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Why pro skier Gus Kenworthy jumped to Great Britain’s Olympic squad from the U.S. team

Gus Kenworthy, the Telluride-raised freeskiing pioneer and two-time Olympian who has helped establish the U.S. as an international halfpipe and slopestyle skiing powerhouse, announced earlier this month that he will ski for Great Britain as he tracks toward the 2022 Winter Olympics in China.  His mom is British and Kenworthy was born outside London, where […]

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“Rotten” snow layer causes rare in-bounds avalanche at Steamboat that buries man — and it’s just the beginning

A rare in-bounds slide at Steamboat ski area on Sunday caught several skiers by surprise, completely burying a 21-year-snowboarder and partially burying another. The group was in an open area when the avalanche released in closed terrain above them, sweeping nearby skiers off their feet.  Patrollers were on scene and digging the man from the […]

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A Colorado avalanche instructor’s survey of backcountry skiers’ preparedness had “shocking” results

Imagine you are pushing your raft into whitewater at the start of a remote river trip and you turn to the person next to you and ask them a question about basic river safety, says Vail backcountry ski guide and avalanche safety instructor Kelli Rohrig. “And you find out that person doesn’t know how to […]

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Top Bureau of Land Management employees face deadline on Grand Junction HQ move

GRAND JUNCTION — Career staff at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management have until Thursday to tell the agency whether they’ll relocate from the nation’s capital to new posts in the West. That includes about 24 positions at the BLM’s new national headquarters in Grand Junction. Colorado Public Radio reports that the deadline affects nearly 200 high-level […]

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Colorado’s recall fever arrives in Idaho Springs, where leaders fear damage to their town’s renaissance

IDAHO SPRINGS — Up here the air may be thinner, but the political drama brewing is thicker than the crust of the famously dense pizza sold at Beau Jo’s on Miner Street. Recall fever, sweeping across the state from the governor’s mansion on down, has come to Idaho Springs, one of Colorado’s most economically stalled […]

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Wolf supporters say they gathered 200,000 signatures, enough for reintroduction question on 2020 ballot

The fight to return wolves to Colorado’s West Slope begins now.  With wolf pack supporters planning on Tuesday to submit more than 208,000 signatures supporting a November 2020 ballot measure calling for the reintroduction of wolves to Colorado, voters could soon hear a pitched howling over wolves for most of next year.  “This is our […]

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Fort Collins woman killed in avalanche on Cameron Pass in northern Colorado

FORT COLLINS — A 29-year-old Fort Collins woman died Sunday in an avalanche while backcountry skiing in northern Colorado. It’s the first avalanche death this winter season in Colorado, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said the avalanche occurred about 2:45 p.m. Sunday near Cameron Pass along Colorado 14. […]

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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 whisper of transferring federal lands to states typically ignites firestorms, with conservationists, sportsmen and mountain communities fearing a shift of ownership could lead to unfettered development, lost access, habitat degradation and injury to recreation-based economies.  But this week’s proposal by the Bureau of Land Management to transfer 17,700 acres of federal land and 6,000 […]

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

Colorado has for three decades nurtured the slow-and-steady growth of indoor climbing gyms. But now, as the business built by bored climbers is roiling with consolidation, private equity investment, mergers, acquisitions and unprecedented growth, the Front Range is emerging as a battleground for the maturing industry. The gyms also are spurring technological and consumer innovation […]