Colorado ski resorts are in an uphill battle for workers amid the historic labor shortage
Ski areas are reaching out to locals, relying on visa programs and retooling jobs as they search for hundreds of workers in communities enduring critical housing and labor shortages.4:10 AM MDT
Powdr’s Fast Tracks offers $49+ chance to skip the lift line at Copper Mountain, triggering a skier backlash
Even a U.S. senator is calling on Powdr to kill the program
Monarch Pass could serve as a new model for wildfire mitigation in treacherous areas
About 90% of the tall spruce on Monarch Pass have been killed by beetles. If a fire were to spark there, the repercussions would be devastating.
When people die in Colorado’s outdoors, sometimes friends are the ones to find them
Colorado search and rescue teams don’t condone civilian-led rescue missions, but in the last year, groups of skilled friends have found their fallen comrades in the backcountry.
Original Thinkers festival kicks off with an ode to joy in troubling times
Telluride’s Original Thinkers festival begins with a documentary exploring the relationship between Archbishop Demond Tutu and the Dalai Lama
Telluride’s Original Thinkers festival is aimed at allowing us to “move forward in this confounding world”
Telluride’s four-day ideas festival connects speakers, musicians and artists around documentaries, with a virtual festival running through October.
Should river towns be forced to build costly parks to get recreational water rights?
American Whitewater wants to adjust Recreational In-Channel Diversion water rights so communities can protect recreational flows without building whitewater parks.
An end of unfettered growth for short-term rentals in Colorado’s resort communities
Breckenridge and other mountain towns are trying to slow the growth of vacation rentals in an effort to ease housing and labor issues
Remapping 2021 | A wake-up call for Colorado’s redistricting commissioners as deadlines loom
Colorado’s new board to rename controversial landmarks has its first recommendation: Mestaa’ėhehe Mountain
The Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board calls for renaming a Clear Creek County peak after the influential Cheyenne translator known as Owl Woman.
First-ever all-Black American expedition up Mount Everest vying for more than the summit
Climbers versed in both mountaineering and expanding participation in outdoor recreation hope their mission to the top of Mount Everest opens doors for people of color.
How one El Paso County bike crash is changing access to 14ers in rural Colorado
Mount Lindsey in the San Luis Valley is the latest fourteener to shut down in the wake of a court decision that made the Air Force liable for injuries to a cyclist
Remapping Colorado: Census data comes a few days early and the week ahead in redistricting
This is the first edition of a free, pop-up newsletter keeping you up-to-date on the 2021 redistricting process
An upgraded Grand Junction rail yard could accelerate Western Slope economic development
Federal infrastructure investment floats hope for an intermodal train terminal in Grand Junction, which would support Western Slope businesses that rely on shipping containers from overseas while reducing truck traffic on I-70.
Dig it or chew it? Gravel mine expansion near Salida mountain bike trail latest clash of industry, recreation
Hard Rock Paving wants to expand its Salida gravel mine by 63 acres and will realign the Solstice bike trail. Nearby residents oppose any mine expansion while mountain bikers prefer a bigger buffer between pit and trail.
Five Western Slope startups collect more than $3 million in pitch contest
Durango’s Agile Space Industries, Telluride’s Western Rise, Gunnison’s SheFly, Konbit and Fruita’s Sky Peak Technologies win the second annual Greater Colorado Pitch Series
Flooded with tourists, Colorado mountain towns are starting to limit short-term rentals to combat housing crisis
Colorado resort towns are limiting vacation rentals as communities weather waves of tourists, a housing crisis and a labor shortage.
Colorado mountain towns say they can’t handle any more tourists amid labor, housing crises
Colorado tourism cheerleaders hasten their transition from destination marketing to management as resort town locals call for more housing and less promotion.
White River forest chief sticks with controversial route for road to future mansions despite wildfire, wildlife concerns
Both the developer and wildlife advocates oppose the road accessing the inholding — but for different reasons
You’ve seen the murals. Now meet the pro snowboarder behind them.
Pat Milbery channels lessons from carving snow into bright murals across Colorado. “He almost embodies his design,” said the Avon official who hired him.