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Eagle County mountaineer killed in avalanche outside Beaver Creek is 12th fatality this season

Gary Smith, an indefatigable explorer who introduced countless skiers to the backcountry, was skiing with a friend in Sanctuary Chute when he was caught in an avalanche Monday.

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Some Colorado lawmakers want ski resorts to report injuries and fatalities

Following health department statistics showing as many as 55 skiers a day are treated in emergency rooms, Senate Bill 184 would require resorts to publish safety plans and injury statistics

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Aurora, Colorado Springs get federal OK to test if controversial reservoir in Eagle County wilderness is feasible

Front Range cities need the additional water storage to meet their growth projections. But Holy Cross Wilderness boundaries would need to be redrawn to build it.

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Ski patroller unions set to grow in Colorado’s consolidating resort industry

Ski patrollers at Keystone, Breckenridge and Big Sky plan votes to join six other ski area unions as labor advocates predict a revival of collective bargaining for resort workers

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Colorado resorts expect next ski season to be pretty normal, but some coronavirus changes may stick around

Vail Resorts chief Rob Katz on Friday told passholders that the company is not planning to use its reservation system in the 2021-22 season

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Tumbling rock destroys bridge to Ouray Ice Park, pipeline to the country’s oldest running hydroelectric power plant

Rockfall destruction challenges green-power provider and the nonprofit, member-supported ice park as repair costs climb.

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All state parks in Colorado will get electric vehicle charging stations in deal with EV maker Rivian

Rivian will install the stations at each of Colorado’s 42 state parks at no charge, as state officials move to expand electric grid needed for changeover from gas to electric cars

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Avalanche center boss will testify in criminal case against Summit County snowboarders as judge rejects “chilling effect” argument

Colorado Attorney General argued that making Ethan Greene an expert witness for the prosecution of backcountry travelers would stop others from providing information about avalanches.

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Stress threatens Colorado search and rescue teams as calls for help climb during coronavirus

Weary after a year of increased calls and grim missions, Colorado's more than 2,800 volunteer backcountry rescuers are hoping lawmakers can find better funding and support.

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1-year-old dies after woman and her two children become stranded in Colorado wilderness

The Moffat County sheriff's office said Kaylee Messerly, 36, and her daughter, 3, were taken to the hospital with exposure-related injuries

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Vail Resorts thrills investors with lower-than-expected coronavirus losses

The operator of 34 North American resorts on Thursday reported declines in income, revenue and visits. But the losses aren’t as bad as investors anticipated, so the company’s stock price hit an all-time high.

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Colorado wildlife officials use helicopter to transport and study pregnant elk near Aspen

Colorado Parks and Wildlife's study of survival rates of calves under a year old among herds across the state focuses how human recreation may be influencing the behavior of elk.

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After slow start, Colorado snowmobilers can finally rev up their machines this winter — and take a safety class

The boom in snowmobile sales across the country is an extension of last summer’s pandemic-powered surge in the sales of boats, ATVs, RVs and other outdoor toys that help people get out and away from crowds.

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As Colorado readies wolf-reintroduction plan, other states may step up kills

Wildlife managers in the West say wolves are being used to stoke political outrage in the same way Second Amendment gun rights were used in recent elections to raise fears Democrats would restrict firearms.

Environment

Colorado competes with other states for wildfire-fighting aircraft. Climate change makes that a big problem.

Lawmakers have signed off on spending tens of millions of dollars to bolster Colorado’s access to fire-dousing planes and helicopters. That’s crucial as blazes grow bigger and more plentiful -- and erupt beyond summer.

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Avalanche investigators testifying in criminal case could have “chilling effect,” warns Colorado AG

State Attorney General says testimony of Colorado Avalanche Information Center boss Ethan Green in first-ever criminal case involving an avalanche could hinder reporting and damage the research function of the agency.

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16-year-old boy is second fatality in two days at Eldora Mountain ski resort

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Snowboarder dies after hitting tree at Eldora resort

The 26-year-old man died after colliding with a tree.

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Satellites, airplanes and lasers are tracking Colorado avalanches

Eye-in-the-sky technology is bringing avalanche science into the 21st century, enabling forecasters with better tools for predicting threats in Colorado’s backcountry.

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Skier dies from accident at Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort near Glenwood

Job Henning suffered head injuries and was found unresponsive at the base of a tree

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