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Wright Collegiate Challenge enlists Colorado students to solve outdoor business challenges

Colorado students from Western, Mesa and CMC forge plan with mountainFLOW to purge forever-chemical ski waxes

Outdoors
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Colorado mountain towns feel more crowded than ever. But census data shows the population has barely changed.

Pitkin and Eagle counties could challenge the results of the 2020 census, worried that an undercount will slow the flow of federal money

Growth

An automated factory that’d pump out modular homes in Grand Junction could help ease Colorado’s housing crisis

A group of investors has acquired 177 acres near a growing Grand Junction hospital, hoping to build hundreds of new apartments and a 237,000-square-foot plant capable of turning out 100 prefab apartment a month.

Housing

Vail’s plan to condemn land eyed for affordable housing sets stage for legal battle over value

Legal experts predict the Town of Vail’s plan to condemn land where Vail Resorts plans workforce housing will lead to protracted legal battle over the value of the parcel

Housing

Colorado’s mountain resorts cut back their summer offerings as labor crisis persists

Labor crisis in Colorado high country forces outdoor companies like Vail Resorts to adjust labor-intensive offerings like ziplining

Outdoors

Colorado takes first step to strengthen search and rescue teams as they’re overwhelmed by a dramatic increase in calls

Legislation moves the Colorado Search and Rescue Fund from DOLA to Colorado Parks and Wildlife as part of a larger plan to better support that state’s 50 rescue teams

Outdoors

Colorado’s independent ski areas are thriving in the shadow of dueling, consolidating resort giants

Arapahoe Basin, Echo Mountain, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Granby, Silverton Mountain and Wolf Creek all report record visits, revenues in last two seasons

Outdoors

Colorado’s attorney general wades into murky river dispute that could upend access to rivers, streams

Attorney General Phil Weiser wants the Colorado Supreme Court to intervene in a river access case, warning of “monumental consequences.”

Outdoors

Record high calls for help are stressing Colorado’s mountain firefighters, emergency responders

Fire chiefs in 15 resort-region fire protection districts report record call volume in 2021 and 2022 as they struggle to hire firefighters, recruit volunteers due to high cost of living and housing prices

Outdoors

Colorado mountain towns can now use tourism tax revenue to deal with visitor hordes, housing shortage

House Bill 1117 was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jared Polis after passing the Colorado legislature with bipartisan support

Business

30,000 expected at Rainbow Gathering’s 50th anniversary in Colorado, sparking wildfire concerns

Arapaho National Forest and Grand County officials suspect the annual Rainbow Gathering of the Tribes could draw tens of thousands to remote federal land, sparking concerns about wildfire and impacts

Outdoors

The source of Colorado’s high country housing crisis: a doubling of home prices and sales

The dollars spent on homes in six Colorado mountain counties has doubled since 2019, triggering a high country housing crisis.

Business

“It changed everything”: How Crested Butte’s first-ever extreme skiing contests 30 years ago birthed the freeskiing movement

The pioneering athletes competing in the first U.S. Extreme Skiing Championships at Crested Butte transformed the resort industry with a push for wider skis and steeper terrain

Outdoors

Minturn sues developer who was given land in exchange for water treatment plant, community center that were never built

Developers have promised Minturn millions of dollars in benefits -- like a new community center, a water treatment plant and cash -- in exchange for annexing thousands of acres into the town. The voters approved the annexation but developers have not delivered any benefits.

Outdoors

Coloradans will now automatically be charged $29 for a state parks pass when they register their cars

By including the $29 Keep Colorado Wild parks pass with every vehicle registration, Colorado Parks and Wildlife could see additional revenue for search and rescue, avalanche education and more staff to help manage record traffic at 43 state parks.

Outdoors

Can skijoring, one of Colorado’s favorite extreme sports, go mainstream?

Skiers are pulled by cowboys in a Wild West spectacle in mountain towns across the state.

Outdoors

Seven Peaks music festival moves to San Luis Valley after 2021 COVID cancellation

After canceling the event in 2021, this year’s 20,000-person Labor Day festival will be the largest event in Saguache County history

Culture

America’s chairlift savant finishes 22-year quest to ride every chairlift in the U.S.

Peter Landsman, a lift supervisor at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, has visited, photographed and documented 2,381 chairlifts in the U.S.

Outdoors

These young adults are shredding, pedaling and climbing. Oh, and fighting cancer.

Thousands of young adults fighting life-threatening illnesses have paddled, surfed and climbed through First Descents programs in the past 20 years

Outdoors

Solar-powered homes caught in crossfire as a rural Colorado electric co-op aims to squeeze more from second-home owners

Sangre de Cristo Electric Association's proposed restructuring of electric rates squeezes more from the growing number of second-home owners in central Colorado

Business
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