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Following a historic Colorado avalanche season, pros and entrepreneurs create new tools for safer backcountry travel

A new podcast, a rescue sled, an avalanche education app and a guidebook offering mellow tours are some recent innovations offered by Colorado skiers after last year's deadly avalanche season.

Outdoors

A slight tweak to a pile of rocks deep in the woods could flood a Colorado town

State water engineers removed stones in a ditch, which directed more water toward Twin Lakes homes and less toward a proposed luxury community.

Environment

Trains will carry “waxy crude” oil through Colorado every day after Utah approves new railway

The Surface Transportation Board last month approved the Uinta Basin Railway, which will push three to 10 trains of ‘waxy crude’ through Colorado communities every day.

Transportation

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.

Outdoors

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.

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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.

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

Outdoors

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.

Outdoors

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."

Outdoors

Colorado rafting company sues federal government over minimum-pay rule for guides

Arkansas Valley Adventure and Colorado River Outfitters Association argue Biden, Department of Labor, cannot force minimum pay for permitted operations. They say the new rule could end overnight trips.

Outdoors

The final phase of restoration in Glenwood Canyon turns to debris-choked Colorado River

The Colorado Department of Transportation is orchestrating the removal of hundreds of thousands of tons of debris flushed down the walls of Glenwood Canyon in July deluge.

Outdoors

A new plan — again — for Colorado’s Cuchara Mountain. But this time it’s not about skiing and condos.

Florida entrepreneurs want to develop an adventure hub at southern Colorado’s long dormant Cuchara ski area. They have big dreams, but first they need to convince reluctant leaders.

Outdoors

Snow may not be piling up at Colorado ski resorts this season, but anxiety sure is

Coronavirus is still a worry, but now ski hill operators must wrestle with too few workers and not enough places to house the ones they’ve hired

Outdoors

Zillow spent big in Colorado’s Front Range this summer, months before collapse of home-flipping business

The online real estate giant Zillow bought more than 500 homes in 10 Front Range counties this summer, often spending more than asking.

Business

A 120-year-old water tunnel beneath the mountains is the Uncompahgre Valley’s lifeline. We went inside.

The first bore of the Gunnison Tunnel opened in 1909, becoming a model for moving Western water beneath mountains .

Environment

As record-setting real estate sales continue in Colorado resort towns, buyers are now looking way down valley

As Colorado resort home sales and prices continue to set records, hamlets that once were out-of-the-way afterthoughts have taken on the attributes of bustling communities.

Housing

Colorado’s 2020-21 avalanche season was tied for the deadliest. It’s helping forecasters hone warnings and outreach.

Avalanches killed 37 backcountry travelers in the U.S. last winter, including 12 in Colorado. Analysis of each tragedy helps avalanche scientists craft warnings to reach more skiers and snowmobilers.

Outdoors

A flurry of policy experiments in Colorado serves as “regional laboratory” for regulating, limiting short-term rentals

Crackdown on short-term rental properties across Colorado mirrors national effort as communities grapple with escalating home prices and a shrinking workforce.

Housing

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.

Outdoors

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

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