to end his legal battle to limit access to his property by the heirs to an 1844 land grant. William Harrison, who acquired the 83,000-acre Cielo Vista Ranch in 2017 after it was […]

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Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail stirs passions as final vote looms

The border-to-border rush to mine Colorado for recreation is built on a lattice of paths promising a future of fortune. Trails are pitched as the fuel for rural economies, fostering an appreciation of Colorado’s public lands and luring employees seeking an outdoor lifestyle. But recreation, like the hard-rock mining that sparked Colorado’s economy for decades, […]

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A declining number of avalanche deaths in Colorado, the West in the past four seasons buoys hope

They tried to kick blocks of snow from the cornice, hoping a tumbling chunk might trigger an avalanche. “All we were getting were crumbles. We just couldn’t get a big enough block to go,” said Bryan Wickenhauser, a champion ski mountaineering racer from Gunnison. “So yeah, there was some hesitancy. But we were all committed. […]

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Cabin, RV and glamping resort promises to transform Granby as development wave rolls through Grand County

GRANBY — From atop a snowy knoll along the icy headwaters of the Colorado River, Derek Wilson beckons across a field of beeping, growling earthmovers. “Really, our plan is about what people want,” says Wilson, an executive with Sun Communities, the nation’s largest builder of manufactured home communities that is betting big on the expanding […]

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“Colorado is in the right place to change the game”: Colorado Classic drops men, sets up women-only pro racing event for 2019

Step aside fellas, it’s time for the women to shine as the Colorado Classic becomes a women-only bike race in 2019. The Colorado Classic bike race was forged in 2017, offered as a sustainable way to preserve professional cycling in Colorado as the seven-stage USA Pro Challenge dissolved after five years of racing across the […]

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Slower growth in Epic Pass revenue, wider than expected first-quarter losses trigger steep drop in Vail Resorts stock

The rise of a competitor to Vail Resorts’ industry-transforming Epic Pass this year has slowed the growth in season-pass revenue for the continent’s largest resort operator, which on Friday announced a big boost in capital spending as yet another volley of a blossoming pass war. The market apparently did not like the decline in pass […]

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With Colorado’s chances of landing the Olympics fading, the state is proposing a radical change: co-hosting

With Winter Olympics host cities falling like snowflakes, Colorado’s bid to stage the 2030 Winter Olympics hinges on national and international Olympic organizers embracing a new hosting model that would split events between different states, including a scenario that has Colorado and Utah co-hosting the 2030 Winter Games. For Colorado to win support from the […]

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A roadside hotel in Eagle is being transformed into affordable homes — and other housing-strapped resort communities are watching

EAGLE — Hammocks stretch over the former poolroom turned yoga studio. A dog and bike wash station fills what was once a sauna. An amply couched nook, lined with old skis, has replaced the check-in desk. “A lot of what we are selling is the experience of living here,” says Kelly Herzog, the Eagle Valley […]