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Vail Resorts offers end-of-season bonus as ski areas struggle through labor crisis

Ski resorts are struggling with COVID-ravaged workforces and swelling crowds. Vail Resorts promises workers a $2-an-hour bonus as it weathers a labor crisis, a potential strike by Park City ski patrollers and a declining stock price.

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It took volunteers 8 days to wrangle 6 abandoned horses from Colorado’s rugged backcountry near Dolores

The neglected horses were moved several miles a day along snow-packed roads that closed in December

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Golden eagle lovers fear a new Loveland bike path will scare off the Colorado treasure

A rare tree-nesting pair of the big raptors has captivated observers for years. Now city open space managers say they can pour concrete closer than the state recommends.

Environment

Two snowshoers, dog killed in backcountry avalanche near Breckenridge

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center said the avalanche happened on Hoosier Pass, which is just south of Breckenridge off Colorado 9

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Report reveals pipeline of stolen Colorado bikes ending up in Mexico

A report by BikeIndex.com connected dozens of high-end mountain bikes stolen in Colorado to a shop in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

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People who lost their homes in the Marshall fire must now contend with Colorado’s statewide housing crunch

Officials urged residents to contact their insurance companies, while Coloradans filled social media with offers to host evacuees. 

Marshall Fire

Epic crowds are colliding with epic labor shortages at ski areas

As a record number of pass holders arrive at Vail Resorts ski areas, a critical labor shortage and quarantined workers has delayed terrain openings and cut services, spurring a backlash among workers and local skiers.

Outsider

Recent storms improved Colorado’s meager snowpack. But they also created extreme avalanche risk.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center recorded more than 200 avalanches in a 3-day period after storms brought significant snow to peaks last week.

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Colorado’s high-flying skiers, snowboarders dominating as the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics close in

Aspen's Alex Ferreira, Crested Butte's Aaron Blunck top contenders to make U.S. Freeskiing Team in Beijing Olympics, with Colorado's Olympic veterans Red Gerard, Chris Corning and Taylor Gold close to securing spot on U.S. Snowboarding Team.

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Avalanche danger is climbing across Colorado’s high country

Heavy snowstorms have created “a sure recipe for avalanches,” state agency warns

Outdoors

Busier-than-ever year for Grand Junction chairlift maker reveals strength of nation’s resort industry

Ski resorts big and small are ordering new chairlifts, marking a record year for Grand Junction’s Leitner Poma

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Watch where you aim: Urine is hurting Colorado’s high country lakes

Researchers use some human insight -- and some cultural markers -- to find out where all the yuck is coming from in Rocky Mountain National Park. Bottom line: Coloradans are peeing where they shouldn’t.

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Backcountry skier killed in Colorado’s first fatal avalanche this snow season

The deadly avalanche comes as avalanche danger is high across Colorado as a winter storm blankets the high country

Outdoors

“We can’t broadcast through a mountain”: Digital dead zones getting in the way of Colorado’s first responders

Technology can now connect a patient to a doctor over video and send a live feed from a drone, but basic communication is still difficult for first responders in rural areas not covered by cell towers and fiber-optic cables

Technology

Colorado wildlife officials confirm 1st wolf kill of livestock in decades

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said Tuesday they performed a necropsy after receiving a report of a calf carcass on a ranch in North Park on Sunday

News

Colorado Gators started as a natural garbage disposal. Now it’s one of the state’s most unusual tourist attractions.

Jay Young’s San Luis Valley oasis offers tourists close-up encounters with gators, snakes, turtles and lizards.

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Family of Colorado avalanche victim drops lawsuit against school and guide, targets maker of air bag

Peter Marshall was killed in a January 2019 avalanche while taking a class near Red Mountain Pass. His family is suing Backcountry Access, which made his avalanche air bag pack.

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Jeff Hermanson, developer of Denver’s Larimer Square and Union Station, is investing big in Crested Butte

Jeff Hermanson, a longtime Crested Butte local whose restaurant ideas revitalized downtown Denver, bought three buildings on the resort town's historic Elk Avenue, which he calls "one of the greatest streets in Colorado."

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Ski racing legend Bode Miller plans first ski academy at Granby Ranch

Olympian Bode Miller, who is building a $25 million, 125-student ski academy at Grand County’s Granby Ranch ski area says “I want to put something in place that will change our entire education system for sports.”

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Nathan Fey leaving Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office after two years

Nathan Fey, who was tapped as director of the Colorado outdoor recreation office in 2019, is leaving to direct a Colorado-based philanthropic foundation.

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